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Hyper-Personalized Customer Experiences Need Multidomain MDM

July 07 2021
| 5 minute read

Multidomain master data management (MDM) gives personalization strategies a better start in life

Customer experience starts with understanding what customers want. Multidomain master data management is a key discipline to help in the successful development of a personalization strategy. Multidomain MDM can help you build a 360° view of the customer that is needed to fuel personalization and hyper-personalization strategies with the right insights.

Hyper-Personalized Customer Experiences Need Multidomain MDM

Let’s first take a closer look at some of the typical data management challenges that prevent you from achieving personalization and what role Multidomain MDM can play to alleviate that.

1. There is no business owner for the management of customer data and the development of customer insight, and there are conflicting business processes for the creation and referencing of product data.

Multidomain MDM provides the governance capability to support business ownership and stewardship of the key data elements that are needed for personalization, including customer data, product data, channel data, location data, and more.

2. Data is of insufficient quality

Multidomain MDM can help through its data governance capabilities to ensure that master data such as product and customer data is accurate, complete, and coherent.

3. Customer data does not provide enough insight

Multidomain MDM does not develop data on its own. However, it can harness small data that, when combined with master data, yields new insights. For example, understanding that two people share the same address may reveal a household relationship.

4. Not enough sources of data

The ability to implement a single point of data governance in the organization means that new data sources may be onboarded more easily. For example, census data and social media data, while broad in what content they carry on their own, when combined correctly with master data records, can reveal new insight.

5. Analytics are post-fact rather than being dynamically driven

The ability to drive analytics dynamically at the point of customer interaction that also takes into account the customer behavior is a key personalization capability. Whether this is done by the recommendation engine directly or in conjunction with a customer services agent, the results often yield key decisions – for example, next-best offer or privacy consent – that are immediately relevant to other channels, points of interaction, analytics, and operational systems. MDM provides an ideal repository for the collection and sharing of these “small data” elements in order to help create a coherent and customer-centric experience.

6. Difficult to collect the data required

This challenge has three different root causes: 1) the customer does not give consent to use the information, 2) the tools to collect the information are lacking or insufficient, and 3) the management discipline and organization required to coordinate data objectives is ill-defined.

Multidomain MDM can help to act as a data brokerage in the support of these three challenges. It brings discipline to data management and provides a safe place to keep the collated data. In so far as asking the customer to share their data, this should be promoted in the development of a win-win scenario where the customer gets clear benefits from doing so without compromising their preferences for privacy. MDM can ensure that this process is transparent, by recording, governing, and auditing the consent and the consented data.

“…most marketers are missing opportunities in using a broader set of customer data to improve personalization efforts…“

Gartner - Magic Quadrant for Personalization Engines - 13 July 2020

Multidomain MDM moves you from segmentation to personalization

Personalization typically sits beyond more traditional mass-market segmentation strategies and is often characterized as targeting the individual or a collection of individuals with very similar characteristics, interests, and problems, for example, medical professionals or vehicle owners. Segmentation generally addresses a much wider set of demographic similarities, such as geographical region, or gender.

While macro and micro-segmentation strategies remain important, they tend to rely on a view of the world more from the vendor’s perspective and not necessarily that of the consumer. Invariably this leads to a reactive posture; looking at what a consumer has done rather than looking at what they are doing or anticipating their motives.

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Personalization is intrinsically linked to customer experience

To differentiate in customer experience, personalization is key. Personalization automatically changes the way the service is being delivered, depending on how it is being used and perceived. For example, when visiting the website of the BBC for the latest news, there may also be displayed some local news, in France for example, based on your current location. In another example, eCommerce sites will often display product recommendations based on previous purchase history.

Recommendation engines are tools that adjust the experience on a website according to behavior. These engines will often have learning algorithms that will change search results, predict product interest, and change the order of pages to automate recommendation strategies.

Personalization is a highly data-intensive process. The accuracy, relevance, coherence, timeliness, pertinence, and intimacy of the data being used to support personalization is going to have a direct impact on your customer’s experience. Do you want to see dog food being recommended when you own a cat?

65% of companies consider the management, quality and availability of data as a major inhibitor of personalization.

Boston Consulting Group, Paris, 2019

Achieving successful personalization is challenging. Despite some good tools being available, such as dedicated recommendation engine solutions, for many, they are only as good as the data that drives them.

That’s why you need Multidomain MDM.


Multidomain MDM moves you from personalization to hyper-personalization

Beyond single domain governance, multidomain master data governance adds new capabilities that play important roles in the management of the data that specifically supports hyper-personalization. Note that multiple-domain refers to a collection of single domain governance capabilities and is not to be confused with multidomain which refers to a unique, cross-domain governance capability. Multidomain MDM carries zones of insight.

Zones of insight refer to the data management capabilities that are unique to cross-domain governance and that make hyper-personalization effective.

Zones of insight provide supporting data management capabilities for hyper-personalization and drive new business models.

The zones of insight occur in the intersections of data domains, here Customer, Product, Location, and Supplier:

Zones of Insight at the intersections of data domains

How does Multidomain MDM help hyper-personalization?

There is no getting around it. Successful hyper-personalization relies on hard-to-get and hard-to-manage data. Multidomain MDM can help by providing data collection and management capabilities.

The types of data that might be considered to be managed within a multidomain MDM solution to support hyper-personalization include:

  • Event-based – the acquisition of real-time information directly impacting the individual, such as local weather, location information, behavior, and device usage.
  • Configuration-based – the settings that an individual configures to adapt their user experience to their needs and aspiration, such as their consent information, product preferences, information alerts, and content appearance.
  • Deduction-based – the results of analytics based on current or prior behavior that may result in the development of new information concerning the individual, such as their householding, likely next best offer, sentiment, eligibility, and propensity.

As the list indicates, a truly 360° view of the customer is comprehensive and encompasses not just customer data, but also the context of the customer.

Multidomain MDM, via its ability to manage zones of insight, can not only help to see how a product is sold but also potentially, help to provide insight into how it is used.

Multidomain MDM supports hyper-personalization

Only Multidomain MDM will support hyper-personalization.

Multidomain MDM helps you capture relationships and insights

Multidomain MDM provides governance capabilities that are often used to build a 360° customer view. For hyper-personalization, two types of data sets are particularly useful from this 360° customer view: relationships and insights.

Relationships may be inter- or cross-domain. For example, when defining what constitutes a household, multiple parties and location data must be governed together. A household is not necessarily defined in the same way for all organizations. It might be address-based, or more family member-oriented, for example. Multidomain MDM helps to determine and align the data so that it correctly reflects the policy of household definition.

Insights are arguably the golden data elements of hyper-personalization. They help to make the user experience unique. Many of the data elements can be considered as being small data, such as determining location-based preferences, sentimental analysis, or a life event.

Main points of how to achieve hyper-personalization with Multidomain MDM

  1. For effective hyper-personalization, a governance strategy is required that provides data transparency (quality, coherence, relevance, auditability, etc.) across many data sources, from analytical to transactional to real-time event-based data. Multidomain MDM provides the governance strategy for transparency.
  2. Actively managing the complex relationships between data domains adds the ability to reveal new types of information that can directly impact customer experience. Multidomain MDM governs this new information in “zones of insight” making it reliable, and as a result, actionable for hyper-personalization.

Learn more about Multidomain Master Data Management

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During the past 20 years, Darren has been advising companies on selecting and implementing software tools that support their data governance strategy. As Director of Industry Strategy, Darren helps business leaders understand and quantify the positive impact that good data governance and, in particular, master data management, can have on their organization.

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