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Companies interested in real-time Marketing take advantage of relevant trends and immediate feedback from customers. What does it take to do it?

All of us live in a dynamic environment.  Change comes more rapidly often making planning difficult.  Agile companies want to be able to rapidly adjust on all fronts, including Marketing.  This is the realm of real-time marketing. Companies are interested in real time marketing because they believe it will help them deploy the right elements of the marketing mix at the right time to influence a specific outcome.

The Three Active Ingredients of Real-Time Marketing

Real time marketing encompasses three activities: real time data capture, real time insight development, and real time interaction development.  What are these three elements?

  1. Real-Time Data Capture: The ability to obtain information about a prospect or a customer as the information is being generated and transforming and storing that information in a format and location that is accessible to other marketing activities.
  2. Real-Time Insight Development: Creating actionable knowledge that leverages the most recent real-time data. Knowledge development can vary from rescoring an individual based on a real-time data element change to creating new data mining algorithms based on how the latest real-time data element change affects the overall pattern identification results.
  3. Real-Time Interaction Enablement: Creating the means to leverage available knowledge for an individual or bulk inbound or outbound prospect or customer marketing or sales exchange.

All three of these help you create a real-time marketing system. To implement real-time marketing you will want to create scenarios around the data scope and Marketing function periodicity.

real time marketing with scenarios

Craft scenarios to help with real-time marketing, planning and agility.

Scenarios Serve to Enable Real-Time Marketing, Agility and Planning

Scenarios are a postulated sequence or development of events. Scenarios help you anticipate and analyze possible future events.  As a result they play an essential role if you’re aspiring to be more agile AND are an excellent vehicle to support planning. 

Creating scenarios that will be useful requires data and timing information. Scenarios to support real-time marketing can be created based on the answers to the following types of questions. 

  • What data can change and by how much regarding customers, the market, and the competition?
  • What data are predictive of a key prospect or customer behavior?
  • What data are essential for effective engaging with customers and prospects?
  • What data are required to support a consistent cross-channel customer experience?

Marketing function periodicity scenarios can be created based on the answers to the following questions. The periodicity questions typically lead to the development of scenarios where a series of time increments are examined such as real time, daily, weekly and monthly.

  • How frequently does data or value of the data change?
  • How quickly do predictive models lose their effectiveness?
  • How quickly are decisions about campaign effectiveness made?

Once created, the costs and benefits associated with each scenario are quantified and compared to identify the appropriate real-time marketing investments required to provide superior ROI.  How well you can craft scenarios will determine your success with this approach.  Not up your alley.  It’s right up ours.  Give us call

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