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As technology has advanced, so has the online marketer’s ability to shape website utility and brand perceptions.
Product recommendation engines were the first real move away from a one size fits-all website, but it wasn’t until the introduction of A/B testing that ecommerce professionals started to look at personalisation as more than just algorithmic product curation.
Ecommerce is graduating into a new phase of personalisation where customer segmentation capabilities and the ability to serve targeted content in real-time are a viable reality for most online businesses.
The bricks-and-mortar store is no longer the only place the customer can see the personal face of the business as personalisation bridges the gap between the clicks and the bricks.
This guide aims to identify some effective personalisation tactics that ecommerce businesses can implement to improve the customer experience and drive conversions.
On Monday 12th May at our Marketing Automation Forum, the last session of the day involved all tables (each a mix of job roles from many different sectors) battling it out in our website segmentation/personalisation game.
By this time the audience was already warmed up by some great sessions including one from Econsultancy’s very own Heather Hopkins on “The changing market place - marketing automation means more than just email”.
Predictive analytics has been around for a while, as has machine learning, but it's only now with the profusion of cloud-based software in marketing that this form of data analysis has started to take off.
AgilOne is a US company, launched 2012, now branching into the UK, that provides predictive analytics software. I spoke to CMO Dominique Levin to find out more about this technology.
Is it powerful enough to make one-to-one marketing a possibility and not a fallacy?
The play Privacy has just opened at London's Donmar Warehouse and it is a must-see for those involved in data, analytics and personalisation.
This excellent play explores the issues of privacy and surveillance in the post-Snowden era. The play starts with the writer seeing his therapist, exploring his unwillingness to share.
The writer then commits to share online after being pressed by his Director and from this premise we explore the issues of privacy and security and secrecy.
Last week I moderated the roundtables at our Digital Cream London event on personalisation and I wanted to share some of the themes and takeaways from these sessions.
Personalisation is certainly on the radar. It was named this year’s top digital priority by B2C marketers in our Quarterly Digital Intelligence Briefing published in January.
But this is a nut we have not yet cracked. Whilst it’s an exciting opportunity, it is also a long-term priority.
Marketers expect personalisation to be the third most exciting opportunity in five years time (after customer experience and multichannel campaign management).
On Monday New York based Wunderman, part of the WPP group, announced the acquisition of FusePump for an undisclosed sum.
We spoke to FusePump CEO Robert Durkin about the deal, and how the company positioned itself for the eventual acquisition...
There is a fight brewing in the conversion rate optimisation (CRO) world. There are two main camps and there’s a whole lot of money at stake.
In the blue corner, we have split testing (AKA a/b or multivariate testing). Split testing has been continually growing in notoriety in digital marketing.
It has firmly proven itself to be highly effective at improving conversion rates and increasing average order values, driving often staggering increases in website revenue.
In the red corner, we have something of a newcomer: website personalisation. This is certainly a buzzword right now and, for the most part, deserves the hype it’s attracting. Companies that are getting personalisation right are offering superior web experiences to visitors and boosting conversion rates.
Great news, you might think: two practices that can deliver impressive and long-lasting conversion increases for your website. So, which do you put your money on?
Data is a hot topic. It always has been. But now there’s way more of it.
For all those tired of the talk of big data, which is changing services, there’s also a backlash, a sort of arts and crafts movement in statistics (no offence intended) with a focus on using ecommerce product and customer data efficiently, now that it can be looked at it in high fidelity.
Perhaps the biggest boom area in marketing technology at the moment is CRM. But aside from companies getting their houses in order, building them on the rocks of data collection, triangulation and testing, there’s talk of a further revolution.
The revolution comes in the form of a data empowered consumer. The customer is gaining more awareness of and control over her data. Will we approach a point where consumers are fully aware of the value of their data, and are capitalising on it with companies that enable a value exchange, providing extra services, products or savings?
Well, this post is going to have a lot of rhetorical questions in it, questions inspired by last week's Personal Information Economy conference run by Ctrl-Shift. But it will also have some facts and a particularly good case study, Money Saving Expert’s Cheap Energy Club.
So, have a read and let me know how far you think a data empowered consumer can change advertising and marketing.
Last year Econsultancy published an article claiming that some businesses doubt the value of personalisation.
Although 94% of companies agree that personalisation ‘is critical to current and future success’ less than half of companies are personalising their website experience.
This isn’t because they think personalisation is unimportant, but because they don’t actually know how to make the most of it.
However, even the smallest of companies can target their consumers directly using personalised content.
It's becoming harder and harder to persuade customers to give us their personal data. Are they more worried about privacy and security post-Snowden?
Are they wary that we marketers will relentlessly spam them once we have their details? Do they find it too difficult to do the data entry on the mobile devices they are increasingly using?
According to recent TRUSTe research 60% of people say they are more concerned about security now than they were a year ago.
It turns out that businesses sharing personal information with other companies (60%) and tracking online behaviour to show targeted ads and content (54%) were the two largest causes of increased online privacy concerns.
And yet there is also plenty of research to show that consumers appreciate personalisation and customisation. According to Adobe’s 'State of Online Advertising' last year, 88% of those surveyed in the EU were neutral or positive about customisation; this figure rose to 94% for the US.
So we face a tough challenge as marketers, as customers seemingly want the benefits of customisation but without giving up any personal data...
You’re one in a million. But hopefully your conversion rates will be higher than that this Valentine’s day.
There’s nothing like the feeling of love in the air that gets people wanting to be extravagant with declarations of their love.
But how do you go about providing the best experience for your Valentine’s customers to drive conversions, fast?
Here are my top tips for helping people in a loving mood get the most out of your site.
As marketers, we are all becoming more familiar with personalization as we recognize the need to tailor digital experiences to individual users. Only we are doing it all wrong. OK, partly wrong.
In this blog post, I explore the concept of 'true personalization:' tailoring the digital experience to the kind of relationship someone wants with your organization.
Rather than just customizing a digital experience according to what someone has clicked on, true personalization posits that the type of content someone consumes is far more important to building long-lasting and deep relationships.