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September 5, 2016 | Press Release

Personalised approach increases conversion rates for Eurostar

LONDON, UK –  High-speed rail service, Eurostar, wanted to take its customer-centric approach to the next level by delivering more relevant experiences to individual website visitors. With support from the Monetate platform, Eurostar had three main objectives:

  • Improve the digital customer experience and boost conversion rates

  • Reduce calls to the customer contact centre

  • Increase the number of registrations on the site

Starting initially with optimisation improvements, Eurostar wanted to address feedback that new visitors are unaware of Eurostar’s USPs. An A/B test that included USPs on the homepage resulted in a 6.2 per cent increase in new visitor conversion rates and a 3.7 per cent increase in overall conversion rates. Following this, Eurostar created targeted messaging for registered users to increase the number of registrations on site to help improve their customer insights. This resulted in a 96 per cent increase in registrations.

Eurostar then identified some further opportunities for personalisation, after recognising usability issues and low engagement with the homepage carousel, Eurostar decided to change the carousel to a grid in order to encourage interaction and showcase more content. This resulted in a 15 per cent increase in interaction and paved the way for personalisation in the future.

As a follow-up, Eurostar personalised destination content to match previous searches – for example visitors who had previously searched for travel to Paris, were automatically shown information about Paris upon their next visit. This resulted in a further 18 per cent increase in engagement, reduced bounce rates and provided a much more personalised experience for customers.

Perrine Allain, General Manager of eCommerce at Eurostar, said: “Our customers are no longer just expecting us to engage and satisfy them, they now want us to inspire them too. One-size-fits-all does not work anymore. Customers are expecting us to use the data we collect to enhance their experience in real time and that’s where personalisation comes into play.”

Moving forward, we’ll use the data insights that Monetate gives us, to find opportunity segments and explore ways of shaping content around our customers. Using these insights, we plan to employ ‘always-on’ personalisation to deliver contextually relevant, personalised experiences to our customers.

Mike Harris, VP EMEA at Monetate, said: “Eurostar is a shining example of how a company can very quickly deploy the Monetate platform and experience instant results. Eurostar’s forward-thinking approach has allowed the brand to stay ahead of the curve, when it comes to customer experience and interaction, and we’re pleased to see that by embracing personalisation it has helped to digitally transform the online experience for its customers.”

About Monetate

Monetate, the global leader in personalization software for consumer-facing brands, enables marketers to create experiences with improved relevance for every customer, increasing their engagement and boosting business outcomes.

The Monetate Intelligent Personalization Engine makes it easy to test and optimize, segment and target, recommend products, and even create true 1-to-1 experiences. With all this in one solution, marketers have the flexibility to leverage proven approaches to personalize the customer experience across web, email, mobile apps, in-store and other touch points for all aspects of the customers’ experience with your brand.

The most complete, powerful, and easiest solution for optimizing and personalizing your customers’ experiences, Monetate’s platform is:

  • Open, so you can use all of your data wherever it sits, push a decision to any touchpoint, and pull the results back into your data/analytics infrastructure
  • Real-time, to enable interactions based on a customer’s in-session behavioral and event data that get their attention in increasingly narrow buying windows
  • Simple, making  it easy to increase the relevance of offers, creative, and products you put in front of your customers
  • Powered by artificial intelligence, giving you the power to operate at 1-to-1 scale, for real

Founded in 2008, with offices in the U.S. and Europe, Monetate is used by leading brands around the world and influences billions of dollars in revenue every year for QVC, Newegg, Timberland, Carnival, The North Face, and hundreds of other market leaders.

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