Consumers confirmed - retail loyalty is all about the experience

It seems like every retailer nowadays has a loyalty program. From the local coffee house to “big box” national retailers to almost any online merchant, everyone has a loyalty program. But do people really want them? It turns out the answer is yes – a resounding yes.  But are those programs […]

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Hey innovation! Have you met rapid experimentation?

The online dating website OKCupid recently posted the results of some real life experiments that they had performed on their user community. The experiments included three tests to evaluate the influence of certain user profile changes in compatibility matching (manipulating compatibility scores, suppressing user profile photos and the impact of […]

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How analytics helps avoid customer relationship break-ups

You can always tell when a person is enjoying himself – the bright eyes, the smiling face and the hand gestures are unmistakable. Jim Foreman from Staples is an executive that clearly enjoys talking about both marketing and analytics, which makes his presentations both informative and enjoyable. Recently, Jim shared […]

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3 steps to better marketing emails

As mentioned in a previous post about how we try not to annoy our customers, we really make sure we're not just going through the motions in complying with anti-SPAM laws. And it all has to do with how we regard customer relationships - they're valuable and we want them to be based on mutual […]

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Move from mass marketing to customer decision management

You may notice that marketing is changing. Fewer credit card offers are hitting your mailbox. Fewer coupons for irrelevant products and services. There is a reason for the change. Organizations are beginning to understand that mass marketing alienates customers. Spray and pray doesn't work - so organizations aren't spending their […]

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How Ziggo’s marketing puzzle pieces fit together

Have you ever worked on a jigsaw puzzle? You have hundreds of pieces to painstakingly put together and somehow at the end it all fits to make a beautiful picture. Some people love the challenge and others could think of few things more painful. Either way, a jigsaw puzzle is […]

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Today’s ad agencies: the new Mad Men of data

What does a day in the life of an ad agency look like? In Don Draper’s Mad Men world, it involved creative brainstorming and, yes, a lot of smoking and drinking at the office. Much has changed since the 1960s. With the exponential increase in digital data, today’s agencies are […]

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Kicking up customer loyalty at Major League Soccer

Fan loyalty is everything in the sports business. So when Major League Soccer (MLS), the top flight pro soccer league in the US and Canada, wanted to deepen customer engagement, it started by getting a better understanding of its fans. MLS wanted to reach out to fans with personalized information that […]

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Workplace culture as a core value statement

Today's announcement of SAS once again being named a Best Place to Work is a point of pride for our company. It's our 17th year in a row on this esteemed list and 11th time in the top 10. I can attest that the recognition is well-deserved, and our workplace culture is more than […]

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How marketing operations management supports strategic alignment

Every once in a while I stop for a moment and consider how radically different marketing is today compared with just 3 years ago. Looking no further than my desk, it's quite amazing how my job has changed in just that short period of time. Previously, marketing seemed more an art […]

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