Bags packed for success
Adobe Campaign has made a big impact on service communications, which include everything from sales promotions to travel tips to flight updates. By migrating these communications into Adobe Campaign and enabling service teams to use the tool, Virgin Holidays transformed impersonal and often text-based emails into targeted touchpoints infused with the Virgin brand.
For example, the company’s “Ready to Travel” campaign was redesigned to alleviate customer anxieties between booking and departure, making for a smoother travel experience. With better personalisation and branding across email, direct mail, text messages and phone calls, the familiar Virgin voice reassures customers that the company knows who they are, where they’re going and how to help if something comes up—such as a flight delay.
Other campaigns, covering online and off-line touchpoints, have achieved measurable improvements with the move to Adobe Campaign. Liam Savage, CRM Executive at Virgin Holidays, elaborates: “Using Adobe Campaign for our ‘Peak Sale’ campaign, we saw a 20% uplift in sales and an 85% increase in web traffic. We also ran a ‘Save Your Spot’ promotion to drive retail appointments at our shops. The campaign delivered 156% more appointments than it did the previous year.”
Through the “Save Your Spot” promotion, Virgin Holidays created a sense of anticipation among its customers. Each customer received a personalised email with a unique code and an invitation to unlock it for an unknown discount at the nearest retail store, identified through location-based services. Because customers were eager to discover their discount, the campaign also created an ideal opportunity for agents to start a conversation about their upcoming holiday plans.
These dramatic results stem from enabling customer relationship management (CRM) executives to build their own campaigns, with greater speed and more effective segmentation, while keeping them plugged into the Virgin Holidays brand voice. This autonomy to own customer journeys means they spend less time on set-up and more time fine-tuning their approach, learning how to better engage customers with each campaign.
CRM executives can make their campaigns even more effective by testing their subject lines. With integration between Adobe Campaign and Phrasee, an AI-powered tool for subject-line optimisation, the team boosted click-through rates by 40% compared to a control group.
Empowered individuals take the team to exciting new places
To make the solution easy for extended teams to learn and use, Virgin Holidays knew it needed a simple data model—one that would minimise the need for complicated data queries and audience selections.
“To bridge the gap between creative, content and data, we needed a simplified data model at the heart of Adobe Campaign,” explains Beatrice Benavidez, Senior Consultant, Customer Analytics at Virgin Holidays. “By keeping the model light—a combination of bookings and web data—we can make it easy for CRM executives to create targeted campaigns.”
The simplified data model enables users to build dynamic campaigns, selecting target audiences based on characteristics such as current lifecycle stage, browsing behaviour, previous bookings and past quotes. By putting these sophisticated capabilities into the hands of business users, Virgin Holidays has created a team eager to innovate.
“I like the freedom to do what I want—to test and try out new things and then put them into business-as-usual campaigns,” says CRM Executive Liam Savage. “With Adobe Campaign, I just click a button and am done in a few minutes.”
Charlotte Pink, a fellow CRM executive at Virgin Holidays, agrees: “It’s very much part of the Virgin culture to encourage people to fly with their own ideas and take ownership of their own campaigns.”
Rolling out Adobe Campaign across the business is an ongoing process—one that continues to pay dividends in customer engagement and revenue. With 30 users across multiple departments, the solution also kicked off a shift in mindset. What started off as a tactical campaign tool has now become an integral part of the customer engagement strategy at Virgin Holidays.
“The achievement I’m probably most proud of is my team. They are such superstars,” Lopes says. “With help from Adobe Campaign, we changed from a marketing function to an experience function.”