Richard White
Founder, CEO
Pricing for Conversion:
The data behind purchasing behavior
Limited Life Experience
+
Overgeneralization
=
Advice
Paul Bucheit
Creator of Gmail, Co-founder of FriendFeed
Customer feedback & helpdesk platform
Offices in San Francisco & Raleigh, NC
100,000+ UserVoice sites online
Designed for ...
the start
ACT I
Feedback Launched May 2008
Timeline
Development started
Oct 2007
Private Beta
Dec 2007
Public Beta
May 2008
Feedback Launched May 2008
Timeline
Development started
Oct 2007
Private Beta
Dec 2007
Public Beta
May 2008
FREEAS IN BETA
Public Beta Completely Free
39% ACCOUNT GROWTH
(month over month)
0
1750
3500
5250
7000
April May June July August September October November
39% ACCOUNT GROWTH
(month over month)
Public B...
get paid
ACT II
50% ∆ ACCOUNT GROWTH
(month over month)
Freemium Adding paid plans
50% ∆ ACCOUNT GROWTH
(month over month)
Plan MSRP
Free -
Silver $289/ mo
Gold $589/ mo
Simply b...
50% ∆ ACCOUNT GROWTH
(month over month)
200% ACTIVE ACCOUNTS
Freemium Adding paid plans
50% ∆ ACCOUNT GROWTH
(month over month)
200% ACTIVE ACCOUNTS
= 0% ∆ ACTIVE ACCOUNTS
Freemium Adding paid plans
50% ∆ ACCOUNT GROWTH
(month over month)
200% ACTIVE ACCOUNTS
Freemium Adding paid plans
What we lost by announcing paid pl...
0
1750
3500
5250
7000
April May June July August September October November
39% ACCOUNT GROWTH
(month over month)
Beta acc...
Freemium Adding paid plans
Launched with 5 plans differentiated
by design, customization & integration
capabilities.
Freemium Adding paid plans
Plan MSRP % Rev
Free - -
Tin $19/ mo 17%
Bronze $89/ mo 42%
Silver $289/ mo 5%
Gold $589/ mo 35%
Freemium Adding paid plans
13%
52%
17% LTV
(vs non-discounted accounts)
17% ACCOUNTS RETAINED
(vs non-discounted accounts)
ACCOUNTS DISCOUNTED
AVERAG...
Usage limits failed to drive upgrades.
Upgrades actually increased by 33% when
the limits were removed.
Usage limits Failu...
No measurable impact on
conversion rate or trial signups.
30DAY FREE TRIAL
15DAY FREE TRIAL
Changing Trial Length Failure*
Not requiring a
credit card to sign
up for a paid trial
had no effect on
conversions or trial
signups.
Don’t Require CCs F...
the model
ACT III
Helpdesk Launched May 2011
Timeline
Development started
June 2010
Private Beta
Dec 2011
Public Beta
Mar 2011
Full Launch
M...
Pricing Original
Pricing based on feature sets.
• Very few upgrades because of large gaps between price points
Pricing Starting May 2011
Kept same feature differentiation but
switched to pricing per seat.
• Makes higher end feature s...
Results Switch to per seat model
22% ∆ DOWNGRADES
242% ∆ UPGRADES
26% ∆ ACCOUNTS
(at 14 months post signup)
Switching to a...
Discounts Things that worked
LTV
(vs non-discounted accounts)
ACCOUNTS RETAINED
(vs non-discounted accounts)
ACCOUNTS DISC...
Trial Extensions Things that worked
Accounts that extend their trial are...
... 2.5X more likely to convert.
... 5X more l...
Reactivations Things that worked
On payment failures, prompt account admins to
decide whether to reactivate to their previ...
Annual Billing Things that worked
A great, simple way to boost cash flow.
9% PREPAID ANNUALLY
Unknowns Things that *may* have worked
Some changes need more data to definitively know
whether they worked...
Migrating $...
Next Reduce the number of plans
Thank you
Any (easy) questions? :)
Richard White
@rrwhite
Like this talk? Join me at UserConf!
The first conference focuse...
