Marketing orchestration is the process of bringing harmony between the many fronts of your marketing strategy.
Every once in a while, you should consider stepping back and looking at the magnitude of the engine you’ve created. For perspective, you can look at:
- Dozens of tools that make up your martech stack
- The army of ideators, content creators, and editors
- Number of cross-functional teams all working together
- Heaps upon heaps of customer and target audience data sets
It’s a miracle that modern marketing teams run smoothly. However, there is a method to the madness. It’s called marketing orchestration.
Then pause and picture a set of new graduates right off Fort Bragg.
Notice the beauty of their equally paced strides and the resultant black boots in lockstep.
Appreciate their flawless waves of motion and synchrony of thought.
All this happening with harmonious symphonies of the band in the background.
Isn’t it beautiful?
This is the promise of marketing orchestration, and as this blog will show, it does wonders for your customer experience.
Just How Much Have Your Customers Changed Since 2010
What could possibly change in ten years? In the case of this past decade, well, everything.
You’d be surprised.
The tastes, preferences, and tolerance of your customers look nothing like they did a decade ago.
What your consumers considered a positive experience back then is probably mediocre right now. And you can see these changes in how:
1. Your Current Customers Expect Personalization
Your customers nowadays don’t value personalization. If anything, they’re past that. Personalization is something they expect.
71% of customers feel frustrated if a shopping experience isn’t personalized.
However, the rise of silos, different marketing tools, and marketing channels make collecting data and personalization a nightmare.
2. Your Target Audience is Now On Different Platforms
In 2010, you’d be lucky to find half of your customers on Twitter. Nowadays, your customers are on Twitter and a dozen other platforms.
What makes it even harder is that your customers expect consistency as they move across these platforms.
You can’t say one thing on Facebook and another on Instagram. It’s hard to believe, but audiences notice even the slightest variations.
3. Your Customer Expect Flawless Cross Channel Experiences
Unlike 2010, your customers now live in the most convenient times in history.
Look around and notice the 5G internet speeds, two-day Amazon deliveries, and one-click payments.
While you were reading that, a prospect of yours somewhere ordered pizza. It’ll be delivered a few minutes after you’re done with this piece.
Only one problem. Your target audience expects the same from your marketing strategy at any point in your customer journey.
That’s why browsers abandon pages that take more than 3 seconds to load.
With that in mind, moving from your IG page to your website should be flawless, taking as little time as possible. Subsequently, you need an efficient content creation process that delivers relevant content whenever your target audience needs it.
The Consequences, Silos Galore and What This Means
With these changes in customer expectations, marketers were forced to adapt to an ever-increasing number of complexities.
As a result, when you walk around your marketing organization, you’re likely to see:
1. A Bloated Stack of Martech Tools
It takes 78% of marketers more than 5 tools to execute, plan and run a marketing campaign. (Welcome & Sirkin Internal Study Jan 2021).
Modern marketers did what they did best to meet these customer demands, automating using the available technologies.
This has created so many incompatible tools held together by weak integrations in marketing teams it’s sad. As a result, your customers:
- Get inconsistent outreach from different platforms
- Repetitive outreach, e.g., sending a client two emails
- Slower services when moving between endpoints
2. Team and Departmental Silos
For every critical aspect of customer experience, you probably have a team dedicated to just that. Often, you will have a:
- Content creation team
- Search Engine Optimization Team
- Customer acquisition team
Oblivious to many, the more teams and team members you have, the harder it is to achieve synchrony.
Think about it, would you rather have a choir of 10 members or one of a hundred members. This eventually leads to:
- Unproductive and inefficient teams
- Recurrence and repetition of tasks
- A varying tone during customer outreach
3. Difficulty Measuring Progress
With the rise of multiple teams, channels, and marketing tools, everything blurs, and measuring progress becomes a nightmare.
84% of marketers say that demonstrating meaningful results is critical. (Welcome & Sirkin internal study, Jan 2021)
You’ve probably tried metrics and key performance indicators. However, even these strategies are no match for the disorganization of a fragmented marketing platform.
