Nestlé Optimizes its Websites Around the World with Intelligent Reporting and Analysis


Nestlé Client Success Story

“We work daily with Webtrends and are hugely impressed with its sophisticated solution. Because we use standardized reports, it is a huge advantage to have access to globally uniform data for the majority of our reports. With regard to Web 2.0 applications, it is also highly likely that we will further expand our reporting options in the future. ”

Jürgen Belke | E-Business Manager, Nestlé Deutschland

The Client

Nestlé, the world’s leading nutrition, health and wellness company, offers a wide range of news on food, diet and health and safety on its websites to help its customers make informed dietary decisions.

The Challenge

Vegans, fruitarians, LOHAS – there’s arguably never been a time when food has been so closely scrutinized or hotly discussed by more people than today. Nestlé, the world’s leading nutrition, health and wellness company, offers a wide range of news on food, diet and health and safety on its websites to help its customers make informed dietary decisions. The company has also added the Nestlé Ernährungsstudio (Nestlé Nutrition Centre) to address consumer demand for entertaining information presented in engaging ways online. The center offers interactive health checks and tests, a body mass calculator, a diet Wiki, a blog for people to discuss weight loss strategies and other Web 2.0 content. What Nestle lacked was consistent, intelligent web analytics to learn more about their customers and determine how well its online resources were meeting customer needs. The company had been using a host of different web analytics tools in Germany, but incompatible data acquisition methods and metrics made it impossible to do significant performance comparisons. Also, because Nestlé websites are developed and maintained by individual brand marketing departments and their creative agencies, a great many people with varying levels of technical sophistication needed access to analytics data.

The Solution

After a comprehensive market evaluation, Nestlé chose a Webtrends solution that centrally measures and evaluates the performance of its web presence across all countries, brands and media – including more than 50 different web presences in Germany alone.

Centralization lets Nestlé uniformly measure and evaluate the performance of its websites and the success of its campaigns, as well as compare performance in different countries based on global benchmarks and standards.

In addition to page impressions, page views, visits/visitors and visit duration are also measured as key performance indicators (KPIs). “We knew that only a solution with a holistic approach would provide real information advantages”, explained Jürgen Belke, E-Business Manager from Nestlé Deutschland. “We were already familiar with Webtrends as the market leading solution. Our own market evaluation then also showed that the solution is an outstanding tool that can be configured centrally, thus providing globally uniform information on aggregate online data.”

The Results

The power of the Webtrends solution has been most clearly demonstrated in the measurement of Nestlé Nutrition Centre. The site, which offers 45 million pages of impressions a year, requires in-depth analytics to capture and analyze the broad range of interactive options and opportunities. Sophisticated pixel tracking captures accurate information on unique and returning visitors, as well as the use of the interactive site’s forum, Wiki and blog. This data is then used to optimize the website and gauge brand awareness and customer satisfaction.

“This improves our understanding of our customers so that we can adapt the website accordingly, as well as use that information for future product alignment,” Belke said. “Webtrends is therefore making a key contribution towards our product development.”