Xerox 1:1 Lab drives Ford Motor Company to a direct-marketing campaign
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Press release from the issuing company
SAN DIEGO - Xerox Corporation is helping organizations like Ford Motor Company maximize direct marketing investments and significantly improve response rates - in spite of the recession. The automobile company took advantage of the Xerox 1:1 Lab and increased sales of its extended service plan product (ESP) by more than 35 percent during a market test that included a highly-personalized, full-color direct-mail campaign.
"The campaign was a huge success and now we are rolling it out across Ford's entire portfolio of extended service products," said Mark Bardusch, national sales and marketing manager, Extended Service Business, Ford Motor Company. "Simply put - the campaign will drive millions of dollars into our extended warranty business."
Budco, a direct marketing organization that manages Ford's ESP account, put the automobile maker's campaign through Xerox's 1:1 Lab. The lab analyzes and compares traditional, static marketing campaigns against personalized, one-to-one messaging that uses color and demographic data.
For the market test, Budco produced targeted direct-mail pieces on its Xerox iGen3 Digital Production Presses and mailed them to 20,000 F-150 truck owners nearing the end of their original warranties. Pieces were customized by gender, income level and geography and included critical details, such as when an existing warranty expires and financing information. Between personalized photos and data there were more than 40,000 possible combinations.
During the market test, customized pieces increased the response rate by nearly 6 percent. More importantly, sales grew 35.7 percent.
"When the Xerox 1:1 Lab executes a personalized direct-marketing test campaign the results cannot be ignored," said Shelley Sweeney, vice president, Direct Mail and Service Bureau Segment, Xerox Corporation.
"Ford's customized campaign now allows the company to communicate with its customers in a relevant way, rather than just talking in generalities. When marketers do that, ROI explodes."
Budco, a member of Xerox's Premier Partners Global Network, is displaying examples of successful direct-marketing solutions it has completed for Fortune 500 clients, including Ford, during this week's Direct Marketing Association annual conference.