Tag Archives: Customer

Engagement matters, too

Engagement indicates a person’s level of commitment. It can come in many forms, such as diamond rings or “@” replies. But engagement, however you get it, can be the difference between a suspect, a qualified lead and a returning customer. As we recently discussed, lead scoring ranks your prospective customers based upon metrics your organization deems […]

Defining and understanding the customer profile

Ask your sales, marketing and client success teams to define a typical customer for your organization and you’ll receive at least three different answers. As I wrote last week, big data can help build your customer profile (assuming it’s good data) as well as your ideal customer profile as they may not be the same. […]

Big Data Success Hinges on Putting the Customer First

Marketing (and big data!) is the engine that fuels company growth. To be effective, the marketer has to shift their focus from ensuring the success of their campaigns to ensuring the success of the overall business strategy. While there are many ways and approaches a marketer can take, a common thread that runs across all […]

Cleaning Big Data is Key, but What Makes it “Dirty?”

Previously in this series we looked at some of the keys to solving big data issues. In this installment, we explore one of the most overlooked aspects of crunching the numbers: cleaning big data. Working behind the scenes, scrubbing and verifying data might not be glamorous, but it’s essential for building a solid foundation when […]

How Marketers Can Make a Smooth Transition to Customer Lifecycle Approach

Forrester Research estimates that almost half of all B2B marketers close fewer than 4 percent of marketing generated leads. The bulk of the sales now come from sources such as referrals, upsells and repeats, which are outside the conventional funnel. The focus of new-age marketers is therefore customer lifecycle marketing, or engaging the prospect throughout […]

Using Audience Segmentation for Better Engagements

Among the various marketing communication strategies in place, audience segmentation has proven very effective in delivering relevant communication or the right communication to the right people. Delivering communication that people really care about improves engagement and increase conversion rates. Audience segmentation is in essence harvesting the data on hand to profile the intended audience of […]

Qualities of a Good Marketing Automation Software

The success of any large scale marketing campaign depends on the efficiency and the robustness of the automated system in place. More often than not, the marketer’s performance directly relates to the information tracked and the depth of analytics provided by the system. At the very core, a good automated system identifies the people who […]

Successful Engagement Strategies in a Customer Centric World

Successful Engagement Strategies in a Customer Centric World

Today’s customers meet marketers on their own terms, and expect to receive a high level of professionalism and real-time commitment. The modern marketer needs to succeed under these new engagement paradigms, where the customer is in control and very often makes new demands at the point of engagement. Success often depends on personalization, relevance, and […]

Email’s Role in Marketing Automation

Email has been rated as the most successful digital marketing and engagement tool by 67% of marketers worldwide, shown by the May 2012 data from the Chief Marketing Officer Council. This finding is also supported by the June statistics from Direct Marketing Association (DMA), which reveal higher open rates and clickthrough rates for emails sent […]

Customer Award Programs: The Benefits and Pitfalls

A customer is the best critic your business can have. So, it’s critical to engage your customers in a consistent and respectable manner to get suggestions, feedback, testimonials, and, eventually, brand advocacy. The National Bank of Oman, for instance, launched an “NBO Customer Consultant Award”, which consisted of a cash prize and certificate to customers who […]