Background

Client Protyre | Partner Purple Agency | Industry Automotive | Key objective Demand driven MOT marketing: The journey from ”Manual” to “Driverless”

The challenge

Protyre are no strangers to the Best use of the Apteco Marketing Suite awards, having been runner up in 2015, when it developed predictive models for tyre wear, enabling timely tread check and replacement due reminders. Since then Protyre has started exploring the possibilities of combining a number of the functions of the Apteco Marketing Suite to increase the operational efficiency of their entire end-to-end business and optimise further the overall customer experience. In motoring speak, switching from “Manual” to “Automatic” and heading towards a “Driverless” model!

Protyre graphic

Protyre is one of the largest providers of MOT testing in the UK, conducting over 100,000 tests a year across over 80 test centres. Previously, the Department of Transport provided visible reminders to stick on vehicle windscreens when the MOT was due. Today the due date is easily forgotten, meaning Protyre customers are often reliant, and grateful for their MOT due reminder.

Following the mantra that “innovation starts with the problem”, Protyre started exploring all aspects of the MOT marketing and delivery process to identify where the problems and risks lay. This identified 4 key steps and processes where using the full end-to-end capability of the Apteco Marketing Suite, could improve and optimise the process and business model enabling more efficient MOT testing service delivery, protecting revenue and creating the opportunity to give even better value to customers.

Protyre Customer Story

The Apteco solution

Due to significant investment in equipment and testing facilities, it was critical that MOT bay utilisation was maximised, and that every MOT bay was earning its keep. This meant building a “demand” driven pricing model and marketing process responsive to each centre’s local market and actual bookings. The Apteco Marketing Suite marketing automation capability was utilised, to vary the customer offer based on the number of bookings and utilisation at each individual MOT test centre “in flight” during an MOT campaign. By doing this Protyre could drive increased bookings at centres with below optimal MOT bay utilisation with higher incentives and increased marketing focus, and reduce the promotional discount at centres with high booking levels, thereby protecting and optimising MOT revenue yield.

Apteco FastStats

Apteco PeopleStage

The core MOT customer marketing journey had evolved into a multi-channel, multi-phase programme that extended over 6 weeks prior to the MOT due date. Every month, vehicle records on the Protyre database were screened against the DVLA database, to append the latest MOT due date, keeper change dates and indicators for scrappage and export. This ensured that vehicle data is kept as up to date as possible a prerequisite for truly optimised response and conversion rates. At every campaign stage, the customer data, is matched to the latest bookings and screened against latest suppressions and opt outs. Again, all in the interests of GDPR compliance.

Designing the original campaign flow was challenging and required the integration of a number of elements and functions into the PeopleStage campaign schema. These included new weekly data feeds for bookings (on and off line), combining “live data” with campaign level persistent variables to route audience journeys, using “Splitting” within PeopleStage rather than manual interventions to drop and re-route records and a complete ruleset to define most appropriate MOT test centre for each customer, de-conflicting nearest, last used, most frequently used and customer movers new addresses.

The results have been stunning. Since using FastStats to refine campaign selections, apply PWE scoring and define the optimal channel mix for each customer, booking conversion rates for the MOT Reminder cell of the campaign have increased from 24% to an average of 58%.

The impact on the business

Successful deployment delivered an immediate dividend - a saving of 4 day’s effort every month, and a robust process without the risks of manual data errors. Once proven, this allowed Protyre to start work on building the logic to support demand based pricing and centre booking utilisation optimisation, something that could not have been contemplated using manual processes.

Increase in MOT bay utilisation

Increase in MOT bay utilisation

MOT bay utilisation has increased year-on-year every month since implementation

Increased conversion rates

Increased conversion rates

The MOT Reminder - rates increased from 24% to 58% and MOT Due - nearly trebled conversion rate from 4.2% to 11.68%

Improved customer experience

Improved customer experience

More timely reminders allowed Protyre to significantly improve customer experience and MOT compliance

4 days additional marketing capacity

4 days additional marketing capacity

Monthly resources and time required to deliver monthly MOT campaigns was reduced and there was 90% reduction in stress levels!

Increased data quality

Increased data quality

Vehicle data is kept as up to date as possible - a pre-requisite for truly optimised response and conversion rates

Synchronising our customer marketing directly with our operational needs, has changed the way we think about what our database and what the Apteco Marketing Suite can do for our business. We have already proved data can deliver happier customers, now we have happier shareholders as well!

Morgan Jamison, head of retail marketing: Protyre

Morgan Jamison, head of retail marketing: Protyre