Case Study : Genesis Energy

About Genesis Energy

Genesis Energy is New Zealand’s largest electricity and gas retailer, supplying energy through their two retail brands – Genesis Energy and Energy Online – to more than 650,000 customer connections across New Zealand. Catchi has been consistently working with Genesis Energy on both their retail brands for over two years.

Genesis Energy Ltd. is New Zealand’s largest energy retailer. Genesis sells electricity, natural gas, and liquefied petroleum gas through our retail brands—Genesis and Energy Online—to more than 650,000 residential, commercial, and industrial customers across the country. With the convergence of digital applications, low-cost solar, and advancements in battery storage in the last year, they’ve been focused on reimagining energy and giving our customers more choice, convenience and control.

Genesis teamed up with Catchi, Australasia’s leading digital conversion agency, to launch an in-depth testing campaign using Google Analytics 360 and Google Optimise 360 designed to improve the mobile site experience to both acquire and retain customers.

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Examining mobile from the consumer perspective

New Zealand’s energy market is highly competitive. Price is also highly elastic, which results in a high customer switch rate and frequent churn between providers. This means optimisation is key in retaining current customers and acquiring new ones. Because the subscribers are largely interacting with the brand on mobile, our first step in the optimisation process was to look at our mobile site experience from the perspective of both a current and a prospective customer.

After some preliminary testing we realised that our consumers and prospects had to navigate through multiple pages before getting to the content or information they were looking for. We thought that more relevant content and a linear, convenient user journey would result in an increased conversion rate.

In-depth testing powered by specific variables

Our first step was using Analytics 360 to measure actions like sign-ups, My Account registrations, and My Account log-ins for our existing customers. This gave us a good starting point to compare with our final results. We also ran a series of experiments on Optimise 360 to determine relevant content areas for specific audiences. The seamless integration of all the measurement and testing tools we used and the ability to tap into Audiences made a huge difference.

“Google Analytics and Optimise 360 gave us the ability to surface optimised and personalised experiences to customers and prospects across devices.” — Sam Hunter, Head of Online

Our optimisation testing centered on six core variables: more relevant content, more direct copy, clearer calls to action (CTAs), shorter pages, fewer visual distractions, and a new look and feel.

To learn how different copy options and CTAs would affect our conversion rate, we ran a series of experiments on Optimise 360, specifically targeting mobile users. We landed on very specific and descriptive language, like, “find a plan that suits you,” “view our prices,” and “log into My Account” in place of “current offers,” “prices & plans,” and “My Account,” respectively. We also analysed user behaviour in Google Analytics 360 to determine relevant content areas for specific audiences.

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Left: The original Genesis mobile site. Middle and Right: The new Genesis mobile site with revised CTAs, updated look and feel, fewer distractions, less scrolling, and more relevant content.

A mega-watt response to personalised, easy-to-navigate content

Adding clear, actionable, and relevant CTAs led to an unbelievable 6.4X uplift in conversion rate. The campaign also resulted in a 2.5X registration uplift to the My Account self-service portal.

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Genesis plans to continue experimenting and optimising customer experiences even further with variations across devices, regions, and audience segments. Geotags across the platforms will allow Genesis to identify even more specific customer segments and customise their experience according to their needs—applying cross-promotional offers specific to each target, for instance.

The ultimate goal is to serve different, highly personalised experiences to customers depending on where they are on the path to purchase. Eventually, every experience within the Genesis site will be built around the information Genesis has about the audience and customised based on what they need and the reason they are visiting the site.

Talk with a specialist to learn if our process is right for your business

During the session, we will discuss:

  • Your conversion goals
  • The questions and insights you need to double your sales
  • How our methodology could best be applied to your business (The same process we've used to generate over $200Million in one experiment!)
  • The considerations that are most likely to be impacting your results
  • Your traffic & turnover (to ensure this method is the right fit for you)

You will leave with a clear understanding of what needs to happen, including some ideas to implement right away and if we think your business could benefit from our services, we'll share more about that too.