bigWebApps: Love Your Help Desk
bigWebApps is a leading provider of help desk and customer support Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions. Its flagship product, bigWebApps HelpDesk, has been adopted by more than 400 organizations, representing more than 100,000 users, in nine countries and 43 states.
Loved by the K-12 and higher education markets for years, bigWebApps strived to target network integrators and IT consultants as the company’s product offerings expanded with the launch of bigWebApps Fleet System and bigWebApps Warehouse Management in 2008.
With the expansion of new products and verticals, bigWebApps partnered with Arketi Group to architect and execute an integrated communications strategy with the following campaign goals:
- Elevate the brand to better compete in existing markets and break into new markets.
- Create a thought leadership platform that drives prospects and media interest.
- Provide a consistent stream of leads for the sales team to cultivate.
HOW WE DID IT
We began the integrated communications campaign by conducting an Unearth Session with bigWebApps’ executive team. As the first step of our process, the session helped Arketi to better understand bigWebApps’ business objectives, differentiation and marketing opportunities. After the Unearth Session, we developed an Integrated Marketing Communications Plan that provided strategic and program recommendations for each of the three core marketing objectives.
To elevate the brand, we began with developing a “go to market” message that resonated with K-12 education end-users, network integrators and IT consultants. Playing off their approachable personality and 95 percent client retention rate, we crafted bigWebApps’ new “friendly” message and birthed the new “Love Your Help Desk” tagline.
To reinforce the new friendly messaging concept, we redesigned and re-architected the bigWebApps website and developed an eye-catching corporate brochure, “first strike” PowerPoint and case study template, which provided the bigWebApps sales team with the tools needed to sell.
After building a consistent message and brand, we executed an ongoing public relations program to establish bigWebApps as a thought leader in the SaaS help desk solution space. Public relations activities included the creation and release of case studies, bylined articles and podcasts. Additionally, we worked aggressively to secure media appointments at each bigWebApps tradeshow.
To provide a consistent stream of leads, we developed quarterly eNewsletters and launched a pay-per-click (PPC) campaign to complement the website’s organic search. Recognizing that the website was bigWebApps’ largest lead generator, we continually evaluated the bigWebApps website to stream navigation and provide captivating call-to-actions.
THE RESULTS WE ACHIEVED
The integrated communications campaign for bigWebApps well exceeded its objectives in brand awareness, thought leadership and lead generation. The “friendly” message clearly resonated with target audiences – website traffic grew 355 percent in the year following the new message launch, and leads increased 300 percent.
The majority of qualified leads were from bigWebApps’ new verticals—network integrators and IT consultants—surpassing the company’s well established education presence.
bigWebApps had also seen an increase in media traction with placements we secured in Atlanta Business Chronicle, Computer Technology Review and eSchool News. During the first 12 months, we generated 11 positive stories and 15 tradeshow media appointments, which helped secure thought leadership in the education and technology/SaaS verticals.
“Before engaging Arketi, we were never able to successfully implement a consistent marketing message. Arketi has not only given us an image and helped show our personality, but they have been very professional in putting together a marketing plan focused on lead generation.”
Patrick Clements, CEO of bigWebApps