The internet and social media have ushered in an era of consumer empowerment. As sensitivity to marketing noise increases, a one-size-fits-all approach is no longer acceptable. It is more and more important for online marketers to recognise customers as individuals and build one-to-one relationships with them. Marketers need to leverage all of the available tools to ensure they are offering personalised, relevant content to the right segment of their customer base. It’s not frequent emails that are an issue for consumers – it’s emails that hold no value to the consumer that cause fatigue, frustration and reflect negatively on a brand. Customer intelligence can be used to maintain the volume of email communication whilst improving the value in each communication.
To be successful, marketers need to send the right message to the right customer. Short of actually conversing with each individual, the best way to understand the customer and to better identify who is the best target and what are the most appropriate messages is to look at previous behaviour. Gathering and analysing data on these behaviours – what emails they opened, what they bought, what they shared – gives us Customer Intelligence. And with Customer Intelligence, we can increase the value of each communication. We can create more exact target segments, craft more successful marketing strategies and build stronger customer relationships.
For its low cost and high ROI, email marketing continues to be an important tool. Marketers understand the importance of relevance, yet many email campaigns are created with little or no segmentation, simply because they find it too hard to implement or lack the resources for proper data analysis. This is where Customer Intelligence solutions can be of immense benefit. An effective Customer Intelligence solution assists marketers by:
- Facilitating insights by enabling aggregation and visualisation of transactional and email data in a digital ‘single customer view’
- Offering fast, easy-to-use ‘train of thought’ analysis without burdening IT resources
- Enabling the creation of highly-targeted segments for your campaigns by cross referencing large amounts of customer data based on purchase behaviour, spend amount, product preference, recent purchases, and digital engagement
Here are some scenarios that demonstrate how marketers can leverage customer intelligence:
- Who needs a “Nudge?” The best use of marketing spend is to focus on the customers of the highest potential value. It would be inefficient to constantly appeal to a base of consistent purchasers with significant discount offers. But what about that one customer who made a single purchase and hasn’t bought again within the expected time frame. With a good Customer Intelligence tool, the marketer can quickly and easily identify this customer and can deliver a “nudge” with the discount offer.
- Who buys High and Who buys Low? It’s rare that an economy car owner would suddenly run out and buy a top-of-the-line luxury sedan. And vice-versa. That general theme remains true throughout consumer behaviour. Marketers should identify which of their customers make purchases at all points of the spectrum. To market a low-end product to a high-end buyer might actually encourage a lucrative customer to spend less. To market a high-end item to a lower-end buyer might be alienate them all together. With good Customer Intelligence, marketers can tell who’s who and deliver range that’s just right.
- Who Wants to Read about Bikinis when they’re Shopping for Down Parkas? 80% or more of all marketing emails go unopened. Why? Most marketers just send details of all offers to all customers. Customer Intelligence gives the opportunity to customise the offer according to the previous click, open and purchase behaviour of each individual. Marketers can get an understanding of which offers the customer is likely to pay attention to and deliver a message that statistically has a better chance of interesting them. With this kind of segmentation, campaign subject lines can be clearer, more specific, and more appealing, lending to a higher open, click-through and purchase rate.
Leveraging customer intelligence is one of the most powerful ways for marketers deliver truly relevant, personalised, and timely messages for cross-sell, up-sell, reactivation and retention. Not only does this lead to increased responses and conversions, but can also maximise brand impact, and online ROI.
Emailvision is the international leader in software as a service (SaaS) for email, mobile and social media marketing. The company’s Campaign Commander Enterprise Edition is the first SaaS Customer Intelligence solution and the first Customer Intelligence that’s integrated with Email, Mobile and Social campaign management. The Emailvision mission is to provide excellence in software and services for online relationship marketing. With offices and client service teams in 19 countries, Emailvision delivers 350,000 campaigns per month on behalf of 4,000 clients worldwide. This unprecedented quality of service is driven by 12 years of research and development and by Emailvision’s 600 passionate employees. The company is privately owned by Francisco Partners.