How Data and Insights Are Driving Customer Experience and Personalization Strategies

Well before the pandemic, advancements in data collection techniques have been enabling smart marketers to create highly personalized digital campaigns to target every persona in their pool of customers. Once COVID hit, this trend went into overdrive, and now it’s virtually impossible for any brand or business to remain competitive without utilizing analytics-derived insights to power their digital marketing strategies.

First and foremost, campaigns that leverage data-driven personalization bring in more revenue, delivering five to eight times the ROI on their marketing spend. They can also help improve audience segmentation, deliver more consistent messaging across multiple channels, and identify which pieces of content are actually moving prospects through the sales funnel.
 
But the benefits also extend to your audience, as dynamic creatives informed by data and insights provide the best possible experience for the customer. Instead of having to wade through irrelevant messaging to get to your value prop, they’ll recognize it right away because it’s delivered right to them. This not only improves the overall customer journey, but also boosts brand loyalty by making it more likely that they’ll interact with your business again.

Customer Experience Is King

In today’s oversaturated digital marketing environment, providing a positive customer experience (CX) is the key to conversions. In fact, a whopping 86% of buyers say they’re willing to pay more for a great customer experience, which means they won’t hesitate to look elsewhere if you’re not giving them exactly what they want and need from the get-go.

Now that the pandemic has accelerated the digitization of most business’s customer interactions, making CX seamless is more important than ever before.

Customers have come to expect it, especially when it comes to advertising — 72% of consumers say they now only engage with marketing messages that are personalized and tailored to their interests.

This means you must be treating your customers as individuals in order to attract and hold their attention. And today, the only way to achieve this with any real efficacy is to let data-driven personalization strategies lead the way.

3 Ways to Use Data & Personalization to Improve CX

According to research by Accenture, three quarters of consumers say they’re more likely to buy from a brand that makes them feel acknowledged, remembered, and provides relevant recommendations. Some effective data-driven marketing strategies that serve this purpose include:

1. Geo-Targeted Ads

Hyper-local geo-targeting allows businesses to get their message in front of the prospects that are most likely to convert by using data to hone in on specific geographic locations. For example, an online store or e-commerce website might display their nearest retail location or send promotions to customers when they are within specific proximity to the business. Or they may use location data to send weather-relevant ads to consumers, such as deals on rain boots, sunscreen, or handheld electric fans.

2. Omnichannel Marketing

An omnichannel marketing approach provides customers with a seamless buying experience across multiple platforms. This is not the same as multichannel marketing, which simply delivers the same static message across multiple platforms. Omnichannel marketing goes deeper by keeping messaging relevant across platforms as a customer moves through their journey, streamlining the buying process and enhancing the customer experience.
 
Starbucks, for example, provides what has been considered one of the top omnichannel experiences with their customer rewards program and app. In addition to awarding points for purchases and offering personalized incentives such as birthday freebies, the app gives users the ability to place their orders ahead of time so they can bypass the in-store line. Customers can access their rewards account and check and reload their balances multiple ways — via the app, while in the store, or from the Starbucks website — and the changes are instantly reflected across all channels.

3. Utilize DMPs

As the name implies, data management programs (DMP) help marketers manage the vast amounts of data sets they collect. Initially, DMPs were used mostly for media buying, however in recent years, more and more marketing leaders have been leveraging them to expand campaign reach by creating hyper-targeted, data-driven messaging.

According to the Salesforce State of Marketing Report 2019, 55% of non-advertising marketing leaders reported using a DMP, and 35% said they planned to use one within the next two years.

What’s more, alongside traditional media buying, marketers’ top uses for DMPs involved data-driven digital marketing strategies such as content personalization, audience discovery and segmentation, creative testing, and audience insights.

In Short…

Today’s customers aren’t willing to sift through meaningless messaging to get to what they’re looking for. They want a customer experience that recognizes them as individuals and serves them content tailored to their interests more or less from the start. If they don’t find what they’re looking for with ease, they’ll go elsewhere. 

Thankfully, advancements in data collection make it easy for marketers of all shapes and sizes to collect the rich customer data they need to power highly targeted ads that get the attention of today’s consumers.

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