Entries by Connie Hill

Advanced Personalization Techniques–Making Things Easier for Your Customer

The concept of personalization is commonplace in marketing organizations. But, personalization techniques are evolving rapidly from a tactical to a strategic approach based on making things easier for an individual customer. Leading brands have evolved their personalization strategies to meet individual customer’s demands for intimacy. If you are not following suit your customers will notice […]

Implementing Personalization at Scale to Deliver ROI – 4 Key Capabilities

In today’s Engagement Economy, it is imperative for brands to take their personalization efforts to the next level or risk alienating customers with “old school” personalization strategies that continue to prioritize volume rather than value. But implementing advanced personalization at scale requires transformational change which can be risky. And risk demands a well thought out […]

Personalization Marketing Trends You Can’t Afford to Ignore

Last week at the CRMC I facilitated a workshop on the future of personalization. Joining me were my colleagues Adam Roberts and Andrea Shaikin, Former Director of Marketing, Loyalty and Innovation – STAPLES Canada. The intent of the workshop was to give attendees the capabilities to up their customer personalization game. The workshop started by […]

Make 360º Customer Profiles A Reality

Creating 360º customer profiles are vitally important if we are to deliver the personalized customer experiences our customers expect and demand. Yet, creating 360º customer profiles can seem elusive and hard to achieve.  But they are worth the effort. Not only because 360º customer profiles are a tangible tool that benefits marketing, but also because […]

How Risky are Customer Engagement Platform Implementations?

New marketing technologies are appearing on the market constantly and CMOs are under pressure to stay competitive and make sure their organization is making the right decision when choosing and transitioning to new customer engagement platform technology. With any new technology, there is risk and anxiety as implementation looms large, especially when the technology requires […]

Why You Need a Good Customer Personalization Strategy

Personalization is a top priority for most marketers, today. Yet most attempts don’t reach the potential of driving behavioral change, goodwill, and business results. Pivoting to a good personalization strategy is a hard, but necessary, shift in today’s competitive environment. It requires an organizational mindset change from communication relevancy to customer first communication. And, a […]

Pros and Cons of Marketing Cloud Solutions

To succeed in meeting consumers’ needs and wants, marketers need to unify touch-points, reduce complexity, and increase agility. But, as we well know, the multitude of technology options now available makes choosing which technologies are best for your organizations needs more complex. Most recently, marketing cloud solutions have been getting a lot of attention and […]

Who Says a Real-Time Marketing Strategy is Marketing “On-The-Fly”?

Wikipedia describes a real-time marketing strategy as “marketing performed on-the-fly.” But we all know that just isn’t true. To do real-time marketing right, there is a good deal of planning that must take place, starting with a clear strategy and enough dynamic content prepared and at the ready to execute. Real-Time Marketing Strategy Success Relies […]

The Impact of IoT on Marketing

The Internet of Things, IoT, is a topic every marketer is talking about. But, what does it mean, and more specifically, what is the impact of IoT on marketing? IoT’s smart, connected devices provide marketers with a new suite of opportunities to listen and respond to the needs and wants of their audience, based on […]

The Future is Now: Predictive Analytics Marketing

Personalizing, even individualizing, customer experiences with predictive analytics is now the de facto marketing strategy in the race to stay competitive. However, predictive analytics tools are becoming more sophisticated every day. Machine learning and AI are making the science of using data to predict customer behavior more accurate and far-reaching than ever before. A trend […]

Satisfying Customer Data Protection Concerns Marketing’s Check List

Customer data protection issues are back in the news with the upcoming EU Data Protection Regulation (which goes into effect on May 25), California looking to introduce a new ballot initiative to extend their already stringent regulations, and Facebook recently announcing they would no longer fight this ballot initiative. And, it is no wonder that […]

The True Value of Data Driven Personalization

We are all very aware of the importance of optimizing the customer lifecycle. But, are we able to do everything we can to drive to the personalization customers demand, or are we being held back because our organization has yet to commit to the investment needed in data driven personalization technology and tools? The Facts […]

How to Make Cloud Based Marketing Solutions Work for You

As customer engagement evolves toward more real-time one to one interactions, marketers are looking for technology solution partners to support their advanced strategies. However, updating and upgrading marketing technologies is no easy undertaking. And the choices are becoming almost endless with 4000+ technology solutions on the market. For many, there may be an initial attraction […]

How to Implement Customer Personalization Across All Touchpoints

Customer personalization is top of mind for most marketing leaders. As it should be, given the last competitive battle field is creating personalized customer experiences. And, it has become very clear that customer personalization is the winning strategy to increase loyalty and drive revenue growth. 86% of buyers say they will pay more for a […]

The Marketing Data and Analytics Challenge – 10 Key Facts

Big data just keeps getting bigger! And every Marketing Leader is under great competitive pressure to harness big data for smarter personalized customer experiences. Yet, most are having a hard time getting their arms around the data their departments need to create the personalized experiences customers now expect. In fact, less than 1% of data […]

Marketing Cloud Technology Falling Short of Marketers Expectations

Investment in marketing technology to help us deliver personalized customer experiences is exploding. However, it is also true that many of us are facing a disturbing trend –that the operational benefits of marketing cloud technologies, we have invested in, are not as we expected. Bottom line, many cloud technologies are sold as a complete solution […]

Only 1:5 Companies Have the Skills to Analyze Marketing Data Effectively

Over the past few years, many brands have focused their marketing technology investments efforts on breaking down data silos to develop a centralized repository for all customer data – first, second and third party. However, tracking customer behavior with centralized data-driven marketing is only the beginning of an ongoing process to understand how to deliver […]