Four-fifths (85%) of retail marketers consider personalisation key to driving both increased revenue and better customer experiences (CX), despite a quarter (24%) being unable to act on their existing customer data. That’s according to a new Retail Roadblocks report, released by Emarsys.
Personalisation key but scaling content a challenge
The study which supports Emarsys’ mission to give back “Power to the Marketer” spoke to over 500 marketers at global retail brands to identify the obstacles facing retail personalisation in 2022. With almost a third responsible for CX, CRM, digital marketing, branding, customer acquisition and customer retention, many are stretched thinner than ever before. They’re required to deliver more sophisticated work, across a broader spectrum, in the same or less time, meaning it’s never been harder to be a marketer.
As such, it’s no surprise that time consuming technical issues dominated the list of concerns. The data reveals that an inability to scale content is hampering a third of retail marketers, while 30% say they are lacking the ability to segment by behaviour and purchases — a must-have for effective personalisation. 22% also state that data silos are limiting their ability to personalise.
It’s also evident that marketers are feeling the negative effects of legacy tech infrastructure. One fifth of retail marketers saying their current martech stack isn’t fit for purpose, with over a quarter (29%) citing poor technology integration as a barrier to personalisation. 42% are devoting more time to preparing and segmenting data than doing anything else, wrestling infrastructures and data just to be able to get on with the job.
Web personalisation technologies
To free up more of their time and break through the barriers holding them back, almost half of marketers at retail brands will be investing in more web personalisation technologies in the next 12 months. With two-thirds wanting to spend more time improving personalised product recommendations, and 91% needing more time to get to know customers as people, marketers are turning to technology to buy back time and improve their personalisation capabilities.
“As the world of retail evolves, new channels appear, and customer expectations change, marketers are taking on more and more responsibility for the success of their business. This also means that they’re under more pressure than ever before.
Not only is personalisation now seen as crucial to business success, demanding more sophisticated marketing tactics and technologies, but marketers are also taking on more responsibility in customer acquisition, experience, and retention. Budgets aren’t necessarily extended to accommodate this — in fact, Gartner suggests they’re at an all-time low!
As a result, far too many marketers are caught up in processes, buried in unactionable data, and stretched beyond their limits due to legacy technologies — through no fault of their own. They’re also being forced to adapt to a data landscape that prioritizes first-party data — where, again, the digital infrastructure to ensure that they succeed isn’t always there.
This gauntlet of roadblocks — strategy, budgets, people and tech — isn’t going anywhere. Marketers can’t rise to the occasion without the technologies needed to empower them. In turn, this can help them to focus on real outcomes, for their end customers, their business and even their own careers”
– Joanna Milliken, new CEO, Emarsys