Posts tagged "Test & Target"

From one-off wins to 24/7 personalisation—and success

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 Kevin Lindsay, Director Product Marketing, Adobe Systems @kevlindsay

 

 

 

Personalisation isn’t about one-off wins. They’re part of it, and certainly a positive byproduct of new targeting initiatives. They’re also critical for organisations with less foundational optimisation maturity—you get a win, shout it from the rooftops, and generate the advocacy and internal buy-in you need to take your programs to the next level. But in personalisation, the name of the game is really “ABP”—always be personalising. And no matter the size, scope, scale or industry of your business, ABP is achievable.

It’s a topic that’s been top-of-mind for me and for Adobe’s clients more than ever in the last few weeks and months, especially with the rollout of Adobe Target Premium in June. And now we’re hitting the road with the ABP message, at Adobe Digital Marketing Symposium APAC in about a month’s time. My message to attendees is simple: when the analytics are there, personalisation gets a boost, and you’ve got a solid base for transforming your efforts from ad hoc and incidental to critical, integrated, wholly ingrained parts of every digital marketing initiative.

We’re entrenched in what’s proven to be the most relationship-driven era in marketing ever, and it’s only getting more up close and personal as technology and access improves. Amazon raised the stakes for everyone—if you aren’t offering up a friendly (and personalised) “hello!” when I land on your page; you’re one step close to losing me forever. Take that notion even further, and you’re where we are today—staring back at more than 2 billion Internet users, the vast majority who clearly identify relevant experiences as decision drivers.

At Symposium we’ll take a deep dive and really get our hands dirty with the tactical steps to getting from “wow, that worked!” to “THAT’S going to work!” no matter the existing resources, tacit understanding and organisational alignment—in other words, a foolproof plan for success. But in the meantime, here’s a preview, and some next steps to think on ahead of the session—or for any business looking to create meaningful relevance (and drive increased ROI):

STEP 1: Think about where you are right this minute

You’re likely doing something optimisation and personalisation related. Be it completely incidental (or even accidental) or a simple solution like geolocation based on IP addresses or recommendations based on past purchases, there’s some level of relevance being delivered and, you’ve probably seen a notable impact in any one of countless KPIs. Take your wins and move on to the next step.

STEP 2: The numbers don’t lie

Data-driven optimisation is in—your “gut” is out. It’s time to move away from instinct and focus your personalisation efforts on what’s real and provable. That’s where the analytics come in. In this “last millisecond” marketplace the results of your tests and initial personalisation efforts reign supreme, and should inform every decision, movement, and next step, from beginning to end. The low hanging fruit for beginners? Any major volume drivers—page views vs. entry rates, particularly active “fringe” pages, dominant outliers—as well as cash cows like the homepage and key product pages and, on the opposite end, very low performers. This gives you the 10,000foot overview and helps almost instantaneously prioritise your efforts—high-value, high-performing first, then the rest can follow.

STEP 3: “Relevant” and “individualised” are completely different asks

Your consumers crave relevant, spot-on experiences—they make them feel understood, valued, and in-step with your brand. But how much is “enough?”

The majority of web traffic is anonymous—you don’t know them, you haven’t seen them before and all you’ve got to work with is what they’re telling you in real-time, plus the basics like geolocation and referral source. But “personalisation” and “individualisation” are different—layer in “contextualisation” and “personification” and the landscape really starts to emerge. Start with personas. By bucketing segments into personas based on existing target user bases you’ll be able to suss out a visitor and say “I don’t know you, but I know someone who looks an awful lot like you…” before serving up content, offers or products that are far better than an arbitrary guess. From here you can transition the user to a more personalised experience, as you gain more and more relevant insights into their wants, needs, hopes and dreams.

STEP 4: Contextualise

In the same vein, adaptive, predictive contextualisation goes a long way. The standard context-driven content—location-based offers and messaging, mobile- and tablet-enabled content, adaptive design, and path-driven recommendations are great places to start.