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Pricing for Conversion - Data on SaaS strategies at UserVoice - UnSexy 2012

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  • 1. Richard White Founder, CEO Pricing for Conversion: The data behind purchasing behavior
  • 2. Limited Life Experience + Overgeneralization = Advice Paul Bucheit Creator of Gmail, Co-founder of FriendFeed
  • 3. Customer feedback & helpdesk platform Offices in San Francisco & Raleigh, NC 100,000+ UserVoice sites online Designed for SaaS, Gaming & Mobile Tens of millions of end-users 182 people/sec see our product Lots of data :)
  • 4. the start ACT I
  • 5. Feedback Launched May 2008 Timeline Development started Oct 2007 Private Beta Dec 2007 Public Beta May 2008
  • 6. Feedback Launched May 2008 Timeline Development started Oct 2007 Private Beta Dec 2007 Public Beta May 2008
  • 7. FREEAS IN BETA
  • 8. Public Beta Completely Free 39% ACCOUNT GROWTH (month over month)
  • 9. 0 1750 3500 5250 7000 April May June July August September October November 39% ACCOUNT GROWTH (month over month) Public Beta Completely Free
  • 10. get paid ACT II
  • 11. 50% ∆ ACCOUNT GROWTH (month over month)
  • 12. Freemium Adding paid plans 50% ∆ ACCOUNT GROWTH (month over month) Plan MSRP Free - Silver $289/ mo Gold $589/ mo Simply by announcing new paid plans
  • 13. 50% ∆ ACCOUNT GROWTH (month over month) 200% ACTIVE ACCOUNTS Freemium Adding paid plans
  • 14. 50% ∆ ACCOUNT GROWTH (month over month) 200% ACTIVE ACCOUNTS = 0% ∆ ACTIVE ACCOUNTS Freemium Adding paid plans
  • 15. 50% ∆ ACCOUNT GROWTH (month over month) 200% ACTIVE ACCOUNTS Freemium Adding paid plans What we lost by announcing paid plans were the worst leads we had coming in. There was no net difference in active accounts.
  • 16. 0 1750 3500 5250 7000 April May June July August September October November 39% ACCOUNT GROWTH (month over month) Beta accounts converted to paid at less than 1/4 the rate of post-beta accounts. Freemium Adding paid plans
  • 17. Freemium Adding paid plans
  • 18. Launched with 5 plans differentiated by design, customization & integration capabilities. Freemium Adding paid plans
  • 19. Plan MSRP % Rev Free - - Tin $19/ mo 17% Bronze $89/ mo 42% Silver $289/ mo 5% Gold $589/ mo 35% Freemium Adding paid plans
  • 20. 13% 52% 17% LTV (vs non-discounted accounts) 17% ACCOUNTS RETAINED (vs non-discounted accounts) ACCOUNTS DISCOUNTED AVERAGE DISCOUNT Discounts Successful
  • 21. Usage limits failed to drive upgrades. Upgrades actually increased by 33% when the limits were removed. Usage limits Failure
  • 22. No measurable impact on conversion rate or trial signups. 30DAY FREE TRIAL 15DAY FREE TRIAL Changing Trial Length Failure*
  • 23. Not requiring a credit card to sign up for a paid trial had no effect on conversions or trial signups. Don’t Require CCs Failure*
  • 24. the model ACT III
  • 25. Helpdesk Launched May 2011 Timeline Development started June 2010 Private Beta Dec 2011 Public Beta Mar 2011 Full Launch May 2011
  • 26. Pricing Original Pricing based on feature sets. • Very few upgrades because of large gaps between price points
  • 27. Pricing Starting May 2011 Kept same feature differentiation but switched to pricing per seat. • Makes higher end feature sets more accessible • Revenue scales up with customer usage. More upgrade options
  • 28. Results Switch to per seat model 22% ∆ DOWNGRADES 242% ∆ UPGRADES 26% ∆ ACCOUNTS (at 14 months post signup) Switching to a per seat model (from a flat monthly rate) had a big impact without eroding ARPC.
  • 29. Discounts Things that worked LTV (vs non-discounted accounts) ACCOUNTS RETAINED (vs non-discounted accounts) ACCOUNTS DISCOUNTED AVERAGE DISCOUNT 14% 31% 3% 24% 13% 52% 17% 17% LEGACY PER SEAT
  • 30. Trial Extensions Things that worked Accounts that extend their trial are... ... 2.5X more likely to convert. ... 5X more likely to upgrade.
  • 31. Reactivations Things that worked On payment failures, prompt account admins to decide whether to reactivate to their previous plan or switch to free. 50% ACCOUNT REACTIVATIONS (churned accounts returning)
  • 32. Annual Billing Things that worked A great, simple way to boost cash flow. 9% PREPAID ANNUALLY
  • 33. Unknowns Things that *may* have worked Some changes need more data to definitively know whether they worked... Migrating $5 plans to Free Have a free offering of every product. Revenue loss was minimal. Don’t run billing on the weekends Payment failures happen during the business week when people are around to recover from them.
  • 34. Next Reduce the number of plans
  • 35. Thank you Any (easy) questions? :) Richard White @rrwhite Like this talk? Join me at UserConf! The first conference focused on how startups can give (& scale) great customer service. Go to UserConf.co for details.

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