There is a lot of buzz around cross-channel marketing and reaching your audience “on the right screen, at the right time.”
But what does this look like in practice, and where can you find real value?
Clarifying Cross-Channel and Multichannel Marketing
We often hear multichannel and cross-channel used together, but Forrester’s Joanna O’Connell, formerly of AdExchanger, warns against the “trap” of conflating the two different terms.
O’Connell explains that:
- Multichannel is buying several channels concurrently to broadcast the same, or nearly the same, message.
- Cross-Channel is connecting with a consumer across a range of channels to move that consumer through the customer journey.
Ideally, multichannel and cross-channel tactics should work together, but play distinct roles. Multichannel is a top of funnel (TOFU) strategy, great for building interest amongst people who don’t know you or your products.
Cross-channel marketing is about building a relationship with a prospect or customer once you begin to recognize them through interactions at different touch points, using behavioral clues and purchasing signals to offer more relevant messaging across multiple channels.
For most marketers, multichannel marketing is an important first step towards increasing reach. But cross-channel is the next level, allowing them to guide their audiences sequentially towards conversion.
The Four Benefits of Cross-Channel Marketing
Reaching your customers seamlessly across channels with tailored messaging should prove valuable enough by definition, but nonetheless here are some of the tangible benefits to adopting a cross-channel strategy:
- Greater relevance – by reaching a customer based on what you know about them and what they have signaled interest across different devices, you are able to send the most relevant message
- Staying top of mind – when a consumer stops engaging with your brand on one device and moves on to another, it allows you to reach the consumer where they left off and stay on top of mind
- Consistent messaging – while more channels usually increase complexity with the separate touchpoints with your brand, it helps you avoid inconsistency in messaging to your different audience segments
- Higher Efficiency– all of the above lead to better results from your marketing campaigns, measured as higher response rates, conversion, and sales lift for a better return on ad spend
Now that you know how valuable cross-channel marketing can be, how do you move forward?
For starters, make sure that your data is connected, because you can’t reach your audience consistently unless you have connected data streaming between your marketing channels.
Interested in how that works?
Learn how IdentityLink can help here.
Next, look forward to our upcoming blog on cross-channel best practices, which will feature input from our partners Adobe, Yeildmo, Videology, and more.