What’s in a name? Multichannel vs Omnichannel Marketing

March 13, 2018 | Marija Sekularac

Marketing is an industry full of buzzwords, and at first glance the terms multichannel and omnichannel marketing seem to be describing the same thing. Both involve reaching out to customers in a variety of ways, and both involve keeping those touchpoints consistently awesome. While there are similarities there are also significant differences. Marketers need to know what those differences are so that they decide which goal to shoot for.

So what is the difference between multichannel and omnichannel marketing?

Multichannel marketing involves communicating with customers across multiple platforms and channels. It increases brand presence and gives customers the ability to choose their own favored method of interaction and engagement. Which is good, because 98% of Americans switch between devices multiple times in a day. A consistent multichannel experience makes it easier for customers to reach out to the brand when they’re ready to buy.

Omnichannel marketing is multichannel marketing evolved into its purest and most ideal form: a consistent and cohesive customer experience across all channels and types of engagement. It covers every possible interaction with the customer across all channels, from pre-sales to post-sales and everything in between. Every single touch point with the customer has to be seamless and generate warm and fuzzy feelings of satisfaction.

Is omnichannel marketing worth it?

If omnichannel marketing sounds like it’s a lot of work, that’s because it is. Maintaining that level of consistency across multiple channels, platforms and teams is extremely difficult. 61% of customers can’t easily switch from one channel to another when dealing with customer service. Most companies simply don’t have the infrastructure or process required to make omnichannel work.

But the payoffs are enormous when it does work. Businesses that successfully adopt omnichannel marketing strategies achieve 91% greater year-over-year retention rates over those that don’t.

So how can you get your business to that level?

One step at a time.

Take your first step towards omnichannel marketing

We recommend focusing on one area first, then move on to others once you’ve established a standard of quality. This “pioneering area” so to speak has to have the greatest impact for the investment. For most businesses this usually means customer service.

Customer service is the thorniest part of the omnichannel marketing experience because it has the most impact on a customer’s happiness, and yet is the most difficult to get consistent. Disconnected systems and uncoordinated databases break up the flow of a support call and force customers to repeat the same information—especially if calls transfer from one agent to another.

A proper call management and tracking system helps solve these problems by:

  • Coordinating omnichannel information between marketing, sales and customer support
  • Alerting call center agents as to the nature of the call prior to actually starting the conversation
  • Scalable personalization of the call experience
  • Tracking call metrics for better marketing insights

Retreaver’s call tracking platform layers onto existing phone systems to do just this. Get started on your omnichannel marketing strategy by improving your contact center performance and provide valuable metrics to marketing, sales and customer success. Visit try.retreaver.com to learn more!

Connect Instapage with Retreaver for Instant Call Results

February 16, 2018 | Marija Sekularac

Landing pages serve a valuable purpose within a company’s marketing strategy. These humble, single-page locations on the Internet greet any person who shows an interest in your company’s offerings.

Just one landing page isn’t enough, though. Studies have found that companies with more than 40 landing pages get 12 times more leads than those with 5 landing pages or less. Essentially, you need to create at least one unique landing page per offer.

Instapage is a powerful solution for creating multiple landing pages at scale. With it, you can easily create landing pages based off of design templates and incorporate them into your marketing campaigns.

While Instapage is fantastic at tracking which ads and emails convert via clicks and views, there is still a blind spot when it comes to phone conversations. For example, when a user visits the landing page and calls the company directly instead of clicking on the provided links or filling out the form. How would you know which emails or ads are working and which don’t?

That’s where the Retreaver integration for Instapage comes in. With it, you’ll be able to get more data on promotion-related phone calls than ever before, no matter how many different landing pages and brands you run.

Here are just a few areas where Retreaver brings value:

More Accurate A/B Testing

A/B testing is one of the best tools a marketer has for increasing landing page conversions. In fact, using correct targeting and testing methods can increase conversion rates by up to 300 percent.

