Marketers understand the importance of personalization when it comes to their cross-channel messaging efforts, but it’s also essential to acknowledge that it’s quite possible to take it too far, even accidentally. In our latest webinar, Phrasee CEO Parry Malm joined us to talk about why too much — or too eager — personalization can often be worse than none at all, and how you can approach personalization in a way that will help you avoid common missteps.
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.
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.
For Super Senders looking to switch ESPs, the RFP — executed well — is a valuable tool for maintaining an efficient and objective process with a result that greatly improves a company’s cross-channel messaging operation. But our new research suggests that many marketers are making crucial mistakes that are undercutting the effectiveness of their RFP process. And that’s leading to negative misconceptions about ESPs and decisions that cause immense frustration for the marketing and I.T. teams.
In our recent webinar, MessageGears CEO Roger Barnette and Marketing Democracy President Chris Marriott discussed the research, and offered expert advice from both the ESP and consultant perspective on how you can make your next RFP more efficient and successful.
Being proactive instead of merely reacting to every new technological advance in the industry is essential if you’re going to stay ahead of the competition and deliver the sorts of email experiences your customers are going to come to expect in the future. It’s always important to remember that you’re not marketing in a vacuum. Your subscribers’ inboxes are being flooded with marketing emails every day, from companies large and small. Some of them are going to take advantage of the latest technology, using machine learning, AI, or other cutting-edge tools in order to create sophisticated, highly personalized email campaigns. And once your customers get those emails, that’s the level of experience they’ll come to expect from everyone. You included.
Technology and big data have been changing email marketing for many years now, in many cases for the better. But, in some cases, the technological revolution is making the email marketer’s job harder, less efficient, and taking them away from the work that attracted many of them to the industry to begin with.
Our upcoming webinar — in concert with the Email Experience Council — will address these changes and offer advice for the email marketer who’s struggling to adjust to the new reality. We’ll look at this phenomenon through the lens of research we recently completed, asking email marketing pros from across the country to discuss their opinions on the state of the industry, how efficient their teams are, and how they see their jobs changing.
Think about the marketing campaigns that have made the biggest impact on you. The ones that stick with you, and you remember months — even years — later.
Odds are they weren’t straightforward product pitches or sales announcements. They had elements of stories and characters that helped you relate to the brand, and feel something meaningful. They incorporated compelling narratives with images that transported you to a different place. Instead of the brand being the star of the campaign, the star of the campaign was — ultimately — you. And what you could accomplish with their product or service.
The legacy marketing cloud solutions haven’t served enterprise email marketers well for years. And the evolution of technology will continue to speed the pace away from the days when large organizations could hope to get by with minimal personalization via their marketing messages. Today, consumer expectations for the content they receive from brands have never been higher. In the current marketplace — and even more so in the future marketplace — it’s essential that the world’s most demanding marketers raise their standards for what they can accomplish by connecting with customers via email. So many brands aren’t, and consumers know it. You have an opportunity to make an impact with your messaging.
It’s from this perspective that we shared our latest webinar, “The Marketing Cloud Mirage: How Data Syncing Undermines Your Email Efforts.” We’ve seen these problems that enterprise marketers face from every angle. We talk to them every day about their frustrations. We exist to solve this problem.
For email marketers, email campaign metrics are essential to understanding the way customers are interacting with your brand, and having objective data to tell you if what you’re doing is effective. But many companies have failed to account for a significant portion of email’s true business impact, because they aren’t doing the hard work to connect email with conversions that occur in a less linear fashion than open/click/conversion.
That was the launching-off point for our February webinar, “Beyond Opens & Clicks: Measuring Email’s True Business Impact.” In it, we discussed the reasons email’s true impact is difficult to measure, and how you can better understand it.
It was because of you, the enterprise marketer, that we were inspired to push forward with our recent webinar, “How Legacy ESPs Have Failed Enterprise Marketers.” We’ve heard so many stories on the phone and the road over the past several years, talking to marketers who are endlessly frustrated as they find that not only does their ESP seem not to be built around how they need to reach their customers, but that they’re essentially stuck with that albatross around their neck. It’s too hard to change, and there’s no way they’ll get the buy-in they need from the key stakeholders to migrate to a new solution. And, furthermore, even if they did, everybody thinks they’re all the same anyway, so what would really change?
We know these frustrations well. It’s why we felt like it needed to be said that ESPs haven’t been as innovative or flexible as they should be, and that enterprise marketers — along with their often-beleaguered I.T. teams — have borne the brunt of that. If you didn’t get a chance to tune into the webinar, here’s a quick recap of the main topics we touched on: