4 Customer Profile Questions for Evaluating Your Personalization Solution

Personalization is a concept open to wide interpretation – its meaning seems to be, well, personal. One man’s integrated marketing is another man’s personalized customer experience. But at heart, personalization is about persons. And this is why the customer profile is, or should be, at the heart of anything calling itself a personalization solution. HereContinue reading “4 Customer Profile Questions for Evaluating Your Personalization Solution”

Wilkommen, Bienvenue, God Dag, RichRelevance

On May 13, RichRelevance acquired Avail. This is very good news for RichRelevance. The combined company is now global, with customers in 29 countries. It is Numero Uno for personalization solutions in Internet Retailer’s rankings for USA and Europe. RichRelevance, founded 2006, is the leader in North American retail, serving a billion recommendations a day.Continue reading “Wilkommen, Bienvenue, God Dag, RichRelevance”

SMART: Closing the Revolving Google Door

You’re deep into a forum and encounter a post mentioning the product that will solve your problem. Or, you’re on a product page staring at a product that might solve your problem, but won’t feel convinced unless you can read a how-to article. Ideally, the information you want next would be available from a linkContinue reading “SMART: Closing the Revolving Google Door”

Graphdive: Sociable Personalization

Not long after my Facebook initiation, I tried to access it from a hotel room far from home. Facebook felt it needed to verify my identity by showing me photos of three “friends” and asking me to identify them. The “friends” were all classmates from schooldays decades in the past: I couldn’t even match theirContinue reading “Graphdive: Sociable Personalization”

Personalized and Dynamic RichContent

I’m a girl, and I don’t ski. Why would you show me skis and images of a guy skiing? Well, two reasons: your site doesn’t recognize me, and can’t select and deliver the appropriate con-tent. Yesterday, RichRelevance released RichContent, a new offering in its Rich- family of solutions which aims at mitigating both of thoseContinue reading “Personalized and Dynamic RichContent”

Seeing Your Personalization Vision

An important early step in developing your personalization strategy is articulating, communicating, and committing to a vision. I’m not talking about a mission-statement kind of vision, or a string of wonderful words that make everyone feel good. I’m talking about having a clear idea of what the personalized experience will be like for your customers,Continue reading “Seeing Your Personalization Vision”

4 Steps to Personalization Success

Personalization is gardening. It’s energizing to image the garden in all its perfection. But after you plant it, you have to take care of it. Probably nearly every day. You’re not done until you decide you don’t want it any more. Companies unsuccessful with personalization think buying technology is enough. Or adding product recommendations toContinue reading “4 Steps to Personalization Success”

Top 5 Factors in Choosing a Recommendation System

I have published detailed requirements for recommendations systems, with at least a hundred questions you should consider when evaluating a solution. But a hundred details is not where you want to start your technology selection process. You start by narrowing your focus to find your most likely partners. I think there are just five factorsContinue reading “Top 5 Factors in Choosing a Recommendation System”

Certona’s Resonance Personalization Platform: Saving Retailers’ Wetware

Today’s marketers suffer from incomplete digital marketing platforms. They need many tools to support marketing functions across the channels and touchpoints their customers use. In fact, the current solution landscape offers too many tools, each its own silo. The result is that marketing teams find themselves using an artisanal marketing platform. Artisanal + food =Continue reading “Certona’s Resonance Personalization Platform: Saving Retailers’ Wetware”

2013 Prediction: Personalization Leaders Find the Way

Recommendations went mainstream in 2012. Personalization is still in the hands of early adopters. In 2013, the early adopters will figure out personalization, so that in 2014 the personalized customer experience can go mainstream. Vendors in the recommendations space sell personalization, but in 2012, they were delivering recommendations. Their technology supported personalization, but their clients’Continue reading “2013 Prediction: Personalization Leaders Find the Way”