Mike Marcellin, CMO of Juniper Networks: Delivering Personalization in Sales and Service Channels

September 1, 2016 0 Comments

How Marketing Leaders Are Delivering Personalized Experiences at Scale

94% of senior-level executives believe delivering personalization is critical or important to reaching customers because it differentiates the customer experience and drives better sales and marketing outcomes.  But PwC Digital IQ research shows most marketers don’t execute personalization very well. To uncover the secrets to profitably enabling and executing personalized content experiences that leverage customer data and insights, I will host of panel ofMM 2 CMO’s– entitled Personalization: Fusing Creative & Analytics  on October 17th, 2016 at the DMA’s Strategic Summit is an exclusive, invitation-only event for Marketing Executives attending &THEN and are active VP’s and above.  I interviewed one of our panelists, Mike Marcellin, CMO of Juniper Networks, to get his insights into the keys to enabling a content supply chain that supports personalization at scale in digital marketing, sales and media touch points.

Stephen Diorio:  As CMO of a $5 Billion company that seeks to transform the economics of networking in the connected world, what does personalization mean to you in your business model?

Mike Marcellin: Historically, our model for delivering personalization was through high touch human interactions with salespeople. They’re the ultimate personalization vehicle.  Today, digitally empowered customers are much better educated, and learn from many places.  So creating competitive differentiation depends on both “art and science,” elegantly blending the high touch sales interactions with relevant, personalized, and consistent engagement in digital marketing, mobile, and social touch points.

Stephen Diorio:  At Juniper, where in the go-to-market process can personalized content experiences make the biggest impact- in terms of differentiation, measurable sales outcomes, and customer satisfaction?

Mike Marcellin: I like to use the customer conversation as the design point for any marketing-led personalization efforts. In our view, we have 2,000 content creators –  salespeople – worldwide who can inform my much smaller marketing team. The challenge and opportunity we have is to use feedback from real customer conversations to feed the scalable marketing systems that deliver customized experiences in digital marketing, social media, and sales enablement channels. To do this we’re funding three marketing-led initiatives that are creating the foundation for delivering personalized content experiences.

First we’ve built an internal tool we call the “Network of Knowledge ” that mines client conversations that are happening in sales every day to fuel our editorial and content creation agenda.  In parallel, we have a social listening team reporting on customer conversations in social media in real time. And in the last six months, we’ve assigned a team of data scientists to systematically look at unstructured data to discern customer sentiment, needs and hot button issues. Combined, these three marketing-led investments provide the inputs to a systematic way to define an editorial agenda that allows us to create, personalize, and share content with customers.  Our roadmap going forward is to very quickly build more systemic interfaces that feed every customer touch point with relevant and personalized content.  We’re not there yet, but this will include owned digital marketing assets like our web site, digital and social media, and our sales enablement tools.

Stephen Diorio:  What will be the basis for targeting all that personalized content to ensure it hits the mark?

Mike Marcellin: Because we have the benefit of some very large customers, about 5 years ago we instituted account-based marketing on those very large accounts.  We’ve embedded dedicated marketing folks into the account teams and they are truly part of the customer team.  This gives us a profitable way to define account plans, target buyer personas based on job roles and responsibilities within those accounts, and learn about their needs, sentiment, responsiveness, and behavior. While effective, it’s human intensive and so it cannot scale to meet our broader customer base.

So where our personalized content can really shine is to take what we have learned through account based marketing and find ways to replicate and scale across the vast majority of our accounts using digital marketing technology and scalable outbound marketing tactics.  We’re combining some great technologies like BlueKai, DemandBase, and Maxymiser with the work of our data scientists to allow us to personalize online, offline and mobile marketing campaigns. And we are targeting our outbound marketing tactics – digital marketing and events – at specific job roles and pain points identified.


Mike Marcellin is the CMO of Juniper Networks. Juniper Networks challenges the status quo with innovative products, solutions and services critical to businesses by transforming the economics of networking in the connected world.

You can learn more about how marketers are driving growth through personalized content at our session –  Personalization: Fusing Creative & Analytics – at the DMA Strategic Summit on October 17th at L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles.strategic-summit-banner-01


About the Author:

Stephen Diorio is an established authority in growth and go-to-market innovation with over 25 years of experience helping CEOs, Boards, and CMOs create new growth and enterprise value by leveraging advanced marketing practices and digital technology. He is the lead analyst in the Forbes Marketing Accountability Initiative and a Partner in Profitable Channels where he helps CEOs, Boards and CMOs create new growth and enterprise value by leveraging advanced marketing practices and digital technology. I've helped hundreds of marketing leaders take advantage of the most current marketing best practices and digital technology to grow faster, differentiate their customer experience, and reduce selling costs. He has helped over one hundred leading sales organizations drive net new growth—including Merrill Lynch, Intuit, Armstrong, American Express, CBS, DuPont, IBM, Janus Funds, Morgan Stanley, Ricoh, SunTrust Bank, Staples, UPS, and US Bank. He a Director of the Brand Publishing Institute, and Author of Beyond e: 12 Ways Technology Will Transform Sales & Marketing Strategy (McGraw-Hill). Mr. Diorio holds an MBA in Marketing from the University of Chicago and a B.S. in Engineering from Bucknell University.

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