As a result, you may end up with:
- Aspects of unpleasant customer experiences that are difficult to root out
- Keeping expensive and ineffective CX strategies still running
- Inability to respond effectively to customer feedback
What Is Marketing Orchestration
Forrester defines marketing orchestration as a powerful tool in ABM and marketing. This tool focuses not on standalone campaigns but on optimizing a set of related cross-channel interactions that together make up an individualized customer experience.
If jargon isn’t your cup of tea, the term comes from the literal orchestra. Picture several individuals playing different instruments that blend to create a beautiful symphony and a wonderful experience.
That’s the closest you’ll ever get to a perfect explanation of the relationship between marketing orchestration and customer experience.
This strategy aims to enable your team to deliver content, through the right channels, at the right time, and to the right person.
The Importance of Customer Experience, in Numbers
On the other side of marketing, customer experience is rising in essence like never before. Marketing was once about what you told people.
It then changed to what you showed people.
Nowadays, marketing is about how you make your clients feel, and that is customer experience at its finest.
A few CX statistics to put its importance in context include:
- There is an 80% increase in revenue for businesses that decide to focus on customer experience
- 73% of customers point to customer experience as an important factor in their purchasing decision.
- 86% of customers are willing to pay more if it means getting a better customer experience
- 89% of customers started doing business with a consumer after a poor customer experience.
Marketing Orchestration and Customer Experience: Where their Destinies Cross Paths
You’re probably wondering what your CX strategy has to do with your marketing orchestration strategy: short answer, everything.
Marketing orchestration and a positive customer experience are intertwined. Right now, it’s impossible to have one without the other.
The long answer involves the power of marketing orchestration to:
- Coordinate the timing, message, and segmentation of your omnichannel marketing
- Scalability and introduction of new channels into your CX strategy
- Eliminating bottlenecks in the curation of personalized content
- Leveraging AI for predictive decision-making.
Marketing Orchestration in Action: What To Expect Post Adopting Marketing Orchestration
Marketing orchestration will make your customer experience strategies effective, efficient, and measurable. It will help break down your marketing from this gigantic mountain of complexity to a straightforward process even an intern can understand.
Some of the benefits of marketing orchestration that will eventually result in a better customer experience are:
1. Leveraging Data to Demonstrate Impact of Different Channels
Marketing orchestration will bring your trial and error days to an end and welcome you to an era of informed decision-making.
By ensuring symphony over different channels, you can now track the performance of different channels and even perform AB testing as far as CX is concerned.
Do your inbound SEO strategies bring in more leads than your PPC ads?
With marketing orchestration, you’ll have answers. This will enable you to make informed decisions on funding and improvement.
2. An Improved Customer Messaging Fit
Determining the relevance of a message to the circumstance of your target audience is one of the leading causes of sleepless nights in marketing.
However, marketing orchestration may have cracked the code.
Marketing orchestration enables you to collect and execute data on the preferences of your customers. It would help you answer:
- What medium do my customers prefer?
- What medium do my customers prefer at certain times?
- What message will appeal to my customers at a future date?
Through predictive analysis, your system is now better poised to determine the subject line, channel, time, and even tone of your personalized message leading to a better CX.
3. Segmentation of Your Multiple Marketing Channels
Marketing will help map out your entire customer experience from the perspective of marketing channels.
With a step-by-step understanding of how your customers interact with your channels, segmenting connected channels becomes easier.
You can apply this knowledge in sending:
- Long-form content such as newsletters through email
- Brief notifications through social media and direct messaging
- Discounts and notifications in-app or through websites
This makes the repurposing of content and automation efficient since channels with a similar customer effect are grouped.
4. Reducing Low-Level Stress and Anxiety Customers May Have In Their Journey
Your customers are constantly faced with a certain level of anxiety at each level of their customer journey. Some of the questions that fuel this anxiety include:
- Is this product legitimate
- Will I lose my money purchasing this product
- Can I take this seller or website at their word
Marketing orchestration allows you to lay these uncertainties to rest with the appropriate marketing channel.
Take buying something on Amazon, for example. Their orchestration may send you a text message to let you know that your order is confirmed.
They’ll then send you an email and an in-app message to tell you that you can track your product.
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