The Cambridge Dictionary Definition: Personalisation. Noun: The act of making something suitable for the needs of a particular person.
Wait? Didn’t we cover this in a previous Inside Scoop? Yep! There will sometimes be repeats in the Inside Scoop as organisations use the same techniques. It’s always a good thing to see more examples of how different businesses use the same technique, or how they use it differently. Here’s a refresher:
You may already be using some personalisation in your business if you segment your emails.
I used to work for a train company and we had a large email audience. We segmented the audience to make sure that the right people got the right updates at the right times.
Why did we do this?
Because different people have different needs! Someone in Wrexham is probably not going to care about railway issues in Caerphilly. Someone in Cardiff is unlikely to care about ongoing trackwork in Bangor. While updates to the appearance of the train station in Newport are lovely news for everyone, someone who uses that train station every day is going to be much more delighted than someone who’s only ever been there once.
You might segment your own emails by the types of services or products your audience is interested in or where they are based if you run events in different areas.
Do you remember these lyrics?:
‘If everybody looked the same. We’d get tired looking at each other’ (Groove Armada – If Everybody Looked the Same)
It’s a useful reference here as people aren’t all the same. We aren’t all the same. If we were it would be a very boring world. In fact, all of the detectives reading this probably like to learn differently, and are presumably here in this membership for different reasons, hoping to achieve different things…
This means everyone in your audience, your students, your members, and your customers could want entirely different things, need different things or have different goals. While you might have a course/ membership/audience that from the outside looks like it’s all full of the same ‘type’ of people (say parents of teenagers, or business owners, or photographers) they’ll still all have different needs and wants.
You can use gamification to change your project to cater for the different types of people.
This is something Spotify does very well as we discussed in the previous Inside Scoop about Spotify and they haven’t dropped the ball on Personalisation in Spotify Wrapped either…
Where do you see personalisation in the game world?
In video games, you might be able to change the appearance of your character, their clothes, weapons, vehicles and more. In some games, you can change your avatar’s name or upload a photo for your profile. You all play the same game but you start by making it feel like it’s bespoke to you. There are many more examples but you get the idea!