We’re going to cover best practices that top brands use to drive referrals and customer acquisition:
The following best practice examples come from companies that actually sell something. !
People always ask: “How do I get more referrals?” ! That’s easy. ! Focus on two things that really move the needle. ! User participation & Optimization
Again, two things really ‘move the needle’ for referral program performance. User Participation Optimization
User Participation Location matters
Homepage & Navigation Best practices: ! • Site-wide • Highly visible (upper-le#)
Order Confirmation Page Best practices: ! • Pop-up overlay • Varied offers
User Account Page Best practices: ! • Embedded • On button click - if you have to • PURLs
Stand Alone Referral Page Promote / drive traffic from: ! • Homepage & Navigation • Dedicated email blasts • Trigger emails & newsletters • Social following • Customer service follow up • Email signature
Dedicated Email Blasts Best practices: ! • Single call to action • Clear offer • Schedule (monthly / quarterly)
Your ‘reach’ may be bigger than you think…
Optimization Increase sharing rates and referral conversion rates
What to measure Shares ! Widget Impressions ! = Sharing Rate Conversions ! Referral Visits ! = Referral Conversion Rate Referral Visits
Sharing Rate - optimize call to action Best practices: ! • Clear call to action • What’s in it for them • What their friends get (if double-sided) • Address book importing
Sharing Rate - optimize design + 42% sharing rate • Red, italic headline • Background image
A B C • Purple bracelets • Green bracelets • “Expires in 24 hours!” • Woman on beach • “Expires in 24 hours!” + 35% Gain
Doubled referral visits and referral sales
Welcome overlay • Friend incentive • Email capture • Reveal code
Session-based • Dynamic message
Dedicated landing page • No distractions
1 Offers for sharer & friend 2 Calls to action for sharer & friend 3 Shared content (copy & images) 4 Shared email subject line Elements for testing 5 Referred visitor experience
Calls to Action - quick tips Tip 1: Verb + What’s in it for me? Tip 2: “I want to ___________.” • Get $10 in store credit. • Get a free month. • Give $10, Get $10 • Share and earn $10
Referral Benchmarks How are you doing?
Cost Per Acquisition CPA
Examples of Campaign Metrics Example companies by size
Where to start optimizing (30 day snapshot - 3 companies) a Rockin’ b Work on sharing rate c Work on conversion rate
Party Foul ! The biggest mistake people make . . .
Don’t force a login or registration 90% drop off!
Recap Follow best practices and avoid common pitfalls.