Coles Group this week revealed a major expansion of its investment in Adobe's marketing tech stack. The giant retailer announced it will now use Adobe's Experience Cloud and Real-Time Customer Data Platform to improve personalisation.
It stressed this would be done in a way that protects privacy and security.
According to Sujeet Rana, general manager, customer experience and technology at Coles, “Our data shows us 80 per cent of our customers expect personalisation, it's almost become a hygiene factor for them.”
In fact, said Rana consumers will punish brands that do not offer them personalisation.
“In terms of our email communications, we've seen that comms that are personalised to our customers generate three times as much revenue for us as those that are those that aren't personalised," he said.
Speaking at this week’s Adobe Summit he said, “It's become a really important part of us as a business, making sure that we're using that data and that content on that platform in the right and ethical way to create that consumer trust.”
According to Rana, the interesting trend the company was seeing in both its internal data and external data is that personalisation not only builds that customer loyalty and advocacy but it demonstrates that the brand values are aligned with the customer.
“If you look at Coles’ journey over the last two years which has probably been a bit different to some other organisations, we were really being looked on as an essential service. Over two years Coles has shown it has really been able to step up and to make sure that we've provided those essential services to Australian communities for those periods.”
“That’s really resonated with our customers,” he said quoting Roy Morgan Research suggesting Coles is now seen as Australia’s second most trusted brand.
“A lot of that is because we've been able to use our platforms, both digital and physical, to make sure that we'd be creating a connection with our customers at the time that they needed us.”