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Ecommerce Personalization Strategy: A Stepwise Approach

At some point, personalization may seem like a good next step to level up CRO efforts. But companies—if and when personalization does make sense—often try to use algorithms immediately, relying on AI and machine learning to create personalized experiences.

Many also get started with marketing tools that have data collection and AI built-in, resulting in a fragmented experience for the customer and suboptimal results for the company.

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How to Use Google Optimize & Tag Manager for Personalization

About two years ago, I wrote an article on using Google Tag Manager (GTM) to personalize your website. Even then, people asked why I wouldn’t just use Google Optimize. At the time, the answer was simple: Personalization was part of Google’s six-figure paid solution.

However, in November 2018, Google released the functionality to all users. Since then, Google Optimize has become a primary platform to initiate personalized experiences. But GTM is still critical to overcome its enduring limitations.

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On-Site Personalization

In 1999, David Weinberger, a technologist and co-author of  The Cluetrain Manifesto, wrote, “Personalization: the automatic tailoring of sites and messages to the individuals viewing them so that we can feel that somewhere there’s a piece of software that loves us for who we are.”

Two decades later, ironically, personalization is being used by companies attempting to make the online experience more human.

Personalization has grown rapidly since David’s statement. So much so that personalized experiences have become the norm, not an option. [Tweet it!]

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How to Use Personalized Content and Behavioral Targeting For Improved Conversions

If 500 different people go to Amazon.com, they each a different version of the home page. How come? It’s personalized! It’s no secret why Amazon does that: content personalization makes money.

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Email Retargeting: How to Drive Awareness, Sales, and Loyalty

According to a survey that researched omni-channel commerce for small and medium-sized businesses, email is the key driver of both customer acquisition (for 81% of respondents) and retention (for 80% of respondents).

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6 Proven Cairns on the Path to Personalization (and 5 Pitfalls to Avoid)

A few months ago, I took my family to Dinosaur National Monument in Utah. We saw some pretty cool fossilized dinosaur bones as well as ancient petroglyphs and pictographs. There was, however, one stop that disappointed us.

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8 Ways to Grab Attention (and Hold onto It)

We live in a world of short attention spans. Attention span is the amount of time that a person can concentrate on a task without becoming distracted.

That task could be learning about your product, figuring out if your service is right for them, etc. In other words, it’s kind of important. You need to learn how to grab attention—and hold it—for your website visitors.

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How to Use A/B Testing and Personalization Best Together

If you ask most marketers, they will tell you that A/B testing and personalization are two completely different things. I respectfully disagree, and I think this disagreement is at the root of how to use them best together.

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Personalization: How to Build a Revenue Boosting Program from Scratch

Did you know that Netflix has only 90 seconds to find a show that suits a user before she gets frustrated and quits? According to a recent academic study, “a typical Netflix member loses interest after perhaps 60 to 90 seconds of choosing, having reviewed 10 to 20 titles (perhaps 3 in detail) on one or two screens.”

How does Netflix manage to find the right show for the right user so quickly?

According to the same study, 80% of its customers’ video plays comes from its personalized recommendation engine. Netflix estimates the value brought by this personalized recommendation system at a billion dollars per year.

That’s a serious win achieved through personalization.

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Spray and Pray Doesn’t Work: How to Identify and Target Micro Segments

As marketers, we’re all trying to improve the customer experience and increase conversions. We have these things in common.

However, some marketers are much better at understanding their customer personas and doing the right kind of research than others.

What is comes down to is that delivering a single message to your entire customer base is an inherently flawed strategy. High-value customers, frequent browsers, seldom purchasers, brand enthusiasts and first-time visitors are all differently characterized and must be engaged uniquely.

This is where customer micro-segmentation comes into play.

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How to achieve more with less in content marketing

Find out how to reach more people and get the most value from your content marketing efforts with content recycling.

Join Paul Boag, UX Marketing Specialist @ Boagworks, live Wed. May 27 @ 11 AM CT.

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