Persona Development – An Update

In this great post from Perianne Grignon of [x + 1], she argues that the concept of media is dead, sayi ng obviously at one level – as a means for reaching the right audiences with relevant messages – the answer is “yes”. But if you’re still thinking of media as an array of discreet channels that need to be individually planned for, bought, optimized and managed, the answer needs to be a loud and emphatic “no.”
At Pluris, we wholeheartedly agree with this message. Our Offer Optimization solution runs across all channels, and its goal is to deliver a consistent message to each consumer regardless of channel. About a year ago, we posted our thinking on personas as a means to provide “color” to statistics.

After a year of engaging several major brands in the development of strategic personas, our thinking has only crystallized.

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5 Reactions to Facebook’s “Page Post Targeting Enhanced”

Facebook creates so much news that it’s easy to miss a new set of features aimed at marketers- even when those very changes can have big implications on how brands speak to you on the social platform. Last week, nestled between the social buzz of the Olympics and ups and downs of its stock price, the social network rolled out a bevy of new ways for marketers to take advantage of things such as your age, interests, gender, relationship status and more to inform how they ‘speak’ to you.

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Embracing the Big Data Deluge - If That’s What it Is

Everyone is talking about big data and judging from my social streams and much of the media coverage, I’m afraid many don’t have a clear understanding about what it is, and if big data is in fact, what they are dealing with. The explosion of data has everyone thinking- “this must be a big data problem” but sadly, a few million emails, a couple thousand social messages and a customer data base, isn’t big data. It may be a lot of data to manage and a headache, but how does the average CMO or CTO build a strategy around handling their data if they prescribing it inaccurately?

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Stick a Google-Shaped Fork in Barnes & Noble

Everyone hailed the Nook as smart business. Now, thanks to the very same company that powers the Nook, it’s going the way of disco -- fun while it lasted, but an impractical long term way to groove.
The hype around Google’s new Nexus 7 tablet is mostly surrounding its threat to Amazon, and while there may be merit there, the striking first casualty is Barnes & Noble. With brick and mortar bookstores and physical reading of books declining in favor of e-readers, Barnes & Noble announced plans earlier this year to this one from Peter Svenson of the Huffington Post, I am convinced that the Nexus 7 will provide me a far better experience than my Nook or a continued relationship with Barnes & Noble would. Here are my top 3 reasons as follows:

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Sign of Apocalypse: Merchants Pay Good Money to Give Away Their Customer Loyalty

We all know over the last several years, a growing need for cutting corners – and coupons – has paved the way for sites like Groupon, LivingSocial and others to offer attractive discounts to consumers and – as their salespeople pitch it – equally attractive perks to participating businesses. It’s changed consumer behaviors, disrupted business models on the local level and it’s made a few people very wealthy.

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Offer Optimization for Mobile: It’s not JUST about knowing your audience.

I spent most everyday in conversations with CMOs, loyalty program director, CIOs and executives across a variety of industries- and while many are still struggling to catch up with, and better leverage, the new behaviors of social media and the real-time web, almost none have a mobile strategy worth bragging about. Why is this?

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Big Data? Let’s Take A Step Back.

Big data is the rage. Big data companies are getting funded. Big data scientists are getting hired. A slew of blog posts are screaming for marketers to understand and use big data. So what is Big data? In a nutshell, it is doing what Google has been doing for over a decade. Taking in, indexing and categorizing massive amount of data generated from the web. It involves new hardware and software paradigms and new skill sets to further challenge us.

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A Digital Sign of the Times

The Digital Out of Home (DOOH) Experience is exploding, and most people take it for granted. Why? Because digital signs are essentially familiar, flat panels TVs found in most homes-and signs, digital or not are seemingly everywhere these days. While there has been a push to make signs actionable through QR codes, an increasing amount of companies from retail, entertainment, and hospitality, to cabs and office building are investing in digital signage. Initially, this was because digital signage were simply more compelling visually and its inventory, more flexible.

However, intended or not these signs may just hold the keys to a new consumer and retail gateway.

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Personalized Content is Something Consumers Want, but there is a Fine Line…

Mobile Marketer recently covered an interesting GfK MRI panel study-that shows the majority of tablet consumers want personalized ads- and the ability to buy products they are interested directly.
“Seventy percent of tablet magazine readers wish that digital magazines included tailored advertising, showing the need for more personalized experiences, according to research from GfK MRI iPanel.”

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At Pluris, we believe that we all can do a better, more efficient job at marketing to our most important customers. On this blog, we'll discuss how strategy, database management, offer optimization and analytics can help us all be better marketers. Sometimes, we may just talk about sports.

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