Last week, MessageGears CEO Roger Barnette and Co-Founder Dan Roy got on stage at the annual MarketingSherpa Summit in Las Vegas to present “Addressing the Unique Email Needs of the Enterprise Marketer” in the event’s Solutions Theater. In the session, the two made the case for why enterprise businesses need innovative technology solutions and partners to effectively communicate with their customers. The needs for the biggest email senders in the world are different than what most of the market needs.
One size doesn’t fit all
The largest enterprise marketers have unique needs that aren’t being served by the leading marketing cloud ESPs. When it comes to email solutions, what works for one company won’t work for another. The largest enterprises usually have several things in common:
- They keep customer data behind their firewall in internal systems
- They send a lot of email
- Data security is top of mind
Personalization is vital for success
Consumers expect global businesses to lead the pack when it comes to delivering a great experience, meaning that it’s essential for them to have the right technology in place to be able to execute effectively. But these companies haven’t been adequately served by commercial email marketing solutions, like the popular “marketing clouds,” which were built for a wide audience and don’t meet the specific needs of the world’s biggest email marketers.
Marketing clouds make a lot of appealing promises: easy installation, higher ROI, and freedom and independence from I.T. For many businesses, these software-as-a-service solutions can deliver on many of these promises, but these promises fall short for the largest marketers as their data gets too complex and email volume gets too high for the marketing clouds to be effective.
It’s all about data access and control
The main reason pure-SaaS solutions aren’t ideal for big enterprises is that marketers can’t directly access all of their data in real-time. With system of record customer data housed internally behind the firewall, a company must copy a subset of data, map it to their cloud provider, and sync it to them for storage. After emails are sent, data then needs to be sent back into the internal systems.
This process is time-consuming, costly, and less effective for larger businesses. When the data sync has issues or new fields need to be added, both I.T. and marketing groups get frustrated. Most importantly, all this means that marketers aren’t able to deliver a great experience to their customers.
Hybrid solutions for enterprise email marketing
So where do major brands go when they’ve “outgrown” the marketing clouds? Hybrid cloud solutions, like the full-suite option offered by MessageGears, bridge the gap between enterprise marketers and their customer data. Hybrid solutions utilize the cloud for the heavy-lifting: getting emails out the door and into recipient’s inboxes. But importantly, they also bring the marketing application to where the data lives – behind their customers’ firewall – to access their customer data in real-time.
By allowing marketers to access all of their data in real-time and letting the cloud deliver the messages, I.T. resources that used to be dedicated to managing email feeds and data syncs are freed up, enabling them to focus on projects that can grow the business. Marketers have live access to all of their internal data within a familiar, easy-to-use interface. And customers are happy because they’re getting timely and highly-personalized communications from a brand they love.