Setup conversions to measure your email marketing ROI

Overview

Every email campaign has a goal; it may be to generate more leads, to increase your subscriber count, or to convert more leads into paying customers. Hence, it is important to measure the effectiveness of your email campaigns with respect to these goals, so that you can tweak your email marketing strategy from time to time and improve your email marketing ROI.

With Sendinblue's conversion tracking feature, you can now see which email campaigns are bringing in the highest revenue or most paying customers and it's easier than you'd think! Conversions can be set up in less than a minute on Sendinblue.

In this article, you'll learn how to..

Screenshot_2019-06-04_at_4.05.48_PM.png

Create a Conversion

A conversion is a desired action that you want your subscribers and visitors to perform on your website or app. Depending upon your business, a conversion might be a product purchase, signing up for a trial, scheduling a demo, booking an appointment, downloading an ebook or visiting a form's completion "thank you" page.

To create a conversion on Sendinblue, go to Campaigns > Settings and click on the Conversions card.

Screenshot_2019-06-05_at_1.00.51_PM.png

Click on the Create your first conversion button on the landing page.

Screenshot_2019-06-05_at_1.02.18_PM.png

On the Create a Conversion page, configure the details for your conversion.

Here is an overview of each field:

Conversion name: Give a name to your conversion to identify it within logs, statistics and reports. Be descriptive with the conversion name.

Tracking via: Choose how you want to track this conversion. You can track a conversion via a marketing automation workflow or via an event initiated by the Sendinblue tracking script.

Default value: Provide a default revenue value for each conversion. If you know the average transaction value for your customer purchases, you can use it as a default value. The default value can be 0 as well, for cases where you only want to measure the number of conversions & not revenue, e.g. # of signups, # of demos scheduled, etc.

Screenshot_2019-08-20_at_2.02.54_PM.png

Track Conversions

Conversions on Sendinblue can be tracked either via events initiated by the tracking script installed on your website or via marketing automation workflows.

Tracking via Event

Please consider these points to track a conversion via an event:

  1. You need to have the Sendinblue tracker installed on your website. You can easily install the tracker by copy/pasting the code on your website or you can use one of our plugins.
  2. Make sure that you've added the corresponding track event, and send the same to track conversions. Please follow the technical documentation here to create your track events.

Good to know: If a developer assisted with the setup of your website, please share these instructions with your developer and request the creation of these events (typically takes less than one hour).

Choose the Event option on the Tracking via field when creating a conversion. Make sure that you have installed the tracker on your website and created the corresponding conversion track events.

Verify the tracker by clicking on the button with the same name. Provide the Event name & the Revenue tag that you want to trigger the conversion.

Screenshot_2019-06-06_at_3.02.38_PM.png

Default value will be used to define the conversion revenue value when the Revenue param is not found on the event properties.

Tracking via marketing automation workflow

Please consider these rules to track a conversion via marketing automation workflows:

  1. Make sure that you've selected marketing automation workflow as the Tracking via option when creating the conversion.
  2. Conversions will be recorded only for those contacts that reach the Record a Conversion step inside the workflow.

To add the Record a Conversion step to your workflows, go to Automation > Workflows and click on the Create a new workflow button or edit an existing workflow.

Click on the (+) button anywhere on the workflow below the start point to add a new step and select the Record a Conversion step under actions.

Screenshot_2019-06-06_at_2.00.38_PM.png

You will need to choose the Conversion that you want to record from a list of conversions created to be tracked via marketing automation workflows on your account.

Screenshot_2019-06-06_at_2.29.39_PM.png

You can also create a new conversion from here by clicking on the Create a new conversion link just below the conversions drop-down list. When a conversion is created during this step, it will be automatically configured to track via marketing automation workflows.

Screenshot_2019-06-06_at_2.40.15_PM.png

For Conversion value, you can choose one value out of these three options:

  • Default value: Provided by you at the time of creating the conversion.
  • Custom value: To be defined by you for this workflow. It will overwrite the default value and all conversions recorded from this workflow will have this value as revenue for each conversion. It can also be 0.
  • Advanced value: This value will be dynamically provided for each conversion by an event. You have to define the Event name and the Revenue parameter that will define the value in the event properties of this event.

Screenshot_2019-08-20_at_2.06.37_PM.png

When using Advanced value for the conversion valueplease consider the following point:

  • If the corresponding event is not found for a contact that reaches the Record a Conversion step on the workflow, you can choose to record the conversion with the default value by ticking the corresponding checkbox below the Revenue tag field.

Attribute conversions

When a conversion is recorded for a contact, either via event or marketing automation workflow, the credit for this conversion goes to the email campaign that the contact last clicked on. Furthermore, if your email campaign contains multiple links and the contact clicked on all of them, then we will attribute the conversion to the link that the contact clicked on last.

In a case where a conversion is recorded for a contact who has never clicked on any link of any of your email campaigns, we will attribute the conversion to No Campaign, which essentially means that the conversion occurred due to some other marketing channel than marketing emails.

Measure conversion data

To view the stats of all of your conversions, go to Campaigns > Statistics and click on the Conversions tab.

Screenshot_2019-08-20_at_2.14.14_PM.png

You will be able to compare conversions against each other in terms of the number of conversions recorded and total revenue generated by each of them. If you wish to view and compare campaign-specific conversion stats, go to the Campaign listing page, where you can see a column for Conversions against each of your sent campaigns.

Screenshot_2019-08-20_at_3.35.25_PM.png

You can click on any of the sent campaign names to see the detailed campaign report. If there are conversions attributed to this campaign, you will be able to see the campaign level conversion stats on the Summary tab.

Screenshot_2019-06-06_at_5.57.38_PM.png

What's next?   

Have a question?

If you have a question, feel free to reach our support team at support@sendinblue.com.