Director, Customer Relationship Management
Shooting well below par
Golfsmith sees 60 percent improvement in direct-mail response, cuts data-merging costs 50 percent
Golfsmith is one of the largest golf specialty retailers in the US, with 75 retail stores and a large Web and catalog following. The company chose SAS® Analytics to better understand its customers across all sales channels, segment customers and increase mailing response rates. The results have been dramatic. The company increased direct mail response rates 10 to 60 percent, decreased data merging costs by 50 percent and shaved 70 percent off the time it takes to prepare campaign results.
I can pretty much do anything with SAS. It's a great investment.
- The company wanted to improve the response rate of marketing efforts, reduce costs and develop a stronger relationship with customers.
- Prior to using SAS, Golfsmith hired a third party to manage customer databases. The process was slow. "The lack of timely results prevents us from applying the learning to quickly impact the next campaign," explains Mu Hu, Golfsmith's Director of Customer Relationship Management. For instance, it took two to three months to identify campaign conversion matches.
- Hu says SAS is quick, fast, flexible and versatile. "It is a very powerful tool. I can pretty much do anything with SAS. It's a great investment." Hu adds. Senior managers, like Matt Corey, senior vice president of marketing, were a big proponent of the solution.
- Campaign results are available within a month vs. two to three months using the third-party vendor. "Every month we learn from the past month so we can make quick decisions," Hu says. Campaign results are now available in near real time.
- Data merging costs have dropped by 50 percent.
- Response rates have increased (depending on campaign) 10 to 60 percent.
Developing a better relationship with the customer
- With SAS, Golfsmith knows which customers are active or inactive, motivated by sales or by new offerings. It can develop targeted campaigns to meet each segment's needs.
- It is identifying customer patterns in shopping online, through the catalogs and at stores, which helps target marketing campaigns.
- The company learns from each campaign, applying the results to future campaigns.
Golfsmith wanted to segment customers to increase the effectiveness of marketing campaigns.
The company increased response rates 10 to 60%, decreased data merging costs by 50% and shaved 70% off the time it takes to prepare reports.