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1 Transactional Services in the UK: effective or Just Efficient? Norman Mellor e-citizen National Project Programme Director 15th Feb 2005

2 An ODPM-funded National Project led by Norwich City Council working with and providing information to local authorities. Investigating: How to promote the access of council services via e-channels to local citizens with the aim of Improving e-channel take-up. The key questions are: E-channels and services (what to promote) Citizen segmentation (who to promote to) Marketing Communications (how to promote) Measuring take-up (how to measure the success of the promotion) Project Overview

3 The starting point: Ask citizens - How they communicate with their local authority Are they aware of e-channels Website, , SMS Messaging, DigiTV Are they prepared to use e-channels What services do they want to access What are the benefits to them of using e-channels What marketing communication techniques will they respond to Market Research

4 The starting point: Ask Local Authorities - What Services do they currently offer via e-channels? What targeted marketing campaigns have they carried out? What take-up measurements do they use and how useful are they? What market research have they carried out to inform any of the above? Market Research

5 Market Research overview Literature Review/ best practice Omnibus Resident segmentation LA web Marketing/metrics best practice Target groups for e-channels/ services Metrics to measure take up Marketing campaign messages Intermediary Depths Interim findings for local authorities Info for Proof of Concepts

6 Topline Results For Local Authorities The two most common channels which councils use / provide are websites and call centres Information about most key services is provided online Marketing communications Most websites and call centres are marketed at the whole of the general public Marketing of e-channels is predominantly undertaken through traditional media – council newsletters (69%), local press (66%) and letterheads (61%) Half market services over their website Only 45% of councils encourage front-line staff to direct the public to their e-channels Research Results

7 Topline Results For Citizens High percentage of people with access to e-channels - websites, SMS messaging, DigiTV Over 2 in 5 of the population are willing to use these channels to access Council information / services Awareness of Council e-channels is fairly low However Specific segments of the population are more amenable to using e- channels e.g. Under 35 year olds, Male from ABC1 socio-economic group (A) 35 to 54 year olds, Female from C2DE socio-economic group (B) Segments have different interests e.g. (A) are interested in on-line payment facilities (B) are interested in Education and Environmental Service issues Research Results

8 Key Message An effective Marketing Strategy is built on - Understanding the customer and their wants / needs (Market Research) Where different customer segments and interests exist, targeted marketing and promotion needs to be undertaken. What have we done ? Proof of Concepts to test the research findings - Identified a number of customer segments most amenable to using e-channels Identified their transactions or services of interest Developed targeted marketing campaigns x 13 Use of the Results

9 Proof of Concept Campaign - A campaign covering electronic benefit calculator via the Council website aimed at C2DE socio economic groups within the under 35 age group. Media - Billboards, bus headliners, bus rears, pub beermats, pub washroom panels, local press, household distribution, leaflets, personalised direct mail, local radio, roller banner (for council office), targeted .

10 Proof of Concept Campaign A campaign covering reporting of abandoned vehicles to the Council via SMS texting aimed at females, in the ABC1 socio economic groups within the under 35 age group. Media Bus rears, pub beermats, local press, household distribution, leaflets, personalised direct mail, theatre newsletter ad, targeted e- mail.

11 Proof of Concept Campaign A campaign covering health and welfare information (including sexual health: drugs, substance and alcohol abuse: well being) via the Council young persons website aimed at all socio-economic, ethnic and religious groups within the 13 to 19 year old age range. Media School billboards, telephone kiosks, bus headliners, household distribution, roller banners, packs for school (including posters, T- shirts, business cards and bag to hold everything), local radio, targeted .

12 Evaluate the Proof of Concepts Market Research on the creative materials used Attitude / awareness of the target customer segment Any measurement of increased take up Post Proof of Concepts Develop products and deliverables Guide on how Market Research and MarComms can inform a Marketing Strategy i.e. increase / raise awareness Increase take up Develop targeted marketing campaigns Completing late Spring 2005 Next Steps

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