Using Real-Time Data to Build Brand Loyalty on bdex.com

Using Real-Time Data to Build Brand Loyalty

Customer marketing focuses on retaining and enriching the customer relationships you already have, and the more competitive your industry is, the more you are going to need real-time data.

At BDEX we talk about how we are building the data infrastructure that powers human connectivity by delivering the right insight into the right people at the right time – to close the sale. But the value of our real-time data goes far beyond that. It can be just as valuable for building customer loyalty as for audience segmentation and targeting.

In fact, learning how to integrate real-time data into customer marketing could be a great way to pull away from competitors, particularly in more mature industries where customer loyalty is critical to sustaining growth. Research from Forrester and DataStax has shown that 95 percent of companies can’t yet make sense of customer data, and thus they struggle to pull any meaningful, real-time insight out of it.

Targeted marketing vs. customer marketing

The term “customer marketing” may seem redundant since all marketing is aimed at customers. But in this context, we are using the term to refer to marketing to existing customers rather than targeting new ones.

Targeted marketing markets products or services to potential customers, not current customers based on known preferences and behavior.

Customer marketing aims to not just retain customers but keep them buying repeatedly and success hinges on integrating data that is often scattered throughout an enterprise. For instance, product marketing and management and account management, as well as the customer marketing team, need to work together to build a single customer database.

Each team on its own wouldn’t have all the information about what customers value most and what brings them the most satisfaction, all of which are factors that lead to brand loyalty. In a study from the CMO Council, almost half of marketers still fail to deliver “contextual, personalized engagements” across points of contact.

Often, marketers can get that context more quickly by partnering with high-end data exchange platform like BDEX, which aggregates and classifies billions of real-time data signals from dozens of vetted partners using a uniform taxonomy to help marketers quickly build custom audiences.

Enhancing the customer experience

The first consideration for customer marketing should be enhancing the customer experience across all touchpoints to create a seamless and immersive brand experience. This will lead to greater customer loyalty, which will lead to repeat purchases and lifelong customer relationships.

A report released from Motista showed that emotionally connected customers are much more valuable to brands overall. These loyal customers spend up to two times more than other customers, have a 306 percent higher lifetime value, and stay with a brand for 5.1 years on average.

So, how do you enhance the customer experience and foster customer loyalty in 2019?

One way is to find new ways to use real-time data to push further toward true 1:1 customer personalization.

For instance, you could layer real-time data signals available from third parties on top of your existing customer data to enhance the product recommendation engine on your online store.  Personalizing recommendations can make the difference between a returning customer making add-on purchases and abandoning their shopping cart.

Or you could make a commitment to omnichannel personalization. This involves using cross-device matching and real-time data to tailor content not just to the customer’s preferences and behavior, but to the channel being used to present a consistent and integrated customer experience. This means adjusting content to exploit the strengths of each channel, whether that be email, text messages, an online store or SERP, a mobile app, an addressable cable TV box, digital signage, smart appliances or direct mail. This capability will become more critical the more humans become enmeshed in the Internet of Things and it’s only possible when you have access to the technology listed below.

Identity resolution

Your organization likely already has a data gathering system in place. But are you using that data as much as you could be? Each data transaction should be linked to a unique customer identifier, which allows you to create a more granular picture of your customers for not just real-time personalization, higher resolution targeting, and audience management, but more omnichannel personalization.

The more data you have in your ID Graph the more you can segment your audience and personalize your content. This allows you to send different messages to potential customers and existing customers so that both groups aren’t seeing the same ads and thus becoming alienated if a message doesn’t apply to them.

Deterministic matching

Deterministic cross-device matching uses customer information like anonymized log-in data or email addresses to match connected devices to Customer IDs and it ’s essential to omnichannel personalization and integral to building a robust ID Graph.

Geofencing

Geofencing allows marketers to draw a virtual fence that will alert them any time someone enters or exits a specific area. This can be used by brands and retailers to email coupons and other content to customers once they get within a certain distance of a store or even a section of a store. The technology provides a tremendous way to connect with existing customers at or near the point of purchase.

