November 28, 2011
The Awards Arrive!Outsell has been honored this year with two prestigious awards, the first being a spot on the Inc. 5000 List, and then winning the platinum Summit Marketing Effectiveness Award for our Mobile Service Club, an important feature of our extensive campaign catalog. The Inc. 5000 Award is represented by our Senior Leadership Team, including CEO and Founder, Mike Wethington. The Summit Marketing Effectiveness Award is represented by the team responsible for our Mobile Service Club offer, including Corporate Vice Present, Steve Farr.
Thank you to everyone at Outsell for making this such a successful year!
October 18, 2011
Outsell Wins Marketing Effectiveness Award, Is Recognized By Inc’s Fast 500|5000
Minneapolis, MN, October 18, 2011 – www.outsell.com – Outsell today announced a strong financial performance in Q3, 2011, with year-to-date revenues up 55% over 2010. Outsell also won a Platinum Summit Marketing Effectiveness Award for the “Mobile Service Club” Campaign, as well as being recognized on the Inc. 500|5000 list as one of the fastest growing private companies in America in 2011.
“Winning a Summit Marketing Effectiveness Award and being named an Inc. 500|5000 company in the same quarter is a major distinction for Outsell. It demonstrates that our Digital Engagement Platform is unique, and is bringing a substantial value to our clients,” said Outsell CEO Mike Wethington. “We’re weeks away from releasing version 3.0 of the platform that really takes it to the next level. It’s going to be the simplest, most intuitive way for automotive brands and their dealerships to interact with consumers across the spectrum of digital channels.”
In major highlights for Q3, 2011:
— Outsell won a 2011 Summit Marketing Effectiveness Award. Outsell’s “Mobile Service Club” campaign won a Platinum Award beating out over 600 other entries in its category. The awards competition included entries from the US, UK, Australia, Canada, Croatia, Japan, New Zealand, Ireland, Singapore and the Netherlands. The Mobile Service Club is a unique campaign within the Outsell Digital Engagement Platform that uses monthly SMS text to send service offers to customers. Once a consumer opts in to the dealer’s mobile service club, they receive one text message interaction per month and can choose which offer they prefer- two way interactions between the consumer and the dealer follows the Digital Engagement Platform’s philosophy that one size does not fit everyone. After they select their offer, the customer can bring their phone into the dealership to redeem their coupon.
— Outsell was recognized by Inc. Magazine’s “Fast 500|5000” in 2011 as one of the fastest growing companies in America, as well as one of the 50 fastest growing companies in Minneapolis. Inc. Magazine’s annual 500|5000 is an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a comprehensive look at America’s independent entrepreneurs.
— Outsell’s Campaign Operations sent over 31.4 million messages to automotive consumers in the Q3 of 2011, while the Outsell Live Chat service engaged over 45 thousand unique customers and continued to maintain a lead capture rate in excess of 50%. Outsell also executed SMS campaigns to over 17 thousand consumers for a select group of client dealers, and generated over 9 thousand interactions with opt-in SMS subscribers.
— In early July, Outsell launched a Model Year Wrap Up QR Code Campaign for Chevrolet, involving the creation of 226 unique dealer mobile microsites that engaged, informed, and entertained dealer customers while they were on the lot. Mobile savvy customers could scan the codes to see special offers, watch a video, read about model info, share content on social networks, and submit questions to the dealer after hours.
About Outsell LLC
Outsell (www.outsell.com) is a digital marketing software and services company that is transforming the way that brands engage with consumers. The Outsell Digital Engagement Platform offers clients the ability to consistently engage with consumers across distributed sales networks from the national to local level. The intuitive, easy to use platform leverages advanced and actionable analytics to optimize communications with intelligent campaigns across all channels. Working with leading organizations like ADP, Omnicom and Saatchi & Saatchi, Outsell’s platform has created the fastest path to drive measurable incremental sales for dealers from leading automotive brands.
September 13, 2011
Congratulations Outsell!Outsell has won the 2011 Summit Marketing Effectiveness Award for the Outsell Mobile Service Club. This platinum award from Summit International Awards was earned competing against over 600 other entries in the business to business (B2B) category, including entries from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Croatia, Japan, New Zealand, Ireland, Singapore and the Netherlands.
“The Summit Marketing Effectiveness Award (Summit MEA) allows advertising companies to demonstrate their ability to influence consumer’s knowledge, attitudes and beliefs. The business of advertising is about creatively and effectively executing an advertiser’s goals, and the Summit MEA gives successful firms an opportunity to highlight their effectiveness.”The Outsell Mobile Service Club is part of our tested catalog of effective marketing campaigns within the Outsell Digital Marketing Platform. You can learn more about this offering here.
June 24, 2011
The first Outsell Product Day was held yesterday starting at 2pm and concluding with presentations around 4:30pm for announcements and celebration of June birthdays. Happy Hour followed with food and drinks, and a Wii gaming system was setup in the Lounge.
