All-Star Mile voting shows horse racing continues to strengthen female audience
Highly secure website and All-Star Mile voting platform with a validation rate of 96.4%
Unico is proud to have supported Racing Victoria deliver their vision for the All-Star Mile for three consecutive years. The All-Star Mile is the world’s richest mile and the only race where the Australian public choose who races on the day.
Racing Victoria and Unico collaborated to create a highly secure website and All-Star Mile voting platform that is auto-scaling, auto-healing with cloud-first design, and the ability to handle high levels of user traffic. Unico is proud to announce for the third year that a Big 4 Advisory firm’s Cyber Security team were unable to penetrate the platform and a validation rate of 96.4% was achieved through SMS verification codes and Salesforce marketing cloud campaigns.
This year’s All-Star Mile continued to engage fans with 10 wildcard Owner Ambassadors who shared a prize pool of $500,000, with Matt Fory from Shepparton taking home the top $250,000 prize alongside winner Mugatoo.
Building an efficient tolling and automation solution with global scale
How Unico helped a toll road owner digitally transform with a new automated tolling platform.
Integration of toll road operations into a single automated tolling and payment platform
Legacy systems modernisation and uplift to reduce maintenance costs and adapt to customer preference for digital payments
SMART automation – a steep increase in trip construction and a reduction in manual processes required of staff
Processing capacity for roadside message rates exceeding 100 per second
Ability to process 4.5 million tag and account updates and transmit a further 2 million tag and account status updates daily
Transurban, a toll road owner and operator with interests in Australia and the United States needed to embark on a major IT project to build a new tolling and customer management solution.
Transurban had a range of road projects managed by outdated legacy IT architectures and technologies. This lead to two key problems.
Exponentially increasing maintenance costs
2. Failing to serve the needs of its customers who expected to be able to pay toll fees digitally
The client sought an automation solution that would address corporate risk concerns, support multi-tenancy and drive channel shift towards online payments whilst avoiding future obsolescence issues.
Day-to-day operations required a solution that would process and manage roadside message rates exceeding 100 per second, receive 4.5 million tag and account updates and transmit a further 2 million tag and account status updates.
Unico needed to integrate all toll road operations with best known practices from seven roads across three jurisdictions into a single platform.
We built a new platform that would reduce IT costs required to operate and maintain their core business.
Other features included:
. Plug revenue leakage from known issues in existing systems
. Reduce costs associated with customer service
. Streamline call centre process through standardisation
. Reduce costs and increasing customer satisfaction.
The new platform would also manage PCI compliance, risk management and disaster recovery across all of the clients business interests.
Roadside images for enforcement and quality assurance now exceed 30Gb per day and are processed using SMART automation and ergonomics which have vastly reduced the number of staff required to complete manual tasks.
Unico’s ability to build high volume, complex systems was critical to the success of the project.
Our tolling solution helped seamlessly transition this organisations most valuable business operations and associated customers to a new platform.
The partnered SMART automation platform now receives tag and account status updates from all toll operators across Australia as well as dealing with high volume roadside message rates and images.
Creating a one-to-one customer experience through Salesforce Marketing Cloud: Cargill Australia
How Unico helped a global food provider communicate more directly with Australian farmers using Salesforce Marketing Cloud (SFMC).
Enhance communication with farmers on market conditions using Salesforce Marketing Cloud
Allow Cargill Australia to send targeted, personalised messages to its contacts
Create elaborate customer journeys and communication campaigns with relevant stakeholders
Targeted consulting in Cargill Australia’s prioritised areas
Tailored customer journeys designed to fit the business requirements for all subscribers
New personalised, direct communications capabilities with subscribers
Managed and authenticated a subscriber list of over 50,000 contacts
Cargill Australia have a large database of contacts in Salesforce Marketing Cloud who they regularly send emails and text messages regarding crop pricing and market conditions. Without marketing automation enabled through SFMC, they could not create and send personalised emails to key stakeholders and customers at scale. Consequently, Cargill Australia would conduct untargeted email campaigns carrying irrelevant information to broad customer segments.
During our engagement with Cargill Australia we helped build journeys and campaigns for all existing customers within their database. This included designing interactive email campaigns containing cloud hosted crop surveys that were able to deliver data to Cargill Australia regarding estimated crop sizes and harvest dates. Collated data was able to drive campaigns that contained useful and timely information sent in alignment with crop harvesting and growth cycles. This data could be utilised by farmers to better manage their crop.
Increased efficiency in communications has been beneficial for both Cargill Australia and their contacts as they now have access to important agricultural data when they need it most.
Through the utilisation of crop survey emails, we were also able to authenticate Cargill Australia’s contact database to ensure that all customer data was accurate and clean.
Our partnership with Cargill Australia has boosted their confidence in what they can achieve with Salesforce Marketing Cloud. Unico’s ongoing consultation has empowered their team to utilise SFMC to map out custom journeys and campaigns for their entire contact base.
Salesforce Marketing Cloud (SFMC) campaigns and data cleansing services
Identification and removal of duplicate SFMC contacts
Ensure all MRC’s contacts and leads are listed with 100% accuracy
Reduction of salesforce contract renewal fees
Removed 400,000 corrupted / duplicate contacts from database of over 1,000,000
Saved RV $100,000 in costs over a 2-year contract renewal period
A major part to conducting an effective automated messaging campaign is whether you can trust your data. Campaign results can vary drastically return in investment (ROI) based on how accurate the Salesforce database of contacts is. Racing Victoria (RV) had a database of over 1,000,000 contacts which contained a significant number of duplicates and corrupted data. In a 2-week engagement Unico cleansed their database of any duplicate contacts or outdated contacts that were no longer being targeted by email or SMS content.
