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Personalization Through Data is the Key to More Effective Marketing and Communications
You must know that your audience expects you to know them, and if you want to communicate with them, you had better get to know them.
Data: why we need it, how to obtain it and making the most of what we already have. Welcome to the first part in our series about data and its use in effective marketing.
I talk a lot (what did you expect, I’m a lawyer). But let me be more contextual: I talk a lot about marketing and communications strategy. There is a lot that goes into a comprehensive communication strategy and all of it important. Yet in reality, success in our marketing and communication efforts comes down to one item that is far more critical than any other. Data.
In our customer-centric, interactive universe, it is just a simple fact that in order to communicate with customers (or any other audience) effectively, you need good data. Data, and the information gleaned from thoroughly analyzing data are the Holy Grail of targeted marketing. It allows you to construct your message in such a way that it is more relevant to the recipient and thus, more likely to be read and acted upon. If your message is one of a hundred or so received by your target, it had better be relevant to them or it will simply not get a second look. And you need to know more than just name and address, regardless of whether the message is delivered by direct mail, email, TransPromo communications, Morse Code or smoke signals. The days of sending out mail to “Addressee” or “Current Resident” and expecting it to end up anywhere but the recycle bin are long gone. However, targeted communications full of rich, relevant graphics, timely information and personalized messaging will almost always get a second look. And that gets you more business.
THE TAKE-AWAY: You must know that your audience expects you to know them, and if you want to communicate with them, you had better get to know them. Personalization is an effective strategy for your business and your customers and prospects will appreciate the effort.
I hope that you are now at least convinced that you need data and you need to target your audience and personalize their experience. Communicating with your customers and prospects on a one-to-one basis will help build relationships, enhance your brand and make your messages stand out from the many others that are seen every day. But now we face another set of questions: where is all this data supposed to come from? In what form should the data be? How do I use my data to create relevant, personal messages for my target audience? And most importantly, what is the payback for this effort?
There are answers to all of these questions and the good news is that it does not have to be a costly or time-consuming process. However, you will have to wait for the next post where the subject of data acquisition will be discussed. In the meantime, please leave your comments about any data issues you have experienced or any personalized communications you found to be effective. Let’s share experiences. All of us together are smarter than any one of us alone.
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