How marketers can build a data-driven technology stack

Despite the wealth of data provided by platforms today, the potential for fragmentation and other issues is high. An optimized tech stack can help.

Most marketers would agree access to more customer data is a good thing for brands. Yet fragmentation, duplication and other issues can often disrupt campaigns. Brands need ways to concentrate customer data and create a unified source of truth.

“How we bring all of that data into one place is the challenge,” she said. “What we’re ultimately seeking is the ability to bring data together to discern each customer interaction and its contribution to revenue. It’s going beyond basic business rules like first-touch and last-touch and moving toward data science models that incorporate the nuances of each customer touchpoint.”

Lorenz says the key to addressing these issues is creating a fully data-driven marketing tech stack. Here are some steps to begin the process.

Identify the causes of fragmented data

Marketers have access to a variety of technologies that collect and analyze customer data. These same tools can also work against them.  How? Data siloing.

“Each one of these different applications that we’re using, and all of the different customer touchpoints, are just creating more data silos,” said Lorenz.

How marketers can build a data-driven technology stack
Source: Leslie Lorenz

Addressing data siloes is no simple feat — marketers need to investigate the root causes of the issue, being careful not to disrupt their current data collection processes.

Data integration tools can help identify these problems by centralizing information from each customer touchpoint.

Once the data issues are identified, marketers will have a better grasp of their customers and potentially pinpoint the causes leading to poor experiences.

“What is needed is a seamless way to understand everything customers are doing,” said Lorenz. “[Understanding] their needs and how they want to be engaged, ultimately tying that back into the internal organizational data set or sales.”

Building a data-driven martech stack

“Most of this starts with data capture,” Lorenz said. “How do we get our data into the single source of truth? This involves different types of data, whether it be advertising data, first-party data, or more traditional marketing data implementations.”

How marketers can build a data-driven technology stack
Source: Leslie Lorenz

An effective marketing tech stack can unify data and create a cohesive story of the customer experience. Using data unification tools can help ensure these stacks avoid generating data silos.

Lorenz highlighted some of the effective ways her brand is building its data stack: “We pull data via ELT [extract, load, transform] tools, streaming tools or data sharing capabilities into our tech stack. And once it’s in our data tech stack, we set up the ability to process that data.”

Set the right priorities

To leverage a data-driven technology stack, it’s important to focus on these three things: personalization, omnichannel engagement and marketing attribution.

“Our first step was just enhancing what we currently had — the current view of the customer,” she said. “We used that to get an understanding of how to make our engagements more relevant to our customers and how to drive toward personalization.”

How marketers can build a data-driven technology stack
Source: Leslie Lorenz

Omnichannel tactics go beyond multichannel approaches (something they’re often confused with) to help marketers gain that full view of the customer. By centralizing customer data via a CDP or other data tool, marketers can better understand their audience’s preferred touchpoints, using that knowledge to enhance experiences across all channels.

Improving customer experiences also relies heavily on optimizing marketing attribution. If you don’t know which touchpoints or behaviors are contributing most to the bottom line, it’ll be difficult to create a sustainable marketing pipeline. Employing marketing attribution tools is a great way to identify these activities.

Lorenz believes these transformative tasks, centered on data, can help marketers create tech stacks that enhance customer experiences.

“We used the data to create a better connection with our customers,” she said. “[We created] a better brand experience and found a better use for our marketing dollars, which helped us understand how we can best move forward and grow the organization.”

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