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Leading internet fashion retailer will put customer data analysis at the heart of its customer retention, acquisition and re-engagement strategies.

Bristol, UK, 7 July 2008 – smartFOCUS, the international vendor of enterprise marketing software, has been selected by internet fashion retailer ASOS to provide customer relationship management tools to support the company’s strategic growth plans.

Launched in 2000, AIM-listed ASOS is the second most visited online fashion store in the UK (source: Hitwise)(1). With 1.7 million registered users, the website attracts over 2.6 million shoppers a month and has won multiple industry awards. ASOS will use the smartFOCUS software as a marketing platform to put the customer at the centre of its business and attain its goal of becoming the top online retailer on Hitwise.

The partnership with smartFOCUS is part of an integrated sales and marketing strategy, centred around customer communications, that includes advertising campaigns, press events and customer magazines. ASOS’s goal is to manage their aggressive marketing plan to increase customer numbers and to encourage existing customers to spend more. ASOS believes the key to achieving this is through engaging marketing communications that are easy to manage.

As a pure-play internet fashion retailer, ASOS can use the information it holds on customer behaviour and spend patterns to personalise its offering. The CRM and strategic marketing programme will focus on the UK market in the first half of the year, followed by a global deployment. Planned campaigns include “refer-a-friend” viral activity, a reactivation strategy to re-engage former customers and loyalty programmes to reward ASOS’s best customers.

The smartFOCUS platform will help ASOS to maintain customer data and realise the value of customer information by profiling customers accurately. By building sophisticated segmentation models, ASOS will be able to apply precision marketing techniques and offer each group highly relevant and timely marketing messages, helping ASOS to reinforce and enhance the existing relationship it has with its customers.
Automated and scheduled campaign management delivering personalised messages will also improve customer interaction and campaign productivity. In turn, enhanced reporting will provide the essential feedback loop to both the marketing team and the business as a whole.

Mhairi Brown, CRM Manager for ASOS, commented: “The implementation of the smartFOCUS software/application will provide ASOS with a robust and easy to manage solution to facilitate our ambitious marketing strategy and plans and continue to achieve our goal of a truly customer-centric business. By allowing us to understand our customer preferences, we can improve customer interaction and enhance the whole ASOS experience from beginning to end.”

Chris Underhill, CEO, smartFOCUS, said: “Data analysis is extremely important to online businesses, and with the right tools, online pure-plays have a real opportunity to provide their customers with highly personalised communications. For taste-driven businesses, such as ASOS, it is even more important that the company can understand and anticipate customer preferences. ASOS has recognised the importance of the customer segmentation and profiling strategy to its continued success and we look forward to the partnership delivering exciting results.”

About ASOS
Launched in 2000, ASOS is firmly established as the UK’s leading online fashion store. ASOS offers an extensive range of own brand women’s and men’s fashion, designer labels, lifestyle accessories and cult beauty brands. ASOS is the second most visited on-line clothing store in the UK attracting over 2.5 million unique visitors per month, and has received numerous awards such as Drapers E-tailer of the Year 2006, Retail Week Online Retailer of the Year 2007, and Business XL Company of the Year 2007, to name a few.

About smartFOCUS
smartFOCUS (LSE:STF) is a leading international marketing software company that empowers marketers with the intelligence to drive high performance multi-channel campaigns and more valuable customer relationships. Its Intelligent Marketing solutions integrate offline and online data, analysis, campaign and performance management to deliver better targeted, more timely, and relevant communications that increase campaign conversion rates and improve insight into customers.

smartFOCUS now has over 300 customers worldwide using its marketing software including AAA, ABN AMRO, ATOS, Center Parcs, EMI, figleaves.com, Harrods, Hilton International, NSPCC, Société Générale and QVC.

smartFOCUS is headquartered in the UK, with offices in the US, continental Europe and Asia Pacific. www.smartfocus.com

(1) ASOS is #2, behind Next, #1 - Hitwise HotShops List, November 2007: http://www.hitwise.co.uk/press-center/hitwiseHS2004/imrg.php

For further information please contact:
Ellie Turner/ Melanie Antonucci
Prompt Communications on behalf of smartFOCUS
Tel: +44 (0)20 8996 1647 / 07799146803
smartfocus@prompt-communications.com

Claire Thatcher, Marketing Manager, smartFOCUS
Tel: +44 (0)117 943 5800
cthatcher@smartfocus.com

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