Sailing away on a dream cruise.

Costa Crociere introduces travellers to the magic of cruises with personalised web experiences built on Adobe Experience Manager.

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Established

1854

Employees: 19,000
Genoa, Italy
www.costacruise.com

13%

Increase in web sales through new website using analytics and testing.

Objectives

Stand out in a competitive market that includes established cruise organisations by offering new digital vacation and transportation services

Reach customers in multiple countries, languages, and markets

Improve agility of websites to deliver more relevant messaging and deliver personalisation across properties

Results

Reached customers in 19 markets and 12 languages using flexible components to scale the website

22% increased average NPS through designs that focus on creating compelling customer experiences

Created attractive websites that decrease bounce rate by 12% and increase cruise booking by 10%

13% Increase in web sales through new website using analytics and testing


“One of the biggest achievements of Adobe Experience Manager is how we can create one website structure that we can scale across markets and deliver tailored experiences to different types of travellers.”

 

Alessandro Casellato
eCommerce and Digital Director, Global and Strategic Marketing, Costa Crociere


Attracting travellers with superior services

Consumers today have a multitude of options when planning vacations. They can book directly with hotels and airlines, compare prices on travel aggregator websites, talk to travel agencies, or even design a cost-friendly vacation using ride-sharing and homestay services. With so many options for travellers, travel operators must push the limits of customer experience to offer more value and attract more vacationers.

Costa Crociere operates cruise holidays in the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean, the Middle East, South East Asia, and South America. As part of the Carnival Corporation, Costa Crociere delivers high levels of hospitality to more than one million cruise travellers annually.

“Many people view cruises as a once-in-a-lifetime vacation,” says Alessandro Casellato, eCommerce and Digital Director, Global and Strategic Marketing at Costa Crociere. “We want to show travellers that there’s a perfect cruise out there for anyone. Whether they want to relax with the family, party and eat great food with friends, or explore treasures around the world, there’s a fantastic cruise experience waiting for them.”

For customers who have never been on a cruise before, Costa Crociere wants to show travellers all of the fun, excitement, and adventures that await them on a cruise vacation. For travellers who have already been on a Costa Crociere cruise, the company wants to help expand horizons by showing travellers all of the different cruise destinations available—from the Caribbean to Northern Europe to the Far East—and encourage more frequent cruise travels.


“We chose Adobe Experience Manager as our new digital platform for its ability to bring together data and experiences across channels.”

 

Alessandro Casellato
eCommerce and Digital Director, Global and Strategic Marketing, Costa Crociere


The key to attracting audiences and boosting revenue is personalising messaging, offers, and content to show travellers exciting new cruise experiences at every step. To provide tailor-made offers and services at each stage of the guest lifecycle, the company decided to transform its digital strategy from siloed teams to a single integrated platform.

“Experience is everything in our business,” says Casellato. “We don’t sell physical products or services; we sell memories. That fantastic customer experience should extend to researching and booking a cruise. We want customers to reach out to us on any touchpoint they desire and in their native language. We chose Adobe Experience Manager as our new digital platform for its ability to bring together data and experiences across channels.”

Adobe Experience Manager, part of Adobe Marketing Cloud in Adobe Experience Cloud, allows Costa Crociere to deliver dynamic websites to almost any device. By deploying other integrated Adobe Experience Cloud solutions, such as Adobe Target and Adobe Analytics, Costa Crociere can personalise experiences and encourage travellers to create their own cruise memories. 

Scaling website to travellers in 19 markets

The new website design focuses on emotional stories and beautiful imagery that makes audiences want to read more about all of the experiences cruises can offer. People who have never been on a cruise are encouraged to dream about the potential of a cruise vacation. Frequent cruise goers are invited to explore a completely new sea or experience from the wide variety of cruise options that Costa Crociere offers. By encouraging travellers to dream and explore, Costa Crociere can increase revenue through sales of inclusive offers.

Unlike many cruise brands, Costa Crociere doesn’t just work to attract customers in one country or region. Instead, its five global brands reach out to customers in 19 markets and a dozen languages. To be competitive, Costa Crociere needed a scalable structure and governance model that would allow it to effectively roll out and maintain a consistent online presence across multiple countries.

