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2023 Power To The Marketer Festival: Omnichannel Masterclass Recap


Emarsys’s Power to the Marketer Festival kicked off with our live Omnichannel Masterclass digital event, held June 7-8, 2023, and we’re still buzzing from the excitement and thrill of all the brilliant speakers who presented. 

For those who joined the Omnichannel Masterclass live, you were treated to two days of world-class marketers and technology experts sharing amazing insights, tips, and strategies.

For those who couldn’t make the live event, but are suddenly feeling a heavy wave of FOMO sweeping through your body right now — good news! Not only can the entire Omnichannel Masterclass event be accessed on-demand for free, but this recap blog will offer you a day-by-day walk-through of everything covered, giving you some choice highlights to sink your teeth into — and links for those who want to dive back into the full sessions.

Let’s get into it!

Festival Overview

If you’re just now discovering this festival, here’s a quick overview of what it’s all about: 

Our Power to the Marketer Festival was created to celebrate marketers and the impact they make every day. This year, we chose the the theme of “Elevating the Art and Science of Marketing,” which focuses on how marketers successfully merge art and science to deliver omnichannel experiences their customers love, and deliver results their businesses need.​

The first event, our Omnichannel Masterclass, was a live two-day digital event, split into the following categories:

  • Day 1: The Art of Marketing
  • Day 2: The Science of Marketing  

So now, let’s begin with the recap, starting with Day 1!

Day 1: The Art of Marketing 

“If you master both the art and science of marketing, your reward comes from your customers, and your reward comes [in the form of] true loyalty. And brands that achieve this, that master both art and science, they achieve true customer loyalty — which isn’t [only] about long-term relationships, but it is also about better business outcomes.”

Sara Richter Emarsys

Sara Richter

CMO, SAP Emarsys

To begin the event, SAP Emarsys CMO Sara Richter gave an overview of what we mean when we talk about the art and science of marketing, and put it in the context of the tightrope that many of today’s marketers must walk to satisfy both their customers’ needs and their business’ objectives. 

Although this balancing act can seem intimidating and difficult, Sara assures us that, for those who master both, true customer loyalty is the result, which leads to happier customers and a happier business.

Watch the clip below, and register for on-demand access to learn more:

Session 1: Product Strategy, Roadmap, and Innovations

After Sara’s wonderful introduction, we moved on to the first session of Day 1. During this illuminating session, we heard from key SAP Emarsys visionaries and technology experts, including:

  • Kelsey Jones, Global Head of Product Marketing, SAP Emarsys
  • Anthony Sciortino, VP Engineering North America / Platform Cloud, SAP Emarsys
  • Nick Odom, Senior Solutions Consultant, SAP Emarsys

Empowering Omnichannel Marketers

Kelsey started the session off giving some insight into how the Emarsys Customer Engagement Solution is purpose-built to help marketers solve their most unique and pressing challenges. We learned how, with Emarsys, marketers and their teams are more empowered to build, launch, and scale personalized cross-channel campaigns that drive business outcomes.

Our Customers Spoke, and We Listened

Next, Anthony dove into some of the exciting advancements and features added to the Emarsys platform based on feedback received from customers. In the past year and half, Emarsys has added more than 75 features, including these three most requested features: 

  • Web Hook Node in Automations
  • SAP Customer Data Realtime Connector
  • Self-Service Value Measurement

Exciting New Product Announcement!

One of the most exciting moments of the session was when Kelsey announced that SAP Emarsys launched a new channel. 

Although I hate to give away a spoiler, in this case, I can’t help myself: 

Mobile Wallet is officially here!

“I’m excited to announce today that we will be launching Google and Apple Mobile Wallet. This gives marketers the ability to launch campaigns with those wallet passes: Think vouchers, think coupons, think your loyalty cards. [Customers] no longer have to carry that physical wallet. And now this is truly bridging that gap between the online and offline [experience], really creating that ability for marketers to engage on mobile with convenience and ease.”

Kelsey Jones Sap Emarsys

Kelsey Jones

Global Head of Product Marketing, SAP Emarsys

The launch of Mobile Wallet expands the suite of Emarsys’s mobile capabilities and will help marketers enhance their omnichannel mix. Using Mobile Wallet, Emarsys users can natively launch personalized campaigns with mobile wallet passes such as digital vouchers, coupons, tickets, and loyalty cards.

Following the announcement, Senior Solutions Consultant Nick Odom gave an in-depth walkthrough of the product to show us how this channel works within the Emarsys platform. To see it for yourself, be sure to get on-demand access and watch the session.

