Eating Our Own Dogfood – How To Optimize For Revenue As A SaaS Business

Eating Our Own Dogfood – How To Optimize For Revenue As A SaaS Business


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Eating Our Own Dogfood – How To Optimize For Revenue As A SaaS Business


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It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that we at VWO are very keen about experimentation.

Not solely have we constructed a product round A/B testing and conversion optimization, however we're all the time in search of methods to run experiments on our web site.

Just lately, we received our complete group to actively analysis and contribute concepts for optimization on our web site and ran a number of checks. This publish is a story of what we did after.

Who Is This Submit for?

This publish will assist SaaS growth-hackers, entrepreneurs, and optimization specialists to foretell the enterprise worth from a check.

The goal of this publish is to not solely share the checks we ran on our web site, but in addition introduce a revenue-based framework that predicts the enterprise influence of an A/B check and prioritizing on the idea of it.

Income-Based mostly Optimization

Want for a Mannequin

After we propelled our group to recommend concepts for testing, we had greater than 30 hypotheses taking a look at us, however no distinct method of figuring out which of those to take up first. In fact, there's a vary of prioritizing frameworks obtainable, however we notably needed to take a look at those that might immediately influence our income.

This framework helped us venture the potential impression on the income from every check. Right here’s what we did:

Step 1

We determined to determine high-impact pages and winnow the pages that weren't as essential for our enterprise, that's, pages the place no aim conversions happen. We checked out Google Analytics for pages with the:

  • Highest Quantity of Visitors
    (We used “New Customers” to nullify visits by present clients.)
  • Highest Variety of Aim Conversions
    (Objective conversion, which contributes to your general enterprise objective, is the primary aim on your web site. In our case, this meant all certified lead-generating varieties. A free trial or request a demo qualifies a customer as a lead with a real curiosity in our product; or, because the business popularly refers to it, a Advertising Certified Lead.)

This gave us an inventory of pages which have been high-value when it comes to, both visitors era or final contact earlier than conversions.

We recognized the next key pages:

  • Free-trial web page
  • Request-a-demo web page
  • Homepage
  • Pricing web page
  • Options web page
  • Weblog pages (All)
  • Contact-us web page

Step 2

Our foremost goal was to challenge an estimated improve within the income as a consequence of a specific check. In case your check will increase the conversion fee by say 20%, what would this imply for your enterprise and, in flip, the income?

That is how our advertising funnel seemed like:

VWO Marketing Funnel

Notice: You must use knowledge from the current three–6 months, and the typical (imply) of every step. That is to precisely mirror what to anticipate out of your testing and be related to what you are promoting.

For every of the “Key Pages” we recognized in step one, we additionally dug out the corresponding numbers at every funnel stage. We’ve defined every stage of the funnel and the way it's calculated:

a) Key Web page Visitors: The full variety of pageviews per Key Web page (new customers in our case). You'll find the info in Google Analytics.

b) Complete Conversions: The full variety of leads generated from every specific web page. If there's a further qualification your organization follows, supply this knowledge out of your most popular CRM or Advertising Automation software program. For instance, at VWO, we use Clearbit to qualify our leads in Salesforce.

c) Alternatives: The entire variety of alternatives generated on your gross sales staff. This knowledge can be out there in your CRM; be sure that to rely certified alternatives solely.

d) Clients: The whole variety of clients created in a month.

e) MRR (New): Or month-to-month recurring income, means income booked on a month-to-month foundation; you need to use this to estimate annual recurring income, or ARR, as properly.

Step three

Now that we had all of the numbers wanted in our arsenal, I made a decision to calculate some extra inner benchmarks. This gave us the efficiency of our advertising and/or gross sales funnel.

  1. We computed the conversion price of a specific web page, utilizing the next method:
    Present conversion price = (Complete Conversions Key Web page Visitors); that is represented as %
  2. The conversion of your leads into alternatives:
    (Alternatives ÷ Complete conversions) × 100, represented as %
  3. The conversion price of alternatives into clients:
    (Clients ÷ Alternatives) × 100, represented as %
  4. The typical income per consumer or ARPU:
    Complete MRR ÷ Complete variety of paying clients

Now all you need to do is to impute these numbers on this template.
Revenue-based Testing Model
The mannequin makes use of all of that knowledge and tasks how a lot income improve or lower you possibly can estimate based mostly in your check outcomes. This estimate may give you a good suggestion of the place to start or prioritize your testing.

Step four (Elective)

That is the place it might get tough. At VWO, we promote each Enterprise plans and Normal plans. So to be truthful, we should estimate every cohort with separate knowledge and particular person conversion charges.

For instance, Alternative creation % for an Enterprise plan could also be decrease, however a Commonplace plan is simpler to transform. You could need to determine what sort of plan do you need to give attention to.

We, as an example, used web site visitors and Alexa rank because the benchmark for lead qualification. We attributed extra worth to the leads that got here in by way of key pages and prioritized them.

This led us to the subsequent step, which is the qualification price of the stated lead of excessive worth. This fee could also be within the vary 30–50%, relying in your definition.

It was fascinating to notice that every web page had a unique qualification price. For instance, we get higher high quality leads from our Request a demo web page than we do from our free trial or weblog submit web page.

Checks Carried out:

After we had the mannequin in place, we performed round with the rise or lower in our conversion charges. This was to determine what can be our greatest optimization alternatives?

The free trial pages and the house web page have been among the many high-priority pages, when it comes to the impression of income. (Sadly, I can’t share the precise numbers with you.) We first seemed on the hypotheses on the free trial web page:

Check 1 – Free Trial Web page

Our speculation was “Illustrating VWO options and social proof on the free trial web page will immediate customers to join the free trial.”

Here's a screenshot of what it appears like in VWO.

Bonus tip: VWO has lately launched a brand new functionality referred to as PLAN that allows you to handle and prioritize your testing hypotheses. To study extra about this functionality, go to the VWO evolution page.

That is what the management seemed like:

Free Trial Control

Our heatmap knowledge additionally confirmed lots of customers clicking the options web page after accessing the free trial web page.

Screenshot of heatmap knowledge:

Heatmap Screenshot for test

We created a variation which included the options we provide to unravel this concern. Right here’s a screenshot of the identical.

That is our present free trial web page:

Free Trial Page(New)(Variation)

We ran the check for over 2 months. The outcome was a rise of 6% in our conversion fee, which led to elevated revenues.

Check 2 – Request a Demo CTA (A/B Check)

The primary CTA on the homepage has been the free trial CTA. The headline on the homepage was “A/B Testing Software program for Entrepreneurs.”

The speculation for the check was “We'll get extra certified leads by means of a request a demo CTA on the homepage.”

That is what the control seemed like:

Homepage Control

We got here up with a extra focused copy and altered the prevailing CTA to Request A Demo. Here's what the variation appeared like:

Homepage variation

We additionally needed to vary our positioning because of our foray into Conversion Optimization. The outcomes from this check have been that our variation beat the management and had greater than 31% enchancment within the conversion price.

Based mostly on the primary instance, we've got already carried out the brand new free-trial web page as our foremost free-trial web page now. Based mostly on the second check, we up to date our residence web page.

All in all, this mannequin helped us appropriately predict the most effective optimization alternatives, make our testing higher, and extra strategically aligned to enterprise objectives.

Let me know your expertise with this mannequin and the way you go about testing.

Would love to listen to your suggestions on this!

Free-trial CTA