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Glassdoor Uses Iterable and Snowflake to Create User-Centric Communications For More Jobs Found and Loved

Since 2007 Glassdoor, a champion for workplace transparency, has supported people’s searches for jobs with companies they love. 

Initially, they shared anonymous reviews from current or former employees which helped people understand if a job and company were the right fit. As the jobs landscape evolved, Glassdoor partnered with other workplace-related brands to build B2C and B2B products that reach across 20 countries and attract 50M+ unique monthly site visitors, including millions of professionals and employers trying to find the perfect employee-employer match. 

For example, Glassdoor acquired Fishbowl, a social networking app for the workplace, and now can encourage interaction between job seekers and company employees who offer their candid, inside insights to prospects. Additionally, in partnership with Indeed, Glassdoor facilitates employer branding, giving companies forums to be transparent, share their stories, and offer perspectives on culture, salary, and more. 

These partnerships, and others, create a win-win for allgreater workplace transparency ensuring prospects find and land in the right place, fewer employee-employer communication barriers that can create workplace risks (e.g., discrimination, pay gaps, and a toxic environment), and stronger employee recruitment and retention. 

Multiple Marketing Technologies Impede User-Driven Communications

To increase its user base and overall engagement, Glassdoor wants to attract employees, employers, and job-seekers who contribute content. For example, an employer can register their company to showcase their brand and post company updates, as well as respond to reviews. An employee or candidate who’s looking for a new opportunity can contribute content by posting in forums to discuss workplace topics, get advice, and search for or post their own reviews, including their experience working for a company and current salary. “The more content employees contribute, the more information Glassdoor has, and the more data we can make available for consumption, creating value for employers and job seekers,” shared David Tjen, Director of Marketing Analytics at Glassdoor. 

Previously, they relied on two customer communication platforms: one for email communications and one for sending push notifications. Without a single platform facilitating their communications across multiple channelsfrom email to mobileGlassdoor couldn’t reach users when and where their messages would be most impactful.  

They also couldn’t access critical user-centric data in a secure, centralized system, which prevented them from successfully reporting on the effectiveness of their campaigns. “We couldn’t track and manage the key data and what users did after they opened or clicked on an email or push, drilling into specifics like the actions they take on our site or within our app,” explained Tjen. This meant missed opportunities to personalize marketing campaigns and gauge what communications successfully or unsuccessfully drove customer engagement, and subsequent conversions. 

They needed one user-centric, marketing automation solution to reach and engage all users across multiple touchpoints—for both contributors and job seekers. With the Iterable-Snowflake data sharing integration, Glassdoor found a holistic way to combine campaign, business, and customer data in a secure place, track it in a way that protects any personally identifiable information (PII), and leverage it to better understand users’ activities across their internal systems. With this data, Glassdoor can create more personalized, timely communications to help job-seekers decide if an opportunity is suitable, if they want to apply or keep looking, and then act to secure the right job before it’s filled.

With access to data playing a key role for Glassdoor and the customer experiences they create, Iterable and Snowflake empower marketers with unified data, plus the capabilities and flexibility to unlock the data’s full potential. 

Say a Glassdoor professional looking for a new job opportunity receives an email or push notification for a job alert and opens it. Afterward, they may decide to apply for several jobs or further explore the company and available positions. Other communications may include requests for users to write company reviews or share their perspectives in community forums. Thanks to the Iterable and Snowflake partnership, Glassdoor can securely centralize and rationalize the campaign data from Iterable with its user, account, and system event data, as well as behavioral data across their internal systems. This makes it possible for them to see who opened the emails, and if they subsequently contributed content—whether adding in their salary or sharing their work life experience—to Glassdoor. And this gives marketing a deeper understanding of users, their activities, campaign effectiveness, and the overall impact to the business. 

Once we could integrate the data, and use a common identifier—our user ID—combined with the activity on our site and seen in our internal systems, that’s when we gained a lot of value in measuring and optimizing our marketing campaigns and programs.

David Tjen
David Tjen
Director of Marketing Analytics @Glassdoor

Glassdoor Gains Perspective for Improved User Communications and Satisfaction, Data Compliance, and Reporting

Glassdoor has leveraged the Iterable and Snowflake partnership in different use cases and, as a result, is seeing users gain more value from its products. 

Problem-Free Notifications Equal Useful Job Tips

Glassdoor launched a new feature in its app where people can join different communities and forums to discuss the personal side of professional life. When a new post or reactions and comments on posts are added, Glassdoor will send push notifications to inform users of this. However, before Iterable and Snowflake, this wasn’t possible as they lacked clear visibility into notification delivery and the technical issues preventing a successful delivery. 

By having access to their raw data from Iterable, and then accessing it via Snowflake, they now understand which users are receiving what messages and how many are sent, and if there are duplicates. These insights, reflecting a 360-degree customer view, are integrated in a comprehensive reporting model that allows Glassdoor to quickly diagnose and get to the root of technical issues, and ensure users receive the notifications that aid their job exploration journey.

Tracking Data Compliantly to Maintain User Protection and Satisfaction

Glassdoor has stringent rules about who can access users’ personally identifiable information (PII) and only identifies users by a user ID. When they wanted to move the user ID data out of Iterable in a secure way, and then combine it with data from other systems such as the Glassdoor app, they turned to Snowflake. 

All of the Iterable data sits in Snowflake, and the Glassdoor Data Engineering team brings that data into a secure Snowflake area where a few engineers can access it and map the email to the user ID. By combining this information with the activity that happens on Glassdoor or in their internal systems, they know what’s working well or what isn’t, and can share insights with the business to make adjustments that will maintain customer satisfaction and privacy while also protecting employers’ brand perceptions. 

Having Iterable and Snowflake to engage employers, employees, and job-seekers, and securely capture and manage data, Glassdoor can support the ever-changing needs of its large community as they seek employment, recruit talent, and use their voices to enhance workplace experiences and transparency. With the power of data in hand, the Glassdoor Marketing and Data Engineering teams, company leaders, and partnering brands are also excited about the new opportunities that will equate to revenue streams, better matches for companies and professionals, and a more successful jobs outlook.

We now take a user-centric approach to all our communications. And data is fueling these communications, our business strategies, and marketing campaigns to help people to find their match—a company and job that suits their skills, interest, experience, and future aspirations.

Nicole Fisher
Nicole Fisher
Sr. Manager, Engagement Marketing @Glassdoor

Key Results

The Iterable and Snowflake data sharing integration has given Glassdoor secure, unified access to all raw data, which wasn’t possible before. And better manipulation of that data means optimized and personalized user communications that lead to successful engagement and campaign outcomes.

With all user, account, campaign, and behavior data in the Data Cloud, marketing can complete more robust analysis and reporting for stakeholders.

Increased clarity in what emails and notifications are sent and the subsequent activities they generate, which drives better reporting and action by the business, plus more authentic and exceptional customer experiences.

Realtors Property Resource®

Curb Appeal: Why RPR Ditched the Legacy ESP and Switched to Iterable

Realtors Property Resource® (RPR®), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), is a data platform and member benefit funded through NAR dues. It aggregates data from Multiple Listing Service (MLS) systems nationwide to give REALTORS® on-the-go access to the largest database of residential and commercial properties to help them wow clients and close deals. 

“A REALTORS® ability to quickly access and share property data directly influences their ability to effectively advise clients. We’re committed to making sure all REALTORS® are aware of the platform, and know how to use this valuable member benefit,“ explained Reggie Nicolay, Vice President of Marketing and Social Media at RPR. “In minutes, REALTORS® can create an RPR account, download the mobile app or use the desktop version and perform property searches to discover more about on and off market properties.” 

RPR also provides PDF templates to help agents and brokers create custom reports with key information—a biography, client testimonials, market statistics, their marketing methods, etc.—to better inform, engage, and impress clients. RPR also creates educational resources, from webinars to ebooks, to help REALTORS® understand how to use and maximize the RPR platform potential. 

While more than 1.5 million NAR members can access RPR, there’s a large percentage that don’t at all, that have only used it once, or that haven’t for some time. They are bombarded by real estate technology, and struggle to understand the purpose of each platform and what value they bring to their client work. REALTORS® also frequently enter and exit the profession with market fluctuations, which makes it increasingly difficult to find and reach them. 

RPR has dealt with these challenges, struggling to nurture audience awareness and understanding. Targeted, cross-channel, and timely marketing is growing more essential to engage with a vast audience, in a noisy market, but wasn’t easy with the solutions RPR used.

From “Bulletin Board” to Cross-Channel, Personalized Marketing

As RPR’s need for more dynamic, timely, personalized communications grew, they wanted to execute campaigns with different audience segments that their legacy ESP couldn’t scale to support. “We were basically doing bulletin board marketing, putting a big message out and hoping that people would see it,” shared Aaron Flatt, Director of Growth Marketing. It became cost-prohibitive given the scale and volume of RPR’s communications program. 

To successfully shift to more event-based, cross-channel marketing and demonstrate their value to more than 1.5M agents, RPR needed a modern ESP to complement and integrate with the other applications in its martech stack. This includes Appcues, which helps produce guided tours for users to better understand RPR’s business-building features and Zapier, which prompts communications based on user activity (e.g. webinar signups, taking surveys and providing feedback that’s positive or negative, or running certain RPR reports).

Iterable was a perfect solution: an easy-to-use, data-driven platform with open integrations to the RPR Mobile™ app. The flexible data model accelerates agility and the straightforward interface, combined with a robust feature set, supports multi-journey execution with different audiences. With Iterable, RPR can readily create individualized communications to deliver the right message, on the right channels, at the right time so agents know what it does, how it will benefit their work, and choose to regularly use it for nurturing client relationships and closing deals.

Iterable stood out as the right platform, in the sense that it met all of our needs, it was straightforward even as a technical tool, and we could see our raw JSON data in the user interface, which was important for maintaining quality assurance in our campaigns, and with our message.

Aaron Flatt
Aaron Flatt
Director, Growth Marketing @RPR

RPR’s Winback Journey Reduces Churn & Creates Record-Breaking Usership

After onboarding with Iterable, the RPR marketing team embarked on executing a daily winback campaign with two audiences identified by the Operations team: 

  • The once-and-done user who created an RPR account, but activity shows they bounced after signup and didn’t return. 
  • The unengaged user who was active with RPR, but their last activity was at least six months ago or as far back as two years. 

RPR wanted both audiences to get reacquainted with their platform so they created a single dynamic communication journey in Iterable Studio to accommodate both audiences. Once a user qualifies as either a once-and-done or an unengaged user, they are added to the winback journey and the paths split based on if they’re a commercial or residential agent. 

For example, if there’s a residential agent that hasn’t used RPR in the last 180 days, the first email they receive includes content about Shareable Market Trends, a newer RPR feature. If there’s no immediate activity with RPR after that first email, users receive another email prompting them to download the mobile app. If they act within the next 180 days, they’re taken out of the journey and receive different communications with personalized messages and content to support their work and RPR engagement. If they do not engage, they’re added to a winback churn list.

Taking this approach to better connect with their audience, RPR has experienced stronger conversion rates. Agents are more consistently using the app, and platform usage is maintained, even after the highest utilization peak for the year, which normally sustains through summer. Before, RPR typically saw usage dips as low as three or four percent after that peak.

“Iterable allows us to keep stronger usage than we’ve ever experienced this late in the summer. We have 10 years to look at where we can say that over and over. But this year, we’re consistently above the bar because we’re bringing agent’s in through this campaign,” explained Reggie. The more REALTORS® in, the better, so RPR can help them gain client trust and connection that leads to closed deals. 

Social Ad Retargeting is Key to Enhancing Agent Conversion

Meeting users where they are, including social media, is key to improving engagement. RPR strategically tapped into Meta as one avenue to enhance call-to-actions in its winback emails and created a complimentary retargeting journey. 

Users who are not engaging with the winback emails, meaning they opt not to open it, will see a retargeting ad in Meta, personalized based on whether they’re an agent who works in residential or commercial real estate. For example, if you’re an agent that stopped using RPR six months ago, and you opt not to open a winback email, the Iterable journey checks weekly to see if you’ve done any of the three events in the RPR market trends tool.

If you do one event, you’re removed from the audience, taken out of the ad set, and added into a new set that waits for another activity to be performed. If you don’t act, then you’ll stay on a hold tile and continue to receive the same ads. 

On top of using social media ad retargeting as a means to enhance the winback journey and user onboarding—with initial engagement success thanks to Iterable—RPR now has sights on leveraging more channels like SMS to amplify its messages, attract and retain users, and deliver more personalized experiences for all 1.5M NAR members.

Key Results

Thanks to Iterable, and after sending nearly 1M emails for the winback journey, RPR experienced the following results:

The overall program brought back approximately 90,000 users at a 13.15% winback rate

  • ~15,000 once-and-done users converted at a 5.53% winback rate.
  • ~75,000 unengaged users converted at a 18.23% winback rate.

They experienced the highest 30-and 90-day usership ever for the company.

Churn was drastically reduced with Iterable: After their highest utilization peak, usually experienced during the summer for the last five years, the user dip that averages 3-4% was only 0.6% this year.

Compared to the beginning of the winback campaign where 1,200 users converted per week, 3,200 people now convert weekly, an increase of more than 165%.


Redfin Takes Home an Increase in Active Users With Predictive Goals

Home buying and selling are major life milestones that involve many steps, emotions, and variables. As one of the largest investments people can make, trends in home prices, interest rates, inventory, reasons for the move—like job relocation—and preferred locations are all factors in the decision making.

Redfin, recognizing the weight of these kinds of decisions, seeks to make home buying and selling transparent, easy, and favorable to consumers. Buyers can easily search for houses according to specific criteria—like sales price and location—all from the comfort of their home. To sell, homeowners can list their property with a Redfin agent to save thousands in real estate commissions. 

Redfin currently operates in over 100 markets across the United States and Canada and they are the #1 real estate brokerage site in the U.S. Since 2006, they’ve saved customers more than $1.5 billion in commissions, and grown to attract more than 50 million average monthly users.

We’re hyper customer-focused, trying to make buying and selling homes better for people, less hassle, and giving them more resources, access to our agents, and providing the online tools needed to find your dream home.

Lisa Tulloch
Lisa Tulloch
Email Marketing Channel Manager @Redfin

But real estate is tricky. Not only does Redfin face serious competition, but the economy is also creating an unpredictable dynamic where people either want to sell homes to leverage their equity, buy if interest rates are favorable, or wait for things to stabilize. Redfin is challenged with trying to nurture buyers and sellers through a journey and effectively reach them at the right time, on the right channel, when they’re most likely to need Redfin’s services. 

Until recently, the retention marketing team focused on their active users, but they needed to shift that focus to engage more inactive users—a considerable portion of their overall customer base. Making this pivot, they could increase the probability of more customers exploring and using Redfin services.

Redfin Gets Their Foot in the Door With Inactive Users

While there are millions of Redfin users in North America, only a small percentage are active. Redfin defines active users as someone who engaged with an email or visited in the last 30 days, and those actions are usually early indicators that someone is ready to buy or sell. 

The emails sent to active users had performed well—with Iterable helping the team unlock their customer data to drive more personalized communications. “With Iterable, the sky’s the limit in terms of our segmentation and personalization with the massive amounts of data we can capture from a user profile,” explained Lisa. But, not knowing which inactive users to send conversion-oriented emails to—because they couldn’t predict who is likely to convert and lacked developer or engineering support to help figure it out—the marketing team needed help. 

They needed a solution to assess where their millions of users were in the lifecycle, narrow them down to a segment of the highest converting targets, and then unlock and activate that data—for example, what homes people search for or own, where they live, if they sold or bought before—with email. 

Iterable offers Redfin powerful tools such as advanced segmentation to send targeted, personalized communications, a flexible data model to maximize their rich user information, and AI-driven features such as Predictive Goals to inform messaging strategy and convert their millions of inactive users. 

Iterable’s Predictive Goals Increases Customer Retention: More Active Buyers and Sellers

Iterable offers several AI-driven features that have helped Redfin achieve their goals of nurturing, attracting, and retaining customers and staying top of mind when they decide to buy or sell a home. For instance, they leverage Send Time Optimization (STO) with all emails, which uses machine learning to analyze historical engagement behavior and select an optimal, per-person send time for communications.

Predictive Goals, also part of Iterable’s AI Suite, is the newest feature the retention marketing team has tested, taking the guesswork and manual labor out of predicting the highest converting users so they can move them from inactive to active.

Predictive Goals has been an absolute game-changer for our team, maximizing our efficiencies and accelerating time to value. We’ve seen the tangible benefits of AI on our business, and look forward to seeing the impact of Iterable’s new AI innovations.


Lisa Tulloch
Lisa Tulloch
Email Marketing Channel Manager @Redfin

To start converting their inactive users to active, the marketing team took a group from the seller and buyer side of the business—identified by Predictive Goals—and sent them conversion-oriented emails. For buyers, emails provided local market details, linked to a map of recent homes listed or sold, and encouraged them to review their home’s value. For sellers, the first email nudged them to check out their home on Redfin, a second mentioned data about potential buyers, and they were encouraged to schedule a consultation with an agent who knows the market extensively.

To assess if Predictive Goals made an incremental difference in conversions, Redfin experimented with hold out groups in Iterable. They took their group of inactive users, identified by Predictive Goals, and held off on sending emails to 50% of them on the buyer side and 10% on the seller side. It only took sending a few of the conversion-oriented emails to both Predictive Goals buyers and sellers before Redfin saw encouraging results: 

  • A 72% lift in converting inactive sellers to an active state.
    • There was also a 9% lift in conversion (meeting with an agent) after the seller emails.
  • A 15% lift in converting inactive buyers to an active state.
  • Redfin also observed a directionally positive lift in seller consultations and tours booked by buyers. 

Marketing Team Curb Appeal: Testing, Creativity, and Insights Benefit Brand Engagement and Redfin Teams

With Iterable’s more predictive insights, marketing has the information to act quickly and easily to determine when and which inactive users to email, with minimal-to-no support from engineering. “We did it on our own. It was very, very flexible; we could add or delete Predictive Goals, pivot, and try ideas. It allows us to be creative, which is hard to do with data,” shared Lisa. In fact, the Iterable team was so transparent about the data used to build predictions, marketing started offering insights from Predictive Goals to other teams, which Lisa said “Is incredible when we’re not analysts or developers, but can deliver insights to help them get better at signaling, targeting, and engaging.”

After initial success, with encouragement of Redfin leadership, and putting their minds together with other teams, retention marketing is excited about the possibility of applying Predictive Goals in more use cases that benefit customer engagement and retention. They believe the sky’s the limit by having Iterable and Predictive Goals to relieve pressure from engineering, putting more control, flexibility, and creativity into marketing’s hands, and producing weeks of time saving.

On the horizon, they intend to use Predictive Goals to get more granular with segmentation to convert lapsed users and go bigger and smaller with conversion-oriented emails. They are also looking to  activate push notifications and SMS messages to enhance engagement with all customers—buyer or seller, active or inactive. 

Key Results

  • A 15% lift in converting buyers to an active state.
  • A 72% lift in converting sellers to an active state.
    • They also saw a 9% lift in conversion (meeting with an agent) after the seller email.
  • Achieved a directionally positive lift in seller consultations and tours booked by buyers. 

Iterable’s flexible data integration drives marketing agility and creates more data-application possibilities like richer, insight-driven communications so Redfin sees better customer engagement, retention, and lifetime value (LTV).

Reduced dependencies on engineering to execute marketing communications, improving team creativity, nimbleness, and driving weeks of time savings to enhance the customer experience.

Tava Health

The Body Coach

Why The Body Coach and Iterable are a HIIT

Founded by personal trainer Joe Wicks ten years ago, The Body Coach aims to get people moving and help them fall in love with fitness. Joe Wicks has one of the largest YouTube fitness channels in Europe, an award-winning podcast, a social media following of over nine million people, sold millions of cookbooks, and helped 100 million people of all ages, by offering free, live daily workouts during and following the pandemic.

While connecting with people and transforming their lives through these different avenues, The Body Coach underwent a digital transformation of its own. Once a personalized food and fitness PDF, it’s now one of the fastest growing mobile fitness apps and was selected as Apple’s Editor’s choice and Google’s 2022 Best App of the Year. Looking ahead, the team is increasingly focused on combining marketing technologies, like Iterable, with their decade of learnings to enhance mobile app experiences and strengthen customer connections to fully support their health and fitness journeys.

Differentiation in a Crowded Market Requires Unique, Timely Communications

As one of several mobile-based, subscription fitness apps available today, The Body Coach recognized it must move fast and use clever, personalized communications to attract and retain customers. “We need to engage effectively and then get users to do something—whether it’s smashing a workout, cooking a balanced meal, drinking more water, better planning for the week ahead, or all of the above,” said Alicia Gillard, Product Marketing Manager at The Body Coach. 

Previously, they relied on two customer communication platforms: one for email and one for push notifications. These different platforms, used by different stakeholder groups, including the product, product marketing, and brand marketing teams, created a variety of challenges that prevented The Body Coach from creating and sending timely, targeted, cross-channel messages tied to each customer’s fitness and health goals, choices and behaviors, how and when they like to be reached. These challenges also made it increasingly difficult to foster strong, lasting connections with new as well as existing members. The challenges included:

  • A siloed customer view: With two communication solutions, if product marketing wanted to know how customers engaged with a particular push notification or campaign, they couldn’t see that in the same place they saw email reporting, for example. “It was simple stuff that slowed us down and created uncertainty around how engaged our audience were in our communications,” explained Saagar Bains, Head of Product at The Body Coach.
  • Reliance on engineering to create and update communications: If marketing created a new push notification, they could send a one-off campaign, but automating distribution or creating an event-based push required engineering support. Depending on the engineering team’s workload, this could take several weeks or more. That lag prevented the marketing and product teams from quickly reacting, creating, and automating their campaign messages—especially any event-based communications.
  • Inability to operate at the speed of business, customers, and social media: Born on social media, The Body Coach could easily gauge customer interactions and sentiment, and quickly react using the best channel and message for the situation. To replicate that same social strategy with their mobile app wasn’t feasiblethe different platforms made it impossible to see that 360-degree customer view and delayed the production process for marketing communications, with their dependency on engineering.

They needed one, consolidated communications solution that uses customer data to personalize engagement and supports timely, cross-channel messaging through an intuitive interface with easy-to-use features that foster stronger customer connections. Embracing Iterable, the Body Coach is now delivering individualized, automated, cr0ss-channel customer communications that attract new members, keep them in the renewal cycle to reduce acquisition costs, and help all members meet or exceed their near- and long-term health and fitness goals.

Iterable’s Cross-Channel Capabilities Helps New Customers HIIT the Ground Running

Easy Start, an activation feature launched in September 2022, helps new Body Coach subscribers—and especially fitness beginners—start their first workout. Having observed a common, but unfavorable behavior with beginners, the product team wanted to address it. “We saw them sign up, give us their details, go through the paywall, pay for the first month, but not complete a workout in the product,” said Saagar Bains during a recent Iterable webinar. This lack of engagement led to decreased activation and ultimately less success with the product. Additionally it made it more challenging for The Body Coach to grow its membership base.

Their plan was to soften the onboarding ramp with Easy Start and make it less intimidating for someone going from no-to-low activity to several weekly hiit workouts. “Our brand resonates with people new to fitness, new to their health journey, or trying to get back on the bandwagon, so it was important for us to target them using Easy Start,” stated Bains. A cross-discipline team including product, design and product marketing implemented the Easy Start in-app feature and used Iterable Studio to develop the complementary communication seriesin-app, push notifications, and email messages—with a goal to reduce the % of beginners who are inactive during their first 30 days using the app.

All communications in this Easy Start journey begin when someone new signs up. Then, subsequent communications are conditional upon their behavior or certain events, and automatically sent using a cross-channel approach to maximize exposure of the Easy Start messages. For example, if someone joins Easy Start, they immediately receive a motivational message in an email and push notification that prompts their physical movement. If they join the program, but don’t complete a workout soon after, an email and push message will encourage them to take that first step and congratulate them when they do. It’s all based on where, when, and how beginners choose to engage with Easy Start, and the steps they take—or don’t take—after receiving the first message.  

After launching the Easy Start campaign and communication series in Q3 2022, Body Coach reduced the number of inactive beginners by 10% in one quarter. “This is a big step forward for us because that number is a proxy to our 30-day retention as members go into renewal, and we can increase the chance of retaining them at renewal,” explained Saagar. Now, more beginners better understand the value of exercise, the positive impact it has on their overall health, and how Body Coach supports their journey, start to finish.

Personalized Voice Messages from Joe

Seeing how effectively Iterable supported the Easy Start feature, The Body Coach also used Iterable in an in-app feature called Voice Notes from Joe. It taps into the brand’s success on social media, bringing more of Joe’s personality into the app through inspirational messages to prompt moments of surprise and delight for users.

The Body Coach records personal voice messages from Joe and can launch an Iterable campaign for each recording in less than an hour using an in-app template. The audio file is hosted on their Content Management System (CMS), added to the in-app template, and is sent via a push notification to create member excitement and suspense. “It feels like you just received a DM from Joe, it’s quick and easy to use, there’s no engineering input needed, and gives us the flexibility to be proactive and reactive,” said Gillard.

Getting a message out—on whatever we want and whenever—supports our mission and values of inclusivity, fun, and keeping things simple. And Iterable takes things a step further with sophisticated segmentation and unified reporting to reveal key audience insights so we can send tailor-made, special, and measurable messages to certain groups.

Alicia Gillard
Alicia Gillard
Product Marketing Manager @The Body Coach

As a newly-implemented feature, metrics and learnings are still in-progress. However, a recent Voice Note with a motivational Monday message created positive engagement60% of users who interacted with the message completed a workout within three days. The Body Coach is excited to use Voice Notes and Iterable to influence an upward trend of members feeling inspired, excited, and choosing to get fit and healthy. Plus, by leveraging other Iterable features to enhance the success of this campaign and others—specifically Iterable’s experiment builder and Send Time Optimization—The Body Coach is confident they’ll produce more high-touch, gratifying experiences for members in the future.

Driving Brand Outcomes With Iterable

Considering how other fitness brands share similar goalsthey want to move fast, deliver clever, engaging customer experiences, and drive impact without certain key dependencies—The Body Coach has the following recommendations.