The purpose of Product Day was to inform all associates about everything they needed to know about Outsell products across departments, given in the form of presentations split up throughout the day. There were presentations on Live Chat, Email Campaigns, an Overview and look at the Reporting aspects of the Outsell Digital Engagement Platform, a tour of the Innovation Lab where our Development team works, a look at our Mobile Service Club option for dealers and use of QR Codes, and a station to cover our competitive market and industry trends.
Associates earned one raffle ticket for each presentation they attended. The winner of the final drawing for a gift card to Target was Corbett Ortmann in Campaign Operations.
It was especially exciting to see our Live Chat Specialists attending the presentations, as their schedules to fit our 24/7 service can make it difficult to participate in some company-wide functions. We were happy to provide different timeslots of the presentations to make sure as many associates as possible were able to attend.
Example Presentation Slide from Live Chat:
Thank you again to all participants and presenters! We look forward to our next Product Day and how we can improve the experience!
April 28, 2011
Outsell Announces Strong Results & New Platform Functionality
Minneapolis, MN, April 28, 2011 – www.outsell.com – Outsell, one of the leading digital marketing software and services providers, announced today impressive revenue results and new initiatives targeted at continued rapid growth. Outsell revenues for Q1 2011 was up 63% over Q1 2010.
“Outsell’s SaaS Marketing Platform is proving to be a disruptive innovation in the digital marketing space,” said Outsell CEO Mike Wethington. “We’ve managed to create a highly effective, easy to use solution that provides personalized, interlinked messaging across all the digital channels, while keeping installation and usage costs low. We are continuing to invest heavily into resources for the future growth of the platform.”
In major highlights for Q1, 2011:
— Outsell continued to roll out customized, white-labeled versions of the Digital Engagement Platform to dealers from 3 of the major manufacturers operating in the US. Currently the Outsell Platform is only available via exclusive agreement with select manufacturers and advertising agencies. More information is available here.
— Outsell released additional functionality within the Digital Engagement Platform, including a Mobile QR code campaign that allows users to scan imprinted QR codes (which are generally affixed to products or placed within ads) with their smart-phone in order to receive additional information and discounts for a vehicle or product directly to their mobile device. The first campaign using Mobile QR code technology was executed for a new vehicle model launch. Outsell also continued to roll out the Mobile Service Club TM campaign that enables retailers to interact with opt-in users via text message. Notably, Outsell executed a Mobile SMS based campaign for a major manufacturer for the Chicago Auto Show.
— Outsell’s Campaign Operations sent 30.5 million messages to automotive consumers in the first quarter of 2011, communicating with over 10 million American consumers every month. The Outsell Live Chat service handled over 60 thousand consumer chats in the same period, consistently maintaining a lead capture rate in excess of 50%.
— Outsell hired Susan Sperl as the Vice President of Operations. Susan has a depth of experience in directing product and service development, product management, P&L and process optimization of customer services for SaaS-based, packaged and custom informatics solutions and products. She is responsible for Outsell’s strategic account management, campaign operations, dealer services, Live Chat and program management. Prior to Outsell, Susan held senior leadership roles at FICO (formerly Fair Isaac) and Accenture. Click Here to learn more.
About Outsell LLC
Outsell (www.outsell.com)is revolutionizing the way consumers engage with brands. The Outsell Digital Engagement Platform executes intelligent, data-driven digital marketing campaigns that change consumer perceptions, drive measurable sales and deliver more profit per marketing dollar spent
Outsell The Intelligent Marketing Company TM
February 3, 2011
Dealers Join the Mobile Revolution
Customers of participating dealerships have the opportunity to sign up for the club and receive service updates right to their cell phones each month. Dealerships can fully customize the service message that is sent out, giving their customers two offers to benefit from with every message, which might also help to remind them that they need to come in for service anyway.
If a dealership chooses, they can update the information in the text message as often as they want, or allow the program to run on automation from previously selected options. The club allows the dealership to communicate with their customers on a more regular basis, while also tracking those interactions to see how they directly correlate to customers coming in for service.
One option for advertising The Mobile Service Club to customers is through the newsletter and email campaigns dealerships can also utilize through Outsell. Some savvy dealerships have taken their advertising to the next step, including blurbs about The Mobile Service Club on their Facebook Fanpages. Information on how to sign up for the club can also be easily printed out and posted right in the service center.
After signing up for The Mobile Service Club, customers have the option at any time to text back STOP to cease messages or HELP to receive further assistance, reassuring them of direct interaction and care from the dealer.
The idea for The Mobile Service Club came about after recognizing the growing need to engage more automotive customers through mobile, and in the most effective way, starting with service related texts that are more pertinent to customers month to month.
Steve Farr, Corporate Vice President for Outsell, said:
The goal over the next 2-3 years should be to have more mobile responses and interactions with customers than email if dealerships want to stay in line with where the industry is heading, as well as with what customers are coming to expect.
At Outsell, we are excited to see that a large percentage of the customers who take a look at The Mobile Service Club option or sign up for the service are that much more likely to go into the dealership than they are with the promise of coupons alone.
Are you a part of the mobile revolution? Read more about how smartphones are being integrated more and more into every aspect of the automotive industry here.