Huddersfield telecoms biz enchants national pizza chain with a touch of VOODOO!

A Huddersfield-based mobile communications specialist has secured a significant slice of the bulk SMS messaging market after being awarded the exclusive contract to deliver text alerts on behalf of national pizza delivery chain Papa John’s.

VOODOO will be responsible for delivering more than two million text messages per month to pizza lovers across the UK, using its powerful cloud-based messaging platform. The service was rolled out across Papa John’s UK-based outlets from September and provides customers with the chance to keep up-to-date with the latest special offers available within more than 400 local stores, with a number of additional new features introduced to improve customer service.

The VOODOO team were invited to pitch for the contract against fierce competition.  After getting through to the second round of tender proposals, they were deemed to be the best of the three finalists, securing a two year contract.

According to recent industry research, 97% of mobile messages are opened within just four minutes of receipt. At the heart of VOODOO’s SMS technology is powerful analytical software that allows customer responses to be monitored in real time, enabling the effectiveness of marketing campaigns to be assessed and evaluated. 

Despite being unable to visit their office during lockdown, the VOODOO team spent time working remotely – often until the early hours of the morning – to carefully develop and refine the unique platform. This ensured a seamless integration with Papa John’s powerful customer relationship management software, which is used to help predict and manage future pizza demand.

Gareth Davies, Managing Director, VOODOO said:

“Papa Johns is a significant new business win, and one we are incredibly proud of, especially considering our business is still being affected by the national lockdown measures. Our work with Papa John’s shows how the use of mobile messaging within the marketing mix is evolving.”

During lockdowns over the last year, the takeaway industry has seen a surge in popularity with many of us substituting meals out for meals in.  VOODOO developers were working hard, while the rest of us were making TikToks and ordering random stuff off Amazon (editor: that wasn’t just me, right?), tailoring their platform to work seamlessly with what Papa John’s needed to enable them to provide fantastic customer service throughout the ordering and delivery process, and to ensure customers always had access to the latest offers.

Alex van Steeden, Senior eCRM and Insights Manager, Papa John’s UK commented:

“At Papa John’s, we have always placed an emphasis upon delivering excellent customer service. An important aspect of that work is helping our stores to communicate effectively.  The standard of submissions we received during the tender process was incredibly high, but what set VOODOO aside from others was the combination of an easy-to-use, intuitive platform, which was underpinned by some incredibly powerful technology.”

Launched in 2013 following two years of research, development and planning, VOODOO enables businesses to manage their text messaging communications. The custom-built SMS delivery platform is used in a wide range of applications, including setting appointment reminders, receiving feedback for products or services, as well as integrating its capabilities with CRM systems – allowing the effectiveness of mobile marketing campaigns to be monitored. Voodoo SMS is the trading name of Bulk SMS Ltd.

 VOODOO counts some of Britain’s best known brands amongst its growing client base, including Amazon, Toolstation and Hovis, as well as public sector organisations, including the Ministry of Defence, the Metropolitan Police and the NHS. 

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