In our latest webinar, Personalized Messaging Matters: Strategies for Connecting with Consumers, Allen Levy (CEO of Alchemy Worx) presented on why personalized messaging matters and shared strategies to further connect with customers. Levy was later joined by Christine Monaghan, VP Digital of Astral Brands, Bobby Missry, Director of eCommerce at AS Beauty and Emily Cult, CEO of Cover FX (fmr) to discuss why message testing is critical, as well as how to utilize messaging to both keep existing customers in the buying cycle and bring past customers back into the fold.
You can read the recap below or watch the replay here.
Alchemy Worx provides best-in-class email marketing, paid social and SMS support to ecommerce and enterprise-level companies. Through their world class brand customers, the company revealed its data showing how personalized messaging has increased engagement across the board. In a typical retailer’s mailing list, 5% become inactive on any given week. The average database has 60-70% inactive subscribers. Re-activating inactive subscribers and keeping them engaged is worth 2.5x-7x more than an inactive email address. To do this, personalize and segment your emails.
A few smart segmenting categories include:
You can also increase engagement, loyalty and revenue by better targeting users with ongoing customer scoring and testing to prevent customers from going inactive. To engage in continuous customer scoring and targeting, utilize:
Levy emphasizes that the key to increasing audience engagement is to continuously test one’s strategies and to continue testing throughout even after increasing engagement.
Cover FX recommended that to build an entrepreneurial environment, you need to hire people naturally curious and with a bias for action. Such people can be singled out during the interview process by asking questions about a real life business problem in the interview and hearing their thought process. Look for people with strong creative or analytical skills, in addition to a strong EQ (Team-Working skills).
Another strategy is to expand employees within your testing team. You can broaden your audience by testing different layouts for the most effective personalized customer experience. Remember to ensure a communication line of results across various team members to test differing opinions.
AS BEAUTY engages in multiple promotional testing across various channels including email and SMS. They combat internal confusion by prepping their consumer service and social media marketing teams on testing issues to avoid that could particularly hurt their brand.
COVER FX prefers only to run one offer at once to decrease confusion amongst audience segments. They found it too complex to run multiple different offers when the majority of their business is wholesale.
ASTRAL BRANDS likes personalization of offers for certain audience segments. They prefer to test personalized offers to make the audience feel special and will honor the offer for other customers should they request it. This gives them more information on what their customer will read or respond to and how to further personalize messages in the future. Astral Brands also tests SMS and email coupons at the same time to observe customer reactions. ALCHEMY WORX makes sure that promotional emails specifically say that any offer within them is an email-only promotion. They found it helpful to attach a limited time coupon on such emails during testing to decrease confusion amongst different audience segments.
The panelists recommended a multitude of ways to source for new, creative ideas for personalization testing, including:
Panelists found that there is a higher re-subscribe rate when you honor the customer’s choice to unsubscribe. When there is a higher level of trust between the brand and customer, the unsubscriber is more likely to recommit to the brand. They also note that utilizing social media is an important tool in increasing re-subscriber rates. By reminding the unsubscriber of what they missed since, this can help engage them to re-subscribe. You can even include a subscriber option at the end of an email purchase receipt or physical mail to remind the customer of the brand’s commitment to their customers.