What’s the Difference Between a CDP and a CRM (and why should you care)?

Customer Data Platform Series: 1 of 5

Over the next 5 weeks, read a new blog each week from our CDP Series as our CMO helps you to understand the CDP landscape, capabilities and functionality.

Gartner's 2018 Marketing Technology Survey suggests that 52% of enterprise marketers have already fully deployed a Customer Data Platform (CDP), while 26% are in the process of deploying one and a further 12% plan to do so within two years. That means 90% of the respondents are invested in CDPs, a very high proportion of the market considering the technology has only come to the forefront in the past three or four years.
 
However, dig deeper into the research and you find that 51% of the self-proclaimed CDP-equipped organizations said that their CDP was their Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system, with 11% of these naming Salesforce as their CDP. It's worth noting that in November 2018, when the survey was issued, Salesforce was vehemently against the idea of a CDP, and that even today the provider is still in the process of developing one.

Topics: BlueVenn Marketing customer data customer experience Customer Data Platform marketing data cdp

How to Continually Optimize Data Quality using a Customer Data Platform

Poor quality data is the result of numerous errors that can progressively ruin the success of your marketing campaigns. In fact, according to IDG, poor data quality is one of the modern marketer’s biggest concerns, with 66% of those polled declaring data quality and accuracy as a “top priority”. 

Inaccurate names, addresses and contact details, along with duplicate records and decayed information, will distort your view of a customer, resulting in poor campaign results and inaccurate insights. Worse still, it creates a bad experience for your customers whereby they either miss out on a specific offer, are targeted wrongly or receive the same message multiple times.

Topics: BlueVenn Marketing customer journey customer data bad data Data Quality customer engagement data privacy customer insight data cleaning data analysis Customer Data Platform marketing data data analytics clean data marketing database cdp

Is a Customer Data Platform the Same as a Master Data Management Solution?

A question that I’ve started to get asked a lot recently is whether Master Data Management (MDM) and a Customer Data Platform (CDP) are interchangeable. More specifically, if you have a Master Data Management system in the business, can it be used to deliver the same results as a Customer Data Platform? And if not, then why is a CDP different to an MDM solution?

To answer this you really need to think about the fact that MDM is a discipline and a set of processes to transform organization-wide data. However, a CDP is a packaged software product with a specific purpose to deliver a single view of the customer from multiple data sources that marketing can use for improved personalization of marketing campaigns.

Topics: BlueVenn Marketing customer data personalization Customer Data Platform marketing data data unification marketing database cdp

How a Customer Data Platform Optimizes Omnichannel Marketing

Our customers are taking increasingly complex journeys consisting of multiple online and offline touch-points. They interact with brands through any channel or device they wish (email, web, social, mobile app, direct mail, call center or in-store), and therefore its a strategic imperative that marketers are able to utilize data from all these channels and execute campaigns in an omnichannel way.

Without the ability to capture and act-on the available data points it creates disjointed and impersonal experiences that can frustrate buyers and damage a potential conversion.

Topics: Marketing Customer Data Platform Multi-Channel omnichannel marketing