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Catch the latest buzz on GOSF on Kenscio site #GOSFChatter

Great Online Shopping Festival 2014, the biggest online retail fiesta of India is underway creating huge surge among online shopping enthusiasts. The shopping carnival has over 400 participating brands and e-commerce sites offering deals and discounts during this short period.

Capturing the essence of this huge upsurge of online shopping, Kenscio has launched “GOSFChatter” broadcasting live chitchat, Special Prices, Mega Deals, raves & rants on one board, updated in real-time. GOSFChatter highlights latest tweets from consumers and participating brands about their latest deals, offers, and prices in one single window. All tweets are dynamically updated in real-time.

So, here is an opportunity for you to observe the online market trends, reviews, hottest deals and discounts in one single window.

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Google’s Great Online Shopping Festival GOSF 2014 starts off on Wednesday.

The second edition of Google’s Great Online Shopping Festival started off yesterday with more than 200 participating Merchants this year compared to 80 participants last year. India’s largest online retailer flipkart hasn’t joined this year’s GOSF. Instead they are promoting their own online shopping festival “Big App Shopping Day” providing big discounts on sales from mobile Apps.

The great shopping festival is generating tons of traffic to the retailers. GOSF keyword on Google is the most searched keyword in India and #72HoursOfCrazy is the most popular hashtag on Twitter.

GOSF Hashtag 72HoursOfCrazy

GOSF keyword is top searched keyword in India

According to Economic Times of India, Infibeam.com reported 80% jump in traffic and almost 60% jump is actual transaction in the first 10 hours of the shopping festival. “By midnight, we expect traffic to go up 150%,” Shekhar Singh, head of corporate communications at Ahmedabad-based Infibeam, said.

Several companies joined the social network wagon to promote their brands and offers of the hour/day on social networks. Consumers too have joined with much bigger participation.

With 2 more days to go, We would be seeing a much bigger participation and making this year’s online shopping festival a great success.

At Kenscio, we wish everyone a great success and an enjoyable holiday discount buying!

Catch more of the GOSF news on Kenscio Blog. Keep coming back and we will cover more stories.

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Inbox by Gmail: 6 implicit facts for Marketers

Inbox by Gmail

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“It’s a better way to get back to what matters… ” (Official Blog, Google)

An Explicitly correct statement that reflects what Inbox by Gmail is intended to impart to the users. But, what are the implicit rationales for marketers?

“The Inbox that works for you” essentially points towards the horizon where Email marketing is heading to. After the recent introduction of Grid view of Gmail promotion tab, this new development re-emphasizes the need of redevising the strategy that facilitates the way your brands talk to customers.

A snapshot of the new features:

Bundle of Emails: That’s how it sounds, it’s more about “Segmentation” of the huge number of Emails on the basis of certain selected criteria such as promos, Purchases, Trips etc. So, this is more about segmenting the emails based on actionable points (promos), undergoing actions (Purchases/delivery status) and custom actions-as labelled by users.

Important Highlights: It highlights important “Updates” from Emails such as delivery status, flight status etc. without having to open the mail. It is the Real-time feature of the Email.

Reminder: You will be able set your priorities by having a reminder in your inbox so as to avoid missing them out in the stipulated time. It will also provide required information for the same. For example, if you plan to have your dinner in a nearby restaurant, you can keep it as reminder in Inbox. It will also tell you whether it is open at any point of time. Once you book your seat online, you will also see a locational map of the restaurant in your confirmation mail.

Snooze your messages and reminders: This will facilitate in setting up your priorities to a later time or location. It will highlight your message as reminder at the stop in the assigned time.

And here are 6 Implicit Facts:

1)      Contextual: All emails are not equally important, so Gmail intends to help users in automated ways. Contextual marketing is becoming more and more important for a successful Email Marketing program.

2)      Urgency: In a fast moving world, marketers have to address the time factor associated with any live promotion/campaign. Catch the attention of your consumers before time expires.

3)      Priority: Amidst hundreds of tasks, actions awaiting user’s attention the inbox, Emails will now get prioritised as per the user. Thriving to get maximum priority through well-strategized email marketing effort will be the trigger to success.

4)      Real-time Marketing: This one is interesting and perhaps, the most significant aspect of Inbox. Live information feed from external resources such as external websites, data-base etc. implies arrival of live, fresh and dynamic features in Email marketing. Future marketing communications will happen on the fly.

5)      Perfect Content: Email automation is becoming more and more important. In fact, these new features of Inbox will ask for new Email Content Mechanism. Google is yet to reveal any specifications (if there is, at all) to remain contextual with well-developed HTML content.

