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3 Insights to Help Build Your Unified Customer Database

Customer Experience Matrix

The Customer Data Platform Institute (which is run by Raab Associates) on Monday published results of a survey we conducted in cooperation with MarTech Advisor. The goal was to assess the current state of customer data unification and, more important, to start exploring management practices that help companies create the rare-but-coveted single customer view.

How Does Content Marketing Help with SEO?

Webbiquity

Efficient use of meta data, URL addresses and sitemaps all fall under this category and can help to naturally increase your chances of naturally appearing high in search results. Although it is a best practice for SEOs, creating fresh content on a regular basis can also positively impact on your customer base as your social media schedule can be filled with this new content.

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Five Strategies for Improving Customer Experience

Webbiquity

As a marketing professional, you understand customers are your firm’s most valuable assets. However, dialing into customer loyalty and determining what it takes to improve customer retention isn’t always easy. Getting a solid grasp on the customer experience can be a big investment, and you don’t want to waste time and resources on strategies that paint the wrong picture.

Confusing Customer Segmentation, Buyer Profiling, and Buyer Personas Harms Marketing

Tony Zambito

Compounding the issue today is the prevalent use of the term buyer persona to describe customer segmentation and buyer profiling efforts.   The issue I am referring to is the confusion that can surround distinguishing between customer segmentation, buyer profiling, and buyer personas today. Customer Segmentation. And, it can help gauge the size of a market opportunity.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

And they expect an optimized customer experience from end to end. Manage the customer experience: great content alone won't save a lousy product or cumbersome experience. always make more content, their customers can't make any more time. will be forced to value "fit" over "reach" where they target the customers that fit. B2B marketers will see how sales people can help.

How Event Technology Helps B2B Marketers Increase Customer Engagement [Interview]

KoMarketing Associates

A survey released by Attend and Demand Metric at the end of 2015 revealed that customer engagement remains a top goal for B2B event marketers. Salespeople are commonly sent to events with no technology to help them keep track of conversations or let them know which of their contacts are there.”. HOW CRITICAL IS EVENT MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGY TO MARKETERS?

How Content Marketing Can Help Ensure Customer Retention

B2B Marketing Insider

strong sales team doesn't do any good if your business can't retain its customers. The post How Content Marketing Can Help Ensure Customer Retention appeared first on Marketing Insider Group. Having a balanced business model is the end all be all for every company. Content Marketing

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7 Elements Of Customer Understanding The C-Suite Must Master

Tony Zambito

Changes in customer and buying behaviors continue to rock the very foundations of many industries. According to recent surveys by PWC, Forrester, IBM , and McKinsey, disruptive trends in customer and buying behaviors are expected to continue over the next five years. What remains cloudy for CEOs and their C-Suites is what comprises deep customer understanding. by Yarden Gilboa.

One Case Study Helps Land FIVE Major Customer Awards

Stories that Sell

Never doubt the power of a single case study or the positive impact for the featured customer. • 2012 1to1 Media Customer Champion. United teamed with Acxiom for data integration, enhancement and segmentation, helping bring together 90 million records for the United and Continental Airlines merger, as well as for United’s companywide CRM initiative. How about you?

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

And they expect an optimized customer experience from end to end. Manage the customer experience: great content alone won't save a lousy product or cumbersome experience. always make more content, their customers can't make any more time. will be forced to value "fit" over "reach" where they target the customers that fit. B2B marketers will see how sales people can help.

Goal-Directed Marketing: How Marketers Can Help Buyers Achieve Their Goals

Tony Zambito

While this type of intelligence is helpful, it lacks insights into the goal-directed behavior of buyers and why they make the choices they do.  At the core of the problem is the simple fact that marketers are having a hard time getting what makes buyers happy and satisfied. coaching by Gilbert Bages. Respond with content and media that fits into the new world of digital commerce.

Informed Customer Understanding Should Guide Marketing

Tony Zambito

While others portray that if you just do these few things, then there will be a proverbial pot of gold, at the end of the year filled with overflowing coins of new leads and customers. One thing that is clear is the dynamics of markets, customers, and sellers continue to unfold in new ways.  Making use of relevant insights to help guide marketing planning.  by Anton Scherbik.

Singing the Customer Data Platform Blues: Who's to Blame for Disjointed Customer Data?

Customer Experience Matrix

Many surveys present a familiar tune: most marketers want unified customer data but few have it. The gap is music to my ears, since helping marketers fill it is what keeps consultants like me in the business. Better tools, like Customer Data Platforms, can help by reducing the expertise needed. So far so good. But it inevitably raises the question of why the gap exists.

