Better data delivers powerful integration
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"You need to break through the [marketing] noise and be highly targeted," says Kathleen Greenler Sexton, VP of marketing at ZoomInfo, a database services provider. "It's important for marketers to be relevant and make sure their information is accurate. That means you have to go beyond business card basics and leverage [database] tools."
Healthcare information solutions provider SK&A worked with ZoomInfo to build a custom database list that it leveraged to build brand awareness in previously untapped markets. SK&A sent targeted e-mail campaigns to more than 20,000 prospects and saw delivery rates of more than 95%, as opposed to 70% delivery rates with SK&A's previous list service.
Database marketing isn't only about reaching the customer. Sometimes the challenge lies in reaching other marketers within the organization. For AAA Auto Club South, getting customer information into the hands of its employees was at times a month-long process.
"My analytics team had access to 200 data tables and it took too long to answer each of their questions," says Kristin Rahn, director of advanced analytics at AAA Auto Club South.
"We had to join six to 20 tables to answer every single question. What we wanted to do was not only make it easier for my team to be able to answer questions faster but to give marketers the ability to answer the questions themselves."
Utilizing Portrait Software's self-serve analytics tool, Rahn's team was able to increase the speed of employee queries from two to three weeks to two to three minutes, she says. Customer modeling turnaround time was cut from two to five months to two to eight weeks.
"With Portrait's tool, I don't have to tie up a good resource for five months, and we can create something the business can use much faster," Rahn says.
At its core, database marketing is about creating familiarity between businesses and consumers, says J. Patrick Bewley, VP of the consulting practice for multichannel marketing strategy at data management and marketing services company Acxiom. Bewley says marketers need to more consistently recognize customers across all touchpoints. This will allow companies to unlock behavioral data to develop a more rounded picture of a customer. Only after a 360-degree customer view is established can marketers accomplish what they've always ultimately tried to do: Earn the customer's trust.
"I grew up in a small town of about 400 people," Bewley says. "In that town there was a single store, and a guy named Ellis worked behind the register. Ellis recognized everybody by name. You didn't make it three steps down the aisle before he offered you products you were interested in. Today we're taking [data] technology and we're giving marketers the ability to approximate that small town relationship."