Retail Marketing Leaders Power Breakthrough Results with Custora’s New Segmentation Studio

Fast growing retailers Calendars.com and Dermstore have experienced a 10x lift in ROAS and 2% increase in overall sales with Custora.

Friday, June 9, 2017, 8:03 EDT

Chicago – At CRMC today, Custora unveiled Segmentation Studio, the most robust and user friendly customer segmentation tool on the market today. Segmentation Studio gives marketers point and click access to predictive customer segments that significantly improve the ROI of email, direct mail, Facebook and display campaigns.

Many retailers understand that opportunities for growth are hidden in their customer data, but they encounter a number of challenges when attempting to make use of their data: customer data is fragmented across various systems, they lack the data science capabilities to uncover insights at scale, or, to the extent insights exist, marketers face friction when attempting to leverage insights within daily marketing campaigns. Custora’s advanced Customer Segmentation Platform addresses these challenges and is helping 6 of the top 20 retailers in the US leverage their customer data to drive growth.

Custora’s platform is comprised of two parts: the “Customer Data Cloud” and the newly released “Segmentation Studio.” The Customer Data Cloud powers the platform ‘under the hood.’ In the Customer Data Cloud, Custora aggregates data from a variety of transactional, engagement, and web analytics sources to produce a single, unique profile for each consumer. The platform then leverages a variety of predictive, machine learning models to anticipate customer behavior. Each customer profile is enriched with attributes including product and brand affinities, propensity to purchase on discount, expected lifetime spend, and likelihood of churn.

Segmentation Studio is a web interface that sits on top of the Customer Data Cloud. The Studio provides Marketers with point-and-click access to activate those insights within daily marketing campaigns. Marketers can discover hidden opportunities, create intelligent customer segments, and automatically push those segments into marketing execution tools throughout their ‘marketing stack.’ Segmentation Studio provides “click click done” functionality to help marketers respond to questions such as, “Who should receive our new arrival campaign?” or “Which customers are at risk for churn?” Segmentation Studio offers a natural language query interface, out-of-the-box access to historical and predictive segments, integrations to tools throughout the marketing stack, and automated cross-channel  measurement capabilities. Marketers are leveraging Segmentation Studio to drive significant lift in email, direct mail, social, and display campaigns.
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Six Ideas for Building Loyalty with Today’s Fickle Consumer

In last week’s post I shared some alarming stats on the decline in consumer loyalty today. In a recent research study conducted by ICLP, a global loyalty consultancy, only 3% of consumers felt devoted to their preferred retail brands.

Are we surprised by this statistic given the state of the world today? A recent Gallup poll found that 55% of married Americans have had extramarital affairs. How loyal would you expect consumers to be when more than 50% of them aren’t even loyal to their own spouses? Consumers today are faced with more choices than ever they are bombarded with discount offers, and are quite adept at using price comparison shopping apps and affiliate marketing channels.

So, in our hyper-competitive, uber-distracted world, should we just give up on trying to build loyalty with our customers? How much money should we spend on a losing proposition? Should we just accept the fact that fewer and fewer of our customers will become loyal Lucys and most will be one-time Terrys?

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Customer Polygamy and the Economic Impact of Loyalty

When it comes to their relationship with brands, customers prefer to be polygamous. A recent study published by ICLP, a global loyalty consultancy, studied consumers in Australia and discovered that a whopping majority (97%) would cheat on their favorite retailer. The ICLP study, Deeply Devoted, looked at the psychological similarities between human and brand relationships and found that consumers are in less committed relationships with their favorite brands than ever before, with only 3% feeling devoted to their preferred retail brands.

While the numbers are shocking, the fact that customer loyalty is more elusive than ever is not a surprise. The question is how hard should you work to buck these trends? In the world of mobile shopping apps and effortless comparison shopping, how much should you invest to cultivate loyalty and repeat purchase? How do you measure the positive impact that loyal customers deliver?

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What’s Eating Whole Foods?

Whole Foods’ business is in decline, and they want to respond by offering more discounts and lower prices. A better idea is to focus on their best customers to find opportunities for profitable, sustainable growth.

On February 8th, Whole Foods reported its sixth consecutive quarter of falling same store sales. The company is closing nine stores according to the Washington Post, and is abandoning its plans to grow from 470 locations to more than 1200. Its stock has lost half of its value since it’s peak in early 2015. What is going on?

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