Targeting & Personalization

7 Ways 5G Wireless Will Impact Digital Marketers

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With Apple joining Samsung and others in officially announcing 5G-compatible phones, the next generation of mobile technology has truly arrived. This new age opens up a variety of opportunities for marketers because 5G wireless promises speeds that are roughly 10 times faster than today’s 4G. In this post, Jonathan McClure says there are seven areas that marketers should focus on: More Video Richer Website Design…

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Smart Insights: Email Marketing Trends 2021 – 5 Trends to Watch

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The pandemic upended email marketing plans during 2020 and Smart Insights wondered where our industry is headed in 2021. They asked me and four other email marketing experts for our predictions. Here are the key trends that we identified: Email marketing through the K-shaped COVID-19 recovery Strategy first, solution second Bringing customer experience into email marketing It’s time for real, authentic personalization Rediscovering the value…

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The Future of Travel: Long-Term & Short-Term Recommendations

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No industry has been more heavily impacted by social distancing, government-mandated health and safety restrictions, and regional and countrywide lockdowns than travel and hospitality companies. Even once travel restrictions are completely lifted, marketers within these businesses will have the tricky job of messaging to consumers who are reluctant to take trips for either business or recreation. Because of his reluctance, Goldman Sachs doesn’t expect 2019…

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Inboxroad: How to Build a Strong Email Program in the Years Ahead

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I recently spoke with Ferry van Hoolwerff for an interview on the Inboxroad blog. While we talked about a range of issues, much of the conversation revolved around how marketers should prepare for the years ahead in order to build stronger email marketing programs. Here are the questions Ferry asked me: How did you end up in this industry, and when did email start playing…

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Seasonal Adjustment to Make to Your Automated Campaigns to Stay Relevant

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“Automated campaigns—whether sent via email, SMS, or mobile push—perform so well that they’re often overlooked as not needing attention,” says Jennifer Lancaster Dana, Vice President, Oracle CX Marketing Consulting. “However, it’s because of their high engagement and conversion rates that we should be constantly giving automated campaigns extra attention and trying to make them even better. This is especially true during the holiday season.” With…

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How to Improve All 5 Steps of a Curbside Pickup

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Driven by health concerns and health regulations restricting store capacities, curbside pickup has become a significant new fulfillment channel for retailers, restaurants, and other B2C brands. However, because of the sudden need for this channel, it was implemented and ramped up hastily, often with manual processes and temporary fixes that have led to some poor customer experiences. For example, I recently placed an order online…

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Holiday Marketing Quarterly: Fourth Quarter 2020 Checklist

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Oracle’s Holiday Marketing Quarterly gives B2C brands a quarter-by-quarter checklist for how to achieve more during the critical holiday season with their email marketing and other digital marketing channels. Along with guidance on planning, strategy, and prioritization, you’ll get advice and tips from some of Oracle CX Marketing Consulting’s more than 500 digital marketing experts. Our fourth quarter guide contains a 21-point checklist that helps…

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ZeroBounce: Focus on Managing Subscribers, Not Campaigns

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I recently joined Corina Leslie for an interview on the ZeroBounce Blog. We talked about everything from how to learn more about email marketing to the biggest mistakes email marketers make to what to keep in mind this holiday season. For instance, Corina asked… How did you get into email marketing? How did you learn so much about email? What or who do you credit…

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How 5G Wireless Will Impact Marketers

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When 5G wireless networks and devices start to take hold later this year, they will fundamentally change consumer behavior and open up new marketing opportunities for companies, as well as new pitfalls. It’s a game-changer because 5G wireless is roughly 10 times faster than today’s 4G networks and provides much more accurate location information. Just like the arrival of 4G made it possible for services…

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Watch Out for These 5 Trouble-Making Marketing Outliers

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The chances are high that hiding among your audiences are small groups whose behaviors are so extreme that they skew the overall behavior of your marketing channels in ways that are detrimental. These groups are called outliers and they can: Cloud overall performance data, making it appear that you’re doing much better or much worse than you actually are. Obscure how your core audience is…