  • Plan marketing and communications events and iterate: It’s helpful during the implementation phase to spend time as a collective team mapping out the user lifecycle, brainstorm at what moments communications should be triggered, and concurrently implement analytics. This produces a clear plan and by completing testing with Iterable’s experiment builder, a brand can feel confident about delivering the right messages, at the right time, through optimal channels. For The Body Coach, early and thoughtful brainstorming of the user lifecycle, and which moments will initiate customer communication, meant faster, smoother execution post-implementation. Now, as they build communications or a journey in Iterable, almost all events are there, ready to go.
  • Leverage multi-channel messages: It’s key to take advantage of different channels, bearing in mind a user’s journey to create stronger connections. The mix of Iterable’s sophisticated segmentation, advanced journey capabilities, integrated data, and message template library means brands can easily adapt to any communication variables, customer needs and preferences, and external, timely events that arise. 
  • Use and build brand authenticity: Make sure how you communicate with customers, inside and outside of your product, uses consistent tone, copy, and imagery. As Saagar Bains shared, “This was key, and led us to build the Voice Notes feature.” Seeing the effective engagement between Joe and customers on social media, The Body Coach wanted to bring the same engagement into the platform with every push, email, voice note, and in-app message delivered.

Our app is completely tailored to you—from the workouts chosen to macros in the recipes suggested based on your profile. With Iterable, all of our communications are now tailored to every member, too, and our unique brand values shine through, in every customer experience.

Saagar Bains
Saagar Bains
Head of Product @The Body Coach


Stronger campaign performance from leveraging various Iterable features: Experiment Builder, segmentation, and drag-and-drop template editor, to name a few.  


  • A 10% reduction in the total number of inactive Body Coach beginners, within one business quarter. 
  • 60% of users who interact with personal voice messages from Joe, delivered through push notifications, complete a workout in three days.
  • Improved customer engagement that increases the likelihood of 30-day retention and member renewal.

More consistent, cross-channel branding from an improved digital ecosystem of Iterable’s marketing automation platform, the CMS, and social media. This strengthens members’ journeys and their overall emotional connection to the brand and Joe as the face of The Body Coach.

Automated, nimble communications create operational efficiencies and support both reactive and proactive customer engagement to match the brand’s quick, effective, personal social strategy.


How Lovepop Creates Magical Moments With Martech

When Lovepop blossomed from a greeting-card maker sharing the intricate paper artistry of Japanese kirigami into an omnichannel design powerhouse, it needed more than a garden-variety email platform to carry out its mission: to create “1 billion magical moments.” 

Founded in 2015 by best friends Wombi Rose and John Wise, Lovepop introduced the duo’s own creation: Slicegami™️, a pop-up paper design that marries kirigami’s cutting and folding with the mathematical precision of sliceform structure used in ship design. 

To achieve its “North Star” goal of driving profitable growth while improving customer happiness, Lovepop calls on a marketing stack whose elements work together as smoothly as the pieces in their intricate designs.

Harnessing the Power of Individualization

Lovepop connects with customers in both traditional direct mail—a 20-page seasonal catalog sent five times a year—and a powerful combination of social and email marketing. This helps Lovepop reach a wider audience, beyond its greeting-card enthusiasts. 

“Email has been part of the Lovepop strategy since Day One,” Ally Chapman, Lovepop’s Retention Marketing Manager, says. “It’s definitely our biggest channel for driving repeat purchases and getting customers back to the website.”

As part of its “customer happiness” goal, Lovepop relies on segmentation and 1:1 real time personalization to send meaningful messages, especially as it expands its product lines and designs to appeal to new customer segments.

Using an integration with tech partner Lytics in the Iterable platform, Lovepop adds dynamic content modules populated with individualized product recommendations to broadcast campaigns introducing seasonal designs and product lines. 

“The segmentation tool is fantastic,” Ally says. “On some platforms it can be hard to get segmented customer lists, but it’s so easy in Iterable and saves us at least 2 hours per week. For example, we can pull customers identified by our integration with Tealium AudienceStream, our customer data platform (CDP), who have ordered specific product types or who bought from a collection in the last six months.”

“With Tealium’s AudienceStream providing a unified view of the customer, we have been able to launch campaigns that are complementary to those running in Iterable across all other marketing channels. We also have developed a journey in Iterable that runs through our list segmentations daily and updates our Custom Audiences automatically.”

A Bit of Love in Every Message With Brand Affinity

The marketing team segments its audience based on everything from acquisition source to product interests. By layering Iterable’s Brand Affinity™ onto their segmentation strategy, the Lovepop team can tailor messaging even further based on customer sentiment (loyal, neutral, negative, etc.). Lovepop loyalists are communicated with differently than first-time subscribers. 

For example, Lovepop can suppress customers with negative brand affinity from certain campaigns, which reduces unsubscribes and helps maintain high click rates and revenue capture. 

“With Iterable, we can give customers with higher Brand Affinity more options for cadence and content while not entirely ignoring customers with lower Brand Affinity,” Ally says. “This enables us to continue giving lower-affinity customers a chance to re-engage with our brand without going overboard on send volume and creating a negative customer experience. “

Closing the Gap With Shopify

Lovepop has also solved another perennial problem: triggering cart abandonment campaigns for shoppers who have not yet been identified (i.e. shoppers who are not logged into an account or have not yet entered their email at checkout).

“We are built on top of Shopify for checkout,” Ally said. “Our order confirmations go out through Iterable, but the information comes from Shopify. Historically, we could send cart-abandonment emails only to customers who had logged in via Shopify.” 

Working with Tealium, Lovepop can capture the first-party data in the customer data profiles. This helps identify more abandoners’ e-mail addresses by tracking across multiple browser sessions and devices, allowing Iterable to trigger more abandonment emails. Sending more abandoned-cart reminders results in higher conversion rates.

“Closing that gap was very impactful,” Ally says. 

Enabling Data as the Thermostat in an “Always Be Testing” Framework

Another game-changer for the Lovepop team has been being able to ramp up its testing program. 

“Everyone should always be testing,” Ally says. “For us, subject line testing has been the most valuable, because finding the right one can really move the needle on performance. “

Lovepop was able to solve a major weakness of subject line testing: capturing the improved engagement and monetization in real time instead of waiting for the next similar campaign to deploy the “winning strategy.”  

Using Iterable’s Experiments tool, Lovepop can test several subject lines on small segments of a broadcast audience for two hours after deployment. At the two-hour mark, the winning subject line automatically goes out to the remaining 70% of the audience.

“We have been able to get a 20%+ lift in our click-through rate each time with the right subject line,” Ally says. “This allows us to maximize the revenue we can earn from our broadcast campaigns.”

Everything Leads Back to Customer Happiness

Maintaining a performance-driven, data-driven marketing program allows Lovepop to continually optimize. “Iterable’s key features have enabled us to maximize revenue from our customer base,” Ally says. “At the end of the day, revenue is a proxy for our mission of creating one billion magical moments—every additional order we drive from improved email performance represents another happy customer who helps bring more Lovepops into the world.”


Reduced churn while maintaining higher engagement and maximizing revenue leveraging Iterable’s Brand Affinity™.

Using Iterable Experiments, Lovepop consistently saw a +20% lift in click-through rate.

Individualized product recommendations with Iterable and Lytics.

More effective use of first-party data with Iterable and Tealium.

Saves at least 2 hours per week with the easy usability of Iterable segmentation.


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Spotting a Diamond in the Rough: Crushing Data & Uncovering Success

Rocksbox is an interactive, hyper-personalized discovery and shopping service for fashion jewelry. For a monthly subscription fee, members gain access to rent unlimited jewelry from premium designers & brands. Stylists rely on in-house technology and customer-provided feedback to personalize each box shipped directly to the customer’s door.

How does Rocksbox work?

  1. New members take the Style Survey to indicate style preferences. They can also select pieces directly from the Wish List.
  2. Rocksbox Stylists send members a curated, 3-piece jewelry set to wear on loan.
  3. When they’re ready for a refresh, members can swap at anytime for a new set of jewelry. Members communicate with their Stylist by leaving feedback, ensuring an even more personalized next box.

In addition, Rocksbox members can purchase jewelry right out of their box using member rewards and discounts.

Growth Marketing

Member engagement is inherent in Rocksbox’s business model with personalization at the core of the experience. Growth marketing at Rocksbox combines user acquisition and member engagement, optimizing all points of communication to maximize ROI. The team is highly experimental and data-driven, always exploring new ways to engage their members and implementing journeys based on testing outcomes.

Email marketing and member communications are key for growth, customer activation and ongoing engagement – and this is where Iterable comes in!

One-Stop Customer Messaging

Rocksbox uses Iterable for all customer messaging, including:

  • blast marketing newsletters
  • drip campaigns
  • re-engagement campaigns
  • gifting campaigns
  • influencer outreach
  • triggered emails based on customer characteristics and actions
  • transactional emails for purchases, forgotten passwords, etc.

This compares to their past use of separate systems which were difficult to scale, error-prone, lacked reporting/analytics and were not easy for a marketer to set up and use without the help of an engineer.

Iterable now allows a team of two marketers to manage engagement campaigns sending well over 500,000 monthly messages to hundreds of thousands of customers and subscribers!

Iterable is our key platform for driving customer growth and engagement at Rocksbox. We can run and optimize all our campaigns just using the Iterable tools.

Amanda Nguyen
Amanda Nguyen
Growth @Rocksbox

Key Takeaways

Rocksbox uses Iterable for all customer engagement campaigns and messaging, eliminating the need for separate systems.

Iterable enables Rocksbox to easily run sophisticated journeys that maximize customer engagement.

Rocksbox has A/B tested every single message sent via Iterable and has achieved significant lift in metrics and ROI.

Sophisticated Campaigns and A/B Testing

Rocksbox has taken advantage of Iterable’s tremendous flexibility to create sophisticated journeys and to optimize all aspects of their campaigns.

A simple example of a journey in action is Rocksbox’s feedback request journey:

  • When a member’s return box is scanned by the postal service, they are prompted via email to leave feedback (if they haven’t done so already on the website) for their Stylist. Rocksbox Stylists rely on this incredibly valuable feedback to curate an even more customized experience in their next box.
  • In a certain time period, if a member has not yet left feedback on the pieces in their Rocksbox, they will receive an email prompt upon receipt of their returned box from an Iterable journey.
  • At that time, if they’ve already left feedback, they will instead receive an email notification with a secondary call to action, like a reminder to add new items to their Wish List.

This flow has been tested and been found to have excellent results in terms of future engagement.

To make the most of their opportunities, Rocksbox has A/B tested every single message they send with Iterable. This includes testing bolder subject lines, sender name and title, main copy and more. Among other benefits, this testing has led to a 20% increase in email open rate across all campaigns, with similar gains for click-through rates, conversions and ultimately revenue for the company

The growth marketers at Rocksbox have standardized on Iterable as their key platform for managing and optimizing all ongoing customer engagement.

Iterable has made it extremely easy for us to execute and optimize sophisticated engagement campaigns with minimal engineering engagement.

Maeve Ricaurte
Maeve Ricaurte
Marketing Manager  @Rocksbox


Making Headway: Personalizing the Learning Experience

Founded in 2019, Headway is a global edtech startup with Ukrainian roots. They make learning easy, fun, and accessible through bite-sized, on-the-go learning experiences. Their flagship product, the Headway app, is used by more than 15 million people in 35-plus countries, featured in the Apple App Store and Google Play stores, and top 10 in the education category.

With Headway, users decide how they want to learn—through video, audio, or text—and what they want to learn, based on their self-growth goals, such as productivity or leadership hacks. Subscribers can use it throughout the day, like while getting ready, commuting, waiting in line for coffee, etc. There’s a gamification element to the Headway app as well, which allows users to set goals based on their quest for new knowledge and skills, track progress, and collect achievements. 

As Headway emphasizes, “Enjoy the fun, fully customized journey of learning!”

In a Mobile World, Single-Channel Communication Misses the Mark

As an app-based platform, Headway understands that mobile channels are the best avenues to reach repeat and new subscribers. Last year, they recognized that using an email-only platform limited their opportunities to reach and engage a vast number of mobile-inclined customers, and resulted in these marketing limitations: 

  • They lacked powerful tools such as advanced segmentation, AI, and A/B testing to streamline the end-to-end lifecycle management process and improve marketing activation, creation, personalization, scale, and impact.
  • Their previous Email-Service Provider (ESP) wasn’t built for data—that meant an inability for Headway to unlock key information which influences more customer-centric communications across multiple channels.
  • An inability of the ESP to integrate with existing tool stacks (e.g. Amplitude and AppsFlyer) meant fewer advanced data application possibilities like richer customer insights.

By depending on an email-only platform, Headway couldn’t deliver cross-channel communications to different audiences, at certain times, including unique content that resonates with each subscriber and supports their quest for knowledge and self-improvement.

As we encountered many positive reviews on Iterable from other high-growth startups, we were encouraged to learn more, delighted to try it, and saw it offers the features, functionality, and cross-channel experience to support our business goals of monetization and retention.

Olena Zarubina
Olena Zarubina
Retention Manager @Headway

Getting Ahead, With Iterable

In May 2022, Headway switched to Iterable and they haven’t looked back. They found joy by having one solution with an intuitive interface and wide-ranging features, such as robust segmentation, a flexible data model, and machine learning. With Iterable Headway can create unique, timely, cross-channel communications that forge deeper customer connections for better brand awareness, satisfaction, and loyalty. 

As the latest addition to Headway’s marketing toolkit, Iterable also helps them to “maintain balance in the type of communications users receive, and how often, which is essential to stay more reactive to users’ wide-ranging activities, behaviors, and desires to enhance their knowledge and skills,” said Zarubina.

Now, Headway can effectively segment subscribers according to behavioral and user data like how often they use the app or whether they have a subscription, and send emails, push notifications, or both—a benefit that wasn’t available less than a year ago. This has especially impacted Headway’s onboarding experience.

A Better Onboarding Experience With A/B Testing, AI, and Journeys

Freemium and premium users are both important to Headway’s business objectives. They make up their evolving customer base, but have different behaviors. Freemium app users may hesitate on purchasing a premium subscription. Meanwhile, premium users don’t always use the app consistently or for a long period of time.  

The first week after signup is the most important for the lifetime value of Headway users because this is when they are getting acquainted with the product and deciding on a subscription purchase. With this in mind, Headway’s marketing team created a journey using Iterable Studio for someone’s first week on the app. The flow for the journey has two paths for freemium and premium users. 

  • For freemium users, communications convey the app’s benefits, show how flexible and easy it is to use, and entice them with offers so they opt to become a premium subscriber, and eventually see how this option meets their needs. 
  • For premium users, communications emphasize reasons to continue using the app. For example, it has interesting features like gamification, plus a wealth of resources and curated collections available in multiple formats, but only found in Headway. The messages emphasize the different ways to use the app for lifelong learning.

Taking this approach to better connect with both groups of users, Headway hopes to keep all of their users engaged by habitually using the app, and ultimately convert freemium users to premium subscribers. By having access to user data in Iterable, like a user’s educational interests, and behavioral data, such as the actions a user is taking in the Headway application, they can better segment their audiences and increasingly personalize communications throughout the user lifecycle. With Iterable, they can also add event checks to a journey to see if someone makes a purchase or opens a specific message, for example, or include exit rules that remove someone from the journey based on a certain action or attribute change. 

By sending more personalized messages based on user data and using features like exit rules, Headway has avoided overloading someone with irrelevant notifications, created more opportunities to deliver useful advice that makes the app stickier with its users. These personalized messages have also supported more click-to-purchase, and freemium-to-premium subscriber conversions.

Fast, Comprehensive A/B Testing Improves Performance and Conversion

Headway appreciates the ability of fast, comprehensive A/B testing using Iterable’s experiment builder, which reassures them that they deliver the right messages, at the right time, through the best channels as people are introduced to the app. Previously, it took them more than a week to launch a test, but they launch them in a matter of minutes now.  

In their onboarding journey, they’ve tested different email subject lines or the call-to-action (CTA) in the email body. They recently ran A/B tests on three different subject lines for their welcome email with the goal of improving engagement and conversion to purchase:

  1. Let your growth begin 💪 
  2. Learn in less time with Headway! ⏰ 
  3. So nice to meet you 💙 

The third subject line test result was the winner with a 46% email open rate (OR), contributing to an overall OR lift of 14%, an increase in click-to-open rate (CTOR) of almost 3%, and conversion to purchase increase by 2.3%. 

Iterable’s testing capabilities help them learn what resonates with users, and what doesn’t, so they can modify existing campaigns or execute new ones that generate lasting impact and positive results.   

AI-Driven Features Create Meaningful Subscriber Experiences

Headway leverages Iterable’s AI Suite within their journeys, including Send Time Optimization (STO) that uses machine learning to analyze historical engagement behavior and select an optimal, per-person send time for email and push messages. In fact, applying STO in their journeys has resulted in an average 7-9% increase in email open rates. They also concluded that the best time to send communications is late in the morning in a user’s time zone. 

Another AI feature, Brand Affinity™, automatically labels each individual user within Iterable according to their level of engagement with the brand. Headway is using Brand Affinity to test sending specific offers only to their engaged freemium users in an effort to convert them to paying subscribers.

Finally, Headway plans to begin using Predictive Goals to identify segments of users who are likely to convert on their business goals of monetization and retention. It might involve sending personalized messaging to segments who are “most likely to complete their next challenge” within the app to excite them to do. For example, if someone is interested in learning to boost their productivity, Headway might follow up with a list of book summaries and challenges about productivity.

Improved Onboarding Journey Lifts Open Rates and App Purchases

Thanks to the combination of Iterable’s robust segmentation and cross-channel capabilities, A/B testing, and AI Suite, Headway has experienced the following results:

  • The OR with emails sent to freemium and premium users increased by 12%, on average, and nearly doubled with push notifications. 
  • Conversion to purchase from clicks in personalized emails for freemium users increased by 2.4%, on average. 

Conversion to purchase from opening push notifications for freemium users increased by 1.3%, on average.

Across emails and push notifications, they will continue to test, analyze, and measure average opens, clicks, conversion to purchase, app metrics like challenges completed, and unsubscribes. They’re focused on continuing to improve customer engagement, monetization, and retention with Iterable’s help, too. Going forward, Headway plans to add in-app messaging as another avenue to target and engage with their 15-million—and growing—customer base. 

 “We hope to send even more events from the app and use them to segment users by behavior. We’re also building logic for the recommendation system conditions in the app so users can receive more personalized content, powered by Iterable,” concluded Zarubina. 

There’s abundant opportunity ahead, and if they experience any challenges along the way, Headway knows Iterable will provide partnership, problem-solving, and collaboration to strengthen their communications, user experience, brand reputation, and LTV.

Iterable is a well-crafted solution. We can test and implement multiple options from simple to complex, whether it’s an email headline, send time, or the featured content. And we can engage with a number of audiences to understand the actions they take in the app, good and bad, then chart a clear, successful path forward.

Olena Zarubina
Olena Zarubina
Retention Manager @Headway

Key Results

The OR with emails sent to freemium and premium users increased by 12%, on average, and nearly doubled with push notifications. 

Steady increases with OR (14%), CTOR (2.7%) and conversion to purchase (2.3%) with welcome communication.

Conversions to purchase from clicks in personalized emails for freemium users increased by 2.4%, on average.  

Easy-to-execute testing and more data-driven intelligence created stronger, more personal communications as people onboard and start to use Headway, more app purchases from freemium users, and better OR, CTR, and CTOR.

Nimble communications create efficiencies and support both reactive and proactive customer targeting that aligns with individual behaviors and activities in Headway.


Memories Partners With Iterable to Create Treasured Reflections in Times of Loss

Memories, launched in 2020, is a digital memorial provider where users can capture, share, and save cherished memories and other reflections with friends and family in a private, secure place. When people are separated by distance or unable to physically attend a funeral or memorial service—which was a common occurrence during the pandemic—Memories is invaluable during a difficult time.

Now serving customers in 195 countries, they’ve hosted 500,000 online memorials and preserved 1.9 million memories that uniquely celebrate a life legacy for families, friends, and future generations. They’re also the partner-publisher of digital tributes for leading news mastheads in the United Kingdom and Australia, the digital memorialization partner for more than 250 funeral services in Australia and New Zealand, and part of Memories Group, the operator of FutureMe—a self-reflection product.

Evolution of Memorials Requires Scalable, Multi-Faceted Communications

When planning a memorial, people are often overwhelmed by the to-do list. There are higher-order tasks to manage (e.g. deciding between a burial or cremation) and supporting the emotions of loved ones, while processing both grief and loss. In such sensitive circumstances, Memories focuses on thoughtful customer engagement by considering how and when they distribute customer messages, the receptiveness to those messages, and users’ actions to plan and create their memorial for someone close.

A few years ago, Memories Group went through a significant relaunch, but wasn’t equipped with a customer communication platform that could support their B2B2C messaging needs, including personalized communications for each audience and individual user. For example, they couldn’t connect emotionally with their users during this sensitive time and journey of loss because they were unable to activate and segment customer data. This resulted in generic communications that were insensitive to a user’s grief— leading to lower engagement and a disconnect with their brand. They couldn’t test communication tactics either, which made it more challenging to know what resonated with users at each point of the customer lifecycle.

Memories’ distribution strategy is two-fold—via direct selling or partnering with resellers, such as White Lady Funerals, who may set up a Memories memorial on behalf of a client. This adds complexity to their communication needs. “It’s a true business-to-business-to-consumer (B2B2C) distribution model, where we need to communicate with different audiences at the same time,” explained Lachlan Davidson, Chief Marketing Officer at Memories Group Limited. For example, there’s direct communication to end-users and as well communication to the resellers about actions a user takes to create their memorial. 

The combination of these challenges, plus the desire to closely collaborate with partners who share their “growth” attitude and trajectory were factors in Memories’ decision making and selection of Iterable—a like-minded partner to build their new communications.

Comprehensive Testing Improves “Welcome” Email Performance and Customer Volume from Resellers

Memories is focused on purchase and continued engagement, which makes “welcome” communication critical. Since the welcome journey combines administrative and marketing communications, Memories spent time evaluating and refining their approach to send the right messages at the right times so customers have positive experiences from the beginning. “If someone’s not using our product, they won’t get value from it, and we want to understand why, which means testing and retesting dozens of journeys and different communications,” shared Lachlan. 

Memories performed A/B testing using Iterable Experiments to improve the welcome communication series, looking at these variables:

  • Timing – They factor in whether someone recently experienced loss and is planning a service or if they’re retrospectively compiling memories. Respectfulness is key, regardless of timing, so Memories tested communication outreach before, right after, or several weeks following a service, and settled on gradually-increased communications based on users’ actions in the platform. 
  • Content and messaging – Depending on direct-to-consumer selection—through the website or a mobile app—or introduction through a reseller, unique customer communication is key. Memories found that with existing brand awareness, a straightforward welcome email with inspirational call-to-action (CTA) content had higher engagement. For customers unfamiliar with Memories or introduced to it through the funeral service provider they used, a welcome email required more Memories background, co-branded messaging, and CTAs to help someone know what to do next. 

By running these A/B tests, Memories improved the performance of their welcome email series sent after reseller introduction—75% of emails are opened activating users to create their first memory. This resulted in a 50% increase in open rate and this performance has influenced customer volume from resellers and incited the creation of 500,000 memorials across more than 190 countries. What’s more, as a result of cross-channel communications, Memories has seen a significant impact to their bottom line with revenue doubling year-over-year.

While their “welcome” communications strategy initially focused on email, Memories is starting more cross-channel engagement in Iterable. Mobile push notifications are first, and then they plan to try in-app messages to improve the number of mobile users creating memories. Then, they want to add SMS to support a concierge service intended to collect direct customer insights and give users the chance to voice feedback with a service representative.

Behavioral-Based Data and Individualized Media Influences User Engagement

From the “Welcome Series” journey, Memories hopes that customers take two steps as contributors that improve activation rates with memorials: 1) add their memories or 2) invite and then prompt friends and family to contribute by adding photos, videos, or sharing their life story—perhaps on a loved one’s anniversary, birthday, or the date of their passing. This way, the memorial grows at the beginning, evolves over time, and extends Memories’ lifetime value. 

Memories relies on Tealium to manage its event data, which informs behavior-based messages and outreach that help with customer engagement and retention. Lachlan explained that “behavior is what we thrive on and personalizing our communications based on this resonates emotionally with our users.” Iterable easily integrates event data from Tealium with a flexible model to inform and strengthen marketing communications with all of their audiences, in-turn improving their activation rates.  

To further personalize each experience, Memories is adding digital funeral elements to their welcome series. For example, a short tribute video that was created by a Funeral Director or family gets sent to their customer database and is uploaded into The Memorial, creating familiarity straight away and providing comfort and the knowledge that the memories a user has created of their loved one haven’t been lost. Additionally, a user may receive a message that shares an update on how many people have signed the digital guest book for a loved one’s funeral—prompting them to log in to see more details on who has signed. Memories has found that sending personalized content increases how many users  create memories, and their trust in and emotional connections with the brand.

Memories regularly measures user interest, engagement, and brand trust by collecting feedback during monthly concierge sessions with customers, tracking the users who take that first step in creating a memory or inviting others to participate, and reviewing weekly customer feedback reports. In the concierge sessions and feedback reports, they specifically explore details of users’ experiences, the influence of cultural or secular norms, if communications feel appropriate or inappropriate, and how these variables support more personal, impactful, trusted experiences with their brand. These different inputs give them indicators of how best to approach future marketing campaigns, plus their communication strategies and tactics. 

Iterable Support: A Key Differentiator and Success Driver

As the user base grew and their front-and back-end data architecture evolved, Memories was confident that Iterable could handle these changes, and others. There were instances where Memories was connected with highly-technical Iterable specialists who dug into their product, understood it and the unique data setup, and then provided solutions. 

The level of support and responsiveness from the in-market team makes Iterable feel like “an extension of the small Memories team,” and having a reliable partner that addresses any questions or concerns was “absolutely critical” for Memories.

With Iterable, we found a communications partner who shares our excitement and mission to personalize customer messages at a human level regardless of the distribution channel. We are able to test, learn, and continuously improve our communication strategy which drives trust and loyalty with our customers in times of loss.

Lachlan Davidson
Lachlan Davidson
Chief Marketing Officer @Memories Group Ltd


Easy-to-execute testing and more data-driven intelligence created stronger direct and reseller engagement from users, more product consumption, and a larger, global customer base to increase revenue streams.

More personalized communications after reseller introduction improved the open rates of “welcome” emails by 50%, which also prompted more customers to create their first memory.