With Adobe Experience Manager Sites, Costa Crociere leverages templates and components to quickly build and localize dynamic web pages. Costa Crociere worked closely with Adobe partner Reply to deploy Adobe Experience Manager Managed Services and develop reusable templates and components. Rather than creating static HTML pages, web teams can easily rearrange assets within templates to create new web content.

Teams can copy and reuse the structure to quickly scale the websites to 12 languages. While the structure allows Costa Crociere to create global websites quickly, Experience Manager is flexible enough that local teams can adjust messaging, pricing displays, and assets to better meet local regulations or cultural trends.

“One of the biggest achievements of Adobe Experience Manager is how we can create one website structure that we can scale across markets and deliver tailored experiences to different types of travellers,” says Casellato. “This is essential for maintaining consistency across the brand without impacting website agility.”

Since redesigning and replatforming its website on Adobe Experience Manager, Costa Crociere has decreased the website bounce rate by 12% and increased bookings by 10%.


“This renewed focus on customer experience is delighting our passengers, which has increased our Net Promoter Score (NPS) about 10 points to an average NPS of 55 across brands.”

 

Alessandro Casellato
eCommerce and Digital Director, Global and Strategic Marketing, Costa Crociere


Reaching cruise travellers across touchpoints

Working with Adobe Experience Manager, Costa Crociere can better reach consumers with tailored offers across digital touchpoints. Experience Manager Sites supports responsive templates so consumers can browse the website on a desktop, mobile, or tablet, without Costa Crociere needing to support and maintain separate mobile websites. The company also worked with Adobe Experience Manager to create a new mobile app where guests can see live itineraries, book unique excursions, or subscribe to the Loyalty Costa club while they’re onboard their cruise ship.

The ability to create and manage all digital content in one platform allows Costa Crociere to create more targeted experiences and offers for its audiences, which helps the company extend its reach and increase ticket sales.

“Adobe Experience Manager allows us to create and manage unique customer experiences that extend across channels,” says Casellato. “This renewed focus on customer experience is delighting our passengers, which has increased our Net Promoter Score (NPS) about 10 points to an average NPS of 55 across brands.”

Using data to drive customer-first design decisions

With Adobe Experience Manager providing a new foundation for digital experiences, Costa Crociere is building strong customer-first designs using Adobe Target, part of Adobe Marketing Cloud, and Adobe Analytics, part of Adobe Analytics Cloud.

Before working with the solutions within Adobe Experience Cloud, web teams often made their creative decisions based on the preferences of designers or executives. Using the data from Adobe Analytics, Costa Crociere can understand audiences based on fact and determine the best ways to improve design and enhance customer experiences. The web team can measure how people are consuming content and understand what types of content attracts visitors. By following customer behaviours throughout the booking funnel, teams can narrow down what types of campaigns or content encourage consumers to eventually book a cruise.

“With Adobe Analytics, we’re no longer guessing what customers want,” says Casellato. “We can listen directly to customers and use their preferences to drive experiences on websites.”

Working with Adobe Analytics also helps web teams analyse consumer behaviours to define different audiences and personas. By understanding how different audiences react to campaigns, content, or web design, Costa Crociere can start to personalise experiences to deliver the best possible experience for each audience.

Using the AB testing capabilities in Adobe Target, web teams are also starting to test and optimize experiences. Currently, tests on the mobile sites help web teams find the right balance between giving consumers all the information that they need while making the best use of space on a small screen.

“Thanks to the new website powered by Experience Manager and continuous AB testing with Target using data from Analytics, we were able to increase our web sales by 13% in few months,” says Casellato.

Developing personal experiences for cruise travellers

Costa Crociere plans to continue expanding analytics and testing to drive fantastic customer-first design and personalised experiences. The company is also considering adding to its Adobe Experience Cloud footprint with Adobe Audience Manager, part of Adobe Analytics Cloud. Audience Manager will not only improve audience segmentation, but it will help create look-alike audiences. This allows marketers to predict what types of offers and experiences new customers will want by comparing traits from a new customer to the traits and preferences of known customers.

“Costa Crociere is all about customer experience,” says Casellato. “With help from Adobe Experience Cloud, we’re learning how to delight audiences through our websites and help people book the vacation of their dreams.”

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