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      Real-Time Personalization

      The Importance of Personalization in B2C Marketing

      By Carl Bleich

      Jun 21, 2021

      10 min read

      Real-Time Personalization

      The Importance of Personalization in B2C Marketing

      Note: Much of this content originated from Bloomreach's “Digital First, Digital Now: The Commerce Experience Summit 2021”. You can watch the event in its entirety on-demand to ensure you don't miss out on the latest trends in digital commerce.

      As customer demands of brands soar higher and higher, the importance of personalization in B2C marketing is at an all-time high. 

      Personalization in e-commerce is the process of delivering personal experiences online by dynamically showing content, product recommendations, and specific offers based on previous actions. These previous actions include purchase history, browsing behavior, demographics, and other personal data. 

      Personalization is important for brands in B2C marketing because it gives the customer multiple connection points to your company that otherwise might not have existed. These personal connections can lead to increased brand loyalty and potentially more sales revenue. 

      CMSWire summed it up well: personalization is where data and content intersect. 

      Consumers have an expectation in 2021 for hyper-personalized brand interactions. If your company is unable to provide those interactions, and provide them with content that resonates, you are falling behind in our new digital-first world. 

      Personalization is a Customer Expectation in 2021

      While personalization might be a buzzword these days, that doesn't mean it's not valuable to your business. 

      And valuable actually means valuable. Like, monetarily. Check out these statistics: 

      Since 83% of seekers would trade personal data for a more personalized experience, it makes sense that so many companies and marketers are investing resources into personalizing content for their target audiences. 

      In an ideal scenario, there is a tradeoff between consumers and companies that happens when it comes to personalized content. Consumers willingly give data to the company in exchange for personalized content coming back to them, which in turn leads to a better customer experience with the brand. 

      Avoiding breakdowns (customers being untrusting of your brand, your company lacking the knowledge of what to do with data, etc.) in this “data to personalized content chain” is key to ensuring that you will be able to personalize important marketing communications for your customers for the long haul. 

      Sofology Wins With Personalized Experiences 

      Bloomreach customer Sofology, the United Kingdom’s fastest growing omnichannel sofa retailer, has been providing personalized experiences to its customers with Bloomreach Engagement since 2019. 

      “It all starts with getting your data in a single place and getting the single customer view,” said Graham Wilson, Head of Business Development for Sofology. “For us, our customers traverse across different channels. About 97% of our customers start their journey with Sofology online. We have to tailor content for their journey accordingly.” 

      The challenge for Sofology, and many brands that have strong online and brick-and-mortar presences, is combining the offline and online data to show the complete picture of the customer. 

      For example, if Susan is browsing Sofology’s website for a yellow sofa, she will receive targeted marketing communications from Bloomreach Engagement that fit that bill. But if Susan comes into one of Sofology’s 47 brick-and-mortar locations and is struck by the beauty of a red loveseat, her intent as a seeker has changed. 

      If she continues to receive targeted marketing communications that do not incorporate her new in-store appreciation of the red loveseat, Sofology risks sending marketing communications that are no longer meaningful to Susan. These communications may have been personalized at one time, but they no longer are. 

      “We want to stitch everything we possibly can together,” Wilson said. “There’s a lot of in-store data that we can push into Bloomreach Engagement. We want to be able to access it. The more the merrier.”

      Sofology is also thinking outside the box when it comes to offline data. It has realized that zero-party data bits such as in-store WIFI registration and in-store appointment data can be valuable in painting a more complete picture of the customer. Everything helps in the quest for better personalization. 

      “If you can’t understand where your customers have been and can’t stitch them together across different channels, you’re going to struggle from a personalization point of view,” Wilson said. 

      Bloomreach is the E-commerce Leader for Personalization 

      The State of Commerce Experience 2021 report, our annual study on the latest digital commerce trends and global consumer shifts, also helps illustrate the importance of personalization in e-commerce. 

      Two statistics help point to this: 

      • 77% of e-commerce decision makers agree that digital commerce is / will become the most important sales channel within one to three years
      • 79% of buyers would change suppliers / retailers if they had a poor experience

      Personalization is one of the many keys to ensuring that seekers do not have a poor experience with your brand. 

      Digital commerce is here to stay and personalized experiences for customers play a huge role in them developing brand loyalty. If your company is ready to take your data and start investing back in your customers through personalization efforts, the Bloomreach Commerce Experience Cloud is the platform you need. 

      Bloomreach provides the perfect combination of product data and customer data for your company's personalization needs. Learn more about why Bloomreach is the partner you need to best personalize content for your customers in our new digital-first world.

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      Carl Bleich

      Content Marketing Manager at Bloomreach

      Carl works with Bloomreach professionals to produce valuable, customer-centric content. A trusted expert with over 15 years of experience, Carl loves exploring unique ways to turn problems into solutions within digital commerce.

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