STEP 5: Test, track, rinse and repeat

Personalisation is a never-ending track. The more you put in, the more you get out. And the more you get out, the more you’ll be in a position to do in the future. The cycle continues and the personalisation payoff increases exponentially. Integrating user-friendly solutions like Adobe Target and Adobe Target Premium can put the wheels in motion for you and can keep them going 24/7.

Join me at Symposium on 22July in Sydney and 24 July in Singapore where we will deep dive into personalisation. You can register now here: http://adobe.ly/RwMofi

Testing & Targeting Just Got Easier – Introducing the New Adobe Target

As a digital marketer, you know all too well that you should always be testing. Why? Validating your website offers and digital marketing is not only a prudent thing to do ensure your customers have personalised online experiences, but also has the potential to help you make a lot more money! Whether you’re A/B testing landing pages to increase your search marketing ROI, or optimizing product page layout to improve purchase conversions—testing puts you in the driver’s seat. So what’s been holding you back? To this point, testing has frankly been too damn difficult: whether it’s the daunting task of tagging pages, the need to code alternate experiences or building audiences for targeting.

That’s where Adobe Target comes in. Please join us for an informative webinar* to find out about the newest release of the leading optimization solution. You hear about and see the latest capabilities. Adobe Target now offers:

  • Guided Testing and Targeting Workflow
  • Visual Experience Composer
  • Custom Audience Library
  • Real-time Interactive Reporting
  • Adobe Marketing Cloud Integration

Get all your questions answered on how Adobe Target can help marketers—from seasoned testing pros to novice line-of-business personnel who want to get in on the testing action. Whether you use Adobe Target today or are just starting to dabble with testing tools, if you are tasked with optimizing the customer experience and increasing conversions, this is a must-attend virtual event.

Date: 13 February 2014, Thursday

Time:

9.00am – 10.00am India, Sri Lanka
10.30am – 11.30am Thailand, Indonesia,
Vietnam
11.30am – 12.30pm China, Hong Kong,
Singapore, Taiwan,
Macau, Malaysia, Philippines,Perth
12.30pm – 1.30pm Korea
2.00pm – 3.00pm Adelaide
2.30pm – 3.30pm Australia (Sydney, Melbourne,
Canberra)
4.30pm – 5.30pm New Zealand

Format: Online Webinar

From Sales Zero to Hero: Digital Optimisation can change your website

Scott King, Digital Optimisation Consultant, Adobe APAC – LinkedIn

For most businesses these days their website is a primary and significant sales tool responsible for a large percentage of business revenue. It is the online digital sales person of the business and it interacts with more customers each day then the best human sales person could ever hope.

Yet the vast majority of businesses operate with an online sales tool that is completely oblivious when it comes to this interaction – making it the biggest Sales Zero in the business!

Digital Optimisation is the practice of turning your businesses’ most critical sales channel – your website – from a sales zero to visionary sales hero. It does this by infusing sophisticated artificial intelligence and leveraging hard data and insights to respond to an individual users’ characteristics. Businesses that run even basic optimisation programs enjoy 10-30+% gains in online sales activity and digital expenditure. The data and insight can be utilized to measure lift and return in investment from online expenditure in real world dollar amounts.

Optimisation spans two distinct yet intimately related disciplines: testing and targeting. Testing is the process of understanding user behavior. This is achieved by monitoring the performance of different variations of content against different groups of users. By quantifying just how well a variation of the ‘default’ experience performs, you begin to answer the fundamental yet critical business questions: How effective is my digital marketing at a granular level? What is the return on investment from the digital marketing expenditure on this particular campaign or channel? What are the most valuable user groups or ‘segments’, what are the least valuable, and how can we close the gap between them? Most importantly, how can we create a better experience for our customers?

