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Discussion Point: Does Marketing Automation Enhance CX?

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The terms "marketing automation" and "customer experience" trip off the tongue of the modern marketer with increasing frequency. But it's not always clear how the former enhances the latter.

We took that question to several marketing practitioners who were in San Francisco for last week's Innovate conference, which focused on customer experience management across all channels.

The Question

How is marketing automation changing the customer experience for your customers?

The Evolution of Marketing Automation

2014-11-June-Refrigerator.jpgAs a marketer, I have a different outlook on digital communications than most consumers.

I see the connections between omnichannel marketing strategies that trigger emails and display campaigns and site personalization tailored to me based on my previous behaviors. I understand how looking at a refrigerator on a major retailer’s website provides enough data to target me through marketing automation platforms via emails and Facebook campaigns, personalized to the model and prices that I viewed. I have witnessed the progression from one-sized fits all digital communication to the personalized experiences we have today.

I also realize how far we still have to go to reach the promise of true marketing automation -- the optimization of customer management.

Globys Claims It Goes 'Beyond A/B' Testing

A/B testing is a key tool for marketers. Now big data analytics provider Globys has announced a new kind of big-scale, machine-learning testing that it says can increase mobile customer retention by ten percent or more by going beyond A/B testing.

Called Mobile Occasions, the company said its solution gives marketers new capabilities for experimentation and machine learning. It is intended to apply scientific methods to automatically test, adapt and scale marketing treatments.

Globys describes itself as a "big data analytics company that specializes in contextual marketing and reporting for telecom and financial service providers."

 

Marketing Automation Helps You Own the Experience

2014-10-June-Spongebob-Attacks.jpgWe've all been there: After buying something a bit goofy on Amazon or another online retailer -- like a SpongeBob DVD box set for your kids -- related merchandise chases you around the Internet with vexing results.

It doesn’t have to be like this. Anticipating people’s next moves online can vastly improve the user experience and is the holy grail of digital commerce. Usage of data and marketing is becoming sophisticated enough to mine people’s interests and social signals, and serve them what they are looking for at the right moment. And customers’ offline, online, mobile, desktop and brick-and-mortar experiences all come into play.

6 Steps to Drive Inbound Leads with Marketing Technology

2014-06-June-Hypnotized.jpgIf moving a prospect to a sale takes 10 steps, buyers are already on step seven before they even come in contact with your company.

That’s a serious game-changer for marketing managers and CMOs who are accustomed to luring prospects to their website for content and information. It’s no longer enough to have a great website: now that the entire web is one big library with everything served up equally, you have to provide great content in places outside your own website, where you have less control, in the hopes of driving inbound marketing leads.

Marketing Automation is No Excuse for Lack of Strategy

2014-05-June-Conch.jpgThe gap between marketers and their audiences is growing. With more access than ever before to information, product reviews and social recommendations, many see our current stage of marketing evolution to be the “age of the consumer.”

Thinking of audiences as empowered consumers, while accurate in many ways, clings to an old paradigm in which marketers held the conch. We are not an Internet of consumers to be manipulated into one-off transactions -- we are an Internet of always-connected individuals with an ever-growing array of tools and technologies that empower our ability to engage with life. And yes, these individuals at times buy things.

The Latest Marketing World Casualty: Mass Marketing Campaigns

2014-04-June-Police-Line.jpgNo one is waiting to be wooed by your elaborate campaigns.

Marketing success today depends on customers seeing, engaging with -- and sharing -- your content within their trusted social networks. The path to purchase no longer looks the same to everyone, and it requires a very unique level of engagement. 

Watch Out! Microsoft Released Dynamics Marketing Today

customer experience, Watch Out! Microsoft Dynamics Marketing Released Today

Hey Oracle, Salesforce, Adobe and other big marketing software providers who feel they should be mentioned in this sentence:

Microsoft's here. Today. Consider the space shaken up.

