Understanding and Influencing the Customer Journey

Last week in Downtown LA, eSage Group and Microsoft hosted an Executive Learning Lounge focused on understanding and influencing the customer journey.

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The concept is a complex one. I came across this great article in the November issue of Harvard Business Review.  I hope you find it as insightful as I did.

If you are in Seattle, we are having a Customer Journey panel at the DAA Seattle Symposium on November 12th.  Shish Shirdhar will once again get in the panelist chair along with Michael Lisin of Disney and Duane Bedard of eSage Group will moderate!

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Competing on the Customer Journey – HBR, November 2015 – Executive Summary

As digital technology has enabled shoppers to easily research and buy products online, sellers have been scrambling after them, trying to understand and satisfy their wants. Savvy companies, however, are using new tools, processes, and organizational structures to proactively lead digital customers from consideration to purchase and beyond. They are creating compelling customer journeys and managing them like any other product—and gaining a source of competitive advantage.

Building successful journeys requires four key capabilities: automation, to smoothly carry customers through each step of their online path; personalization, to create a customized experience for each individual; contextual interaction, to engage customers and appropriately sequence the steps they take; and journey innovation, to add improvements that enhance and extend the journey and foster customer loyalty.

In addition, the most successful companies have a particular organizational structure, with a chief experience officer overseeing a journey-focused strategist and a “journey product manager.” This latter role is critical—the journey product manager leads a team of designers, developers, data analysts, marketers, and others to create and sustain superior journeys, and he or she is accountable for the journey’s ROI and general business performance.

What is the Internet of Things? Why should marketers care? RSVP Now to find out!

Internet of ThingsPlease join us in this lively evening event sponsored and organized by eSage Group with co-sponsors Pointmarc and Cloudera. Hear a panel of industry experts from the areas of Wearables, Home Security/Automation, and Automotive:

Duane Bedard from eSage Group, a thought leader in the marketing analytics space, will moderate a discussion delving into the Internet of Things, where are we today, what the future holds and how marketers can best be prepared to take advantage of it to improve effectiveness of marketing campaigns and develop new revenue streams.

The Learning Lounge is presented with PSAMA and DAA.

Details:

When: May 15, 2014 Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Where: Club Sur 2109 First Avenue South SODO, just south of the Starbucks Center
Cost: $25 includes beverages (alcoholic and non) and appetizers Parking is free and readily available after 6pm on First and side streets.

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 Check out the cool digs!

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DONT MISS IT!

 

Just announced! eSage Group’s Internet of Things Learning Lounge – May 15th

iot3A First-Hand Conversation on the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things will profoundly re-shape marketing. As objects in all corners of our lives become connected to the web what does it mean for brands and customers? To help provide insight, and a lively discussion, eSage Group and PSAMA has arranged a premium collection of senior-level thinkers from some of the area’s strongest brands, all together on one panel.

See first-hand how Alaska Airlines is evolving air travel, how Vivint is revolutionizing digital homes and how Nike continues to be an innovator in wearables all through understanding the opportunities from the Internet of Things.

Learning Lounge: An All-New Event Format

At the Learning Lounge, Seattle Marketing Analytics Group, PSAMA members, and non-members alike are invited to join together for an evening at SUR, one of Seattle’s most talked-about venues. Enjoy food and drink (ticket prices includes cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres) while learning from some of the Northwest’s most innovative brands how the Internet of Things is starting to re-shape marketing.

Expert Panel:

Details:

Date: May 15th, 21014

Location: Club SUR, SODO, 2901 1st Avenue S

Time: 6pm

Tickets are $25 for all Seattle Marketing Analytics Group members!

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Register here!

Special Thanks to our co-sponsors!

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The Learning Lounge is replacing the normal monthly MeetUp at Fado’s for the month of May. We will return to normal in June. 

If folks like it, The Learning Lounge will hopefully become a quarterly (or so) event.

The Shish List – Big Data at MarketMix

This article was posted by Shish Shirhar, Global Director of Big Data, Retail. He was one of our Making Big Data Smart Data panelists for last week’s PSAMA MarketMix.

