On August 16, Expedia Product Manager Madelynn Brown sat down with MessageGears CEO Roger Barnette for a Q&A style webinar to discuss the online travel giant’s email marketing strategy and data challenges that they face to meet continuously rising customer expectations for their interactions with brands. At very large organizations like Expedia, Madelynn’s role is critical if they’re going to be able to reach their customers with the right content at the right time. If you missed the interview, you can listen to it here. Here are some of the highlights.
Every good marketer knows that designing a successful holiday email program requires months of planning. Without the proper technology and infrastructure, though, a holiday email program won’t be successful no matter how well you plan everything else. With a little prep (and some conversations with your email service provider throughout the year), you can maximize your holiday success. Here are a few questions to ask yourself and your ESP to ensure you have a smooth season:
Many recent articles have highlighted the plight of the CMO. A recent issue of Harvard Business Review, “The Trouble With CMOs,” called it the riskiest job in the C-suite, with an average tenure of four years, half that of the CEO. An article in MediaPost by Maarten Albarda pointed out that while five C-suite members share growth and revenue responsibility, only the CMO was blamed for missed targets.
These articles recommend several solutions. Those include redefining the CMO’s role, matching responsibilities to the job’s scope, and realigning metrics with expectations. However, CMOs may find an easy win by adjusting what is already a top performer – their email marketing. This win could be easy because most CMOs don’t realize how much better their email programs could be performing.
“It’s Thursday. We send our main marketing emails on Thursdays. So it has been on every Thursday of every week since the dawn of time. And so shall it be unto infinity. Doesn’t matter if readers care.”
For many companies, sending out regularly scheduled marketing emails has become an indispensable part of their digital marketing strategy.
And for good reason.
Email marketing has been consistently outperforming the ROI of most other digital marketing channels for decades, and current trends indicate that it will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.
Better personalization begets better marketing. Brands and marketers have both been well aware of this fact for a long time. It’s why “personalization” has been one of the biggest marketing industry buzzwords for the better part of the last half-decade. But what does personalization actually look like? There was a time not too long ago where adding a subscriber’s first name to an email was considered a marketing personalization coup. Things have become much more complicated since then.
Today’s consumer has developed a completely different pattern of purchase behavior. With that pattern has come a whole new set of consumer expectations.