Clickstream and POS data

Combining geofencing data with other real-time signals such as a customer’s browsing activity or brick-and-mortar purchases can provide even greater insight into customer intent. This can help you decide not only whether and how to connect with the customer, but what content to send.

The above provides just a glimpse of how real-time data can be used to enhance customer loyalty, boost customers’ lifetime value and improve your marketing ROI.

Why loyalty matters?

Research shows investors are much more likely to reward brands with repeat customers and customer loyalty with premium valuations. That’s primarily because repeat purchasers spend more, refer more people, and bring in more business, according to Bain and Company research. As any marketer knows, it’s also significantly less expensive to retain a customer than acquire a new one.

This is why more auto dealerships are now focusing their marketing efforts toward retention, rather than just target marketing. Real-time data, it turns out, can turbocharge customer loyalty just as much as customer acquisition and sales.

BDEX is committed to building the infrastructure marketers need to power human connectivity. Call (917) 410 6616 or email us at info@bdex.com today to learn how brand-building solutions from BDEX can help you put the right messages in front of the right consumers at the right time.

The Future of Data Promises the Perfect In-Store Marketing Experience on bdex.com

The Future of Data Promises the Perfect In-Store Marketing Experience

Data-driven solutions taking shape on the shop floor will match gender, age, ethnicity, and shopping habits to what’s on offer now

The days of aimlessly wandering the store in search of a deal or a “you” item look to soon be over. Brick and mortar retailers are embracing the latest in data technology to recognize and serve visitors like never before. Device matching, real-time targeting, and even budding facial recognition tech are eroding the notion of searching for a new customer. It’s now possible to know someone who wants to buy the moment they walk in.

How real-time data provides the most actionable marketing possible

Speed of transmission and lack of detail were two old enemies of in-store marketing. They’re becoming obsolete in an era where almost the instant a customer expresses an interest in/buys a product, a retailer can be notified and be able to target that individual with relevant content.

How is this possible? Smart uses of data like device matching and geofencing are two methods which create a purchasing portrait of prospects across every major demographic. Device matching with BDEX allows retailers to market to consumers across multiple devices and channels as the data link a consumer’s search/purchase activity via mobile, email, social media, and other avenues.

Geofencing creates a data map of all the physical retail locations a potential prospect has visited. This is useful because it shows they’re actively and physically searching for an item or service. Internet browsing data is valuable, but geofencing further isolates a consumer who’s actually visited a certain type of business. This is one of the reasons why BDEX data can drive and support in-store marketing so effectively.

We repeatedly test our data to authenticate its accuracy and currency to sidestep the pitfalls of outdated or “too broad” data – and we enable our customers to buy only the data they need. Our tailored approach allows retailers to create a dynamically-informed marketing effort that never sleeps. Actionable prospects can be marketed to in their home, via their mobile device on the go, and even when they visit your location.

The latest in-store marketing is a customer service gold mine

When a prospect has entered a store, data has the potential to really close a sale. Modern digital signage can be updated on a single screen or storewide to display offers relevant to specific viewers. Imagine a scenario where a prospect checks in and you know exactly whom is watching your in-store screen – and precisely what they’d been browsing only an hour before.

Interactive digital displays provide the same tactile satisfaction as customer cell phones or other touchscreen devices. In fact, this in-store marketing sector is set to exceed $20 billion by 2024. Nevertheless, all the digital signs in the world are just flashy eye-catchers without being powered by actionable data.

Who’s marketing in-store and why it’s working

Ralph Lauren has integrated in-store digital into their changing rooms to powerful effect. Embracing this kind of innovation has provided real-time data on customer purchases (or lack thereof) and tripled their sales forecast while increasing customer engagement by 90%. McDonald’s is realizing the potential of onsite touch screens as an alternative to face to face orders. They’re also reviewing cell phone ordering, along with other chains that have successfully implemented the technology.

The supermarket sector (including the Walmart brand) understands how data is vital to staying competitive. They’re using it to engage in-store customers in a personal manner. The retail giant has even registered multiple patents to take their data-driven marketing into the future, an effort that sees them calculating 2.5 petabytes of data … every hour!

