MessageGears Research: Cross-Channel Personalization Is Hard

MessageGears Research: Cross-Channel Personalization is Hard

Any enterprise marketer who has made the leap into cross-channel messaging knows it’s difficult to execute a sophisticated cross-channel strategy for a variety of reasons. At the top of that list of obstacles are technology that doesn’t serve the Super Sender’s needs, and data that’s challenging to access.

This is some of what we found in our new survey, where we asked enterprise marketers about their experiences in the cross-channel space, and tried to better understand what’s working and what’s not. And when it comes to personalization, there are some clear hurdles that they’re trying to find a way to get past.

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Webinar Recap: How Marketers Are Changing With Technology

Webinar Recap: How Marketers are Changing with Technology

For enterprise marketers competing for space in the inbox and eyeballs on mobile, there’s never been a more complex — or exciting — time than today. Technology is enabling teams to tailor not only their campaign content but the device in order to reach customers with relevant messages where they’re most likely to engage with it.

Our latest survey asked enterprise marketers about their experience with cross-channel messaging to try to get a feel for how they’re either thriving or struggling, and what adjustments they’re having to make in order to keep up in a rapidly changing landscape. In our webinar last week, we took a deep dive into this research, examining some of the key findings and trying to place them into the broader context of the marketing world, to better understand where cross-channel messaging stands today, and where it’s likely headed in the near future.

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MessageGears Research: The RFP Process Isn’t Working

MessageGears Research: The RFP Process Isn’t Working

For Super Sender companies looking for a new ESP, the RFP is often a key component, helping to streamline and simplify what can be an arduous process. But is it working in the way it should? Our new research report dives into that question, asking 100 Marketing and I.T. professionals their views on the RFP process, and how it works for ESP selection. If you’ve been part of an RFP at a large company, the numbers may not be all that surprising. ESP technology is advancing faster than most companies outside the industry can fully appreciate, and that’s causing their RFPs to come up short.

Our new whitepaper (Free download; no strings attached) dives into the full details of the survey, including plenty of commentary from Marketing Democracy founder Chris Marriott.

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MessageGears Research: Marketers Tackle Martech Challenges

MessageGears Research: Marketers Tackle Martech Challenges

As marketing technology improves and evolves, it can be challenging for today’s marketer to keep up with all the new tools, and understand which ones best fit their needs. Balancing the level of need with concerns about budget, competitiveness, implementation time is never easy work, and it can even lead to paralysis where a team just treads water with the martech it has because sticking with a mediocre or worse status quo is less daunting a challenge than doing the work necessary to identify and implement the right solution for the future.

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Operational Creep And The Email Marketer

Operational Creep and the Email Marketer

How efficient is your email marketing team? For enterprise companies, it’s getting harder and harder to keep operational tasks from becoming overbearing for email marketers. As customer demands ratchet higher for the messages they receive, the struggles for legacy marketing cloud ESPs to keep up with the needs of companies with large databases get more pronounced. And that leads to operational creep — a gradual, pernicious increasing need for various operational tasks that take email marketers away from the work they love, and that they’re good at.

This is the story we hear with increasing frequency among the email marketers we talk to on a daily basis. It’s a problem that’s growing, and it’s not likely to get better. It’s also a problem we wanted to understand a bit better. So, instead of simply drawing our own conclusions, we decided to go to the marketers themselves. We wanted to find out exactly how they felt about this phenomenon. Would the anecdotes we’d been hearing stand up to a bit more scientific scrutiny? And, if so, how was it impacting team efficiency and job satisfaction? Those were the key questions we wanted to get at in our new research report, “The Cost of Inefficiency: How Operational Creep Kills Strategic Thinking in Email Marketing.”

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The State Of Email Marketing In 2018

The State of Email Marketing in 2018

Savvy marketers know that each industry has its own challenges and key needs when it comes to email marketing. But it isn’t always easy to know if you’re focusing in the same direction as your industry peers, as you try to ensure you have the right tools to help you deliver the types of email campaigns that will keep you on the forefront of the competitive landscape.

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Research: Why Real-Time Data Access Is Critical For Email Marketing

Research: Why Real-Time Data Access is Critical for Email Marketing

To truly understand the immense impact of having access to truly 100% real-time customer data while building email marketing campaigns, marketers almost invariably need an “A-ha!” moment. Or maybe several hundred of them. For the vast majority of marketers, that moment never comes, because the volume of data they’re working with is small enough to where much — if not basically all — of it can live right in their vendor’s cloud where they’re building messages.

For marketers who send fewer than 10 million emails a month, data lag and syncing issues just don’t show up on their radar. But, for those on the larger end of the scale, the barriers that can stand in the way of them delivering high-level customer experiences are high without immediate access to all their customer data. They see the value because it impacts their jobs. It negatively affects what they can accomplish, and hurts relationships with their customers.

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Enterprise Email Priorities: What Email Marketing Pros View As Their Top Concerns

Enterprise Email Priorities: What Email Marketing Pros View as their Top Concerns

For enterprise B2C marketers, email is among the most effective tools for reaching out to and connecting with customers. But it’s also a medium that’s challenging to leverage effectively, particularly when nearly everyone uses it — the competition for inbox space is fierce, and there’s no sign that people’s attention spans are getting longer. We understand the difficulties enterprise marketers face when it comes to maximizing their email ROI, but we wanted to dig deeper and see exactly where their priorities lie.

That was the motivation behind our recent survey, where we asked enterprise marketers to talk about their biggest challenges, top priorities, and their evaluation of how well they’re meeting their email marketing goals. It’s helpful to hear stories and talk in the field while discussing issues with clients, but this was an opportunity to look at a wide cross-section of enterprise marketers to take the temperature of the email industry, and what’s creating the biggest obstacles to success for marketing teams.

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Eliminating Data Silos To Improve Email Marketing

Eliminating Data Silos to Improve Email Marketing

As a marketer, how much insight do you have into the entire customer journey, from first touch to ongoing communications? Do you have a complete, global view of your loyal customers, or are data silos keeping you walled off?

Today’s consumers expect personalized, relevant, and immediate messaging coupled with a consistent experience, no matter how they’re interacting with your brand. Yet, most organizations have pieces of customer data being stored by various vendors and departments. This then makes it difficult to obtain that complete view of their customers and market to them effectively. Marketers need access to the freshest data from every touchpoint to create a seamless experience. And a lot of that starts with centralizing data internally.

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The C-Suite Must Be Involved To Make Email Work

The C-Suite Must Be Involved to Make Email Work

When you’re grinding away in your cubicle day after day, running A/B tests, segmenting your audience, poring over deliverability metrics, you know the reality of email marketing. You know what’s working and what isn’t. It’s your job to know. You’re in the thick of it. Boots on the ground. Every day. You’re not part of the C-Suite; you’re an enterprise email marketer. This is your world.

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