Big data has many marketers thinking that real time is the answer for all marketing situations. Rather, focus on the Right Time Data that you can use at the time that is most powerful. This approach will help you calibrate customer experiences to customer needs, and reduce the storing of perishable data that can be a drain on storage resources.
For example, all three of these data sources below are great for personalizing experiences, but not all the data from these sources creates a real time imperative. Better, marketers can focus on making sure to use the right data in the right time in the customer or prospect lifecycle.
- Data from unhappy customers on Twitter, your website or in the call center is data that can be effectively used to improve experiences in real time. Data from happy customers will have far greater impact if used to inform personas and plan the next best offer.
- Data showing that VIP customers are on-site (in store or website) can create powerful loyalty-building opportunities to engage with highest value audiences. One platform, BlinQLinQ is a real time, customer engagement and campaigning engine that automates outbound marketing to local consumers. It’s been used by many restaurants and local service organizations to connect in real time.
- Data from website transactions and content consumption is very powerful for real time response – and repeat purchase. Data from email clicks and opens may better serve longer range analysis.
- Data from display ad interactions – particularly on sites that you do not own – is a powerful opportunity for placing offers in front of known and unknown audiences who may be in market for products or services (or additional content).
Sometimes the same data can be used in real time for some customers and at some later right time for another audience. This is the difference between real time and right time data that every marketing organization must continue to make as part of a big data strategy. Take some time to debate with your team how you can better use data across the lifecycle to connect intelligently with your various audiences, and Stay #TopRight.