Not-For-Profit Educational Travel Leader Road Scholar Selects Epsilon For
Database Marketing Services
Epsilon to Host Comprehensive Marketing Database in Support of Campaign
Execution Across Marketing Channels
DALLAS, Jan. 17, 2013
DALLAS, Jan. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Road Scholar, a not-for-profit
organization providing adults with educational travel opportunities around the
globe, has signed a new multiyear agreement with Epsilon, an Alliance Data
(NYSE: ADS) company. Epsilon will host Road Scholar's marketing database of
millions of educational traveler and donor records to enable more effective
communications across marketing channels including direct mail and email.
Road Scholar's mission is to inspire adults to learn, discover and travel.
Their learning adventures engage expert instructors, provide extraordinary
access, and stimulate discourse and friendship among people for whom learning
is the journey of a lifetime. Since inception, more than 5 million people have
enrolled in their 6,500 iconic educational adventures offered annually in 50
states and 150 countries around the world. Road Scholar educational adventures
are created by Elderhostel, Inc., the not-for-profit world leader in lifelong
learning since 1975.
Under the terms of the new multiyear agreement, Epsilon will develop and host
a robust marketing database containing millions of participants, inquirers and
donors. The database will support marketing campaign execution through
channels such as direct mail and email in an effort to reach targeted Road
Scholar households with relevant information. Road Scholar relies on hundreds
of marketing campaigns each year to reach its core audience including
communications such as newsletters, catalogs, emails and triggered messages
based on specific actions. The database that Epsilon is providing will
streamline these efforts and help Road Scholar improve communications through
better segmentation and targeting.
"Epsilon is a leader in the database marketing space with extensive knowledge
of both the nonprofit and travel industries and we are confident that they
will help us achieve our goals," said Mei Jones, director of customer
relationship management at Road Scholar. "We are focused on improving our
customer contact strategy and the right platform and partner will be essential
to these efforts. As we strive to build more meaningful relationships with our
participants by delivering valuable and timely information, the database
infrastructure hosted by Epsilon will fuel these connections and uncover new
opportunities for our organization."
"From our earliest days as a marketing company, Epsilon has served nonprofit
and travel organizations. Our newest client, Road Scholar, blends our passion
and expertise for both of these industries," said Bryan Kennedy, chief
executive officer of Epsilon. "The educational-oriented travel programs that
Road Scholar hosts are truly exceptional, uncovering not only new exciting
destinations but also insightful knowledge about unique locations. By
investing in their database technology, Road Scholar is committing to more
relevant and insightful conversations with travelers."
Epsilon is the global leader in delivering direct-to-customer connections that
drive business performance. Epsilon's integratedsolutions leverage the power
of rich transactional and demographic marketing data, strategic insights,
analytics, award-winning creative and robust digital and database marketing
technologies to connect brands with consumers both online and offline,
increasing engagement to generate measurable marketing outcomes. Founded in
1969, Epsilon works with over 2,000 global clients and employs nearly 4,800
associates in 61 offices worldwide. For more information, visit
www.epsilon.com, follow us on Twitter @EpsilonMktg or call 1.800.309.0505.
About Road Scholar
Not-for-profit Road Scholar's mission is to inspire adults to learn, discover
and travel. Our learning adventures engage expert instructors, provide
extraordinary access, and stimulate discourse and friendship among people for
whom learning is the journey of a lifetime. Since inception, more than 5
million people have enrolled in our 6,500 iconic educational adventures
offered annually in 50 states and 150 countries around the world.
Road Scholar educational adventures are created by Elderhostel, Inc., the
not-for-profit world leader in lifelong learning since 1975. To learn more,
please visit our website at www.roadscholar.org/press.
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