2018

The New 'Calendared' Approach to Customer Engagement

“Sales!” aren’t going anywhere, folks. Nor are ‘events’ or ‘promotions’ or any of the obligatory retail tactics that have been in practice since Sears met Roebuck. Calendared events bring focus and discipline to retail, enabling operational excellence, maximizing buying power, and enhancing cross-departmental collaboration. The “event” itself is the tip of the proverbial iceberg. No corner of the office can remain on the sidelines during an event. Merchants make ‘special buys’, legal approves terms, finance makes sure the numbers add up, store ops prep the sales floor for the onslaught, marketing promotes… It takes a village to have a ‘Dads and Grads’ sale, funny as that sounds.

2018

What’s the Difference Between a Personalization Engine and a CDP?

Generic, ‘one-size-fits-all’ offers are failing to increase loyalty and motivate additional purchases. For marketers, executing personalized outreach to customers to drive incremental revenue, frequency and loyalty has become top of mind. But why aren’t more brands sharing relevant and personalized offers to all customers? The challenge is the lack of ability to leverage customer data to power these personalized experiences across channels like the web, SMS, email, point of sale, etc.

2018

Back To The Future: The Role Old School Engagement Will Play in Next-Gen Loyalty

This week we celebrate two landmark anniversaries. The blockbuster hit Back to the Future was released just 33 years ago on July 3, 1985. Amazon was founded almost exactly 9 years later, on July 5, 1994, as a small business selling books, starting out of Bezos's garage. Looking back on these humble beginnings that grew into cultural phenomenons got me thinking about what it means to build true loyalty. Were customers loyal to brands in the early days of the internet? Wait a minute Doc, how was customer loyalty created before that? Is it even possible to create true loyalty in today’s digitally-filtered world?

2018

2018