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Philips transforms campaign and lead management to gain control, visibility, and value


Royal Philips is one of the largest HealthTech companies in the world with core divisions covering Personal Health and Health Systems solutions. Tasked with managing thousands of customer touchpoints across multiple channels, the company recognized the role that digital technologies could play in bringing together people and data across their global markets to drive better engagement with their customers. Philips therefore launched the Digital@Scale initiative, a Digital Transformation Program encompassing CRM and Digital Campaign to transform both B2B and B2C CRM across its global business units. A particular focus was to remodel the B2B campaign and lead management capability on a global scale, with a fully integrated and consistent process to enable greater control and visibility throughout the lead lifecyle. Philips looked to Oracle Marketing Cloud to assist in this transformation across domains.

Business challenges

Before working with Oracle Marketing Cloud as part of its wider campaign and lead management transformation, Philips had quite a manual process in place for B2B lead management, and in some instances, opportunities have not been addressed promptly enough. Undertaking a comprehensive review of its campaign and lead management program, the Global Brand, Communications and Digital CRM & Campaign B2B team recognized that they could significantly improve the end-to-end process - from identification of interest through to lead qualification to sale opportunity creation.  This was also the time to improve communication between the sales and marketing teams, who struggled to efficiently share information about marketing initiatives, lead generarion and sales pipeline.  As a result of these disjointed and ultimately ineffective processes, the measurement of campaign key performance indicators (KPIs) was very difficult, making it impossible to clearly see results.

Philips decided that the campaign and lead management processes needed to be completely re-designed and formalized, to allow greater control of customer data and journey, and improve visibility between the sales and marketing functions.

We’ve been very impressed at how quickly our new campaign and lead management capability has delivered results. After only nine months, we generated 600 MQLs and delivered new pipeline worth €9M – not to mention the wider business benefits that come from having real control and visibility of the end-to-end leads process.

Scott MacDonald

B2B CRM Lead, Philips

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Founded by Gerard Philips and his father Frederik in 1891, Philips is a Dutch company that employs over 105,000 people across more than 60 countries. As the business has grown its international presence and developed a comprehensive range of new products, the B2B customer base has expanded to create contact with thousands of individuals across multiple touchpoints. However, keeping on top of customer leads has not always been a straightforward process.


Philips leveraged Oracle Eloqua to completely re-design its campaign management capability and ways of working, for both B2B and B2C, and to connect the Oracle Eloqua B2B instance with the existing lead management system to address specific challenges identified by each market.

  • All Customer data centrally stored: Data in one globally approved, standardized, and secure system reduced the likelihood of misplacing or overlooking key lead information.
  • Full Integration with Sales CRM System: Customer data and touchpoints are captured along their journey from interest to opportunity, so engagement is personalized
  • Framework for lead progression: Any new leads secured from the web, email or from events would follow the same trackable and measurable path.
  • Double opt-in email subscriptions: Ensuring Philips was operating in a legally compliant manner.
  • New KPI reporting: Offered increased visibility of the whole end-to-end lead process via the Oracle Eloqua and CRM platforms.
  • Staff training: Alongside investment in the new lead management program itself, >95% of sales and marketing staff were onboarded with training for the new processes and systems.


The new B2B campaign & lead management way of working was piloted first in the UK&I market, as part of the wider Digital@Scale Program, to be then deployed across the whole of Royal Philips Health Systems (B2B) and additional 16 Markets (>60 Countries).

The new Royal Philips B2B campaign and lead management capability began to yield results after few months of operation, and after  nine months in the UK&I market, had delivered a pipeline for sales worth € 9M and  600 MQLs (Marketing Qualified Leads).

Critically, the new capability has given marketing and sales clearer visibility of both new and existing leads, bringing the two departments closer together as they work through opportunities. Further benefits included:

  • Leads that are carefully qualified so that the sales team only receives the most relevant leads for them.
  • The leads generated from digital activity are higher quality, generating more trust from sales.
  • Improved customer engagement opportunities throughout the customer lifecycle.
  • Clear visibility of the main KPIs to judge success with instantly accessible reports.


With the campaign & lead management capability firmly in place in the UK&I, it has been deployed throughout all of Royal Philips globally, and extended to include welcome, lead nurture and re-engagement campaigns as well.

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