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Oracle Eloqua Campaign Configuration
Fortune500 Client

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Campaign Prioritization Strategy: Make Sense Out of Your Multiple Email Nurture Campaigns

Eloqua Consulting

Oana Darie

7 mins read

Introduction: The Challenge of Contact Fatigue in Email Marketing

In today's ever-evolving digital marketing landscape, where personalized communication is key, it's common for businesses to face challenges with contact fatigue when a business extends across various areas of interest. Multiple interest points can often translate into multiple emails bombarding the inbox of a single customer, leading to an overwhelming experience. To tackle this issue effectively, businesses are increasingly adopting a nuanced approach by creating multiple campaigns tailored to fulfill diverse interests.

Dynamic campaigns have emerged as a pivotal strategy. Unlike traditional static campaigns, dynamic campaigns adjust content based on the recipient's behavior, preferences, and past interactions. This ensures the communication remains relevant and engaging, mitigating the risk of contact fatigue. In the digital realm, one size doesn't fit all. Each customer is unique; therefore, dynamic campaigns allow businesses to deliver content that resonates with individual interests, fostering deeper connections and enhancing the overall customer experience.

The TV Series Analogy: Understanding the Impact

Consider this: if you were to start three TV series simultaneously, would it be easy for you to follow each storyline? Well, the same principle applies to your audience when they receive emails from many concurrent nurture campaigns.

Identifying the Challenge: A Significant Database Impact

In our case, a considerable number of contacts, 25% of the database, was receiving emails from different nurture campaigns simultaneously, each at different buyer stages, disrupting the message of each customer journey.

Solution Development: The Birth of the Nurture Prioritization Program

Recognizing the need for a more structured approach, we set out to create a solution that would streamline the nurturing process and provide a clear, focused journey for our prospects. The solution - a Nurture Prioritization Program aimed at delivering a seamless and focused nurture experience to prospects with multiple interests, while ensuring their inbox isn't overwhelmed by emails within a short timeframe.

Rather than inundating our audience with a flurry of emails over a concentrated period, our Nurture Prioritization program adopts a more sustainable approach. We understand the importance of pacing our communications to maintain engagement and avoid fatigue. By spreading out the delivery of emails over a longer timeframe and balancing the calendar, we extend the lifetime of our interactions with the audience. This ensures that our messages reach them at opportune moments, maximizing their impact and fostering stronger connections over time.

The Core Idea: Sequential Prioritization Based on Interest

The core concept behind the Nurture Prioritization Program was to establish rules that would prioritize campaigns sequentially. Consider this example, if today, an individual expresses interest in Hardware solutions, they are added to a dedicated nurture campaign spotlighting Hardware services. After two weeks, if the same person expresses interest in Software solutions, instead of immediately triggering the Software solutions nurture campaign, we employ an innovative approach. The individual must complete the entire journey of the Hardware solutions campaign first. Only after successfully concluding this campaign will he enter the next nurture campaign, tailored to Software solutions. During this interval, this person can still receive invitations for Software solutions-related webinars or standalone eBooks. 

Better Segmentation: Factors Considered for Targeting

Within this project we developed a consolidated segmentation approach for each nurture campaign, taking into consideration factors such as interest recency, lead scores, and fatigue levels which can be incorporated into the decision-making process. Each factor plays a key role in ensuring that the right prospects are targeted at the right time, minimizing the risk of communication fatigue, and optimizing engagement.

Implementation: Utilizing Shared Lists and Buffer Time

Through the usage of shared lists, we can determine if contacts finished their journey and qualify to enter the next nurture campaign. Here's a brief overview of how shared lists can be integrated into a drip or nurture campaign: 

  • Segmentation: Begin by segmenting your contacts based on specific criteria relevant to your campaign objectives. This could include factors such as engagement level, demographics, or past interactions.
  • Initial Engagement: Initiate the drip or nurture campaign with the first set of communications designed to engage new contacts and provide value. This could be an introductory email or a welcome message.
  • Evaluation with Shared Lists: Integrate shared lists at key decision points within the campaign flow to evaluate whether contacts have already received a nurture campaign or not. These shared lists serve as checkpoints to determine if contacts have already received all emails from a nurture campaign and are ready to move to the next one, if they qualify, or if they are still in line to receive emails from a specific nurture campaign and are not ready yet to move to the next nurture campaign.
  • Next Phase Qualification: Upon meeting the criteria defined by the shared lists, contacts become eligible to enter nurture campaigns.
  • Be mindful of interfering with other campaigns such as welcome campaigns and implement a buffer period in the program. This measure allows contacts sufficient time after receiving the initial welcome email before seamlessly integrating them into subsequent nurture campaigns.

Conclusion: The Impact of a Nurture Prioritization Program

To conclude, implementing a Nurture Prioritization Program addresses contact fatigue challenges. This program not only streamlines the nurture process but also enhances the overall customer experience.

Through thoughtful consideration of various criteria, it ensures prospects are nurtured in a manner that contributes to their unique journey, fostering stronger connections, and maximizing the impact of nurture campaigns.

If you are interested in learning more about dynamic campaigns, discover the diverse array of lead nurture campaigns available to enhance your marketing strategy and gain valuable insights into optimizing lead nurturing within Eloqua.

For further expertise, contact us to learn how we can maximize your marketing automation efforts for optimal results.