Midshire Business Systems improve and increase marketing activity with less effort and resource

The Midshire Group of Companies was established 28 years ago, and is one of the largest office technology resellers in the UK. Midshire focuses on market-leading services including business telephone systems, broadband and IT solutions and products. Today, Midshire is now a £32 million turnover group, with over 250 employees in 3 regional offices and over 14,000 installations.

The Benefits

  • Secure and easy-to-use platform
  • Ability to white label marketing material
  • Offers full ‘campaigns-in-a-box’
  • Email and social media scheduling options
  • Instant campaign reporting
  • Boosted lead generation and increased sales

The Challenge

Midshire pride themselves on continually offering the latest technology to their customers and as part of this, they proactively inform customers and prospects about the latest news and product launches. As the customer base grew, it became more and more of a challenge to manage and schedule multiple communication programmes with the combination of legacy systems they had accumulated since 2002. It became apparent that syncing up marketing activities such as nurture campaigns, emailers and social media posts was problematic.

The Midshire marketing team needed to improve the quality and quantity of all campaign activity, whilst reducing the daily workload of the team so they could focus on other marketing avenues. Step one would be to segment the customer base which would allow for improved message consistency of the material distributed. It was also recognised that the customer journey was not as seamless as they would have liked and that this could be improved with greater synchronisation between social media posts and email campaigns.

The Solution

One of the first things that appealed to Midshire about Accelerate was that all the marketing campaigns could be centralised in one easy to use platform. This would instantly remove the issue of combining several different tools and fundamentally streamline the process saving considerable time. Furthermore, the library of high quality collateral enabled Midshire to quickly and easily customise campaign material to make it their own.  With the addition of a full end-to-end Campaign-in-a-Box, including emailers and social media Midshire now has all the tools needed to run full lead nurture campaigns.

Midshire has also enjoyed training from Gamma on Accelerate. From implementation on day one to today Gamma have supported and guided Midshire and provided lots of useful hints and tips to new marketing members as their team grew on how to get the most from Accelerate.

The Results

Midshire’s original goal was to improve the quantity and quality of their campaigns while also reducing the workload on the team both of which they have achieved with Accelerate.  Jamie Callaghan, Marketing Manager at Midshire said “The ease of social media scheduling means we can focus more time on other aspects of our marketing plan. As a result, our marketing activity has increased overall and thus sales have increased.” He continued, “We have a great relationship with Gamma, any queries or issues have been dealt with promptly and without fuss.  We have become a key partner for Gamma and regularly test new products prior to launch. This enables us to always be at the cutting edge of our industry and offer our customers the best value and support moving forward.”