How Pulse uses personalization to serve multiple industries.

Increased demo registrations
Our social proof product, Pulse, serves many industries with very different vocabulary, use cases, features, and integrations.
We personalized headlines, call to actions, customer logos, benefit points, integrations, and the demo for 4 primary industries.
Personalizing for the visitor's industry increased demo registrations by 54% and new trial signups by 32% with zero engineering.
It used to be impossible to write copy that deeply resonated with each of our personas. Experiences gave me the power to position our products perfectly for each of our 4 personas.
Auston Troyer
Growth Marketer
Austin, TX

We used Experiences to personalize our website to serve 4 very different industries and it worked amazing.

Our social proof product, Pulse, is used on 20,000+ sites across many industries. But trying to build and manage multiple funnels with limited time & resources was a ton of work for our 3-person marketing team. This is when we had the vision that personalization could solve this problem.

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Right now, Pulse serves five primary industries: SaaS, eCommerce, Education, and Agencies. We used Proof Experiences to implement personalization on our demo funnel and to humanize every element on a page for a visitor's unique industry.

We looked at our touch points across a customer’s journey and determined that watching a demo is the single-most crucial step to getting a prospect to start a trial.

Our hypothesis was that if we could increase demo registrations, it would have a direct lift on new trials, new customers, and most importantly, revenue.

Since Proof serves several industries and has several use cases, it was always hard to communicate well without at least alienating one group of visitors. That was, until we personalized our site.undefined

Our funnel begins on our highest traffic page: our homepage. Side note, this was our last homepage before we rebranded and announced Experiences to the public.

If a visitor is unidentified, a generic benefit headline sparks the interest of the visitor and pushes them towards the call to action, "Watch an instant demo."

If this is the visitor's first time coming to the site, we likely don't know their industry yet. However, if the visitor is already a contact in our HubSpot CRM and tagged with an industry —then the homepage will dynamically adjust to call out their industry (more on that in a second).

Once a visitor clicks "Watch an instant demo," they go to a survey page where they can choose an industry. While we serve many other industries, 80% of our customers identify as SaaS, E-Commerce, Coaching, or Agency.

If one of these 4 industries is not a good fit, then a visitor will click "Other" and type in their industry manually. We look at those submissions every week to understand which industry we may want to personalize for next.

When a visitor clicks on their industry, the event is instantly passed into Segment and updates the audiences in Experiences. This triggers all of the visitor's future on-site experiences to be uniquely tailored to their industry. Instantly, the elements on the page adapt without a page refresh!

Once we know a visitor's industry, the elements on the demo registration page dynamically adjust to position for an industry.

For our SaaS audience, notice that the screenshot below the headline says, "See why the fastest SaaS companies use Proof to acquire more users." The secondary text below the headline has been updated to mention specific SaaS customer that use Proof on their sites. And of course, Pulse in the bottom left corner has also been adjusted to note, "50 SaaS marketers watched the demo in the last 7 days".

As a visitor scrolls down the page, they will see several other elements all tailored to their unique industry, such as logos and testimonials of Proof customers from their same industry.

There are 5 variations of this page: SaaS, E-Commerce, Coaching, Agency, Other. By personalizing this page based on the visitor's traits, demo registrations increased 54%.

After a visitor opts-in, on the following page they watch a 7-minute demo discussing the value proposition of using Pulse on their site. For the time being, this demo is not personalized based on industry, but a personalized demo is in our personalization roadmap.

On this page, the only element that is personalized is the headline which reads, "Watch the SaaS demo below to learn more about our marketing platform."

Let's say the visitor got this far, but wasn't quite ready to start their free 14-day trial. Days later, they see a retargeting ad on Facebook urging them to start a trial. When they click the ad, it takes them to the homepage.

But not a generic homepage – Experiences remembers the visitor has already watched the demo and that they are a SaaS company.

Now the call to action is adjusted to display, "Start my free trial".

The headline and sub-headline have both been updated to reflect the visitor’s industry as well.

Lastly, you will see below the button some inline social proof, "🔥153 SaaS companies started a trial in the last month". This strategy is proven to be very effective in other experiments.

If a visitor clicks the "Start my free trial" CTA, they’ll arrive on the account creation page.

Again, the headline is personalized for their industry and the testimonial is adjusted to reference someone of influence from their same industry.

In this screenshot, the testimonial is from Gustaf Alstromer, Former Head of Growth at Airbnb who said, "Adding live social proof was the #1 driver of increased revenue in all my experiments while at Airbnb."

Ultimately, personalizing the experience for visitors to our demo funnel increased demo signups by 54% and new trial registrations by 32%.

The marketing team at Proof is very data-driven. To know the true impact of tailoring content based on industry, we ran an A/B test where 50% our traffic went through our original, unpersonalized demo funnel and the other 50% went through a personalized demo funnel. We used Google Optimize to split our traffic into audiences and monitor our results. The test ran for 61 days and completed with a 98% statistical significance.

The results of this A/B test concluded with:

Plus, visitors in this cohort had a more delightful, relevant experience when on our site. While we can not quantify "delightful" and "relevance", we hypothesize that this audience will have more success with our product because their expectations and education were specifically aligned to an industry. We anticipate a greater level of production adoption by this cohort, and ultimately a higher lifetime value.

Does your business serve multiple industries, sizes of companies, or multiple individuals in an organization? If so, you should run an experiment personalizing your website for each one.

Experiences makes personalization easy. Build audiences by tracking visitor behavior (like in the example above where we surveyed visitors) or connect to your CRM or 3rd party data like Clearbit to personalize for each audience.

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