According to DM News, “Xerox CMO tells marketers to get personal with customers at Digital Marketing Days keynote.” DM News continues that “Marketers should focus on creating personal relationships, like Americans in the 1950s had with their corner grocers, rather than only employing new technologies, Christa Carone, CMO of Xerox, told attendees of the Digital Marketing Days conference in New York June 15.”
Really? Is that we she thinks? If Christa believes her own propaganda, maybe she can explain Xerox’s own marketing which contradicts this whole idea. Take a look at this gimmicky email from XM Pie that came out on June 15th - the very same day Christa was speaking.
Now, I admit that I wasn’t at this presentation, but if Xerox, an equipment and software OEM with marketing budgets and staffs larger than most companies can’t manage to pull a quality cross media effort off, how can anyone? Is XM Pie so hard to use that their definition of personalization and creating a relationship is putting a name in an email in a picture? Are they serious? Maybe access to the technical expertise required to launch a sophisticated campaign using XMPie is too far removed from brand managers, or maybe its too expensive or difficult to produce campaigns with meaningful segmentation.
Here are quotes from the XMPie’s page at xerox.com that are nowhere to be found in the communication sent.
• "Bring relevancy to your marketing by leveraging variable data to tailor messages for each recipient”. The very first bullet point is ignored. How is this message tailored exactly? Nothing in relation to size, industry, needs of the recipient or any other demographic is even considered.
• "Create campaigns with built-in response tracking tools and adjust messaging, offers, and more, on-the-fly”. Where does this occur? There is no personalized or segmented messaging or landing page in the entire piece. The only marketing links send you to Xerox.com where tracking is surrendered to the IT department to be lost forever.
• "Expand your reach with one to one marketing campaigns that span print, email, Web, and mobile”. If Xerox is too cheap to send a coordinated print piece to match, why should they expect anyone else they sell the print equipment for crying out loud!
Other glaring issues:
XM Pie is not listed as a FIFA marketing affiliate at fifa.com and we suggest you do not tread on or even near FIFA or any other sports trademark owner in your marketing. The Wall Street Journal reports that FIFA has chased thousands of trademark violators mercilessly. The NFL, NBA, NHL, NASCAR and others are equally defensive of their brands. Be careful.
This email has a weak call to action. What is the reason the get started or register? There is no compelling reason to take any action and no description of what we will get by visiting.
The truth is that elementary marketing efforts are not going to produce decent response rates and will not cover the major investments required to implement and execute image gimmicks like those shown. Heidi Tolliver-Nigro asked recently if printers were masquerading as MSPs and not walking the walk. Perhaps the question is the entire industry from the OEMs on down is faking it?
Concentrate your investment on segmenting prospect data, engaging your prospects in a meaningful two way conversation, and presenting relevant information. Want to sell cross media? Try practicing what you preach. Spending a fortune on software that does everything, and none of it well, is a hard investment to recoup.