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Case study: Virgin Holidays

In this section learners analyse a case study of how Virgin Holidays reinvented their customer journey.

Let’s look at an example of how Virgin Media reinvented each step of their customer journey to maximise their profits.

To move away from competing just on price, Virgin analysed the booking cycle over 3 years. Analysing thousands of touchpoints, across multiple channels, they discovered three key mood states to target:

1) The dreaming state: Holiday research; seeking that holiday high.
2) The anticipation state: Pre-travel anxiety and excitement; managing the holiday high.
3) The reminiscing state: The returning home holiday blues; keeping the holiday high.

A series of mood focussed communications were created including a set of emails triggered on behaviour.

Changing the mindset to serve customers’ emotional needs not only hugely enhanced the customer experience but impacted on profits, with a 58% increase in email revenue and a 10% jump in loyalty scores.

Let’s now summarise this using the planning framework:

Group / Stage Research phase Pre-holiday phase Post-holiday phase
Descriptive name The dreaming state The anticipation state The reminiscing state
Objective Make research fun Create and keep the holiday anticipation Use the holiday high to generate a 2nd booking
Tactics Games and activity rewards Share function, holiday countdown content, personalised itineraries, airport guides Miss you already postcards, personalised mugs, personalised next, destination ideas
Activity Campaign emails Trigger emails Direct mail
Success measures Open and click of emails, conversion to booked holiday Open and click of emails, conversion for up and cross sell of holiday extras Conversion of next booking

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