Getting the Channel Mix Right in Target Marketing on bigdataexchange.com

Getting the Channel Mix Right in Target Marketing

The marketer’s channel-mix challenge across the digital landscape

Back in 2011, Google introduced us to a new marketing acronym. Zero Moment of Truth (ZMOT) is the moment where first impressions happen and the path to purchase often begins. Google explained that it’s a moment where information and marketing happen, and the consumer makes choices that impact the success or failure of nearly every brand in the world. Talk about the opposite of a “no pressure” moment.

Zero Moments of Truth happen. Nevertheless, many people aren’t going to remember the very first time they were exposed to a brand. “Ah, yes. It was a little after 3 in the afternoon on a Friday. I saw a mobile banner while I was checking the weather on my favorite app.”

That’s because it often takes more than the ZMOT to help a prospect overcome inertia and take the steps to become a customer. What leads to this conversion is a concerted effort to push recognition towards engagement. Often, we must be exposed to something multiple times for it to be stored in our long-term memory.

A marketer’s biggest challenge is to deliver an unbroken chain of impressions – on the right marketing channels to the right people – once the seed is planted with a Zero Moment of Truth. It’s a real-time pursuit across the digital landscape, and revenue from a customer is the prize.

Marketing by moments

There may be some steps unique to a particular industry, product, or service, but purchasing behavior generally has five predictable steps:

  1. Problem recognition: The path to purchasing starts when a prospect identifies their need or problem. Stop and read that again. It means that your ZMOT message should be focused as much on their pain point as it is your solution.
  2. Information search: A prospect will begin their search process in earnest now. They’ll look first for validation, perspective, and education about the problem – as well as how others have gone about solving it. The more complex the product or service, the longer this search will last. Think new car or real estate.
  3. Evaluation of alternatives: Do you stand out from the competition? Good. It still doesn’t mean a prospect will become your customer. This is the age of unlimited free search. Prospects want to be assured they’re about to make the right decision. The overarching solution here is to give prospects every reason to go with you.
  4. Purchase: Problem validated. Research completed. Ditto with the comparisons. Now it’s time to make the purchase decision. Marketing messages here usually revolve around a sense of security and value about the decision.
  5. Post-purchase evaluation: The transaction may have occurred, but the purchase is far from complete. A customer must now determine whether he or she is satisfied with the decision. So, another round of evaluation occurs, and brands must continue to communicate with these new customers to make sure they’re happy.

There have to be specific marketing messages delivered at one or more of these steps to encourage a decision to buy. Marketers must locate the right prospects as they take each step closer to deciding whether you understand their problem and offer the best solution.

Which channel keeps you by their side? That’s not the only challenge to conquer. It’s also necessary to consider the benefits and limitations of each channel. For example, SMS can be delivered instantly, has a higher open rate than any other marketing channel, and is extremely cost-effective. On the downside, you’ll have a limited message length and your choice of rich media is extremely narrow. Dynamically targeted banner ads have great targeting (these days) but could get lost in the mix during web surfing. Phone calls can be extremely effective but potentially invasive.

Some channels have a higher engagement rate, while others give you the opportunity of frequency. And not everyone uses all channels – so how do you follow a prospect along the path to purchase if they’re appearing and disappearing like the Cheshire Cat?

Fitting the puzzle pieces together

Marketers know they must be present in as many steps along the way as possible while the prospect is taking the buyer’s journey. There’s no pre-configured map since marketing channels have different characteristics. It’s up to you to determine the right mix so that you’re making the best impression when the prospect is ready to make a decision.

The first step in doing this in today’s complex media environment getting actionable, highly-targeted, real-time data that reveals exactly who is looking to buy your product or service – and which channels they use. BDEX can help you with that.

Find out how you can access real-time data that connect the dots, allowing you to reach prospects who are on the buyer’s journey.

BDEX features 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 like never before. We offer cross-device matching, auto dealership services, DAAS, real-time targeting, and custom segment building that is ideal for any industry, including auto dealers, retailers, brands, agencies, out-of-home, and franchises. Contact us today to get your customized marketing data.

