We’ve built a roster of powerhouse clients, across industries as diverse as retail, financial services, telecommunications and technology. Each came to us with a unique set of needs and the same elusive goal: Better digital marketing performance. That’s what we delivered for them: Integrated digital marketing solutions with individual visitor profiling and targeting, dynamic website personalization, phenomenal email response rates, tremendous customer acquisition, unprecedented online sales, and exceptional ROI. You’ll find the remarkable details in our success stories.
SBLI - Rose Cahill, VP Marketing
Multichannel marketing using MarketEdge-X
AllTel - Tara Llewellyn, Director of Direct Marketing
Use of consumer insight to drive email, mobile and social
Exclusive Offers Help Deepen Customer Relationships
Customer service & email integration, 1 to 1 personalization
Recognizing an opportunity to build better customer relationships, FedEx started its Customer Service Innovation (CSI) program in 2007. When customers contact customer service, FedEx representatives assist with their questions or concerns, and then follow up with a special offer just for that customer. FedEx needed a way to respond dynamically to customers based on the type of customer and interaction.
Acxiom maintains a centralized e-mail database for all FedEx e-mail communications. With the Acxiom Impact-X™ E-mail platform, FedEx can communicate with customers throughout the relationship. After a service call, FedEx follows up each touch with customized offers via e-mail. The Analytics Workstation feature of the platform then tracks behavior such as open and click through rates to help FedEx further target its customer base.
FedEx’s design firm, Tank, created eight different unique e-mails for the CSI program. Offers following service calls include bonus points in the loyalty program, Amazon gift cards if customers ship with FedEx, and other discounts for FedEx services. As customer service representatives assist customers and key in information, they let customers know that an exclusive offer is coming their way. Following FedEx input of that information into the platform, the Impact-X application programming interface (API) is set up to immediately send the personalized e-mail with that customer’s offer. As customers take action on those e-mails, Impact-X receives clicks on individual hyperlinks, relays the action to its destination and launches follow-up e-mails based on those customer click through activities.
FedEx takes steps to improve satisfaction and deepen relationships with customers through highly targeted offers. The CSI e-mail messages typically outperform other FedEx messages, which are already higher than industry average. Open rates across all e-mails range from an impressive 42 to 47 percent. Additionally, click through rates (CTR) are 16 to 20 percent. Exclusive offers to save up to 20 percent netted a CTR topping 23 percent. FedEx clearly gets customers’ attention, helping to advance the relationship further. Moreover, they produce rich information through which FedEx can better understand their customers and target offers.Topics mentioned in this Client Success Story include:
HP Success Story
Consistent, targeted customer communications, across numerous product teams.
HP’s multiple product teams were independently sending emails to their IT and non-IT customers with low knowledge of their customers’ communication or product needs. Each team offered its customers only product promotions, as opposed to a comprehensive HP solution. HP envisioned a consolidated email marketing program to gather and analyze useful data about new and current customers, then offer personalized and relevant communications on a consistent schedule. Initial research showed that customers wanted support information rather than marketing information. IT customers indicated the types of content they wished to receive, whereas non-IT customers expected HP to “figure out” what they wanted.
A One-to-One Personalization Engine That Sends Uniquely Personalized Content to Each Individual.
HP realized that they needed two types of communications for each main audience, IT and non-IT professionals. They asked Digital Impact to come up with a solution to the problem.
Digital Impact recommended a One-to-One email personalization “engine” to send uniquely personalized email messages based on the customer’s product ownership, IT professionals, and content preferences.
HP signed on, and the result was one-to-one marketing. The personalization engine micro-segments HP’s customers (rather than just segmenting the audience into large clusters), sending out 50,000 to 100,000 different content combinations each month. The engine draws information from HP’s customer and content profiles, and places the content in templates to create a customized monthly newsletter, known as Incoming. Customers receive only information that is relevant to them, with no overlap or duplication from other HP product teams.
Most subscribers sign-up for the newsletter by completing a registration card online after their company purchases an HP product. The newsletter – sent to half a million companies – draws from a content pool that includes about 100 items, including all HP printers, PCs and computer-storage products. Each content item in the message includes a link to a web page, which enables Digital Impact to track the customer's activity. Over-time, their click-through behavior is recorded, and added to the information they provide when they subscribe to the newsletter. It takes about six months of sending the newsletter and analyzing the click-through data to produce truly specialized content.
“We collect all the data, and then a calculation is done on each person: Do they have a product, and what is the life-cycle messaging? What do we know about them?” says Paul Horstmeier, North American e-marketing manager in HP’s Boise, ID office. “Over time, everybody gets a different newsletter.”
The newsletter was designed to provide usage tips at the right time (life-cycle message), assist with business problems, help the customer understand HP’s offerings, and encourage the customer to continue ordering from HP. About half the newsletter’s content relates to where the customer is in the product life-cycle at that time.
Increased Revenue, Decreased Costs, and Greater Customer Lifetime Value.
After engaging in integrated, targeted marketing, HP witnessed immediate increases in revenue, and outstanding cost savings. For the house lists, HP realized annualized sales of over $300 million, as well as:
Based on these results, Horstmeier concluded that one to-one marketing “almost pays for itself in cost-avoidance alone”.
Long term, HP will realize greater customer lifetime value as they continue to meet their customers’ changing needs with the customized messages one-to-one marketing delivers.
At Acxiom we strive to make every client engagement a successful one. From winning creative to industry-leading enterprise technology, read more about how our efforts and expertise can solve your problems.
Hewlett-Packard is a technology solutions provider to consumers, businesses and institutions globally. The company’s offerings span IT infrastructure, global services, business and home computing, and imaging & printing.
Transactional messaging delivers relationships and ROI
With more than 12,000 options for fragrance, cosmetics, skin care, hair care and bath products, Sephora.com offers the largest and most diverse selection of beauty products on the Internet. As the online counterpart to the more than 200 retail stores in the U.S. and Canada, Sephora.com is North America’s largest store in terms of sales and selection of products and brands. Of the millions of shoppers who purchase products online from Sephora.com, many of them are returning customers or loyal members of the retailer’s Beauty Insider program.
After making purchases online, shoppers of Sephora.com receive a transactional message, which includes a welcome email and shipping information. Instead of sending plain text emails, Sephora wanted to use transactional messages that would strengthen client relationships, increase customer loyalty, and promote their brand.
Sephora partnered with Acxiom, using Impact-X and its transactional email technology to incorporate branding and graphics into HTML emails to its customers. This extends the Sephora.com brand throughout the entire customer relationship cycle — from the first click on a new skin care product, for example, to the final email alerting customers of the order’s shipment. A simple transactional email is transformed into a promotion that drives revenue and deepens customer relationships, increasing customer loyalty.
Up-selling and cross-selling opportunities are also available through Acxiom’s transactional emails, allowing Sephora.com to tailor email offers based on an individual customer’s purchases and transaction history with the retailer. Additionally, messages are customized using dynamic templates within the HTML emails that are personalized based on user specified attributes.
Transactional emails also enable Sephora.com to implement innovative email notification programs such as in-stock notifications that alert customers about the availability of popular products that often sell out quickly. Customers may also sign up for Sephora.com’s Replenishment Reminder program, which allows them to receive regular refill reminders via email for products that they purchase and use often.
Since partnering with Acxiom, Sephora has seen an increase in its ROI as a direct result of the dynamic transactional emails.
Our approach is to deliver solutions that reflect what our clients need, not simply what an individual product can offer. We can provide this breadth of solution because we’ve focused on developing the necessary technologies, teams, and best practices for more than 10 years. As well, we have the backing of one of the largest marketing solution providers in the world, Acxiom Corporation.
This is a bold statement but see for yourself what some of our clients have to say. The problems they needed to solve were large and meaningful. The solutions were thought to be daunting. The reality is that the Acxiom team delivered significant ongoing results that were on time, on budget, and appeared easy to the client.
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