A Blended Personalization Approach for Ecommerce Success

A Blended Personalization Approach for Ecommerce Success

Yusuf Shurbaji
Jul 24, 2023
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  • Implicit personalization forms deeper connections with customers, compared to explicit questioning.
  • Successful companies skillfully blend both explicit and implicit personalization for maximum customer engagement.
  • Motivated by nurturing relationships, not exploiting them, leads to better customer retention and brand reputation.
  • Revenue growth, enhanced conversion, and retention rates follow when focusing on the best customer experience.
  • Word of mouth marketing enhances customer acquisition when there is a genuine focus on customer interests.

The Importance of Implicit Personalization in Ecommerce

In an increasingly competitive ecommerce landscape, the path to success lies not only in having exceptional products or services but also in how adeptly you connect with your customers. This connection isn't fostered through intrusive sales-like queries, but rather through subtle, implicit personalization strategies.

Building Relationships Beyond Explicit Questioning

Building a relationship with customers goes beyond collecting their basic information. It requires a deep understanding of their needs, preferences, and behaviors. This may appear daunting, especially with the ever-growing customer base in ecommerce. However, when done correctly, the results can be impressive.

Case Study: Dynamic Yield's Recommendation Engine

A classic example of this is Dynamic Yield's product recommendation engine, which personalizes suggestions based on browsing history, past purchases and more. This gentle nudge towards products the customer might like fosters a connection that feels natural and unforced[1].

While Dynamic Yield offers a robust set of capabilities to personalize from implicit data sources, we find it is just as important to offer the ability to personalize based on explicit data. For example, we offer dozens of out of the box templates that collect direct inputs from users, from product finders and engaging quizzes, to chatbot-style experiences that ask users a series of questions to gauge their affinity and recommend products accordingly.
Emma Furlong, Director of Product Marketing, Dynamic Yield

The Potent Blend: Implicit and Explicit Personalization

Implicit personalization, when combined with explicit questioning, creates a potent mix for understanding customers better. A well-rounded personalization strategy does not completely discard explicit questioning. Instead, it enhances it with insights derived from a customer's implicit data[2].

Guiding and Nurturing: The Real Motivation

The motivation behind this strategy should always be to guide and nurture the customer, not to exploit their data or choices. An approach driven by a genuine interest in the customer's well-being will always shine through.

The End Goal: Happy Customers and Enhanced Brand Reputation

When your customers feel valued and understood, they are more likely to stick around. This leads to increased conversion and retention rates. More so, happy customers become brand advocates, leading to increased word-of-mouth referrals – a powerful tool for customer acquisition[3].

The Magic Lies in the Blend

In conclusion, a balanced mix of implicit personalization and explicit questioning can create a profound impact on your ecommerce venture. Remember, the goal isn't to sell, but to build a relationship. When you focus on making the best customer experience, revenue and brand reputation will inevitably follow suit.


[1] McKinsey & Company. "Customer experience: New capabilities, new audiences, new opportunities." (2022).
[2] Harvard Business Review. "The Age of Personalization." (2022).
[3] Forbes. "Why Customer Retention Is More Important Than Acquisition." (2023).