The Word for Modern Marketing is “Programmatic”

By Jeanne Roué-Taylor

The real story of the value of big data, the Internet of Things, and data analytics is bigger than any of these trends by themselves. In fact, each of those descriptors is merely a part of a much bigger trend; the backstory that has even greater impact on our lives is the transition to a programmatic world where fast-moving flows of information create automated, immediate, and purposeful actions. Nowhere is this more evident than in the world of a marketer.

Where we once were happy to automate work performed by individuals, modern marketing’s programmatic trend is a step well beyond to the automation of whole complex systems of interaction.

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Powering this shift is a reliance on the discovery, movement, processing, and consumption of data by machines that can digest and decide in a fraction of the time that it would take a human. Human process isn’t lost—it just happens earlier, in the setup of systems to run in real time as customer interaction takes place. In a programmatic world, it’s all about getting the setup right.

Programmatic Marketing’s Many Flavors

The programmatic world comes in many flavors, but the basic ingredients are common to much of what’s happening in business today—sensors, integration systems, analytics, more integration, event processing, and business rules, feeding intelligent processes that execute autonomously to create value on a scale that scores of humans working diligently could never match. And then even more integration…

Few places show this more clearly than the reminted marketing function of today’s top brands. The creativity of the past is still a requirement, but the new hot skill is in technology—how it works and how to implement and manage it. That’s a risk for many marketers as their past success is no indicator of future performance. It takes a mindset shift and retooling to match the needs of a programmatic marketing paradigm. No single app will do nor will simply hiring a team of data geeks. Moving to programmatic marketing goes well beyond any quick fix, and starts with development of powerful use cases that will drive strategy and choices for skills and technology. The biggest mistake? Choosing foolishly and painting yourself into a technology corner.

The CMO’s Massive Transformation

By Jeanne Roué-Taylor

Customer expectations have always been tough to match, but never has the challenge been as great as right now, in our always-on world. CMOs face the daunting task of striking the perfect balance between being relevant and safeguarding a customer’s privacy—a tough job when relevance involves leveraging customer data. A brand can only disappoint a customer once when it comes to privacy; managing customer trust is a difficult job.

And Then There’s the Data

Beyond the relevance and privacy concern, CMOs need to find and manage massive amounts of data, both historical and real time. This data isn’t found in one place—it’s found in many, and it needs new levels of connectivity to make sense and be useful. Without it, marketers can’t discover patterns themselves using visualized analytics and can’t apply the math that seeks trends and data combinations that the eyes can’t see.

From Creative to Technical

To top it off, the traditional CMO often has a creative background and isn’t necessarily an expert in data science and information technology. Suddenly, new rules call for the CMO to be able to go far beyond brand steward and to scrutinize every expenditure to understand the ROI of using emerging technologies.

In the heat of battle, many CMOs have spent money on SaaS and in-house point solutions that simply don’t play well together, or have the flexibility to morph with the marketplace and customer demands. Managing this massive transformation takes a more thoughtful approach, and the combination challenges CMOs face require an approach that preserves creative engagement while applying the right focus to technology and analytics. Rather than make each technology purchase separately, smart CMOs are building out from a common platform that provides the technology foundation to support analysis while carefully managing privacy, and supports creative flexibility while keeping the focus on being accountable for marketing spend.

The platform approach, starting with access to an unlimited amount of disparate data, is the only plan that makes sense for true transformation.