The Power of Small Data vs Big Data

Hi people and hello from Lausanne. The city I moved to, let’s say in the 20th century but honestly, it still feels like it was yesterday. It’s just incredible how time flies.

Today, I would like to share with you my point of view regarding the hype around big data or machine learning. I mean, yes, big data offers a valuable but incomplete solution. Harvard Business Review studies and Martin Lindstrom, a branding expert and book author of small data agree that to fully understand your customers, you need to integrate both big and small data.

The power of small data is in teasing out clues to what consumers really want by spending time in focus groups listenings online research communities or most effectively, homes watching.

Martin Lindstrom says further; “intriguingly, we’re now turning the tables on the internet by circling back and finding human, not digital insights about ourselves based on our own unconscious online behaviors.”

Without understanding how your customers think, feel and act, you are unable to deliver an exceptional experience. Bottom line, today if you want to make the right decisions for your business, both small and big data combined, need to be applied in order to enhance the customer experience.

Hopefully this video is valuable to you. And as always, don’t be shy and reach out to me to discuss your marketing challenges. I would be more than happy to help.

But remember, as long as the Matterhorn stands everything is going to be alright.

Well people, cheers from Lausanne and I talk to you soon again from another great location. Bye.

Greetings from a Swiss mountain guy;-)

Claude Oggier

More marketing questions? Call me at 0041-78-637-4314 and I am happy to help.

A brand mission I feel connected to; Frontiers case study

I just wanted to take a minute to share with you why I feel connected to Frontiers brand mission and their open-source platform for scientists. First of all Frontiers mission is to make science open in order for society to have access to the latest research from topics such as climate change.

We all know, looking at what’s happening in Australia, we are simply out of time to debate climate change.

I’m their fan and support the brand mission because of their social commitments. I mean, research is the foundation of modern society and it’s thanks to advances in science that we enjoy longer, healthier, and more prosperous lives than ever before in human history.

Connecting with people, communicating brand values, and social commitments, in a more human way, that’s a must today to stay relevant in the eyes of today’s connected consumers.

Which brand do you feel connected to? Which brand mission is resonating with you? Please let me know in the comments section. I would love to hear from you.

Well I hope this resonates with you and if you would like to discuss your marketing challenges, please feel free to reach out to me and I’m more than happy to help.

But remember, as long as the Matterhorn stands, everything is going to be alright. Cheers, people. I’m in Lausanne and I talk to you soon again from another great location. Bye.

Greetings from a Swiss mountain guy;-)

Claude Oggier

More marketing questions? Call me at 0041-78-637-4314 and I am happy to help.

In Which Direction Blows The Wind In Marketing in 2020?

Hi people,

and hello from Parc de Milan in Lausanne. That’s the place where I normally go for my daily lunch walks when I’m in Lausanne. I mean, you overlook “lac léman” and the mountains. It’s just beautiful. And to me, that’s just what I need to refresh my mind and to get some fresh air over lunch.

People, today, I wanted to take a minute with you to share with you my three marketing ideas for 2020. I think if you focus on these three ideas in 2020, you will contribute to the success of your company, no doubt.

First idea – marketers needs to continue focusing on providing exceptional customer experiences through innovative brand driving activities.

Second idea – know your customers better than your mother by understanding clearly your customer journeys from your on- and offline touch-points. For example, a prospect engages through a phone call, direct email or digital engagement.

The third idea – create exceptional emotional stories to inspire people and to propel your brand story forward through your customers, because
the customer is in control today.

These are my three main ideas for 2020. And this year, my source of inspiration was coming from Mark Schaefer’s new book called The marketing rebellion, where he predicts that the most human company wins, and I fully support his prediction.

Now it’s up to you who inspired you this year to make better marketing decisions? Let me know in the comments section, and I would love to hear from you.

But remember, as long as the Matterhorn stands, everything is going to be alright.

Cheers people from Lausanne and talk to you soon again from another great location. Looking forward to it. Bye.

Greetings from a Swiss mountain guy;-)

Claude Oggier

More marketing questions? Call me at 0041-78-637-4314 and I am happy to help.

