CRM Marketing Humor Dictionary

Tinyclues’ Unvarnished CRM Marketing Dictionary

Discover our take on CRM concepts.
Somewhat irreverent, but true to our philosophy of marketing.

Claire Besset

Digital & Growth Marketing Director

Time to read4 min read
May 11, 2021

There’s a lot of confusion around CRM and marketing terms. It doesn’t help that a lot of them have been appropriated by vendors or repurposed from other trades.
This unvarnished CRM marketing dictionary is an attempt to shed light on some of these concepts.

Disclaimer: we’re partial to true customer-centricity.

Stay tuned, we’ll keep on adding more definitions!



Clever concept invented by acquisition marketing teams to justify their lion’s share of marketing budgets. Still underexploited by CRM teams. Picking the right attribution model is crucial.

Read more here: What No One Ever Told You About Attribution


Batch And Blast


A.K.A Spam. Campaigns sent to everyone regardless of whether they are actually interested in what you have to talk about. The opposite of customer-centric marketing.



[current data puzzle]

Customer Data Platform or Customer Data Prison?
To be chosen wisely.

You don’t want to end up locked-in to a single vendor’s marketing suite…
…when the goal is to unlock the power of your first party data.

Read more here: The Rise of Customer Data Ecosystems




Hated by the public, heavily relied upon by marketers.
Doomed to extinction.

Read more here: First-party data will matter in a cookieless world



[customer-centric. sometimes.]

Often mistaken for “Craft Repetitive Messages”.
Obviously, it’s not. It’s the art of delighting each customer every day, whether that means three touchpoints or shutting the f* up.

Read more here: Report: the State of CRM




A marketer’s holy grail. Eternally out of reach due to company politics, goals, and constraints.
Or is it?

Read more here: The hardest problem in CRM




There’s the junk mail going straight to spam, good newsletters in your promotions tab, and then there are awesome newsletters that are allowed in your inbox, like Tinyclues’. Subscribe here!



High on the hype cycle. Thought by many to be the silver bullet for marketers. In reality, will bury you under suitcases forever because you bought one for a friend a year ago.

Read more here: Personalization is not the Silver Bullet for CRM


Rule-based Targeting


The art of putting customers in boxes. Also, the best way to introduce human bias in your CRM strategy. Better than no targeting but very 1980s.

Read more here: How Tinyclues Created a 10x Better Target Audience Process


Skyscraper Email

[too long]

Self-explanatory. Omnibus campaign relied on by too many CRM teams. Category managers dread for their product to be anywhere below the 2nd fold, aka “nobody ever scrolled this far”.

Read more here: CRM Cartoon: the Painfully Long Email




SOS sent by consumers drowning in irrelevant emails. Often dismissed by marketers (“My unsubscribe rate is so low”). In reality, can cost you millions before you realize there’s a problem

Read more here: The Hidden Cost of Email Fatigue


Vendor lock-in


Buying a CDP from a traditional Martech vendor without reading the fine print might get you into one.

Consequences: Inability to choose best-of-breed marketing solutions, lack of agility, immediate loss of competitiveness.

Read more here: The Rise of Customer Data Ecosystems

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