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Thanks to Duane Bedard & Tina Munro of eSageGroup, I participated in a panel discussion at MarketMix with the brilliant Data Scientists: Jason Gowans of Nordstrom and Jon Francis of Nike. Duane Bedard did an excellent job of moderating the conversation.  I love his skill of condensing everything we said to short soundbytes that were ready to go on twitter 🙂 , and they did with hashtag #MarketMix.

Jon Francis shared interesting insights on the work he does on the ecommerce business at Nike. Jason Gowans runs the Nordstrom Data Lab and shared his perspectives on what it takes to walk the thin line between providing great customer experience through personalization and becoming “creepy”. We discussed where Big Data has proven value and where it has disappointed; talked about how Marketers can benefit from Big Data Analytics and what kind of data is useful for enhancing insights.

I spoke with several people in the audience after the session and one of the questions that stood out was: “How can we start small, working with multiple data sources?” My recommendation is to have a look at a tool that you most likely already have: Excel. Excel 2013 has some interesting new capabilities with PowerBI. The democratization of data and the democratization of tools is empowering everyone to get started working with multiple datasets, combine them and create great visualizations to derive insights. Check out some of the examples from my previous blog posts:

  1. Analyzing Seattle 911 Data using PowerBI
  2. Using Power Map to Analyze Public Retailer Data
  3. Visualizing Wal-mart
  4. Lets visualize Beer because it’s 5 pm somewhere
  5. How To: Visualize Real Time Flight Data & Correlate with Local Airport Weather

This Just In….LA Marketing Analytics Group Teaches Attendees About Using Data Science to Inform Values Based Marketing Campaigns

Thank You!
…to everyone who joined us last Tuesday night for Ravi Iyer’s presentation on Using Data Science to Inform Values Based Marketing Campaigns. The slide deck from his presentation is now posted in our “Files” library at the LA Marketing Analytics Group home page: Group Homepage. Ravi Iyer is the Chief Data Scientist for Ranker and a consultant on Zenzi’s Social Values project.  He combines years of technical expertise with a PhD in psychology from the University of Southern California.  He publishes regularly in top scholarly journals and his research on moral psychology has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, the Atlantic, the Los Angeles Times, and at South by Southwest Interactive.

Here’s what Ravi covered on Tuesday night:
Many companies are seeking to align their brands with the values of their consumers.  However, values can mean many things to many people.  Successfully micro-targeting the right people with the right message is essential for forward thinking marketers in the age of “big data”.  In his talk, Ravi blended case studies, academic research, and techniques from data science to show practical ideas on how your next marketing campaign can leverage data to inform a more meaningful, value-based connection with customers. We explored concepts like “Why do people buy things?”, “Big Data applied to values”, and “Predicting things that matter.” Ravi’s presentation was a wonderful mix of psychology and marketing data analytics tenets, all of which he spoke about from real world experience using his psychology and data sciences background.

eSage Group and American Marketing Association Los Angeles are excited to bring you this monthly speaker series every first Tuesday of the month. We always enjoy an evening of light appetizers, beer and wine provided by eSage Group: a systems integration and analytics consultancy combining heavy lifting technical chops with front end analytics. We help organizations rapidly integrate and transform customer data across disparate sources and perform powerful cross-channel analytics to derive deeper insight and extract maximum value from marketing and sales data.

Thanks again to all who attended, and sorry we missed those of you who couldn’t make it.
We hope to see you all next month at our Making Big Data Smart Data: The Actionable Insight Journey panel discussion with panelists from Beats by Dre, PR Newswire, and Live Analytics.

Author: Rob Lawrence is Business Development Representative in Southern California for eSage Group, President Elect 2014-15 for The American Marketing Association and Organizer of the monthly first Tuesday LA Marketing and Analytics Group.

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eSage Group Does it Again With Monthly Event

Well it’s the week after our third “First Tuesday Monthly LA Marketing Analytics Group” speaker discussion in beautiful Santa Monica, CA where eSage Group together with the American Marketing Association Los Angeles brought us an event brimming with hopeful marketers, ready to take on the challenge of a fresh new year. The subject was Story Telling to Engage (and Measure!) with Doug Barasch of Universal Music Group. Held at the whimsical Areal Restaurant in the beachside area of Main St. Santa Monica, attendees enjoyed glasses of wine, pitchers of beer, margherita pizzas and assorted other appetizers compliments of eSage Group.