There is no such thing as bad test. Thomas Edison, the inventor of the light globe famously said when he was testing different versions of his light globe, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Even negative lift or underperforming experiences teach us something: they teach us what not to do. I always say that this is just as important, if not more so, then undertaking what actually works.

Targeting is the process of responding to that understanding; to deliver the right content, promotions, and experiences to the right segments at the right time. It is about connecting the user with the content he or she wants to consume, when they want to consume it.

Optimisation should be key to any business conducting online marketing. An integrated continuous optimisation program allows businesses to utilise hard data to understand how visitors (prospects!) react to different marketing campaigns, promotions and experiences and use that data to deliver targeted and meaningful content.

This optimised visitor experience vastly increases the likelihood of a visitor performing an action that is valuable to a business such as a sale, a sign-up or a lead generation.

Optimisation can provide unprecedented insight into user behavior. Different users and groups will respond completely differently to one promotion then another. Some people like green. Some people prefer blue. Some people want to research your product before they purchase. Some just want to buy and then go to lunch early.

The data provided by optimisation programs can provide valuable and sometimes surprising information about your customers purchasing behaviors. This new-found understanding can provide a wealth of information about which campaigns are effective, which products are popular with who, and which clients are interested in certain services.

Smart optimisation organisations can make informed decisions about digital marketing budget allocation and campaign prioritization creating strategic, effective long and short term tactical programs for all digital marketing efforts.

Great Eastern – Embracing a Healthy Digital Future

Great Eastern, headquartered in Singapore and the oldest and most-established life insurance group in Southeast Asia, was the first company in the world to implement all five digital marketing solutions in one agreement, rolling out Adobe Analytics, Adobe Target, Adobe Experience Manager including Scene7, Adobe Media Optimizer, and Adobe Social. Adobe Marketing Cloud has become the technology platform that is powering a transformational strategy that redefines standards in customer engagement and service.

Watch Christopher Wei, Group CEO of Great Eastern Holdings Limited talk about how Great Eastern is embracing the digital future with Adobe Marketing Cloud:

A New Era of Customer Interaction: Great Eastern selects Adobe Marketing Cloud to Power its Transformation Digital Strategy

Stephen Hamill, Director of Adobe Marketing Cloud for SEA – LinkedIn @stephenhamill

Great Eastern, the oldest and most-established life insurance group in Southeast Asia is embracing the digital future with the implementation of Adobe Marketing Cloud.  Adobe’s comprehensive digital marketing solutions, driven by powerful data analytic capabilities will provide Great Eastern with a key competitive advantage and usher a new era of customer interaction.

Great Eastern is among the first companies globally to implement all five digital marketing solutions, rolling out Adobe Analytics, Adobe Target, Adobe Experience Manager including Scene7, Adobe Media Optimizer, and Adobe Social.

In the highly fragmented and noisy digital world, a key solution to standing out from your competitors is through delivering targeted and relevant content to your customers. This is what Great Eastern plans to do with the help of Adobe Experience Manager. A personalised online experience for customers can be created based on better insights as to their needs and expectations. By customising relevant information to individuals, customers will have an even stronger relationship with the brand and will be more satisfied.

Another highlight of the implementation will be the introduction of Adobe Media Optimizer, the industry’s first fully integrated digital advertising platform that delivers cross-channel ad management, optimization and forecasts across search, display and social media campaigns for peak return on investment. Great Eastern is looking to use Adobe Media Optimiser to analyse how their online advertising campaigns are performing in real-time and be able to efficiently adjust and optimise their strategy, so as to ensure they deliver return on investment.

Great Eastern will also make use of Adobe Social to manage and optimize their latest social engagement campaign on Facebook launching July 15. The Live Great Challenge is a fun campaign aimed at supporting consumers to make small lifestyle changes which will have a great impact on their well-being.

The solution implementation has begun and will continue in the months ahead. Great Eastern is embracing digital strategies that bring value to customers as well as give it that valuable edge over its competitors.