By Rusty Warner.
Consumers have changed. Their expectations have evolved and they have become more demanding.
Some are motivated purely by price, while others remain fiercely loyal to certain brands. Others want to understand “green” or “fair trade” or “cruelty free” aspects of various products to ensure their purchase decisions are politically correct. For some, the decision will hinge on the “cool factor” of the brand.
Many consumers will take advantage of digital channels to learn about products or services before making a decision to purchase, with the transaction occurring in a shop. This process is known as “ROBO” Research Online, Buy Offline. However, today this may be more accurately described as “REBA” Research Everywhere, Buy Anywhere – as consumers look to every channel for information and expect to purchase products and services in the manner most convenient to them.
Given these challenges, how can marketers keep pace with these ever-changing demands of the consumer? Do you have the tools to deliver the right message, to the right person, at the right time, across the right channel? Actually, you’d better make that channels, since multi-channel is no longer good enough; marketing messages must be orchestrated cross-channel as well.
Let’s say three people visit your website or interact with your brand in some way…
- Do you know which one is an existing customer?
If so, do you know if he or she is profitable to your brand?
- Do you have an up-to-date record of purchase history?
- Do you know what he or she is likely to purchase next?
- If none of them is a current customer, how do you determine which one(s) exhibit the best characteristics to become target prospect(s)?
- How do you follow-up?
- How do you decide the appropriate messaging?
- What channel do you use to deliver it?
These are the questions marketing organisations must answer every single day in order to engage and build relationships with their customers. Putting customers at the heart of your analytics strategy will provide actionable insights to drive successful decision-making.
For more on how to apply analytics to your customer engagement programs, join the ADMA webinar “Putting customers at the heart of your analytics strategy” on December 1st at 10.00am (EST). Register here.
Article supplied by Rusty Warner, Alterian.