Hershey Foods Success Story
Hershey Foods Corporation
Hershey Foods Corporation
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Company Overview: Hershey Foods, known throughout the world for their chocolate products, was founded by Milton Hershey in 1894. Now a market leader in the US candy business, with annual sales of $4,221.0 million in 2000, Hershey distributes to over 2 million retail outlets in North America and exports to over 90 countries.
Hershey’s makes well-known brands as Hershey’s Kisses, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Pay Day, Whoppers, and Jolly Rancher, York Peppermint Patties, Almond Joy and Mounds. Hershey Foods chocolate-related grocery products include baking chocolate, ice cream toppings, chocolate syrup, cocoa mix, and peanut butter.
Before EchoMail: Hershey’s e-Commerce goal is to become the North American leader in selling and branding confectionery on the Internet. Hershey’s e-Commerce team, in conjunction with sales and marketing identified opportunities to sustain its leadership position in the confectionery market through the proactive management of emerging e-Commerce, consumer-relationship and business-partnership opportunities afforded via the Internet. However, first, they needed to determine what would drive sales and activity on the web site. What would their customers want from a Hershey’s web offering?
The EchoMail Deployment: Hershey’s, working with EchoMail launched a web site for a Halloween Sweepstakes Giveaway at Trickortreats.com. Its purpose was to determine via a web survey if Hershey’s customers were interested in establishing a dialog or were only interested in the sweepstakes. Approximately four weeks from initial concept, trickortreats.com launched in Mid-September.
After EchoMail: For six weeks, EchoMail hosted the contest with a corresponding survey designed by the EchoMail creative team for Trickortreats.com. During the contest, more than 15,000 people signed up, with 81.8% of the contestants completing the survey. Over 95% of the contestants were over the age of 13. Nearly two thirds of the contestants chose to opt-in for more information about Hershey’s and over 50% sent an Email about the contest to a friend.
At the end of the contest on October 31, EchoMail utilized a random selection engine to determine the 10 contest winners. To announce the winners, EchoMail executed a direct marketing campaign. The campaign results were a low bounce back rate of (3%), an unsubscribe rate of (0.6%) and a 12% click through rate to the Hersheys.com web site.
Types of Services Provided:
- Survey form generation
- Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPA) Compliance
- Sweepstakes Random Winner Selection Engine