The concept is simple — the more someone interacts with the Wistia brand, the more likely they’ll be interested in trying our software or becoming a brand advocate. And because we use a ton of video in our marketing efforts, over time it became clear that looking to the “Total Time Watched” metric to understand success in this department was key. For those who aren’t familiar, Total Time Watched is defined as the total amount of time an individual viewer has spent watching your content. This indicator helped us quantify an otherwise somewhat ambiguous measure, making it super easy for us to spend more time optimizing for that metric and less time guessing about what’s working and what’s not. But, things weren’t always this simple. Measuring for more than conversion We’ve always believed that building a strong brand experience would help Wistia grow, whether it’s on our website, social channels, or even in the emails we sent to our customers. Conceptually, of course, this makes sense. But it isn’t just a hunch — we’ve seen this confirmed from a quantitative perspective time and time again. In fact, after doing extensive analysis to understand our highest quality traffic, we found that Wistia website visitors who visited more pages are more likely to become a Wistia customer, and the same was even true for social interactions and email engagement.
In 2017, overall retail ecommerce sales surpassed $453 billion, up from $391 billion just the year before. Clearly, there’s no sign of the ecommerce market slowing down anytime soon. But this substantial growth also means competition is at an all-time high. In fact, 73 percent of first-time purchasers won’t make a second purchase from the same ecommerce brand. And considering how many options they’re faced with, that number is hardly surprising. Customer loyalty as we once knew it is practically a thing of the past, and customers aren’t necessarily tied to a brand just because they had one good experience shopping with them. In the hyper-competitive world of ecommerce, how can you attract loyal customers who will return to purchase from you time and time again? The key lies in engineering the repeat purchase. From defining what repeat purchase rate is, to maximizing it to benefit your business, we’ll cover it all in this guide. Plus, we’ll see how businesses like Tea Forte are seeing extraordinary results—and more loyal customers—by focusing on this key metric.
An introduction to product strategy with examples of north star metrics across industries The product north star is easily the most powerful and misunderstood product strategy framework in use today. More product teams are dealing with the consequences of not defining it at all or defining it the wrong way and leading their team down an unintended path. This article is our first deep dive in a series on the north star metric. We hope it serves as a guide to product leaders and managers around the world on why this metric matters, how to define it and how to use it to drive your long-term product strategy and growth.
The North Star Metric is the single metric that best captures the core value that your product delivers to customers. Optimizing your efforts to grow this metric is key to driving sustainable growth across your full customer base. Once you understand your North Star Metric, it is important to document the variables that work together to move this metric. These variables generally include parts of the customer lifecycle such as new user signups, new user activations and improving engagement/retention of users. By understanding the relationship of these interdependent variables and your current conversion rates, you will gain insights into potential high leverage opportunities for growing your North Star Metric.
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