The performance of cross-channel communications in Iterable has directly influenced revenue growth for Memories, as it’s doubled year-over-year.

Omnia Fishing

Omnia Fishing Angles for More Personalized Communications with Iterable’s Catalog

Omnia Fishing, an online retailer for fishing tackle, is the first to offer tools to help anglers discover the gear that works on a particular body of water. They compile information from thousands of fishing reports and tens of thousands of bodies of water to deliver product recommendations tailored to each customer’s goals. 

They serve the U.S. market and promise that anglers will find useful products, content, and guidance to hit the water with confidence and a tackle box full of the right gear.

Fishing for a New, Data-Driven Partner to Support Scale and Rapid Growth

According to the American Sportfishing Association, recreational fishing is a booming business. There are 49 million anglers in the US and growing, they’re a connected community, and a formidable economic force. As the industry and angler community continues to grow, Omnia Fishing has scaled rapidly, and staying on this path remains their key focus. 

“We’re offering customers a new way to shop for fishing gear: accessing a huge selection while easily locating just the right picks for their lake. It’s a huge opportunity but a real challenge to execute,” said Matt Hamilton, Head of Marketing at Omnia Fishing. 

Omnia Fishing recognized the value of personalization and how it could make the consumer shopping experience more enjoyable. As Matt added, “we needed to find the right partner with a flexible data model to ingest the mass amounts of data we collect so we could send personalized email and push communications at scale.”

Prior to switching to Iterable, they relied on different tools to send their customer communications—a basic email service provider (ESP) for newsletter delivery and a homegrown solution for transactional emails—but there were challenges with both.

  • Their previous ESP limited personalization across customer communications because it didn’t tap into their large database of user, product, and event information. It also couldn’t facilitate the creation and preview of templates to test and iterate before sending. 
  • Their homegrown model was cumbersome and labor-intensive as there wasn’t a user-friendly way for their marketing team to make edits in their template builder without the aid of the engineering team. This made it costly and time-consuming to execute campaigns.

They needed one intuitive, feature-rich, data-driven solution built for a marketer. Iterable was the answer. It has a flexible data model that accelerates agility, an easy to use interface to support testing, ideation, execution of journeys that maximize and scale for impact, and more advanced features which ensure individualized experiences for each customer.

Iterable’s Data Flexibility Helps Omnia Fishing Reel in Customers

Omnia Fishing was excited by how seamlessly Iterable integrates with their existing technology tool stack, including Twilio Segment, their customer data platform (CDP). “Iterable’s data flexibility allows us to pull in all of our data, across multiple sources, for better targeting, which is the main reason we chose it over other solutions,” explained Mark Prondzinski, Head of Product at Omnia Fishing. Having their data feed into Iterable, which features an easy-to-use segmentation tool, journeys, and editable template builder, means Omnia Fishing is more agile and can adapt to communication variables and external events as they arise. 

Deeper Personalization, More Automation in Communications with Catalog

Iterable’s Catalog is an out-of-the-box recommendation engine for marketers to automatically populate personalized dynamic content, without help from the engineering team. 

This comes in handy because Omnia Fishing works with a lot of data. For example, they sell a wide range of fishing gear and apparel, they share fishing reports and media content like articles and videos provided by other anglers, and provide maps to explore local bodies of water popular to anglers. As users with different needs and interests engage with the brand, they’ll want to see different product information, media, or fishing reports tailor-made to their fishing interests and needs. “Before Catalog, if we wanted to send, let’s say 125,000 emails to 125,000 users, it was too taxing to make these API calls to our server for up-to-date, user profile data to personalize our content,” Mark said.  

With Iterable’s Catalog, Omnia Fishing can now host all of their data directly within Iterable to personalize content, offers, and product recommendations in their communications For example, they store which products each of their customers are interested in on their user profiles in Iterable, based on browsing history, past purchases, and the content they’re reading. They use that profile data to query through Collections, and their associated Catalog data, to pull in details about each product—like the specific product image, URL, and description. 

The same approach is taken for their Catalogs of fishing reports and media content. Storing all of this data in Catalog allows Omnia Fishing to avoid making daily bulk API calls and overrunning their servers to access external user data. Additionally, Catalog allows them to keep their user profile data clean, as they don’t need to store entire product record details on each user profile. 

In the future, they hope to build another Catalog with data about their content creators, referred to as their “Ambassadors,” including what they contribute, such as fishing reports or videos with useful tips or product insights. This community-curated content helps foster even stronger customer connections and increases brand value, too. 

Catalog’s Impact on Subscriber Growth, Conversions & Revenue

Since using Catalog for email and push messages, these campaigns and their performance have seen a high return-on-investment (ROI) for subscriber growth, improving Omnia Fishing’s bottom line.

Historically, customers find Omnia Fishing while searching for a certain fishing item. They can quickly check out and have a good transactional experience, but don’t experience Omnia Fishing’s other unique resources that complement a purchase or help them find more necessary gear. Now, Omnia Fishing sends a post-order email shortly after a completed in-store or online purchase. For instance, if someone buys a fishing reel for a specific technique, the post-order email features multi-media content tied to the technique or fishing reports that mention the reel. “Catalog helps us serve up the content based on the product purchased. We deliver the post-order email and while someone waits on their product delivery, they can explore, learn, and come into contact with more of our learning tools,” stated Matt. 

Marketing can also iterate on the post-order email journey, modifying messages, subject line, or the call-to-action (CTA), too. “We’re building out this really personalized, sophisticated, visually attractive email … can iterate and tweak things, and never could have done that with our previous ESP or our homegrown solution,” Mark added. The open rate (OR) for the post-order email is 75% and click-through rate (CTR) is approximately 14%—which is a 50% increase in OR and more than 2x increase in CTR compared to Omnia Fishing’s other transactional emails. 

Their season change email, which also involves a higher degree of personalization, has benefited from Catalog as well. Before Catalog, it took nearly a week to prepare and send, and sometimes required developers to modify the journey or content since Omnia Fishing’s homegrown solution lacked a user-friendly template builder. Without Catalog, Omnia Fishing needed to rely on developers to create custom code driving the personalized content, such as the ability to sort and order the top five products a user expressed interest in. Developers have competing priorities and aren’t always readily available to help the marketing team. But, with Iterable and Catalog, “We can do a high degree of personalization, and if a communication or campaign is a high priority, we can make progress in minutes without affecting the prioritization of our tech roadmap,” said Matt.

Having these personalized, data-driven emails has increased the number of Omnia Fishing’s subscribers. Before Iterable, and implementing Catalog, there were 55,000 engaged subscribers—those who read and click through emails. In late 2022, there were 85,000 subscribers, a nearly 55 percent increase in six months. These subscribers are also engaging more with emails influenced by Iterable and Catalog, creating a nearly 18% increase in click-through rate to the online retail site

Looking ahead, Omnia Fishing plans to use Iterable for expanding their push notification strategy and executing in-app and SMS messages. There’s excitement about these additional avenues to personalize communications so both core and new users have the right products, content, and information at their fingertips. With Iterable’s support, Omnia Fishing knows it will seize market opportunities, attract more users, and attain growth, scale, and more financial success.

Key Results

Flexible data integration with Iterable drives agility and creates more advanced data-application possibilities like richer insights or product refinement so Omnia Fishing achieves better customer engagement.

Before Catalog, it took nearly a week to prepare and send, and sometimes required developer’ help to create the campaign content. Now, they can send deeply personalized communications in a matter of minutes.

Post-order email: The OR of this email is 75% and CTR is 14%— a 50% increase in OR and more than 2x increase in CTR compared to Omnia Fishing’s other transactional emails.

The number of Omnia Fishing subscribers increased by 55%, growing from 55,000 to 85,000 in six months.

Comparing more personalized emails containing Omnia Fishing’s product recommendation widget influenced by Iterable and Catalog with those that don’t, there has been a nearly 18% increase in click-through rate.

Butternut Box

Secret Escapes

Ready for Takeoff: Secret Escapes Welcomes Aboard Iterable to Scale Globally

Secret Escapes, founded in 2011, is a leading, members-only travel site that operates in 14 global markets. By partnering with suppliers, tour operators, and accommodations in 150 countries, they negotiate exclusive deals at hand-picked hotels and for holidays to support customers traveling in the UK, Europe, and beyond. 

Whether someone books a family getaway, honeymoon, or anniversary trip, Secret Escapes regularly negotiates and shares relevant deals to make your next trip exciting, enjoyable, stress-free, and affordable.

Business Expansion Puts Pressure on Communications Platform

With over a decade of supporting a variety of travelers’ requests, Secret Escapes recognizes and understands the nuances of marketing to different customers and geographies. According to Eurostat, average EU tourism expenditure varies83% is travel inside Europe (and 43% within someone’s country of residence), while 17% is to other countries and continents (e.g., Asia and Africa)

To support various needs, destination choices, and customer locations, Secret Escapes first personalized their advertising, creating more relevant ads for each market to maximize return on investment and marketing results. This happened with the wildly-popular “Whispering Lady” advertisement, which rolled out to 14 markets, with one billion impressions, and a 1.8X total return on investment (ROI). 

Applying personalization to all customer communication, including emails, became a higher priority as Secret Escapes scaled globally, faced unexpected industry pressures—like the pandemic—and memberships evolved. Unfortunately, before using Iterable, Secret Escapes was unable to track which deals and the order they were shared with users in their emails. This hampered personal targeting for more than 62 million customers and how the CRM team leveraged data to inform artificial intelligence. 

Another challenge from lack of data integrations involved ‘Search Emails’—one of the company’s most lucrative campaigns. Sometimes the deals a user saw online after a search weren’t the same ones they received in email. And Secret Escapes was limited to only showing discounts based on the destination searched vs. factoring in other crucial data such as trip type or date parameters.

Secret Escapes needed a comprehensive communication solution that optimizes timely member data to personalize engagement, supports cross-channel messaging, and creates stronger customer connections. Iterable was selected, with migration occurring in December 2021, and has steadily helped improve customers’ confidence in Secret Escapes meeting their unique travel needs.

Personalized Member Deals with Data Feeds

Iterable’s in-built data feeds have played a powerful role in helping Secret Escapes personalize customer communications—especially their emails. The CRM team uses data feeds to create a smart ‘send log’ solution—inclusive of all deals shared with members and all marketing campaigns—which now tracks impressions data to influence AI-driven engagement and targeted messaging. This approach involves three steps:

  1. They use a ‘parent snippet’ that matches relevant holiday deals with a user’s recent search event data. 
  2. They send that list to an internal server, which captures and stores the data, then returns it to Iterable in array format. 
  3. Using a second snippet, they examine each deal in the returned array, and output the data to future email campaigns so each communication is personalized to a member’s different vacation needs and desires. 

With help from their tech and data team partners, the CRM team also uses Iterable data feeds to send full search queries to the same API used by the company website. The queries return near-real time search results that complement a member’s online search and reflect their destination, trip type, and date criteria. Now, CRM produces and distributes dynamic, timely ‘Search Emails’ with a 45% open rate and 8.3% click-through rate, and they foster better connections with current customers that builds long-term brand value, including member loyalty and a growing user base.

Learn more about this data-driven communications approach and how Secret Escapes benefits in this Loom video.

Centralized Communications Management Helps Secret Escapes Adapt to Market Demands

Along with enhanced customer targeting and engagement, centralized communications management with Iterable, plus alignment of CRM operations by function, has improved the speed at which Secret Escapes reacts to market and customers demands. This proved valuable when the pandemic hit (and in its aftermath), and travel nearly stopped.

“There’s nothing like a global pandemic to give a travel business some time to think.” Jen Lang, Chief Customer Officer at Secret Escapes conveyed during Activate. After taking time to strategically restructure and to choose partners like Iterable that support global scale, they are poised to successfully navigate a new industry and customer landscape as people return to travel.

As a critical business partner, Iterable meets all our global and local communications and campaign needs. Our customer data is now more scalable, powerful, and accurate as Iterable enhances customer engagement and our connections with each member.

Jen Lang
Jen Lang
Chief Customer Officer @Secret Escapes


Increased accuracy, scale, and influence with Secret Escape’s impressions data, enabling seamless, real-time tracking of all deals that members see. 

Stronger campaign performance from deeper user segmentation, targeted communications, and more data-driven intelligence tied to travel spending.

More personalized keyword search email campaigns driving strong open and click-through rates45% and 8.3%, respectively.

Improved automation of customer marketing and communications processes increases marketing effectiveness, globally and locally.

dgtl fundraising

Understanding Customer Affinity to Optimize for Conversion

In our increasingly digital world, brands that thrive build strong, personalized relationships with their customers. For many non-profit organizations, fundraising and building donor relationships are done in-person, and one-to-one—missing the opportunity of nurturing and engaging with donors online. 

dgtl fundraising, an agency for nonprofits, helps social good organizations build and execute digital strategies to fundraise and campaign—integrating the online and offline experience.  

“People want to support causes they care about, they want to be involved, they want to be part of something bigger than themselves,” said Dani González, Founder and CEO of dgtl fundraising. “But the way they engage and get involved [with non-profits] has changed. We work with organizations to help them adapt and become truly digital.” (Source)

Partnering with organizations like Greenpeace and World Wildlife Fund, dgtl fundraising helps acquire and nurture potential donors through highly-personalized, cross-channel campaigns.

“We focus first-and-foremost on building an emotional connection. We then look for engagement signals to indicate whether someone is a likely donor. There’s a direct correlation for us between engagement and propensity to donate,” said González.

Intelligent Segmentation With Brand Affinity

By leveraging Brand Affinity, an intelligent personalization solution powered by Iterable AI, dgtl fundraising can intelligently identify and segment potential donors based on cross-channel engagement signals. Each donor (or potential donor) is assigned an affinity label indicating their overall sentiment (loyal, positive, neutral, or negative), which can then be used for segmenting new audiences, tailoring customer journeys, or personalizing dynamic content in templates using conditional logic. 

With a deep understanding of customer sentiment, dgtl fundraising can improve the donor experience by tailoring content and calls-to-action (CTA) based on where someone is in the customer journey. For example, donors with a loyal or positive Brand Affinity may receive a stronger CTA, while those identified as neutral or negative receive a softer CTA with content designed to nurture. Using Brand Affinity to tailor messaging helps optimize for conversions, minimize unsubscribes, and maintain high deliverability their agency customers depend on. 

Prior to Brand Affinity, the dgtl fundraising team used a series of dynamic lists to segment based on recency and frequency of engagement.

“We’ve been trying to get this right for a long time. We know engagement is a key indicator of someone’s propensity to donate, but using our own analysis and segmentation, we’ve struggled to find the right interpretation to turn that indicator into a conversion.”

Dani González
Dani González
Founder & CEO @dgtl fundraising

Converting Loyalists Into Donors

dgtl fundraising leverages Brand Affinity in a journey designed to convert their most engaged prospects into regular donors for Alzheimer’s research. Becoming a regular donor is a commitment to donate a set amount for the next 12 months. This cohort is high-value due to their recurring donation, and sees less than 10% attrition over the 12-month period—significantly less than the 20-30% attrition common with other agencies in the sector.

Historically, this journey was segmented based on email engagement only—looking at what they called “hyperactive” users based on the recency and frequency of engagement. 

Brand Affinity labels, in contrast, are dynamically assigned based on a user’s email and mobile engagement signals, and are weighted based on the types of messaging a user is engaging with or the actions they are taking—in addition to recency and frequency. 

Knowing that users who are highly engaged with their content are more likely to convert, dgtl fundraising tested the journey with their loyal and positive donors. While open rates for their loyal cohort exceeded 70% (yes, 70%!), what the dgtl fundraising team found most compelling was the significant jump in conversion rates for their loyal and positive donors. 

Using Brand Affinity, dgtl fundraising was able to nearly double conversion rates for their positive cohort—seeing 0.11% conversion with their previous targeting strategy,  to 0.2% conversion with Brand Affinity.

Improving Facebook Performance

dgtl fundraising uses Iterable’s integration with Facebook to create highly-targeted Custom Audiences and drive new donor acquisition. Knowing engagement is a key indicator of someone’s propensity to donate, these audiences were previously based on email open and click behavior (similar to their approach with “hyperactive” users). 

After seeing the lift in conversion from introducing Brand Affinity to their journey strategy, dgtl fundraising tested Brand Affinity with Facebook Custom Audiences. Users identified as either loyal or positive were synced to a Facebook Custom Audience, which then received ads with donation-focused CTA. 

By combining Brand Affinity with Iterable’s native Facebook integration, dgtl fundraising saw a 50% increase in conversion from their previous targeting strategy, with a lower Cost Per Action.

Delivering Higher ROI for Their Nonprofit Customers

With a deeper understanding of customer sentiment, dgtl fundraising is now able to deliver a customer experience that is optimized for conversion, minimizes unsubscribes, and improves deliverability. Donors receive messaging that is tailored to where they are in the journey to becoming consistent donors—educational content for those with a neutral or negative sentiment, and more CTA-driven content for those identified as loyal or positive. 

Being able to quickly identify potential high-value donors will also have implications for other areas of the customer experience. Telemarketing, for example, has historically been a lower-ROI tactic but by introducing the Iterable Brand Affinitylabels to identify target cohorts, the dgtl fundraising team anticipates seeing better ROI for their nonprofit customers.


2x increase in conversion by targeting their loyal cohort

70% open rates by targeting their loyal cohort



Georgia Aquarium

A New Wave of Satisfaction: Iterable Enhances Customer Experiences at Georgia Aquarium

Located in downtown Atlanta, and receiving more than 2.2 million visitors in the past year, Georgia Aquarium is the most-visited non-profit aquarium in North America and the largest in the Western Hemisphere. Although it’s land-locked, hundreds of miles from any ocean, the facility provides guests the opportunity to move between oceans and experience unique wonders. 

With thrilling hands-on exhibits, experiences, and presentations, visitors are inspired while learning about the ocean and encountering its inhabitants, including whale sharks, manta rays, African penguins, dolphins, and more. Georgia Aquarium strives to demonstrate how research and conservation support biodiversity underwater. 

A critical part of customer attraction, acquisition, and retention is delivering a consistent, interactive brand experience from start to finish. If positive personal connections aren’t made, guests likely won’t come again. That’s why Georgia Aquarium has chosen Iterable to support engaging, personalized brand experiences as guests buy tickets, plan their visit, arrive at the facility, view exhibits, participate in events, shop, and even after they depart.

Ticket Woes: Delayed or Failed Delivery Creates Unideal Guest Experience

Aquarium ticket sales fund research, food and care for the animals, facility maintenance, and more. The Aquarium operates solely on ticket sales. Before Iterable, ticket delivery relied on an old email service provider (ESP), which had delays, failed to arrive in inboxes, and content was sometimes flat, feeling disjointed from guests’ in-person brand experiences. As a result, guests suffered, and so did the Aquarium. 

“We want our guests to have a smile on their face at all points in their interactions with us, from initial research to excitedly planning a trip to the facility,” explained Josh Cherfoli, Senior Director of Marketing and Digital Engagement at Georgia Aquarium. 

Without a prompt ticket delivery, customers may encounter a longer-than-expected wait at the door or miss an event altogether. When they open their ticket to find lackluster, unintuitive content, the ticketing scenario is further strained, creating more friction for the high volume of guests expected at Georgia Aquarium each year. This friction can lead to strained brand perceptions or increased frustration that eventually dampens visitors’ joyful experiences, and will deter someone from returning. 

Iterable’s Cross-Channel Capabilities Keep Customer Acquisition and Retention Afloat

As the Aquarium missed key opportunities with its former ESP to enhance visits, drive revenue streams, and build guest relationships that create repeat visits, memberships, or donations, they sought a straightforward solution that could evolve with changing needs. 

The search led to Iterable, a solution that seamlessly delivers individualized, harmonized customer communications and supports in-depth data management. The user interface is intuitive, with a drag and drop template editor to create more sophisticated emails reflecting the Aquarium’s visual brand identity and voice. 

With Iterable Studio, Georgia Aquarium develops and activates broader email campaigns—a welcome or promotional series for new guests or loyalty campaigns for returning members that engage customers at all phases of the brand lifecycle.

With cross-channel capabilities and a flexible data model, Iterable also integrates ticket, transaction, and customer data with the aquarium’s back-office ticket system and content management system (CMS). As a result, each customer receives targeted, relevant messages tied to planning, visits, purchase history, and more. Instead of a transactional mindset with customers, Georgia Aquarium now has conversational, fruitful interactions—thanks to Iterable.

To ensure a guest’s experience is consistent, and we are present when and where they want to engage with Georgia Aquarium, means we can deliver a high-level experience every time, and we’ll hopefully experience a massive increase in engagement.

Josh Cherfoli
Josh Cherfoli
Senior Director of Marketing and Digital Engagement @Georgia Aquarium

SMS Improved Ticket Delivery

It was impossible with the previous ESP solution to guarantee ticket delivery to guests. With Iterable integration to the ticketing system via API, guests choose to have their tickets delivered via email or SMS. With SMS functionality in Iterable, guests will instantly receive a ticket barcode that is scanned at the door, and that speeds up their aquarium entry. 

Since implementing this option for guests, Georgia Aquarium observed a 3.97 percent increase in customer transactions with a 2.5 percent increase in average order value. And customer satisfaction improved: There’s been a 96 percent decrease in issues tracked during call center interactions and social media monitoring. 

In-Person Hybrid Experiences

Booking tickets for animal encounters and different shows has historically meant a long wait for guests. When there are multiple shows during the day and limited capacity, it means hundreds of visitors stand idle, growing impatient to get seats and see thrilling animals up-close. Their time could be better spent. 

Using the Iterable SMS functionality with the Aquarium’s reservation system, guests scan a QR code that takes them to the Aquarium site where they book. That prompts a text with their seat reservation. Alternatively, they can text a keyword or number that delivers a reservation booking link and confirmation. Waiting lines are a thing of the past and guests gain more time to explore exhibits, browse the gift shop, grab a snack or meal, and see their favorite animals. 

This change resulted in a 96 percent increase in the Net Promoter Score (NPS) score for tickets and happier, more joyful customers.  

On the Horizon: SMS Cancellation Notices

There are occasions where a program must be canceled unexpectedly, on short notice. The Aquarium hates to leave guests hanging and would rather give them a heads up so they can maximize their time and see as many exhibits as possible during their visit. Reaching them quickly and directly with cancellation notices is essential. 

Iterable allows the aquarium to immediately distribute a message to guests’ emails while they move through the facility. This took hours to perform the same task in their former ESP solution. They hope to pivot to SMS delivery by the end of 2022, further improving communication, connections, and the aquarium experience for every guest.

The power of providing an SMS channel for our guests is immense. It allows us to engage the guests when and how they would like to receive information, while providing a seamless experience for them to enjoy the aquarium without having to navigate through multiple channels.

Josh Cherfoli
Josh Cherfoli
Senior Director of Marketing and Digital Engagement @Georgia Aquarium


SMS ticket delivery elevates guest transactions: Georgia Aquarium sees a nearly 4% increase in customer ticket purchases and ~3% increase in the dollar amount of each order.

Customer joy is on the rise as issues tracked in the aquarium’s call center and on social media decrease by 96% and the Net Promoter Score increases by 96%.

A 200+% increase in revenue from enhancements to the aquarium’s ticketing and inventory system through data-driven customer knowledge and more personal, direct, timely communications.

More consistent, cross-channel branding from an improved digital ecosystem of Iterable’s marketing automation platform, the backend ticketing solution, and CMS website. This has strengthened guests’ journeys and relationships with the aquarium noted by increases in page views, customer transactions, and average order value.

Automated marketing campaign journeys have created operational efficiencies for the aquarium, especially the marketing staff.

The Athletic

The Athletic Scores With Iterable by Connecting Sports Fans to Their Favorite Leagues and Teams

The Athletic subscription news service delivers powerful sports stories and analyses that bring millions of fans closer to the game. From breaking news and live commentary, to in-depth reads and exclusive interviews produced by more than 400 editorial staff members, subscribers receive meaningful coverage of professional and college teams. Their coverage spans a majority of North American markets, across the NFL, NBA, WNBA, NHL, MLB, MLS, NWSL, PGA, NCAA along with all 20 football clubs in the English Premier League (EPL). 

They prioritize delivery of a high-quality product so fans, avid and casual, get unrivaled reporting on their favorite leagues and teams. Subscribers can choose how they engage, consuming news online – through the highly-rated mobile app, their podcast series, The Pulse—a free daily newsletter—and more. Because users are able to customize their unique content preferences, the cross-channel experience must feel personal and dynamic. This way, each individual can have a meaningful connection to The Athletic from their first interaction.

Thrown a Curveball: Outgrew Their Legacy Platform

As The Athletic grew rapidly, they needed to expand their audience, and sharpen the focus on delivering a hyper-personal, cross-channel experience that keeps subscribers happy and satisfied. But, their legacy marketing solution required more manual time and effort to deploy customer communications. It was more challenging to optimize user data to build stronger customer connections, and overall, it couldn’t support cross-channel engagement, including mobile push, in-app messaging, and email. 

Subscriber satisfaction, growth, plus overall business success and efficiencies were on the line. “We are focused on personalization. It’s our core approach to marketing and we need to deliver personalization throughout the cross-channel experience and the entire user lifecycle, which our legacy platform couldn’t do,” explained Casey Malone, Director of CRM. Enter: Iterable.

Iterable Helps The Athletic Hit Goals with Scaled, Cross-Channel Connections

As a full-scale, marketing communications platform, Iterable can evolve with changing market dynamics and needs, help staff be more effective with their marketing efforts, and support The Athletic’s current business priorities. Those priorities include:

  • Expand the subscriber base through personalized messaging to bring more sports fans unrivaled coverage
  • Create brand visibility and awareness through automated cross-channel messaging
  • Optimize The Athletic experience through targeted segmentation and testing to deliver the broadest, deepest, engaging sports coverage that retains subscribers

The Athletic now creates engaging marketing campaigns that span multiple user touch points—from email and push to in-app messages. Having a straightforward solution with a user-friendly interface means marketing and certain teams (e.g. CRM, Editorial, Social, Programming, etc.) get time back while gaining more data, insights, and avenues to enhance the creation, delivery, and promotion of top-notch sports reporting for fans. 

Robust Segmentation, Unique Targeting Drives Subscriber Engagement and Retention

The Athletic embraced Iterable’s sophisticated segmentation and uses Handlebars in their templates to easily customize and send targeted emails based on user profile and event data. Leveraging these Iterable features, the CRM team creates unique messages and outreach segmented by users’ favorite teams and leagues and tied to key moments, events, or real-time news. There’s no longer a “batch and blast” approach taken with subscriber emails.

