Veteran entrepreneur Matt Gillin got the idea for Relay Network sitting in a parking lot.
One day he was in a parking lot and received an AT&T text message saying he had not paid his bill. A previous company used to pay the bill so he had not had to do that for some time. AT&T had been trying to reach him, but only had employment contact information. The text included an embedded link which Mr. Gillin followed to pay the tab.
“In that 90 seconds I averted a painful experience but more importantly I got my next big idea,” Mr. Gillin said. “What if every company had that type of strong connection with their customers, a private secure channel just built for this service?”
Companies traditionally rely on other’s channels to reach their customers — media advertisements, social networks or even direct mail. Success is tough to measure but it is generally low.
Seems like the perfect process to be re-imagined in the digital age.
Relay notifies customers via smart texts when a company sends a message. Companies can customize metrics and receive immediate analytics on marketing campaigns.
Customers are onboarded onto Relay with minimal information. Once in the system companies can transform existing touch points like customer service calls, website logins and identification cards into more meaningful interactions.
Mr. Gillin said health care, financial services and home services are three sectors seeing the most benefit from the Relay network, with more than one dozen blue networks, banks including TD, Citizens, and Santander, and AAA, Comcast and Cox among their clients. Together they reach more than 60 million people.