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Case Study: Akbank

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Akbank’s core business is banking activities, consisting of corporate investment and private banking, commercial banking, SME banking, consumer banking, payment systems and treasury transactions, and international banking services.

Akbank was reaffirmed as the most valuable banking brand in Turkey for the fifth consecutive year in the international brand valuation company Brand Finance’s survey.

Widely known for anticipating changes in trends and customer dynamics to develop new products and channels for meeting the individual financial needs of clients, Akbank has introduced many innovations to the Turkish banking industry.

Akbank’s Direkt Mobile Application was the winner of its class in the 2014 Global Mobile Awards.

With over 60 years of experience in the industry, Akbank combines heritage, innovation and real care for its customers.

Driving sales and generating a higher return on ad spend

Akbank’s performance marketing team focuses on generating new traffic sources, then converting the traffic into sales in a profitable way. The goal for any of the company’s digital marketing channels is to drive sales and generate a higher return on ad spend. The marketers are constantly digging into the data to increase conversions, proving that they have a positive impact on the bank’s total market share. They are also always optimizing towards decreasing the cost per conversion. Through their deep data analysis they’ve managed to pinpoint the best way to maximize their sales while holding the cost per conversion at the minimum level.

With the release of Audience Builder, the marketers challenged themselves with a new goal: maximize personal loan adoption on Akbank Direkt in a profitable way while increasing Akbank’s total market share.

The Challenge

Increasing the number of successful loan applications while lowering the cost of sale

Akbank needed a way to quickly find its current customers on digital channels and have these customers apply for a personal loan. Credit scores are dynamic, constantly changing over time, so in order for Akbank to target the right people at the right time, it needed to access customers’ credit scores. This limited the campaign to targeting only their active customer base — not targeting new app downloads.

Converting new customers to the app also didn’t work as targeting criteria; in order to apply for a personal loan via the app they needed to have already set up an Akbank Direct password. Without this, customers are stuck leaving their information to request a phone call from Akbank’s call center, or visiting one of the bank branches directly.

Akbank was already using the Facebook partner module in Adjust’s dashboard, connecting the Akbank Direct app to its Facebook Ads account. This allowed the company to immediately feed all its user data into Facebook.

The data was plugged directly into Facebook Custom Audiences allowing Akbank’s marketers to target the specific customers who not only needed cash immediately but also had the highest credit scores.

Using Facebook’s dynamic interest and behavior targeting lists, they were also able to pinpoint the group of people who tended to have higher credit scores based on probabilistic methodology. By targeting as many related interests and behaviors as possible, Akbank was able to pinpoint which groups tended to have higher credit score than others.

By intersecting the active users being fed through the partner modules with these Facebook targeting groups, they were already able to increase the number of personal loans sold and lower the per unit cost of loans sold.

On Facebook’s side, Akbank used deep links to direct the re-targeted users directly to the loan application in the App. When they first logged in, users could see the loan application and get an instant response through SMS or on the screen. It currently takes under three minutes for users to be approved for a loan.

The question was, could Audience Builder help the performance marketing team increase the number of successful loan applications even further and lower the cost of sale even more?

The Solution

Segmenting their users more efficiently by using the Audience Builder

Using Audience Builder, Akbank were able to segment their user base even further, using any event they were tracking in Adjust, within any timeframe. Audiences automatically update when a user meets the given conditions, and Akbank could generate lists of advertising IDs from any of their created audiences to cross-check credit worthiness within their own CRM system.

Uploading these device IDs to their system, they managed to target the highly qualified leads for the personal loan usage. Audience builder helped the bank to act quicker and more precisely.

For example, a personal loan application can stay valid for 23 days, and by tracking application and conversion events with Adjust, they were able to create audiences based on this criteria - excluding people still in the application process, and targeting those who were active and who didn’t have an active application.

Because Akbank was only targeting people who had good credit or were pre-approved, and who are also an active mobile app user, it lowered the unit price per loan sold and also increased the overall loan approval rating.

The Result

Increasing successful loan application by 60%

Audience builder supported the Performance Marketing team to increase their total share of personal loan sales:

15%

45%

60%

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