We over-invested in digital advertising: Adidas Case Study

Hi people,

and a warm HELLO, well, rather cold one from the Swiss mountains, where I’m enjoying the first ski day of the season with my kids. A couple of runs are already into our legs and it’s just beautiful up here.

But I just wanted to take a minute with you to share insights I found regarding the sportswear company Adidas and their statement which says: “we over-invested in digital advertising”.

I mean, what does this mean?

For years, Adidas had the understanding that it was digital advertising driving e-commerce sales and as a consequence, their advertising split was 23% into brand and 73% into performance. Their attribution model was based on the last-click but it did not do any brand tracking. Their focus on efficiency over effectiveness lead to KPI’s on how to reduce cost rather than what was in the best interests of its brands.

I mean, what did they change to address this problem?

Adidas introduced a new campaign framework, with emotional brand driving activity at the center, and with a focus on generating again brand desire, creating desire by connecting with consumers around major campaigns three or four times a year while at the same time running advertising with a rational message.

This brings me to the conclusion that you or your brand, you need to create meaningful experiences that appeal to your customers. Because both brand awareness and performance campaigns, they need to coexist in order to maximize sales.

Well people, I hope you find these insights useful, and I would, as always, love to hear from you. Leave a comment about your marketing challenges, and let’s get the discussion going.

But remember, even in the beautiful Swiss Alps and there’s not the Matterhorn in the back, as long as the Matterhorn stands, everything is going to be alright. Well, cheers people, I need to go and catch up now with my kids. They’re already ahead;-)

Cheers. Talk to you soon again from another great place. Bye.

Greetings from a Swiss mountain guy;-)

Claude Oggier

More marketing questions? Call me at 0041-78-637-4314 and I am happy to help.

Is technology hurting your marketing effectiveness?

Hi people,

I hope you’re doing well and I’m saying hi from a viewpoint I visit frequently during summer when I go cycling. I mean, look in the back. It’s a spectacular view today over lac léman (Lake of Geneva) and the Alps where it’s foggy today. And it’s just great to be above the fog and I feel very grateful.

Now people my question for you today is do you have the feeling that your marketing campaigns are less effective than they used to?

Do you have the feeling that your marketing is falling behind?

Well, I believe a problem today is the abusive use of technology where too many marketing messages have forgotten the human connection or human element. Everything seems to be programmed and automated by marketers, who seem to have forgotten about what makes actually good sense. It’s simply annoying, it provides mediocre results and simply we must do a better job if we want to keep people’s trust in our products or services.

And here is my take on what we should do.

Marketing to digital natives has to be consensual. I’m feeling concerned and I believe you too. Therefore marketing, in general, has to be consensual.

Somebody at the top of the organization needs to declare that building trust in a more human way is a top priority.

Make the success of your customers be your most important KPI.

Embrace technology and make the consumer path to your product or service fast and easy. By all means, use artificial intelligence to accelerate and automate repetitive processes.

Provide customer service value by informing consumers on their order status or to students about their program progress.

Create ongoing conversations with your biggest fans and stay relevant in the consumer’s eyes when they decide to make a purchase.

Last but not least, brand building and building trust with consumers has never been more important than today. People want to be respected, don’t abuse people’s trust with technology.

Well, I hope you enjoyed these insights and I would really love to hear from you about your marketing challenges.

But regardless, remember, as long as the Matterhorn stands, everything is going to be alright.

Well, cheers people from this great, spectacular viewpoint.

Talk to you soon again. Bye bye.

Greetings from a Swiss mountain guy;-)

Claude Oggier

More marketing questions? Call me at 0041-78-637-4314 and I am happy to help.

When a fan cooks for Roger Federer: Barilla case study

Hi people,

today I’m saying hi from Zurich. A city I missed and a city where I went to school a long time ago to become a surveyor. I’m not kidding you. But it did not take me long to change my professional direction when I experienced for the first time the internet back in 1998 😉

Now before sharing with you my marketing message, I would like to congratulate Roger Federer for his 10th title at the Swiss Indoors. It’s just an incredible achievement and my marketing message for you today is coming from Roger’s sponsoring brand Barilla, who understands how to connect human emotions. The story comes from Daniela.

