The brand

This is a case study for Meaning Of Life Designs, a company based in Arizona selling an online course hosted on the platform Kajabi.

The ideal client avatar is specifically women, 45+ years old, who are interested in quilting and machine embroidery.

In this case, the client’s strength is that she is a well-known expert in the field (her fan page has 9K VERY ACTIVE followers) and the quality of the course is very high, therefore a lot of sales happen as a result of word of mouth and recommendation.

She had previously Facebook, getting some pretty good results, but advertising is something she doesn’t fully understand, and learning more about it was taking away a lot of her valuable time that she could have been putting into other parts of her business.,

Therefore, we started working together.

At the beginning of February 2021, she launched her new course: a block of the month program divided into 12 chapters. The first one would be available immediately, then each new one was to be released in a drip format every new month, for 12 months. 

After a full audit of the funnel, customer journey, pricing structure, and creative assets, we decided to start testing 3 different offers:

  1. A full-payment offer, which granted immediate access to the full program in advance. Price: $2970, discounted to $2500 for clients who came in from Facebook Ads.
  2. A 12 monthly installment plan option, where the customer could pay month by month. Price: $290 a month, discounted to $250 to the people who purchased in the first period of time. Lifetime Value: $3000.
  3. A tripwire funnel. In this case, customers could try 14 days out of the first month of the program, after which they would be offered to upgrade to the full offer. Price: $9 for the 10 days trial, then upgrade to the full offer for $2500 or to the monthly installments offer for $250/mo.

The budget of the first month would have been around $30k, with the goal to achieve a lifetime ROAS of 3+. Considering that the product doesn’t have any manufacturing or delivery costs, everything after taxes and management fees would have been profit.

After performing a complete analysis of the funnel and of the past campaigns, we identified some weak spots in her Facebook Ads strategy. 

Her past campaigns always started strong.

The clients’ products were good and ROAS got even to 3-4 in the first weeks of campaigns, but these would always end up tanking. This was mainly due to the fact that the client never had the time and the will to diversify the testing and create proper strategies for each segment of her audience. In particular:

  1. She didn’t give much attention to testing, and she spent most of the budget on one single target audience using one ad. This caused a quicker audience saturation and higher frequency.
  2. Retargeting was set up without a proper behavioural segmentation, which led to a loss in potential ROAS
  3. Ads were targeting mainly North America, leaving a lot of potential customers from other English-speaking countries out of the range. Countries such as the UK and AUS normally have a lower CPM (Cost Per A Thousand Impressions) than the US and CA, therefore to advertise there would have been cheaper.
The testing phase

After a few sessions of brainstorming, we decided to start testing different campaign objectives, creatives, and landing pages. 

  1. We started testing 2 different funnels: One for the tripwire offer for $9 and another one for the 2 main offers ($250/mo or $2500 full price). Each funnel had its own landing page and checkout page.
  2. We started creating Custom Conversions with the Facebook pixel in order to be able to track the customer journey of each user. This way, we were able to identify the weak spots in the funnels, as well as the most profitable segments.
  3. For each funnel, we tested 3 different angles by differentiating copies, images, and short videos (provided by the client)

We divided the campaigns for each funnel as follows:

  1. ToFU – 60% of the Budget. Interest-based audiences, Lookalikes based on email list / past purchases. Splitting by country and age range.
  2. MoFU – 20% of the budget. People who engaged with the page visited the website and engaged with Instagram in the past 14 – 30 – 60 – 180 days.
  3. BoFU – 20% of the budget. People who purchased in the past 180 days, Email list subscribers, cart abandons.

During the first two weeks, we optimized the campaign budget manually, paying particular attention to the top of the funnel. On day 16, we used a spreadsheet to analyze the effective effectiveness of the two offers from the perspective of lifetime value. 

The first results showed a higher acquisition cost for complete offers, and a 30% lower acquisition cost for tripwire.

Despite this, we are aware that in this case, the most important factor to consider is the lifetime value, since the acquired customer’s payment cycle can vary from one day to 10 months in duration.

We made a forecast taking into account the best (zero refund, 40% conversion rate for tripwire) and worst (10% conversion rate tripwire and 30% of refunds) possible scenarios.

This calculation was very helpful in making one thing clear: Although the cost of acquiring a customer for the entire offer was steeper, the potential lifetime value was much higher.

Once this data was validated, we abandoned the tripwire offer and started to focus the whole budget on the two main offers. In the meantime, we continued optimizing the budget and scaling the winning variants.

Results and notes

We started from a favorable position because of the author’s personal brand, product quality, and a good price compared to the (little) competition. These factors clearly played an important role. 

The Lifetime value of each customer is usually around 2.5x the AOV of every sales (this figure has been found by analyzing the customer lifecycle. of the past 3 years)

Our target for the next year will be to keep the current offers running and keep results stable, as well as testing a new offer with a lower entry price point, in order to try to reduce Customer Acquisition Cost.

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This case study wants to stress the importance of always looking at lifetime scenarios and not an immediate return. Having an immediate return is certainly useful for cashflow reasons, but there are several cases where paying a high cost to acquire a customer could be reasonable, since the same customer, in the long run, could generate a very high return on the initial investment.

Thanks to Andrea and the Scaling Davids team, we have been thriving over the last years with Facebook Ads and our paid ads funnels! Our community is continuously growing, and our program is expanding like never before!
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