Srihari Palangala, Senior Marketing Manager Digital Media, Adobe India – LinkedIn
Every single opportunity to listen to the customer and market delivers more power to the marketer. The digital era provides a choice of open and direct customer listening possibilities. Because of this, the next decade is an absolutely great time to be a marketer. Digital avenues and technology will allow marketers to play increasing strategic roles – helping script moves that have manifold impact on the business. More importantly, data and technology make it easier for marketers to move away from a purely tactical view and engagement – not to imply that tactical is not just as important by any means!
Here are three specific areas where I see technology and digital outreach providing more power to the marketer:
1) Marketers can scale volumes of business data more easily - If you are reaching consumers with your product or service, then you can target (create awareness), deliver the right message (drive interest) and fulfill consumer purchase transactions online. Marketers in this case, such as in the FMCG world, play a key role in driving business – while firmly in the driver’s seat.
On the other hand, if you are marketing to businesses (SMBs or Enterprises), then you can drive inbound interest from influencers/decision makers. When coupled with good CRM systems, digital marketing can help you monitor conversion and sales funnels better. As you understand your conversion funnel you can have funnel metrics-driven marketing programs. I’ve talked about elements of digital marketing in this slide deck.
2) Marketers can focus on profitable business customers and on margin contribution – With digital outreach you can closely measure and constantly drive down the customer acquisition costs (variable costs). As you acquire customers, you can also track and measure the ‘quality’ of the customer and constantly target to pursue profitable (and returning) customers. Finally you can observe and track life-time value of customers and run targeted activities to keep customer engagement and retention high.
3) Marketers can embrace the Internet to scale distribution and reach – Search, social and mobile has transformed the Internet experience for everyone. The number of people a marketer can potentially reach with technology today is astounding — about 40% of the world population has access to the Internet: ~10% through fixed broadband and ~30% through mobile broadband. And people are spending an increasing amount of time online. Digital allows us to quickly determine which marketing channels are working, and if they are not then we can fail fast and switch to more effective approaches. And as we see pilot campaigns delivering results, they can be potentially scaled up. Technology also allows us to look at effective ways to bring offline and online together on marketing campaigns.
The above said, from a practitioner perspective there is a lot of data to handle, digest and rationalize to be successful. This can be a daunting task – but nobody said that coming to terms with the new “marketer power” was going to be easy!