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Marketing & Commerce | November 17, 2020
Unica Named a November 2020 Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for Multichannel Marketing Hub.
HCL Software is excited to announce that Unica, a leading enterprise marketing solution, has been recognized as a November 2020 Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for Multichannel Marketing Hub (MMH). Our team at Unica takes great pride in this distinction, as customer feedback continues to shape our products and services. In its announcement, Gartner explains, “The Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice is a recognition of vendors in this market by verified end-user professionals, taking into account both the number of reviews and the overall user ratings.” To ensure fair evaluation, Gartner maintains rigorous criteria for recognizing vendors with a high customer satisfaction rate. Here are some excerpts from customers that contributed to the distinction: “A solid product with deep user community and good integrator expertise in region.”- Head Of Marketing Data & Analytics in the Finance Industry “HCL Unica is a great Campaign Management tool which generate good revenue for organisation.”- Senior Manager in the Services Industry "HCL Unica is a great ROI Marketing Automation tool.”- Associate Director in the Manufacturing Industry Read more reviews for Unica here. Everyone at Unica is deeply proud to be honored as a November 2020 Customers’ Choice for Multichannel Marketing Hub. To learn more about this distinction, or to read the reviews written about our products by the IT professionals who use them, please visit the Customers’ Choice announcement. To all of our customers who submitted reviews, thank you! These reviews mold our products and our customer journey, and we look forward to building on the experience that earned us this distinction! If you have a Unica story to share, we encourage you to join the Gartner Peer Insights crowd and weigh in. The GARTNER PEER INSIGHTS CUSTOMERS’ CHOICE badge is a trademark and service mark of Gartner, Inc., and/or its affiliates, and is used...
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Marketing & Commerce | November 12, 2020
Manage TVC-Grid Validation in Unica Plan – A Systematic Way
Marketers are always looking for tools and processes to manage their marketing operations, streamline workflows, optimize the budget spend, resources, and manage other marketing assets. MRM is a single solution that can take care of all your needs, from strategic planning to executing a certain marketing activity and ensuring that consistency binds the team together. Unica Plan is the solution that Unica Suite offers to manage all your marketing needs and activities. HCL Unica Plan (Formerly known as Marketing Operations) supports the feature called Tabular View Control (TVC) Grid, where the marketer can choose and arrange the different attributes like Text, Numeric, Date, etc. which they want to use for tracking their business activities. Grids are mainly used for collecting data, in the user interface, it appears like a table or a list. You can enter data into the cells of the grid according to the selected attributes and their data type. Apart from this, the product supports the customization of grid attribute(s) with validation; for example, the attribute should start with a specific character/word OR attribute should not allow entering beyond a certain limit OR attribute should only allow data between a certain range, etc. “com.unicacorp.uap.grid.validation.plugin.GridValidatorPluginImpl” validator is delivered with HCL Unica Plan which can help you to define the validations on-grid attribute(s). This validation plug-in supports two types of rules. ROW: row-level rules are executed first. GRID: grid-level rules are executed after row-level rules. HCL Unica Plan ships with the following sample rules. BeginsWithRule DateCheckRule RangeCheckRule UniqueCheckRule This article will help you to understand the grid validation, data validation rules, and how to implement the ROW level validation using the "BeginsWithRule" rule with the Text Single Line Type attribute. Let’s follow the step by step approach to learning the validation. Create the new grid frame using the Form...
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Marketing & Commerce | October 28, 2020
Identify the best offer using A/B Testing in Unica Interact
Every marketer aims to achieve better click rates, easy conversions, reduce the churn rate, and create a memorable experience for their customers. To accomplish it, the decisions they take while sending out emails, designing CTAs, landing pages, and even sending out offers should be inline with the customer they are targeting. To avoid the assumptions of what shall work and what won't, A/B testing, also known as split testing, is the marketing technique that utilizes two versions of the webpage, application, offers, email, or any other marketing asset to analyze and understand which one performs better. A/B testing is essential as different customers may react differently to varied situations. For example, some might want the 'Buy Now' button in the center of the page, and others might like on the bottom right corner. But which one of them leads to the most conversions? Is the answer that A/B testing can provide. How A/B Testing works in Interact? In Interact, an A/B Testing is a test done for a treatment rule with all its properties fixed, but only one parameter varies. In 12.1, this parameter is a combination of offer and its offer attributes. In an A/B testing of a rule, each varying-parameter represents one branch with audience distribution percentage. Depending on the response of the Audience for an Offer in a set Test Period, you can choose the best suitable offer for that treatment rule. Set up A/B Testing for Treatment Rule A new option A/B, is added to the Rule menu; you can directly land to A/B Testing pane by using it. On A/B Testing tab, you can enable A/B Test for a Rule by selecting Enabled Check Box. After enabling the A/B Test for a Rule, a Default branch will be added by copying details from the base...
