Baseline: collected at first touch from anyone
Examples: geolocation, device type, new or returning, marketing campaign
Activity: collected from actions taken by users
Examples: viewed X page, clicked on X content, downloaded X asset, purchased X product.
Behavioral: make inferences from actions of most active users
Examples: favorite product, preferred content, funnel stage, high value region
An interesting point about all of the data referenced above … it can all be collected anonymously. While “knowing” who your users are via identifiable information may be necessary for the most complex of personalizations, there’s so much data to collect and action on that knowing customers by PII isn’t a requirement to improve the customer experience. With that brief overview of the three important types of first-party data to collect, let’s actually review some customers who have collected the right data to gain true insight into their customers to deliver powerful personalization.
Wendy’s is one of my favorite examples to highlight because it’s a little fun and very tangible. The goal for Wendy’s with Acquia Lift, our data collection and personalization tool, is to build persona groups for their different users based on their interests – folks who are burger lovers, salad lovers, and chicken lovers. By understanding the activities they took, whether it be clicking on certain offers or promotions, or actually completing an order, Wendy’s was able to group users into those behavioral segments based on their activity, rather than assuming they fit a certain segment based on demographic or other non-behavior based information. At our Engage conference, Mike Mancuso (head of digital analytics at Wendy’s) spoke to this using the example of his wife, a sure fire fit for the “salad lovers” persona based on every identifiable demographic factor … except that she isn’t, and fits firmly on team burger based on her love of the Baconator.
That’s just a sneak preview of what I’ll be discussing with Coste and Mason on the Jan. 24. I encourage you to join us for Customer Insights for CX Personalization: Which Data Matters Most? by clicking here.
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