How Housejoy, a large online home services marketplace, used Journeys to increase its 60-day repeat purchases by 10%

20% Uplift in Dropped Cart Delivery
15% Increase in Cross-Sell Transactions
50% Increase in Efficiency
10% Increase in Repeat Purchases

Customer Profile

Housejoy is an India based home services company that provides services ranging from beauty, laundry, home cleaning, pest control and maintenance services to customers at their doorstep. Housejoy owns the end-to-end customer experience and ensures that the customer’s request is fulfilled. As a company, it is seeing tremendous growth, during the ten-month period starting 2015 January Housejoy registered 100 times increase in orders per day (40 to 4000).

The Objective

A high growth environment offers challenges of its own. There’s always too much to do in too little time. The marketing experts at Housejoy struggled with complex problems intertwined with multiple tools they used for marketing. A few of them are:

  • The problem of too many tools: Use of multiple tools to deliver marketing communication across different channels caused imminent overlap. (Same user would get bombarded with similar campaigns over different channels)
  • Category dependent buying behavior: Buyer behavior across verticals was starkly different. Every category required tailored communication. It was an uphill task to customize communication using different tools.
  • No improvement without measurement: They had a hard time measuring the performance of campaigns. Data from a number of sources had to be collated to even do basic A/B testing between two versions of a campaign. They craved for a single repository that provided easy access to campaign analytics.
  • Precious data unused: Housejoy gleaned massive customer behavior data through its website and app. However, none of the existing marketing tools allowed them to use the data to execute targeted campaigns.
  • More work and less impact: Setting marketing campaigns manually consumed an insane amount of time that hit overall productivity of marketing team at Housejoy.

In a pure business sense, the marketing team at Housejoy wrestled with poor retention numbers. The customer retention issues included

  1. High cart drops,
  2. Low repeat purchases, and
  3. Unexplored cross-selling opportunities.

The WebEngage Effect

For most of the challenges they faced the common panacea was marketing cloud that enabled cross-channel automation. WebEngage’s graphical, drag and drop Journey Designer provided exactly that. Using the tool setting up workflows for user journey was a task that took minutes to set up. Once done, the tool intelligently tracked user events, customer behavior to trigger appropriate communication at opportune moments.

Truly Automated User Journey for Cart Recovery

Users once on the site abandon carts for reasons ranging from ‘Having to create account’ to ‘concerns about payment security’. Despite completing the requisites, users abandon carts. It is so persistent for all ecommerce businesses that Baymartd Institute estimates on an average for every 100 carts created ~69 carts are dropped.

Challenges are opportunities in disguisethe marketing experts at Housejoy intended to recover these dropped carts and convert ‘Contacts‘ into ‘Customers.

Using Journey Designer, they set up a workflow automating the trigger of recovery emails for all users who have :Not Completed the Booking within 15 minutes of completing the first step (Lead Filled).

Housejoy automated user journey for cart recovery

Each email was personalized to have the user name in Subject Line along with the unique link in email body to take users back to the page where they abandoned the purchase.

personalized email for cart recovery

The personalization is based on a robust templating engine that uses data from user’s profile, user events, session level data, among others.
Moreover, they also tested email subject lines with three different variants. And picked the ones that performed the best (w.r.t. open and click through rates).

email subject line testing for cart recovery email with analysis

Smart Data-Driven User Journey to Boost Retention

They studied past purchase data to understand how customer purchasing behavior varied across categories. There was an apparent pattern in how customers availed the subsequent services after the first one. Backed by this insight they set up a user journey focused on exploring cross-sell opportunities and repeat purchase.

For instance, for all users availing Deep Cleaning service, the communication was set up in such a way so as to cross-sell Plumbing, Sofa Shampooing and Electrical services. And, drive repeat purchase (of Deep Cleaning) with timely reminder to avail the service again.

The campaigns were rendered through email and text as channels.

housejoy user journey workflow for retention repeat purchase cross sell

Closing gaps in marketing with cross-channel marketing cloud

By using cross-channel marketing cloud Housejoy closed the inherent gaps in its marketing caused by using multiple tools. They now had a unified view of users and the ability to reach them using the channel of their choice.

They were able to make sense of the user behavior data and put it to better use in targeting specific segments of users. Giving them incredible success with their campaigns.

Alongside this, they were also able to use the operational data into smart data that gave insights into purchasing behavior, category behavior, category affinity, and a deeper understanding of factors affecting conversions.

The Result

Starting from user acquisition to retention, Housejoy saw incredible results after using WebEngage’s User Journey. The ability to access real-time customer lifecycle status reports, intelligent behavioral segmentation, testing campaigns took their marketing to the next level. The numbers speak for themselves:

increase-in-cross-sell-carts-recovered-repeat-purchase-customer-retention

The increase in the above metrics resulted in direct uplift in Customer Lifetime Value, increase in average order value, and customer retention.


Abhishek Joshi

Abhishek Joshi Digital Marketing Head, Housejoy

WebEngage has not only helped us increase our conversion rate by allowing us great flexibility with on-site personalization, but has also been instrumental in setting up our repeat charter through it’s Journey’s features. It has helped us increase the communication frequency to various segments by automating a lot of manual tasks and has also led to improvement in our repeat cohorts.



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