Daniela has 2 passions. Tennis and Roger Federer. When he plays everything stops in life. During a tournament, she wanted to create something nice and invited Roger for dinner, written on a poster. Barilla noticed her through Twitter and invited her to participate in a Barilla cooking master class. But she had no idea what surprise was coming. Roger walks into the room to have dinner with Daniela and her face shows emotions that can’t be explained. And it’s just such a beautiful example of how a brand can connect in a more human way with their fans. (Judge for yourself on Youtube)

I hope this resonates with you. And please feel free to share with me your marketing challenges, and I’m happy to help you.

And remember, even in Zurich, as long as the Matterhorn stands, everything is going to be alright.

Alright people, have a good day. Talk to you soon again from another great place.

Greetings from a Swiss mountain guy;-)

Claude Oggier

Text or call me under 0041-78-637-4314

Marketers are asleep. Consumers are the new marketing department.

Hi people,

Welcome from paradise where I’m currently celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary. The Seychelles islands are a very special place and if you want to delight or surprise your partner one day, I mean this is the destination that you cannot go wrong. Just take a look at how beautiful the beach is in the back. You see some waves coming in, beautiful weather.
It’s not too warm today, beautiful conditions to enjoy a lovely holiday.

But now, let’s come back to my favorite subject again, which is marketing and I’m afraid to tell you that marketers, you are asleep. McKinsey’s research indicated already back in 2009 that consumer behaviors are changing the way they to do research and buy products today. Mark Schaefer’s new book called “Marketing Rebellion“, which came out at the beginning of 2019 highlights that consumers are the new marketing department. They are in control of a staggering 2/3 (two-thirds) of your marketing. Only 1/3 (one-third) is controlled by the marketing department.

I mean, please, this must be a wake-up call for you and me and all of us.
Here is what I would suggest doing.

We have to create consumer conversations, drip by drip, keeping your product or service in the mind of the consumers when they consider a purchase. Time over time. Period.

But remember, as long as the Matterhorn stands, everything will be alright. 

Alright people, it was great talking to you. Have a good day and I continue enjoying my beautiful holiday at the Seychelles islands and I talk to you soon again from another special place. Talk to you soon. Bye bye.

Greetings from a Swiss mountain guy;-)

Claude Oggier

Connected consumers want to trust your brand

Hi people,

This is the view from the place (La Dullive, Gland in Switzerland) where I often go swimming during the summer. Now we are in mid-October, water temperatures are about 15 degrees, and I still want to go swimming;-)

But before I go swimming, let me just share with you my thoughts on today’s connected consumers.

A few days ago, I attended an interesting conference where discussions were around risks and opportunities in a data-driven world. At some point, the audience had to debate about privacy versus personalization. And to my surprise, the majority of the people, want actually more privacy. But as a marketer, that’s a clear signal that today’s consumers, especially the connected consumers, do not trust your brand. What can you do?

I think we need to take this opportunity and start building again trust through human interactions, human connections and putting the human element back into the center of everything we do in marketing. I know it’s a lot of effort and a lot of time. But to me, that’s the only way if you want to build a trusted and long-lasting brand.

If you would like to discuss your marketing challenges, please feel free to reach out to me and I’m happy to help.

But remember, as long as the Matterhorn stands, everything will be alright.

Alright, it’s time to go swimming now.

Take good care and talk to you soon. Bye.

Greetings from a Swiss mountain guy;-)

Claude Oggier

My authentic view on human-centered marketing

Human-centered marketing by Claude Oggier

Marketing can be overwhelming. It can be overwhelming to constantly try to optimize your marketing channels.

But what about if I tell you that today we have this great opportunity to connect again with our biggest fans, connecting with the people that we care, showing that your brand is human that there are humans behind it?

I think we need to go back to remind us that people they buy from humans. We have this really great opportunity to put the people at the center of everything we do in marketing.

But remember, as long as the Matterhorn stands, everything will be alright!

Greetings from a Swiss mountain guy;-)

Claude Oggier

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