By having these capabilities, plus Iterable’s experiment builder—which supports campaign testing—and a unified reporting system which reveals key insights at their fingertips, The Athletic marketing team can successfully produce individualized campaigns for existing and new subscribers.

Timely Communications for Existing Subscribers

When timely email campaigns such as a team or league’s season preview are sent to subscribers, The Athletic can customize the subject line, preheader, imagery, and body copy in Iterable. By optimizing a personal experience for individuals and groups (i.e. an avid MLB fan or casual NHL fans), they have observed through periodic testing a 2x increase in click-through rates, including a +127% lift in subscriber click rate.

A Warm Welcome for New Subscribers

The Athletic has to nail its first message to new customers. That’s the first opportunity to create happy subscribers and increase the user base, leading to consistent growth and success. During registration, when someone chooses their favorite teams and leagues to follow, The Athletic taps into data feeds in Iterable to send personalized “welcome” emails and follow-up communications. 

The data feeds inform the personal message, as well as the top five recent stories featured in the welcome note, so the entire email reflects each subscriber’s sports preferences. This makes for better onboarding, a stronger brand connection, and encourages further exploration with the outlet’s vast sports coverage.  

The welcome email is the highest performing in The Athletic’s onboarding series—due to the applied personalization—with a 70% higher click-through-rate than the next best performing email. While email is a key avenue to connect with subscribers, personalization must extend to all channels of engagement, including mobile.

Iterable’s Push Notifications Net Positive Attention

An increased digitization of sports means that fans increasingly leverage mobile devices and alerts to track the latest news for their teams and leagues. Mobile alerts must be attention-grabbing, timely, and relevant to each fan, whether they’re at the live event, watching from home, or monitoring on the go. 

With responsibility for growth, engagement, and content strategies, the CRM and programming teams were seeking a better, automated way to send mobile push notifications and optimize subscriber engagement through mobile content. 

Kenny Dorset, Vice President of Social and Programming at The Athletic explains, “Previously, we were sending more batch and blast push notifications and were unable to personalize based on user engagement patterns and timezone information.” Iterable has given them stronger, automated push capabilities within Studio, and used machine learning to account for the types of stories a subscriber reads most, the teams and leagues they care about, and the time and format that makes them more likely to engage and react to unique content. 

Now, subscribers receive more relevant messages and aren’t inundated with communication. Having automated pushes also means a smaller team can increase their work volume to best support the campaigns and messages targeted at The Athletic subscribers.

With sophisticated segmentation features, comprehensive journey capabilities, and an ability to integrate various data feeds in our marketing communications, Iterable allows us to effectively scale our campaigns through automation and personalization, helping us develop stronger, 1:1 connections with subscribers and a seamless cross-channel user experience.

Casey Malone
Casey Malone
Director, CRM @The Athletic

Key Results

Greater marketing efficiencies from improved data collection, analysis, and more automated campaign workflows means The Athletic is activating 10 new user journeys in 2022.

Easy-to-execute campaign testing and creative capabilities support more personal, targeted user communications that increase click-through and conversion rates. 

  • 2x click-through rates with personalized vs. non-personalized campaigns
  • +127% lift in subscriber click rate
  • 70% higher click rate between the welcome email and the next best performing email

Stronger campaign performance from deeper user segmentation, communication scheduling tied to key moments, and more data-driven intelligence.

A+E Networks

How A+E Networks Visualized Entertaining Email Experiences with the Power of Automation

About A+E Networks

A+E Networks is a global content company comprised of some of the most popular and culturally relevant brands in media, including A&E, Lifetime, The HISTORY® Channel, LMN, FYI, VICELAND, and Crime+Investigation. A+E Networks’ channels and branded programming reach more than 335 million households in over 200 territories in 42 languages. The company’s vision is to be famous for creating and sharing stories that matter—unique, trusted, entertaining, and everywhere. 

Due to limited marketing bandwidth and siloed tools and communication, A+E Networks was in need of a dynamic automation tool that could handle the large volume of email communications the team produced weekly.

Lack of Personalization and Siloed Email Communications

With a two-person marketing team sending out thirty campaigns a week—each with diverse voices, brand demographics, audiences, and messages—campaign creation was a manual and time-consuming process. The team had to manually export data and rebuild each campaign from scratch. 

Plus, the two-person team was working with up to eight stakeholders daily to gather the content needed to develop the campaigns. It was difficult to get visibility into when their campaigns were scheduled to send, what new program content they could leverage, and which stakeholders were providing that content. Additionally, there was new asset gathering and revisions that needed to happen regularly. Ultimately, the siloed tools and communication, and a lack of automation reduced operational efficiency across teams. 

As A+E Networks continued to scale, they realized they needed a modernized tech stack that allowed them to create more emails, in less time. With new programs continuously being added to their channels, it’s important for A+E Networks to be able to measure the impact that email has on their bottom line.

Iterable’s Impact at A+E Networks

Iterable’s future-proofed marketing communication platform was exactly what A+E needed to quickly and efficiently craft harmonized, individualized, and dynamic communications at scale. 


Iterable’s segmentation capabilities enable A+E Networks to easily send curated messages to specific subscribers, compared to the team’s previous manual processes. Advanced segmentation and filtering capabilities with Iterable enables A+E Networks to granularly target customers with relevant communications.


Iterable’s Studio is an easy to use, drag-and-drop journey creation tool that automates message coordination seamlessly across channels, including email, mobile, web push, social, and direct mail. 

For A+E Networks different brands, there are various ways that someone can sign up for an email list. With Studio, the team is able to curate what that journey looks like for someone and personalize the messaging based on different avenues of entry from each brand. Setting up Studio just once allows A+E Networks to be free from manually sending multiple emails at a time. 

Utilizing Studio, the team is also able to create dynamic, brand-specific welcome messages for all of the company’s subscribers based on their sign-up location. Each message is individually personalized based on the show page, brand page, or single sign-on sign up. For example, if a user subscribes to a HISTORY® Channel show or a Lifetime show, the emails are branded with that particular logo, that particular image and that particular copy to reflect that. 


Additionally, the marketing team uses snippets, which are reusable content blocks that they add to templates to make building and personalizing messages in Iterable even easier. When an email is opened, content updates daily based on what is on one of A+E Networks’ channels that day. With snippets, the team can manage frequently used elements like email headers and footers, store complex logic blocks, and update multiple templates at the same time. 

Snippets save the team the time and effort it would take to build upwards of 20 different campaign variations to ensure they’re sending the right campaign to a subscriber based on their profile attributes or behavior. Now, the A+E Networks team can effortlessly send individualized content based on user profile data or event data, all within one email template using only a few lines of code. For example, they can create one campaign that will show a program-specific image, depending on what program a user is signed up for. This prevents the team from having to build out multiple campaigns all the time, which was a key barrier to growth.

A/B Testing

With help from Iterable, the team also completes A/B testing to make sure their content is sent out to relevant audiences, ensuring it’s going to receive the most engagement. For example, the team tested subject lines to determine which wording increases email engagement. They also tested CTA types to determine which type (more or less detail) received more clicks. 

A Tech Stack for Dynamic, Behavior-Based Individualization

A+E Networks now has a time-saving tech stack to help power automated campaigns. Iterable provides a centralized hub where all the marketing campaigns are created and sent out to respective users. Using user profile and behavior data gathered across all sources, Iterable can trigger individualized cross-channel messaging in real time.

In addition to Iterable, A+E Networks uses Movable Ink to accelerate their personalization initiatives.

Movable Ink helps create individualized content at scale by tapping into A+E Networks data at the second a user engages. A+E Networks uses Movable Ink to pull in content and data from their CRM, website, and APIs, including the moment a new program launches and a user’s browsing behavior on their website. 

Together, Iterable and Movable Ink enable marketers to generate creative that is data-activated and contextually relevant at the time of engagement to ensure a consistent and joyful experience for every customer.

What’s Next for A+E Networks?

Looking towards the future, the A+E Networks team is working on ways to increase personalization on a show level for all of the company’s brands. For example, the team plans to roll out emails featuring dynamic content based on the users’ past email activity or profile data. 

In addition, the team is looking at ways to integrate show-specific information via a RSS feed to automate even more of the company’s weekly campaigns and further increase production capabilities.


With Iterable’s help, production was significantly optimized with major time savings. In fact, from 2019 to 2022, A+E Networks saw a nearly 50% increase in monthly email send volume.

Iterable’s technology allowed the team to turn around emails in 75% less time compared to previous years.

A+E Networks saw an increase in linear tune-in impressions and were able to attribute this increase to email by verifying through testing that subscribers who received an email in their inbox are more likely to tune into a show.


Real Growth: How RealSelf Used AI to Beautify Email Experiences

About RealSelf

RealSelf is a leading healthcare marketplace for people to get factual, unbiased information on cosmetic procedures. Their mission is to create a world where every investment in modern beauty is worth it. RealSelf aims to be the go-to advisor for medical and aesthetic procedures by making the experience easy, personal, and trusted.

If a user has an aesthetic concern they’re looking to get fixed, they can browse RealSelf’s platform by concern or procedure, and then get connected with a physician to begin a consultation. RealSelf also works closely with the physician, offering a variety of opportunities—like featuring them on their website or showcasing them within their emails. 

Due to an unwieldy and ineffective in-house AI model that led to a decline in engagement and high opt-out rate, RealSelf was in need of a more reliable, automated solution that would leverage AI to deliver their messages at the most optimal frequency.

The Challenge: The Ugly Side of Low Engagement

RealSelf relies on user-generated content (UGC) to drive sessions—which is why customer reviews make up 95% of their emails. Sessions are their biggest revenue driver, making UGC crucial for the bottom line. A session is counted when a user logs into their platform, both on the website and app. The goal is to increase sessions, with the hopes of increasing the number of contacts who book an appointment with a physician—a key conversion for RealSelf. Since June 2021, the company had seen a steep decline in sessions due to low email engagement as a result of a cumbersome and unsuccessful internal AI algorithm that determines email send frequency.

RealSelf’s AI Needed a Facelift

RealSelf had built an internal AI algorithm that determined how frequently content would be sent based on user engagement with their emails and on their website. However, this model was time-consuming to manage and didn’t prove to be successful with improving their user engagement and ultimately driving more sessions.  

One part of the algorithm involved excluding users with Microsoft Outlook—a notoriously difficult email service—who haven’t opened an email in greater than 30 days. Another part was excluding users based on a lack of email engagement—any user who has not opened an email for 180 days or more would not receive these emails. However, with Apple Mail Privacy Protection changes that went into effect in the summer of 2021, they could no longer rely on email opens as a predictive metric for engagement. What’s more, these exclusion lists became complex to independently manage for every campaign.

Solidified Send Frequency with Iterable AI

To resolve the challenges with their AI model, RealSelf turned to Iterable’s Brand Affinity, which uses AI to automatically calculate a loyalty score based on a user’s recent interactions across their marketing channels, and converts these into affinity labels tied to each user profile. For example, users labeled as loyal are those who are highly engaged with RealSelf and can be considered brand advocates.

Using these affinity labels, the RealSelf marketing team gains a unique advantage by intelligently translating user engagement data into deeper, more meaningful connections. This helps them maximize retention with loyal customers, nurture customers through lifecycle stages, and mitigate churn with at-risk detractors.

RealSelf has replaced their in-house AI model and now uses Brand Affinity to determine how many times per week their users will receive their UGC emails in hopes of improving email engagement to drive more sessions and conversions. 

For instance, the RealSelf team segmented their loyal and positive affinity cohorts as well as any new user to receive UGC emails seven times per week, or one email a day. The neutral group—those who are sometimes engaged and who occasionally interact—receive UGC emails four times a week. The negative group—those who are typically disengaged—receive the emails only once per week. RealSelf then allowed Iterable’s Brand Affinity model to auto-adjust the frequency of sends within these groups on a rolling weekly basis based on real-time engagement levels. 

Using Brand Affinity, RealSelf was able to reduce their opt out rate with their neutral group. Iterable AI showed this group was underperforming (compared to other groups) so they reduced the send frequency of this group from 4x a week to 3x. Within one month, the opt outs declined by 33%. Prior to Brand Affinity, RealSelf could not make quick send frequency adjustments to a specific group due to potential data flow issues with their in-house algorithm. 

Within the first month of launching Brand Affinity, RealSelf has seen sessions and contacts increase by 30% and click-through rate increase by 13%.

Iterable Helps RealSelf Put Their Best Face Forward

With the help of Iterable AI, RealSelf spends significantly less time and effort reconciling and managing their user engagement data, and has completely eliminated the need for their exclusion lists, leading to better utilization of resources. To illustrate, RealSelf is saving their data engineers about two hours each week when downloading their user engagement to their data warehouse. Furthermore, RealSelf’s marketing team has been able to completely eliminate back and forth internal messaging and meetings about possible data flow issues and setting user frequency of emails.

Moving from relying on data engineering to build our in-house AI model to putting all our trust in the Iterable AI was a huge step. Because we had Iterable’s support and expertise, the whole process went very smoothly and our team feels 100% confident in making data driven decisions.

Sarah Rose
Sarah Rose
Email Operations Manager @RealSelf

What’s Next for RealSelf?

Using Brand Affinity, RealSelf plans to launch a re-engagement journey for users who move from loyal to negative in an attempt to re-engage them and mitigate churn risk. 

Individualization is Key

RealSelf also plans to launch phase two, which will include implementing Iterable Catalog with Brand Affinity to send more relevant review content based on individual interests and behavior.  With Catalog’s easy-to-use Collection Builder, RealSelf will be able to drive more conversions with intelligent content and automate millions of unique messages across channels.

For example, RealSelf collects customers’ birthdays. With Catalog, and this customer data, they can promote popular cosmetic treatments to get in your 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, and more. Additionally, RealSelf can match physicians to users based on cosmetic category of interest and geo-location. A California-based plastic surgeon specializing in rhinoplasty would be matched with a user who is interested in a rhinoplasty procedure who resides in California. The RealSelf team will also individualize content based on where the user is within the journey—from research phase to procedure and beyond.

Key Results

Within the first month of launching Brand Affinity, RealSelf has seen sessions and contacts increase by 30% and click-through rate has increased by 13%.

Comparing one month before versus one month after Brand Affinity, RealSelf has seen a +39% increase in website traffic and +44% increase in conversion.

With the help of Brand Affinity, RealSelf saves their data engineers about two hours each week when downloading their user engagement to their data warehouse.

Within one month, the team saw a 33% decrease in opt outs with their neutral Brand Affinity group.


How OBRIO’s Astrology App, Nebula, Creates Cross-Channel Mobile Experiences

About OBRIO and Nebula

OBRIO is a fast-growing product company developing its own products in three areas: applications, web products, and SaaS. This includes their flagship astrology application, Nebula. Nebula is a one-stop shop for astrology lovers. Whether new to astrology, or experts, this global (reaching 50 countries and six localizations), multifunctional platform was created to inspire people in finding their way to happiness. 

In addition to highly-personalized horoscopes, natal charts, and compatibility tools, Nebula users can also have a live consultation with astrologers and other spiritual advisors, chat in the Nebula talk (a social network inside the app), read articles and guides in the learning center, and take notes in a diary section.

Launched three years ago, Nebula has quickly grown to a community of over 17 million global users, ranking several times as the top lifestyle app in the Apple Store and Play Market in the USA, UK, Canada, and France. 

To help address the demand for their growing app community, Nebula’s team of marketers needed a cross-channel marketing platform to help provide deeper individualized experiences that cultivate joy for users. 

Siloed Tools, Worlds Apart

In the past, the Nebula team tested a number of tools to send emails and push notifications to users. After recognizing pitfalls of these tools, the team set out to find a cross-channel marketing solution that provided centralized data, allowing the team to make data-driven choices. 

Without centralized data, Nebula’s previous tech stack made it difficult to effectively connect with their mobile users, who make up the bulk of the team’s community base. It was challenging to determine how their users were interacting with various marketing channels. Without a strong cross-channel strategy across in-app messages, push notifications, and emails, the team was not able to reach the company’s retention and subscription conversion goals.

A Stellar Solution: Activating Mobile Users

The solution? Iterable’s future-proofed customer activation platform provided the marketing automation tools needed to joyify Nebula’s customer experiences and capture more long-term loyalty and retention. 

This cross-channel success was exemplified through Nebula’s global campaign to celebrate their third birthday.

Subscription Success Written in the Stars

To celebrate the third anniversary of Nebula, their marketing team, with help from Iterable, created a cross-channel marketing campaign. The overarching goal of the campaign was to promote customer loyalty and trust by featuring the app’s origin story and giving away gifts, ultimately increasing premium subscribers and converting in-app purchases by getting users to chat with a live astrologist.

A/B Testing Subscription Offers

With one goal of the campaign being to turn freemium users into subscribers, the team, using Iterable’s A/B testing functionality, tested a variety of subscription offers and messaging to determine the most successful options. 

As for the goal of increasing in-app purchases, the team launched similar push notification A/B testing with different offers to replenish a user’s balance to chat with a live astrologer. Through this test, the team found that the winning variations resulted in a significantly increased purchase rate on iOS and Android.

Conducting such tests allowed the Nebula team to find the offers that resonated best with their mobile audience.

Iterable’s A/B testing tool is very useful. It allows you to test various parts of a message with a user-friendly interface—and can automatically calculate the test’s results and determine the winner. It’s a potent tool to boost campaign performance.

Anna Khoma
Anna Khoma

Deep-Linking Through Push Notifications and In-App Messaging

To activate users on social media during their birthday event, the Nebula team also employed push notifications and in-app messaging to direct users to the giveaway.

Iterable’s mobile deep-linking functionality made it possible to seamlessly send users to their subscription and ”chat with an astrologer” special offers, Nebula’s festive horoscope page—which was implemented specifically for the birthday campaign—and their Instagram page.

Also of note, Iterable allows Nebula to set expiration dates on their in-app messaging that align with the end of their giveaway. This gives marketers the ability to easily and automatically manage campaigns.

By automating push notifications and in-app messages, rather than sending and creating them manually, the Nebula team saves at least 8 hours per week by implementing their largest automated journey—made up of 242 campaigns sent to new app users.


With Iterable’s segmentation tool, Nebula could send notifications to different audience groups, for example: iOS versus Android users, premium versus non-premium users, and users of different versions of the app.

For example, looking at the push notification conversions of the “chat with an astrologer” special offer—which was sent only to premium users—was 9 times higher, compared to push sent to all users on iOS, and 29 times higher for Android premium users, compared to all Android users.

Iterable’s Impact at OBRIO

The Nebula app community is instrumental in growing OBRIO’s overall brand awareness and increasing user engagement. Since adding Iterable to the company’s tech stack, OBRIO now has a cross-channel customer activation platform with strong mobile functionality, making it possible to engage their mobile users across channels in real-time. 

As a result of harmonized cross-channel functionality, centralized data, and A/B testing, OBRIO has seen a 24x increase in revenue compared to a similar global campaign they’ve launched in the past, prior to Iterable. 

By partnering with Iterable, OBRIO enhanced the company’s marketing program with a tech-forward approach that prioritizes individualization and harmony with every customer interaction. 

Iterable’s real-time data-ingestion and user behavior tracking gives Nebula the ability to individualize messaging for each user, driving more meaningful engagement and, as a result, greater conversions.

Looking toward the future, Iterable’s data-driven platform, which includes an intuitive user interface and drag & drop template editor to create highly targeted campaigns, provides a foundation for OBRIO to explore even deeper personalization, a priority for the company.  

Key Takeaways

A 24x increase in revenue compared to a similar global campaign they’ve launched in the past, prior to Iterable.

A 9x higher subscription conversion on iOS and 5x higher on Android using their “special offer” variations across push and in-app. Subscription conversion from push grew 38x on iOS and 7x on Android.

Conversion for the replenishment of a user’s live chat balance from push grew 6x on iOS and 14x on Android.

With Iterable’s automation capabilities, the Nebula team has been able to save at least 8 hours per week.


Winning with Winback: How LOLA Increases Revenue & Customer LTV

How LOLA Began

Started as a women-owned direct-to-consumer (DTC) e-commerce brand in 2015, LOLA is a mission-driven company supporting women’s reproductive and sexual wellness “from your first period to your last hot flash.” Originally a subscription service, LOLA branched out to in-store sales, —through a major in-store retail partnership with Walmart—and then expanded its services to individual, “á la carte” purchases on its website.

LOLA’s variety of purchasing options, retail outlets, and partnerships with other e-commerce marketplaces give LOLA’s customers more affordable avenues to buy their unique lines of organic-based products for period care, vaginal hygiene, fertility and pregnancy support, and sexual wellness.

The Challenge: Bringing Back More “Á La Carte” Buyers

As LOLA expanded their business model, the marketing team saw the need to address growing competition and increase trackable revenue. The solution? A winback journey aimed at “á la carte” buyers who occasionally purchase via website but don’t subscribe to a product replenishment plan. 

The winback journey serves a dual purpose—primarily to bring more á la carte buyers back to the website to purchase again, but also to keep LOLA top of mind whenever they need products, wherever they shop.

What’s in That Winback Program?

The team designed a winback journey using Iterable’s Studio with four email touchpoints. LOLA incorporated product lifecycle data to determine the optimal event trigger—two months after an onsite purchase—to bring customers back to the website  to buy products, discover more of LOLA’s benefits, and learn how the company supports women’s healthcare. This includes discovering the informative content on LOLA’s The Spot, a safe space for community and conversation.

Here’s the winback journey:

  • Email 1: A low-pressure reminder that it might be time to come back and shop with LOLA again, with recommended best-sellers and customer comments to build social proof. 
  • Email 2:  LOLA is using Iterable’s A/B testing capability to determine with various incentives to learn more about customer behavior.
  • Email 3: Non-responders receive an incentive—LOLA uses the results from this message to identify and segment for future messaging.
  • Email 4: Repeats Email 3 copy, which also reminds shoppers about where they can buy LOLA products. 

In designing the winback journey, LOLA’s team capitalized on three of Iterable’s leading capabilities:

  • Individualization. Allows brands to go beyond standard segmentation and create unique messages for each recipient. 
  • Harmonization. Enables no-code multi-channel journey automation.
  • A/B split testing. An algorithm-powered testing tool that allows teams to create multiple variations, even as the test is running, to continuously test and improve campaigns.

Loyalty Matters, Period.

Many winback journeys focus on the singular goal of moving potentially lapsing customers back to the site with a basic incentive. However, LOLA incorporates loyalty messaging in winback journey emails as well. 

This winback messaging also offers bonus loyalty points as an incentive. Links to popular purchases remind customers about the benefits of shopping online—they earn loyalty points only on website purchases, not on products they buy in stores.

For LOLA, loyalty isn’t just about rewarding purchases. Members also can earn loyalty points for posting reviews, referring friends, following on social media, and even having a birthday—all of which tell LOLA’s customers the brand values them as individuals and advocates, not just as buyers.

Having worked with email and lifecycle in the past, I know that winback campaigns can be really successful in keeping our customers engaged, even if it’s not just to have them make another purchase. We want to be top-of-mind for customers. We want our brand to be synonymous with our customers’ reproductive health needs.

Rachel Dillard
Rachel Dillard
Senior Manager of Lifecycle Marketing @LOLA

Key Takeaways

Testing and tweaking is ongoing, but the first results after 90 days shows LOLA’s winback journey delivered impressive lifts for both engagement and recovered revenue.

The open rate for the journey as a whole was 46.5%, far above the usual open rate for highly targeted campaigns, like winback.

LOLA’s team also reported an average monthly lift of 4.5% for recovered sales from á la carte customers. 


Joybird: Mid-Century Modern Aesthetic Powered by 21st Century Digital Technology

Joybird combines the classic with the contemporary in an innovative way. The furniture brand specializes in the sleek lines of mid-century modern furniture styles, but its approach to customer messaging is thoroughly 21st century. 

But it wasn’t always that way.

For Joybird, the key to customer loyalty is creating joyful experiences that forge deep emotional connections. But a legacy technology stack, inaccessible data, and dependence on one-off workarounds thwarted those efforts at almost every turn.

Today, after retooling its stack top to bottom, Joybird can create those joyful experiences with free-flowing data that powers “right message/right time/right customer/right channel” messaging and generates a rich profile of each customer at every step of the customer journey.

About Joybird

Founded as an e-commerce furniture company in 2014 and acquired by La-Z-Boy in 2018, Joybird established itself immediately in a market niche between more inexpensive assemble-it-yourself furniture and custom designs with price tags to match. 

The company’s value proposition, then and now, is this: “Joybird was founded on the idea that people should never settle when it comes to their home furnishing, but rather have the freedom to be boldly original.”

In recent years the company has expanded its initial e-commerce-only presence into a wholesale business and five showrooms around the United States. 

Shoppers now can sink into a sectional sofa, try out an occasional chair, or contemplate the work-from-home experience at a Joybird desk—in-person and online. Besides helping customers connect their virtual and physical experiences, the showrooms give Joybird even more data to better understand its customers, their needs now, and what they might want down the line.

A Major Concern: Modernizing the Technology Stack

Adding physical outlets to its previously online-only universe created major challenges—among them, understanding where Joybird’s customers are shopping: on the website or visiting a showroom.

The company’s legacy tech stack had been built solely to serve online customers. This worked at the time, but its data systems and communication platforms didn’t give Joybird the unified customer views and supply-chain efficiency the company needed to continue its evolution into a fully hybrid operation.

The solution: build a modern, scalable tech stack that serves customer and company needs through

  1. a data warehouse that houses profile and modeling data. 
  2. a complex messaging service that fuels immediate messaging to customers and funnels data back to other sources such as the supply chain, production, and logistics. 

3 Challenges to Overcome

Teams throughout Joybird found themselves stuck in the gap between its data and the engagement channels where its customers engaged with the brand:

  • For stakeholders: Business units found it difficult to make informed decisions because the company lacked a uniform, real-time event stream and locked data away in silos.
  • For engineers: Joybird’s siloed data forced engineers to spend days and weeks building workarounds and one-off solutions to manage customer events. But even with this significant time investment, the company didn’t have everything needed to convert its data into essential customer insights.
  • For marketers: As the rest of the e-commerce world shifted into automated messaging and one-to-one personalization, the marketing team was stuck in batch-and-blast mode. Lack of real-time data access and messaging meant Joybird couldn’t reach out to customers at crucial points in the customer journey, such as repeated product browsing, abandoned carts, and other lucrative marketing initiatives to capture sales and build customer relationships.

