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: