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Kenscio Is Now ISO/IEC 27001:2013 Certified!

Kenscio Is Now ISO/IEC 27001:2013 Certified!Adding another feather to our cap, we’re proud to announce that Kenscio Digital has been awarded the prestigious ISO/IEC 27001:2013 Certification for complying with stringent ‘International Standards’ in Information Security Management System.

The certification was conferred to Kenscio by the International Standards Certification (Global), FZ LLC, which critically assessed our security assets, data-driven digital marketing products, services, and solutions. This certification validates that our data management & security, and compliance process measures for secure client services meet international standards.

As quoted by our CEO & Founder, Manjunatha KG, “Kenscio has been serving hundreds of clients in a highly secured environment with strict data-security policies that we’ve adopted and modified over a period of time. The successful bid for this ISO certification demonstrates our efforts, credibility, and commitment to ensure customer success not only through our innovative products and services, but also through a secured data environment encompassing associated technologies, platforms, solutions, people, and processes. We sincerely value our clients for the trust they keep on us.”

The certification process involved rigorous reviews, testing and implementation of data security systems, administrative procedures, technologies, and platforms. Our physical security controls were assessed and deemed fit for their ability to maintain confidentiality of customer information, intellectual properties, information security system and market data.

We are thrilled to have achieved this landmark certification, which shall enable us to continue serving our global clients through many more successful marketing campaigns in the digital media domain and beyond.

A hearty congratulation to the Kenscio Team.
Way to Go Kenscians!

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Kenscio Digital Marketing: Spearheading the Optimization of Digital Marketing Technology

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Over the last few years, Digital marketing zone has undergone a substantial transformation to generate acclaimed marketing experience. The best digital marketers utilize emerging trends and technologies to achieve transformative business outcomes with the right choice of both investment and technology. The tardy developments, huge cost and disruptive technology can redefine the position of an enterprise abruptly in the digital landscape. Kenscio, the promising Marketing Company, ushers data driven digital marketing solutions to ameliorate digital marketing industry using high-end tools for Email Marketing and Direct Marketing with global standards. Its Email Marketing tools and services like Email ListCleanr, Real Time Personalisation (RTP) and Multi-Channel Marketing Intelligence Solution (McMIS) are applauded by IT landscape.

Kenscio continues its journey as a leading ‘Marketing Technology’ company having complete expertise of Data-driven Digital Marketing added with its demonstrated competence in Digital Direct Marketing/Email Marketing. Besides, it generates a win-win circumstance in the market with technology competent vendors. Kenscio’s motto is ‘Client Success’ and the account management team is called as Client Success Team. RTP, McMIS, Email ListCleanr are notable accomplishments by Kenscio’s research and development team. The following testimonial is an exemplar of Kenscio team’s commitment: “Ever since our inception, e-mail marketing has been an integral tool of marketing communications for us. With our partner Kenscio, we have realized the true significance of e-mail marketing which has immensely helped us streamline our marketing objectives which include acquiring new customers, promoting a particular product range, also majorly solving customers’ queries through the effective social media integrated e-mail marketing campaign and so on and so forth. We have been substantially increasing 100 percent YOY marketing spend on e-mail marketing which generates great ROI to Naaptol.com.”- Naaptol Online Shopping Pvt Ltd.

Kenscio’s Email marketing platform is a personalized communication tool, in terms of integration and automation, personalisation, segmentation, database cleansing, and creative communication that generates strategic partnerships with clients. Through ‘Managed Email Marketing Services’, Kenscio offers the complete solution for successful Email Performance that encompasses the complete process of Strategy Making, Conceptualization, Campaign Design and Development, Testing, Deployment, Campaign Monitoring and Analytical Inputs for effective targeting.

Award Winning RTP

Meanwhile, Kenscio’s award winning product – RTP enhances Email Marketing that enables live information feed in promotional emails even after send-out. RTP is the first of its own kind of dynamic email content personalisation solutions in India and signifies arrival of a new era of dynamic emails replacing the static emails. It deals with actual and real-time value of stock market/portfolio, latest news/updates, location based offers, individual subscriber based preferences, remaining stock/inventory values, time remaining for an offer/deal to expire etc. RTP offers innovatively designed and customized features that can dynamically change email content based on the time of opening the Email, location, device used, customer behaviour, etc. This is more of a contextual Email marketing that can make the Emails more relevant to the readers for a longer period of time.

Digital Marketing Tools

Multi-Channel Marketing Intelligence Solution (McMIS) helps to study customers’ channel behaviour (offline, website, email, social media), activity (or lack of activity) and purchase behaviour in relation to their demographic and psychographic information, that generates accurate and relevant multi-channel campaign management. Furthermore, McMIS empowers to analyse true performance of campaigns via powerful analytic capabilities. A marketer has to record and study how the customers move through their lifecycles over a period of time. McMIS can help in uniting all marketing efforts across paid, owned and earned mediums by integrating customer interaction data and campaign management across multiple channels.

Additionally, Kenscio’s Email ListCleanr is a hygiene application for cleansing huge email database to filter invalid email contacts and ensure authentication for genuine subscribers. It provides assurance on the contacts that can be sent by email safely without spoiling the sender IP or sender Domain reputations. By removing potential spam and emails not conforming RFP standards and ISP rules as well as doing necessary corrections in email IDs/domain names, Listcleanr significantly increases reputation with Gmail, Yahoo and Hotmail. Hence, it improves efficiency of email campaign and return over investment.

Recognition of Expertise

Early 2015, Kenscio’s RTP embedded campaigns for BookMyShow won “Best Email Marketing Campaign of the year” conferred by IAMAI, and “Best Marketing Innovation of the year” conferred by DMAi. RTP also bagged a bronze for ‘Effectiveness-Financial Products & Services Category’ for a successful Email campaign done for Axis Securities. Its journey continues as a strategic technology partner, and has moved its corporate office to a newer and wider space of technology for a defining future in Digital Marketing landscape. Consequently, Kenscio proclaims a specialized approach to unveil digital technology horizon ahead.

 

The aforementioned article was published in CIO Review (India Edition) Magazine in January 2016

For the original article go to: http://www.cioreviewindia.com/magazine/Kenscio-Digital-Marketing-Spearheading-the-Optimization-of-Digital-Marketing-Technology-ZUFI116904034.html

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Little Pleasure of Life

Our focus on our work can sometimes isolate us from everything else. But on 9th of September, this isolation was broken by a birthday celebration at our Delhi office. This is my first job & I was expecting birthdays to be a somber affair. However I was pleasantly surprised by the extent of the celebration.

The birthday celebration was of our very own Vinny Abhishek. He aspires to buy a Honda Accord this year (although initially he wished for a Bentley). The cake cutting ritual was followed by birthday bumps and smearing his face with the pineapple cake. There was also a lot of friendly banter going on. I have to admit the birthday bumps did scare me and Vinny would have found a bit difficult to sit after the bashing.

What I like about our Delhi office is that everyone knows each other by their name. In an era of larger offices where the CEO does not know the name of its employees, in our small Delhi office, everyone from the office head to the office boy came together to celebrate the birthday of Vinny.

(Contributed by: Mr. Sharad Agarwal, Manager-Client Success, Kenscio Digital)

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How optimizing your acquisition through E-Mail with CLV can multiply your revenue?

I will not be getting into the Do’s and Don’ts of acquiring customer through E-Mail and gaining momentum with CLV through various touch points and blah blah blah..

It is so stodgy that it hits my central nervous system badly, reminding me of a forced training and a manual guide of making things work in a way it is written!

Let’s dive into our circadian life, with some very interesting affairs! Everyday (More likely) we go to our nearest departmental store for our daily needs. It could be rice, soap or salt, regardless of the fact that how much square feet of a surface that store has occupied till the time it fulfills my need- Does this statement tie some business knots? Yes! It does. This affirms that we as an end user can go to any of the vendor/advertiser if he supplies/fulfills my requirement. Questionably I may not buy but I will go.

What Next?

Two examples to be cited:

A.)    I visit my nearest store for the very first time and enquire about the product that I need, may be a soap. While glaring at the stacks for my soap, the shop owner scans my eyes concurrently and finds me unacquainted and puzzled. Post that he asks some questions to explore my need. He then suggests the soap, which I like, or which fits my LSM score (Point to be noted, he just made a guess, might be a wild one). Conversation does not end here. He continues with some more questions like where do I live? He has not seen me before. What do I do? Who all are in my family and all! At times the gentleman who is also the custodian of the cash-counter may end the sales with a chocolate, as a freebie with a smile– Is there any core business fundamental you are able to see? You are right- He identified me as prospect, other than the transactions; he explored the future business by asking all relevant questions to me. Taking out time in knowing me, he tried to ensure my future visit. The freebie was an absolute relationship strengthening exercise.

B.)    Have you ever scrutinized your own action during the evaluation of a nearby departmental store on how economic he is! The first thing you do is you tend to ask the rates for products like Sugar, Rice, Flour etc., because, you border on the rates for the mentioned stuffs and then you see the quality.

During my first visit to the nearby grocery store to purchase my monthly household goods, I throw him a list of edibles starting from Rice to Roasted peas and sauce to salt. You know what! He will quote or charge me a very competitive price which I may not get even from the big retail chains for my much needed consumables which are rice, sugar, pulse etc. For rest of the rations, you will be charged a rupee up or down!  – Any business Logic? You guessed it right- just by reducing or being aggressive on my “must” consumable items; he suddenly gained my trust and faith. I have an inclination now. I started believing that he is genuine, competitive and affable. It means, he has calculated the revenue generated with the current purchase and approximated or predicted the future cash flows from me. In marketing, this is what you called “customer’s lifetime value

Regardless to say, on the various touch-points he bundles the product for me, offers something of great value, gives me credit and stuff like that- again, a marketing tactic or a strategy which has been created for me, which is relevant to me and that has been delivered to me in a way I liked it to be.

Relatively, that is the fundamental of every business, it is happening in our everyday life, which goes un-noticed from the core of marketing perspective.

This is being effectuated by a local small grocery store, which would not be catering to more than 250 households (roughly) in metros. Don’t you think it is doable, attainable and can be executed by big entities like yours too?

Why through e-mail is simply because, out of the total Internet population which is 243million as of June’ 2014 (IAMAI & IMRB, 2014), 80% use Internet to access emails.

That’s not all! The benefits of acquiring customer through emails are many. To list down a few: –

  • E-Mail is the most cost effective marketing tool.
  • During a survey done by Forrester Research, Marketers said that they enjoy the ROI by two to three times greater with email marketing than any other direct marketing channel.
  • An immediate attention with multiple links and CTAs are viable
  • The superlative degree of segmentation is possible.
  • Highly measurable which ultimately drives and boost your sales by up sells and cross sells.

 

So what have to be the action points?

  • Find out the right partner who does not require spoon-feeding, who are best in class, who embraces innovation, spends in developing employee’s skill-sets, and treats you as a partner.
  • Create/Source/Rent out the valuable and qualitative e-mail list of prospects. Deliver them the right content.
  • Feed curiosity. Remember you are now dealing with “Generation Z”
  • Get ready with your creative for every dimension.
  • Do multivariate or AB testing (Whatever suits). It’s imperative. Early monitoring is like tasting the food like a chef.
  • Be innovative & reasonable in bringing your customers on board.
  • Create various touch-points.
  • Do research and segmentation. Reduce the manpower dependency. Espouse technology. Remember- your consumer is everywhere and doing the best use of the technology.
  • Convey or communicate what your consumers want to listen to and accelerate their interest.
  • Be relevant and rewarding.
  • Drive engagement.
  • Try to recover the lost opportunities, which might be accountable for as big as 40%
  • Seek their advocacy or evangelize your communications and offerings.

Remember the theory, which has been cited in the aforementioned example, is a proven one. So, do not romance with it, execute it.

Call your mind for that grocery store owner, who, how effectively identified the prospect, probed, suggested, sold, been aggressive on pricing, secured the future business, created multiple touch-points, gave value adds and had thereby owned a customer for a life-time which essentially would be doing his advocacy.

The striking part for you is- Maximize & Multiply your revenue :)

What else? Isn’t it a good food for thought and a lesson to think through?

“Execute nicely or be executed nastily”

(Contributed by: Mr. Kumar Awanish, AVP- Strategy & Innovation, Kenscio Digital)

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Winners of iPad Mini- Kenscio Motto 2014

A big thanks to all who made Kenscio Motto2014 a splendid success. The compelling reason to drive this campaign was to get an idea on what digital marketing folks have in their mind for this calendar year.

As you all know, that because of a soaring number of entries we have received, we have added another layer to the contest before announcing the final crown (iPAD Mini). In the first round of selection we had 37 winners who have been given a writing instruments as a token of appreciation for taking out their time.

Here are the two winners:

Mr. Boniface Noronha from HDFC Life &

Mr. Inaam Hussain from Interactive Avenues

Kenscio Congratulates to both of you for being part of the contest. We wish you all the luck for your assignments and appreciate your significant contribution and far-reaching vision.

Since a lot of advertisers have burnt their hands in new acquisition (Investing a hefty amount with no sign of CLV and Engagement), now is the time they sincerely feel that retention is the way ahead. We have had some great findings on the basis of the feedback given by all the participants.

On Retention here is the stats how marketers (Who have participated in the contest) have had their road-maps in place for this calendar year.

“Converting Non-Buyers into Buyers” is the focus area for 27% of marketing folks.

–        Out of these 15% want the delivery of relevant and real time content.

–        43% has a vision of doing direct marketing in a highly personalized 1:1 communication.

–        & 42% believe that they should understand the consumer’s behavior, demographics and psychographics in a better way to achieve their marketing objective.

24% marketers feel that “Converting one-time buyers into repeat purchasers” is the first and foremost KRA for them.

–        Out of which 17% has the priority of delivering the relevant and real time content.

–        However, 62% wanted to do the highly personalized and contextual communication.

–         & 21% believe that understanding of Consumer segmentation would be the high intensity objective.

35% Marketing people shown their firm belief in “Increasing the brand loyalty

–        Where 1:1 communication was the priority for 36% of universe.

–        Understanding the consumer segmentation as a whole was the transcendence for 38% of participated contestants.

–        26% of people believe in delivering relevant real time content.

9% of people think that they are more focused towards having the “Repeat buyers with increasing CLV”.

5% want to “Reduce the customer churn rates”.

Let us notify you that the aforementioned retention plan’s stats have been fetched from 12 different and significant industries(Ecommerce, Healthcare, telecom, Banking & Insurance, Travel & Tours, Jobs & Recruitments, IT- hardware, Digital advertising agencies, Retailers, B2B marketplace, Real estate, Education).

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Cricket Fever with Kenscio’s Thermometer

Zillions of crazy Indian cricket fans were winding up their work in a Jiffy to cheer up their heroes, while we @ Kenscio were busy in developing a count-down timer in an e-mail communication to be sent by Star Sports (We call it Intimate Communication) which gives them a goose-bump with a ticking clock asking them to go home early.

With this they did not require their wife, husband, friends & families to give them a reminder. Along with Star Sports, Kenscio have done this task for them like one of their close acquaintances. We understand the urgency and we make it fine-tuned too.

With  an engaging content, Star Sports wanted their real heroes (Their consumers) to be well and advanced informed. Here is how Kenscio did the fulfillment:

Real Time Personalised Email

Real Time Personalised Email

 

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The all new Pinterest inspired Gmail’s Promotion Tab

Yes, you read that right! Gmail is reportedly making changes under the hood to transform the traditional looking rows of emails, with a sweet looking grid of images. This change only comes for the Promotions Tab, and this is what Gmail has posted in it’s official blog:

“Promotional mail has a lot of images, from pictures of snazzy new shoes to photos of that rock-climbing gym you’ve been wanting to try. But right now, those images are buried inside your messages—and with only subject lines to go on, it can be a challenge to quickly pick out the deals and offers that interest you most. To help you find what you’re looking for faster, you can now sign up for a new field trial for Gmail that lets you view the Promotions tab in a more visual way.”

Just to give you an idea of what this means; the new promotional tab will look like this:

instead of the existing traditional view that looks like this: 

What this means for email marketers? Well for starters, this gives you the opportunity to use creativity to entice your customers with relevant visual cues that complement your subject lines. It also allows you to highlight your brand’s logo to add recognition and authenticity. Gmail also seems to allow you to specify what promotional image to show; else it picks up an image automatically from the mailer. Marketers should not only specify what image to show but actually try to personalize that image for every single user! The brand logo though seems to be pulled through the Google+ page, if you still don’t have one you might want to get it setup immediately.

Get in touch to explore what more you can do with Gmail’s new Primary Tab, Google+, your neighbor’s annoying pet, or any other aspects of your email marketing.

 

 

 

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Digital Direct Marketing without Insights and Actions

“Action without insight and insight without action mean nothing to a marketer.”

Kenscio’s Digital Direct Marketing Solutions Suite enables marketers to use the customer demographics, transactions, and web behavior across all of digital and offline channels to derive powerful insights for actionable acquisition, engagement and retention strategies.
Watch the video to know more.

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The death of “Display all Images” and what it means for you

Last week Google took a bold step by letting images load by default (no more “Display all Images”). One might wonder why the option existed in the first place and there is (or was) a very good reason why it did.

Images used in an email message are most commonly stored at a hosting server; which serves the images on request i.e. when a reader opens the message. This mechanism however can be exploited by spammers to plant malicious code on the reader’s machine, making it a very good reason to block images from all senders by default, and letting the reader decide which ones to load.

Google claims to have found a way to close this loophole by creating a filtering layer between the reader’s machine and the image hosting server. In other words, Google will now use internal proxy servers to request for images, host these images on Google Servers and finally serve images to the customer via Google’s internal network (in case nothing fishy is returned from the original hosting server)

As a Gmail User, this means that your inbox will now load images in all messages on its own and you’ll no longer have to click on “Display all Images”. If you are an Email Marketer, the repercussions may be a slightly different.