The Solution: Real-time Data Streaming

Why Joybird Partnered With Iterable: Joybird’s team needed an ESP that would help the company anticipate and respond to the seismic shifts in customer expectations and relationships with brands.

Joybird realized measurable business value in three key areas with Iterable in its new, streamlined tech stack, which also includes RudderStack for data architecture and customer data platform and Snowflake for the data cloud. 

Joybird now enjoys these benefits:

  • Data flexibility

The nature of Joybird’s business means the company has complex data structures, so it needed a platform that would give them maximum flexibility.

The company can achieve its goal of staying in communication with its customers wherever and whenever they engage with the brand, whether on a website, responding to an ad or social media campaign, or in a store. 

  • Cruising in the fast lane and the slow lane

Be gone, batched and siloed data! Joybird now enjoys a free flow of accessible data flowing in and out of its data warehouse and Iterable in two major configurations:

    • The fast lane: This sends real-time data and event streaming to Iterable to trigger custom messages based on customer behavior, such as welcome/onboarding or cart abandonment.
    • The slow lane: Here, data from many sources—inventory, transactional, and behavior—goes into Joybird’s data warehouse for analytics, modeling, and building segments and can get pushed back into Iterable for messaging.
  • Robust segmentation

With its previous ESP, Joybird needed a custom integration in order to segment the way the team wanted. With Iterable, Joybird is able to leverage existing front and backend events for more customized segmentation and testing without tapping into developer resources. Iterable’s ease of use empowers Joybird to create dynamic segments using a variety of data sources like a customer’s distance from a store, lifetime value, RFM model labels (recency, frequency, monetary value), and style preferences from website interactions. 

We decided to take a big swing and swap out both our ESP and event tracking platforms at the same time, since we needed clean, structured data throughout the customer journey but also a modern ESP that could trigger those flows. We really couldn’t do one without the other!

Brett Trani
Brett Trani
Director of Analytics @Joybird

Results: Faster Activation, Less Down Time

Joybird’s new tech stack delivered measurable business value almost immediately:

The company saved 79 hours of campaign creation time switching from Bronto to Iterable.

Marketing team is now able to spin up new campaigns in an hour, down from 2 weeks.

Engineering time fell 93 percent now that the back-end team no longer needs to build singular connections anymore. A marketing team request that might have required two weeks of back-end work can now take about an hour because the data is already in models in its data warehouse.

We definitely have more visibility into understanding where challenges are and we can tackle them versus just not even knowing they exist.

Brett Trani
Brett Trani
Director of Analytics @Joybird

Imperfect Foods

How Imperfect Foods made $75K in incremental revenue in a single week with Data Activation

Launched in 2015, Imperfect Foods set out to eliminate food waste and build a better food system. After raising a total of $239 million in funding, Imperfect Foods turned to Iterable to help improve their customer experience and Hightouch to activate their data. 

Using a subscription model, Imperfect Foods gives their customers the option to select the groceries they want in their box each week. If they don’t “shop their order,” however, customers are sent a pre-filled box with default options. 

Realizing that customers who receive a default box are more likely to churn, Imperfect Foods needed to find an effective way to communicate with their customers, reminding them to select what they want in future orders.

In a Pickle With the Customer Experience

Imperfect Foods has a wide array of customers. On top of just those who are looking to fight food waste, some have certain dietary restrictions, and some are on a plan in which, if they don’t spend a minimum of $30 on their box, their order is canceled. 

So, the challenge for Imperfect Foods was not only reminding customers to shop their orders, but also understanding which segment of customers required which options–and how to communicate with each audience in a way that would resonate with them.

Hungry for Data Access

With all of their customer data stored in Snowflake, Imperfect Foods needed a way to easily sync their data directly to Iterable for lifecycle marketing, but downloading individual datasets as CSV files was a time-consuming and manual process. 

To make matters worse, this had to be done on an ad-hoc basis every time Imperfect Foods wanted to launch a marketing campaign. With numerous data points (ex: canceled orders, unengaged customers, device type, most ordered foods, etc.) across hundreds of thousands of  customers, Imperfect Foods wanted to activate this data in Iterable.

We use Segment to handle our real-time events, but trying to use Segment to move data out of Snowflake is a pain and Hightouch is much better for this.

Adam Smith
Adam Smith
Data Analyst @Imperfect Foods

Data Activation is Hightouch’s Bread and Butter

Implementing Hightouch, Imperfect Foods has completely eliminated manual CSV uploads and downloads. With Hightouch, Imperfect Foods can easily ingest all of their customer data directly to Iterable or any of their marketing tools at a moment’s notice. What used to take hours has now dropped to minutes.

“We want our data in Iterable to be as accurate as possible and as fresh as possible. Uploading a single list could take an hour. With Hightouch, this has gone to zero because our analysts can use it directly”.  —Adam Smith, Data Analyst

Imperfect Foods has also been able to identify lookalike audiences by sending ads to high-value audiences. They have also successfully lowered their customer acquisition costs (CAC) by creating exclusion lists for active users and low value users (ex: users who signed up in the last six months and quickly canceled). Instead of manually downloading and uploading these lists, Imperfect Foods is able to reuse these custom audiences across all of their different marketing tools and sync all of this data automatically.

“Hightouch has made it really easy to link up our different tools to Snowflake so we can send data to those platforms and optimize around our most successful customers.” —Adam Smith, Data Analyst

With Hightouch and Iterable, Imperfect Foods serves relevant and dynamic content across multiple touch points to accelerate product adoption and encourage usage. By serving coupons to its most active customers Imperfect Foods saw a 53% lift in reactivation. Imperfect Foods also uses this same type of dynamic content to incentivize customers with low order values to order more regularly.

Going Bananas for Iterable Journeys

Using Iterable’s Studio, Imperfect Foods created customized, triggered cross-channel messaging that reaches different customers depending on where they are in their customization process. As soon as the shopping window (48 to 72 hours) starts, an email is triggered to remind all customers to start their shopping process. Sending this initial email resulted in engagement from 40% of their customers. But, it still left 60% of customers in the danger zone. 

Then, on the second day, Imperfect Foods can see who customized their orders and who didn’t. To those customers who didn’t customize their order, a second email and an SMS message are triggered at the same time, again reminding them to order but with more urgent messaging. By incorporating SMS, Imperfect Foods is ensuring they’ll reach the customer where they are. After the combination of messages on day one and day two, Imperfect Foods saw a 67% engagement rate with over 85% of orders customized each week

The last element in the journey  is connecting with those customers who have not reached their minimum threshold. If the customer is below their order minimum, a Segment event triggers an email and SMS message through Iterable. These messages contain dynamic dollar amounts to tell each customer how much they need to spend to reach their minimum. As a result, Imperfect Foods saw a 38% lift in completed orders and a 45% increase in revenue per user within this segment.

Iterable has made it easy for the LCM team to test cross-channel campaigns with it’s easy to use Studio that allow you to send email, SMS, push notifications and more all within the same connected user journey. We were able to prove out the value of sending our customers an SMS message versus an email due to their journeys.

Carlos Govantes
Carlos Govantes
Sr. Director of Lifecycle Marketing & Retention @Imperfect Foods

Iterable + Imperfect Foods: Two Peas in a Pod

On top of the specified shopping-window triggered journeys, Imperfect Foods included supporting messaging. Through the combined efforts of the Marketing and Merchandising teams, they were able to highlight new products, include dynamic catalog content in messages, and segment those messages to relevant audiences. 

For example, by showing omnivores a sale on their Cooks Chicken products, while showing vegetarians and vegans a promotion on plant-based “chicken” products, Imperfect Foods generated an incremental $75k in revenue the week the campaign launched. They also saw a +0.8% lift in orders completed and +0.85% lift in topline revenue per user. And, over a series of experiments in Q1 of 2021, their strategy created a +1.06% lift in revenue per orders generated and led to a +0.91% increase in total orders completed. 

By creating customer segments and developing journeys that trigger personalized messages, Imperfect Foods found a significant impact on the bottom line.

Key Takeaways

  • Minimum order alerts have led to a +38% increase in orders completed in that specific segment and a 45% increase in revenue per user
  • Partnering with merchandising to personalize emails has shown a 1.06% lift in revenue per orders generated and a +0.91% lift in total orders completed.
  • With some sale events, Imperfect Foods has seen over $75K in incremental revenue in a single week.
  • With the Hightouch and Iterable integration, Imperfect Foods has seen increased product usage and adoption (such as a 53% lift in reactivation). 
  • The time it took to move data from Snowflake to Iterable has dropped from hours to minutes with Hightouch.
  • Using Hightouch to sync data to ad platforms has lowered their CAC.

“Iterable is very intuitive and easy to use. We have been able to train a small team of Customer Care agents to deploy simple campaigns that notify customers when deliveries get canceled, changed, etc. This frees up so much time for the LCM team to focus on improving the user journey and allows our Customer Care team to directly connect with customers en masse.” 

Carlos Govantes, Sr. Director of Lifecycle Marketing & Retention



How Homebase Harnesses Intent With Iterable + Heap

For a subscription-based business service like Homebase, monthly recurring revenue (MRR) is the big number to hit. Acquiring new customers is one obvious way to grow MRR, but so is retaining those customers by helping them discover and use all the features the company offers. 

With the right data and integrations, a company can respond in the moment with the information its users need–making it a must-have member of the team instead of another add-on expense.

About Homebase

For Homebase (motto: “HR for people who don’t do HR”), this means detecting the signals its users send when they search the company website for help with specific challenges like new-hire onboarding or labor-law compliance. But that’s just the first step. Homebase also responds to those signals with personalized follow-up messages that direct users to the help they need.

Homebase helps small businesses manage everything from the daily grunt work of scheduling and timeclocks to hiring and onboarding new employees, HR management, payroll, taxes, and labor-law compliance. Its subscription model runs the gamut from basic free services to its top-level “All In One” package.

The Challenge: Improve ‘Feature Discovery’ with Automated Messages

“People come to Homebase primarily for scheduling and time-tracking help. They aren’t always looking at the bevy of other features we offer, such as HR support and advice, or onboarding new employees,” says Ryan Milligan, marketing and sales ops lead for Homebase. 

“We’re looking for intent triggers that we can use to upsell our users to more services that would really benefit them,” he says. “We want to identify people who are signaling a need for solutions in our non-core areas, such as hiring, HR compliance, and document support and storage.”

Another strong intent signal comes from customers who investigate the features offered in a higher-level service plan but leave the page without upgrading.

Homebase needed a way to reach out to these inquisitive users with relevant messages that would speak to their queries. Solutions-seekers, for example, would often search the knowledge base on the company’s marketing website, looking for help with common issues, such as complying with state labor laws. Something was missing, however.

“We were never able to tie this web activity to our automated marketing messages,” Ryan said. On eCommerce sites, those visits would trigger abandoned browse or abandoned cart messages aimed at bringing customers back to the site to convert. For Homebase, these messages aim to help customers discover more solutions to their problems.

“If a customer visits our labor-law guides, they clearly need guidance through complex state labor laws,” Ryan says. “We want to be able to detect that and push them an email through Iterable saying, ‘It looks like you need compliance support. We have a product that can solve this problem for you.’”

How Homebase Hit a Relevant Messaging Homerun with Heap and Iterable

Homebase provides its services through an application. A parallel marketing website houses the company blog and other knowledge resources, pricing plans and feature lists, services targeted to specific industries, and general company information. 

Right now, Homebase creates custom events within its app to track customer activity and tie it to specific customers. Homebase passes those email addresses through to Iterable to create personalized, targeted messaging using Iterable’s custom events framework. 

“That framework doesn’t exist on our marketing website. That’s where Heap’s identity resolution and event tracking becomes very valuable in passing information over from the marketing website,” Ryan says.

“The Heap and Iterable integration slices hours of development time off the process of building and testing personalized message tracks,” Ryan says. 

“I would not be surprised if we started creating more in-app events through Heap because it doesn’t require engineering time,” he adds. “That’s one of the major values–we don’t have to use an engineer to format a custom event. There’s a lot of value for us being able to use in-app events as triggers, such as a manager’s log, document storage, or reviewing reports.”

All of those activities then become intent triggers the company can use to persuade customers to upgrade their plans.

The Heap and Iterable integration slices hours of development time off the process of building and testing personalized message tracks

Ryan Milligan
Ryan Milligan
Marketing and Sales Ops Lead  @Homebase

Homebase Hits Home with Personalized Messages

Nobody at Homebase needed to be sold on personalization. Messages triggered by user activity drive generally twice the open and click-to-open rates as the already-respectable rates other emails generate. They also help to boost traffic to pages within the app–another key point that can help Homebase achieve its goal to increase feature discovery, boost retention, and lead to robust monthly recurring revenue.

Being able to build custom segments quickly to respond to user activity has been a major benefit, he says. But beyond that, the marketing team is also aiming to use Heap and Iterable together to find the “sweet spot” for abandonment messaging that capitalizes on user interest at the right moment without overwhelming them with messages. 

With the right tools and strategy in place, Homebase is empowered to focus on scaling and building more sophisticated campaigns that deliver a tailored experience. The end result? Homebase saves time for both its customers and team alike–and that’s a home run.


How UNiDAYS Increased Personalization in Less Time with Iterable Catalog

UNiDAYS is the world’s largest Student Affinity Network, with over 20 million verified members across 115 markets including the USA, UK, Germany, Canada and Australia. They offer discounts and special offers for more than 800 brands, specializing in apparel, food, beauty, tech, entertainment and more. Available on the App Store and Google Play, UNiDAYS helps students live their best lives on- and off-campus. 

UNiDAYS is a major source of market intelligence on Generation Z consumers, which is surfaced through Gen Z Insights—a resource dedicated to understanding, and marketing to, the Gen-Z audience. (Curious how to get Gen-Z to love your brand? Find out here.) 

Gen Z are a hyper-informed, hyper-connected consumer, who expect customized personalized products, services and value, across every device, every platform, AND whose real world and digital existence are basically one of the same. Brands must urgently connect with this unfamiliar, digital-native consumer who is defining social commerce. They live and breathe social media, instant messaging, video games and live-streaming – often all at the same time. Gen Z are the ultimate early adopters, and we see their habits now influencing the behaviors of Millennials and Generation X too, and even the younger generations following them. They are the most influential but elusive consumers in history. Both start-ups and legacy brands could find this new world order daunting, but it represents great possibility. 

To engage with their Gen-Z audience, UNiDAYS leverages both push notifications and email to send offers, discounts and content to its members.

Minimizing Manual Work, Maximizing ROI

During the COVID-19 pandemic when students were unable to shop in-store, UNiDAYS began sending daily email campaigns for its major discount verticals such as shoes, fashion, tech, beauty and food/drink. While these campaigns were critical to maintaining engagement with their members, building each email required the team to manually sort through brands and look for the best offers. 

In order to support these daily campaigns for the long haul, the team needed to automate as much of the creation process as possible. Saving 30 to 40 minutes per email would return valuable time to the team, which could then be used to strategize new campaigns, optimize existing campaigns, and continually improve the member experience. 

As an Iterable client since 2019, UNiDAYS implemented Iterable Catalog, a proprietary metadata storage service that enables highly personalized messages without the complexity or maintenance of traditional data feeds. 

However, before adopting Catalog more broadly, the CRM team completed two phases of testing: an initial phase to test the viability of using Collections (a feature of Catalog) to pull personalized content into the daily emails, and a second phase to test the impact of automation on engagement and daily active members (DAM).

Testing with Catalog: Phase 1

The UNiDAYS team needed to validate that using Collections to automate the process would reduce time and effort, both in building each email and in cloning the message template for use in other recurring marketing campaigns.  The team chose the “Shoesday” campaign, a top-performing campaign sent weekly to UNiDAYS members living in Germany. 

The team tested with two lookalike audiences drawn from UNiDAYS members who had opened email during the previous 90 days. Each audience received the same templated message with identical subject line and preheader. The only difference was in the showcase content. 

One email featured manually selected offers, while the other audience received the email built using Collections, which automatically selected shoe brands that have “ending soon” deals. 

The test ran for six weeks.

Team members found the automated process using Collections indeed reduced the amount of time needed to produce the weekly marketing initiatives. In addition, the team learned that cloning these recurring campaigns easily ensured that email content remained consistent from one campaign to the next, with the only difference being the Collections content in the email.

Testing with Catalog: Phase 2

Next, the CRM team set up a four-week test to determine whether automating with Catalog instead of manually selecting offers would impact engagement or Daily Active Members (DAM). This time, the testing was expanded to include both “Shoesday” and “Limited Time Only” (“LTO”) initiatives.  

The testing base was divided into three groups:

  • 45% received the current manually created version
  • 45% received the version automated with Collections
  • 10% was a control group that received neither email

To the delight of the team, the email automated with Catalog performed equally as well as the email with manually selected offers, while both versions outperformed the control group for both perk engagements and DAM.

Based on the test results, team members concluded that introducing Catalog would save 1.5 hours a week between the Shoesday and LTO initiatives alone, while maintaining the performance and engagement the UNiDAYS business depends on.


UNiDAYS’ team found that implementing Iterable Catalog across their CRM programs would save over 3.5 hours a week, or 182 hours annually, while maintaining the deep personalization their Gen-Z audience expects. In turn, those hours can now be spent further optimizing UNiDAYS CRM program, increasing ROI, and continuing to expand the UNiDAYS business.


  • Nearly 200 hours/year saved with Iterable Catalog 
  • Deep personalization across email and push notifications (a must for its Gen-Z audience)
  • Time saved is now spent further optimizing UNiDAYS CRM program


Personalized Growth Marketing to 10 Million Students

CreativeLive empowers and inspires over 10 million students worldwide. With more than 1,500 curated classes and over 10,000 hours of video, CreativeLive hosts the world’s largest premium online creative education platform.

New York Times best-selling authors, Grammy, Pulitzer, Oscar winners, thought leaders and legendary entrepreneurs like Richard Branson, Gary Vaynerchuk, Tim Ferriss, and Mark Cuban—over 1,000 of the world’s top experts—teach the CreativeLive community.

Iterable’s Impact at CreativeLive

By using Iterable’s growth marketing platform, CreativeLive has been able to vastly reduce the time that marketers spend developing emails, while creating more personalized and optimized messaging that doubled click-through rates in two months.

Every action a user makes on the CreativeLive website—from enrolling in a course, to saving or marking a class as interesting—is added to their Iterable user profile. This builds dynamic, accurate and up-to-the-minute lists.

Instead of targeting people in broad categories, such as photography, the growth marketing team can now target focused sub-categories, such as outdoor photography, leading to increased open rates from 15% to 25%.

Normally we segment by the channel our users are interested in, but now we are able to be much more granular than that. The customer is more engaged because whatever we’re sending them is highly relevant.


Silva Yousefian
Silva Yousefian
Email Marketing Manager @CreativeLive

Streamlined Email Management for Focused Execution

CreativeLive was looking for a modern, user-friendly platform that could handle both transactional and marketing emails.

The API calls with their legacy email provider were constantly breaking and the team was getting mired in support delays.

“The system we were replacing seemed very old-school and everything was pretty cumbersome,” says email marketing manager Silva Yousefian.

There were data silos between departments and systems. “Our product team is in charge of transactional emails, and previously they were on a different ESP than the marketing team,” explains email marketing manager Karen Lee.

“One of the big things that was really challenging was managing unsubscribes, syncing them between the two systems. Now, with Iterable, we really like how easy it is to track people’s email preferences all in one place. It’s cutting down on the manual work of executing campaigns and lets the marketing team focus on increasing engagement and ROI.”

Email at Every Customer Engagement Touchpoint

  • Welcome series
  • Post-purchase series
  • Transactional order confirmations
  • Enrollment reminders Cart abandonment series
  • 20-30 touch user acquisition campaigns
  • Wishlist campaign based on customers’ class favorites
  • Cross-sell campaigns based on previous purchases

Because it is so much easier to feed data into Iterable than into our legacy ESP, we have been segmenting based on more personalized, granular customer attributes. We’ve seen our click-through rates double.

Karen Lee
Karen Lee
Email Marketing Manager @CreativeLive

Studio Spotlight

CreativeLive’s mission is to inspire people and help them make progress with their artistic goals.

Iterable helps CreativeLive accomplish this mission by enabling the marketing team to create personalized, razor-sharp content that aligns with customer behavior and interests.

Once a customer has purchased a class, the “Post-Purchase Stream” launches to curate additional information that the user may be interested in.

This is how the email journey is deployed:

  • A confirmation email is triggered when the user makes a purchase.
  • A follow-up email is sent two days later to suggest related courses to purchase.
  • A reminder requesting a review of the class goes out three days later.
  • An upsell email is sent after three additional days, encouraging users to purchase additional courses at higher price points.

“We are encouraging people to move forward with their passions and dive in deeper,” explains Silva. “By creating personalized streams, it gets them there a little quicker.”

The team’s newest project is to build on this further with dynamic footers—content that is curated automatically into each individual email.

Iterable has helped CreativeLive become more strategic in its mission of inspiring and educating a rapidly growing, global cohort of creatives.

By synthesizing multiple data streams into one, intuitive and easy-to-use platform, the marketing team has found more hours in the day to craft the personalized content that converts.

Key Takeaways

Massive time savings: Email setup and testing times have been cut by 50%.

Hyper-personalized campaigns: User profiles take in individual behavioral events, enabling targeted content across all channels.

On-call support: Real-time customer support chats allow efficiency and accelerated learning.


Scribd partners with Iterable and Mailgun to engage readers around the globe 

In 2007, Scribd launched the world’s first open publishing platform. Today, with over 100 million unique monthly visitors, a digital library of more than 1 million titles, and readers around the globe, Scribd is living its mission to “change the way the world reads.” 

Scribd monthly subscribers gain unlimited access to books, audiobooks, magazines, news and more, on the web or through Scribd’s mobile app (available on the App Store and Google Play). 

Since the beginning, email has been an integral channel for Scribd for everything from acquisition and engagement to lifecycle management and communications. Under Andrew Harner, Scribd’s Lead Manager for Email, email has grown its acquisition share at Scribd ten-fold. In addition, testing across Scribd’s acquisition suite has driven a 10% increase in click rate through optimizing mobile email templates and a 300% increase in click rate from a redesign of Scribd’s welcome email, which combined have resulted in a 30% increase in month-over-month signups across Scribd’s new user acquisition flow.

As Scribd’s product, subscriber base, and global presence grew, the marketing team outgrew  its legacy martech stack. In order to efficiently manage messaging volume and leverage user data to power more personalized messaging, the Scribd team modernized its tech stack with Iterable and Mailgun by Sinch.

Wanted: the right tech plus a trust-based partnership

Scribd relies on its tech stack to help tackle challenges common to subscriber-based services: increasing paid subscribers, boosting user engagement (ex. daily sessions and monthly active users), and influencing long-term user retention. But neither its in-house messaging platform nor its previous cloud services provider were robust enough to handle its ever-increasing database. 

“We wanted to partner with a company where we could build  a relationship founded on trust,” Andrew says. This is a quality that can be hard to define in the typical request for proposal (RFP). 

But then Andrew walked into an Iterable vendor conference in 2019.

Collaborating with Iterable and Mailgun by Sinch

The Iterable and Mailgun partnership with Scribd began at Activate 2019, where he witnessed the companies’ values of humility and honesty in action.

“We wanted to invest in developing a high velocity of lifecycle testing to build a robust lifecycle program for Scribd,” he says. 

Mailgun by Sinch’s long-standing reputation for consistently reliable email delivery and Iterable’s cross-channel automation capabilities, such as those that simplified testing and gave the marketing autonomy and control over the process, helped move the deal forward, Andrew says.

Following the conference, the Scribd team put both platforms through a rigorous and fast-paced implementation. That meant working with the Mailgun and Iterable Deliverability team to warm up 11 IP addresses and scaling up transactional, triggered lifecycle, and batch marketing sends to about 1 million a day. 

Even in the early stages of implementation, “we saw massive improvements out of the gate,” Andrew says.

Taking the pain out of the switch

With the wrong technology partners, migrating to a new platform can lead to one headache after another. With Iterable and Mailgun, the process was so painless that Andrew took a two week vacation mid-transition. 

“The main warm-up went really well,” he says. “It was absolutely painless. We were onboarded seamlessly, equipped with a playbook and guidelines around best practices, including how many emails to send on which day, when to start activating additional IP addresses and how to spread those sends out. Iterable and Mailgun’s partnership and close collaboration ensured we were set up for success.”

But cooperation is a two-way street, and Scribd was on board with the process, which moved more than 80 transactional and marketing email journeys over 10 weeks and targeted only actively engaged users at first.

“We didn’t have any issues with ramping up with Mailgun and Iterable,” Andrew says. ” In fact, we immediately saw improved attribution because of how Iterable applies link tagging to dynamic links, which helped us understand the full impact of the email program.”

Today, Scribd teams with Iterable and Mailgun by Sinch to send over a million marketing and transactional emails daily along with another 10 to 20 million broadcast messages per month across its active user base.

How Iterable + Mailgun help Scribd build stronger lifecycle programs

Like most subscription-based brands, tackling churn is a top priority. 

Scribd built several new lifecycle programs in Iterable that target critical points in its user lifecycle, all of which help the company reduce churn, convert more trial users to paid subscribers and increase the engaged user base, including:

  • An acquisition program that upsells current customers to expand their subscriptions
  • Journeys targeting canceled and inactive users
  • An onboarding program that aims to engage trial users quickly – within a day to a week after signing up – to increase frequency and session durations and to reduce inactivity and attrition. 

As part of the onboarding program development, the company used Iterable’s localization function to quickly set up live onboarding journeys in English, Spanish and Portuguese for users in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Great Britain, Australia and several other key markets.

“We were able to develop and push 14 of these onboarding touchpoints live with translations and market-specific content in a span of just three weeks,” Andrew says.

Scribd rapidly advanced their lifecycle programs and Iterable’s platform allowed the team to be agile and iterate with ease, and Mailgun’s burst scaling ability provided the stability needed to deploy emails without having to worry about email volume.

An unexpected bonus: A platform that sparks joy

“The people we work with at Iterable are human, they care, and they’re invested in our success. Iterable is aware of our needs, cares about our results, and develops programs that meet our specific needs. 

