“Hug your customers”. It’s the mantra that fuels the Mitchells Family of Stores success since 1958. The independent, family-owned luxury retailer is synonymous with elegance and stellar customer service. Its clients include ex presidents, a-listers and the fashion elite. Mitchells engaged ThoughtWorks to extend their legendary brick and mortar service into the digital world.
Clienteling in Luxury Retail
An award-winning clienteling platform boosts sales and bolsters 1:1 relationships
ThoughtWorks mapped out the journey of existing and potential customers as part of the research phase. It became clear that a standard e-commerce site wouldn't be enough to truly differentiate the Mitchells brand. The goal was to form a personal relationship between the customer and the style advisor from the beginning, regardless of where the customer starts their journey.
ThoughtWorks introduced the first interactive prototype in 8 weeks using agile development methodologies and experience design. It allowed style advisors to send personalized lookbooks based on customer profiles, preferences, purchase history and real time inventory. Iterating the prototype weekly based on employee feedback, it quickly evolved into a clienteling platform that powers true 1-to-1 marketing.
Mitchells new clienteling platform is the basis of their customer loyalty strategy. Instead of giving points for discounts, they created ‘M World’, a hub that helps customers stay in style. The style advisor manages the relationship and is always looking to provide personalized tips and advice (think personalized suggestions for birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions). It's not always about purchasing a new outfit; M World knows what's in the virtual closet of each customer, so stylists occasionally recommend new items to complement what the customer already has at home. Customers can also reserve their desired look in-store, and schedule appointments for services such as alterations. And of course, online shopping is now available too!