Verizon Design

Verizon Infographic Email


Verizon Wireless




Lead Design
Art Direction

The Situation

The Verizon newsletter is the largest digital CRM campaign in the company, with a send list of 13 million. The objectives include continuing customer engagement through personalized dialogues and offers, generating revenue and building loyalty through increased awareness, and providing customers with useful and relevant content that enhances their Verizon relationship.

After working on this program for years we looked at the data and saw an opportunity to segment and test the newsletter to try and increase engagement with target audiences.

The Approach

After getting buy-in from the client to run the test we locked in the KPI’s we would be testing. They were to deliver relevant content Target segmented groups we can focus on relevant topics of interest

  • Deliver relevant content – Target segmented groups we can focus on relevant topics of interest
  • Increase engagement – Reach the unengaged with highly targeted content
  • Reduce call-in rate – Produce content that has great end-to-end UX
  • Increase revenue – Target persona groups with offers and information to increase revenue

Some key considerations we had in designing and testing

  • Build alternative creative approaches and test to measure and optimize engagement
  • Identify customer segments and build personas based on segmentation
  • The creative testing strategy would be versioning the newsletter into four groups:
  • Engaged vs. Non-Engaged
  • Family vs. Non-Family
  • Deliver relevant content to drive higher engagement

2 Samples of Dynamic Newsletters: Multiple Versions Produced

VZW newsletter content

One month – many personalized versions that speak to customer need and opportunity

VZW newsletter content

The Planning Stage

We first did a content audit of the different monthly newsletters we were sending to each segment of customers. Then we focused on our strategy on which persona groups would have the most opportunity to engage in the test. At this point in the process, we developed and analyzed the personas of all the customers in Verizon’s digital CRM.

VZW Stategic Groups
Persona Young Tech Starters
Persona Affluent Tech Families
Planning Phase with Personas

Wireframe Rounds

I started to work out some different ideas and layouts. After getting a few solid ideas vetted by the team, I produced low-fi mockups to present to the client. Then, I walked the client through each mockup and took notes on feedback given.Based on the client brief and business requirements we had the two versions of the NL wireframed. The non-family version was focusing on smart accessories, i.e. smartwatch, Fitbit, reviews. The family version was promoting the Cozi app, kid-friendly tablets and a Gizmopal watch for kids. The client was having a hard time seeing the vision through low-fi mockups, but after some explaining, we got client sign off and moved into the design stage.

VZW Newsletter Whiteboard
VZW Newsletter wireframes

We wanted to see if a different format (i.e., infographic) would be better at engaging these customers. All of our non-engaged recipients received an infographic (family version or non-family version depending on segmentation). The creative tests were sent to 1.8 million customers between the Family / non-family and control/test. A total of 450,000 for each segment.

Final Designs

VZW Newsletter Family Version
VZW Newsletter Non Family Version

The Return Data

After the test ran for a month we reviewed the data and the results to help influence how we move forward and improve future tests. Even though the click-through rates might not show stellar numbers the funnel rates show that the customers that were clicking through were buying the products we advertised to them. So, in the end, we were engaging with a revenue-generating customer and the clickers were showing greater intent to buy products.

Newsletter Results
Newsletter Results Comparision
Newsletter Results Comparision Non Family

The Results

  • 1.9 million visitors viewed Mobile Living in February.
    • Of total visits, 6% of visits entered the purchase funnel.
    • This was the highest funnel entrance rate in the past 6 months.
    • Organic funnel entrance rate increased 13% month over month, rising to a 10% funnel entrance rate.


  • The newsletter was one of the most successful traffic driving sources for the month of February. Excluding NFL, February was the highest trafficked month ever (1.6 million visits). The February newsletter had an average 13% funnel entrance rate.


  • Organic traffic for Mobile Living decreased 17% in February; organic traffic for the entire Verizon site decreased 14% for the month.


  • Editorial A/B testing produced actionable results in February.
    • Use of images increased funnel entrance rates by 19%.
    • The ‘Shop’ call-to-action outperformed less direct CTAs with a 27% increase in funnel entrance rate.
    • Articles of a shorter length increased higher funnel entrance rates by 91%.

The Next Months Design Versions

Verizon Newsletter Green Issue
Verizon Newsletter Smarthome