Answering the first part of the question is simple: key life events are the big moments in a person’s life. For example, moving out of your parents’, getting your first job, getting married, having a child, buying a house...

The message is not new. It is a concept that has been used in marketing for years. So why am I talking about it? Why is it important to take it into account when designing digital products?

A good way to understand how important this concept is, is to think like a company. If I were a bank, would I not like to know when someone is thinking about buying a house? Then I could be waiting in the wings to offer them a mortgage. I would win a customer for 30 years!

The same goes for insurance companies. Would it not be wise for them to show up when I am looking to buy a new car, a house...?

Even without putting the big banking and insurance firms into the equation, how many things do you need to book and buy for a wedding? Would catering companies, tailor’s shops, bridal stores or wedding pages not be delighted to know when someone is fixing to get married to appear in their life?

For companies, key life events are big opportunities to get in touch with their customers. In fact, life moments are almost always emotional, and hence memorable, for customers.

A key life event is also a unique opportunity for companies as it allows them to become part of an important memory together with the consumer and creates an opportunity to create a lasting bond between the consumer and the business. This is crucial given the current promiscuity of users.

But it is not only useful as far as marketing campaigns are concerned: Knowing the life moments that customers are (or will be) living will help us to determine the message and the functionality of our digital products, and this means redefining the entire customer experience.

Thanks to digitization, it is now when the greatest advantage can be gained from key life events, when the entire customer experience can really be redefined on the basis of these moments. This is mostly possible for three reasons:

In this scenario, key life events are the perfect opportunity to start a conversation with users. However, certain aspects must be taken into account in order to achieve the desired effect of engagement with customers.

Using these moments to get in touch with customers is much more satisfying than a traditional marketing campaign. In fact, it is up to 10 times more profitable in terms of response rates.

That is why it is worth stopping to think about the above and design a strategy that takes key life events into account to be able to win the hearts of customers.

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