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March 2, 2017 | Press Release

Boden improves mobile experience with Monetate personalisation and sees 18% rise in ‘add-to-basket’ rates

Clothing retailer uses new Dynamic Testing solution to manage the online customer experience in real-time

LONDON, MARCH 02, 2017 – British clothing retailer, Boden, has used the Monetate personalisation platform to make its customer experience more relevant to different segments of online shoppers.

“The way in which people shop on our sites has changed as new devices are introduced and there is a greater shift to mobile,” said Hayley Lingard, web optimisation executive at Boden. “We are focusing on optimising their experience regardless of the device they are using and personalising it based on their language as well as their browse or purchase history.”

With mobile dominating UK website traffic, Boden was keen to improve its mobile experience, having seen through data analysis that it wasn’t very clear that swiping showed more images and colour options.   “We tested adding a “Swipe for More” prompt on top of the main image on the mobile site” said Lingard.  “Learning from initial results, we tweaked the message, this time using Dynamic Testing as we were nearing our peak trading times. With the goal metric as ‘add-to-basket’, Dynamic Testing reduced the risk during a busy trading period. It was so successful that within a week, 99% of the traffic was being sent to the experiment, as the add-to-basket rate was seeing significant uplift. Overall we saw an 18% increase in add-to-basket.”

Launched last month, Monetate’s Dynamic Testing is a new machine powered testing capability as part of the Monetate personalisation platform, that helps retailers reduce risk and capitalize on early gains during testing.   The technology assesses campaign performance in real-time, determining targeted experiences are performing best. Traffic is then dynamically allocated to the winning variant, enabling retailers to maximise ROI at a much earlier stage.

Lingard continued “With real-time analytics the technology allows us to spot any anomalies almost instantly. We can also see real-time trends, make predictions, and feedback the most accurate, relevant and up-to-date data to the business.”

Boden also added product page recommendations through Monetate, recommending relevant products after a visitor had added an item to their online bag. For the UK, Boden saw a seven per cent increase in ‘average order value’ (AOV) when recommending girls’ accessories if a visitor added a girls’ product to their basket.  “By integrating our CRM data, we have been able to track specific customer segments, which gives us a greater insight in how we need to target and personalise towards these visitors.” said Lingard.

Mike Harris, VP EMEA at Monetate, said: “Boden has shown the wider retail community how personalisation can be executed effectively on a multinational basis. In an age where shoppers will browse and buy at any time of day, on any device, Boden has embraced a creative approach to personalising the experience for its customers. Further targeting and segmentation will help to provide an even more customised experience to new and returning visitors, to build on the already-impressive results they’ve seen.”


About Monetate

Monetate, the global leader in personalization software for consumer-facing brands, enables marketers to create truly individual experiences that surprise and delight every customer, increasing engagement and improving performance.

Monetate’s approach to personalization starts with the understanding that each individual is unique, and instantly chooses the best interaction for each one. Unlike testing, which identifies the best choice for everyone, or segmentation, which defines the best choice for a group of people, Monetate’s 1-to-1 personalization engine reflects the full diversity of human beings and creates an experience for each one, in each moment.

In order to deliver true 1-to-1 experiences, Monetate’s platform is:

  • Independent, so you can use any best of breed solution in your marketing stack and not be tied to one vendor’s offerings;
  • Open, so marketers can use all of their data wherever it sits, push a decision to any touchpoint and pull the results back into their data/analytics infrastructure;
  • Real-time, to enable interactions based on a customer’s in-session behavioral and event data that get their attention in increasingly narrow buying windows; and
  • Bionic, giving the creative marketer the power to manage a machine learning engine and operate at 1-to-1 scale, for real.

Founded in 2008, with offices in the U.S. and Europe, Monetate is used by leading brands around the world and influences billions of dollars in revenue every year for QVC, Newegg Inc., J. Crew Group Inc., The North Face, and hundreds of other market leaders.

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