Privacy Is So 1999

  |  August 21, 2012   |  Comments

For the right offer, I'll tell you everything!

By now most of us have accepted a fact of the digital age: if, say, we write the word "eyeglasses" in the body of an email, advertisements for LensCrafters will most likely pop up on our computer screens soon. Also, if we visit our favorite brand, we'll likely see the brand "follow us" with targeted display advertisements on many sites, including Yahoo. Some of these acts have been seen as a violation of privacy and several class action lawsuits have now been filed.

I might be in the minority, but I'm willing to give up my privacy. If a company can make sense of my buying behaviors and buying needs, I welcome it. I can use all the help I can get finding the right gift for my mom and other loved ones. I will share everything if a company can process the vast amounts of data available in the digital age and determine the perfect offer.

Big data is the challenge facing us as marketers. The general population doesn't want to share data since marketers aren't living up to their end of the bargain. Although a marketer has a plethora of data on the consumer, the marketing message continues to be underwhelming. It is usually irrelevant, lacks personalization, and is worthless. Email marketers can be some of the biggest offenders. Since the channel has an incredible return on investment (ROI), relevancy isn't necessary to return a profit. Furthermore, since email has traditionally been outsourced and removed from the core data sources, the communication channel is limited in its effectiveness. By harnessing the data, email marketers have a unique opportunity to reach the individual with the perfect offer.

For the right offer, I'll tell you everything!

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Tal Nathan

An industry veteran, Tal Nathan has been helping organizations deliver valued and effective email marketing services for more than 10 years. In his role of vice president of client services, Nathan manages all client services for StrongMail to ensure that their respective clients receive the highest level of professional service available in today’s competitive marketplace. Previously, Nathan served as vice president and general manager of client services for Epsilon, where he led online strategy for the company’s top-tier clients, with a focus on the retail, travel and financial verticals. Prior to Epsilon, he was the vice president of client engineering at infoGroup, where he led and managed integration services for its Yesmail division. No stranger to technology, Nathan began his career at BDO Seldman, where he provided a range of business management and technology services to Fortune 500 companies. Nathan holds a BS in mechanical engineering from UCLA.

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