Seems you can’t attend any kind of sales or marketing event these days without hearing about story telling.  Whether you are promoting a new soft drink to consumers or a new cloud storage system to large business, stories that resonate, engage and make your product memorable to your audience are valuable tools.  But great stories don’t happen in a vacuum.  A good story teller knows his/her audience, knows their pain, and understands what will make them smile, nod their head and connect with the storyteller and her message.  That detailed knowledge of your audience, when they number in the 100s of thousands or millions can’t be one-on-one.  You need to augment insight, tribal knowledge and hunches with concrete data about your audience, from basic demographics to specific sentiment and sensitivity around key issues.

Our speaker this month, Doug Barasch presented a riveting tale of how he uses these deep audience analytics and relevant content to engage his audience, and sell more music. Using tools like Facebook games where users are challenged to find 13 Zombie Cats on Rob Zombies Facebook page to unlock a new track from his latest album for free. Or asking fans to submit pictures of themselves with lyrics to Lenny Kravitz song “Are You Gonna Go My Way” to ultimately be chosen and incorporated into a music video showing only fan submitted pictures. Another great success was when Doug and his team at UMG created a cross channel campaign for KISS. They created a mobile app that enabled fans to contribute stories about their first KISS concert, first album or first song (and they got some doozies!). The app created an environment for the sharing of stories to users’ personal Facebook pages, Twitter feeds and email accounts driving traffic back to the app. The app lead to the discovery of the larger KISSS catalog of music, and across the board increase in sales. This is how Doug attracts and retains customers, and he’s not even paying for content because it is user submitted, and ultimately owned by UMG – brilliant.

Another key to Doug’s success is that he is brave. One of the biggest takeaways for the evening was to not be afraid to experiment. Creating content that fans are excited about is a very creative activity and not all campaigns are going to be earth shattering. But you won’t know until you try. Also, don’t forget to measure your results: Doug uses smart URL’s to track his audience’s every move. This ultimately tells him what’s working and what’s not. This process of marketing using content is an ongoing process that is a part of an overall marketing strategy. By consistently creating and curating relevant content one can keep the audience engaged and coming back for more, and ultimately lead them to convert, whatever you are selling.

Last night’s event was a success. We had a packed house, great food and drink, interesting conversation, networking and a very relevant talk provided by a professional in marketing. I don’t know of any better way to kick off the New Year from a career or professional perspective than this type of event. If you missed it, fear not. We will be doing these every first Tuesday of the month into perpetuity. That means, you can sign up here: http://www.meetup.com/Los-Angeles-Marketing-Analytics-Group and always be aware of our next event. Hope to see you at the next one.

Speaker: Doug Barasch is a Digital/Social Media Storyteller as well as Senior Director Digital Marketing and Strategy at Universal Music Group.

Author: Rob Lawrence is Business Development Representative in Southern California for eSage Group, President Elect 2014-15 for The American Marketing Association and Organizer of the monthly first Tuesday LA Marketing and Analytics Group.ImageImageImageImage

Seattle Marketing Analytics MeetUp WrapUp!

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Seattle Marketing Analytics MeetUp

Last night, eSage Group sponsored its 4th Seattle Marketing Analytics Group MeetUp. This month’s presenter was Daniel Kissin, Sr. Analytics Manager at Expedia. The topic was:

How to scientifically measure impact of TV advertisements on other channels, like websites, SEM and Online ads (or so-called ‘halo’ effect).

Definitely a HOT topic for marketing these days!!

It was a great turn out with lots of good dialog around marketing analytics. Also, it was a fun learning environment with good food and beer!

Next month, November 19th, Tableau Software is going to be presenting on data visualization. Make sure to join the MeetUp to register and get updates. It is free!!!

Also, we are starting a Marketing Analytics MeetUp in LA! It is on November 5th. Check it out if you live down there!!

Beer and Food almost make marketing analytics fun!!
Beer and Food almost make marketing analytics fun!!