5 Reasons to Target First Responders with Personalized Promotions

An example of Tuft&Needle's personalized promotion to the military and first responders: a picture of a man and dog on a bed, with copy that reads, "Real heroes deserve real savings. We are proud to offer a 15% discount to our military and first responders.
Personalized promotions can be a highly effective way to acquire new customers, but personalized emails aren’t enough. Shoppers want brands to truly support them and their communities. Nearly two-thirds of consumers prefer to buy from companies that reflect their own values and beliefs. Brands have been using cause marketing to demonstrate this kind of alignment ...
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7 Pitfalls of Marketplace-Based Verification and How to Avoid Them

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Affiliate-based marketing is popular, and it’s easy to see why. In exchange for a commission, affiliates promote brand offers. It’s a win-win, right? The answer is “It depends.”  When it comes to delivering personalized offers to consumer communities such as students, teachers, healthcare workers, or the military, the affiliate-centric marketplace verification model can be a ...
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Why You Need to Protect a Personalized Offer

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Consumers want to be recognized and rewarded by brands they trust. Personalized offers to consumer communities, such as teachers, students, seniors, or the military, deliver this experience but only if the offers are truly exclusive. When a brand doesn’t verify that customers are eligible for an offer, it risks losing money, time, and—most importantly—the regard ...
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Why Your Segmentation Strategy is Costing You Money

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Consumers crave a genuine connection with the companies they shop with. In fact, 91% of consumers report they are more likely to shop with brands that provide relevant offers, which is why marketers provide them. But there’s a problem: using traditional segmentation strategies to deliver personalized marketing is failing.  Consumers don’t like the insidious approaches brands ...
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5 Steps to Creating Personalized Marketing for Consumer Tribes

A huddle of smiling college students brands can target with personalized marketing.
Current approaches to personalized marketing are falling short, and both brands and consumers are searching for a new way to build mutually satisfying relationships. Brands are responding by implementing new approaches to personalization that give consumers control of their data. This move is restoring trust in the brand-consumer relationship and helping brands leverage the social ...
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8 Tips for Choosing the Right Customer Verification Software

A young woman on the street using customer verification software on her mobile phone to redeem a personalized offer.
Identity marketing is a highly effective form of personalized marketing because it engages consumer tribes based on their deep-seated attributes, such as their life stage (students) or occupation (teachers). In a previous post, we explained that using customer verification software is essential to making this new form of personalization work because it:  - Prevents fraud.  - ...
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4 Ways to Create Customer Loyalty… without Slashing Prices

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Every brand wants greater customer loyalty, and many have built rewards programs with that goal in mind. Most rewards programs offer a monetary incentive—loyalty points that add up to a discount or a gift card. But what if that isn’t your brand’s thing? No sweat—here are four ways that you can create customer loyalty that ...
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How Digital Verification Makes Marketing to Students Easy for Financial Services

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Marketing to students can be a lucrative strategy for financial services organizations. In the US alone, college students have $574 billion in spending power. And capturing their business early can pay off. Research shows that college students have a 10-year customer life cycle.  What college students often don’t have, however, is a FICO score or credit ...
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4 Ways Expedia Created Successful Personalized Offers

Headshots of Sai Koppala and Dan St. Clair at Skift 2019 for their conversation about Expedia's personalized offers.
Traditional marketing tactics, like universal discounts and segmentation, aren’t working like they used to. This fact is particularly apparent in the hospitality industry, where consumers show more loyalty to price than they do to brands, and where universal discounts have completely taken over. Brands like Expedia are trying a new approach: personalized offers. Expedia's personalized ...
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3 Steps to Creating Personalized Offers That Retain Customers All Year Round

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For the arts and crafts retail giant Michaels, “Make Creativity Happen” isn’t just a tagline: it’s a company-wide mission. That means leveraging personalized offers to help customers express their creativity 365 days a year.  Typically, the demand for creative supplies ebbs and flows. But Michaels is addressing the seasonal slumps by rewarding key audiences with ...
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