To make this bold and brave transition, Aviva partnered with Merkle to shift its marketing approach, moving away from traditional product-led marketing strategies to customer-centric communications. This approach, with a focus on digital channels, was aimed at increasing customer acquisition and value through personalisation - ensuring it was meeting the specific needs of each customer.
Aviva chose the Adobe Marketing Cloud to enable this new strategy and, with support from Merkle, it set about implementing Adobe Audience Manager, Adobe Campaign, Adobe Analytics and Adobe Target, with Adobe Experience Manager rolling out through 2017/18.
By linking these technologies together information, insights and audiences could be shared and, for the first time, anonymous online data brought together with rich CRM data to drive personalisation.
It wasn’t enough to simply implement the tech, Aviva needed to take a leap of faith and re-structure their entire way of working.
So, with Merkle’s help, Aviva took the bold move to completely reorganise a strong marketing department into multi-functional teams, making it a truly agile environment.
The teams, with each one comprising an array of skillsets, were redesigned to lead from customer insight, whilst still organised around business priorities. Merkle sits amongst these teams on a daily basis, providing a full agile team to ensure success of the new approach.
Using the data, technology and organisational approach change, Aviva has determined not what product to sell, but what is right for the customer.
There is still more to learn and do, but Aviva is building a team and a business with a vision to rebuild trust, reduce complexity and put their customers in control ... and they now have the means to achieve it.