When customer behavior changes, so does the technology used to connect with them. When shifting consumer habits met an increasingly fragmented data and marketing ecosystem, fashion retailer Reitmans Canada Limited began to notice blind spots appearing in the customer journey. But with over 400 brick-and-mortar locations, maintaining a relationship with its customers meant building a single source of truth throughout the entire organization.
In the latest episode of IMO, Brianna Mersey, Media.Monks Associate Director of Data, sat down with Marc Laurent-Atthalin, VP Data & Digital Media at Reitmans, and Zamira Khamidova, Director of Data North America at Media.Monks, to discuss what it took to shift the traditional retail business into a modern data stack capable of enabling marketing use cases. Throughout the conversation, they shared insight into how to set your data foundation up for success, the importance of aligning stakeholders across the business, and the need for a “test and learn” mindset. If you missed the episode, we’ve got you covered—watch it in full below.
Reitmans was able to adopt such advanced analytic methods because the team had already established a strong foundation of data, making it easy to implement models that were more reactive to customer behavior and transaction histories. Marc and Zamira offered advice on how to select which data sources to start with (opt for rich, actionable data sets that give you lots to work with) and how to ensure that data is clean and reliable.
Marc also shared the importance of aligning with internal stakeholders to gain buy-in and chart the path forward. “It’s important to build a clear vision and strategy initially and communicate it properly, and then use data to build your case,” Marc said. By tying data objectives with business outcomes, his team was able to prioritize use cases and deliver results quickly, then test and iterate from there. For example, building a 360-degree view of the customer provided insights to drive conversion, fulfilling the key business need to propel growth.
When it comes to initiatives like these, treating your partner as an extension of your team is key. “Collaboration is hugely important,” Zamira said. “When it comes to data, there are lots of questions on the context—especially with historical data, so it was important for us to have two-way communication and hear back on any questions we had.” This level of regular communication also helps with further collaboration as the engagement evolves.
So, where is Reitmans headed next? You’ll have to watch above to find out—including the brand’s plans around Web3, which is set to transform the brand-customer relationship even further. And if you’re eager for more insights from Media.Monks subject matter experts and our partners, mark your calendar for the next episode of IMO later this month.
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