Session 2: Perfecting the Art of Loyalty to Drive Retention and Revenue

Session 2 rolled right into topics that are top of mind for today’s marketers: Customer loyalty, retention, and revenue

During this session, Sara Richter moderated a panel of the the following marketing experts:

  • Gareth Hughes, Technology Director, Estée Lauder
  • Taylor Donnell, VP, Content & Partner Marketing, Jebbit
  • Marianne Colding Oxholm, Head of CRM & Retail Marketing, Hobbii

The session was full of so many great insights, too many to share them all here, but here are some of my favorites:

  • Taylor Donnell talked about the need to go beyond traditional personalization tactics in order to build stronger customer relationships. He mentioned how when Jebbit works with clients, they encourage deep, relevant personalization at every phase of the customer lifecycle. 
  • Gareth Hughes discussed how customer centricity drives business outcomes, and how customer-obsessed organizations like Estée Lauder must have the ability to offer whatever experience customers want, on any channel. Ultimately, brands must deliver consistency across channels and use data-driven personalization to ensure that consistency. 
  • Marianne Colding Oxholm shared the importance of community for fostering customer loyalty. She went into detail on how Hobbii nurtures their thriving community of dedicated knitters, crocheters, and hobbyists, and as a result, has seen a surge in customer engagement.

“We have [such] dedicated customers [who are] knitters and crocheters. And actually, they really want to engage with us, as I see it. Loyalty comes also from engagement, from the customers. If you can get your customers to actually communicate with you, then you have gone a long way in [driving] this true loyalty measure, I believe.”

Marianne Colding Oxholm Hobbii

Marianne Colding Oxholm

Head of CRM & Retail Marketing, Hobbii

Session 3: It’s Raining Revenue! How Movable Ink Built a Revenue Waterfall for Brandsdal

There’s absolutely an art to creating highly personalized experiences, and that was reaffirmed in this exciting session about how e-commerce leader Brandsdal Group works with Movable Ink — one of Emarsys’s technology partners — to deliver 1:1 experiences that provide a consistent revenue stream… or in some cases, revenue waterfall. 

During the session, we heard from:

  • Maria Ferreira, Client Experience Manager, Movable Ink
  • Amalie Nilsen, Digital Marketer, Brandsdal Group
  • Lee Jones-Abrahamsen, Graphic Designer, Brandsdal Group

Here are some highlights:

  • Lee Jones-Abrahamsen explored the challenges Brandsdal Group faces in providing customers with real-time pricing information on products. Price is very important to customers, and with the help of Movable Ink, Brandsdal Group’s team is able to incorporate dynamic content into their marketing materials so that customers receive real-time product and price information. 
  • Amalie Nilsen revealed one of Brandsdal Group’s most exciting marketing initiatives, their revenue-generating, evergreen “Super Waterfall” — a dynamic, personalized content block they add to marketing materials like emails or newsletters to get more personalized content and recommendations in front of customers. This evergreen block generated nearly 10% of all the sales from the newsletters where it was included.

“[We use] a “super waterfall,” which is an evergreen block that is easily added into Emarsys for that extra personal touch. For instance, if a customer has added an item into their cart within the past week, that product will be shown in the email… And if the customer didn’t add any products to their cart, [but] browsed some products within that week, the recently viewed product will show. And, if the customer doesn’t fall into that logic, then a trending product within a relevant category is shown.”

Amalia Nilsen Brandsdal

Amalie Nilsen

Digital Marketer, Brandsdal Group

Session 4: Mastering the Art of Conversational Commerce: Spoonflower’s Secret to 22x ROI

If you read 22X ROI and thought it was a typo, think again. Those are the actual results fabric and home decor company Spoonflower achieved using what may perhaps be “the future of marketing” (according to one of the panelists). 

In this session, we learned about the power of conversational commerce and the major ROI that comes from using an AI-powered two-way conversational platform (from Emarsys’s partner Attentive) called Concierge.

Session speakers included: 

  • Yahiri Rodriguez, Senior Client Strategy Manager, Attentive
  • Jess Wells, Client Strategy Manager, Concierge, Attentive
  • Suz Pozzo, Director of Email Marketing, Spoonflower

Here are a few stand-out bits that I really enjoyed:

  • Jess Wells discussed the “why” behind Attentive’s Concierge, and how it was launched specifically with customers in mind to help bring back that personal experience customers might lose out on when shopping online, versus shopping in-store
  • Sue Pozzo talked about the value of conversational marketing, and how Spoonflower uses conversational commerce to better understand their customers and form more meaningful relationships. With results like a 22-to-1 return, not to mention a 38% lift in average order value, it’s clear Spoonflower has seen stellar results from incorporating Attentive’s Concierge into their strategy.

“I love the idea of conversational commerce, and I think it’s the future of marketing. While I would love to enable our internal team members to answer every [customer] question on every channel, we simply cannot scale up. … So what I love about [Attentive’s Concierge] is, I like to say, it feeds two birds with one scone. For me, it’s effective, it’s cost efficient, and it’s highly personalized.”

