ASKO manufactures premium household appliances with emphasis on quality and Scandinavian design. The company chose Semcon when they needed help devising a new concept for their marketing and training material. This initiative resulted in interactive presentations and animations that will work as both sales material and training material for the ASKO Academy, based on the ASKO brand ‘look and feel’.
Semcon is one of the most well-structured and delivery-focused external suppliers we have ever worked with. They stand for true integrity in all elements of their work and processes: an integrity that is clearly apparent from every sentence and every page they produce, every second of the animations they render, and every moment of their relationship with the customer.
With the ASKO Academy training material and animations, the product information team and the animations team at Semcon have both focused on the structure and consistency of information for resellers, technical service personnel and – ultimately – customers. The features and benefits of products have been highlighted, and the training material is taken to a new level by reusing the animations originally created for sales presentations. This approach has made the animations very versatile and easy to incorporate in deliverables of all kinds.
“From both a customer confidence and a branding standpoint, it is very important to ensure that consumers are able to feel familiar with both the format and the content when viewing information. This enhances usability in line with the perception of the ASKO brand. All this has been achieved with the animation delivery whilst maintaining a high level of technical content,” says Roger Carew, Team Manager Graphics at Semcon.
Semcon and ASKO have developed a unique collaboration style where the emphasis is on understanding different user needs, right down to the very finest product details. At ASKO, this has even been given a name: ‘Semcon moment’. This is the point at which the product has been dismantled and every single aspect of the product information has been taken care of so as to maximise output for users.
I think our success has come about because we have worked together as partners, but at the same time we have challenged ASKO to move forward and consider what end-users really need. The ASKO feel is now consistent, and I reckon we have added value to the brand with our work and the way in which we collaborate with ASKO as a customer.
Semcon’s team in Göteborg, Sweden and Warwick, UK, has produced:
- A new concept and design for ASKO Academy training presentations, with focus on branding, features, benefits and a structure that will work for all product lines.
- The new concept includes a template for interactive PowerPoint that easily can be presented and navigated in, like an e-learning solution.
- 7 different ASKO Academy Presentations with the new template:
– Washing machine
– Tumble dryers
– Refrigeration (built in)
– Gas, Induction and Combination Hobs
- Creating visual information which is engaging, informative and rich in subject matter to bring to life a story based on the unique, functional and attractive features of the ASKO product range.
- ASKO Washing machines:
– Pro Wash
– Active Drum
– Auto Dosing
- ASKO Tumble Dryers:
– Soft Drum
– Steam Drying
– Heat Pump
– Multi Filter
- ASKO Ovens:
– Steam Function