Customer Experience Simplified

It's All About Revenue

However, as much as we overcomplicate things, there is no overstating the importance of providing the best customer experience possible each time, every time and across all channels. According to Gartner, 89% of all businesses will compete on customer experience this year. Another 89% believe customer experience will be their main differentiator by 2017. Customer Experience

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

And they expect an optimized customer experience from end to end. Manage the customer experience: great content alone won't save a lousy product or cumbersome experience. always make more content, their customers can't make any more time. will be forced to value "fit" over "reach" where they target the customers that fit. B2B marketers will see how sales people can help.

How To Lead With Customer-Focused Content

Tony Zambito

The bar has now been raised for marketers to make it through the eye of the needle of customer attention.  The novelty of content has worn off its shiny coat for many customers and potential buyers.  Out Of Alignment With Business And Customer Goals. Compounding this issue, is the overriding benefit of content as seen by customers and potential buyers.  Related articles.

How Video Helps Sales and Marketing Alignment

Vidyard

Rapidly changing industries and customers have forced marketing and sales tactics to adapt at a faster pace than any other point in history. Sales is now more focused on delivering real value to customers and building relationships, and marketing is focused on campaigns and tactics that result in the best outcomes for sales. And that lack of alignment started to cause problems.

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10 Ways Customer Stories Help Companies Sell

Savvy B2B Marketing

We're pleased to present this guest post by Casey Hibbard , customer success story specialist, to kick off the new year. Read on to see all the ways that companies benefit from customer stories. Not only are positive customer experiences powerful in attracting new customers, but in fact, organizations that sell without them could be losing out. ” 3.

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Use Buyer Persona Research To Improve B2B Customer Experience

Tony Zambito

Customer experience has been and will continue to be one of the major influences on how buyers make choices.  Recent research by SiriusDecisions found that for 80% of B2B buyers surveyed, customer experience counted as the top significant reason why they chose to work with a specific provider over another.  State Of B2B Customer Experience Is Unhealthy. by Creative Stall.

All CMOs are Planning to Increase New Customer Acquisition: How Predictive Can Help

Lattice

How Predictive Marketing Can Help You Acquire New Customers. Predictive marketing can help you identify high potential targets within your existing marketing database.  Lattice helps fill this gap with insights from the Lattice Data Cloud. Predictive can help you segment and create targeted lists based on fit, intent and transactional data. Smarter Segmentation.

BlueVenn Bundles Omnichannel Journey Management, Personalization, and Single Customer View

Customer Experience Matrix

The company offers what it calls an omnichannel marketing platform that builds a unified customer database, manages marketing campaigns, and generates personalized Web and email messages. single customer view, has rich functionality to load data from multiple sources and do standardization, validation, enhancement, hygiene, matching, deduplication, governance and auditing.

Marketers Are Struggling to Keep Up Customer Expectations: Here's Proof

Customer Experience Matrix

How pitiful is this: My wife left me alone all last weekend and the most mischief I could get into was looking for research about cross-channel customer views. Let's start with a truth universally acknowledged – that customers have rising expectations for personalized treatment. So, yes, customer expectations are rising and failing to meet them has a price.

How Content & SEO Marketers Can Help Each Other Be Successful

ScribbleLive

We’ve discussed content’s relationship with product marketing , demand generation , as well as sales and customer success. These three tips will help content marketers and search engine specialists help each other. 1. It’s just as interesting and helpful to a reader who found it in January as it will be to a reader who stumbles upon it in November. Content that is original, contains helpful information, is highly engaged with and attracts links from third-party sources are valued when it comes to doling out rankings. Next up? In Conclusion.

4 Uncommon Ways to Help New Customers Discover Your Business

Vertical Response

A growing customer base is critical to any thriving business. By doing so, you increase your ability to not only attract your target market but also encourage new customers to convert, and ensure you retain them. Here are four uncommon ways to help new customers discover your business: 1. Always remember, project the voice of the customer with your words. advice.

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Marketing: New architects of the customer experience?

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

There seems to be a theme emerging on {grow} over the last few months and it is this: How can be effective marketers and have any influence over what has become a very strange and complex The customer journey (my friend Krista LaRiviere of gShift called this the “ dark funnel “). The customer journey is more tangled than the power cords in my computer bag. Now what?

Metrics to Help You Track Brand, Demand, and Expand

Act-On

His monthly magazine, annual Poor Richard’s Almanac and various other printings all served to establish him as an authority and help grow his printing press business. It was educational, with the goal of helping farmers be more successful … the quintessential definition of content marketing. The post below generated over 800 likes and helped to build more brand awareness.

