The State of CRM Podcast

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#32 – 2021 wrap-up and 2022 announcements

This was an exciting year being the first we’ve done the podcast and are looking forward to more great content in 2022. Today will be our last podcast of the year so we are going to do a quick recap of some of the key themes as we look to new content in 2022.

In this episode:
– 2022 – CRM Meet & Think events
– 5 Key themes from 2021

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#31 – Shed the old ways and advance your CRM forward

Customer behavior, tech, and business expectations of marketing have changed significantly over the past 5 years. Why are many CRM marketers still using the same tactics deployed 10 years ago?
This week we discuss how to break out of the old mindset and the tactics to advance your CRM marketing forward.

 

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#30 – The great ESP data challenge

According to a recent study, marketers are challenged to optimize email activation using their 1st-party data. This is the result of a lack of awareness around HOW ESPs use data and WHAT data it is currently being used.
Join us as we explore this disconnect and chat about how marketers can better bridge this gap.

 

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#29 – Unlearn what you’ve been taught

“Sometimes you need to unlearn what you’ve been taught because it’s holding you back.” In this episode of the State of CRM podcast, we are talking about unlearning what you’ve been taught regarding “best practices.”

We are going to raise some questions today about what we all assume are CRM best practices and ask ourselves if there’s a better way.

 

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#28 – Optimizing for Multi-Offer Campaigns

In this episode, we discuss the challenges and opportunities behind multi-offer campaigns.
Join us as we talk about how to tap into the many benefits of multi-offer campaigns while maintaining an excellent experience for your customers.

 

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#27 – Getting the most out of your loyalty program

This week we’re talking about loyalty.

Harvard Business Review conducted a recent study focusing on this topic that provided a number of interesting insights and some great food for thought. Let’s talk a bit about the study and what the implications are for CRM marketers.

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#26 – Rethinking CRM Attribution

In this week’s episode, we are going to explore a topic that marketers love to talk about as it’s as important as it is frustrating. That’s attribution.

Let’s chat a bit about what CRM marketers should consider when looking at attribution models and are there other things they should consider with exposure data they are using to feed their models.

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#25 – Making the right Martech Decisions in a Shifting Market – w/ Cory Munchbach, COO @ BlueConic

Finding the right marketing tech solutions isn’t easy, and recent market changes make it even harder.

Tune in as guest speaker Cory Munchbach, COO at BlueConic discusses how marketers can better make these decisions to not only power marketing, but drive their businesses forward.

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#24 – Start today to get the most out of Black Friday

Black Friday is the largest shopping day in many markets around the world.

This presents a huge opportunity to engage your current customer base and CRM marketers are no doubt working hard to activate customers as best they can.
But in a consumer landscape that looks much different than in past years, how can consumers better engage and convert current customers?

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#23 – Multichannel vs. Omnichannel – How marketers can use data to build their strategy

This week, we are going to talk channels and specifically Omni vs. Multichannel. What is the difference and what are some ways marketers can use data to build a strategy that’s effective across channels?

The gold standard for Omnichannel may be difficult but there are steps you can take to get closer as technology continues to make this a more realistic goal.

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#22 – Segmentation vs. Individualization – two different approaches to personalization

In this episode, we are going to talk about something that we’ve heard a lot about over the last couple of months and that is:
What does true personalization look like?

Marketers are still hyper-focused on finding the right segments of customers to target, however, we are hearing more and more about individualization.
So let’s explore what the differences are and talk a bit about is true individualization possible?

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#21 – Top 10 themes from CRMC Chicago – Sept. 8-10th 2021

In early September, we had the pleasure of being back in person to an event. Indeed, this event was dedicated to CRM. It was CRMC in Chicago.

In this episode, we share the top 10 themes from the multiple brand sessions and discussions we had. Listen till the end as we also share interesting stuff we did NOT hear much, unfortunately.

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#20 – The environmental impact of CRM

Climate change is a huge topic in news cycles but something we see less of within digital marketing. However, there is an environmental cost to the digital communications you are sending and concrete ways you can work to reduce that impact. 

In this episode, we talk about the sources of the carbon footprint your digital communications leaves. Tune in to discover how you can have an impact now.

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#19 – What is the difference between pressure and fatique?

Is there a difference between campaign pressure and fatigue? The answer is yes!

Tune in as we discuss that difference and how marketers can better manage and reduce customer fatigue. It might be time to leave metrics like optimal average frequency in the rearview. Listen in and decide for yourself.

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#18 – Data Privacy Q&A w/ Constantin Pavléas – part 2 

This is the second part of our Q&A with Constantin Pavléas, a Lawyer specialized in data privacy topics. In this part 2/2, we talk about the right to be forgotten. What does it mean? And the impact on storage limitation.

But also asking our guest how he sees the future of privacy regulation or if they are data streams that are safer to use than others? A lot of insights on all things related to data privacy.

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#17 – Back to school CRM strategy

How do you build and plan your CRM communication strategy for the Back-to-School campaign?

