As back to school campaigns begin in full swing, the pressure is on retailers to engage with customers in more meaningful and personalised ways. And considering there\u2019s been an 86% increase in U.K. consumers who want suggested products and services based on their preferences in return for their loyalty, according to Cheetah Digital\u2019s 2022 Consumer Trends Index, learning more about them is time well spent.\r\n\r\nAccess the Cheetah Digital\u2019s 2022 Consumer Trends Index here.\r\n\r\nThe days of retailers blasting one single, generic message to their entire database are, hopefully, a thing of the past. Technology like AI and machine learning has made it easier to determine who gets the next message and when.\r\n\r\nMastering the art of progressive profiling\r\n\r\nThe most forward-thinking retail marketers are \u2018progressively profiling\u2019 customers\u2019 interests, preferences, motivations and desires. They know it\u2019s a perpetual process and, like learning and homework, progressive profiling never stops \u2014 it simply evolves.\r\n\r\nProgressive profiling allows marketers to ask the next best question to expand their knowledge of an individual. New data provides reasons to reach out with a more relevant message or offer \u2014 how many children is he purchasing for? What are the children\u2019s ages? What do they study? and so on.\r\n\r\nDownload Cheetah\u2019s back-to-school white paper here.\r\n\r\nThink \u2018passing notes\u2019 at scale\r\n\r\nSkim any thought-leadership blog on better back-to-school email marketing, and you\u2019re likely to tumble down an optimisation rabbit hole of subject line length and call-to-action placement. These are, of course, important. However, the revenue gains accrued are just the tip of the iceberg.\r\n\r\nTo truly deliver better back-to-school email marketing and have emails that actually get noticed in noisy inboxes takes treating every recipient like an individual. That means, messaging that goes beyond a first name or lumping consumers into generic buyer personas. Getting your email opened, read, clicked and converted starts with building more meaningful relationships with consumers.\r\n\r\nEmail has consistently reigned supreme as U.K. consumers\u2019 preferred channel for receiving offers, content, incentives and rewards from brands. In fact, according to Cheetah Digital\u2019s report, when it comes to driving sales, email beats paid social and display advertising by up to 128% in the U.K. This is largely due to email\u2019s hyper-personalisation capabilities.\r\n\r\nEngage across every channel\r\n\r\nAccording to Cheetah Digital\u2019s report, there\u2019s been a near 60% increase in U.K. consumers who feel frustrated with a brand whose personalisation initiatives fail to recognise their unique desires and needs. This year, getting a personalised omnichannel experience right is the path to increased revenue in customer retention in a saturated back-to-school market.\r\n\r\nCustomers interact with an average of six digital touchpoints when engaging with a retail brand, oftentimes unpredictably, says Cheetah Digital\u2019s report. Each of these experiences, whether it\u2019s content on social media, landing on a website, offers from SMS or email or payment through wallet, etc. must be integrated to deliver a truly consistent experience. This is vital for letting your customer seamlessly move from one experience to another.\r\n\r\nTake this all-too-familiar customer experience for instance. A customer purchases new school shoes, which is a necessity purchase rather than desire. It\u2019s not uncommon for this customer to be hounded with display ads, emails and personalised website content for kids\u2019 school shoes for the next month even though she has no desire to purchase another pair anytime soon.\r\n\r\nUltimately, a true omnichannel experience is about putting the customer at the heart of your strategy, where all channels and touchpoints revolve around them \u2014 not merely the product.\r\n\r\nDownload Cheetah\u2019s back-to-school white paper here.\r\n\r\nAbout Cheetah Digital\r\n\r\nCheetah Digital is a cross-channel customer engagement solution provider for the modern marketer. The Cheetah Digital Customer Engagement Suite enables marketers to create personalised experiences, cross-channel messaging, and loyalty strategies, underpinned by an engagement data platform that can scale to meet the changing demands of today\u2019s consumer. Many of the world\u2019s best brands, including Starbucks, Hilton, Neiman Marcus, Levi\u2019s, and Williams-Sonoma trust Cheetah Digital to help them drive revenue, build lasting customer relationships, and deliver a unique value exchange throughout the customer lifecycle. To learn more, visit\u00a0www.cheetahdigital.com.\r\n\r\nAbout the Author\r\n\r\nNick Watson, VP Client Success EMEA, Cheetah Digital\r\n\r\nNick Watson is VP Client Success EMEA at Cheetah Digital and has supported brands like Coca-Cola, Shell, Manchester City FC, Bauer Media and Reckitt Benckiser collect over 1.3 billion preference insights, purchase intentions and opt-ins from consumers to power truly personalised marketing. After many years at BBC Magazines and Tag: Worldwide, Nick joined Cheetah Digital to help create technology that made it easier for marketers to collect \u2018zero party-data\u2019 across all owned, earned and paid channels. Nick is now leading the Customer Success team in EMEA.