It's official--we've decided to dedicate each Monday's post to a marketing case study. Last week we shared how RRW helped a leading telecommunications firm retain and up-sell profitable customers. This week we'll focus on our work with another communications giant and talk about how our analysis of their marketing data helped them optimize their data management strategies.
The database marketing team at AT&T/BellSouth wanted to maximize the value and utilization of their rich internal data stores. They had a general understanding that their customer data was valuable, and that they could potentially be buying unnecessary external data from a variety of similar data sources. They also knew that they needed to understand how the data was being used, what types of programs were being fed by the data, who were the power users of the data, and who was not using the data. They needed to understand current and future data needs and requirements.
RRW Consulting recommended a thorough examination of the data assets and systems access. The consulting engagement included:
- A series of user interviews where we gleaned valuable information as to specific programs that used the customer data, along with overall perceptions of the data.
- These interviews not only uncovered what data was valuable for today's programs, but also revealed future directions, so that we could match our recommendations to meet both today's and tomorrow's needs.
- Detailed written descriptions of the current systems environment that included ease of data access (list pulls, financial report generation, etc.).
- A data content analysis to allow for a thorough understanding of the deliverability and data depth.
- Interviews of all divisions that purchased external data looking for purchase redundancies.
- The database team was armed with the details they needed to convince Leadership of the value of the data and the continued investment in data management systems and data.
- Data recommendations allowed AT&T/BellSouth to focus their external data investment only on data that would support current and upcoming programs.
- Use of the database and the data increased exponentially throughout the company.
- External data costs were reduced by 10%
But, it's really not all about us! We look forward to featuring other interesting case studies--please share your success stories with us and we'll feature them in an upcoming Monday post. Simply e-mail the case study to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Should make for some interesting Monday reading, reading all of these excellent direct marketing success stories!