6)      Success Matrix: If the inbox itself reveals much of the information about the Email through Subject Lines/thumbnails, what will define the success rate? For example, if an E-commerce company runs a time bound campaign, subscribers will be able to see it on priority, or can snooze it for later. In that case, what will be the success matrix? One thing is for sure, open rate will be affected and would require additional information to assess the performance. After all, the inbox itself will reveal most of the important information for contextual mails.

Connect with us and explore in-depth about how Email Innovations are delivering excellence through real-time Email Marketing and Contextual Marketing.

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Kenscio gears up for Teradata Connect 2014

 

With just a few hours left for the mega-event of global marketing pioneers, Kenscio’s spirit is all high now. An official showcase sponsor of Teradata Connect 2014, Kenscio will be launching the Real Time Personalisation (RTP) to hundreds of top-notch marketers from Europe and across the World. The creative demonstration of this unique product is definitely going to be an eye-catching spotlight in the event.

The event is focused on the true and combined power of data-driven cloud marketing and digital marketing. A number of inspiring Keynote Speakers and Industry Pioneers will attend this show addressing hundreds of delegates from around the world. A few renowned names amongst them are:  Dan Cobley (Google, Managing Director UK & Ireland), Nate Elliott (Forrester Research, Vice President, Principal Analyst), Nicola Mendelsohn (Facebook EMEA, Vice President), Dean Richardson (Xerox, Head of IT), Stephen Attenborough (Virgin Galactic, Commercial Director), Hermann Wimmer (Teradata, President International), Volker Wiewer (Teradata, Vice President, International, Marketing Applications), Mark Ash (Teradata, Director Teradata Interactive UK) etc.

Meanwhile, Kenscio has already made its presence felt at Stamford Bridge-London, the official venue of this event. The management team attending the event comprising our CEO Mr. Manjuanatha KG, CBO Mr. Saurav Patnaik are accompanied by the Director of Data Services and two of the Senior AVPs from Client Success and Strategy & Innnovation respectively.  The team has been in London for the launch and demonstration of RTP and for sharing their insights into the world of Real Time Content Personalisation.

Follow us on twitter(@kenscio) for more updates from Kenscio’s RTP team.

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First Annual Digital Marketing Report-2014 released by Kenscio

With the successful completion of digital marketing survey “Kenscio Motto 2014” conducted earlier in this year, Kenscio has released an insightful, strategically analysed full length report based on the participant marketers’ responses. Titled “Futuristic Digital Marketing in India”, this report attempts to provide a comprehensive compilation of thought-provoking and action oriented insights for digital marketers.

The survey was based on a set of market-centric inputs derived from Kenscio’s vast experience of serving the digital direct marketing industry in India. After compiling and analysing the responses gathered from more than 250 marketing professionals, many surprising findings popped up out showing significant consistencies and patterns in strategic level of thoughts across industries.

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Here is a few interesting and mentionable points:

  1. Higher number of multiple channel oriented marketing activities observed across all industries. 61% of marketers are likely to deal with multiple channels and media with proper optimization proper optimization and smarter budget allocations.
  2. Retention strategy shows a uniform pattern, more than 59% marketers focus on conversions factor, i.e. converting non-buyer and one time buyer to regular purchasers. 35% marketers prefer brand loyalty as a more important factor.
  3. As far as spending pattern across various media channels is concerned, 76% invest in social media followed by Electronic direct marketing (57%)
  4. For maximum client acquisition, both social media and Email marketing receives similar preference (69% in both).
  5. 39% of marketers associated with Advertising/Digital Marketing industry prefer Real Time content personalisation as one important aspect of customer acquisition strategy.

The report has also elucidated key actionable points based on the observations. Moreover, it has extrapolated its findings by revealing some interesting facts from three industries and their marketing strategies including Digital Marketing/Advertising, Online Portal and E-commerce Industry in India.

It is mentionable that around 33% of total participants belong to top level of management hierarchy (Founder, CEO, VP, AVP, and Director etc.) and 54% belong to Mid-level management.

To download the complete report, please click here.

 

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Opportunity for Business Analyst / Senior Business Analyst – CRM

We believe that great business analysts are grown rather than being simply trained. We want to attract some one who is motivated and is ready to burn mid-night oil to achieve ones goal.

Things expected from the person and some qualities/ skill sets:

End to end project management ensuring quality delivery of analytical projects for CRM based analytical solutions focusing on creating statistical models for customer response, campaign management, customer loyalty, customer retention, customer attrition, segmentation, cross sell, up sell etc.