Device-Matching Connects Customers with Devices – and Businesses with Sales on bigdataexchange.com

Device-Matching Connects Customers with Devices – and Businesses with Sales

The key to the connection is all in the data

The goal of anyone who sells anything is to make the right people aware of their product or service at the right time – and in the right place. And while this is a pretty straightforward idea, it has always been much easier said than done. But thanks to real-time targeting and device matching, it may not be so difficult anymore.

What is real-time targeting?

When someone begins a search for something online, real-time targeting allows companies to get this information almost immediately. They can then use this data to offer this customer relevant products that directly correspond with their online and other activity. And the best part is that customer activity can be tracked across computers, phones, and tablets – allowing marketers to match different devices with the same person.

How do companies know which customers are connected to which devices?

Companies that have access to this resource gain insight into what the individual is shopping for as well as which devices they use and how to best contact them. Marketing campaigns can be tailored appropriately to both highly-targeted product recommendations and the platform that will resonate with a potential customer.

For instance, a store like Best Buy could use device matching to find out what out what kind of phone one of their customers uses and how old it is. They can then send updates and information about the newest model at a time when a customer is specifically searching for a new phone and – depending on permissions – provide this information via text, email, or even dynamically-served ads on websites.

How this applies in a non-digital setting

Marketers also have the ability to match consumers to specific geographic locations. With access to the right data, it is fairly simple to tie a postal address to a mobile device and an IP address of a home computer. If that individual goes online to look for a new car, an auto dealership in their area can see this activity and then send the person a flyer or other type of physical mail advertising its cars. And with geofencing, which identifies where a device is located within a certain radius, the dealership can even determine if the individual is actively visiting competitors.

BDEX lets businesses precisely target customers and potential customers

With so much competition vying for the attention of customers, businesses have to do all they can to find an edge – and every poorly-targeted marketing dollar is wasted.

BDEX makes it easy to get in front of consumers when they are looking to buy and where they are likely to see the message. We have over 700 million device ID connections. While some companies offer device-matching and other targeted data in batch mode, we’re one of the few that deliver it through an application program interface (API) that allows our clients to access the information in real time. We also have more than 900 billion data signals on consumers in the U.S. available through our proprietary Data Exchange Platform.

To learn more about BDEX and what this data can do for you, contact us.

What Does a Big Data-Driven Customer Experience Look Like?

Your customers expect you to understand their needs. 80% of modern consumers expect personalized experiences from their favorite brands. Despite increased budget for big data marketing initiatives, 43% of marketers feel they’re getting almost “no benefit” from their existing data assets. These two statistics illustrate a clear disconnect between what customers want, and what marketing teams are able to deliver.

The savviest marketing teams aren’t just deriving value from their internal, or first party, data assets, they’re obtaining high-quality, real-time insights from 3rd-party data vendors to develop a 360-degree view of their customers. In order to capture and retain today’s complex digital consumers, a big data-driven customer strategy is a must.


What Does a Big Data-Driven Marketing Strategy Entail?

Every time your customers swipe on a mobile device screen or post a status update to social media, they leave a trail of data on their preferences and behaviors. Each of these interactions offers the potential for your brand to gain insight into how to create personalized experiences for your customers.

By synthesizing first and third-party data insights in a data management platform (DMP), you can create a holistic view of your customer base. This allows you to understand patterns and stories that extend beyond your own touch points, and discover truths about how your customers interact with the world around them, by using these stories to create segments and understand your customers on an individual level. In this blog, we’ll discuss several of the best practices best-of-class organizations adopt when developing a marketing strategy that’s driven by big data insight.

1. Expand Your Data Collection
Transform your strategy from first-party data analysis to a program that’s focused on true cross-channel synthesis. By combining the broadest array of data sources possible, you can improve your strategic analysis and customer understanding.

2. Score Your Segments
By creating narrow segments of your existing customers, you can focus on your best clients. These are the individuals with the highest customer lifetime value (LTV), and who may be most likely to promote your brand on social media channels and other online forums. The creation of buyer persona profiles has traditionally been executed through qualitative research methods, such as focus groups. By allowing data to tell your story, you can eliminate organizational biases about what your best customers look like.