The dependability of the platform has always been a major factor. Many of the emails we send are part of our legal compliance–we have an internal SLA around delivery times for key transactional emails like receipts and password receipts. Having that confidence in our transactional sends helps me sleep at night. 

Iterable’s tooling is accessible enough and intuitive enough that, in the words of my lifecycle marketing manager, ‘it brought the joy back to our work. Yes, it sparks joy.’”

Jersey Mike's

Hungry for Transformation: How Jersey Mike’s Created a Unified Mobile Experience

When Jersey Mike’s Subs first opened in Point Pleasant New Jersey in 1956, exceptional subs and a friendly face behind the counter were enough to deliver a top-notch customer experience (or, what Jersey Mike’s refers to as A Sub Above). Now 65 years later, as one of the fastest growing chain restaurants, the Jersey Mike’s team knew they needed to double-down on digital in order to continue building and retaining loyal, sub-loving customers. 

Harnessing the Power of Mobile Ordering

In 2019, Jersey Mike’s partnered with World Wide Technology to revamp and relaunch its mobile app. With nearly 2,000 retail locations worldwide, scalability, speed-of-ordering and a personalized customer experience were top of mind. 

“Our franchisees and our crew members do a really great job of engaging customers in-store—they banter back and forth, they remember people’s orders and first names—we really wanted to bring that personalized experience into our online, digital experience,” said Kelly McGee, Director of Digital Marketing at Jersey Mike’s. 

The launch of the new app in August of 2019 introduced a plethora of new user event data. Activating this newly accessible data, however, required the right marketing technology stack and deep organizational alignment to continually prioritize its digital experience.

Enabling A Sub Above Experience

When building the martech stack around its new mobile app, Jersey Mike’s introduced Segment as its customer data platform to unify online and in-store data, Amplitude to understand and manage in-app behavior and Iterable to engage with customers through their preferred channels. This combination of tools unlocks engagement data and enables the personalized end-to-end digital experience customers expect.

We implemented Segment, Amplitude and Iterable, which work seamlessly together and allow us to send the right data to Iterable and speak to our customers as individuals.

Kelly McGee
Kelly McGee
Director of Digital Marketing @Jersey Mike's Subs

“We’re able to use the data we’re getting from our app to send more targeted, relevant messages. We’re able to see what channel people interact with the most. We currently use push and email with Iterable, and we’re able to engage with our customers where they want to engage with us,” said McGee.

For example, during its annual Customer Appreciation event, Jersey Mike’s ran a loyalty campaign to incentivize members of the MyMike’s loyalty program to place an order and earn bonus points, while non-members were encouraged to join the MyMike’s program. The push notifications were built and sent through Iterable, based on cohort data sent to Iterable from Amplitude. The member cohort saw a 13% lift in orders placed when compared to the control group, while 38% of non-members converted and became members of the MyMike’s program.

Agility Driven by a Modern Marketing Stack

While Jersey Mike’s is still investing heavily in the growth of its in-store, dine-in experience (even going as far as paying for franchisee remodels), its mobile experience has become critical to Jersey Mike’s exponential growth.    

Proactively investing in its mobile app experience enabled them to pivot and capitalize on the rise of digital ordering driven by 2020’s COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic accelerated consumer adoption of technology for meal ordering. At Jersey Mike’s, online ordering more than doubled in the last year, with customers appreciating the ease of use, ordering speed and contact-free options. While the mobile app itself manages the influx of orders, the marketing touchpoints that surround the app (enabled by Iterable, Amplitude and Segment) ensure loyal customers come back for more. 

Automated email and in-app campaigns like welcome, birthday and re-engagement campaigns were in place to nurture and engage new customers, which allowed Jersey Mike’s digital marketing team to focus on responding to the ever-changing landscape and regulations of 2020.

Looking Forward

While technology is certainly an enabler of today’s most powerful mobile customer experiences, Jersey Mike’s also credits strong cross-functional prioritization and planning. 

“We do a really good job of aligning our priorities as a company. Marketing works very closely together with our IT and operations teams to make sure we’re all on the same page–that the products we’re pushing out are what our customers want and need,” said McGee.  

Looking ahead, Jersey Mike’s plans to build on the success of it’s mobile app, continue to grow the MyMike’s loyalty program, expand in marketing channels to include SMS, and most importantly, listen to customer feedback. 

“I don’t think we would have built the app the way we did, had it not been for customer feedback. To this day, we continually look at app reviews to see if the features we’re launching are resonating with our customers. It’s really important to take that feedback into account if you’re going through a digital transformation.”


13% lift in conversion leveraging Amplitude Predictive Cohort

38% non-member to member conversion rate

Increased agility as a mobile-forward business 


Integrated Platforms Help Hipcamp Make Experimenting Second Nature

Hipcamp’s mission is simple: “Get more people outside.” The adventure-camping company is a comprehensive resource for discovering and booking unique outdoor stays. 

Hipcamp’s marketplace model matches landowning hosts with “Hipcampers” seeking unique campsites and nontraditional lodgings, such as glamping tents, yurts, treehouses and RVs.

Thus, Hipcamp has two missions: encouraging hosts to complete the listing process so they can receive bookings faster, and encouraging campers to post reviews, which give hosts valuable feedback for improving their listings and services and helps other campers run more successful searches.

Testing and experimentation in Iterable have been a key part of the marketing team’s operations, to learn quickly, optimize, and move on to the next project. 


The team used to rely on manual testing management and record keeping, an inefficient process that limited its ability to experiment and optimize messaging and to serve its host and camper audiences.

“With such a small team handling a bunch of different focus areas like marketing, supply acquisition, business analytics, and process improvement, we needed to invest in tools to reduce the manual journeys. Fast experimentation allows us to break down large goals into smaller bits of progress.”

Christina Tran
Christina Tran
Business Operations Manager @Hipcamp


Hipcamp’s operations team had two primary goals: 

  • To engage with and support landowners (hosts) as they begin their hosting journey and to increase the number of completed listings 
  • To increase camper engagement through the review journey to increase the number of most reviews

The team replaced its manual testing process with Iterable’s A/B testing and user filtering and Amplitude’s funnel conversion and performance evaluation.

Host Audience journey

The Hipcamp team built an automated Iterable journey that uses a series of emails, texts, and other communication to supplement live support in the quest to help more hosts create and post listings.

“It was super easy to export user lists and see what was happening at the granular level,” Tran says. The team could track host behavior in each testing segment, discover which email messages they were receiving and then update message content quickly. 

The Iterable events stream automatically to Amplitude for conversion tracking, such as comparing how different host groups move through the reporting funnel.

Camper Review journey

The team created a camper review journey in Iterable that staggers communications and uses personalization to connect with campers.

“We filter campers based on specific fields, such as listing location and date of stay,” says Business Operations Analyst Lukas Ronkin. “Whether a camper is staying at a California campsite or a Massachusetts cabin, they’ll get specialized and personalized language catered for them.”

Camper events also stream from Iterable to Amplitude. The team tracks and evaluates how each message type performs, using metrics such as review completion rate and sentiment score.


The Hipcamp operations team has been able to run 4.5X the number of successful, operations-driven experiments, which produces more insights Hipcamp can use to benefit both hosts and campers. 

This created a multiplier effect – more hosts are completing the listing process and receiving bookings faster. As more campers complete the review process, hosts receive more feedback they can improve their listings and their campsites and get more bookings. Campers, in turn, have more host reviews to consult in their searches. This helps them find the right sites. 

Hipcamp has achieved more experimentation and greater efficiency, Ronkin says. The team can create and run more tests and get results faster. Faster time to insights means the team can put what it learns to work faster and create more successful experiences for hosts and campers alike.


4.5X more operations-driven experiments

Reduced dependence on engineering with Iterable’s flexible data structure.

How Powers Smarter Campaigns with a Modern Tech Stack 

Available in more than 20 countries, is the world’s leading platform for finding and managing high-quality family care. is designed to meet the evolving needs of today’s families and caregivers, offering everything from household tax and payroll services and customized corporate benefits packages covering the care needs of working families, to innovating new ways for caregivers to be paid and obtain professional benefits. Since 2007, families have relied on’s industry-leading products—from child and elder care to pet care and home care.

Challenges needed a modern data structure so its marketing systems could keep up with the company’s rapid growth, says Matthew Naturman,’s Associate Marketing Manager for Lifecycle Marketing. 

Its “Frankenstein” collection of platforms – for marketing email, transactional email, mobile app and push notifications, SMS, personalization testing, business intelligence (BI) and data storage – was inefficient, requiring too many workarounds to pass data and insights from one platform to another. had three major priorities:

  1. Invest in journey mapping its user experiences, replacing time-consuming manual processes with streamlined data and automated journeys.
  2. Test and analyze data quickly and use those insights to create and optimize new marketing programs
  3. Make greater use of its data sources without relying on its data engineers.

Solutions replaced its stand-alone messaging platforms with Iterable, for marketing and transactional emails, app/push/SMS and testing, and Amplitude for user analysis and reporting, and measuring engagement. This gave the operations team the full picture of their customers’ experience with the marketplace platform.

The team used its revamped tech stack to launch dozens of new testing programs, email journeys and data initiatives, including these:

  • Set up journey mapping on key events, such as tracking caregivers from the job search through the subscription purchase and comparing behavior based on email activity.
  • Tracking abandonment activity and using that information to switch marketing efforts, such as abandonment reminders.
  • Set alerts in Amplitude to monitor Iterable campaigns to quickly detect unexpected changes in key metrics like abandonment email triggers or conversions.
  • Launched dozens of new experiments, such as the optimal sending order of email and push notifications for abandonment. 


Adding Iterable and Amplitude to the tech stack enabled the team to journey map across channels, and continually optimize based on user behavior. The team also found efficiencies all through its various programs, from testing and optimization to campaign development and management, reporting and data tracking and analysis. has been able to scale up its operations without adding more human or tech support. These are some of the benefits has realized so far:

  • Pairing member engagement with messaging on the platform helps the team  understand how marketing efforts affect user engagement
  • Alert system highlights problems quickly for fixes that have reduced abandonment and conversion losses.
  • The team now has a deeper understanding of care-seekers and caregivers through email and web activity.
  • An expanded testing program optimizes messaging all through the customer journey for higher conversions.

“I now spend less than five minutes pulling the data for my sites on a weekly and monthly basis. The rest of the time, I focus on actually understanding the customer behavior. These tools save time in the long run and allow your team to create the best experiences for your customers.”

Matthew Naturman
Matthew Naturman
Associate Marketing Manager, Lifecycle Marketing


Deeper understanding of customer behavior

Faster testing and optimization

Scaled operations without additional engineering support

Small Team, Big Impact: How Grew User Engagement with Iterable 

Since 2011, crypto services provider has managed 28% of all Bitcoin transactions. was one of the first names in the crypto space and today, the company is synonymous with trading in cryptocurrency. Its millions of users have created more than 72 million wallets and more than $800 billion in transactions across 200 countries (as of April 2021). offers traders a single platform experience, a built-in user-controlled wallet, interest accounts and other clients services.


With’s growth and the increasing adoption of cryptocurrency, the team knew the opportunity of delivering a more tailored user experience was significant. 

“We have people coming to every day with a vast difference in knowledge of crypto and from different places in the world with different restrictions on crypto. In order to retain those users and increase adoption we have to speak to each of them as individuals,” said Indi Pollard, Email Marketing Lead.

But with only a small team managing email marketing for millions of users, needed to prioritize personalization strategies that capitalized on individual user behavior and were quick to implement and prove ROI.

Using Data to Drive Strategy

With Iterable in place, can leverage user behavior to personalize both the email content and overall user journey. The initial goal was to simply increase email open rates, which had suffered from a largely batch-and-blast approach, and automate as much of the user journey as possible.

First, they evaluated user engagement across two axes—Last Email Open and Last Wallet Access. This provided the insight that guides how engages with each cohort. Cold users are driven toward more email-oriented actions, while disengaged users are driven toward more product-oriented actions.  This analysis of user behavior shifted’s approach from high-volume email sends to targeted, goal-oriented campaigns.

Using Studio to Personalize the Journey

Once the team had a grasp on how engaged their audience was, they built automated journeys to segment and engage with each cohort. 

“Iterable’s Studio is a great way to segment and personalize so we can send a single campaign to different cohorts with just small changes that personalize the content for each audience,” said Pollard. 

For example,’s monthly Market Outlook events are an important part of their education and retention strategy. With Studio, they can easily filter users into two groups—users who have attended previous events and those who have not. Users who have attended past events receive a straightforward invitation, while those who have not attended, or didn’t open earlier invitations, receive additional contextual information to help nurture them to action.

Having access to user event data in Iterable enabled’s nascent email team to identify and automate critical moments of the customer journey.  

When users become disengaged or are identified as being at-risk of churning, they trigger a re-engagement flow. By personalizing the subject line to say “It’s been [X] days since we’ve seen you” instead of “It’s been a while since we’ve seen you,” saw a 32.4% relative increase in engagement.

relative increase in engagement with subject line personalization

Using Data to Personalize Email Content

Even small data-driven tactics, like mentioning when a user was last active, or greeting users by name, can have a significant impact on performance. tested first name personalization on a Cyber Security Awareness campaign and saw an 8.8% relative increase in engagement. 

relative increase in engagement with first-name personalization

Beyond “Hi {{defaultlfEmpty firstName “there”}}” implemented simple logic statements to personalize email content based on the currency each user is interested in. 

For example, to promote a product feature called Swap, which allows users to directly trade one cryptocurrency for another, they use simple logic statements to deliver targeted messages like “Do you want to swap your Bitcoin for Ethereum?” instead of “Do you want to try Swap?” 

Rewarding User Behavior to Build Loyalty

With a small team and restrictions on how customer data can be used in the Financial Services industry, the team looks for creative ways to reward user behavior and build customer loyalty. 

Identity verification is an important step for new users to take when joining Verified users are granted additional permissions and higher trading limits, while verification provides additional context to each user. 

Using a basic logic statement in the snippet of’s email headers, verified users will see a “VIP” symbol on all communications they receive. This is a small way to leverage data, and incentive and reward favorable in-product behavior. 


When the right tech stack is in place, even small marketing teams can execute effective personalization strategies and have a significant impact on user engagement and retention.

“Right now we’re a really lean team, but with just me and a little Iterable magic I’ve been able to greatly improve top line email open and click-through rates in just six short months while dramatically reducing the overall volume of email sends.”

Indi Pollard
Indi Pollard
Email Marketing Lead

Pollard urges other marketers not to let lack of data keep them from exploring personalization. Having data in Iterable such as “last email open” and “last wallet login” enabled her to begin segmenting and personalizing messages, she says. After that, “it’s all about figuring out how you can make your job easier by letting Iterable do the work of personalization to bring you higher conversion metrics.”


8.8% relative increase in engagement from simple first-name personalization

32.4% relative increase in engagement personalizing re-engagement subject lines


How Ritual found a 12.5% lift in conversion with Iterable 

Ritual, a subscription based, direct-to-consumer wellness brand, was founded in 2015 on the premise that “better health begins with better ingredients.” 

As Founder and CEO Katerina Schneider puts it, “When I was pregnant, I turned my house upside down to get rid of products with ingredients I couldn’t get behind. I replaced everything from my cleaning supplies to my deodorant. But, in my search for the perfect prenatal vitamin, I found many of those same questionable ingredients. I couldn’t find a brand that I trusted, so I decided to build my own.” 

What started with a women’s multivitamin only, has now expanded to include a complete line of both women’s and men’s multi-vitamins tailored to the needs of specific age groups. Along with the expansion in products (and audience) came the need to deliver highly-targeted and more personalized journeys that could drive long-term LTV and retention — something Ritual’s legacy tech stack wasn’t ready to handle. 

From Disparate to Unified Customer Data

Like many growing companies, Ritual had a plethora of customer data but struggled to harness it to drive their marketing touchpoints. A number of cloud data sources sent data to Snowflake (their analytics database) which then sent data to Looker (their business intelligence tool). 

From there, Laura Brodie, Vice President, Customer at Ritual, relied heavily on manual data extraction and list creation, and was limited on the data she could use to trigger personalized customer journeys. Their legacy ESP could trigger based on email engagement and purchase behavior, but not the rich event data captured in Snowflake. Siloed data and limited automation capabilities resulted in a number of disparate customer touchpoints, and limited ability to a/b test and optimize in real time. 

With an ever-growing audience and product line, Ritual couldn’t afford for their current tech stack to handcuff their long-term LTV, AOV and retention goals.

Fueling Growth with Data

By replacing their legacy ESP with Iterable’s growth marketing platform, and enhancing their use of Segment, Ritual was able to orchestrate cross-channel campaigns on key intent and engagement behavior. In 2020, with the introduction of men’s products, this became mission critical functionality that enabled them to successfully launch into an entirely new audience. 

Layering additional filters and personalization into their existing nurture journeys allowed Ritual to target their men’s audience and deliver the rich customer experience necessary to drive conversions.

In addition, launching a new product into an entirely new audience required continual iteration and testing. With Iterable Experiments, Ritual was able to create an aggressive testing calendar to help them learn about their men’s audience and optimize their messaging in real-time. 

“We’ve had a very aggressive a/b testing calendar to help us understand what messaging is resonating [with our mens’ audience] — what templates are working, what destinations we should be driving to in order to convert customers etc. We’ve leveraged experiments in Iterable to test different audience segmentation and identify incremental wins.”

Laura Brodie
Laura Brodie
Vice President, Customer @Ritual

Launching new products and breaking into new audiences is an exciting step in Ritual’s growth. But having the right tools in place to ensure their success was critical. 

By unifying key persona and purchase intent data in Iterable, Ritual was able to deliver targeted, personalized touchpoints without adding unnecessary complexity to their automation strategy. And in the first ten days of launching Men’s products, Ritual completed 5 a/b tests that resulted in a 12.5% overall lift in conversion and a shocking 45% lift in conversion in a single campaign. 


  • 12.5% lift in overall campaign conversion by leveraging Iterable Experiments
  • 45% lift in conversion in a single campaign
  • Hyper-personalized lifecycle campaigns enabled by Iterable’s partnership with Segment


How Zoopla Unlocked Growth by Modernizing its Tech Stack with Iterable

For Zoopla, one of the UK’s leading property marketplaces, increasing digital engagement is the key to delivering ROI to their partners and hitting its long-term growth targets. 

With over 55 million visits across their mobile apps and websites, and coverage of over 70% of UK real estate listings, Zoopla collects a massive amount of consumer data. That data can then be used to match homehunters to their dream property, and connect Zoopla customers (estate agents and developers) to relevant consumer cohorts. 

With their legacy tech stack, however,  Zoopla was handcuffed to manual data queries, batch data imports, and fragmented views of customer engagement. Knowing data-driven strategies based on geo-intent and Segment Personas were critical to recognizing rapid growth in their business, the Zoopla team knew they needed to modernize their tech stack.

Choosing Data-First to Fuel Growth

With their legacy ESP, Zoopla was reliant on manual SQL queries, batch data imports, and best-guess segmentation. 

“Our previous ESP could not handle the scale of our business. We weren’t leveraging the rich data we have, and segmentation was inconsistent or inaccessible across our tech stack. Any change we needed to make required at least two weeks of engineering effort.” said Chris Frost, Senior Product Manager at Zoopla. 

Beyond native cross-channel and segmentation capabilities, Zoopla needed a provider with the data foundation, scalable APIs, and rich partner integrations to  activate their latent customer data.  

“This evaluation wasn’t ever about a jazzy UI. The central thing for me as a marketer is, ironically, not the marketing functionality. Those elements, if you choose wisely, feel like table stakes to me” said Adam Knight, Director of Engagement at Zoopla. “It’s all about how it enables the engineering function of our business to support us as marketers so we can accelerate the pace of testing and iteration.”  

After completing an extensive evaluation, the Zoopla team chose Iterable’s data-first approach to customer experience to supercharge their growth. 

“After workshopping our use cases and mapping our data architecture—one of the most helpful phases of our review process—it became quite clear that Iterable was the best partner for us,” said Knight.

Rich Customer Experiences with Iterable

By introducing Iterable to their tech stack, previously complicated (or altogether unreachable) use cases are now accessible. 

Geo-intent, or understanding which locations a consumer might be interested in, is foundational to connecting homehunters with the right properties. For example, someone currently located in London may be looking to move to specific postcodes in Manchester. Zoopla looks to browse data, lead data, saved searches, and more to determine and score consumer intent. That score is then used to deliver relevant content and recommendations tailored to the locations a consumer is interested in. 

Prior to Iterable, data silos prevented Zoopla from having a clear understanding of geo-intent. Data housed in their ESP was not unified in real-time to data housed in Segment, or the rest of their tech stack. This disconnect gave a fragmented view of customer behavior and limited Zoopla’s ability to effectively action on geo-intent. 

In addition, Zoopla launched a new program ‘Zooploma’ in early 2020 with the intent of supporting and educating first-time home buyers. 

First time buyers are a significant proportion of the market, accounting for almost 40% of all property transactions. Understanding their challenges and helping to support and guide them through the process is central to our ethos.” said Knight. (Source)

With Iterable’s deep integration with Segment, Zoopla can now quickly identify target Zooploma participants based on a variety of attributes.

Platform and Partnership for the Long Haul

For Zoopla, modernizing its tech stack meant finding both a platform and a partnership that would unlock growth. With Iterable in place, the Zoopla team can now deploy the strategies necessary to increase engagement and build the consumer preference that is integral to Zoopla’s long-term success.


  • Unlocked revenue streams with unified customer data
  • More precise geo-intent targeting with bi-directional integration with Segment
  • Time saved by eliminating manual SQL queries and batch uploads


How Aspiration 2x’d open, click, and conversion rates with Send Time Optimization

Aspiration, a Los Angeles-based neobank, provides a socially conscious digital banking alternative to traditional financial institutions. 

“At the heart of Aspiration is a mission: helping our customers make money and make a difference at the same time.” (Source)

Through its “Dimes Worth a Difference” program, Aspiration donates ten cents of every dollar earned to charitable organizations focused on expanding economic opportunities. And while its product and service offerings mirror what you might find at a traditional bank, each offering is structured with social consciousness and sustainability top-of-mind. 

To engage with its socially-minded customers, Aspiration relies heavily on email and mobile push notifications. Having “exploited the limits” of its previous marketing platform and recognizing the opportunity of a more personalized customer engagement strategy, Aspiration unified their cross-channel customer experience with Iterable.

“We wanted to build a very future-forward tech stack that addressed the data challenges that would have prevented us from scaling. Our ultimate goal was to elevate our communications to the level our customers deserve. That meant engaging with them based on where they are on our website, and building triggered automations that engage at just the right moment, with the right content.”

Matthias Jordan
Matthias Jordan
Sr. Omni-Channel Marketing Manager @Aspiration

To engage with their customers at the right moment, Aspiration leverages Iterable’s Send Time Optimization (STO), which applies machine learning to automate and personalize the optimal send time for each unique recipient. Powered by Iterable AI, STO has enabled Aspiration to more than double open, click, and conversion rates.

Turbocharging Campaigns With AI

Prior to STO, the Aspiration team tested and tweaked campaign send time in order to optimize for engagement. While tailoring send time to the segment or time zone improved engagement, it lacked the ability to continuously learn, adapt and personalize send times across channels at scale.

“When you’re engaging with hundreds of thousands of people at a time, it’s impossible for even the most data-driven marketer to anticipate the optimal send time for their users. With Iterable’s AI solutions, we’re able to optimize our marketing beyond what would ever be possible using our decisioning alone.”

Boris Savoie Doyer
Boris Savoie Doyer
Head of CRM @Aspiration

The first time the Aspiration team applied STO to a campaign, they saw an immediate increase of over 100% in open and click rates. By analyzing historical engagement data and weighting more recent engagement signals, Iterable STO predicts the optimal send time for each unique individual. 

“When I first saw the results of the campaign with STO, I was truly shocked. I assumed we’d see some percentage lift in engagement, but more than doubling engagement across the board (opens, clicks, and conversions) was astonishing.”

Following the success in campaigns, Aspiration introduced STO to their journeys. They ran an STO experiment in Studio designed to increase engagement with low engagement users. The results showed a 27% increase in open rates of customers who received the STO-enabled email compared to the control group. 

Looking to the future, the Aspiration team will continue to seek out AI-driven solutions for the ability to improve performance beyond what they could ever do on their own. 

“Even with the largest, most technical marketing team, I could never match the results we see with Iterable AI.”


2x open, click, and conversion rates for email and push campaigns

27% increase in open rate for re-engagement journey


How TrainingPeaks Strengthened Upsells and Retention with Iterable

In the late ‘90s, elite triathlon and cycling coach Joe Friel started to recognize the limitations of traditional coach-to-athlete communication—handwritten training logs, email and fax machines weren’t efficient enough to keep up with the needs of elite athletes and coaches. 

In partnering with his son Dirk, and family friend Gear Fisher, Joe and team built TrainingPeaks, the world’s first online training log that enables coaches to connect with their athletes over the web. 

Today, TrainingPeaks creates endurance training apps and solutions that help athletes and coaches prepare the right way to reach their goals.

Expanding in Audience and Channels

As TrainingPeaks grew, so did the diversity of its audience and the channels they used to engage each member. For example, coaches typically engage with TrainingPeaks on desktop, while roughly 90% of athletes prefer to engage on the mobile app. 

Michelle Hiland, CRM Marketing Manager, knew that interacting with their audience in the right channel with the right content at the right time was key to increasing upsells and maximizing retention, but she was limited by the functionality of their legacy tech stack. 

“We couldn’t use our data the way we wanted to, and the API was a lot harder for our engineers to use. We were basically limited to profile data only,” said Hiland.

In addition, TrainingPeaks was leveraging two separate tools to manage its email and in-app experience. The disconnect between tools created a disjointed customer experience and crippled TrainingPeaks’ retention and upsell efforts. 

In order to continue growing their international network of coaches and athletes, and optimize their mobile app experience, TrainingPeaks knew it was time to reassess their tech stack.

Unifying Channels for a Seamless Customer Experience

After evaluating a handful of automation platforms, TrainingPeaks chose to unify their inbox and in-app experiences with Iterable’s growth marketing platform. 

“Choosing a platform our engineers approved of was a big sticking point for us,” said Hiland. “The fact that everything is in JSON makes Iterable really easy for them to work with.” 

The ability to easily get data into (and out of) Iterable enabled TrainingPeaks to build journeys that support their multi-channel customer experience, and deliver personalized content based on the events and training programs athletes are interested in. Across their lifecycle campaigns, TrainingPeaks is now able to trigger channel-specific messages based on web, desktop and mobile app engagement. 

