If you check your email right now, you’ll probably find an example of a personalization strategy.
The good news is, we’ve learned the ins and outs of using personalization tactics in an ethical way by making tweaks to our marketing strategies. We want to share those with you to help you get started.
The more transparent you are about your personalization strategy, the easier it is for customers to understand what data they should provide based on how it will be used.
Your customers will share their data if they trust you. So, you need to build that trust by creating ways to collect, store, and act on your customers’ preferences based on the information they give you. The more transparent you are about your personalization strategy, the easier it is for them to understand what data they should provide based on how it will be used.
Ask customers questions about how you can use their data. Can you use it to personalize offers during one shopping session? To send them deals down the line? If you get consent from consumers and use their information only the way they prefer, data becomes a way to share trust.
Demographic targeting often creates bias and fails to deliver the right messaging to the right people. Let’s say, for example, you target customers aged 55 and over in a campaign to boost sales of an anti-aging serum you’re overstocked on. You’ve introduced bias based on an assumption that only certain age groups are interested in looking younger, and you’re losing out on potential sales by limiting yourself to a demographic. That’s why it’s helpful to use interest-based targeting in your personalization strategy to match your products and services to those most likely interested in something similar. It also avoids reinforcing stereotypes that could have repercussions for your brand.
No one wants to be blasted with emails from your business. But, they do appreciate the right message at the right time.
The average customer wants you to treat them like your number one. They want a unique experience and they want to be rewarded for their loyalty to your brand. But, they also want you to protect the data they give you. When those expectations aren’t met, you risk losing customers and alienating them from your brand for good.
Variety Chief Operating and Marketing Officer Dea Lawrence and Credit Karma managing counsel Jennifer Raghavan discuss how to develop a trust-building personalization strategy. Tune in to their discussion.
You must have a well-thought-out strategy as data grows ever more central to customer relationships and AI tools change how companies send information, handle service interactions, and manage the reputations of their brands.
Early adoption of data ethics best practices may even be an opportunity to reduce cost. If you have a poorly-managed or piecemeal personalization strategy, it will be expensive to fix — both in direct investment and in the damage that unsecured data or creepy marketing can do to your reputation.