In this episode, we talk about back-to-school campaigns strategy and, more generally, about the right choices for your messages, even if it requires more work. Listen to this passionate discussion about long-term strategy vs. blast…

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#16 – Data Privacy Q&A w/ Constantin Pavléas – part 1

Almost everyone has heard of GDPR by now. But we see a rise in privacy regulation by governments worldwide. There’s CCPA in California and CPPA in Canada, to name the most known.

In today’s episode, we are pleased to welcome Constantin Pavléas, Lawer specialized in data privacy. We had so many questions for Constantin that we recorder 2 parts on this complicated but interesting topic. This is part 1. Part 2 is to be published soon.

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#15 – The importance of treating consumers as individuals

1st-party data helps marketers understand more about their customers. But, many CRM tactics still group customers together in ways that don’t address each customer uniquely. 

Tune in as we discuss how marketers can take into account what each individual customer wants.

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#14 – The impact of your CRM strategy on Deliverability w/ Lauren MEYER

As marketers, we spend hours and hours working on communications. Every week a lot of resources are used to create amazing emails, but the truth is all of that is useless if your emails are not delivered.

Today we’ll talk about email deliverability and to do so I’m pleased to welcome Lauren MEYER, EVP of Product Marketing & Brand Strategy at  SocketLabs.

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#13 – How will the iOS15 privacy update impact email marketing?

Apple recently dropped an email bomb announcing a privacy update that will limit email tracking specifically impacting the ability to track open rates. Will this be the email-aggedon some people fear? 

Tune in and find out how this just may be a good thing for your long-term CRM strategy.

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#12 – What does the CRM landscape look like?

Do you have the right components in your CRM tech stack? Do you know where companies play in the CRM ecosystem?

Discover more about the three main layers that should comprise any complete stack, the purpose of each layer, and the players that make up the current CRM landscape.

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#11 – CRM Automation Bloopers

This week we share some examples of well-intended campaigns that have fallen victim to misaligned targeting or automation based on incorrect triggers. 
Disclaimer: Nothing we share is in critique of marketing execution or the campaign creative but the automated mechanics with which they are delivered.

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#10 – Putting the R back in CRM

Customer relationships are more important than ever. In this week’s episode of the State of CRM podcast, we received Melissa Berger, SVP Connections Strategy and North America CRM lead at Digitas, to talk about…the importance of the R in CRM and the empathy needed to build a great relationship with your customers.

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#9 – Travel customer marketing in the covid era w/ Annemarie Van Hecke from TUI

This week we chat with Annemarie Van Hecke, Head of CRM & Customer Analytics Benelux at TUI. Join us as we chat about customer marketing in the tourism, travel, and leisure industry and how TUI found opportunities during a difficult year when traveler behavior has shifted significantly.

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#8 – Enterprise, independent, headless, oh my! What will the future of CDPs look like? w/ Greg Blond

CDPs have been a growing trend and a growing area of debate for companies looking to find better ways to structure their data. Tune in as Greg discusses the different players in market and how enterprise brands may be taking greater control of their data strategy in unexpected ways.

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#7 – How Costa Cruises has adapted to the new world of travel – Stefano Pinzani, Customer Marketing Director, Northern Europe

Customer centricity + agility are the ingredients to success for Costa Cruises. Join us for an interview with Stefano Pinzani, Consumer Marketing Director for Northern Europe at Costa Cruises, as he shares how he and his team have adapted to the new world of leisure travel, shares his perspective on what the future holds for travel, and what he has learned in the last year during the global pandemic.

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#6 – Pitfalls of Batch and Blast

In this episode, we are explaining why Batch & blast are bad for your database and so for your business. And also providing guidance on how to get away from this wrong strategy.

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#5 – How B2C CRM practices will evolve over the next 5 years? feat. Richard Jones, CMO Cheetah Digital 

In this episode with Richard Jones, CMO at Cheetah Digital, we cover a lot of ground about CRM. 
Establishing where it actually starts and ends, we also chat on balancing business needs and customer-centricity. 
The evolution of loyalty programs and their impact on customer journeys, but most of all, we also talked about how the 1st party and 0 party data are the most valuable asset for marketers to be successful in the years to come!

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#4 – How to level up your CRM Strategy?

CRM isn’t just about data, or insights, or tech, or activation. A great CRM program enables a business to build a customer-centric marketing strategy that is effective, transparent, measurable, and scalable. Discover how you can advance your own CRM marketing strategy.

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#3 – Be Customer Centric and Deliver for Your Business

Welcome to this new episode of the State of CRM Podcast.  I’m Ben Bouteille and I’m here with Matt Engstrom.
Today, we are going to talk about the #1 focus for any customer marketer, and that’s building a customer-centric marketing strategy. how can you better deliver on your business goals through a customer-first approach?

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#2 – Is Personalization through Automation the silver bullet it’s made out to be?

This week we take a step back to think about one of the biggest trends in CRM Marketing, and that’s personalization through automation. Is it the silver bullet it’s made out to be?

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#1 – All things unsubscribes and some potential new ways marketers can look at the metric

Today, we are super excited to launch our first episode in the series. I’m Matt Engstrom and I’m with Ben Bouteille and today we are going to talk about all things unsubscribes and some potential new ways marketers can look at the metric.

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