In planning for 2020, TrainingPeaks recognized that many athletes were adding events to their calendar, but not purchasing a training plan to help them prepare. Because they had access to all relevant customer behavior, TrainingPeaks was able to create a journey that triggers when someone adds an event, but does not purchase a training plan. Without Iterable’s flexible data integration, TrainingPeaks wouldn’t have been able to capitalize on this key upsell opportunity.

Stronger Performance for the Long Haul

Unifying their inbox and in-app experiences with Iterable has enabled TrainingPeaks to engage with its users at critical moments in the customer journey. In-app click rates have increased to nearly 70% with an average conversion rate of 6%, and email clicks-to-open rate averages nearly 12%.

TrainingPeaks has also seen a drastic decrease in time spent building their weekly newsletters—what previously took 10 hours a week to create now takes less than 20 minutes, leaving the TrainingPeaks team more time to continually optimize and find incremental gains in their behavior-based automations. 

Having access to the data and the channels to deliver a cohesive customer experience has been critical for TrainingPeaks to effectively support their elite athletes and coaches. Bringing disparate data and channels into a single platform enables personalized touchpoints that consistently increase conversion rates, and drive the long-term retention TrainingPeaks depends on for growth.


70% in-app click rates

6% in-app conversion rates

Decrease from 10 hours to 20 minutes to create their weekly newsletter


How PicnicHealth Increased Conversions by Automating with Iterable

*Note: Any business subject to HIPAA compliance requiring a Business Associate Agreement (BAA) should contact the Iterable team to learn more about Iterable HIPAA requirements and exclusions.

It’s no secret—the healthcare system is complex. As patients, navigating a web of providers and specialities is not only frustrating, but also creates a disconnected view of our medical history. 

For PicnicHealth co-founder and CEO,  Noga Leviner, being diagnosed with a chronic illness and lacking a single, comprehensive view of her medical history was just the “aha!” moment she needed. Started in 2014, PicnicHealth is a platform that combines patient medical records into a single, easy-to-understand timeline and allows users to share that history for anonymized medical research. 

Early on, PicnicHealth’s homegrown marketing solution was enough to support their nascent email and automation needs. But as their platform and research programs grew, they recognized that the engineering effort spent maintaining their marketing tools could be better spent on the PicnicHealth platform. 

With the security and privacy of sensitive patient data top-of-mind, the PicnicHealth engineering team (the marketing team didn’t even exist yet!), set out to find a solution that would minimize their time spent coding email logic while also allowing them to deliver a more seamless user experience.

“Flexibility in automations was our biggest priority—finding a solution that would give our team access to the data and events they needed so they weren’t continually reliant on engineering.” 

Justin Maslin
Justin Maslin
Software Engineer @PicnicHealth

Recognizing the Opportunity of Personalization

Helping tens of thousands of patients better navigate their unique medical history requires personalized touchpoints that put the patient first. From new user onboarding to updating user profiles as additional medical history became available, the PicnicHealth team was spending tens of hours a week manually segmenting their users and building emails in their homegrown marketing tool. 

As part of onboarding, one of the most critical milestones in the user journey is signing the consent form that enables PicnicHealth to collect a patient’s medical records. While many users opt for a one-time collection of their records, the customer experience and PicnicHealth’s research programs benefit greatly when users subscribe to recurring record updates. For the user, their PicnicHealth record stays up-to-date with a comprehensive view of their history, while PicnicHealth’s research programs gain valuable real-world data with patient-reported outcomes—insight not included in traditional clinical research. 

With their homegrown marketing tool, nurturing users to sign up for ongoing medical record collection required the PicnicHealth team to manually segment users who had not opted-in to recurring updates and send an additional consent form. This manual process was inconsistent and wasn’t producing the results they hoped to see. 

Recognizing the extent of their limitations in segmentation, automation and analytics capabilities, as well as the burden of their homegrown solution on their engineering teams, PicnicHealth upgraded their tech stack to include Iterable.

Tailoring the Customer Experience with Iterable

With Iterable, PicnicHealth nurtures each user differently based on their medical condition, the types of doctors they’ve added, and the opportunities to improve the quality of their medical history. For example, some research programs offer compensation, while others request additional surveys to be completed to gather patient-reported outcomes. 

“We evaluated other marketing tools, but they didn’t have the advanced segmentation logic we needed for our diverse customer base,” said Justin Maslin, Software Engineer at PicnicHealth. 

Since making the switch to Iterable, the process of identifying and nurturing users to complete the ongoing medical history consent form is now fully automated, with a nearly 90% conversion rate.

“We’ve really just scratched the surface. We know there’s so much more we can do. I’m really happy we’re using Iterable because I know it will grow with us—that’s the reputation. When I pinged other lifecycle marketers and asked what platform they would recommend, they said ‘Iterable.’”

Alan Donner
Alan Donner
Head of Marketing @PicnicHealth

Prior to Iterable, 25-50% of an engineer’s bandwidth was dedicated to building and managing email logic in their homegrown solution. Today, PicnicHealth’s marketing team is largely self-sufficient and able to easily support the continued expansion of PicnicHealth’s research programs.


90% conversion rate by automating consent request

10 hours/week saved in customer support by automating consent request

2 hours saved in engineering time for each new email campaign


Leveraging Iterable + Amplitude to Capitalize on User Engagement

The demands of everyday life can often leave us stressed, anxious and unable to focus. Many find relief in self-care practices that ease the mind and foster healthy habits. Enter Calm—the #1 app for sleep, meditation, and relaxation that offers guided meditations, sleep stories, soothing background music and more. 

While Calm has seen continual growth since its founding in 2012, Sue Cho, Head of Lifecycle Marketing, knew the company needed a deeper, more holistic view of its customers to drive sustainable growth and retention.

By coupling Iterable’s cross-channel customer journeys with Amplitude’s visualized product analytics, Calm gained a deeper understanding of customer behavior. With visibility into how their marketing influenced in-app behavior, Calm was able to test and optimize for incremental gains in their new-member onboarding sequence.

“When thinking of how to optimize campaigns, my answer is always, it depends. I ought to look at the data. Iterable allows me to take insights across technologies and apply informed changes that drive the most important metricrevenue.”

Sue Cho
Sue Cho
Head of Lifecycle Marketing @Calm

Data as the Source of Truth

As marketers, we’re continually seeking to answer “what’s right,” “what performs” and “what’s true?” We look to industry best practices, internal teams, and sometimes our own gut instinct in search of answers. But instead of letting best-guess drive her growth marketing strategy, Sue Cho turned to data and testing. 

Calm’s previous new-member onboarding flow included a series of eight emails over the course of one month, with the first email being triggered one day post-signup. The subsequent emails in the series were set to deploy every two days thereafter. 

In auditing their onboarding program, Sue reviewed Amplitude’s retention analysis chart, which displays how many users come back to a product after a given period of time. After drilling down to the hour, the chart revealed that about 80% of users drop off after the first 30 minutes with a low likelihood of returning. Sue recognized that the first hour was a critical opportunity to capture engagement, which could have significant implications for long-term user retention. Equipped with this knowledge, Sue went back into the journey to look for opportunities to optimize.

Test, Learn, Iterate, Repeat.

Recognizing that user engagement is highest in the first hour of downloading the app, Sue began testing her new-member onboarding flow. In her experiment, half of new members were funneled through the same onboarding touchpoints, but without the existing delays—instead of 27 days, the same eight emails went out in 15 days. With this shift, Sue quickly saw that users sent down the shortened path were engaging at a higher rate than those on the extended journey.

Continual testing and optimization are foundational and applicable to all of Calm’s campaigns. “If you don’t know where to start, study the people who are using the product the most. Study the people who are retaining the most. That’ll nudge you in the right direction on what content to show, how often you should message, and what your superstar user looks like. Take that intel, then build your campaign to start having users that aren’t super engaged begin to exhibit and practice those wanted behaviors.”

In gaining a deeper, more holistic view of user behavior, Calm identified opportunities to improve user retention that the team might have otherwise missed.  By optimizing their customer journey in Iterable based on user-engagement data from Amplitude, Calm’s new-member onboarding sequence saw a 4x increase in revenue performance. 

Investing in Amplitude and Iterable helped Calm build a MarTech stack that was fit to scale and keep pace with their rapid growth. It has enabled their team to be better informed about their users and continue to refine communications throughout the entire customer journey, ultimately bringing a little more Calm into people’s lives—one test, one conversion at a time.

The Proof is in the Data

Analyzing product usage in Amplitude inspired simple changes, like shortening the onboarding series length from 27 to 15 days, that produced significant results.

Revenue attributed to their new-member onboarding sequence increased 4x through testing and optimization. 

Leaning into user behavior trends gathered from product and campaign analytics allowed the team to more effectively tailor their communications.


4x increase in revenue from new-member onboarding

15 day onboarding, shortened from 27 days

How Fiit Optimized New User Onboarding to Capitalize on 300% YOY Growth

When three friends joined forces in 2017 with a mission of making the world’s best fitness classes accessible to everyone, it’s doubtful they could foresee the massive shift the fitness industry would experience in 2020. As the world shuttered physical gyms and boutique fitness studios, was uniquely positioned to step in and fill the void for fitness enthusiasts and newbies alike. 

As a U.K.-based subscription fitness app, available in both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, Fiit provides on-demand classes, group workouts and tailored training plans to support every stage of the fitness journey. 

While Fiit had seen healthy year-over-year (YoY) growth, nothing could have prepared them for the massive influx of new users trading in-person workouts for virtual, resulting in 300% YoY growth in 2020. 

To effectively capitalize on their expanded addressable market and deliver an experience that would retain those users for the long haul, the Fiit team began testing their cross-channel onboarding sequence to optimize for conversions and retention.

Getting Smarter About Onboarding

In early 2020, Fiit introduced a 14-day free trial for all new user sign-ups. The trial period provided a finite runway for Fiit to educate new users on the various features within the app, and prove enough value to encourage a conversion from free trial to paid subscription. 

Fiit’s existing onboarding sequence lacked clear objectives and left new users unclear on how to best get started. 

“Fiit is quite a complex business, and frankly we were giving too much information to our users upfront. We included information on how to take classes, how to get started in the app, and we also included upsell information on our wearable technology,” said Jimmy Davis, Head of Retention.  

With too much information and not enough clear direction, trial-to-paid conversion rates dropped to just over 56% from a previous average of 60%. Given their influx of new users, Fiit knew even incremental gains in conversion would have long-term implications for their business. 

But before they started testing their onboarding journey, the Fiit team did extensive research to identify trends in their customer base and clearly define the steps a user needed to take within the trial period to increase the likelihood of converting to a paid subscription. What they found were two actionable insights. 

First, users who complete a class within the first five days of the trial have a higher propensity to convert to a paid subscription. Second, Fiit was being introduced to a new type of customer they had previously struggled to capture. This new persona, “Alli,” saw fitness as part of their lifestyle, held memberships to boutique gyms, and had discretionary income to spend on fitness. 

Knowing the optimal timeframe to engage with new users, and having a better understanding of the personas they were seeking to engage with, gave Fiit the direction they needed to experiment with their onboarding journey.

Optimizing for Peak Performance

The Fiit team already knew that Iterable’s email and push notifications were the right channels to employ during onboarding, leaning on in-app messaging to engage with users once they are active in the app. Leveraging Iterable Experiments, Fiit tested both content and timing of touchpoints to determine what drove users to complete their first class within the first five days, and ultimately provide the highest trial-to-paid conversion performance. 

First, Fiit A/B tested sending new users a single, recommended class against encouraging them to join a more structured training program. They hypothesized that encouraging users to join a training program would result in lower engagement rates, but initial results actually indicated slightly higher engagement—63% activation within the first five days, compared to 60% activation from users who were sent a single-class recommendation. 

Second, Fiit tested increasing the number of touchpoints (both email and push) on the very first day a user joins. They were concerned that the number of communications might increase unsubscribes and churn, but by capitalizing on user intent, which is highest when a user first downloads the app, Fiit saw first-day activations jump from 58% to 70%. 

In addition to experimenting with content and timing, Fiit added a number of filters to the journey to identify key customer personas and ensure each user received the most relevant content. By checking the number of classes a user has completed, whether they’ve purchased a Fiit health monitor, what their referral source was, and more, Fiit personalized every step of the onboarding experience.

Building Strength for the Long Haul

Having the right tech stack in place enabled Fiit to optimize their new user onboarding experience and capitalize on an astounding year of growth. 

Prior to leveraging Iterable’s cross-channel Experiments and Studio to improve new user onboarding, Fiit’s overall trial-to-paid conversion rate hovered around 56%. After testing and optimization, trial-to-paid conversions increased to 65%.

As the Fiit team looks to the future, they’re focused on establishing their platform not as a replacement for in-person fitness, but a complement to it. 

“There’s an interactivity between physical spaces and community that will be critical for us to tap into in order to retain this wave of new users. Fiit really is a platform we see being used everywhere—whether you’re in a gym, at home or outdoors.”


15% increase in trial-to-paid conversions from new user onboarding

12% increase in first-day activations


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Expanding Reach Through More Channels

Whether they want tickets for the next Lady Gaga concert, the World Series, the Indianapolis 500, or Hamilton, people are quickly discovering that SeatGeek is the place to find the best selection and great bargains. This relative newcomer to the online ticket business has quickly grown to offer the largest inventory of live event tickets on the web, in addition offering differentiating services like best-bargain ratings and notifications when a fan’s favorite team or entertainer will be performing nearby.

Increase in revenue from email and push

Email and push have been the primary channels for interacting with customers. However, according to Ben Clark, Vice President of Customer Retention, the marketing team previously struggled to deliver consistent, relevant messaging across channels because their email and push tools ran on separate platforms. The old tools were cumbersome to use and offered limited functionality. Worse yet, they didn’t support the team’s AI driven, omni-channel marketing strategy, which includes reaching customers through SMS, in-app messaging, and social media.

Increase in 4Q17 sales attributable to ad hoc email using data feeds

We didn’t want an email application with mobile capabilities bolted on or vice versa. We wanted a platform that was architected to support the channels we use now as well as the ones we plan to use in the future. That requirement ruled out pretty much every solution except Iterable.

Ben Clark
Ben Clark
Vice President of Customer Retention @SeatGeek

Tackling the Complexity of Selling Tickets for Live Events

It takes innovation and creativity to take market share from well-known, high-visibility incumbents that have been in the ticket business for decades. Increasing brand awareness, however, is just one of the challenges SeatGeek marketers face. Selling tickets for live events is complicated. At any given time, hundreds of thousands of events are happening and the majority of sales for any given event occur close to the event date.

Ben notes that the incredible diversity of the audience further complicates the marketing effort: “There’s a huge difference between the baseball customer and the person buying tickets for an indie concert. Plus there are intrinsic challenges in operationalizing, advertising, and messaging specifics for a product like ours. Without geotargeting, for example, our messaging may be irrelevant and we have calendar restrictions to consider. The bottom line is we have to be very precise about our messages and the channels we use.”

Increase of users reached by adding push

Taking a Consolidated, Personalized Approach

Since implementing Iterable two years ago, the marketing team have consolidated all types of email as well as push notifications onto the Iterable platform, including:

  • Transactional messages triggered by purchases—for example, purchase confirmations and ticket deliveries— as well as routine transactional messages for such requests as password resets.
  • A completely automated weekly newsletter with content personalized based on customer purchases, location, and website behavior combined with suggestions derived by SeatGeek’s recommendation engine.
  • A welcome journey that builds engagement with customers who open an account with SeatGeek.

Driving Revenue Increases

“We’re very close to achieving our vision of maturity for email as a channel. We’re also making great progress with push and we’re using Iterable to experiment with artificial intelligence, SMS and in-app messaging to better understand what kind of metrics we can achieve in each channel. With that information, we can make a case to the business and justify spending in other channels,” Ben says.


Consolidation of all email and push interactions onto a single platform ensures consistent messaging across channels.

Easy-to-use interface allows marketers to create highly granular customer segments and complex journeys without engineering help.

Data feeds enable precise targeting and personalization of messages, which enhances customer loyalty and encourages repeat business.

Testing provides insight into which campaigns and channels work best, improving decisions on how to allocate marketing spend.

Since switching to Iterable, email-attributable growth has outpaced almost every other segment of our business, nearly tripling year over year.

Ben Clark
Ben Clark
Vice President of Customer Retention  @SeatGeek


Small Business Audience, Big Business Impact: Why HoneyBook Switched to Iterable

Freelancers and small business owners—including photographers, designers, marketing consultants, and lawyers—start their businesses to pursue the craft they love. Too often, however, they have to spend much of their time bogged down by paperwork and overwhelmed by accounting.

That’s why so many of them have turned to HoneyBook. This end-to-end client management app streamlines project tracking, bookings, invoicing and payments, giving these entrepreneurs more time to devote to creative endeavors.

In 2019, Loren Elia, Director of Product Management at HoneyBook, and her team realized that their marketing platform was not the right fit for the company’s business model. Replacing the platform became an urgent matter as their contract was up for renewal in just a few weeks. Unless the team moved quickly they would be forced to stay with the wrong tool for another year.

The team identified Iterable as the ideal solution for their requirements. After moving their campaigns over to the Iterable platform, the team was executing campaigns in just 15 days.

With Iterable, we can test, iterate, learn, and adapt. As a result, we are improving campaign effectiveness over time in a smooth and consistent way.

Loren Elia
Loren Elia
Director of Product Marketing @HoneyBook

Rich Functionality

HoneyBook’s previous marketing system could not keep pace with the company’s rapid growth. Dynamic personalization, multichannel capabilities, and robust A/B testing were just a few of the features missing. Marketing and Growth managers could not get a full picture of the communications that customers received, so they could not track a lead’s progress from initial contact through conversion and beyond.

Increase in conversion rate to become a paid subscriber

Consequently, they lacked the visibility to create a cohesive lifecycle strategy. “We chose Iterable over other tools for several key reasons,” Loren says. “ We liked Iterable’s functionality, which makes it easier to personalize content for specific customer segments. Our engineering and data teams were impressed with Iterable’s APIs and documentation and convinced that Iterable would be the easiest and fastest solution to implement.”

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Fast Time to Value

With close collaboration across their product management, engineering and data teams and Iterable’s implementation consultants, HoneyBook completed the Iterable migration in just 15 days and went on to expand on their current communication strategy through the rest of their implementation

Prior to starting, product management carefully documented all current campaigns along with their data properties, user triggers and audience descriptions. Iterable’s Implementation Consultants also provided guidance on the best, most efficient way for HoneyBook to achieve its goals that helped scale over time. These efforts established a clear roadmap for the cross-functional implementation team.

Loren also noted that Iterable’s excellent support and documentation helped fast-track the implementation process. “The Iterable support team was quick to respond with answers to our questions,” she explains. “And while we had a few training-related questions, the system is intuitive.” 

With Iterable in place, HoneyBook is now focusing on marketing campaigns that drive growth for both the short and long term. The team has built multiple campaigns to address various lifecycle stages, including encouraging new leads to start a trial, guiding trial users through the onboarding process, and engaging new subscribers so they understand how to leverage HoneyBook’s capabilities to grow their own businesses. 

“With Iterable we can continually feed new leads into the funnel,” Loren concludes. “And we can now move people more effectively through the lifecycle—from the time they start a trial through conversion and finally to a subscription. ”

More effective, personalized lifecycle campaigns have not only made it simpler for HoneyBook to focus on subscriber activation and retention but also streamlined the process for users to enjoy the full extent of the benefits Honeybook offers.


Iterable and HoneyBook worked together to shorten the time-to-value to just 15 days.

Robust segmentation and personalization enable HoneyBook to reach prospects with relevant content.

A/B testing allows marketers to fine-tune content, timing, and other factors to improve campaign effectiveness.

The email conversion rate to become a paid subscriber increased by 44% among key audiences, which allowed the team to reach 155% of their goal for the second half of 2019.

Reporting is simpler and more efficient with Iterable. We can create dashboards in our business analytics tool in minutes instead of having to manually enter the subject line of every email we send. This gives everyone in HoneyBook much better visibility into our campaigns, which allows us to collaborate and iterate faster.

Loren Elia
Loren Elia
Director of Product Marketing @HoneyBook

The Dyrt

Personalized Camping: The Dyrt Story

From backpackers to glampers, everyone camps in their own way. Some prefer multi-day hikes. Some don’t even leave their campgrounds, opting for the serenity of just being away from it all. For years, campers struggled to find readily accessible campground information beyond official websites and word of mouth.

And then The Dyrt came along—a community-driven hub for outdoor enthusiasts to share their camping stories and tips for making the most of campgrounds. As their founder, Sarah Smith says, “Looking at review platforms like Yelp or TripAdvisor, we thought: Why can’t this exist for the outdoors?”

If ever there were a group of people who felt a sense of community, it’s the campers in all of us. The only question became how The Dyrt would connect with such a widespread group of people.

A Campground for Every Camper

The Dyrt quickly drew an engaged audience of information-hungry campers from all over the U.S. And as with any business-oriented around community reviews, the Dyrt looked to provide personalized recommendations to each user.  Personalizing at that scale proved challenging. There are countless factors to consider for each camper. Are they staying in a tent? Cabin? RV? Are pets allowed? Is there phone service? Is drinking water available?

increase in weekly retention rates in the app in four months

The Dyrt’s mobile app allows these filters to be applied to searches, but when marketing to the individual, the company found it difficult to include this information in its messaging at scale and on every channel.

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Driving Recommendations Through Catalog

The Dyrt’s recommendation engine is driven by user behavior and the filters they apply. This information is then added to a collection in Iterable’s Catalog to create personalized recommendations. 

Relevancy is the key. No one wants to learn about a campsite that is unable to accommodate their wants and needs. And so, the Dyrt is using Iterable’s data management capabilities to identify user preferences and provide hyper-personalized recommendations. 

With Catalog in use, campers are now receiving messages with the best campsites based on their specific preferences, such as location and type of campground. 

To increase the effectiveness of the recommendations, the company has broken through the common problem of data silos between channels and has begun using Catalog insights to inform both email and mobile messaging.

The Perfect Push per Person

Campers are always on the go—or at least looking for the next adventure. The Dyrt understands this and built a comprehensive mobile app, which includes mobile marketing strategies and gamification to ensure campers never miss out. 

In order for each user to receive the perfect set of recommendations on their mobile device, The Dyrt worked closely with Iterable to ensure the right message found the right person. Tapping into Iterable’s data flexibility and depth of API capabilities, the company built a use case that is best suited for their business needs, as well as those of its customers. 

As mentioned, the Dyrt utilizes the information for Catalog to build out its recommendations for push notification campaigns. From there, the company works with react native libraries to identify the activity types for each push notification, such as if the message has been received versus if it has been opened. Iterable then sends a JSON payload allowing for customization of the push with rich push features like imagery.  

The Dyrt then tracks push open rates through easy-to-use APIs. With this flow of data in place, the company is able to more closely monitor user behavior at each stage to inform the success of future campaigns.

The Results

Providing relevant recommendations shows users you’re paying attention. The Dyrt has built a trusting relationship with its users through this process, ensuring users can easily find their dream campsite. And the results have shown this level of care and understanding leads to loyal, longer-term users.


Making Relationships Easier with UpHabit

UpHabit has been called a CRM by some, but as Founder and CEO Neil Wainwright puts it, “UpHabit is about helping you build personal relationships.” The company leans heavily on the “R” of CRM, focusing exclusively on you and your relationships.

Any type. Personal. Professional. Acquaintance. Friend of a friend. Anyone in your contacts list. UpHabit makes it easier to maintain these connections through customizable reminders and follow-up prompts. In the age of endless games of phone/text/message tag, UpHabit keeps the world a little more connected…one relationship at a time.

“We don’t tell you what to say. We just say now’s a good time to talk to that person,” adds Wainwright. With decades of product and customer experience, it only makes sense that Wainwright chose such a common obstacle to tackle.

It’s such a simple thing, but those are how we make good habits.

Keeping the Customer Engaged…and In-App

For UpHabit, the user experience is a focal point. Since declining attention spans helped expedite the need for UpHabit in the first place, Wainwright and team knew their communications with users had to span across channels. Otherwise, they ran the risk of less engagement. Email campaigns were driving users to the app, but UpHabit wanted to see more sustained involvement and engagement. “I always knew we needed a customer engagement solution to improve the way our users interact with the app.”

Increase in subscriber conversion

After some searching, UpHabit chose Iterable for its ease of use and flexibility. The UpHabit and Iterable teams partnered to create a more seamless experience for the user. In line with UpHabit’s vision, Wainwright sought a customer engagement platform whose team would align with the culture he fostered internally.When referencing Iterable, he said, “I liked the team and the approach the most. It was very much about helping us in making sure we made the right choice.” This partnership mentality resulted in a smooth implementation and onboarding process—something UpHabit has achieved using their in-app communications.

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Using Iterable for a Streamlined Customer Experience

A modern relationship is inherently cross-channel. From texts to social media direct messages to emails to the good old phone call, there are seemingly endless ways to get in contact with someone. It’s about finding the right method that works for each relationship. Much in the same manner, UpHabit worked with Iterable to find the best cross-channel strategy to streamline the customer experience. With consistent messaging reaching across mobile and email, UpHabit is able to sustain a relevant conversation with users. In particular, UpHabit set its sights on in-app messaging as a core piece of its marketing strategy. After all, a message directly in the app is likely to promote further usage and interaction with the product.

While many in-app functions take over the whole screen and cover the app itself, Wainwright knew there had to be a better way. “I wanted a more immersive experience with our app than you’d normally get.” After talking with Iterable, he found it. Using Iterable’s platform flexibility, UpHabit customized their in-app messaging using their own JSON payloads to incorporate their design and create a more dynamic experience. From there, with behavioral data, the company encouraged users to interact with the app.

Small efficiencies like these—in conjunction with the strength and functionality of Iterable’s Studio—have helped UpHabit build their own direct relationships with users. For new users that have completed the onboarding process, UpHabit utilizes a comprehensive cross-channel welcome campaign to ensure users are aware of the platform’s breadth of capabilities—even providing tips and tricks on how to best utilize important features and functions. Based on dozens of event triggers and behavioral data, UpHabit built a detailed, 90-node journey within Iterable to contact users via multiple channels—email, push notification, and in-app—to cultivate a strong foundation from which customers can build their relationships. In this journey, UpHabit even sends a survey directly from Wainwright. His goal is to keep an open conversation with users for an enhanced customer experience. The cross-channel welcome campaign does just that. “Customers often freak out how quickly I reply!”

