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  • Being a sports fan is emotional. As the team goes, so goes its fans. Fans want to know all about the players and everything that’s happening and receive updates as they happen, so they can feel as close to the team as possible. A top priority for sports organizations is expanding their fan base. Fans living in the local-market can easily catch a game and buy apparel and merchandise in ...

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  • Many brands are struggling to meet customer expectations because technology is changing at such a rapid rate. This is changing how consumers are capable of engaging with a brand and their perception of a brand's ability to engage with them. Many of the problems and barriers that prevent a brand from meeting those expectations start with data silos and bottlenecks across the different s...

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  • Retail is not dead. Not even mostly dead as they said in The Princess Bride.

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  • There is so much time spent on the “How” of developing a single view of the customer— public or private cloud tenancy, data cleansing and hygiene, establishing access and permissions, and so on— that sometimes “Why” gets lost in the weeds.

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  • Data does not have a great deal of intrinsic value in isolation. Said differently—it’s what you do with data that matters. Collecting it is of little direct benefit when it’s simply stored to no end. Conversely, when it’s put to use in service of your business goals--and chief among those should be delivering the kind of personal engagement that makes customers more loyal and more prof...

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  • I have never been a big makeup person. Don’t get me wrong -- I need it and don’t ever go out without it, but I stick to the basics. I am an athlete, so that complicates the attention I choose to give to makeup. The surplus of options and brands Sephora offers is intimidating. Primer, powder, bronzer, and mascara is the combination and extent of the makeup I consistently purchase but un...

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  • Traditional marketing has been slow and static, limiting marketers’ visibility into customer behavior. Marketers are stuck with slow data in batches, manual, list-based segmentation and scheduled campaigns. This doesn’t work and isn’t sustainable for a couple reasons. One--working with legacy systems means things take marketers way longer than they should. Two--these systems prohibit b...

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  • A number of notable brands, including Sephora, Target and Pampers have recently rolled out changes to their loyalty programs. These changes have not been received positively by consumers. Many members of Sephora’s Beauty Insider Rewards Program have threatened to take their business to Sephora competitors like Ulta. Consumers took to Facebook to voice their frustration with Pampers’ ne...

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  • Whether you call it the “single view”, the “golden record” or the “canonical source of truth”, the idea that you can deliver a better experience to your customers if you have a better holistic sense of who they are, how they’re engaging right now and what they’ve done in the past is passed debate. No one can seriously contest it. The level of effort required, how to get there, and so o...

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  • Most brands are collecting a ton of customer data, but are facing a number of limitations related to what they can do with that data due to the shortcomings of their current legacy technology stack. Exploring and deploying new technology is a big production though. There are so many vendors vying for your attention and saying such similar things, it’s hard to distinguish what actually ...

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  • CPG brands face the challenge of having their products sold across the shelves and online sites of many different retailers, creating a difficult task of piecing together the journey of a customer that purchases a product from the brand. But there is much success to be had for those brands that can capitalize on the challenges. One driving factor in the quest for increasing CPG sales a...

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  • The definition of customer data has evolved immensely over the last few years. With companies finally cracking the code behind “Big Data”, they are now trying to define and understand the power behind the customer data they can now tap into. Known customer-driven data is by far the most valuable. SessionM identifies this type of data into three different categories: declared, observed ...

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  • Amazon Prime Day Reveals the Future of Loyalty In just a couple of years, Amazon has turned its one-day anniversary sale into arguably the most successful loyalty campaign ever created. From its humble beginnings in 2015, Prime Day has amplified July 10 th and 11 th into retail’s mid-year equivalent of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. And while this new holiday is difficult to...

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  • Your fans may have a love of the game in common, but in order to sell tickets, merchandise and concessions, you can’t treat them all the same. Season ticket members are a different breed than partial season ticket members and non-members are different still. The key to gaining the most revenue out of each segment of your fanbase is to deliver the best, most relevant engagement on the b...

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  • It’s the beginning of the glorious Independence Day weekend. Here in Boston, it’s particularly poignant. As I’m typing this I can look out the window on the Boston Harbor and easily imagine crates and crates of tea happily bobbing up and down in defiance. 

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  • Here at SessionM, our clients want to engage and nurture their customers in timely and meaningful ways. There are several key requirements to do this. One of them is to collect all the actions and events that your clients take across channels, such as transactions at the POS, video views on your website, or sharing content from your mobile app. Each action--however large or small--is a...

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  • Last week’s news that Amazon acquired Whole Foods for $13.7 billion sent retail stocks plummeting and left many to wonder about the future of the grocery industry. The downward trend isn't new, however. Grocers have been experiencing profit losses due to increasing competition from online vendors and discount stores. According to Forbes, grocery stores and grocery wholesalers are “wide...

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  • Many people have a favorite beer they’ve been drinking for years, but unfortunately most breweries really have no way of knowing who those people are. If you don’t know your customers, then you can’t understand your customers and if you can’t understand your customers then you can’t engage your customers and if you can’t engage your customers you can’t build loyalty. In this blog post,...

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  • Fast casual restaurants face steep competition and high consumer expectations for great food, service and overall experience. We’ll admit we don’t know how to find a talented chef or train a friendly wait staff, but we understand what it takes to deliver an exceptional guest experience in an omnichannel world. Many of the most common business challenges fast casual marketers are up aga...

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  • As a fast casual marketer, you likely think about how to drive foot traffic, decrease wait times and increase AOV. Messaging can help you influence these measurables. However, without the right data to inform the content of those messages, you cannot predictably influence their outcome. In this blog post, we’re taking a look a how to leverage data to create a messaging strategy that’s ...

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  • Consumer sentiment is clear: the current loyalty model is not working. There is an expectation that brands will engage with customers in a highly personalized manner at the time and channel of the customer’s preference. And despite knowing this expectation exists, most companies are nowhere near delivering on it. This is in part due to many of these offending companies lacking the tech...

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  • Consumers demand personalized, relevant experiences. Marketers know they have to deliver or risk losing business to competitors and leaving significant money on the table. And yet, many brands continue to struggle to orchestrate customer interactions across channels or understand the customer journey. In this post, we’ll address those challenges by taking a closer look at how smarter e...

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  • Sports teams are collecting a ton of customer data from all types of channels. However, putting that data to action is a major challenge for many of them. In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at how an advanced customer data management solution can help address some of the most common limitations holding sports teams back from achieving a single customer view to deliver personal...

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  • The hospitality industry faces several challenges due to a lack of unified, actionable data. Alas, this means no delivering real-time offers during a guest’s stay or sending a customized survey shortly after checkout. Happily though, the days of marketers forced to rely on IT teams to achieve their customer data and engagement initiatives can be put in the past thanks to a burgeoning c...

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  • The quick service restaurant industry is up against a mounting number of challenges from greater costs and lower margins to consumer demands for higher quality, more options and increased expectations for how they interact and engage with brands. It’s no easy feat to deliver that one-of-a-kind customer experience that consumers have come to expect in an omnichannel world, especially wh...

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