Can personalization get too personal?

I found this New York Times article on personalization very instructive.  Please note particularly:

“With the help of a Web site testing and optimization company called Monetate, Mr. Siegel experimented with gender personalization on the [Urban Outfitters] site. But it roundly backfired. It turned out that many female Urban Outfitters customers regularly bought men’s items and they took offense at being subjected to gender-based marketing.”

“We saw customer frustration at being targeted outweigh any benefit,” said Mr. Siegel, now the vice president of global e-commerce at Patagonia. “If you got it wrong once, it outweighed getting it right 10 times.”

Is this a case of personalization getting too personal or not personal enough?

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About Arie Goldshlager

Customer Insight, Customer Strategy, and Innovation Consultant
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One Response to Can personalization get too personal?

  1. Pingback: Can retargeting digital advertising backfire? | Unconventional Wisdom on Customer Strategy and Innovation

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