What is Marketing Utopia and how do we get there?

boboSince the dawn of the web, digital marketers have dreamed of a place where data flowed freely and the needs of our customers and prospects were easily anticipated and met [or exceeded] by our extraordinary omnichannel campaigns.

Last week, the team at Experian Marketing Services announced two exciting enhancements to the Experian Marketing Suite at their annual Client Summit, and made a case that marketing Utopia could actually be found in the desert of Las Vegas.

EMS customers like Jason John from Publishers Clearing House [also a Relevancy Group client] presented several compelling case studies that highlighted the customer centric, cross channel approach that they have been implementing, and the impacts on their businesses. One common theme: user expectation is evolving rapidly, and marketers who aren’t in lockstep, are in trouble. As Jill Ellis, coach of the 2015 world champion US Women’s National Soccer Team [and speaker at the event] tells her players: “you can be on the right track, but if you don’t move fast enough, you’ll get run over.”

The two enhancements announced at the event are designed to add velocity to customer programs.

Real-time, predictive intelligence and automated analytics –

In Vegas, I met with Emad Georgy, SVP Global Product Development, and Justin Orgel, Director Strategic Services, who were both excited about the release of this enhancement that helps marketers predict the performance of cross-channel campaigns through real-time identity and intelligence data.

Predictive modeling isn’t new for many sophisticated marketers, but the real-time nature, and depth of the EMS solution makes it a significant addition to the toolset; recent TRG research highlights the fact that brands are increasingly leveraging real-time data and generating significant return on the investment, so the timing is good too.

Cross-channel audience activation – 

EMS also announced new addressable advertising functionality that enables brands to leverage their first party data [in combination with Experian data, or not] to target audiences online, in mobile, TV, and direct mail.

Differentiators include the support of single campaigns, insights on cross channel attribution, and Experian’s identity and consumer data.

This is certainly a meaningful enhancement to the Marketing Suite, one which I am looking forward to exploring in more detail.

The 1000+ seasoned marketers at #Utopia were treated to entertainment from Salt-N-Pepa, and engaging talks with Stephanie McMahon, Chief Brand Officer, WWE, Inc., Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe, and coach Jill Ellis from the US Women’s National Team, actor Joe Manganiello, and Yael Cohen, Founder, President & CEO, Fuck Cancer, as well as a Keynote from Erik Wahl Graffiti artist, entrepreneur, philanthropist & author, “Unthink.”

Experian Marketing Services produces a first rate event, and throws a tremendous party, but they were a leader in both our 2014 and 2015 Relevancy Ring ESP Buyer’s Guide because their technology and people enable customers to develop and evolve programs in their efforts to achieve marketing Utopia. (Download The Relevancy Group’s Relevancy Ring – 2015 ESP Buyers Guide with registration.)

Thank you to Matt Seeley, Ashley Johnson and Meghan Attreed for the invitation and hospitality, it was great to see old friends, make new ones, and spend a few days enjoying the #suitelife.

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