Learn more about the practice of data-driven marketing, the benefits it affords, and the tools you can use to start improving your marketing processes today.
Data-driven marketing - it’s a term you’ve probably heard before, but what does it mean, and why does it matter?
There’ll always be a place for intuition, creativity and novelty in digital marketing. That being said, backing up those decisions with real, intelligent data leads to far superior outcomes than relying on them in isolation.
In this article, we explore how making data-driven marketing decisions can help your organisation rise above the competition.
What does it mean for me?
Using data to support your marketing decisions grounds them in reality and provides a basis against which to assess and compare performance, both internally and externally. By engaging in the iterative process of collecting data, developing and implementing a strategy, and assessing the results, you’re setting your company up for continuous improvement.
Relying on a scattergun approach to marketing strategy may lead to a few bullseyes. Still, there’ll be a whole lot of complete misses along the way and a lack of infrastructure to critically evaluate what actually went right or wrong at the granular level.
These are just a few of the benefits afforded by data-driven marketing:
● Informed decision-making: analyse data to gain actionable insights around market trends, consumer behaviour and opportunities for growth
● Enhanced targeting: use consumer data to build a robust understanding of your different audience segments, then target them with highly personalised campaigns
● Increased ROI: by evaluating performance statistics, you’ll gain a better understanding of what strategies do and don’t work, empowering you to optimise your resource allocation
● Agile optimisation: monitor the performance of your campaigns and implement changes on an ad-hoc basis, as informed by real-time data feedback
● Improved customer retention: employ insights gained around customer behaviours to develop targeted retention strategies to ensure existing customers remain engaged
How do I get started?
Whether you’re looking to better understand how your audience is using your website or want to gain qualitative insights into consumer needs and preferences, we’ve put together a list of tools and processes you can use to bring data-driven practices to your marketing activities:
Heatmapping, conducted via tools like LuckyOrange or Hotjar, visually displays activity hotspots on a website or webpage, such as where users are clicking, moving their cursors, or spending the most time. This information can help marketers identify which areas attract the most attention or cause confusion. An example of the latter is ‘dead clicks’ (non-clickable fields that users try to click on), which are likely to harm user experience by triggering frustration.
Google Analytics, currently in its fourth iteration as GA4, is a web analytics tool that provides insights into website traffic, user behaviour, and conversion rates. It tracks user interactions and provides data on how visitors engage with a website, enabling marketers to measure the
effectiveness of campaigns, track website traffic sources, and identify high-performing content. At the same time, it can also help pinpoint pages with high bounce rates, thereby identifying optimisation opportunities.
HubSpot is an inbound marketing and sales platform with a suite of tools for content management, email marketing, lead generation, and customer relationship management (CRM). Marketers can use HubSpot to create and manage marketing campaigns, automate email marketing around consumer behaviours, and track lead-generation efforts. Its CRM capabilities enable better customer relationship management and lead nurturing by giving better visibility over client needs and preferences and acting as a single source of truth for all reporting.
SEMrush is an SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) tool that provides insights into organic and paid search performance and data-informed advice on content optimisation. Features include keyword research, competitive analysis, site audit functionality, and an AI content writing assistant. Marketers can use SEMrush to identify relevant keywords, analyse the performance of their competitors, track keyword rankings over time, and improve website SEO to increase organic traffic and visibility in search engines via higher-ranking pages.
User research involves gathering and analysing data about user behaviours, preferences, and needs. It can be conducted via primary research methods (focus groups, surveys or interviews) or secondary methods (consultation of data sets or existing research). Whether qualitative or
quantitative, user research helps marketers better understand their target audience and make informed decisions about product development, marketing strategies, and user experience.
Rise above your competitors
At ALYKA, we’re strong believers in the power of data. In this article, we’ve outlined a number of tools you can use to integrate data-driven marketing into your current processes. However, If you want to take your marketing to the next level, we’re here to help.
Get in contact today to learn more about how data can boost the power of your business.