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Improve Email Performance with Profile Data

By Michael Olson | Posted on May 08, 2013

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If you are seeking to apply big data to connect with your consumers, email marketing is the low-hanging fruit. Targeted emails containing personalized content and offers enjoy a nearly 4X greater click-through rate than generic email offers. Unlike advertising and content personalization, whose complex algorithms are heavily reliant upon third-party data, successful email campaigns can be executed exclusively using data that you own – registration and transaction information.

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Using social login, marketers can instantly gain permission-based access to the profile data they care about – rich demographic data and interests straight from a consumer’s social network profile. This data set not only includes a pre-verified email address, name, location and birth date, but also relationship status, political views, hobbies, favorite books, music, movies and television shows. The key is to create micro-segments of consumers who share similar demographic or psychographic characteristics and use them as the basis for targeting.

By selecting the right tools to store and leverage social profile and consumer data, and taking the time to build intelligent segments, marketers can dramatically improve email marketing ROI.

Some of the email performance results organizations have achieved include:

We share more real world examples and best practices for utilizing social profile data for email segmentation in our ebook titled From Information to Insights: Understanding Big Data Online, if you are interested in learning more.

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Michael Olson

Michael Olson

Senior Product Marketing Manager

Michael Olson joined Janrain more than five and a half years ago and has experienced the explosive growth of the digital marketing technology landscape. Previously, he managed demand generation programs at Janrain. Currently, as the Senior Product Marketing Manager, Michael drives go-to-market strategy for product launches as well as positioning and messaging to communicate the value of customer profile management solutions to companies. Michael's writing has been featured in publications such as GigaOM, Adotas and iMedia Connection.

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