For starters, customers will now immediately see the entire email content (and not bits of it as before), since both text and images will load automatically. This in theory should translate into a better email experience for customers and create more opportunities for marketers to further improve email engagement.

On the other hand, Google will now intercept all interaction between the customer and marketer’s server; and effectively create a layer between the marketer and the customer. As a result it will no longer be possible to identify the geographic location, device information or multiple open behaviors of customers.

While this may prevent marketers to dynamically change the email content after sending the email, it will still allow them to target customer with geographic and device friendly content. As far as basic email tracking goes; open, click and conversion tracking will continue to work as before, with an exception to tracking multiple opens, which may no longer be possible. However, this would also mean that all opens are actually tracked (and not left out if someone did not select “Display all Images”) removing the discrepancy in numbers of unique openers & clickers.

While these changes in how Google delivers emails to customers may restrict marketers; it also creates opportunities for marketers to improve engagement, by making clever use of text and images.

Get in touch with us to find how you can make the most out of engagement with Gmail based customers.

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Mobile Optimization Best Practices

Mobile devices have been increasingly becoming popular for both email and web consumption. In India, Mobile devices represent 62% of web consumption this month; an increase of 15% since the beginning of this year (Source: StatCounter).

Mobile Vs Desktop - Content Consumption 2013 graph

In one of our own recent studies, we explored the market share for various devices when it comes to checking emails. Based on sample data, we discovered mobile devices to contribute to 43% of email opens in India.

Hence, it’s a no brainer to optimize (or start optimizing) email for mobile devices. While the task may seem daunting to some, we assure you that the rewards in form of better customer engagement will make it worth your efforts.

We have compiled Best Practice Tips that are sure to set you going in the right direction:

Identify how your customer’s read emails

This should be the first step that will define your mobile optimization strategy. Find out:

– What is the preferred consumption device? Is it mobile, desktop, or both?

– What is the time when customers read emails: in the morning when they get up, before sleep, or any other time during the day?

– What are the preferred mobile platforms used by your customers? (Android, Apple, Blackberry, windows etc.)

Top Mobile Operating Systems - August To October 2013 graph

Keep it Simple

Fancy and image heavy email messages might look pretty but they might not be preferred by customers on conservative data plans. Furthermore, since the standards in mobile email are still evolving; it’ll be beneficial to stick to simple styling that can work across platforms.

Value the mobile Real Estate

 Majority of mobile devices have small screen sizes (at least smaller than a traditional desktop), so each line, heck every pixel is precious real estate. So instead of beating around the bush; make it a point to get your message across as quickly (and simply) as possible. Keep your sentences and paragraphs short and crisp.

Include Identifiable and Actionable Call to Action(s)

Traditional CTA text or buttons might not be equally successful with mobile devices. Your email message should preferably avoid clutter; if you cannot help it for various branding reasons make sure your CTA stands out from the clutter. Give it room to breathe so that it’s easily identifiable and click-able.

Keep larger fonts

Keep the font large so that it’s easy to read on small screens, however not so large that it ends up taking all the valuable space. For headlines you may use between 20 – 22 points and for copy use 12 – 14 points. It is recommended to use web safe fonts so that your content is displayed as you intended across devices.

Don’t forget the landing page

When optimizing the email user experience for mobile, think about the entire process from Subject Line, Template, Content, Call to Action, and even the landing page. It would be a bummer to have a neatly optimized campaign for email, but have a landing page designed for desktops. A poorly designed landing page can put off your mobile readers resulting in a drop in conversion rates.

The only way to find what works is by Testing it!

It is highly unlikely that your customers use the same device, running on the same platform. Even if you discover that a majority of your customers use Android; Google’s cherished OS comes in several versions and allows Mobile manufacturers to add whatever customization they desire. The implication of this is that unless you test your content, you wouldn’t find how each platform displays and reacts to your email message.

Some interesting Mobile Facts:

Most Popular Activities on Smartphones

Most Popular Activities on Smartphones

Email is the most popular activity on Smart Phones according to IDC & Facebook, Always connected, 2013

How did you receive the message that led to the purchase?

How did you receive the message that led to the purchase?

More than one-half (56%) of US consumers who have made at least one purchase using their smartphone have done so in response to a marketing message delivered via mobile email –  ExactTarget “Mobile Dependence”.

Most Preferred Mobile Email Message

Most Preferred Mobile Email Message

Special offers (27%), vouchers (21%) and realtime tracking (21%) are most preferred email content according to a study by Edialog (“The future of mobile messaging”). Newsletters are the fifth most preferred type with 12% of respondents saying they like to view that email type on their mobile the most.

To find insights specific to your audience / industry or to find out how you can optimize your email marketing for mobile, give us a shout!

 

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