UNICORN FINTECH COMPANY PROFILE
Unicorn Fintech is a mobile-only financial-servicesstartup created by a consortium of consumer banks to resell savings, checking, loan, transfer/remittance, and other services from a secure smartphone app. The company is venture-funded, and plans to reach profitability before a planned IPO in two years.
Business issues and requirements
Marketing is responsible for acquiring new customers 0 through online, television advertising, and email campaigns, and for cross-selling new services to customers through IM, email, and in-app campaigns. Evaluating the success of these campaigns has been a persistent problem: although the company can track revenue by product line, it can't attribute those revenues to campaigns: for example, did a new loan come from onboarding a new customer, or by cross-selling a savings-account customer? Marketing currently uses
crude, manual tools and guesswork to evaluate the quality and lifespan of new leads, and even the deliverability of emails in its external campaigns. As a result, the department can't allocate spending to the most productive campaigns, or decide how much different touchpoints in multi-stage campaigns contribute to revenue. Operational processes to connect lead data to CRM and other databases are entirely manual.
Staffing and leadership
Unicorn has fewer than 200 employees, and roles aren't always defined in traditional ways. Since customer acquisition and cross-selling are primarily through electronic channels, Marketing and IT roles especially often overlap. The traditional Sales role falls entirely to Marketing, and IT is responsible for the Salesforce CRM system, Google Analytics, and a handful of third-party integrations. The CMO and CIO work closely together on most initiatives, and budgets are typically project-driven rather than fixed annually. Individual contributors to Marketing campaigns include the Marketing Operations Manager, responsible for lead scoring and analytics. Key IT contacts include the CRM Administrator and Web Developer. Incidental contributors are the Corporate Attorney, who signs off on opt-in/out and DMARC policies.
Unicorn earns commissions on financial services delivered by the banking consortium through its apps, including fixed finders' fees for what the company calls "skips"-customers who initially engage with Unicorn, but then "skip" to receive services directly from a consortium bank. Unicorn needs to attribute revenue from these customers to its own campaigns; currently, it's impossible to attribute ROI to individual campaigns, or provide documentation to claim commissions on "skips."
Current and aspirational marketing technology
Current Marketing technology consists of Marketable,an open-source lead management solution supported by a set of spreadsheets and scripts developed in-house. Marketable offers lead tracking and source attribution, but not multi-touch source attribution. Unicorn Fintech Marketing has difficulty linking the different stages of customer campaign journeys, and relies on scripts to translate Marketable's "sales alerts" into next steps it could use in multi-touch campaigns. IT has worked out scripts to input Marketable qualified leads into Salesforce, but the system is brittle and often requires manual intervention.
Current campaign management processes
A typical email campaign:
â€¢ Addresses a purchased (for customer acquisition) or0 in-house (for cross-sell) list. Purchased lists range from 300,000 to 1.5 million addresses
â€¢ Is sent from multiple data centers in the US and Canada
â€¢ Includes an "unsubscribe" opt-out below the message
â€¢ Is static; there are no formula fields
â€¢ Uses no deliverability authentication, nor integration 0 with any email management platform.
All campaigns to date direct respondents to a single 0 landing page with the company's "all markets" message. More sophisticated targeting is a high priority.
Current lead management and attribution
Unicorn's lead-management process follows
Marketable's "out of the box" defaults: lead evaluation levels 1 through 3, lifecycle stages "unqualified" and "qualified." The qualification processes are manual, and highly subjective: Marketing staff classify leads according to prospect email responses, including free-form comments. "Sales" followup is by email forms prompting higher levels of engagement. The company intends to phase out Marketable and replace spreadsheets and scripts with native features of whatever solution set it adopts.
Attribution processes are binary: response to a campaign email or web visit is rated a success if it results in a sale: there is no success rating assigned to TV ads that result in web visits, for example. Cost are not allocated to individual campaigns.
The Marketing department plans to expand outreach to social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, in-house and third-party financial blogs), and wants to make sure it can assess the ROI of these channels, and the overall social media program.
Current governance processes
Currently, the Marketing department assigns content development and campaign management duties to team members on a campaign-by-campaign basis. All team members (and IT) have access to all assets and tools, which sometimes leads to duplication and conflicts. The CMO realizes that a more specialization will be necessary to support the social media campaigns, but hasn't decided on the optimal organizational model.
Input of qualified leads from Marketable into
Salesforce is by manual cut-and-paste, assisted by scripts; inconsistency of input practices across Marketing team members is a known problem; individual members have their own "go-to" fields: where one member might check "TV ad" as Lead Source, another would put that in the comments field.
The CMO's most important concerns are:
â€¢ The current solution has too many manual steps to scale with anticipated growth
â€¢ Without more sophisticated attribution, the company will overinvest in less productive campaigns, and underinvest in better ones
â€¢ In general, analytics integrations are manual, slow, and unreliable
â€¢ The current system completely misses "skips"-customers switching from the Unicorn app to consortium banks-an important source of revenue
â€¢ Documenting the value of Unicorn's Marketing processes is essential to the success of the planned IPO, and millions of dollars in stock valuation hangs in the balance.
The CIO is concerned primarily with:
â€¢ The amount of time his team spends patching up Marketing campaigns and CRM data transfers, at the expense of other, critical initiatives
â€¢ Quality and reliability of the Analytics information his team provides to Marketing
Marketing Operations staff concerns:
â€¢ Campaigns require so much work that they can't run as many of them as they need to
â€¢ Multi-touch cross-selling campaigns (for example, savings accounts to loans) with excellent margins, but no way to know which campaign touches perform best
â€¢ Getting swamped with manual record-keeping; for example, spreadsheet mistakes take hours to find and
â€¢ Poor integration with third-party tools for preparing, sending, and evaluating campaign materials, for
o Webhook not firing,
o Reaching API limit
o Synchronization errors with third-party tools and Salesforce
â€¢ Inadequate number of lead stages and qualification levels, making it difficult to evaluate lead value, especially in multi-touch campaigns
Despite the absence of an external Sales team,
Marketing Operations would like to improve the granularity of their lead tracking, including both lifecycle stages and quality levels, with "no score" and negative levels.
With help from the Adobe Marketo Engage Architects, Unicorn has an audit of their system and finds the following issues:
â€¢ Mass uploading spreadsheet data with mistakes and failure to check with Salesforce data caused a large number of Person records with the wrong Country field value in place. This reduces how many MQL leads are being sent in a timely fashion to the right team in their CRM.
â€¢ Many fields in Marketo Engage must be hidden and field blocked. The fields are not currently being used in day-to-day Programs, Lists, or Assets.
â€¢ The current Webinar and Tradeshow Event Program templates are not optimized. They have too many steps for the actions captured, and do not use 'My Tokens' as effectively as they could.
Only one person is making these changes. There is no need for 'quick wins' In which order of importance should these issues be fixed?