Continuous changing consumer behavior and market, marketers face many challenges while mapping key audiences. Marketers should follow when, Where, and How are as important and Who when it comes to setting target audiences. Effective marketing strategies are very crucial for planners while setting target audiences and marketing plane.
Top experts at Gartner Marketing Symposium/Xpo discussed target audiences mapping challenges and How marketers can easily tackle these challenges by following key and effective marketing strategies.
Following 3 Effective Marketing Strategies for Marketers setting right audiences
- 1. Define your audience with care
Marketers and planners can set target audiences in marketing campaigns by many ways such as include the use of first-party data, as well as third-party data from digital ad tech tools, media platforms, compiled files and media panel sources. These data and tool choices are closely linked to the media marketers’ plan to activate — whether digital display, video, social or mass media such as TV and radio. Media activation entails considerations including cost, scale, precision, accuracy, persistency and portability — and, most importantly, privacy. While planing marketing strategies, To make your marketing campaigns effective, marketers should define audience with proper analysis.
“In the era of big data, we sometimes lose sight of the big picture. Too often, we start in the weeds, tactically targeting and measuring,” said Eric Schmitt, senior director at Gartner, “Instead, marketers need to take a top-down approach to their target audience and err on the side of inclusiveness, as you can always refine later. In advertising, multiple audience segments and views are a fact of life.”
“Marketers have ownership of their audience definition. That means they must ensure target segments are concisely articulated, have quality and integrity, adhere to high privacy standards, and are deployed as consistently as possible across media,” added
- 2. Diversify and coordinate your media plan
“When investing ad money to media, the three issues that marketers run into are reach, frequency and how much of both of those is actually wasted,” noted Eric Schmitt. “To best tackle these issues head on, marketers must focus on diversifying and coordinating their media plan.”
According to Gartner, one way to do this is to analyze and manage audience overlap across media, paying close attention to the biggest budget line items, and the places where consumer behavior is changing fastest.
For example, different social media have substantial variance in audience base. Similarly, consumer TV viewing behaviors are rapidly changing — with over-the-top (OTT) quickly gaining traction. Gartner recommends taking an “Integrated Video Planning” approach, where traditional TV and digital initiatives are completely aligned.
“The goal here is to coordinate — and someday, unify — budgeting, metrics, creative, scheduling and organization,” said Eric Schmitt.
- 3. Make the most of imperfect measurement
Gartner research shows that by diversifying campaigns across media — integrating TV and digital campaigns — marketers are more likely to boost their audience reach than keeping campaigns siloed.
To get the most out of a challenging measurement environment, Gartner recommends – to make marketing campaigns effective, while planing strategies, marketers focus on cross-media reach and performance metrics, especially in high-spend and high-growth media. Marketers should tap agency and ad tech partners to craft new use cases, and leverage marketing mix modeling and attribution.
“Marketers have to expect a patchwork set of imperfect metrics and make the most of it — concentrate on the handful of indicators that matter most, like cost-per-incremental reach point,” Eric Schmitt said.