Website, online store, newsletter, hotline, chatbox, Messenger, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, job search websites, webinars, brick-and-mortar stores – the list of places where your brand meets customers is quite extensive. Each of these channels consists of so-called touchpoints, places and moments when your customers interact directly with your brand.
These touchpoints generate valuable data that can be used to improve your offer, products and services. If you are an entrepreneur, your ultimate goal should be to get more customers and keep them satisfied. Now, in order to achieve this objective, you should consider:
As you can see, it all starts with data. The data allows you to understand customers, know their habits and expectations, and get useful conclusions concerning their behaviour and actions. How can you benefit from that insight?
For starters, you have to understand what role data plays in modern marketing and sales. Suppose you run an online store. Thanks to accurate data management solutions (starting with Google Analytics, but there are many more options, we are going to talk about that in a minute), you can track:
This insight can be used to get vital information on possible problems and issues that could cause your customers to leave your store and go elsewhere. For instance, if 7 out of 10 customers don’t finish the purchasing process, you know that something is wrong with your cart. Perhaps it’s too complicated, or there is a glitch at some point. You can use this information to improve your cart and deal with possible issues. As a result, you can retain more customers, close more deals, and eventually – grow sales.
It’s a similar story regardless of the business sector you operate in. Each website has certain business goals and you can analyse behaviour of your users to increase purchases (e-commerce), sales lead generation (B2B), registration on events, and many more elements.
Shortly put, you should use all the data you have access to in order to:
This way, you will be able to make the most of the information that your company processes either way.
When it comes to marketing data, you should think about automation as well. Today, thanks to various tools and plugins, you can automate almost every part of your marketing. Marketing automation helps you save time and money on online campaigns, primarily concerning such aspects as remarketing, email marketing, personalisation, segmentation, etc. Thanks to automation, you can reach customers with the right message precisely when they need it. This way, your odds of closing a deal or placing an order grow exponentially.
Today, you are simply flooded with various data management tools. Let’s consider some examples. When you want to find out more about your website’s activity and traffic, you should pick Google Analytics. It’s a comprehensive (and free!) data management solution that gives you a lot of valuable information on what happens within your website. If you’re after marketing automation to create more effective, personalised campaigns targeted to appropriate target groups, you can choose Hubspot, Pardot or Marketo. If you want to analyse data about your customers, go with one of the CRM systems (e.g,: Salesforce). Do you want to manage all of your social media channels? Choose Hootsuite or NapoleonCat. And if you want to level up and start using BI (business intelligence) to improve the overall way your company works and grows, think about Sisence or PowerBI.
Each of these tools serves different purposes and may be used by different teams in the organisation, but they all have one common goal – increase marketing and sales results. When working with marketing data, it’s useful to make sure that these systems are well integrated to create one effective digital ecosystem.
Collecting data concerning user behaviour in different channels and touchpoints is much easier when you leverage a digital experience platform instead of a typical CMS platform, which becomes outdated these days.
Digital experience platforms are frequently referred to as advanced content management systems (CMS). However, don’t be misled here. Although it’s true, and the main purpose of a DXP is to improve content management in your company, that’s just the beginning of what these platforms are capable of. DXPs improve communication through different channels and touchpoints and help collect data concerning user behaviour from these touchpoints.
Furthermore, DXPs provide consistent content distribution, allowing for effortless management across different channels and touchpoints. In other words, when you use a DXP, you have access to one comprehensive source of data with all the variables in order.
DXPs, when properly integrated with CRMs and marketing automation tools, allow you to build one comprehensive digital ecosystem where user behaviour data can be combined with customer and marketing data. As a result, you end up with an all-in-one data management platform that allows you to optimize efforts and costs around marketing activities, at the same time significantly increasing conversions and generating business in an inbound way.
With digital experience platforms, you have a straightforward way to manage:
Secondly, thanks to so-called smart integrations, you can integrate your DXP platform with almost any plugin, feature and external app you use to manage your company’s campaigns and activity. DXP have whatever it takes to effectively manage all the content, communication channels, and new technologies in your company, including big data, cloud computing, digital learning platforms, wearables and web/mobile apps. And the list goes on and on.
So, how should we answer the title question? How can you utilise data from various touchpoints to deliver a personalised online customer experience? The answer consists of four critical elements:
And if you want to know more about DXPs, we have two interesting articles for you. We warmly invite you to read them! Surely, they will allow you to wrap your head around efficient content and data management:
And if you need any help with data and content management in your company, the NoA Ignite Team is at your service. Just drop us a line, and tell us how we can help.
Senior UX Designer & Customer Experience Strategist
Szymon has been creating digital worlds for over 15 years, always designing solutions around a business strategy. Focussing on both business profits and user needs, he strives to find a realistic balance between the two.
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