By Mike Dorrington, local and personalized media vice president, Valassis
Published Wednesday, Apr 13, 2016
Dog owners want coupons for dog food — not cat food. When your car needs service, deals from your own automaker are appealing compared to those from another automaker. But if you are a sports fan who regularly goes to NHL games, you will probably use a two-for-one ticket offer for your local NHL team as fast as possible. When your child is ready to fly the coup and head off to college, those back-to-school discounts on everything you need to outfit a dorm room are welcomed savings. All are great examples of why personalization matters and marketers who send the most relevant deals to their best shoppers will realize the benefit.
In today’s data-inspired world, marketers have the ability to tap into a host of information, offering ultra-personal variability. Incorporating a name is a good start, but there is so much more. Messages, images, products, offers and coupons can be uniquely created down to the household level to drive activation.
Relevancy helps build a relationship between a brand and its consumers who favorably respond to targeted messages. Compared to general ads, many consumers find personalized ads to be more engaging (54%), educational (52%), time-saving (49%) and memorable (45%)1.
Here are the top five reasons it is essential for marketers to make personalization part of their plan:
Simply put, personalization works. Utilizing variable data takes a campaign to the next level and enhances consumer engagement. According to data from the CMO Council, 56 percent of marketers cite higher response and engagement rates as the No. 1 reason to use personalized content. Leading benefits also include timely and relevant interactions (47%), greater customer affinity (44%) and more persuasive communications (43%)5.
Today marketers need to do more than figure out how to deliver their message to consumers, they need to make that message personal. The proof is in the results.
(Click here to view the webcast “Personalization: The Next Marketing Channel presented by Mike Dorrington.)
1 Ipsos MediaCT, 2015
2 Econsultancy and RedEye research, Sept. 2014
3 Direct Marketing News, “Why Personalize? It Works,” Feb. 1, 2014
4 Direct Marketing News, “Marketing With a Tailored Fit,” Feb. 1, 2014
5 CMO Council “Brand Attraction for Enhanced Interaction,” Sponsored by IBM Digital Experience, Aug. 18, 2015