Data Centralization Before Personalization

Data Centralization Before Personalization

Marketing today is all about personalization. In recent years, enterprise marketers have increasingly become more sophisticated as consumer expectations evolve. Today’s consumer expects relevant, personalized messages from brands instead of generic content that doesn’t interest them. This requires brands to tap into data from all customer touchpoints to use in email and other marketing channels.

Smart marketers create a dialog with their customers by tapping into demographic and geographic data, purchasing behavior, lifestyle and interests, and more.

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The Tricky Balancing Act Of Privacy And Personalization

The Tricky Balancing Act of Privacy and Personalization

Everyone agrees that personalization is important for any messaging strategy — Consumers expect it, and marketers see consistent positive results. When 79% of consumers say they’re more loyal to brands that understand them, there’s no going back. So, personalization is here to stay. If there’s one marketing prediction we can be confident in right now, it’s that marketing messages are only going to get more highly tailored rather than less for the foreseeable future.

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Why Less Is Sometimes More In Cross-Channel Marketing

Why Less is Sometimes More in Cross-Channel Marketing

Let’s say that you’re a marketer without a budget. Or rather, let’s say that your budget is unlimited. Where would you market your product or service? Without concern for cost, you might be tempted to market to everyone; every minute of every day across every possible marketing channel. You could run advertisements on TV, radio, robocalls, email, SMS, mobile push, snail mail, AdWords, Facebook ads, podcasts, blog posts, and whitepapers ad nauseam. Everyone would hear your message. Your company would be a household name. But should it? Would that even make sense for your company? Even if you’re Coca-Cola and you want every man, woman, and child to buy your product, are there cases where it might make sense to hold back?

What if your potential customers feel inundated with all of those meticulously crafted marketing messages, their inboxes and mobile phones flooded with poorly targeted ads? What if they are annoyed by the lack of relevance to their needs? More importantly, what would be the cost of marketing with such reckless abandon? Does it make more sense to be selective about your target audience for each campaign?

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Webinar Recap: 5 Ways To Improve Engagement With Cross-Channel Marketing

Webinar recap: 5 Ways to Improve Engagement with Cross-Channel Marketing

It’s no secret to most marketers that personalized messages get a better engagement and conversion rate than static, one-size-fits-all ones. With inboxes and mobile phones as busy as they are today, consumers want the messages they receive to be relevant to them. Those are the messages they’ll respond to. Not only does it interest them more, but it shows you see them as more than a persona. They’re an individual, and personalization is part of acknowledging that.

But how do you do it effectively and seamlessly when delivering campaigns across multiple channels, from email to mobile? Our recent webinar discussed the five tools you can put to use to improve the engagement levels with your campaigns, while putting the data you’ve collected to good use.

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Why Testing 500+ Email Variations Is Easier Than You Think

Why Testing 500+ Email Variations Is Easier than You Think

As email marketers, we understand the importance of email testing and QA. While sometimes tedious, the extra step of testing how your email renders can save your reputation and your bottom line.

But when you’re creating highly personalized email campaigns with lots of custom data, the testing phase can seem daunting. Couple that with the hundreds of different email clients and devices a subscriber could be using, and you’ve got quite a list of variations.

Guess what, though … Testing 500+ versions of an email may not be as difficult as you think. With the right tools in place, you can knock out that QA step with ease.

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MessageGears Research: Marketers Think All ESPs Are The Same

MessageGears Research: Marketers Think All ESPs are the Same

Think back to your latest RFP process when your company was picking a new email service provider. Why did you make the selection you did? Ideally, it was because this particular vendor described in detail why they were the best fit for your particular needs, and how they could help you meet your specific email-related goals.

But, quite often, that’s not the case. At the end of a long, exhausting RFP process, a company might choose an ESP for a variety of reasons. Maybe their sales team had a key connection at your company. Perhaps they had the broadest set of features, or you had an existing relationship via other tools. Or maybe they merely offered the lowest price, and the higher-ups said that was the bottom line.

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Deliverability Do’s And Don’ts Of The Holiday Season

Deliverability Do’s and Don’ts of the Holiday Season

The holiday season is creeping around the corner, and it’s one of the busiest times of year for marketers as they prepare for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. When businesses are pressured by revenue goals, there is often a tendency to expand mailing lists and increase sending cadence. Below, I will address a few tips and recommendations to better optimize your marketing programs and strategies for the holiday season.

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Personal Interactions Enhance The Customer Experience

Personal Interactions Enhance the Customer Experience

While growing up, my mom told me that when we first engage in a discussion with someone that we just meet, we listen to the person introducing themselves, we pay attention to what they say, and their body language. Then, we talk using empathy and relate to the person in a meaningful and sincere way.

When it comes to messaging and technology, it’s the same thing, and most of the digital messaging tools have been created with the idea of enabling interaction with a large number of people.

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3 Steps To Leverage More Of Your Customer Data For Email Marketing

3 Steps to Leverage More of Your Customer Data for Email Marketing

How much of your customer data is accessible for email marketing? Rising customer expectations mean today’s marketers need more access than ever before to up-to-date data. But customer data isn’t all marketers need to access. They also need data they may house outside of the marketing department, including data for inventory, geolocation, shipment tracking, etc. But just 17% of marketers at some of the world’s largest companies told us they were very satisfied with their real-time data access.

The data marketers are able to use (or not use) in email marketing largely depends upon where customer data resides and how they access it. If you want to leverage all your customer data for email marketing — not just the data that happens to reside with your ESP at any given moment — it’s time to restructure how you manage, store, and access it. Here are three steps you can take to leverage all your customer data to increase personalization and improve your email marketing efforts without compromising data security.

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Marketing Lessons Learned In A Time Of Crisis

Marketing Lessons Learned in a Time of Crisis

With Hurricane Florence bearing down on the Southeast U.S., it seems everyone is on edge as a looming crisis unfolds. Everyone’s hearts go out to those who are in the path of the storm.

It’s a sad reality that major events like this happen often — hurricanes, earthquakes, violence, terrorism, etc. — and we as marketers can be so involved in our day-to-day operations that we lose sight of the fact that each email we send (even if it’s sent as part of a larger automated program) lands in the inbox of a real person the crisis is impacting. And, even if they’re not directly impacted, they may be sensitive to certain content. It’s not hard to spot when a brand isn’t showing empathy toward those affected, and that can turn anybody off.

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