As consumer understanding of how important controlling their personal information grows, they are increasingly taking control of it. Not just limited to protecting information about themselves and their families, their demand for rights and protections are extending to their possessions and expanding their rights as to who can access their data and under what circumstances.
The new shopping dynamics have also cast a spotlight on the inadequacies of many brands’ online customer experience and the ineffectiveness of generic retention programs. In many cases, brand-customer relationships proved to be based more on habit than true loyalty or brand affinity. Until marketers create a more relevant experience where, when, and how customers want it, they will struggle to get customers to return to their brands, and will leave the door open for lower priced and easier to find brands to build relationships with their former customers.
The need for an effective data strategy has never been stronger. Faced with years of increasing competitive pressure from diversified businesses like Amazon, and now an unprecedented economic downturn, more businesses are looking to emulate what has allowed Target and Best Buy to successfully fight back. Strengthened by their existing data strategies that helped build stronger and more informed customer relationships before Covid-19 hit, they are now doubling down on their data strategies to take advantage of new opportunities while their competitors struggle to adapt.
There are few industries that have been devastated by Covid-19 as much as the restaurant industry and it very well may be a harbinger for sweeping changes across many other industries. Innovators in the space are finding creative ways to reduce the impact and build their brands in anticipation of an unshackling of pent up consumer demand, but the industry will never be the same again.
Big data is undoubtedly the future of marketing, and it is what powers A.I., so the opportunities for unintended misuse and abuse have already started and will continue to multiply. As marketers look to improve the customer experience and their marketing effectiveness, they will need to develop guidelines for their business and industry, even within what is legally permissible, to avoid being the next business to be branded as creepy.
With all the articles on CCPA and data privacy, there has been little heard from U.S. consumers. Here is what they are saying:
Offer strategy and associated tactics are an often overlooked opportunity for marketers to improve their existing programs. By encouraging specific customer behaviors that support a marketer’s overarching strategies and goals, marketers will find success financially and in improving the customer experience.