Qualification & Skills:
• MBA (Non MBA with relevant experience can also apply)
• 2 year work experience in similar function in retail / ecommerce industry cutomer based data analytics
• Knowledge and experience preferred in: E-commerce, multi-channel customer service, Customer retention marketing
• Knowledge of customer analytics and models preferred
• Knowledge of Loyalty program & customer retention back office functioning preferred.
• IIT / NIT Background preferred
• Ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team
Responsibilities:
• Deliver CRM based analytical solutions focusing on creating statistical models for customer response, campaign management, customer loyalty, customer retention, customer attrition, segmentation, cross sell, up sell etc.
• Analyze and design solutions using customer retention & loyalty
• Apply techniques like regression, cluster, chaid, conjoint, factor, multivariate etc preferably with hands on experience in tools like SAS/SPSS/VB/Excel

P.S. You can email your resume on hr@kenscio.com or, if you are really hungry then try hunting for some Senior people in Kenscio and send them your request.

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Pelase do not call me “0”- Personalization gone bad

Honestly I get a lot of emails today, but this one completely pissed me off to the core. No one calls me a zero. I dont know if people like to be called zero- its their preference.  But I mind  it, especially when this particular marketeer has been sending me emails left right and centre from so many days.

This is our “classic” case of personalization going bad. I would not know how many unsubscription the marketeer would have fetched on this but from a consumer’s point of view when he/ she is being targeted from all directions to get its attention( positive attention). When they are use to of getting email communication super personalized and super individualized, this would definitely surprise them.

Email is a critical medium and has worked wonders for a lot of business. But then today when there are so many people who are on this medium relevancy and addressing the recipient  becomes all the more important.

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Digital Media Is Directly Measurable

Companies are increasingly turning to digital media marketing for marketing their brands as it is cost-effective and has maximum reach, since people spend a lot of time online. EFYTimes spoke exclusively to Manjunatha Kutarahalli, co-founder and CEO, Kenscio Digital Marketing Pvt Ltd about the scope and future of digital marketing.

What is the main difference between digital media marketing and social media marketing?

Digital media marketing is marketing using a broad set of digital media, which also includes social media. Digital Media marketing encompasses all digital media like websites, search engine optimisation (SEO), search engine marketing (SEM), video advertising, viral marketing, e-mail marketing and social media marketing.

How much have businesses started considering the seriousness and importance of social/ digital media marketing?

Businesses have understood the consumer behaviour for a long time and are using those channels where consumers are spending time, whether at home, or out of home or the places they are in or the newspapers, magazine they read, etc. As Consumer behavior and time is being spent more and more online, businesses are soon realising this and using the digital mediums (website visits, searches, e-mail, social, etc.) to reach, influence and engage with them. While in the West most of the people are online, businesses are spending more of their marketing budgets online, Indian business trend will soon follow the footsteps of Western businesses as Indian consumers are going online.

How and when was Kenscio Digital Pvt Ltd rolled out? Why the name Kenscio?

Kenscio started its roots as Sprinklr India in mid of 2009 and got its present name as Kenscio in mid of 2010, when it became a full-fledged company focusing on marketing solutions and services using digital direct mediums. It was founded by enterprising hard core experienced global digital media experts from e-mail and social background.
Ken means an expert or a guide and Scio is for social and e-mail. Hence, Kenscio was formed to assist marketers in reaching out to their customers through digital direct mediums of e-mail and social with the expert knowledge and solutions from Kenscio.

Everyone is online these days. How do you filter the right target audience? What is the most challenging task in your business?

People are getting online and spending much of the time online. Hence, businesses are trying to utilise the online medium in reaching out to them. Kenscio is focused on serving emerging high growth Internet based companies and large enterprises, which have successful digital marketing channels. The most challenging campaign for us is to get the marketers to send their campaigns to the right customer segments and measure the success by analytics beyond opens and clicks.

What is the importance of digital media marketing for SMBs? How can they leverage its benefits without spending too much?

Digital Marketing offers the most cost effective medium for SMBs, who don’t have big marketing budgets. Moreover, the digital media is directly measurable. From building a website, optimising it for Search engines, collecting the footprints of the visitors, communicating with the visitors, branding on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIN, YouTube and articles, case studies on blogs etc are very cost effective.
Platforms like Facebook, Twitter allow companies to set up their own marketing pages. Do you see it as diluting the effects of the medium or is it viewed as an emerging trend for the industry?
Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIN and YouTube have more than several hundred online audiences and people spend considerable time on these mediums. Hence, companies are setting up their marketing pages on these social networking sites to get the audience that are hooked to these networks and build brand engagement, recall and sales. Facebook commerce is already happening now and now companies may not need a website as they can do everything on the Facebook itself from building a microsite, getting visitors and selling stuff. This makes the SMBs to get to market quickly without spending too much.

