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Ingredients in a CRM campaign – A Starbucks Case Study

I am a Gold Card carrying Starbucks customer and I consume a significant amount of Starbuck’s coffee. As a marketer, I have a lot of respect for Starbucks marketing acumen, as I hope you will see in this case study.

Starbucks knows my birthdate, because they asked me for it. They also know my mailing address; more on that in a moment.

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Since Starbucks knows when I have a birthday, they can now do something by gleaning some insight from that data. People like to celebrate their birthdays, at least most people do. Celebrating usually involves some form of acknowledgement or affirmation, and typically a gift is given to commemorate the event.

First, Starbucks sends a marketing email that announces a post card will be coming soon. The post is redeemable for a free drink of my choice. I always look forward to this. The email tells me I can brag about my birthday when I redeem my postcard. They also offer some suggestions for sharing this event with my social network.

Starbucks Integrated Marketing Case Study; Effective Starbucks Marketing Campaign image sbux bday postcard combined imageEven though Starbucks has my information, they take advantage of this opportunity to update my record. They ask me to confirm my address so they can send me my redeemable postcard. Since personal data changes, updating records annually is a smart way to keep a marketing database efficient.

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Here is the email I received.

True to email best practices, there is a killer subject line that grabs my attention; it contains two powerful elements. First, there is an upcoming birthday acknowledgment. Second, an offer for a free drink.

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