Here’s a data-driven strategy for better understanding use cases

What makes identifying use cases so difficult has much to do with generic and disjointed experiences.

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Use cases show brands how consumers interact with their products and services. They highlight the individual experiences of customers so companies can better connect with them.

Unfortunately, it’s often difficult to organize and manage use cases, especially in large organizations.

“Now a lot of companies that we talked to struggle with where to begin in terms of how to prioritize and even identify what their use cases are,” said Karen Wood, Senior Director, Product Marketing at Acquia, in her MarTech presentation. “So, we always recommend starting to look at use cases in the realm of how would that impact the end consumer.”

She added, “So rather than thinking about the different teams in the different brands that are leveraging the use cases, what is the experience going to be like for the end consumer?”

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What makes identifying use cases so difficult has much to do with generic and disjointed experiences, says Wood. Multiple departments, channels, and teams often lead to siloed consumer experiences.

“So, rather than thinking about it as the consumer flows through the journey across many different experiences, it’s really each individual siloed team or department that’s powering the discrete and unique experiences,” said Wood. “Our recommendation as we talk about use cases is to think about it cohesively across teams across touchpoints, and really what it’s like for that consumer at the receiving end.”

Take the data journey

Wood identifies three phases marketers should follow to take their data capabilities from analysis to full personalization.

Source: Acquia
  • Phase 1: Using analytical insights and personalized marketing campaigns to give consumers information about your business.
  • Phase 2: Gaining deeper insights from CDP platforms, which allows teams across the board to increase ROI.
  • Phase 3: Providing personalized engagement at each customer touchpoint.

“Personalized digital experiences, experiences that are driven by trusted data that engage seamlessly with one another, that address use cases that your customers care about, those experiences can drive meaningful results for your business,” said Christopher Cummings of Precisely in a separate MarTech session. “Brands across the board need to strengthen their customer engagement channels.”

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Corey Patterson
Corey Patterson is an Editor for MarTech and Search Engine Land. With a background in SEO, content marketing, and journalism, he covers SEO and PPC to help marketers improve their campaigns.

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