You’ve sent the most compelling e-mail offer ever, with a can’t-miss subject line that’s sure to make the open rate soar, and your client wanting more. And yet, it missed. Why didn’t your target audience care about it? Three words: functional title data.
Remember that CEO who loved your marketing ideas so much that your agency felt like part of his company? Well, he’s gone, but you’re still sending him—and a whole bunch of other phantom CEOs—lots of stuff, every year. You’re wasting countless opportunities, but you can do something about it.
These days, the measure of your success can be as simple as the MQLs you develop, so it’s pretty important to know ahead of time whether your message is mighty, or mighty weak. The best performance predictor is, predictably, also the best way of insuring that your rollout doesn’t flame out.
Last month we discussed how Colin Powell’s 40–70 rule applies to research. What we didn’t say is that results are only half the story and should not be taken as law-like truth.
Many research programs with obvious results fail when applied to marketing. Why didn’t they work? There was an ’80s rumor that went something like this: