Optimization. It’s a word marketers have become all too familiar with. Optimized spend, optimized creative, optimized landing page, optimized CTA, optimized everything. The proliferation of marketing automation platforms and tools has made optimization extremely easy. Today, we simply push a button, or play with some settings, and we can optimize infinite marketing elements.
Access to all of these optimization possibilities may be a double-edged sword, though. As optimization opportunities stack up, it’s easy to lose sight of the “forest through the trees.” There are so many individual pieces and moving parts that it’s easy to lose track of them. To make matters worse, the context is further lost when different individuals, agencies or departments are trying to optimize their channels in silos.
Therefore, we must think strategically about how each one of these elements is working to achieve a larger marketing objective. Certainly it’s important to commit to improving every individual piece — banner ad, CTA, landing page — along the way, but we have to do so without losing sight of the bigger picture. And that requires a human touch. It’s work that marketers need to get involved with and understand in order to ensure success.
This doesn’t mean we need to throw out our optimization technology or platforms. Rather, we need to balance the process of optimizing individual channels and elements (something that optimization technology does very well) with the discipline of striving for an optimized journey. Here are a few actionable tips as to how to achieve this balance:
Indeed, optimization is a wonderful thing and today’s technology has provided us with lots of great tools for simplifying it and speeding things up. That said, it’s also provided us with a “set it and forget it” mentality that can lead to optimization not being fully optimized, and that’s why the human touch is so important for marketers. We need to leverage the technology effectively, but we need a “hands-on” approach to really understand why consumers are responding positively or negatively to changes we make in our marketing mix.