8 Helpful Resources for Creating Beautiful Infographics

Hubspot

Not only do they make content more sharable -- 40 times as much -- but they help us retain information. Helpful Resources for Creating Beautiful Infographics. 1) Canva. Here's one that helps non-profits visually communicate highlights from an annual report: 4) Easel.ly. Freepik doesn't quite allow the same level of customization that some others in this list do.

The One Thing That’s Better Than Knowing Your Customers

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

Knowing your customers is a never-ending quest for most marketers. Understanding the customer helps marketers position the product, and sales teams persuade consumers to buy. However, there’s one thing that is even better than knowing your customers. Yes, Knowing Your Customers Is Needed. And don’t even get me started on listening to customers.

4 Twitter Tools that Help You With Customer Service

Vertical Response

Twitter has fundamentally changed the way that customer service interactions take place. As a business owner, you might find yourself in a negative customer-tweet situation at some point. Although daunting, with the correct monitoring tools, you can stop the criticism and respond to your customers in a timely manner. Let’s say a customer left you a review via Twitter.

How to simultaneously attract new prospects and retain loyal customers

Biznology

One of the challenges business owners face is attracting new customers while trying to retain current customers. B2B companies tend to focus more resources on attracting new customers than retaining current customers. What does your B2B marketing program have to do with your customer retention strategy? Understand what really matters to your customer.

Leading Companies for Customer Service, On and Off Social

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Recently I moderated another Social Media Today webinar as part of their Best Thinker webinar  series, this time on the topic of Leading Companies for Customer Service, On and Off Social. We discussed a ton of ideas on how customer services on and off of social need to scale. Focus on the core program and get that right before scaling to social media.

How to Help Ecommerce Customers Avoid Buyers’ Remorse

Hubspot

Excellent customer service has long been a determining factor in a buyer’s loyalty, but you may be surprised to learn it’s not the only thing you can do to make sure your customers buy again. In fact, for a guaranteed return visit, you need a quality product, excellent customer service, and choice closure. In some cases, those buyers just won’t make a choice at all. Ecommerce

Can Customer Data Platforms Have Decision Functions? Discuss.

Customer Experience Matrix

I’ve had at four conversations in the past twenty four hours with vendors who build a unified customer database and use it to guide customer treatments. The immediate topic has been whether they should be considered Customer Data Platforms but the underlying question is whether Customer Data Platforms should include customer management features.

Am I connecting with my customers enough? 10 tips for customer outreach

Biznology

How’s your customer outreach? You might be looking at how to secure new customers and follow up on leads, but are you also keeping your existing customers happy? We hear a lot about customer engagement and outreach these days. We have our finger on the pulse of our customers like never before—and yet, many of us wonder, “Am I connecting with my customers enough?”.

13 Customer Loyalty Best Practices for B2B Companies

Act-On

Marketers are often laser-focused on one thing: Get new customers. It ends up being such a focus that any other part of the customer lifecycle gets second-shrift. This can cause a bit of tension, as most of us know keeping customers is nearly as important as getting them in the first place. And then there’s the quotes and statistics about the benefits of customer loyalty , aka customer retention. They usually go something like this: “ Acquiring a new customer is anywhere from five to 25 times more expensive than retaining an existing one.”. Conclusion.

How B2B CMOs Can Achieve Customer-Centric Marketing With Buyer Personas

Tony Zambito

recent survey by B2B Marketing, in conjunction with the UK-based agency Tomorrow People, indicated only 38% of marketers considered their content to be “very customer-centric.” This mirrors findings of other surveys related to content marketing and customer-centric marketing, which consistently hovers in the 35- 40% range of “very customer-centric” or “very effective content marketing.”.

How Predictive Intelligence Helps B2B Marketers with Buyer Targeting

SalesPredict

Predictive intelligence can help identify and analyze behavior and intent data to provide a 360-degree view of prospects and their paths to purchase. Predictive solutions can help your organization uncover hidden "breadcrumbs" of previously uncaptured data from across the web that reveal buyer intent. Better serve them customized content. How bad is it? Ready to learn more?

51 Essential Email Marketing Tips to Help Marketing Automation

B2B Marketing Insider

Marketing automation tools also allow us to better serve our customers by sending meaningful, targeted content that really […]. The post 51 Essential Email Marketing Tips to Help Marketing Automation appeared first on Marketing Insider Group. Marketing automation tools save marketers a lot of time – but there are so many more benefits beyond that. Content Marketing

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How Big Data and Marketing Analytics Help Sales

Crimson Marketing

That ubiquitous box on Amazon informing you that “customers who bought this item also purchased…” is something we already take for granted. Plus, sophisticated analytic models can also predict which consumers are likely to cancel services within 12 months — a metric that goes straight to the bottom line because the company must compensate its customers for consumer churn.”