Clearly, the potential for data-driven in-store marketing is vast. Customers engaged by relevant, real-time data will interact further with your brand, providing even more data to enrich your understanding of that customer’s needs and build a lasting relationship. Current and future technology will allow stores and customers to connect at every point on the retail journey – from first thought to final checkout.

BDEX is the first-ever Data Exchange Platform (DXP). The BDEX DXP and DAAS platforms enable companies to acquire impartial, quality-scored third-party data reaching the right people at the right time. You can call at (917) 410 – 6616 or email us at info@bdex.com

Why You Should Consider DaaS

You’ve probably heard the term SaaS. SaaS, or Software as a Service, combines the services of a software provider with a self-service approach. For a monthly or yearly subscription fee, customers can utilize software themselves, no hardware required. As the Internet became faster and as virtualization and big data tools developed, SaaS became more available, setting a precedent for other user-friendly tech products and services.

One of the byproducts of SaaS is DaaS, or Data as a Service. “In the last few years many businesses have sprung up offering cloud-based Big Data services to help other companies and organizations solve their data dilemmas,” says Big Data expert and writer Bernard Marr. And with more and more businesses utilizing data, it only makes sense that companies are offering “data on demand.”

But not all DaaS services are created equal. With BDEX’s data services, businesses can get the combined benefits of a data marketplace and data services without the upfront cost. For a fixed monthly fee, retailers, brands, and marketers can receive services like:

  • Email Retargeting

This service gives businesses the ability to automatically email users that have visited their website, even if a visitor leaves and never registers with the site. It is an opportunity to reach an otherwise completely lost website visitor.

  • Access to In-Market and Real-Time Data

Companies receive up-to-the-minute, real-time data about consumers looking for a product or service. This data can enhance current marketing and lead generation efforts.

  • Geofencing

Businesses can better target prospective buyers within a pre-defined geographic area.

  • Direct Mail Targeting

While digital marketing tends to be the primary focus in the use of online data, combining digital with more traditional forms of advertising, like direct mail targeting, is now possible.

With over 5,500 data categories, including finance and retail, the BDEX DXP has data for businesses big and small. Email us at info@bdex.com to learn more.

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4 Steps to Better Auto Dealer Marketing

Long gone are the days of cheesy, old fashioned car salesmen and hard-selling. Dealerships are spending less on traditional forms of advertising like television commercials and newspaper ads and more on digital marketing. The process is understandably overwhelming for small dealerships, however. With a limited advertising budget, creating the most effective marketing with the best chance for significant ROI is important. Paid search tools are a popular approach, but they can be expensive and display ads can bring awareness to a particular brand or business, but when it comes to controlling when and where your ads appear, flexibility is limited.

By focusing on a few key strategies when establishing your dealership’s digital marketing plan, you can rest assured you’re spending your money effectively and efficiently.

1. Take Advantage of Email Retargeting

Consumers who visit your website are important; they’re potential buyers who show interest in your cars and services. By matching potential buyers with their email ID, you can create personalized email campaigns to fit their needs. BDEX offers email retargeting as well as other cross-device matching services to connect your customers across multiple platforms.

2. Use Real-Time Data

What if you knew which consumers are shopping for a car right now? With real-time data, you can. But while there are hundreds of data providers, not all of them offer up-to-the-second information on consumers. With real-time targeting from BDEX, you can find prospective buyers who are shopping for a car or have a lease expiring.

3. Utilize Geofencing

Geofencing is a location-based service that tracks who is visiting a particular area. Geofencing is used in a variety of industries from human resource management to law enforcement. Dealerships can take advantage of geofencing by tracking people who visit their own business or competing dealerships.

4. Don’t Forget Direct Mail Targeting

Dealerships that take advantage of BDEX Hyperlocal Data suite services will gain additional data on their consumers, opening new avenues for other marketing, including direct mail. While direct mail is an older, more traditional approach to marketing, used in conjunction with digital marketing, this method is another way to grab your consumers’ attention without crowding their inbox.

Instead of waiting for your customers to see your advertising, why not target prospective buyers now? With the BDEX Hyperlocal Data Suite services, you can find potential car buyers in a specific area—in real time. Email us at info@bdex.com to learn more about our auto/dealership services.

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