The data was extracted to a data extension where comparative testing was conducted to verify that contacts were classified as duplicates before deletion. Ensuring that a contact database is rid of all non-validated contacts means messaging automation platforms like SFMC charge users based on the true size of their contact list.
“Contact database authentication was a major focus for Racing Victoria as our number of contacts continued to grow. Unico was able to enable us to have complete trust in our data within just two weeks and provided immediate ROI through this engagement”
– Marcia Allan, GM Customer Strategy & Engagement, Racing Victoria.
Following the data cleansing of Racing Victoria’s contact database, over 400,000 entries were removed resulting in over $100,000 of saved contract renewal costs. This was four times the cost of the Unico engagement, resulting in significant ROI for RV and clear value add.
Horse racing in Australia has traditionally attracted an audience comprised of males aged between 45-65. Racing Victoria (RV) sought to expand into other customer groups through the introduction of the inaugural All-Star Mile in 2019.
To broaden the demographics racing appealed to and attract new prospects, RV introduced a peoples race in which fans can choose their own participants. The All Star Mile required a robust online voting platform and website for fans to submit their votes and engage with the campaign digitally.
Our team partnered with RV for the second year to create the platform that would allow Australia’s only fan voted race to function.
Using Amazon Web Services, our team built a highly secure online voting platform from the ground up that is auto scaling and healing with cloud first design and the ability to handle high levels of user traffic. For the second year running, a Big 4 Advisory cyber and hacking team tasked with auditing the platform was again unable to penetrate the system.
“The All Star Mile was designed to attract a new and more diverse audience, which was achieved for the second year in a row with over 30% female voters. This could not have been delivered without the teamwork and collaboration between Racing Victoria and Unico – our team more than halved the number of unverified votes from last year, worked on tight deadlines and had to adapt to meet regulatory constraints”
– Marcia Allan, GM Customer Strategy & Engagement, Racing Victoria.
Racing Victoria’s goal of building fan engagement for the All-Star Mile was conducted through Salesforce Marketing Cloud (SFMC). Unico had previously helped RV improve their SFMC capabilities by teaching them how to build customer journeys for their subscribers. These journeys helped elevate the engagement levels with Racing Victoria which enabled them to send consistent multi-channel messaging to new audience’s generated by the All-Star Mile.
A final voting tally of 135,097 was a remarkable result during a summer that was devastated by unprecedented bushfires. Racing Victoria offered their support to the bushfire crisis by pledging to donate $1 for every vote received. In addition, they also donated all 93 horse nomination fees of $500 totalling $46,500 to the Good Friday Appeal.
If you would like to find out more about Unico’s All-Star Mile secure website and online voting platform, contact Evan Harridge below.
Reducing integration platform maintenance windows by up to 90%: CitiPower
Unico delivered a roadmap of integration platform initiatives that would dramatically increase business efficiencies with a doubling of platform capacity, releasing 3 to 4 staff from the intensive, extremely expensive and error prone manual reconciliation and restoration obligations.
Reduce maintenance windows and increase business efficiencies
Solving reliability issues and integrity errors in data transactions between critical business IT systems
Reviewing the key integration platform
Identifying technical stability issues
Installing a future-proof architecture roadmap
Reduction of the integration platform maintenance window by up to 90%
Releasing 3-4 staff from the expensive and error prone manual reconciliation process
Reliability issues and integrity errors in data transactions between critical business IT systems were causing data loss and corruption. This was placing increasing demands on staff time through intensive manual reconciliation and restoration, impacting business confidence and daily business efficiencies.
Increasing competition and price pressure in energy delivery and services have led energy distributors to exploit leading edge technologies to enable cost-effective, high-availability and real time business and market information to better compete on price and service.
CitiPower supplies electricity to more than 310,000 distribution customers in Melbourne’s CBD and inner suburbs, operating among the most reliable urban and rural electricity networks in Australia. Powercor Australia is Victoria’s largest electricity distributor, supplying electricity to regional and rural centres in central and western Victoria, and Melbourne’s outer western suburbs for approximately 700,000 distribution customers.
CitiPower & Powercor built an integration platform to manage high volumes of data transactions between their metering, market and customer business systems. Reliability issues and integrity errors in data transactions however were impacting business confidence and efficiencies on a daily basis. It was also clear that a strategy was needed to future proof data transactions as data volumes are on a steep growth curve driven by aggressive business IT sophistication.
A review of a key integration platform identified a number of technical recommendations to address stability issues. A long-term roadmap to future proof against the increasing demands for real-time business data and evolution of the platform architecture was recommended.
As one of Oracle’s most experienced implementation partners in the region with extensive experience with Oracle Fusion Middleware, Unico was able to address the issues around data transaction management and create future proofing strategies to cope with the increase data loads.
Our team focused on the core technology stack and architecture, while gaining the necessary understanding of business context and network connectivity. We were then able to identify performance issues and provide sound recommendations to restore data transaction integrity that would ensure medium term predictability and confidence for the business with real time data transactions. A robust roadmap was also proposed for improving long-term architectural design and best-practice evolution of the business technology to cope with increasing demands.
Predicted increase in business efficiencies including a doubling of integration platform capacity, a reduction of the platform maintenance window by up to 90%. A roadmap of remediation initiatives intended to restore data transaction integrity and restore business confidence in real time data transactions was also delivered.
Unico delivered a roadmap of initiatives that would dramatically increase business efficiencies with a doubling of integration platform capacity and reduction of the platform maintenance window by up to 90%, and elimination of incomplete or stranded transactions (several hundred per day), releasing 3 to 4 staff from the intensive and extremely expensive and error prone manual reconciliation and restoration obligations.
The strategy will eliminate most unplanned outages, smooth the profile and lower database latency and resource usage, and provide operational control over interfaces in outage events that may still occur.