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Managing Customer Data with a CDP

Managing Customer Data with a CDP

4min • Jan 25, 2024

Oussama Ghanmi

Oussama Ghanmi

Founder, CEO, and CPO

🤔 What is a CDP? Do I really need one?

If you're a marketer, I'm sure you've asked yourself this question before. The Customer Data Platforms (CDPs) ecosystem is one of the most complex and ambiguous markets.

The major issue? The significant number of players and the multitude of subjective definitions for existing solutions. A simple research for "Customer Data Platform" generates a dozen sponsored links, but gives little reliable information. Not surprising when you consider that the Cost Per Click for the term “CDP” is over €10.

To clarify the subject, we discussed this topic with Pierre Baptiste, co-founder of Céos, on his podcast ecommerçons. In this episode, we demystify CDPs:

  • The importance of customer data as answer to the disappearance of third-party cookies

  • What a CDP is and how DinMo stands out in this market

⚠️ This article is only a partial summary of our conversation. I strongly encourage you to listen to the entire podcast if you want to learn more. The links to various audio platforms are available at the bottom of the page.

The importance of customer data

In the digital environment, managing customer data has become crucial. Data is now "trendy." Everyone talks about it, everyone collects it, but few really know how to use it wisely. The key idea I want to share is that you have to start by defining your business objectives before deciding what data to collect. Over-collection can even harm performance, for example, by slowing down your e-commerce site.

The customer data collected by a company (known as first-party data) enables various use cases and improves marketing, sales, or support operations.

In this podcast, we particularly focused on personalization, which enhances the entire customer journey, from acquisition to loyalty.

💡 Let's imagine a cosmetics brand offering an online questionnaire asking for a customer's skin/hair type. This information is essential to later suggest products tailored to the person. It can even be used to enhance customer engagement by providing personalized advice (via email, SMS, etc.).

It's worth noting that personalization is not limited to online marketing but can also benefit support teams and stores.

What is a CDP?

The central role of a Customer Data Platform is to control client data, providing a comprehensive view of journeys, both online and offline. All CDPs have the same functionalities: centralizing customer data, modeling, and activating this data.

  • Activation: Building a "Customer 360" is crucial, especially if your systems don't communicate with each other. Unfortunately, this is often the case with e-commerce and store data.

  • Modeling and activation: The true value of a CDP lies in leveraging data. This involves segmenting and activating these segments, integrating them into platforms such as CRM, advertising platforms, or marketing automation tools. Relevant data to send includes customer journeys, personal data, and it's wise to enrich them with behavioral information like site interactions, support calls, in-store interactions, etc.

A CDP stores and centralizes data from different touch points (web, e-commerce, mobile app, etc.), allows to model and learn this data and to active it in many 3rd party tools (personalization, direct marketing and media).

Schematic diagram of a CDP

Activating data by sending it to external platforms greatly improves performance. A typical use case is ensuring that a person is only exposed to a specific campaign, avoiding unnecessary spending. Targeting existing customers in acquisition campaigns increases spending by 25%.

Note: If you want to learn more about different CDPs on the market, you can also read our article on traditional CDPs vs. modular CDPs.

Why adopt a CDP now?

2024 marks the end of third-party cookies on Google Chrome. This news is concerning for marketers as they facilitated the collection and transmission of customer data to marketing platforms. This is why CDPs are now essential, enabling the sending of first-party data while complying with GDPR and CNIL regulations.

Any company, regardless of size, can benefit from a CDP. You just need to have an activatable customer/prospect database.

Going further

Data mastery, from centralization to activation, is essential for any business, especially those with an online presence. This allows understanding key metrics, maximizing the efficiency of marketing campaigns, and ensuring a personalized customer experience.

In the podcast, we delve deep into these topics, provide several use cases, and address many other questions we commonly hear.

Happy listening!

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About the authors

Oussama Ghanmi

Oussama Ghanmi

Founder, CEO, and CPO

A graduate of CentraleSupélec and the University of Waterloo, Oussama is a data specialist: his experience allows him to fully understand the challenges and issues faced by companies in the field of data science. Throughout his career, Oussama worked as a Data Scientist Consultant at Eleven Strategy Consultants for over 3 years. He then served as Chief Data & Analytics Officer from 2018 to 2020 at Ornikar. Afterward, he held the position of Director of Analytics and Data Marketing at M13h, where he assisted several companies in leveraging their internal data by creating dedicated platforms.

Table of content

  • The importance of customer data
  • What is a CDP?
  • Why adopt a CDP now?
  • Going further

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