3. Focus on Customer Experience
When you have identified your best customers, it is critical to discover ways you can improve your client experience. You can discover insights on how your customers interact with brands through the inclusion of 3rd-party data. Are they mobile shoppers, or heavily-engaged app users? Tailor your engagement strategy to your client’s existing behavior patterns.

4. Get Personal
The best marketers know that big data has the potential to move your strategy from segments to true personalization. Use your big data insights to discover behavioral triggers, and tailor personalized marketing efforts to meet your client’s needs for relevant email marketing and programmatic advertising.

5. Measure and Optimize
With your programmatic advertising and email marketing metrics, your brand has the potential to move towards continual improvement cycling in your marketing program. Never stop collecting data, analyzing, and improving your efforts to deliver a best-of-class customer experience.


Are you ready to make the shift towards customer-focused, Real Time big data-driven marketing? Contact BDEX today for more information on high-quality, real-time big data assets from trusted 3rd-party sources.

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Desperate for the Right Insights: How Data Exchange Can Solve Your Procurement Issues

Big data procurement is a pain point for analytical marketers. Chief Marketer reports that “getting a 360-degree view of the customer” is a primary struggle for today’s marketing leadership. While it’s clear that integrating a wide array of data insights is the right solution, many marketers are simply unable to obtain the right big data assets via traditional procurement methods, such as data management platforms (DMPs), internal assets or leading third-party vendors.

 

The most sophisticated marketers understand there’s more to customers insights than “RFM – recency, frequency and monetary value.” To effectively maximize conversion potential, subject matter expert Karl Wirth recommends including insights on relationships, persona and intent. You must understand how your prospects are researching across platforms, individual motivational factors and pain points, and the context that surrounds each of these qualifiers. It’s abundantly clear that big data means big opportunities for marketers, but only if they’re able to procure sufficiently recent and comprehensive insights.

 

What Comprehensive Big Data Procurement Looks Like

While analytics experts have multiple ways of categorizing the types of data that provide marketers with comprehensive understanding of their target customers, marketer Jim Robert’s definitions are among the most intuitive:

  1. Identity
    A consumer’s identity includes basic demographic characteristics, such as age, gender, and race. It also includes geographic details on the area of residence, and insights such as employment, job title, and income.
  2. Quantitative
    Quantitative data is most likely to be first-party insights stored within an organization’s DMP based on their interactions with a customer, but can also be sourced via data exchange with third-party vendors. This includes data on transaction history and communications with the brand. It will also include online activities across desktop and mobile devices, including historical engagement with branded content or company’s sales teams.
  3. Descriptive
    Descriptive data offers a more comprehensive view of an individual’s life than pure identity data. It can include parenthood status, including the number of children and whether an individual owns pets. It can detail whether someone owns or rents their home, their education level, and work history.
  4. Qualitative
    Many marketers are familiar with the concept of “attitudinal data,” but qualitative insights actually encompass much more. A consumer’s opinions, brand preferences, and motivations may be included among these insights. Qualitative profiling can also lead to an understanding of brand preferences, consumer pain points, and individual priorities.

 

While you can gain a basic understanding of customers by procuring just identity and quantitative insights, it won’t be a truly comprehensive understanding of how your customers operate. You won’t understand why they make the decisions they do, or how they’re most likely to research based on education level.

 

Each additional type of data insight can change a consumer’s goodness-of-fit with a marketer’s target market. While consumer identity factors may dictate that they can afford to purchase a product, descriptive and qualitative factors may affect their priorities or reveal that budgets are most likely directed elsewhere.

 

DXP: Simple Procurement of Comprehensive Insights

For marketers struggling to build comprehensive profiles and filter targeted advertising opportunities towards the most qualified customers, the Data Exchange Platform can represent the solution. Instead of relying on limited or aging insights in a DMP environment, marketers can procure big data via a wide range of third-party resources all in one place via the DXP. No other platform can give marketers the breadth of data availability like the DXP due to it’s inherent access to so many data providers at once and it’s ability to merge data points from multiple sources across a single data taxonomy. This facilitates the first steps towards a true, 360-degree understanding of who brands are trying to connect with.

