Many marketers today still think “inside-out” all too often. They ask themselves which campaigns they can use to make their products and services attractive to their target group. But even the best answer to this question neglects one thing: the customers and their needs at the moment the campaign knocks at their doorstep.
The future does not belong to the 'campaign thinkers,' but to the 'customer thinkers.' Customer communication measures must be placed in the context of the entire customer journey or orchestrated around the moments of truth. After all, "Contextually relevant content is the face of customer engagement" (source: 2020 Forrester Research).
This truth is increasingly ensured by those responsible for customer experience and customer journey management, who complement the marketing team. And that's a good thing. The trend towards interdisciplinary teams and the linking of marketing and customer experience promotes the mindset change from “inside-out” to “outside-in,” from campaign thinking to customer engagement.
In my experience, the concept of trigger-based marketing (or moment-based marketing) can also be very helpful in implementing this mindset change. This approach promotes thinking from the customer's perspective and can be implemented simply and step-by-step using customer journeys. With the data-based identification of signals, events, triggers, or moments, relevant and personalized content can be played out at the right time.
At the same time, adding CX experts to the marketing team also promotes the breaking down of silos. Such teams think broadly and, above all, independent of the channel. The demand is growing to collect detailed customer knowledge about all interaction points, evaluate it with the help of AI, and then use it in real-time by automatically displaying relevant content using marketing automation solutions.
If we lose the relevance of the interaction, the customer relationship is at risk — and with it, our own business foundation. This is why thinking from the customer's perspective is so important.
Doing so requires the ability to understand customers in detail and, consequently, in a data-driven way. If this insight is missing, relevance is missing and the engagement no longer succeeds. As marketers, we want to close the gap between insights gained and engagement. For this, we need:
1) the right mindset
2) data literacy
3) intelligent use of supporting technologies