Suz Pozzo Spoonflower (1)

Suz Pozzo

Director of Email Marketing, Spoonflower

Day 2: The Science of Marketing  

Day 1 was all about the art of marketing, with a primary focus on things like content, channels, creativity, connection. Well day 2 is all about the “science” of marketing, which entails data, revenue impact, and IT and technology. 

Much like the first day, the second day was equally packed with meaningful insights and martech wisdom. Let’s look at each of the sessions and some of the highlights.

Session 1: Ochsner Sport’s Personalization Journey: Bridging Creativity and Conversion

Marketers love using their creativity to deliver compelling content that resonates with their audiences. But as satisfying as it is to flex some creative muscle, it’s also crucial to focus on the nitty gritty detail that helps drive conversions and deliver business outcomes. 

This first session gave us a first hand look at how Ochsner Sport, the largest sporting goods retailer in Switzerland, bridges the gap between the online experience, incorporating both creativity and conversion through collaboration with Emarsys’s partner Dynamic Yield, experts in personalization. 

In this session, we heard from: 

  • Jan Cahlik, Team Lead, Online Shop Management, Ochsner Sport
  • Emma Furlong, Director of Product Marketing, Dynamic Yield. 

Key highlights include:

  • Emma Furlong referenced the tension that marketers feel between the online and offline experience, and identified the three main “gaps” that need to be bridged in order to deliver more unified experiences. Namely, the gap between management and conversion, creative vision and conversion goals, and management’s vision and the customer’s needs. 
  • If you’re a marketer, surely at some point in your career you’ve struggled to get management to buy in on a campaign or strategy you’re sure will yield results. If so, you’ll appreciate this session when Jan Cahlik goes into detail about his clever approach of implementing a “sneaky” quick-win campaign to generate the immediate uplift that would whet management’s appetite and secure their buy-in for bigger, more sophisticated campaigns.

“What we did was [we] put in sneaky, quick-win campaigns to get buy-in from the management to do more complicated stuff. Lots of things, what we did, were small campaigns … but [they] gave us a lot of good data, a lot of revenue, to convince management to give us more time, and more money and resources, for bigger campaigns.”

Jan Cahlik Ochsner Sport

Jan Cahlik

Team Lead, Online Shop Management, Ochsner Sport

Session 2: The New Change Agents: How Top IT and Marketing Teams Drive CX Innovation

IT and Marketing don’t always see eye to eye, and seemingly are aligned to their own disparate goals and agendas. But the truth is, when these two teams align and work together toward a solitary vision, they can cohesively create the kind of innovative customer experiences that today’s shoppers want (and that businesses want to deliver).

Getting IT and Marketing to align, however, is easier said than done. 

Fortunately, in one of the most insightful sessions of the entire two-day event, we had five retail and e-commerce experts join us to shed light on how brands can align IT and Marketing to drive CX innovation. 

In this session, we heard from: 

  • Alicia Esposito, VP of Content, Retail TouchPoints
  • Cristian Serrano, eCommerce & Omnichannel Regional Director, Tekmovil
  • Linh Calhoun, Chief Marketing Officer, Replacements, Ltd.
  • Aaron Bradley, Vice President, Technology & GTM Innovation, Walla
  • Jens Hård, Associate Director, Marketing & Retail Lead, Accenture

With so many experts and so much great content crammed into one single session, it’s hard to unpack it all here. So I highly encourage you to rewatch it on-demand. But for now, here’s some of my favorite takeaways:

  • Linh Calhoun discussed the importance of listening to customers — and using data like survey information, Net Promoter Scores, and more — to ensure Replacements, Ltd delivers on their mission to always be customer-focused and keep the customer as their guiding North Star.
  • Aaron Bradley explained Walla’s approach of taking the organization’s data across all different experiences and consolidating it into one location. This allows the brand to build stronger customer profiles and better leverage data to create the best experiences for their customers. 
  • Cristian Serrano revealed how Tekmovil achieves better alignment between Marketing and IT teams by inviting IT to the marketing brainstorm sessions, bringing them into projects early, so they can understand marketing’s objectives — which also gives marketing more clarity on any potential IT or data limitations.

“We are starting to invite the IT teams [at] the beginning of the projects, at the brainstorm stage, because they can understand, in that way, the thought process behind any requirement […] As an example, it’s not the same to just send the IT team a request to create a million new customer profiles on the ERP, instead of explaining to them the importance of having a full profile of each of our consumers and the impact that these can have in terms of lifetime value, customer segmentation, and ROI per person.”