Results of In-App

Customizable message design to include text, graphics, animations, calls to action, and more.

Data flexibility to send tips and tricks based on user behavior to highlight important app functionality

Offer beta signups for new features to engaged users in the right context at the right time

Building Meaningful Relationships

The UpHabit-Iterable partnership makes valuable connections easier. These connections are not linear either; they create a network. By incorporating Iterable into their latest product enhancements, UpHabit has seen this network grow with a 718% increase in subscriber conversion and, perhaps more importantly, maintain its size, seeing a 42% drop in subscriber churn.

With Iterable’s technology and expertise simplifying the customer journey, UpHabit has helped users create more meaningful relationships while simultaneously building a more meaningful relationship between the company and its customers.

Our users feel a lot closer to us because they know we’re always engaging with them. We’re always a click away.

Neil Wainwright
Neil Wainwright
CEO & Founder @UpHabit


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Having Two-Way Conversations With Personalized Content

Care/of ( was founded on the principle that the choices we make regarding nutrition, health, and fitness are highly personal. The company produces made-for-you vitamin packs that are personalized for each customer’s health and fitness goals, diet, and lifestyle. So it’s not surprising that the Care/of growth team employs the same made-for-you approach when it comes to interacting with customers.

Decrease in unsubscribe rate year over year

Anu Verma, head of marketing, says that the emphasis on personalizing interactions based on customers’ interests, health goals, and the combination of vitamins and supplements they take is a major reason the company selected Iterable as its growth marketing solution.

Iterable’s omni-channel marketing platform enables Care/ of to segment customers based on their health goals and deliver elegant and highly relevant content across email, social, SMS, and other channels.

With Iterable, we’re segmenting customers based on the high-level goals they’ve shared with us and personalizing content around those goals as well as around the products in their personalized vitamin packs.

Anu Verma
Anu Verma
Head of Marketing @Care/of

Creating Two-Way Conversations

The personalization process begins when site visitors click the Personalize button on the Care/of website. The process guides consumers through a series of questions that capture such information as name, gender, lifestyle/ habits, and goals for diet, health, and fitness. Placing that first order triggers the post-purchase journey that welcomes new customers to the Care/of community and follows up with content tailored to customer goals and the products in the customer’s personalized pack.

Increase in open rate year over year

“With Iterable, we’re able to segment customers based on what they want to accomplish, their knowledge level, the importance of scientific data in making their choices, and their openness to ancient and traditional medicines,” Anu says. “Personalization helps customers see the connection between our products and their goals. It promotes a two-way conversation that enhances the customer experience and allows us to gain more insight into our customers—for example, capturing order dates, changes in the personalized pack, and referrals.”

Increase in email sends year over year due to personalization

The more personalized approach is yielding gratifying results. Open rates from active customers rose 27% year over year (YoY) and active customer unsubscribe rates dropped 38% YoY. The intuitive user interface has boosted productivity, enabling marketing to increase to number of email sends to active customers by 138% YoY

Encouraging a Sense of Community

The post-purchase journey also provides a means for encouraging participation in the Care/of community. Anu says that getting customers to share workout routines, healthy eating tips, and successes helps strengthen a sense of belonging. “One way we do that is by featuring user-generated content, such as Instagram posts, in email messages to our customer base. With Iterable, marketers can move user content into a message with a few simple edits.”

Care/of also circulates information about trending health topics, articles, and riddles in its monthly newsletter, providing engaging, often educational, health content with a dose of fun and creativity. In setting out to dedicate an editorial and creative voice to a topic with real depth— health and wellness—Care/of makes use of a broad tool set available within Iterable, including A/B testing content and copy, segmenting users based on interest area, and journey functionality.


With Iterable, year-over- year open rates rose 27%, unsubscribe rates dropped 38%, and email sends are up 138%.

Personalization promotes two-way conversations that provide rich insight into customer interests and needs.

Segmentation based on customer goals enables Care/of to deliver elegant, highly relevant content across channels.

A/B testing enables marketers to continually improve the performance of content and copy.


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Empowering Marketers With Data at Their Fingertips

99designs, the world’s largest on-demand design marketplace, makes it easy and affordable for people to connect with designers—whether it’s an entrepreneur looking for a logo design, a business owner redoing a website, or a writer searching for a book cover illustration.

The company’s go-to-marketing strategy—to position the company as both a marketplace for designers and a provider of a dependable product for consumers— presents a challenge to the 99designs growth team. This requires tailoring marketing campaign messaging for two highly diverse audiences: businesses in need of design services and tens of thousands of designers looking for projects.

Increase in open rates

According to Kelly Inglis, marketing manager, and Kelly Morr, senior manager of content strategy, Iterable is helping the marketing team improve open rates, click-throughs, and conversion rates. Why? Because Iterable enables 99designs marketers to segment customers in a highly granular manner and target customers with personalized messaging that engages them more effectively.

Increase in click rates

Iterable is allowing us to segment customers more effectively and personalize the messages we send them. By delivering relevant content to the right people we’re driving up engagement.

Kelly Inglis
Kelly Inglis
Marketing Manager  @99designs

Targeting and Personalization Improve Campaign Results

Before implementing Iterable, 99designs marketers were struggling with a legacy marketing tool that wasn’t marketer friendly and required extensive engineering support. Creating small, highly targeted customer lists was just not practical considering the amount of technical assistance required. With Iterable’s rich feature set and intuitive user experience, the 99designs growth team can now easily segment customers and personalize content without extensive engineering support.

“One of the big advantages of Iterable is the integration with Segment, which gives us easier access to customer data and allows us to build our own lists,” Inglis explains. “We’re able to customize our targeted campaigns based on such factors as previous purchases and not completing a purchase. Our abandonment campaign is now delivering better results because the message content refers to the design category under consideration and speaks directly to what the prospect is looking to buy.”

Increase in conversion rates for industry-specific campaigns

Innovation Drives Engagement

With Iterable, the team spends less time on the back-and-forth between marketing and development. Consequently, team members have more time to focus on strategic activities such as finding innovative ways to make campaigns more engaging and more profitable. The focus on strategy is paying off:

  • Personalizing the post-purchase campaign series based on industry has increased open and click-through rates and, ultimately, helped double conversion for the entire series.
  • A revamped email newsletter is increasing engagement with highly relevant content that people are excited to see in their inboxes.
  • A design contest follow-on campaign invites customers to “work with your winning designer on another design project.” Messages include the winning designer’s name, a link to the designer’s profile, and other elements related to the contest.

Business Results

With the implementation of Iterable, 99designs marketers have more visibility into and control over their campaigns. Because Iterable is so easy to use, channel managers now have full ownership of their campaigns.

The improved campaign performance is validated by quantifiable results, as the post-purchase series clearly demonstrates. Improvements in that campaign include an 11% increase in open rates and a 36% rise in clickthroughs resulting from the incorporation of industry-specific campaigns. Industry-specific personalization also ultimately helped double conversion rates for the entire series.


Eliminating the back-and- forth between marketing and engineering accelerates campaign creation and time to execution.

Segment integration facilitates access to customer data, enabling marketers to build their own customer lists for targeted campaigns.

Targeted, personalized campaigns generate higher open, click-through, and conversion rates.

Channel owners have better visibility into and control over their campaigns.

With Iterable, a channel owner who wants to conduct a survey or run a Facebook campaign can create the customer list, build the campaign, and test various elements of the messages to see which combination delivers the best results—all without technical assistance.

Kelly Morr
Kelly Morr
Senior Manager of Content Strategy @99designs



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With over $17 million in funding and a business that has grown by over 500 percent in the past year, Curology is on a mission to provide personalized prescription skincare for acne and anti-aging directly to tens of thousands of subscribers

Curology sets itself apart from other skincare companies by offering their patients customized combination treatments and one-to-one interactions with licensed dermatology providers.

To achieve this personal touch, its team of marketers need a growth marketing platform that can deliver highly personalized content and relevance at scale.

Iterable’s Impact at Curology

In the past, the growth marketing team at Curology used two separate platforms to manage email and SMS campaigns. Data silos hindered the company’s ability to build robust subscriber profiles and deliver personalized messages in real time.

“When two communication channels don’t talk to each other, you can’t execute cohesive user engagement campaigns. With Iterable’s true omni-channel platform, we know we can provide the seamless experience that our patients expect,” says Fabian Seelbach, VP of Marketing at Curology.

Now, by partnering with Iterable, Curology has eliminated its data silos and increased its treatment plan compliance by 14 percent by incentivizing its customers with highly relevant messages.

For example, members receive a daily SMS reminder to apply their acne treatment. Those that do are rewarded with a funny gif, encouraging patients to stick with their prescribed treatment regimen.

Using Iterable’s visual, drag-and-drop Studio, Curology can now identify which members aren’t engaging via SMS, and reach these individuals with targeted email follow-ups, tracking email and site metrics to ensure that they’re achieving relevance across all marketing channels.

This true omni-channel approach to supporting patients throughout their journey has improved Curology’s customer engagement by 26 percent, increasing revenue by 10 percent.

Targeted Text Messaging to Teens

At Curology, licensed dermatology providers create treatment plans and customized formulas; to ensure their patients’ success, they need to know if patients are following through on those plans and what the improvement looks like.

“It sounds simple, but getting teenage patients to apply their medication every night is difficult,” says Seelbach. Sending a daily email reminder fell short as a solution, which led the Curology team to add SMS messaging to their campaigns.

Now, thanks to Iterable’s flexible data model, Curology can create custom events for any customer data point, including whether members have uploaded a recent photo of their skin’s progress.

Those who haven’t are segmented and sent a targeted SMS, reminding them to send a photo update and explaining why it matters. Most importantly, members are able to snap a selfie and respond directly to the text—dramatically reducing the friction in patient-to-provider response rates.

Curology’s segmentation becomes even more sophisticated during the customer journey. Email follow-ups are triggered automatically if members haven’t shared a photo in a designated number of days.

These dynamic segments are leveraged in other email campaigns as well, creating a cohesive customer experience that directly results in higher engagement.

How Does Curology Work?

Curology’s mission is to connect customers with highly customized prescription skincare for acne and anti-aging—and that sense of connection and customization needs to shine through its marketing messaging as well.

To keep its young user base engaged with the product and in dialogue with the team of dermatology providers, Curology has mapped several highly specific communication touch points.

But there’s no one-size-fits-all to how—or where—members interact with the brand, so flexibility is paramount.

Here is how it works:

  • The onboarding campaign is triggered by Iterable when someone signs up for a Curology subscription.
  • Habit forming is paramount to Curology’s growth rate, so users are invited to participate in a 21-day challenge, receiving daily SMS reminders to apply their customized formula as prescribed.
  • Based on the individual’s behavior, personalized emails may also be sent to increase their engagement.

This measured approach to SMS and email messaging is part of an in-depth process to drive relevance at every stage of Curology’s customer experience.

The company uses Iterable to ensure that members are following their skincare regimens and achieving better outcomes. And as Curology’s marketers can attest, the more satisfied customers become, the greater the impact on top-line growth.

Key Takeaways

With Iterable’s true omni-channel capabilities, Curology has improved customer engagement by 26% and increased revenue by 10%.

Curology uses Iterable to increase treatment plan compliance by 14% by sending dynamic, personalized messages across SMS and email.

Patients younger than 30 are 10% more likely to opt-in to the SMS challenge—Iterable’s dynamic data segmentation allows Curology to quickly act on customer behavior.

Curology’s efforts to support our patients in their battle against acne directly impact the success of our business. The capability to easily execute dynamic channel and message personalization based on the unique treatment plan of each patient is the reason we switched to Iterable

Fabian Seelbach
Fabian Seelbach
VP, Marketing @Curology



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Fender was founded in 1946 by Leo Fender, a radio repairman whose experiments with Hawaiian lap steel guitars grew into the world’s leading guitar manufacturer. Over 70 plus years, Fender has produced some of the most iconic guitars and amps in the history of American music: Princeton Reverb® amplifiers, the Telecaster®, the Precision Bass®, and of course, the Stratocaster®. These instruments have been played by legends like Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton and can be found on every festival and rock or jazz club stage.


Fender has inspired millions of people to learn to play guitar. However, for most aspiring players, the initial burst of inspiration fades quickly—90% of first-time players quit within six months. This retention problem led Fender to begin investing in digital properties four years ago. The company now has three different mobile apps—Fender Play™, Fender Tune™, and Fender Tone™—as well as a direct-to-consumer business and e-commerce platform; however, the majority of its business is done with local musical instruments dealers around the world.

User engagement with videos

Fender Play is a digital learning subscription app that helps people pick up skills and start a lifelong relationship with guitar, bass or ukulele; Fender Tune is an intuitive digital guitar tuner with several added features for pros/advanced players; and Fender Tone works hand-in-hand with the brand’s Mustang GT digital modeling amps to help players explore guitar tones from their favorite artists and create their own

There’s a whole journey from learning the first chords to the first performance that Fender can help facilitate. Our goal is to help people develop a lifelong relationship with guitar, and that means engaging them on digital.

Brian Schmidt
Brian Schmidt
Director, CRM & Retention @Fender

With these digital properties, Fender wanted to do more than sell guitars—it wanted to become a mentor that provided customers with the education, information, and support they needed to pursue their passion for music. Beyond subscription revenue, Fender aimed to develop the lifetime value potential of any given guitar player and create a customer journey that would last for decades. To accomplish that goal, Fender needed holistic insight into the customer journey.

However, because Fender started out as a manufacturer of physical products and because it’s digital ecosystem was built quickly, the company had a siloed tech stack with user data spread across many disparate locations. Its old email provider, for example, didn’t integrate with its data layer. When someone signed up for Fender Play, the system didn’t know what instrument or genre they were playing, or if they were even playing at all.

Fender also had a separate solution for pushing in-app messaging that didn’t know what was happening on the website or in the other Fender apps, because they were all in separate locations. All the disparate silos meant the data could not be made actionable to create a more meaningful, engaging, personalized customer experience that drove retention.


Fender wanted to own its relationships with customers and evolve how it thought about LTV to encompass instrument sales, app subscriptions and engagement, and in-app purchases. The marketing team set out to map the customer journey and identify opportunities for engagement and potential drop-off points. By working with Iterable, Fender was able to consolidate all customer information across all digital sources into one unified customer profile. If a customer is watching a video in Fender Play or buying something on ( or connected to their digital amplifier, the company can use that data to deliver a more personalized experience. Collectively, all these data points provide insight into a customer’s offline behavior with their guitar, such as how often they play, and make it actionable, creating a feedback loop.

Fender uses Iterable as a growth marketing platform for email and mobile messaging. This enables Fender to deliver cross-channel campaigns that drive offline behavior with online engagement. Take onboarding, for example. Fender uses Iterable’s Studio to onboard new customers in Fender Play. A customer comes in—either from iOS, Android, or the web—and chooses to start a free trial. Then Fender activates their messaging journey. Based on what instrument they’re playing, what genre they’re playing, how much they’re playing, and what platform they’re on, Fender’s marketers make decisions around the types of messages to send them.


Fender has seen improvements in retention of a month-to-month paying user because of engagement with videos. 89% of users watch a video on their first day. Through a personalized onboarding experience, Fender has seen an increase in engagement, encouraging people to watch more videos, learn more guitar, and then stick around as a paying member.

Iterable allows us to drive the customer journey in a completely different way than we were able to before. Centralizing in-app messaging, push messaging, and email on one platform, with a unified customer profile view, enables us to seamlessly engage across our digital and physical universe. With all our data in one place, we can strategically drive lifetime value.

Brian Schmidt
Brian Schmidt
Director, CRM & Retention @Fender

Madison Reed

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Bridging Online & Offline for Seamless Experiences

With Madison Reed’s online subscription service, consumers can achieve salon-quality hair coloring at home— conveniently, confidently, and economically. In addition to aggressively growing its online business, this relatively young company is opening physical locations called Color Bars to give customers the option of obtaining hair-coloring products and services in person.

Upgrade to subscription conversion

According to Julia Papane, Email Marketing Specialist, understanding and responding to customers’ hair coloring needs and preferences is key to building lasting relationships that drive company growth and ultimate customer lifetime value. Until 2016, however, the marketing team didn’t have an effective way to create highly personalized, cross-channel interactions that help build long-term customer relationships.

Incremental lift from addition of direct mail

To make those interactions possible, the company replaced its cumbersome and limited marketing solution with Iterable. This innovative growth marketing platform is enabling the team to create engaging campaigns that reach people through the web, email, SMS, direct mail, and other channels. The results speak for themselves: The upgrade-to-subscription conversion rate for Iterable campaigns is 45% higher than that of a control group. Moreover, the team found that adding direct mail to the journey yielded an incremental 3% lift in upgrades.

With Iterable, we’re tracking customer behavior across online and offline interactions and creating seamless cross-channel experiences tailored to the way each customer prefers to buy from us.

Julia Papane
Julia Papane
Email Marketing Specialist @Madison Reed

Achieving a Seamless Path to Value

Marketers and engineers alike were excited about the move to Iterable. Iterable’s flexible data model, modern APIs, and universal webhooks saved engineering time by simplifying integrations with other platforms. For example, Madison Reed leverages integrations with Segment, for customer data, and Lob, for direct mail.

Because of Iterable’s straightforward, intuitive interface, marketers were able to quickly leverage these integrations. Today, Segment events trigger campaigns based on customer purchases and other behaviors. Delivery of a customer’s first order, for example, triggers a series of messages containing how-to videos and custom tutorials to set customers up for success, thereby increasing the likelihood of subsequent orders.

“We’ve created some cool dynamic lists and journeys that leverage integrations to automatically trigger campaigns,” Julia says. “Through the integrations, we can automatically synchronize Iterable with the customer database and create messages including instructional materials that are personalized based on an online hair color survey completed by each customer. The messages include relevant images and descriptions from our product catalog. It’s super exciting.”


Cross-Channel Reactivation Campaigns Reduce Early Drop-Off

Marketers have leveraged Iterable to create a reactivation campaign that is reducing customer drop-off after the first purchase. Because the hair color survey asks how often customers color their hair, marketing can determine expected reorder dates. The campaign journey uses that information to generate lists of people who didn’t reorder at the expected times and put their names in the reactivation journey.

“Through testing, we found that the best reactivation sequence is an email message followed by a direct mail postcard, which is then followed by another email message,” Julia notes. “The win-back content is consistent across all interactions. It’s easy to include webhook integrations in our journeys to trigger interactions in real time—for example, the direct mail postcards. That’s key in a business where highly personalized timing is everything. We’ve put an SMS webhook in the journey so that customers who have opted into SMS receive an SMS nudge if they don’t engage with the email messages or postcard.”

Building Customer Lifetime Value With Online and Offline Interactions

Today, Madison Reed marketers use Iterable across the full range of customer interactions, from transactional communications and onboarding campaigns to reorder and reactivation campaigns that drive engagement and build lasting relationships. The ability to track online and offline interactions provides a 360° view of each customer, sharpening personalization and relevance. And ongoing testing of content, timing, channel, and other campaign components provides the insights marketers need to continually optimize email, postcard, and SMS campaigns to gain lifts in engagement and overall business KPIs. 


The upgrade-to- subscription conversion rate for Iterable campaigns is 45% higher than that of a control group.

Multivariate Testing and Performance Optimization showed that the addition of direct mail to the reactivation journey drove an incremental 3% lift in upgrades.

Easy integration with other marketing platforms saves hours of engineering time and powers sophisticated campaign journeys.

Automated campaigns triggered by individualized customer behavior are increasing reorders, expanding the customer base, and increasing revenue.

With Iterable, we’re building more one-to-one personalization across channels, ultimately driving customer lifetime value.

Julia Papane
Julia Papane
Email Marketing Specialist  @Madison Reed


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Box Scales to Millions While Achieving Seamless Customer Engagement With Iterable

More than 90,000 businesses globally use the Box cloud content management platform to enhance collaboration among their employees and partners. End users in these enterprises leverage Box capabilities for tasks ranging from file sharing and access on mobile devices to sophisticated business processes such as data governance and retention.

Two years prior to implementing, Box created a customer engagement function to expand the company’s reach beyond administrators to the people who use Box every day. The new team’s purpose: Ensure that end users get maximum value from Box’s offering.

The expansion required scaling up Box’s customer communications capability from tens of thousands of administrators to tens of millions of end users.

For a lean team like ours, the ability to create campaigns that personalize on a massive scale—for millions of users—is a must-have. That’s what Iterable gives us.

Nora Soza
Nora Soza
Sr. Program Manager, Customer Success Operations  @Box

Highly Tailored Onboarding Drives Usage

Nora and her colleagues are focused on growing adoption to increase the value of the Box platform to enterprise customers, ultimately promoting customer loyalty and retention. To achieve this mission, the team is developing and executing campaigns that talk directly to the end-user community.

In line with this strategy, the team worked with the Box growth team to launch the user onboarding program. The campaign’s purpose is to increase adoption by educating people on how to leverage Box capabilities to increase their job efficiency and effectiveness.

Increase in users Box can reach

This sophisticated welcome series created with Iterable leads end users through a customized path based on milestones such as account creation, initial login, and usage, as well as other user-specific attributes such as the Box applications downloaded and how frequently each end-point is used. Communication is highly personalized— even employing the user’s language of choice.

Increase in user adoption

“We’re constantly working with our business analytics team to understand the next action a given user is likely to take based on previous actions taken or not taken,” Nora explains. “We use those insights to fine tune the welcome series and build out new journeys that shorten the time it takes to move people to the next level of usage. We used Iterable’s A/B testing to compare the results of the new welcome series with our previous approach and were able to show an 10% increase in user adoption,” Nora says.

Lifecycle Campaign Composition Enables Personalization at Scale

Nora attributes the success of the welcome series and other campaigns to the ability to gather and combine many different types of data for segmentation and personalization. The team takes advantage of Iterable’s modern APIs and flexible data integration to access data from and other sources and combine it with Iterable data. Iterable’s Studio pulls external data into the platform and triggers tailored messages as users reach specific milestones. Message content is based on such factors as lifecycle stage, Box components downloaded, and usage data.

“We’ve also automated the process of localizing campaigns for our global user community so that we can easily deliver content in the user’s language,” Nora remarks. “The team leverages Iterable’s APIs to push HTML templates into Box to then be shared with their localization vendor. Once complete, a job runs to pull the translated content back into Iterable. That process has increased the speed of translation by 5X.”

Faster translation of campaigns leveraging an Iterable itegration with Box


Personalization engages customers more effectively, strengthening relationships with enterprise customers. Higher engagement among users has increased user adoption by 10%.

Lifecycle Campaign Composition enables the team to get new campaigns ready for rollout to Box’s global user community
5 times faster.

Marketers have enhanced segmentation and personalization by combining Iterable data with data from Salesforce and other marketing tools.

Iterable allows us to segment results providing insights into user metrics around activation, nurture, and re-activation. These metrics have not only provided a baseline but proven program success and opportunities for continued improvement.

Nora Soza
Nora Soza
Sr. Program Manager, Customer Success Operations  @Box



Powering Personalized Marketing for 1,500+ Independent Restaurants

By 2025, digital sales are projected to account for over 50% of all restaurant sales (source). Yet, many local and independent restaurants lack the resources to capitalize on the rise of digital ordering. 

ChowNow, an online food ordering service, empowers independent restaurants to get online—reducing their dependence on third-party marketplaces, and helping them thrive in the hyper-competitive pickup and food delivery space. ChowNow’s digital ordering tools, custom-built mobile apps,  and premium print and email marketing services allow restaurants to build direct relationships with their diners. 

To power their email marketing services, ChowNow relies on Iterable’s cross-channel automation capabilities. Early on, they delivered simple, custom-branded monthly promotional emails for each individual restaurant (aptly named, the Monthly Taste). These emails promoted any services available at each restaurant (for example, curbside pickup, delivery or dine-in options). Today, ChowNow offers lifecycle marketing campaigns designed to encourage repeat ordering and grow revenue for over 1,500 restaurant partners. Restaurants who participate in ChowNow’s premium email marketing services see an average ROI of 26 to 1. (Source)

“Being able to automate and personalize these campaigns for each of our restaurant partners is critical to our team’s success. There’s no way we could run campaigns at this scale without Iterable.”

Tyler Kotovsky
Tyler Kotovsky
Senior Email Production Manager @ChowNow

Automated Personalization at Scale

With Iterable’s Studio and audience segmentation tools, the ChowNow team can power restaurant-to-diner (B2B2C) communications for the 1,500+ restaurants in it’s email marketing program, in addition to powering the lifecycle program for ChowNow’s B2C marketplace app. 

To customize their email content at scale for each restaurant’s unique brand, ChowNow uses a combination of handlebar logic and snippets. Handlebar logic dynamically populates data stored on the user profile or in event data, while snippets make it easy to reuse content across multiple templates. In concert with Iterable’s robust data foundation, ChowNow is able to deliver personalized communications to diners on behalf of their 1,500+ restaurant partners.

“Prior to Iterable, our email program took three people an entire month to run. Now, one person can manage it for all our restaurants in 10-20 hours a month.”

Tyler Kotovsky
Tyler Kotovsky
Senior Email Production Manager @ChowNow

Helping Restaurants Thrive in Spite of COVID-19

When the COVID-19 pandemic sent shockwaves through the industry, ChowNow jumped in to provide the critical technology and marketing support their restaurant partners needed—informing diners of updates to restaurant hours, services offerings, and more. Within days of widespread closures, ChowNow was able to segment and communicate with over 2.6 million diners with updates on their favorite local restaurants.

In the first four months, ChowNow drove one million additional orders  for ChowNow’s restaurant partners. 

ChowNow also introduced a loyalty program, Loyal Local Memberships, that allowed diners to purchase a yearly membership in exchange for discounts at their favorite restaurants. This new offering provided the immediate revenue independent restaurants needed as they grappled with the impact and uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, while also building diner loyalty. Today one-third of Loyal Local Memberships purchased are driven by ChowNow’s B2B2C email program.


1.3 million users receive Monthly Taste on behalf of 1,500 ChowNow restaurants, with an average conversion rate of 6.5% and an average of 26X ROI.

Decrease from 500 hours to 10-20 hours a month to manage email marketing for over 1,500 restaurant partners

33% Loyal Local Memberships purchased attributed to email marketing through Iterable

1 million additional orders driven to independent restaurants through COVID-19