Publishers Clearing House is winning the real-time marketing game. Their online brand, PCH.com, currently gets 16 million unique visits per month, and those visitors spend an average of 17 minutes on the site. The marketing team achieved this by delivering a personalized message to every visitor on the site — messages that were designed to be relevant to what visitors were doing on the site.
At MarketingSherpa MarketingExperiments Web Optimization Summit 2014, Michael Zane, Senior Director of Online Marketing, Publishers Clearing House, revealed how, in just under a year, the marketing team has increased:
- Time spent on their site by 43%
- Overall engagement by 46%
- Revenues per 1,000 visitors by 12%
They achieved this by:
1. Identifying two personas with very simple audience segmentation:
- Engaged visitors — customers who had played one or more instant-win or sweepstakes games
- Unengaged visitor — customers who had visited at least twice but had not yet played a game or entered a sweepstakes
2. Determining what they wanted visitors to do as a result of real-time marketing. This involved:
- Engaging the unengaged
- Driving the somewhat-engaged visitors to go deeper into the site
3. Testing to learn what will drive engagement. The team set a testing baseline by gathering data for six weeks
- They conducted A/B tests targeting their unengaged visitors. The control was the site without special messaging, and the treatment featured a very simple one-line header. The result achieved a 36% lift in engaged users.
- The team tested again. They suspected that they were on the right track and were eager to try a pop up designed by their graphic artists. After all, Zane was certain a designed pop-up would get results. He was right, but not in the way he expected. However, what they learned was still very valuable and influenced future tests. Find out more in this below clip: