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Apr 29, 2024

Retailers: Does Your CDP Support a Multi-Region Footprint?

Multi-region, global retailers have unique data and marketing complexities that not every customer data platform (CDP) can handle. Factors such as having to cater to multiple languages and cultures, multiple regulatory requirements and complex MarTech stacks complicate the chances for a successful enterprise CDP.

Here, then, are the Top 5 questions a multi-region retailer should ask when contemplating an Enterprise Customer Data Platform to ignite their customer data and deliver a transformative customer experience (CX).

1. Does the CDP support data unification across regions?

Another way to phrase this question is to ask if a CDP is enterprise-ready? A multi-region retailer may have customer data across multiple databases, marketing clouds and other marketing technology. An enterprise-ready CDP will integrate data from every source into a unified profile, or Golden Record, that includes all customer attributes and IDs combined with transactions, behaviors, preferences, permissions and data aggregates that provide an accurate, real-time representation of a customer.

As a result, marketing teams truly can deploy data best practices such as evaluating customer lifetime value (CLV) of a given customer who may shop across multiple regions. This is a key factor for a multi-region retailer to deliver cross-sell or upsell experiences at scale, often a key objective for a conglomerate with customers overlapping across multiple regions. Some CDP’s are restricted in that they either do not integrate with various components of a MarTech stack, such as multiple marketing clouds for instance, or what they call a unified profile is little more than a basic match of customer data. Advanced identity resolution and robust data quality are required to form an accurate unified profile that will unlock cross-sell opportunities by letting a brand know everything there is to know about a customer, across multiple regions and multiple channels.

2. Does the CDP support a strategic vision across regions?

One of the big advantages of an enterprise-ready CDP that unifies all disparate customer data is that when used with Orchestration and Real-Time Interactions it provides organizations with a single point of operational control over all customer data. That is, with real-time decisioning and the intelligent orchestration of next-best actions that are unbound by channel, every application and user works with the same unified profile. For a multi-region retailer, a single point of control is invaluable because it helps align various regions that may have competing interests for how a customer proceeds through a customer journey.

Different regions may have different campaigns for how to reduce churn, for example, for a segment of customers at a certain level of annual spend. A single point of control that is based on knowing everything there is to know about a customer will support what may be conflicting strategies across regions.

3. How does the CDP handle data privacy and permission-based marketing?

Customers expect the brands they interact with to be transparent about how they collect and use the data a customer provides. The expectation includes using data to enhance the overall customer experience (CX), and not in a way that violates trust, i.e. selling it to a third-party without consent. Different regulations governing data privacy in the U.S. and Europe, for instance, increase complexity for a global company.

Honoring customer preferences to the letter, both for how their data is used and their permissions dictating opt-ins and other preferences, requires that a CDP incorporate preference management into a Golden Record. By integrating a preference center into a CDP and incorporating preferences and consent into a Golden Record, a multi-region retailer is able to deliver a personalized CX  for each customer, regardless of a customer’s location.

4. How does the CDP handle segmentation?

The simple calculation is that more regions and countries translate to more customer data, and hence more testing. If your Golden Record contains potentially upward of 1,500 customer attributes for example (as one Redpoint retail customer’s does), discovering commonalities across your customer base spanning multiple regions necessarily becomes the job of machine learning.

One of the key benefits of the Redpoint CDP is rules-based, dynamic audience segmentation that tests models on the fly, using real-time customer data that accounts for changing customer behaviors. This is an important feature for global retailers with an incentive to discover the potential synergies between customers who transact across multiple regions. What do customers in one region have in common with customers from a different region, and how might a next-best action for customers who have shown an indication to churn, as an example, differ from one region to the next?

5. What is the CDP’s approach to data quality and identity resolution?

We mentioned identity resolution and data quality at the outset as important steps in data unification, but it’s worth expanding on the Redpoint approach, where data quality steps are completed immediately upon data ingestion. This is a continuous process, where cleansing, matching, validation and data governance are taken care of in real time, eliminating the latency that too often derails attempts to deliver a relevant CX in the cadence of a customer journey.

Conversely, many CDPs outsource data quality to a third party, bouncing customer data off a reference file that may be days, weeks or months old and where a new key is created for every match. The Redpoint CDP solves for this problem with the use of persistent keys. As data quality processes are completed, persistent keys enable matched data to be assigned to a unique ID, providing a multi-region organization with a longitudinal view of a customer over time. This, in turn, provides a Golden Record with depth and context, of particular importance when a multi-region company wants to analyze a customer’s behaviors and interactions over time.

To summarize, not every CDP offers the same features and capabilities. For a multi-region, global enterprise, some capabilities outweigh others in terms of being able to manage customer data on a global scale and intelligently orchestrate personalized next-best actions across different regions.

For more on how Redpoint helps global retailers meet every customer with highly personalized experiences, click here.

Steve Zisk 2022 Scaled

Thomas Kaczmarek

Director of Customer Engagement Redpoint Global

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