 

It goes without saying that better understanding leads to better conversions and sales. By ensuring their messaging lands in front of genuinely qualified prospects exactly when they’re motivated to buy and actively searching, conversion rates can finally exceed organizational targets. Instead of struggling to drive sales with data that reveals only part of the picture, marketers are given the opportunity to finally achieve the understanding they need.

 

For more insights on customer understanding through big data analytics, we recommend our blog: Re-Imagining the Consumer Needs Through Data.

 

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3 Ways 3rd Party Data Leads Marketing Teams Astray

Data quality is among the most common pain points associated with marketing initiatives. For teams engaged in email marketing, programmatic marketing, or other big data-driven projects, quality issues can significantly reduce results. If your organization’s efforts to produce targeted, real-time messaging are generating poor lift, it could be important to look towards your third-party data vendor as a potential source of the problem.

In best case scenarios, third-party data can allow marketing teams to develop 360-degree understanding of their target customers. However, directing dollars towards the wrong third-party vendor can actually damage efforts to programmatically generate advertising messages. If your vendor’s insights are out-of-date, generated through poor data logic or clustering technique or inaccurate, your results could be worse than if you were solely reliant on first-party insights in your data management platform (DMP). In this blog, you’ll learn the differences between data types, and how the wrong vendor can lead your team astray.

Understanding the Classes of Big Data
While sources and volume can vary significantly, there are a few terms commonly used to describe the origin of data that may be applied to a big data-driven marketing campaign. Understanding the following classifications can allow marketers to understand sources of risk in their marketing campaigns, and make the right choices about data acquisition at a large scale.

1st Party Data: These insights are generated by your company’s web, mobile, and transactional records. Typically, these insights are the most accurate, and are housed in a data management platform (DMP), which is typically integrated with a CRM.

3rd Party Data: These insights are obtained through an external data provider. The data is generally anonymized, and may be matched with your contacts in a data management platform. Vendor sources can vary significantly, but purchasing from a large-scale vendor can result in insights that are out-of-date and suffer from quality issues.

2nd-Party Data: These insights are among the most rare. 2nd-party data could originate from long-term data sharing agreements between organizations to continually combine and match profiles.

For many big data campaigns, the single biggest source of risk is 3rd-party data. When completing audience profiles with old or inaccurate insights, your audience profiles could be significantly diluted. Sources of risk in 3rd-party data quality can originate from the following factors:

1. Sourcing Methods
Third-party data vendors often have “mountains of information” available, according to Dunn & Bradstreet (D&B). However, their sourcing methods can be a bit of a mystery, even to some external representatives of the organization.

In one case study, a 3rd-party data vendors classification of “new parents” proved 10-20% inaccurate, per D&B, because it was based on individuals who’d recently purchased a certain magazine subscription. In other cases, vendor’s sourcing is based solely on online browsing cookies.
Regardless, your marketing results could be questionable if you’re not able to quickly establish each of the following with a prospective data vendor:

● Where does the data come from?
● Does the data represent online and offline behaviors?
● Do you rely on multiple data points to build audience groups?

2. Quality Assurance Methods
Quality assurance represents a major source of effort for data science teams. While purchasing third-party insights that are cleansed can provide convenience for marketing teams, your vendor’s quality standards need to be impeccable to yield gains.


Understanding your vendor’s approach to data verification, elimination of old data assets, and comparison is crucial. The best indication of data quality is results. Proof of recent conversions is the most objective way to measure third-party data assets.

3. Refreshing Methods
Generally, most data vendors “refresh” their data assets on a periodic basis, by pulling new insights into their data management platform. For vendors that source from a variety of sources, these “refreshes” may occur very occasionally, such as every several months.

In a world where consumers have access to immediate purchases via mobile devices, recent data is crucial. Insights that accurately reflected your audience’s behavior three months ago are not accurate today. Unless your vendor’s data is updated in real-time, it’s out of data.

