How we increased online conversion by 79% year-on-year by migrating from Magento to Shopify Plus (Adreno Case Study)
- The client
- The challenge
- The insight
- The solution
- The results
The clientAdreno is a national outdoor-sporting group consisting of three outdoor-entertainment businesses in one. These include Adreno, Spearfishing and Wetsuit Warehouse. The group turns over $25 million a year and has stores in each of the 3 capital cities of Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. They have been online for over 15 years and have had 4 different website platforms at that time.
The problemAdreno originally had a small team of Magento developers that developed the original Magento(1.x) platform. This was a significant cost for the business but was manageable given the volume of sales moving through the system.On review, it was decided this was a prohibitive expense given the work required (not a task for multiple developers), so Adreno moved the website development support to an external contractor. There was a cost saving by moving to contractors, but any changes to the website required some degree of involvement due to the nature of Magento.Over time, unexpected and unexplained service outages resulted in lost sales and added significantly to the stress of managing a high volume online store. The business needed an eCommerce platform that would be rock solid and better suit their increased focus on digital.Adreno' situation:1. Using an out-of-date Magento (1.x) platform 2. High cost of any extension and modification to the store 3. Repeated issues with website outage
The challengeWhile the website was experiencing platform issues it was driving revenue. A significant volume of traffic was being driven by organic SEO that had been in existence for 15 years. We were presented with a challenge to migrate the website with the following requirements:1. Minimise disruption to the business during the change 2. Ensure that organic SEO was retained 3. Retain the brand essence, transfer across a number of custom brand elements that had been developed for the original website.The SEO migration represented a significant risk factor that was external to the project. This was managed through a partnership with digital marketing agency Reload Media. The platform migration, however, would be the responsibility of Lamb Agency.
The insightOn completing an audit of the website, we were confident that the current performance could be increased with some quick wins without having to complicate the project unnecessarily.Looking at their Google Analytics their mobile performance was terrible in comparison to their desktop experience, sitting at 0.6% of traffic converted, and desktop traffic at 1%. While desktop and mobile are rarely at parity, we normally expect performance to be similar.We believed that if we implemented some common sense solutions that we would be able to lift mobile performance.Our review of the interface identified the following problems:
- Difficult search and filtering
- Very poor mobile experience
- Difficult navigation
- Isolated product pages do not facilitate an organic browsing experience.
- Text-heavy content with lack of visuals
The solutionWe worked with Shopify to set the client up on the Shopify Plus platform. The process was simple to create the initial base template that would then be cloned for the three variations of the store.Beyond the problems of the platform change, we focused our performance improvement activities on the following areas:
- Re-prioritised header menu
- Simplified mobile experience
- Well designed infographics and iconography throughout, to illustrate key values and services in a visual and digestible format
- Improved conversion tactics (CTA placement, sizing, offers)
- Simple visual filtering
- Client recommendation: Make sure you have carefully reviewed any scope documents to make sure all important functionality has been covered.
- Agency recommendation: Perform a complete site audit of the existing website, share this with the client to see if there is anything you have missed. Make it clear to the customer it is important that the scope document is reviewed carefully.
The resultsThe results speak for themselves. We saw a dramatic lift not only in overall sales but the all-important conversion rate. Mobile traffic increased 111% when considered by itself.Summary of results
- Increase in conversion by 79%
- Return on investment in 21 days
- 15x return on investment in their first year
About Lamb AgencyLamb Agency is an Australian Shopify expert, based in Brisbane and Melbourne. We help local and national companies get the most out of their eCommerce.
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