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How to Develop a Customer-Centric Marketing Strategy Amid Higher Privacy Concerns

The standards of privacy are changing, and the marketing landscape is a reflection of those changes. More than 90% of consumers take an active interest in the data they share online, and they’re less likely to share it with brands unless absolutely necessary. This means that brands have a higher obligation to deliver experiences that focus on customer needs if they want access to that data.

So how can you develop a customer-centric marketing strategy amid cookie deprecation, higher privacy concerns, and greater data legislation? Here’s what we recommend.

What is customer-centric marketing

It would be easy to say that customer-centric marketing is a no-brainer, but there are many components that can make it difficult to get right. This is especially true with so many consumers paying higher attention to the way their data is used than might have been true in the past. That being said, customer-centric marketing means exactly what it sounds like: an approach to marketing that focuses on creating a positive customer experience at every stage of the buyer's journey.

In practice, customer-centric marketing emphasizes understanding the needs, preferences, and behaviors of your customers instead of solely concentrating on selling products or services, then tailoring your brand’s marketing strategies to meet those needs effectively.

Navigating Privacy Concerns

With the deprecation of third party cookies and development of privacy regulations such as GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) and CCPA (California Consumer Privacy Act), it’s more important than ever to address privacy concerns up-front and do everything in your power to mitigate them.

A good way to address privacy concerns is to clarify what customer data will be used for whenever you request information from consumers, how long you’ll use it, and how the data will be stored. Discussing encryption methods, access controls, and data protection measures can reassure customers about the safety of their information while transparency builds trust and helps mitigate privacy concerns. Furthermore, providing clear opt-in and opt-out mechanisms empowers your customers to control their data and preferences.

We call these practices the principles of trust, and they boil down to three C’s: comfort, clarity, and control. Those brands that interact with customers without all three C’s see 20% higher marketing costs than those that work to build trust and increase loyalty across every customer interaction.

Develop Your Customer-Centric Marketing Strategy

Paint a Clearer Picture of your customers

The first step to developing your customer-centric marketing strategy is to paint a clearer picture of your customers by gathering and tracking preference data over time. This involves confirming existing preferences while also collecting new information regarding product preferences and other relevant data points. It's essential to enrich customer profiles with data from various sources, including zero party, first party, and third party, to gain a comprehensive understanding of each customer's preferences and interests.

Hyper-Personalize Your Customer Experience

Next, remember that hyper-personalization lies at the heart of customer-centric marketing. By leveraging preference data, businesses can tailor their marketing campaigns and customer interactions to meet the unique needs of individual customers. From personalized product recommendations to targeted promotional offers, every touchpoint is an opportunity to enhance the customer experience and strengthen the bond between the brand and its customers.

Adjust Based on Customer Feedback

Personalization is not a one-time effort. It requires continuous adjustments based on preference data and feedback gathered from customers. By closely monitoring customer interactions and campaign performance, businesses can refine their marketing strategies to better resonate with their target audience. This iterative process ensures that marketing efforts remain relevant and effective in meeting evolving customer preferences and market trends.

Remember: customer preferences and privacy regulations are constantly evolving. It’s up to brands to adjust their marketing strategies accordingly.

Be Transparent and Follow through on your promises

Transparency in data usage is paramount in building trust and credibility with customers. Businesses must be open and honest about how customer data is collected, stored, and utilized. Providing clear explanations and respecting customer privacy preferences foster a sense of trust and confidence, encouraging customers to engage more actively with the brand.

Following through on promises is another critical aspect of customer-centric marketing. Whether it's delivering on product quality, providing exceptional customer service, or honoring promotional offers, consistency in fulfilling customer expectations is key to building lasting relationships and driving advocacy.

Deliver Experiences that Focus on Customer Needs

If we had to boil down the process above into one sentence, it would be this. The best customer-centric marketing strategies build meaningful connections with customers and deliver experiences that truly resonate with their needs and preferences. Remember, customer preferences and privacy regulations are in constant flux. It's incumbent upon brands to adapt their marketing strategies accordingly, remaining agile and responsive to emerging trends and consumer expectations. Brands that embrace this approach can navigate the challenges posed by higher privacy concerns, forge enduring relationships with customers, and thrive through 2024 and beyond.



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