BOULDER, Colo., March 10, 2009
InfoPrint Solutions Company, a joint venture between IBM and Ricoh, today announced it has successfully implemented a colorful, customized and targeted marketing campaign for one of the top US cable operators. This was set up via the independent consortium, the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Council, under the Council’s Routes to Revenue project. This campaign was carried out with CSG Systems (NASDAQ: CSGS), leaders in customer interaction management and customized color print communications. The pilot highlighted an impressive 27 percent increase in registrants to the cable operator’s, or Multi-System Operator’s (MSO), digital phone service.
The team demonstrated the value of combining data analytics and customized content directly on monthly customer bills, also known as TransPromo. The pilot’s results show that the MSO experienced a double digit increase in the number of customers responding to the color images and personalized messaging of the TransPromo billings.
This pilot comprised two similar groups of the MSO’s customers. The call to action encouraged subscribers to sign up for the provider’s digital phone service. The sample group consisted of 100,000 customers, of which 50,000 received the color TransPromo statement and the remainder received the standard black and white statement.
"In a short eight weeks, we worked closely with InfoPrint to ensure accurate data analytics, create controllable content and achieve manageable results," said Pam Sellenrick, senior vice president of Output Solutions at CSG Systems. "Through our successful work with our client and InfoPrint, we validated the importance of leveraging color for one-to-one communications."
The power of color on printed communications was supported by a recent end-user study completed by InfoPrint and Zoomerang, in which 45 percent of consumers questioned felt that colorful promotional materials stood out as more interesting and enticing to read. Not only were respondents more likely to read these documents, but 64 percent of those surveyed stated that if the color advertisement was relevant to them, they would then follow a call to action.
The pilot showcases how recent innovations in the digital printing industry have set new standards in quality and affordability, and it validates the fact that color added to bills and statements effectively enhances readability, while guiding readers to important message points and inciting a response.
CSG also advised the client on the document design and strategic usage of color on the billing statement. The pilot was conducted at CSG’s state of the art facility in Florida, using the InfoPrint 5000 flagship solution, a full color drop-on-demand inkjet continuous forms production printer.
"On the back of the exponential success of our last TransPromo pilot1, we didn’t want to expect too much," said Lee Gallagher, Manager, Direct Marketing Solutions, InfoPrint Solutions Company. "However, we could not have been more pleased with the impressive results we saw with CSG. The true value of TransPromo can really only be seen when color is implemented. This topic has been debated throughout the industry for years, but a 27 percent lift in the results due to the use of color is significant, and the theory is now fact."
According to the recent Routes to Revenue study by the CMO Council, a surprising 76 percent of senior marketers believe they are not realizing the full revenue potential of their current customers. And less than half of these say they have good insights into retention rates, customer profitability and lifetime value. It was discovered that marketers now realize there is a lack of real-time data analytics with the ability to capture insight of customer habits from all touchpoints and this data is also found to be restricted and isolated from other departments of the company that could positively use the data. TransPromo has become a proven solution to this growing problem.
"Without a doubt, best in class companies are looking at the delivery of highly personalized, highly targeted and highly relevant promotions as a key driver to advocacy, loyalty, retention and most importantly, bottom line growth," said Liz Miller, Vice President of Programs and Operations for the CMO Council. "What is impressive about this latest InfoPrint pilot program is that it serves as another important benchmark proving the power of personalization. As marketers look to implement programs that realize revenue from dormant or inactive customers while also activating loyalty from existing customers, leveraging color-rich, personalized and relevant vehicles that can cut through the clutter and move customers to action is a must-investigate tool."
About CSG Systems
Headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, CSG Systems International (NASDAQ: CSGS) is a customer interaction management company that provides software- and services-based solutions that help clients engage and transact with their customers. With a 25-year heritage in providing customer management and billing solutions to North American cable and direct broadcast satellite companies, CSG has broadened its customer interaction management capabilities to proudly serve this client base as well as new, highly competitive industries including financial services, healthcare, utilities and more. Today, CSG's solutions reach more than half of all U.S. households each month and manage over $36 billion in transactions annually on its clients' behalf. For more information, visit our website at www.csgsystems.com.
About InfoPrint Solutions Company
InfoPrint Solutions Company, headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, is a joint venture between IBM and Ricoh built on IBM’s nearly 50 years in the production print space and Ricoh’s excellence in technology innovation. Together, the two companies are bringing to market a portfolio that includes solutions for production printing for enterprises and commercial printers, as well as office workgroup environments and industrial segments.
Operating in 36 countries worldwide, InfoPrint holds more than 200 technology patents in the printing and output related industry including the invention of the Advanced Function Presentation (AFP) Architecture, which is a de-facto industry standard for production printing environments. In 2010, InfoPrint will become a fully owned subsidiary of The Ricoh Company, joining an extensive portfolio of innovative technology brands in the Ricoh family. Ricoh Company Ltd., is 72-year-old leading supplier of office automation equipment and electronics, with fiscal year 2007 sales in excess of $22 billion, a 7.3 percent increase over the previous year. Please visit www.infoprint.com for more information.Media and Industry Analyst Contact
1. The CSG TransPromo results were obtained through a pilot project conducted for a U.S. cable operator by InfoPrint Solutions Company, working with the CMO Council, and are reused with their permission.