InfoPrint TransPromo Pilot Boosts Customer Loyalty at Best Western
BOULDER, CO—December 8, 2008—InfoPrint Solutions Co., a joint venture between IBM and Ricoh, today announced that Best Western International, the World’s Largest Hotel Chain®, has successfully grown awareness for its own branded credit card, and increased revenues through incremental bookings via implementation of a TransPromo pilot. The scheme replaced inserts previously included with the program statement, with personalized and targeted promotions on quarterly rewards statements, sent to a segment of Best Western Gold Crown Club International rewards card customers in North America. The program was executed as part of the Routes to Revenue research initiative released by the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Council, highlighting key opportunities for companies looking to drive growth and customer engagement through highly personalized, relevant and measurable campaigns.
The eight week pilot aimed to promote the Best Western branded MasterCard among rewards cards members, as well as encourage guests to upgrade their membership level through increased hotel usage. It was carried out with a group of 100,000 guests; 50,000 of these guests became the control group and the other 50,000 received TransPromo communications. The primary marketing campaign highlighted Best Western’s fall promotion, titled ‘More Rewards, Faster.’ The scheme encouraged hotel guests to stay during a set time period to earn double points or miles, which could be used on free nights, airline miles, gas cards and more. This promotion in turn increased the number of customer stays and customer spend.
Applications for the Best Western credit card among the guests receiving the TransPromo statement were boosted by 500 percent and 15 percent more of these guests registered for the “More Rewards, Faster” scheme than those in the control group. More than one third (39 percent) of that group then went on to stay in a Best Western location after signing up for the promotion, stayed a longer duration than the control group, and generated 30 percent more in incremental revenue during their stay.