New Independent Study Commissioned by Epsilon-Conversant Reveals Less Than Half of Marketers Are Fully Capable of Identity Resolution Management

Epsilon-Conversant, a global leader in interaction management, today announced the findings of a commissioned study on the state of identity resolution strategies in marketing, which was conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Epsilon-Conversant.

The study of 200+ marketing and customer data decision-makers explored topics ranging from why companies invest in identity programs, including how they manage their programs and use cases, and the type of identifiers used for programs (email address, cookies, device ID, etc.). The study also explored the respondents’ confidence levels regarding their brands’ identity resolution capabilities.

“Identity is the foundation that allows brands to deliver relevant messages, while reducing waste, customer churn and optimizing return on marketing investment,” said Ric Elert, president at Conversant. “When brands get identity right, it gives them a fighting chance to not only survive but thrive.”


Insight 1: The top goals over the next 12 months for marketers surveyed include winning new customers (34%) and increasing profitability per product/service (38%). Yet, the study reveals that too many programs are unable to measure business and marketing performance.

  • Overall, 43% of respondents say their brands use their ID resolution programs to measure online and offline marketing performance.
  • 29% of respondents said that they receive excellent support from identity resolution programs for reducing marketing waste.
  • 33% said that they receive excellent support for decreasing customer attrition and 42% for helping increase revenue per customer.

“We speak with marketing executives who tend to be too focused on data collection or campaign execution and aren’t thinking about measurement at all,” said Elert. “Brands that are seeing real results from their people-based advertising are committed to looking at all these areas holistically. You can’t measure performance without strong identity, and if you don’t measure, you won’t know what portion of your marketing spend is being wasted and you won’t have marketing efficiency.”

Insight 2: The study revealed a lack of alignment between C-level executives and less senior respondents regarding real-time application of insights, accuracy and persistence of identity. C-level executives who responded to the survey were:

  • 25% more likely than directors to be extremely confident in their customer profiles’ completeness and accuracy;
  • 32% more likely than directors to rate their programs’ ability to reach people over time as excellent; and
  • 16% more likely to believe their brands are ready to leverage new online and offline customer data to update customer profiles and activate against new information.

“The net result of this misalignment is significant damage to a brands’ ability to succeed. A lack of program ownership can exacerbate the measurement and performance problems … because it can lead to a lack of true understanding across teams,” writes Forrester Consulting in the study. “Brands with misaligned identity resolution are left with broken customer experiences, wasted marketing spend, and lost opportunities to expand customer relationships with relevant cross-sell and upsell offers.”

“In the era of the direct brand economy, customer engagement has become the brand differentiator, said Elert. “Brands are challenged to deliver on customer expectations across every interaction while dealing with the complexity of the mar tech and ad tech supply chain and increased privacy concerns. Building a unified customer identity is central to delivering on consumer expectations and company growth.”

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