We are a creative integrated marketing consultancy specialising in 4 business areas: Business Services, Financial Services, Automotive Aftermarket and Recruitment Advertising. These blogs tell of some of our experiences working in these business areas.
10 December 2013
Rapidly evolving digital capabilities - particularly mobile, social media, big-data and cloud technologies, offer business service, financial service and retail operators for example, entirely new opportunities for understanding, serving and engaging customers and stakeholders. This has created new marketing and business development opportunities for brand and business development managers.
Seizing new opportunities by linking the brand promise, content, stakeholder(s) experience and marcomms platform requires an integrated strategic marketing communications solution and a sensible dose of technology. Tomorrow's winners will be those companies who are the most customer-centric. It's more than a differentiator. It's a holistic business decision because true customer-centricity demands significant changes at organisational level.
In the pursuit of customer-centricity our advice is - be bold and proactive.
Today, our job as marketers is to package the brand, content, experience (ie touch points) and platform in a way that enables a business to operate smartly and thrive. This requires marketing managers and business development project managers to package suitable content and supply well branded, benefit-led communications across multiple touch points (email, video on demand, app, web, events and road shows, pitch books, eBooks etc).
Customer-centricity is about using information, coupled with hypothesis-driven analytics, to develop and tailor personalised products, service communications and delivery methods. For example we recently created a campaign for Aon focused on M&A transaction risk and how some risks could be reliably shifted to the insurance market. Whilst underlying product and service methods were the same, background, benefit and buying points were deliberately emphasised differently for respective stakeholders - private equity professionals, corporate c-suites, transaction lawyers, corporate finance advisors and investment banks. Without separate treatments, the campaign would have lost resonance, relevance and effectiveness. Technology – in terms of data build up and segmentation, email delivery, subject line and path to “Get a briefing”, enabled a different journey and experience for respective stakeholders. Digitalisation offers new opportunities for linking content, experience and communication platform
Companies who use integrated content-led marketing driven by experts and technology, will increase the touch points they share with customers and prospects and will improve their ROI on marketing and business development expenditure.
Some useful tips for getting started with customer-centric communications
If you follow these principles, your organisation will have a better chance of becoming a trusted partner or advisor to a community and marketing communication will be an effective enabler of business development and targeted awareness in your market. For most financial service, business service and retail operations, achieving game-changing levels of customer-centricity through leveraging digital capabilities and intelligently marrying together content, brand and multiple touch points, will be a multi-year journey. What are you waiting for?
Chris Abraham is head of AEPadvertising - a creative integrated marketing company specialising in brand, awareness and lead generation for b2b and b2c clients who operate internationally.