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Marketing & Commerce | October 14, 2020
Case Study- Preparing for Success with Unica Deliver
In my fourteen plus years with Unica, I’ve been lucky enough to be involved with some incredible projects that delivered outstanding achievements using our software. My personal favorite example was when one of our customers consolidated over two hundred newsletter campaigns for individual newspaper publications into a single lights-out campaign. Let me repeat that- from two hundred individual campaigns to one. That is a serious amount of time and money saved every week, week-on-week. Another favorite example of mine is when a major UK retailer invested a couple of million dollars in building a completely new data warehouse and implementing Unica. The uplift attributed to coupon redemption in the very first campaign paid for the entire project. When these tools are implemented right, the rewards aren’t just observable and tangible; they’re staggering. And my experience in the vast number of cases is overwhelmingly positive. But what I want to talk about in this article are some of the obstacles to achieving these results. There was one occasion where I encountered a situation where, despite doing our best, adoption of the suite was only partially successful, and some modules were ultimately replaced. Why? Because in being aware of these situations, we can watch out for the markers in the future and hopefully intervene in time. Those that don’t learn history are doomed to repeat it. Failure is only absolute when we learn nothing from it. So what was different in this particular case? The Unica delivery team was the same. The software was the same. The customer’s senior management team's appetite to make the implementation success was there, and they were active and present. The appetite from the users to make the project a success was there too. The main representative from the user team was skilled, intelligent, and inventive. The...
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Marketing & Commerce | October 7, 2020
Unica Discover- Formulate Your Customer Experience Strategy
We’ve all experienced struggle in our day-to-day life as consumers. The struggle can be any number of things, such as adding something to your cart to find it out of stock or receiving product suggestions that have no relevance to you. As I write this, one of the UK’s largest retail bank’s online and mobile systems are unavailable, keeping me from viewing my account and making transfers – very frustrating for such a critical service.  All of these examples create friction in the user experience, reducing the perception of a brand and leading to sharing negative experiences with friends, family, or voicing it on social media. What is Customer Experience? Customer experience (CX) covers every aspect of a customer’s journey with your brand (first contact to becoming a happy and loyal customer.) It is a holistic perception a customer has for your brand or service irrespective of the engagement channel. It is what drives a customer to keep coming back to your product and ultimately become a brand advocate. Delivering a remarkable customer experience depends on how you, as a brand, interact at every touchpoint, like sending an email after a customer has made a purchase from your store or even the amount of customer rep's attention while solving a problem; everything matters. Why does Customer Experience Matter? With the rise of on-demand and quick delivery/shipping services, customers have come to expect and demand more. They want things faster, such as having items delivered within 24-48 hours. This raises customer expectations everywhere and ultimately increases the chances of frustration when it doesn’t happen. This is reflected in market research. 79% of digital experience professionals rate the customer experience they provide as very or extremely high priority. Great that these see the importance, but also leaving 21% who don’t! 90% of those...
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Marketing & Commerce | October 1, 2020
Configuring HCL Unica Campaign with Amazon Redshift Database
Marketers these days are more involved and skilled with using data than ever. The customer information is gathered, stored, and retrieved from a central database, and it is increasing exponentially. It helps facilitates the marketers to make more specific and targeted marketing communications and create more personalized experiences for the users. But database management and handling is no easy job, and Cloud databases and Database as a Service (DaaS) platforms are becoming more popular in enterprises. Amazon Redshift is a known name among them. What is Amazon Redshift? Amazon Redshift is a fully managed petabyte-scale cloud-based data warehouse product designed for large scale data set storage and analysis. The current trend in the market is to use cloud-based database service, and the HCL Unica Campaign is well-versed to have integration with such services. In this article, we are going to find how easy it is to configure the HCL Unica Campaign to make use of Amazon Redshift as a user database using Amazon ODBC Driver. What do you need as a Pre-requisite? You would need below pre-requisites to start configuring Unica with the Amazon Redshift database: HCL Unica Campaign application, which needs to be integrated with Amazon Redshift Database. Amazon Redshift Details: Cluster Name, Database Name, User Id, Password (You will get all these details when you purchase a contract for Amazon Redshift.) In Unica UI, under Settings->Configuration, under node "Affinium|Campaign|partitions|partition1|dataSources", make sure that a datasource template for "(PostgreSQLTemplate)" is already added and you should be able to create a datasource using this template. If HCL Unica suite is installed on Unix based OS, install unixODBC 2.3.x on the server on which Unica Campaign listener is installed. Supported ODBC Drivers To integrate Unica Campaign with Amazon Redshift Database, you can either use PostGreSQL ODBC Driver or Amazon ODBC Driver. To...

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