By setting up DigiB as an innovation hub outside of the parent company, Brenntag is able to optimise the complex digital processes inherent to an international B2B player and remain competitive. DEPT® helped the company transition from a traditional company to a digitally-minded one seamlessly.
Finding the right platforms
As DEPT®, we came on board to facilitate Brenntag with the design and development of new platforms, Brenntag Source and Brenntag Connect. Brenntag Source is an innovative tool that helps to boost the company’s internal efficiency by ensuring that data can be easily shared across the company’s offices in 72 countries. Each branch operates as a standalone business, so Brenntag Source allows them to retain a local presence within each market and enables Brenntag to use its purchasing power more effectively to reduce spend. It’s a relatively simple innovation, but it illustrates perfectly the incredible potential digital transformation offers.
Brenntag Connect, on the other hand, is a customer-facing platform providing consumers with the option to order products digitally with access to individual documentation, historic purchasing data and other self-service components. And since its launch six months ago, Brenntag Connect has received over 1,800 customer registrations and is due to launch in America and Asia in Q1 2020.
Digital transformation is an evolution, not a race
How we did it
Experience the website
As the world’s largest manufacturer of electrical heating appliances, Glen Dimplex has risen from a small family business to a global leader for domestic appliances and renewable energy solutions. Together, we implemented a centralised design system of lego-like components using Drupal and Acquia Site Factory which enables the company’s 80+ website portfolio to create, update and manage high-quality websites with ease.
Creating new experiences and content at the snap of a finger
As the world’s largest manufacturer of electrical heating appliances, the Irish based company manages and controls a portfolio of over 80 B2B and B2C websites for 20 plus brands across the globe. These include Morphy Richards, Glen Dimplex Electric Heaters, Faber Fires and Walker TVs. Each brand had its own website which varied in style, content and content management system (CMS). This made it difficult to find, manage and govern the websites. Using Drupal and Acquia Site Factory, we developed and delivered a white label set of 3 themes, 10 layouts and 50 components which can be used by each business unit to create and personalise their own microsite. Enabling the brand to quickly craft and deliver meaningful customer experiences across its entire brand portfolio.
A white label set of themes with 50 components used by each business unit
One website to rule them all
Our main challenge was to implement a solution that would work for each of the different brands and future proof the websites as they continued to develop and grow. To kick off this process, we completed a thorough needs assessment. By delving into the website analytics combined with input from the company’s internal digital team and its stakeholders, we discovered that the company’s internal team was struggling to manage and even identify which sites were live. This lack of clarity and governance reflected in the user experience as various platforms offered differing experiences and information.
The solution was to build a single technical framework, a single white-label website composed of multiple themes, layouts and components which could be utilised across Glen Dimplex’s entire brand portfolio, including its e-commerce websites.
Building a foundation that can be easily updated
To make this a reality our development and DevOps team implemented Drupal CMS and Acquia Site Factory. Using the same code base and HTML structure, a single white label product was created which could then be refined, styled and used across different brands and regions. We also enabled the integration with third-party systems such as CommerceTools for the Product Information Management System, MSDynamics for CRM, and BazaarVoice for customer ratings. Meaning, no matter which system or tool a brand was using, they could still use the white label system. Saving them time and additional work.
The fact that the foundation is the same for all websites means that the white label site can be continuously optimised so the websites based on it do not fall out of relevance from a consumer experience point of view. The solution also makes the management and development of websites more efficient and flexible in the future.
With the white-label in place, we started by relaunching the Faber Fire website. This was quickly followed by the implementation of an e-commerce site for the iconic ‘Roberts Radio’ brand. After building a global “.com” platform on Acquia Cloud Site Factory, we were able to refine and deploy a country template per region, which included localised delivery details, pricing and taxing.
Taking it up a notch
Once the white-label system was up and running, we weren’t going to stop there. We implemented features to quickly digitise the company while greatly improving the user experience. For example, we enabled web chat options via bots which guide users through the process of selecting the right product for them based on their answers to a questionnaire. We also integrated a marketing CRM application within the white-label website to enable personalised engagement messages and to ensure that the business is compliant with GDPR. These small features can quickly accelerate Glen Dimplex’s digital presence.
Improving the user experience across 80 brands
Our team was able to lay the foundations to transform and bring unity to 80 different websites by centralising them onto a custom build Drupal platform. The templates allow the company’s digital team to compose different layouts for each site. Different themes can be uploaded and settings changed to dramatically alter the look and feel of the websites while still sharing common underlying HTML and coding structure. By creating and implementing a website design framework, Glen Dimplex has simplified and accelerated how it creates and rolls out digital assets and experiences while ensuring content governance remains consistent across its entire brand portfolio.
Sales Operations Specialist
OMRON Corporation is a world leader in technology designed to solve social issues and improve lives. With global revenue of over $8 billion and 36,000 employees worldwide, OMRON supports a range of industries with advanced technologies and innovative solutions, ranging from automation and electronic components to social infrastructure systems, healthcare, and environmental solutions.
OMRON Automation Americas identified a need to modernize its approach to digital marketing, with a new website being central to its future plans. DEPT® teamed up with OMRON to design and build a brand-new, fully responsive site using an enterprise-grade customer experience platform.
Design & UX discovery
To kick off the project, DEPT® ran a series of discovery workshops at OMRON’s U.S. headquarters in Chicago. The purpose was to get a better understanding of the current user experience and to identify any particular pain points.
The workshops explored OMRON’s business model to help us understand the overall objectives and the ideal ways to measure success. We also discussed the current lead generation processes, pinpointed areas where marketing automation could add efficiency, and decided which of the current components and templates we would prioritise for the new site.
During the discovery phase, we unearthed some common issues that were negatively impacting the customer experience. Hotjar analysis also indicated that the information architecture of the site was impeding users from finding the information they were looking for.
The brand was already strong, so there was no need to reinvent it, but we identified the need to increase brand recognition. DEPT®’s aim was to make the brand more visible and strengthen its identity with the introduction of animations, rich media and ambient videos.
Enhancing search to improve conversion
Improving the customer experience
One of the main issues we discovered during our initial analysis of the site was the management of discontinued products on the site. If a user searched for a discontinued product, the results would come up empty. The results page would then direct the searcher to an area that was only visible to logged-in users. In order to acquire a login, the user would need to request an account, but this would only be approved if the user was listed as an official distributor of the product. This was not an ideal customer experience, and it was preventing potential revenue-generating opportunities.
During the design phase, it was decided to keep discontinued products live. This would mean that these products would still show up on the results page when searched for, and there would be no requirement for the searcher to log in. The discontinued product page informs the user that the product is no longer available and suggests suitable alternative products.
Strategy for success
.NET Development Lead
Wavin is a global market leader in water management and drainage systems. In late 2017, they turned to DEPT® to help launch their latest product, Tapwater, in Norway.
Enhancing digital acquisition
The project was highly complex; Wavin operates in a saturated market and its new product was already offered by its main competitors.
The market structure in this industry is tiered, comprising of two mains segments: the wholesalers and the installers. The decision makers are the large buying groups and wholesalers, who have product teams deciding on which products to carry in their portfolio of offerings. The influencers are smaller plumbers who buy their supplies from wholesale buying groups. The challenge was to get both the wholesalers and the installers to switch to Wavin from its main competitors.
Marketing pull and push had to be created – a pull from the influencers’ side, and a push from the decision makers. It was DEPT®’s task to find a way to do so. The goal of the launch was to strengthen Wavin’s position as one-stop-shop versus its key competitors, and to create sales for the new product.
A campaign framework tailored to audience needs
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