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On-Demand Webinar: The Email Subscriber Lifecycle

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To nourish and grow an email relationship, you need to cater to your subscribers’ needs and wants throughout the entire subscriber lifecycle. That means developing tactics to address the major subscriber moments from beginning to end. During this free 44-minute on-demand webinar, I discuss: The six stages of the subscriber lifecycle, from when a visitor or customer signs up for your promotional emails through when…

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On-Demand Webinar: The Hierarchy of Subscriber Needs

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The key to modern email marketing success is creating relevance for your subscribers. However, this cure-all is often discussed in vague, mystical terms within the narrow context of company-specific examples. Although relevance is indeed in the eye of the beholder, achieving it is both describable and measurable. The Hierarchy of Subscriber Needs is your roadmap for understanding the various components that create relevance and also…

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Common Marketing Outliers: Identifying & Managing Them

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The chances are high that your audience across your various channels is diverse—made up of people with different needs, different values, different constraints, and more. That’s why smart marketers develop marketing personas to help them better cater to the various groups of people that their brand attracts. However, sometimes one or more small groups is so extreme in their behavior that they skew the overall…

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On-Demand Webinar: The Questions to Ask Instead about Email Frequency & List Building

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Not achieving your email marketing goals is frustrating, but achieving your goals and then not achieving success is devastating. This happens when marketers and executives ask the wrong questions. When that happens, the answer almost doesn’t matter, because it’s likely to cause you to put the wrong strategies in place regardless. A solid email marketing strategy starts by asking the right questions. In this series…

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Email Evolution Conference 2020: The State of Email Marketing

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Marketers are operating in turbulent times. The challenges are daunting: The worst health crisis since 1918 The worst financial crisis since 1933 The worst social unrest since 1968. The shock to the system has been so great that marketers have largely scrapped their 2020 marketing plans. March marked the new start of the new year. And email marketers need a new plan to succeed going…

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Netcore Podcast: There Is Opportunity in Disruption and Email Is the Key

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Email marketing has changed in dramatic ways since March. I join Netcore’s Email Unplugged Podcast to speak with Dennis Dayman about these changes and how marketers have responded and what they should think about moving forward. During our conversation, we talk about: Companies’ coronavirus crisis messaging in mid March and how consumers reacted to them How email engagement, unsubscribe rates, email revenue, and other metrics…

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How Coronavirus Has Shifted Consumer Preferences

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The COVID-19 pandemic clearly drove some new consumer behaviors: 28% of online grocery shoppers surveyed in March, for example, had made their first online grocery order ever that month because of coronavirus concerns, according to CPG marketing agency Acosta. The unknown is whether those behaviors will stick. Human behavior is incredibly elastic after all. However, some consumer behaviors have already permanently shifted because of the…

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Email Innovations Summit 2020: Prioritizing Which Email Innovations to Pursue

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You can’t—and shouldn’t—chase every email marketing trend. To help you prioritize which email innovations you should invest in, we surveyed Oracle CX Marketing Consulting’s more than 500 digital marketing experts, asking them to rate the current adoption of a range of email marketing technologies and tactics, as well as their predicted impact during 2020. In this presentation, which I gave at the 2020 Email Innovations…

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As Coronavirus Restrictions Ease, How to Adjust Your Email Strategy

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We’ve talked in recent weeks about how marketers should respond to the systemic shock caused by coronavirus—how you start by sending crisis messaging and then adjust your promotional messaging strategy to stay aligned with new email behaviors and new consumer preferences. Now businesses are facing questions around how to handle the easing of coronavirus restrictions as economies re-open. Oracle’s CX Marketing Consulting experts see companies…

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8 Email Marketing Improvements to Make During Slow Periods

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When your business’s promotional email frequency is high during its peak season, chances are that your email program is almost exclusively focused on getting that next email out the door. However, you generally have more time to think about your strategy and invest in lasting improvements during your off-season—as well as during slow periods like the one that some businesses are experiencing now because of…

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