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Banking on omni-channel intelligence

Banks and credit unions in the financial services sector are at an industry-wide inflection point. Their individual and small business customers no longer simply prefer an omni-channel experience – they expect it. This was a predominant theme throughout the 2014 BAI Retail Delivery conference in Chicago. Sessions on sales effectiveness, community banking, content marketing and […]

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Contextual Personalization is all in the mind

A very brash statement to make, and on the surface, it might seem like I am dismissing contextual personalization as an effective means of engaging consumers with relevant content at the time of interest. To the contrary, the point I’m making is that contextual personalization actually stimulates psychological needs within us to help us ‘feel’ […]

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Improving the “employee journey” is key to optimizing the customer experience

I attended the Customer Experience Exchange for Financial Services a couple of weeks ago and had several in-depth conversations with executives responsible for customer experience. These were representatives from some of the largest banks and insurance companies in the U.S. Clearly, customer experience is top of mind for these companies and is considered a cross-functional […]

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What does it take to provide enterprise-class optimization? More than a pretty face.

In the early days of optimization, everything was about science and measurement. Solutions gladly exposed the fact that they support a/b/n, split and multivariate testing (proudly proclaiming support for not only full-factorial, but also Taguchi or fractional factorial). Reporting provided multiple reports with an ability to export or extract that data for further analysis in […]

A whopping 6.5 touch points: New white paper highlights the significance of travel shopping behavior

A couple months ago, PhoCusWright completed some illuminating research on the online behaviors of travel shoppers. They’ve compiled these findings and other interesting insights into the just-released white paper, “Touch and Go: Travel Planning Across Channels.” A portion of their research confirmed a premise we’ve appreciated at Webtrends for some time: the cross-channel consumer journey […]

New view into contextual personalization

Our just-released slideshare on contextual personalization tells the story of Jill and how marketers can avoid her spam folder. A recent survey in the UK found that brand spam drives consumers crazy. In fact, the average Brit has 260 unopened emails in his or her inbox. Fortunately, by using contextual personalization, companies have the opportunity […]

New data opportunities abound for banks and other financial institutions

Financial institutions have massive amounts of customer data available to them today, which offers the foundation for creating personalized, relevant experiences for their customers. But all this data can be overwhelming. It’s imperative to have an analytics strategy in place to identify genuine customer insights and implement marketing tactics based on that information. I recently […]

Focus on travel: Webinar illuminates the complex shopping journey

We recently hosted a webinar in partnership with PhoCusWright called “Connecting With Today’s Online Leisure Travel Shopper.” More than 400 people registered, and I enjoyed reading some of the pre-event questions that were submitted by participants. What those questions tell me is that travel organizations are mature in their understanding of measurement and optimization of […]

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