Can you share your clients and popular campaigns that received overwhelming response?

All of our client campaigns are receiving better responses through our expert advises and better targeting. One campaign can perform better than the other campaign of the same client, as the offer is better or timelier. Hence, it is very difficult to classify in general. One of our clients, Rupeemail recently launched the first newsletter which received an overwhelming response, with a CTR (Click-through rate, a measure of clicks to opens as a percentage) in excess of 200 per cent which is phenomenal for any campaign.

Original article at efytimes.com

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Weaving the SEO Magic on SMEs

For SMEs in India and abroad looking to make their mark online and connect to millions of potential customers, the Internet represents a golden opportunity. Developing a web presence is a natural extension for any business. However, Saurav Patnaik, Co-Founder and VP Marketing, Kenscio Digital Marketing Private Limited, an internet marketing company tells ITBizFocus.com that building a website is not enough and that small companies need good

(SEO) strategy in place to ensure that their websites generate a high quality traffic that can be converted into paying customers.

Why is email marketing important? How does it help a business generate revenue?

Emails help the businesses to reach the audience directly. It is measurable, economical and can be done faster compared to other traditional ways of doing marketing. Now, going back to the basics, to earn revenue, these businesses need to understand who are the people which are interested in buying proposition, what time can they be contacted, whether or not they qualify to buy your product and how are they willing to make a purchase. All this information can be captured analyzed and acted upon using emails… Once you know all this, businesses will be able to send individualized, relevant communications to generate revenue.

How important is branding to SMEs and startups? Is small business branding efforts wasted in direct marketing and sales?

It is very important for an SME or, a startup as it becomes all the more important for them to be in the minds of their customers and take communication to a much higher level (super personalized and individualized). So that their customers know that these companies really care and understand the needs.

What are your thoughts on small businesses relying on SEO?  How important it is for them to outsource their email marketing and social media marketing to specialists?

Search Marketing does help to get traffic on your website, however in the long run we need to engage them in the meaningful conversions. Thus, relying on SEO only will actually result in footfalls but to get these conversations you need emails and social media.

What are some emerging marketing opportunities in social media advertising? Could you kindly elaborate?

To be able to start the conversations over social media, businesses will need to provide clear call for actions….It need not necessarily be a Like or a follow on Facebook and Twitter respectively, it can also be an invitation to join the CEO for breakfast. I see an opportunity for Advertisements on Fan pages, cross promotional tweets, Email campaigns and lot more. The market in the US has already started doing such Social Advertising campaigns; you can see players like Daily Candy doing it over Facebook.

What advice would you give entrepreneurs looking to use email marketing and also to small business owners who are just starting on the Internet?

My only advice is that focus on your audience, be relevant (talk about your customers, not what you sell) and be aware of where your target audience is over internet to know which tool to use.

Original article posted at itbizfocus.com

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Make some killer sales this “Holi”

Spike in search for "Holi"

 

As we can clearly see that, there is an obvious spike in the search for “Holi” across India. So the first question is that are you putting Holi in your subject lines, if not you could- attracts more clicks and opens in this week.

The next thing is that who all it will work for?

 

 

 

The top spike is seen in Bihar Jamshedpur and Patna

 

 

 

Rajasthan-Jaipur and Udaipur come second

 

 

 

 

Gurgaon shows a great volume of searches

Gurgaon comes third and follows the rest of the northern states like Delhi, UP, Punjab, and States like Gujarat, Assam, Madhya Pradesh. Surprisingly the other states did not seem to have much traction about the festival- well none of them are actively looking for the things that they would want to do or, looking at things related to Holi. There could be multiple reasons for it- this time Holi is coming on a weekday being one of it, or, it comes right in the middle of the exam season for them.

Well beside all the factors and after analyzing the results with last year people are eagerly waiting for Holi messages in their mail boxes and Facebook walls. However, this year as there are more smart marketers :) the empowered consumer is looking beyond elementary propositioning- So dont just write Holi Celebrations or, XY% off on Holi or, any such vague lines. Discuss it with your Client Success Manager or , just tell them what you want to sell or, what inventory is in excess this season ;).

For other marketers who are serious about their business but yet not with us- There is no excuse for missing an opportunity or, a bad job.

Things to consider:

  • What is a number of audience that fall in the category of states mentioned above?
  • Are they male or, female?
  • What are the cultural factors that affect their decisions?
  • What do you want them to feel reading you subject line?
  • And last but the most importantly why your Holi message?
So go ahead and make some killers sales this festive season :).
P.S. Holi also falls on international Women’s day.

 

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