Posts tagged with Personalization

38% of marketers do not use personalisation: report

More than a third of companies do not implement any form of personalisation in their marketing activities, according to a new report from Econsultancy.

This is in spite of the fact that a vast majority of companies achieved an uplift in conversion rates after implementing personalisation in one or more of their marketing channels.

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17 highly informative personalisation blog posts and reports

In a week’s time we’ll all be basking in the reflected glow of some of the world’s biggest brands at our Festival of Marketing.

The likes of LEGO, Tesco, M&S and Barclays are set to share their marketing wisdom, and we’ve also booked Tulisa and Bradley Wiggins to add some random celebrity glitz to the mix.

One of the streams at the festival focuses on personalisation, so to help you get to grips with the topic ahead of time I’ve rounded up a load of blog posts and reports on the topic.

Here they are in all their glory, but don’t forget to also head over to the festival website and book yourself a ticket...

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Three’s a crowd: how first-party data builds customer relationships

Three’s a crowd, and I’m not referring to failed 80s sitcoms. I’m talking about customer relationships.

Yet according to a study by the UC Berkeley Center for Law and Technology, 85% of the top 1,000 websites have cookies set by a third party.

Propelled by widespread anonymity in the early days of the Internet, third-party cookies have undoubtedly become a staple for many marketers, tracking consumer behaviors across the web with the promise of uncovering invaluable insights.

Not only is this an invasion of consumer privacy (more on that later), but it also prevents businesses from truly knowing and understanding their customers.

First-party data, transparently collected via voluntary user registration, on-site activities and interactions, removes data brokers as middlemen, establishing direct brand and consumer connections and fostering 1:1 relationships.

Let’s take a look at three ways that third-party cookies are hurting your customer relationships, and how first-party data can be collected and used to improve audience understanding and user experiences.

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Privacy and personalization: a marketer's Catch-22

Coined in Joseph Heller’s classic satirical novel of the same name, 'Catch-22' is a term that refers to a situation in which a person is trapped by completely contradictory goals or circumstances.

In Heller’s book, the only way for a pilot to escape his WWII flying mission is to request psychiatric evaluation due to mental instability, and be deemed insane.

However, awareness of his own insanity is considered proof of a rational mind, thus making it impossible to escape his mission, a total and complete Catch-22.

No doubt, many marketers are feeling stuck in this sort of paradoxical situation when it comes to the competing goals of consumer privacy and personalization.

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The ultimate guide to personalisation: content retargeting and engagement

Online shopping has become so much more than simply a place to buy.

Ecommerce websites are now places to curate brands and promote customer interaction and editorial content is a key tool to ensure consistent engagement for continued sales and results.

Here’s an overview of how you can use content to help increase conversion rates.

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The ultimate guide to personalisation: upselling and persuasion

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.

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Predictive analytics, machine learning and the future of personalization

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?

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Split testing vs personalisation: fighting for the conversion crown

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?

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The secret to amazing packaging experiences

How many box openings does it take to create a box that is a consummate joy to open?

While this sounds like a daunting brain teaser, Apple answers it concretely through usability testing.

Only a select few of Apple’s packaging designers have the mundane privilege of opening hundreds of prototype boxes in a secretive packaging room at their headquarters. 

This probably doesn’t surprise you, if you bought an Apple product in the past decade.

Opening the box to your first iPad or MacBook Air might have been an indelible, memorable experience, one in which you couldn’t contain your excitement and surprise as you unraveled the packaging, piece-by-piece. 

If your experience was similar to mine, opening the Apple package was probably so delightful that you may have ironically struggled with the idea of parting ways with the box!

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Five ecommerce personalization tips for Valentine’s Day

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.

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Personalization isn’t what you think it is

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.

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Personalisation: how do companies find the right balance?

Tapping the Google Play Store icon on my phone earlier this week I was faced with a horrifying sight. Sat staring at me in the ‘Recommended for You’ section was the official Tottenham Hotspur app.

It’s lucky Google isn’t in charge of selecting my Christmas presents. As a man sporting a (tasteful-ish) Arsenal tattoo, I’m on the verge of suing for slander.

The personalisation of the web has taken great strides, with big data helping to draw detailed pictures of who you are based on where you’ve been, but how do companies find the right balance between trying to deliver based on what they know, and what they assume?

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