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How to Start Thinking in Customer Journeys

Customer Journeys

“That’s stupid,” my VP of marketing said when, back in 2009, I mentioned the term “customer decision journey,” which I’d just read in a McKinsey article. The VP was known for having strong opinions and he didn’t hold back on this one. He agreed with the spirit of the term but didn’t think it would…

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Where to Start with Customer Experience Optimization

Customer Experience Optimization

Customer-centricity Is The New “It” Term, But… Customer experience optimization is a frequently stated goal of modern customer-centric organizations. You hear about it across industries: leaders of marketing, technology, product, and operations functions (to name just a few) often consider it as one of their main KPIs. However, is there an agreement about the definition…

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How to Use Customer Data Segmentation

How to Use Customer Data

When I began working in CRM and analytics, brands segmented audiences in a highly rigid, top-down way. For example, to attract high-value customers (HVCs), they targeted consumers based on a single demographic attribute—for example, a high-income zip codes. Two decades into my career, I still see many brands approach customer data segmentation this way.  …

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3 Reasons Consumers Want You to Adopt A CDP

Consumers are drowning in totally irrelevant marketing messages. Ironically, this makes them even more eager to hear messages from brands that can cut through the noise and guide them to the products and offers that are truly relevant. “Customers are constantly telling brands what motivates them and what turns them off– from the purchases they…

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Don’t Focus on the Touchpoint or Transaction, Focus on the Journey

In today’s data-driven marketing department it is easy to get sucked into a complete focus on the customer’s next move. Marketers can find themselves chasing a sale, a e-book download, a click — trying to elicit that next action that signals marketing success. But what happens when marketers lose focus on the larger vision while they…

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Six Ways to Bridge the New Digital Divide

Consumers’ expectations have changed. Blame it on Amazon or the ever-present smartphone, but customers expect immediate results, personalized marketing, instant delivery and authentic connections with brands all at once, delivered to the palm of their hands. This is the new digital divide, the expectations of customers whether they are on mobile, email or in-store contrasted…

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Three Ways Data Can Revolutionize the Customer Experience

Every modern marketer knows that data is key to delivering superior customer experiences. But fewer know how to turn raw data into true customer insights that power that strong relationship with each customer. There is an art and a science to great customer relationships. Data can deliver the science of analysis, optimization and personalization. But…

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4 Years Later, is Seth Godin still wrong about Marketing Data?

Four years ago, back in July 2013, Seth Godin threw shade on Data Analytics in Marketing by stating “Perhaps you could just make something awesome instead“. Seth is one of the most respected Marketing Minds in America, and this is how he put it then: “Mass marketers love the promise of big data, because it whispers the…

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