Christian Serrano Tekmovil

Cristian Serrano

E-commerce & Omnichannel Regional Director, Tekmovil

Session 3: How BrandAlley Leveraged Advocacy Data to Supercharge Their Growth

Marketers can promote their brands all day long, hoping to convince a prospect why their brand is the best choice. But when it comes to convincing a new prospect to check out your brand, nothing is as powerful as a referral from someone they trust.   

In this session, we learned how BrandAlley leverages that all-powerful brand advocacy and turns it into major growth for their brand. We heard from: 

  • Kat Wray, Director of Strategic Partnerships, MentionMe
  • Michelle Hurney, Head of Marketing, BrandAlley 

Session highlights include:

  • Kat Wray gave us a great breakdown of the three key challenges that today’s brands face when looking to drive customer advocacy. She also explained the integral role that referral data plays in a brand’s advocacy strategy, and addressed the challenges of properly tracking referrals. 
  • Michelle Hurney revealed how BrandAlley is able to use specially-built referral based tactics in the Emarsys platform to increase customer acquisition and customer engagement — all of which drives conversions and revenue for the brand. 

“So we’ve recently started using the specially built tactics within Emarsys for Mention Me, and we’ve rolled out automation campaigns in our email marketing. These tactics actually use referral data to enhance the CRM performance and deliver the right message to the right customer at exactly the right time.”

Michelle Hurney Brandalley

Michelle Hurney

Head of Marketing, BrandAlley

Session 4: The Science of Building Stronger Customer Relationships Through Conversations

Whether it’s personal or professional, romantic or platonic, communication is the key to any successful relationship. So it makes sense that communication is also the key to success for brands looking to build stronger relationships with customers. That’s exactly what Sinch taught us in this inspiring session with Sinch that looks at the science of building stronger customer relationships

In this session, we heard from: 

  • Anna Jäger, VP International Marketing, Sinch
  • Susan Stjernberger, Senior Account Manager & New Sales, Sinch

Here are some of my favorite stand-out moments:

  • In addition to sharing her own personal wisdom and insight, Anna Jäger also shared some intriguing survey results and stats. Some stats that were particularly interesting, and are relevant to today’s marketers, is that only 28% of customers will remember a positive experience for more than a year, whereas 43% of customers will remember a negative experience
  • Susan Stjernberger shared some of the great success that French grocer Intermarché experienced working with Sinch on their mobile messaging campaigns, and leveraging the power of chatbots to provide customers with a fun, engaging, and conversational experience. 

“Intermarché … took the usual grocery experience that we as consumers find mundane, dared to be different from the competition, and delivered a fun experience [that] increased revenue. The solution was mobile messaging campaigns using Sinch Rich SMS [to create] fun, engaging content, and conversational AI. And the result was true differentiation, leading to higher customer engagement and campaign visibility — 59% chatbot engagement rate increased revenue.”

Susan Stjernberger Sinch

Susan Stjernberger

Senior Account Manager & New Sales, Sinch

Session 5: Grow Your Business with a Customer Centric Data Strategy

Data was a major theme throughout the entire Omnichannel Masterclass, especially on Day 2. So it was only fitting that our final session of the event doubled down on this critical topic, and revealed some of the challenges today’s brands face when it comes to viewing, organizing, and consolidating data to attain the greatly desired 360-degree customer view.  

In this session, led by Chris O’Hara, Head of Global Product Marketing and Solutions, SAP, we learned:

  • Why many brands struggle to unify their data and achieve a holistic customer view
  • Which data sets are integral for telling a complete story of the customer
  • The best way to calculate true customer lifetime value

“99% of brands really calculate lifetime value exactly the same. But you can’t really do that. You got to dig a little deeper. You have to get into the back end of business data to start truly doing personalization.”

Chris O'Hara - SAP

Chris O’Hara

Head of Global Product Marketing and Solutions, SAP

Power to the Marketer: More Marketer-Led Moments to Come!

The Omnichannel Masterclass event, part of our year-long Power to the Marketer Festival, featured so many great speakers and so many great insights that this blog can only scratch the surface. 

So if you like what you’ve read about the event so far, I highly encourage you to register for on-demand access to the entire event. It’s free, plus you’ll get access to other great resources and content to supplement everything you will learn. 

Of course, our Omnichannel Masterclass was just the beginning. For the 2023 Power to the Marketer Festival, there’s much more to come, including our first in-person event of the year. 

On June 13 in Munich, Germany, the Power to the Marketer Festival continues. This in-person event, in association with Vogue Business, will be held at the lavish Famtain Member Club. Those who attend will learn about the art and science of loyalty, and have the opportunity to connect with like-minded senior marketers in the heart of the city.

  • Learn more about the Power to the Marketer Festival here.
  • Get free on-demand access to all the Omnichannel Masterclass sessions here.
  • Learn more about our live, in-person event in Munich, Germany on June 13 here.

Special thanks to our friends at Emarsys for their insights on this topic.
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