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5 min read • Jan 12, 2021
This year, BE-terna and Infobip have formally announced a strategic
partnership focused on optimising customer experience for customers using the
Dynamics 365 and Infobip platform. If you’re asking yourself, “Who are
Infobip?”, then here is the story of the largest company many people have never
heard of, but that everyone has used at least once.
The Infobip story
started like an American cliché or a classic ‘underdog story’. The company now
has more than 60 offices around the world, with over €600 million in revenue
(2019), but was created in a small garage in the town of Vodnjan (popn. 6000) in
You may be
surprised that you have never heard of a company that two-thirds of the world’s
population use every day, but don’t worry, you are not the only one.
In August 2020,
Infobip became Europe’s
newest unicorn (a company valued at more than 1 billion dollars that is not
listed on a stock exchange), with over 170 million euros raised in their first
private equity round from the New York-based One Equity Partners (OEP). The
funding will help them to pursue strategic acquisitions in North America. Their
goal for the next 2 years is to take the company public on the New York Stock
Exchange, where IT-based companies usually obtain higher valuations. Even
without external capital, Infobip has still managed to become the third
fastest-growing company (by years from foundation to 100m revenue) in the B2B
SaaS sector, behind Salesforce and Workday.
portfolio speaks for itself, featuring the biggest names in social media and
cloud platforms (including Facebook, Snapchat, LinkedIn), banking and finance
(HSBC, Raiffeisen Bank, Unicredit), retail and e-commerce (Costco, Burger King,
LG, Decathlon), and travel and transport companies such as Uber and AirAsia.
So, what do they
really do? The company offers a single platform that includes omni-channel
engagement, identity, user authentication security, and contact centre
solutions which connect client systems such as Microsoft, with communication channels like WhatsApp Business, SMS,
Voice, Email, Mobile App Messaging, Viber Business, Live chat, Facebook
messenger, RCS and others.
communication platform enables businesses to build connected customer
experiences across all stages of the customer journey at scale, with simple and
contextualised interactions via customers’ preferred channels. This powerful
solution helps clients and partners to overcome the complexity of customer communications,
to grow their business, and to increase customer loyalty, all in a fast, secure
and reliable way.
A few years ago, personalisation meant using a
name and surname in a generic email where the open rate was usually lower than 22 %, but today personalisation also includes using the right channel together
with the right content at the right time, and where you can be the most
successful (for example, the open rate for SMS is 90 - 98%).
Companies are no
longer able to dictate exactly where and when they communicate with their
customers or clients, as users are now able to choose how they want to receive
information, and the opposite also applies – customers also want to reach
companies on preferred channels where they know they can get help and answers
immediately (Infobip also provides AI chatbots for this).
If you think about
it, we have also faced this problem as individuals for the last few years. Some
of our friends use Whatsapp, others only Facebook Messenger, while others only
have Viber, so most of us already have to have multiple communication channels
just to maintain contact with our family and friends.
The same applies in business. If a customer doesn’t
open your emails, but they spend every evening on Whatsapp – why not to reach out
to them with a personalised “only today” offer, or with birthday wishes that
include a discounted offer on their special day.
crisis has accelerated the need for businesses to communicate with customers
digitally – and this is where Infobip can help them to keep up with new
business challenges and with new and rapidly changing customer preferences.
that know how to use all available communication channels, while defining and
implementing customer segmentations, will be able to succeed in a fast changing
and crowded digital world. It should also not be forgotten that communication
is not just one way, and that having a fast, 24/7 customer support available on
the communication channels where users feel most comfortable will be an
important factor in building customer satisfaction and improving retention
have common issues with regards to achieving not just seamless marketing
campaigns or customer support, but also the whole customer service experience.
As a result of
there being so many different data sources and platforms available, it is easy
to lose control of our client communications – both what we communicate to
them, and worse still, what they communicate to us. So, how can you set up the
best customer engagement strategy that actually works?
things that are great on their own become enhanced when paired together (this
is known as synergy), and the same can be said for Microsoft Dynamics 365 and
Infobip’s omnichannel platform.
Infobip have established a collaboration agreement that augments BE-terna’s
Dynamics 365 Solution with the power of Infobip’s Moments and Conversation
infrastructure to enable a fully-controlled and smart omnichannel.
If you would like to
find out how we can help you to improve your business with Microsoft technology
and Infobip solutions, feel free to contact us here.
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