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6 Ways Personalized Marketing Campaigns Are Winning

Generic campaigns targeting the majority of a target audience don’t typically work as well as those that are more individualized. That’s why many brands are engaging in personalized marketing, with some getting especially impressive results.

Here are some advantages of personalized marketing campaigns:

1. They make in-store shopping more relevant

People often view online shopping as an option that allows them to get the items they need as conveniently as possible. That reality has made brands with physical locations brainstorm about how to make experiences more pleasant and appealing to people who still shop in stores.

Target used personalized marketing through a mobile app that uses information about a store’s layout and product locations to give customized messaging to customers. The goal is to bring more relevance to shopping trips. The mobile technology also allows customers to get the information without hunting down in-store employees.

2. They help people get better getaways

Traveling is fun, but it requires a significant amount of planning. Some people get stressed at the mere thought of how many things they need to organize before reaching their destinations.

Best Western created an ad that works with Watson, IBM’s artificial intelligence (AI) platform. It’s visible to users on Weather.com or The Weather Channel app and prompts people to give information about upcoming travel plans. Watson takes that data and uses it to provide personalized recommendations about how to make the most of their vacations, mainly by staying at Best Western properties.

While interacting with the technology, people can book rooms at Best Westerns, take 360-degree tours of locations and learn about the chain’s rewards program.

4. They encourage desirable consumer behavior

Site content and email marketing comprise certain kinds of personalized marketing. For example, people who visit online pet supply stores and shop for dog food might see popup ads that allow them to take advantage of buy-one-get-one-free offers on participating brands.

Chime Bank, a digital finance brand, used AI-based predictive personalization strategies to increase new account signups. The company first revamped its website by testing body content that explained the bank’s mission, compared it with other brands and focused on how people with Chime accounts could enjoy automatic savings.

Company representatives also created fresh website headlines that capitalized on Chime Bank’s selling points. Next, employees analyzed how content performed with various segments of the audience. The process progressed when the brand used a predictive personalization platform that automatically updated the website with the most successful content based on traffic patterns.

For example, if a person from Illinois visited the Chime site at 7 p.m., they’d see the version of the site which data indicated was most successful in appealing to people from that state who came to the website in the evenings.

Chime’s marketing team tested 216 versions of the brand’s website with that personalization platform. Also, the AI personalization system was so speedy that it allowed the brand’s marketers to achieve the equivalent of nine years’ worth of work in only three months. This approach caused a 79 percent increase in the number of people who signed up for new bank accounts, too.

5. They reap the rewards of weather-related data

Realize it or not, the weather has a substantial impact on the things people do, the items they buy and even how they feel. That’s especially true for individuals who like the outdoors. For example, they might check the weather forecast and see that it’ll snow next weekend, resulting in an opportune time to plan a ski trip.

REI, one of the most recognized outdoor lifestyle brands, used weather-based personalization for ski instruction advertisements. Marketers made three versions and served specific ones up to users based on their locations, the weather conditions in those places and whether a person had taken an REI ski class before.

The brand also automatically sent Facebook ads to users depending on weather and how it affected skiing. If the forecast predicted ideal conditions for skiing, REI would show an advertisement featuring a live snow cam at a nearby resort. Conversely, if the weather wasn’t suitable for skiing, people would see ads encouraging them to start shopping at REI to make sure they had the proper gear when conditions improved.

6. They emphasize scarcity and uniqueness

Although most personalized marketing campaigns rely on data mining to appeal to customers, others tie into seasonal trends and people’s natural desires to find one-of-a-kind items for gift-giving occasions.

Kraft did that in a quirky way for Father’s Day when it launched an eBay-based campaign that allowed people to bid for one of five chances to have the brand create personalized cheese sculptures of their dads. Additionally, Kraft ran a social media and hashtag campaign that encouraged people to post pictures of their fathers — the cheesier the better, of course.

People had a two-day period to place their bids. All proceeds from the auction went to Feeding America, an organization that fights hunger. Kraft also did a dollar-for-dollar matching campaign up to $25,000.

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