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London, United Kingdom

Forum Auctions


Art | Books


Email Marketing


Over a 6 month period


Higher open rate vs. generic emailing


Unsubscribers from over 30k emails.


Higher click-through rates vs. generic emailing


Total winning and underbidding attribution of the personalized campaign

"We wanted to get our customers to appreciate that when they receive an email from us, it’s worth opening.
With Artbrain, our email open and click-through rates have increased dramatically which is driving tangibly greater customer engagement”

Stephan Ludwig

CEO, Forum Auctions

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As one of the fastest-growing auction houses in the works on paper market, three year old Forum Auctions is a leading auction house in the UK for Antiquarian Books and Manuscripts, 20th Century Literature, Modern & Contemporary Editions, Old Master Prints and more.

Over the past 15 years, Mr. Stephan Ludwig, Forum’s CEO (and previously owner of Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions), has engaged with many of the new products that have underscored how the internet revolution has changed the way auction houses and galleries connect with their customers.

Forum is not competing solely with other UK auction houses. The global Works on Paper market is well suited to e-commerce and Forum‘s catalogues are striving for buyer bandwith against auction houses and galleries worldwide.


Knowing that their most active customers receive tens of emails a day from different auction houses and galleries, Forum has welcomed Artbrain's tailored marketing solution as a very effective way to get their customers’ attention and materially increase buyer engagement with their weekly sales calendar.

Prior to the introduction of Artbrain's automation of individually tailored emails, Forum relied on the firm's specialists' recollections to identify those of their VIP private clients most likely to be interested in key lots, auction by auction. Aside from this being a laborious process, it's limitations of reliance on manual processes inevitably resulted in oversights, particularly of occasional buyers who may not have transacted for years.


Forum harnesses Artbrain’s Artificial Intelligence algorithm to analyze its database and recommend relevant items individually to only those clients with a known interest in those items.

In addition to their generic newsletter sent to all their customers, Forum is now sending thousands of emails, with recommendations tailored to each one of the recipient’s past bidding activity. By including under-bidder data, the volume of inputs into the algorithm becomes equivalent to literally years worth of analysis at the press of a button.


→ Out of all of the customers that received both emails, 27.2% opened only the personalized email.

→ Those customers subsequently entered £2,081,418 worth of bids.

→ Out of all of the customers that received both emails and opened at least one of them, 32.9% clicked only on the personalized email.

→ Those customers subsequently entered £3,065,486 worth of bids.

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