How has your use of Amperity changed over the 3+ years you’ve been using the platform?
At first we viewed it as a cool tool that helped to deduplicate our customer database and to apply some automated list scrubbing. As we got more experienced using Amperity, we started to realize it could really power up our segmentation and personalization, and that is when we really started to leverage Amperity to help support some pretty significant initiatives.
There was both push and pull to our increased usage of the tool: the automated work that it could do saved us time so that we could focus on other things beyond the manual work we were doing, and with that extra time we realized there was more that we should be doing in order to take advantage of what Amperity could offer. We have increased the amount of data sources that are integrated in Amperity and have also increased the amount of output sources that we send segments from Amperity as well.
How does the organization use the information from the dashboards and/or segments you create? What’s the coolest thing you’ve been able to do with data?
We have simultaneously improved our ability to use personalized marketing communications while also reducing the amount of manual work it takes to execute the list/segment creation. My personal favorite is our season member birthday emails that we send each day without needing to pull any lists.
The birthday email is a personalized send that is automated within Salesforce Marketing Cloud and it includes a birthday wish message from the club, as well as a Pro Shop discount offer that they can use. Amperity is pulling birthday information from our CRM environment and including that in segments being sent to Marketing Cloud.
Some of our service reps were sending birthday messages when they would remember, but it was not consistent and was totally manual as they had to keep track of the birthday and remember to draft and send a note. It is not necessarily the most impactful of all of our work with Amperity, but it is one of those smaller things that we would have never done otherwise that can add up to be really positive touchpoints with our customers.
What kinds of results have you seen with the work you’ve done with Amperity?
Amperity is a part of a lot of improvements we have made across the organization. Some examples:
We have run multiple successful paid marketing campaigns using segments from Amperity that we would have otherwise not been able to target.
We have used Amperity to support our risk/retention modelling in order to help our service team best spend their time.
We have revamped our email, survey, and fan profile efforts because we now have a better Customer 360 to support them.
There was an organization-wide push for improvements in these areas outside of just using Amperity, but it has definitely helped us succeed and I think we are only getting started.
What is your favorite feature or capability in Amperity and what do you use it for?
My favorite feature is being able to add database tables to our production environment myself. Amperity has been a great partner when it comes to helping us set up what we need, but sometimes I am not exactly sure what I want or need from a new data set until I have had time to work with it. It started as a way to play with the data to see what we had, but I have ended up creating a couple of new tables within Amperity that have unlocked data that we were not able to use as well before. Being able to self-serve within the tool is a really cool feature.
What were you surprised to learn once you had access to your data?
It was a bit surprising to learn how many duplicate records we had in our database, but it is great to know where we really stand and how we are really changing over time. By being able to accurately identify duplicate records, we are now able to support categories such as first time customers much better than we could before because we can be more confident that they really are.
What sort of things are you doing with the segments you are running?
Supporting our personalized email marketing efforts by making sure that up-to-date data is sent each day
Supporting our lead generation efforts as it is very easy to target and scrub lead lists to best suit our sales team needs
Not currently active due to seasonality, but we use segments to support the targeting of our paid marketing campaigns
Pushing Amperity IDs to our CRM environment to better deal with duplication issues within CRM
It’s also so easy to build segments that it is usually my first stop when it is time to do some data exploration in order to answer one-off questions or come up with new use cases
Tell us about a hobby or a skill or an experience outside of work
I love to cook (…maybe because I love to eat?) and have ever since high school. I like to cook to my sense of smell and taste more than follow recipes to their exact nature and I think I would be pretty good on a “non-professionals” version of a cooking competition like Guy’s Grocery Games where they have to make dishes with unusual ingredients or cooking-style conditions.
Below is a photo of one of my favorites to make on weekends with my wife. These are Pelmeni Russian dumplings, they are relatively simple in terms of ingredients but actually quite a bit of work so we make as many as we can at once so that we can stock up on them as they freeze really well.
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That one time Chris singlehandedly won the Major League Soccer championship
The Pelmeni Russian dumplings we've heard so much about, and would like to get to know personally