But that’s assuming all of your conversions are based on trackable clicks and visits. Phone conversions are either ignored, overlooked, or invalid because it’s impossible to tell which landing page triggered the call.

Not with Retreaver.

Retreaver attributes page variants with each call. This capability makes your testing results more accurate and thus makes future design decisions more reliable.

Increase Customer Intelligence

Don’t waste the customer’s time asking for information you should already know. Retreaver’s Whisper functionality prompts you with who the customer is and why they’re calling, using a voice overlay that only your agent can hear. You can create a personalized call experience in minutes.

After the call, use the data to establish which messaging better connects triggers more responses. Learn more about which customers are responding to your ads and emails and why they’re interested in your offers.

Manage Multiple Client Accounts

Agencies often track conversions across multiple landing pages. The more campaigns the agency is managing, the more time-consuming and confusing it is.

Instapage gives you the tools to more easily address this challenge, but what happens if the agency is also fielding the inbound calls that these campaigns generate?

Retreaver makes this process more manageable by having one account with the ability to manage multiple companies. Keep all campaigns compartmentalized and distinct, so that there is no risk of your team crossing wires.

Connect with Retreaver today and discover a smoother way to manage your landing page leads!

The Customer Data You Track on Your Website is Trackable on Phone Calls Too

January 16, 2018 | Marija Sekularac

Metrics are an important facet of any marketing and ad campaign. With data metrics in hand you see the actions customers take when they visit your website. See which links they click, and even go back through the customer journey to see which ad campaigns drew them to your website in the first place. For all of these different data points you now integrate the same tracking information into your analytics for the phone calls your business receives. Not only will you enjoy greater insight on how your marketing efforts drive phone calls, but you’ll have improved cross-channel visibility that finally bridges the gap between offline and online marketing.

The Phone is Easier, Depending on Your Industry

For many businesses, it is simply easier for customers to pick up the phone and call for service rather than clicking through an endless stream of pages on your website. When a family is locked out of their car at the mall, they don’t have time to browse a website and fill out lead forms. They want to do a quick Google search, find relevant locksmiths nearby, and call for service. Tracking phone calls used to be difficult for businesses, but that difficulty is no longer an issue.

Discover the Most Effective Sources, Channels, and Verticals

Phone call tracking is far more diverse than most marketers might realize. Using unique business numbers for various ad campaigns or even pages on your site, you can see how your various marketing sources, channels, and verticals are performing. For example, varying final extensions (the last four numbers) can be altered and assigned to different marketing campaigns. This will help you see which ones are generating the most outreach on the phone.

For example, different numbers can be used for direct mailers, social media ads, email marketing, and your homepage. When customers call those various numbers, they’re directed to the same place: your sales team. However, since they used different numbers you’ll be able to see which verticals and sources generated what type of business.

Go Next Level with Multi-Channel Insight

As you zoom out your view from the micro to the macro, phone call analytics tie together your broader marketing strategy with multi-channel insight. Understanding the customer journey from start to finish, online to offline, is key to improving your marketing as a whole. Without phone call tracking, you lose sight of your customer’s journey from time to time. How is that possible?

Well, some customers might initiate a search online and find one of your search ads. Clicking that link, they’re directed to your site and click through the pages doing some research. If they put off the purchasing decision for a few days though, you lose them in the mish-mash. That same customer could be reminded of your brand through social media days later and find your phone number through a Facebook page. When that customer calls from that posted number, their journey to contact has traversed a variety of channels.

Phone call tracking allows you to stay on top of their travels by gaining insight to each individual data point so you know what brought each customer in. Down the road you’ll be able to use that information to better harmonize all of your marketing efforts.

Review, Optimize, Repeat

Finally, use phone call recording to analyze the speed and quality of the service or support your customers receive when they call in. You’ll be able to look through those analytics to figure out what’s working and what isn’t. You can then put that information into action by refining each marketing channel for improved performance in the future.

Phone calls provide an essential link between online and offline actions of your consumer. Integrate phone call analytics into your marketing data and you’ll be able to build a bridge from the online world to the offline world. Get started today