One of the most profound movements in marketing over the past five years or so has been the desire to consolidate as much customer information as possible into a single 360-degree customer database — more specifically, a Data Warehouse. If you have every piece (or nearly every piece) of first-party, second-party, and third-party data that you own or have acquired about your customer in one place, you can be even more personalized, responsive, and predictive (i.e. leverage AI models) about how best to serve and communicate to those customers. And customers increasingly expect you to leverage their data in this manner — to deliver a better cross-channel experience that “surprises and delights.” To fail to do so is to risk losing that customer relationship.
When sending enterprise email at a large scale, a common obstacle that many B2C martech / marketing operations groups face is the struggle of moving and using their data. We’ve spoken about this topic in the past, and we’ve written about it too — but that’s because there are so many hurdles caused by the data movement necessary with a traditional marketing cloud ESP. Whether it’s setting up nightly copy and replication jobs to send your customer data to your marketing cloud ESP, fitting your data to their stringent data model, handling PII data security, or finding a way to bring your email data back down to your environment, using traditional ESPs at a massive scale can cause headaches for most marketing ops groups.
If you’re reading this, you’re probably not a graphic designer. But you may know good design when you see it … or you may not. Good design isn’t blatantly noticeable. Good design conveys the information effectively, efficiently, and subtly. Good design is easy to look at. But why is it easy to look at? What makes a design ‘good’?
For many marketers, their conversations with I.T. are mostly limited to times when they have a problem or need something, and they’re hoping I.T. has a solution. That can lead to a largely transactional relationship, where the two are separate teams that only come together when they have no choice, and only for as long as necessary.
That can lead to a lack of understanding — on both sides — of the crucial role the other team plays with respect to the success of the business, and to growing mistrust. The Marketing team thinks I.T. is being too iron-fisted about security and standing in the way of them drumming up new business. At the same time, I.T. thinks Marketing has no appreciation for the risks associated with data exposure, and that it’s I.T.’s responsibility to be the guardians.
No matter how long you’ve been in the industry, successful email marketers know there’s always something new to learn. The evolving nature of email is part of what keeps #emailgeeks coming back, keeping up with new technology and trying to use it to deliver the sorts of messages that excite your subscribers.
Because it’s always changing, sharing knowledge and hearing from others is essential if you want to keep up with where the industry is headed. That’s a big part of what we want to help with, spreading our experience and helping others be better at what they do.