Living up to its promise to deliver on the new Microsoft Dynamics marketing platform by this quarter, Microsoft announced today new capabilities in marketing, customer care and social listening. It comes as part of the Redmond, Wash., giant's Microsoft Dynamics CRM spring wave of updates in 54 markets and 42 languages.

This new releases are integrated with Microsoft Office 365, Yammer, Lync, Skype, SharePoint and Power BI for Office 365. 

Marketing Automation: Don't Build It If You Can't Use It

2014-02-June-Construction.jpgThe problem with marketing automation is that it takes people and processes to use the technology and companies often treat that as more of an afterthought. The result is a much higher percentage of failed programs and implementations.

The problem is not the technology. The problem is being prepared to use it.

Segmentation Is About to Get Interesting

2014-30-May-Halloween.jpgFor marketers willing to ask the question, “Who is my customer?” the response now comes as billions of data points. Few of these fit into the neat set of demographics that once defined marketing. It’s age, race, sex, weight, height, marital status, education level, politics, buying habits, household health worries, vacation dreams and much much more. Understanding this deluge of data -- and the people or segments they represent -- means a whole new way of understanding customers.

Microsoft Ups Mobile, Cloud Play with Capptain Buy

Unless you’ve been living under a rock with your ears plugged for the past three months, you’ve heard Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella preaching the gospel of Mobile and Cloud, Mobility in the Cloud and so on.

Today his wallet did the talking.

This morning Microsoft announced that it has purchased Capptain, a Paris-based mobile, push analytics startup that provides marketers and customer relationship managers with the tools they need to react to user behavior in milliseconds and to then deliver the right message at the right time, creating engagement and the feeling of being cared for.

5 Reasons for Marketers to be Thankful

customer experience, Five Reasons Today's Marketer Should be Thankful

It's Memorial Day weekend. The official start of the summer. Cookouts. Beer. Flip flops. Relaxation. Beer. Getting the boat on the lake. The first camp-out. Beer.

All that.

We always forget, though, the true intent of this holiday weekend: honoring Americans who lost their lives serving their country. I'm guilty. "Long weekend" enters the mind too often when "life sacrifice" should. 

But I am thankful for my freedoms. I get to write for a great company. Have a great family. A great group of kids to coach in Little League.

Marketers can be thankful, too. Sure, it's a thankless job a lot of the time, but there is a lot to be thankful for as a marketer. We think so. Hence, here are five things we think marketers should be thankful for:

Less Can Be More for Email Marketing

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Did you ever know someone who was over keen? Who didn’t respect your space? Maybe they had something valid to say, but in the end you just had too much and tried to avoid them somehow?

As marketers, we have to be careful not to fall into this category with our email campaigns. It’s a fine line between staying top of mind with your reader and, well, bugging them. Quite simply if you “blast” them with too many newsletters, your image will suffer and eventually they’ll probably either unsubscribe or hit spam.

TechValidate Integrates With Oracle Eloqua Marketing Cloud

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TechValidate believes it has a solution that integrates seamlessly with one of the industry's big players in the marketing software cloud space.

The Emeryville, Calif., provider, led by CEO Brad O'Neill (pictured left), announced this week its integration with Oracle Eloqua Marketing Cloud.

It will help B2B marketers automate, they say, the process of creating marketing content with a drag-and-drop from their TechValidate library directly into Eloqua campaigns.

"For the first time ever, there will be a totally seamless way for B2B marketers to find highly-targeted customer evidence and get it in the hands of segmented customers and prospects," TechValidate claimed in their product pitch to CMSWire.

SAP Buys Cloud Behavioral Marketing Provider SeeWhy

Everyone wants personalized marketing capabilities in their platform, even SAP. So it went out and grabbed some.

SAP announced today the acquisition of SeeWhy, the cloud-based behavioral target marketing solutions provider. SAP is adding to its customer experience arsenal that it built with the addition of e-commerce platform vendor hybris last summer.

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