BDEX: A New Approach to Real-Time Data Exchange
BDEX offers a first-of-it’s kind marketplace for real-time big data exchange. Instead of having to rely on third-party vendors to aggregate data from a variety of sources, brands are able to purchase insights directly from the source as they are generated. With objective, third-party scoring of conversions, prospective customers can gain peace of mind that the data is sufficiently high-quality to generate lift.
For more information on purchasing data via BDEX, click here.

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Is Your Big Data Dated? The Importance of Truly Real-Time Email Marketing

For contemporary email marketers, big data management is a critical tool for segmenting email lists and delivering relevant content offers. However, a recent survey of 1,300 email professionals indicated a serious ineffectiveness in how marketers apply big data assets to decision-making. VentureBeat’s analyst Jon Cifuentes described the issue as an “education problem,” citing issues with both major vendors and the data management skills of email marketers.

According to the subject matter experts at TowerData, the most commonly-reported data management issues among email marketers include:

  • Centralizing multiple sources of big data
  • Managing storage, application, and access processes
  • Applying real-time data for best results

 

For organizations who already have storage, application, and access managed via a data management platform (DMP), the cause of poor email marketing metrics is most often connected to data quality. Tower’s research indicates that brands too often rely exclusively on first-party insights, or outsource their data assets entirely to a third-party vendor. While the addition of the vendor’s third-party data can enhance understanding of contacts, these organizations are often sacrificing data recency for the sake of perceived simplicity.

 

Email isn’t Getting Simpler

 

Marketing experts have acknowledged that yielding positive returns on email marketing campaigns is growing more difficult, and the average open rate is just 16.5% across industries. Data is a “common denominator” for email marketers, but the companies who see positive returns are those who are bold enough to look beyond first-party insights and seek out solutions beyond the dated offerings of many major vendors.

 

Delivering email marketing messages that earn opens, click-throughs and sales requires an up-to-date understanding of prospective buyer’s needs that is typically only possible through a real-time Data Exchange Platform (DXP).

 

How Real-Time Big Data Impacts Email Marketing Metrics

 

For modern marketers, applying real-time data to email marketing efforts is among the top five ROI-driven priorities discovered in The Relevancy Group’s research. Additional studies indicates that the majority of marketers believe real-time data will have a bigger impact on email metrics than any other channel. By participating in a real-time Data Exchange Platform such as BDEX with a variety of vendors in an open marketplace agreement, brands can significantly improve their segmentation and targeting efforts without needlessly complex data management processes.

 

According to Adobe’s Mickael Bentz, real-time data is just as critical as technology when it comes to effective email marketing. For execution of high-return email marketing, you must look beyond internal understanding of customers to create “context-aware” communications. Important sources of real-time data, in addition to your own CRM insights, should include:

  • Surrounding context insights, such as weather or stock status
    User web analytics from desktop and mobile devices
  • Behavioral and event-triggered data, including career searches, loan applications, and transactional insights.

 

For organizations who utilize a marketplace such as BDEX to purchase insights directly from vendors, improving your email marketing campaigns requires a simple, two-part process:

 

  • Obtain: By integrating BDEX’s marketplace directly with your database of emails, you can select from a variety of real-time data insights driven by your contact’s web behavior, transactions, behavioral-triggers, and other factors. You’re able to purchase as much — or as little — as you wish, ultimately depending on your budget for the email campaign.

 

  • Match: Matching data insights with your contacts can be managed within your data management platform, allowing you to refine your segments and develop targeted offers in real-time.

 

Instead of relying on a third-party vendor to develop segments based on months-old search habits or other factors, marketers gain the ability to create real-time segments for truly targeted offers.

 

If your data insights are limited or aging, there’s a good chance that typical data management technologies aren’t enough to yield best-of-class email marketing practices. By shifting towards a real-time segmentation and offer delivery model, you can ensure you’re sending the right messaging to the right contacts, at precisely the right time.

 

For more information on how BDEX can integrate directly with your existing DMP or DSP technology, click here!

 

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