Published on 18-Sep-2013
"With the Customer Intelligence Appliance and PureData System for Analytics platform, Luxottica is a learning organization, connecting to customer data across multiple channels and improving marketing initiatives from campaign to campaign." - Ted Westerheide, chief architect, Aginity LLC
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Based in Mason, Ohio, Luxottica Retail North America (Luxottica) is a wholly owned retail arm of Milan-based Luxottica Group S.p.A, the world’s largest designer, manufacturer, distributer and seller of luxury and sports eyewear.
Luxottica needed to analyze historical data pertaining to more than 100 million customers to increase marketing effectiveness.
The company deployed advanced analytics technology from IBM Business Partner Aginity LLC, built on an IBM® PureData™ System for Analytics appliance, to create a 360-degree view of customers.
By identifying the highest-value customers and creating individualized marketing campaigns, Luxottica anticipates a 10 percent boost in marketing effectiveness.
Based in Mason, Ohio, Luxottica Retail North America (Luxottica) is a wholly owned retail arm of Milan-based Luxottica Group S.p.A, the world’s largest designer, manufacturer, distributer and seller of luxury and sports eyewear. Employing more than 65,000 people worldwide, the company reported net sales of EUR6.2 billion in 2011.
Disconnected customer data
Nearly 100 million customers purchase eight house brands from Luxottica through the company’s numerous websites and retail chain stores. The data captured from those interactions constitutes a massive trove of potential product, marketing, sales and customer intelligence.
Luxottica, however, outsourced both data storage and promotional campaign development and management, leading to a disconnect between data analytics and marketing execution. The outsource model hampered access to current, actionable data, limiting its marketing value and the analytic value of the IBM PureData System for Analytics appliance that Luxottica used for a small segment of its business.
Luxottica’s competitive posture and strategic growth initiatives were compromised for lack of an individualized view of its customers and an inability to act decisively and consistently on the different types of information generated by each retail channel. Luxottica needed to be able to exploit all data regardless of source or which internal or external application it resided on. Likewise, the company’s marketing team wanted more control over promotional campaigns, including the capacity to gauge campaign effectiveness.
To integrate all data from its multiple internal and external application sources and gain visibility into its customers, Luxottica deployed the Customer Intelligence Appliance (CIA) from IBM Business Partner Aginity LLC.
CIA is an integrated set of adaptable software, hardware and embedded analytics built on the IBM PureData System for Analytics solution. The combined technologies help Luxottica highly segment customer behavior and provide a platform and smart database for marketing execution systems, such as campaign management, e-mail services and other forms of direct marketing.
The IBM and Aginity platform provides Luxottica with unprecedented visibility into a class of customer that is of particular interest to the company: the omni-channel customer. This customer purchases merchandise both online and in-store and tends to shop and spend more than web-only or in-store customers.
“We’ve equipped their team with tools to gain a 360-degree view of their most profitable sales channel, the omni-channel customers, and individualize the way they market to them,” says Ted Westerheide, chief architect for Aginity. “With the Customer Intelligence Appliance and PureData System for Analytics platform, Luxottica is a learning organization, connecting to customer data across multiple channels and improving marketing initiatives from campaign to campaign.”
· Anticipates a 10 percent improvement in marketing effectiveness
· Identifies the highest-value customers out of nearly 100 million
· Targets individual customers based on unique preferences and histories
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