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The Key to Driving Online Engagement

Dec 25, 2014

Looking for the “key” to driving customers to an online engagement? Well, it
literally is a key…a web key. 

Drive online engagement 


"The web key was unique, hard to overlook or toss, appeared high-tech and yet was so simple to use."

There is rarely a client conversation today where I don’t hear that a client wants to drive  more of their customers to some sort of an online engagement. As marketers, we already know that makes sense for a lot of reasons. But, the question remains, how?

So what’s the “key” to driving customers to an online engagement? Well, it literally is a key…a web key. We are breaking new ground for our clients with the “Connect to Web” technology with open rates 30 to 40 times that of traditional direct mail response (see

This all started in Europe about 3 years ago when the pharmaceutical industry was struggling to get the time and attention of busy physicians. The web key gave the pharma companies a tool that physicians could use to review the product or technology on their own when they had the time to fit it in their busy schedule. The web key was unique, hard to overlook or toss, appeared high-tech and yet was so simple to use. All a recipient had to do was plug it into his or her computer and the pre-set URL for a landing page or micro site instantly loaded.

The whole “Connect To Web” experience can be tracked and measured. Web keys can be tied to customer or prospect data files so you know exactly who did what and when on your site or landing page. It’s online engagement made simple and accountable.

The uses of this “Connect To Web” technology are numerous--direct mail, magazine inserts, handouts at trade shows or events, a replacement to sales collateral, a replacement or supplement to an owner’s manual where a high tech, high value product needs learning or instruction to operate, or at the point of sale for retailers or dealers who don’t have the time to detail a product or service.

At the end of the day, our clients need to be cognizant to build sustaining relationships with their customers. To do that they have to be relevant to where each customer is at in the lifecycle. How you speak to a prospect should be very different than how you speak to a loyal customer or an advocate of your brand. The power of online engagement is that it can allow you to customize your messaging more easily and make changes as a customer relationship evolves. The web key is simply a new tool to help drive the customer online is an easy and measurable way. What you do to engage that customer once they arrive to your landing page or micro site is where strategy and content management come together to make an emotional connection, engaging the individual in a relevant and meaningful dialogue. It is an ongoing dialogue that hopefully contributes to the lifetime value of that customer.

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