Haven Holidays increases bookings by 21% with website personalisation

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The Challenge

Haven, part of the largest privately owned holiday operator in the UK, wanted to improve the experience on its website by displaying content tailored to customers’ needs and holiday preferences. With 35 holiday parks around the Great British coastline, Haven has a wide variety of customers with different requirements that influence their purchase decision. These needs and preferences can vary a great deal depending on factors like where they live, park facilities and family demographics. Unsurprisingly, this breadth makes it a challenge to optimise the site to appeal to everyone.
One clear solution to this problem was website personalisation. The benefits were clear but consideration about the right technology, expertise and resources required to effectively implement it made website personalisation a big challenge to ensure they got it right.

The Solution

RedEye started by using Haven’s CRM database to analyse Haven’s data to identify segments that could be targeted effectively. Following this analysis Haven decided to focus on the large amount of visitors who browse park pages, but leave before making a booking. Haven was able to identify these visitors by using RedEye’s smart tags which link a cookie back to an individual customer ID (for example email address).

Once this segment was identified Haven was in a position to re-target these users with online content relevant to the browsing or search activity from the user’s last visit. The original Haven homepage featured a large carousel which was visible to every user entering or returning to the site. Using RedEye’s website personalisation process this carousel was modifi ed to dynamically display a new static image which showcased information on the park the user had already expressed an interest in. This image included the USPs of the park along with a suitable CTA to encourage users to find out more and hopefully book.

Four parks were selected to begin with, to test whether this personalised approach would increase bookings. Segments were chosen based on the parks with the highest online views.

In order to prove its worth the process was set up as part of an A/B test (this way Haven could test the success of the personalised homepages against the generic homepage).

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The Results

Replacing the homepage carousel with a personalised image increased bookings by +21% and revenue by +14% during the testing period.

These fantastic test results were essential to prove website personalisation not only improves the customer experience, but it also has a huge impact on website conversions. Following this success Haven is now planning to create a personalised static image for all 35 parks so more users can benefit from this personalised website experience.

And this is just the start! Now that web personalisation is proven to be a success, Haven and RedEye are looking to increase the number of personalisation tests to scale the experience across the whole site and to implement tests on other segments.

RedEye’s website personalisation solution has helped us prove how showcasing relevant content on the website improves conversion. It’s fantastic that we are now able to target customers as soon as they enter our site with relevant content and while it is early days we are thrilled by the results.

Head of ECommerce, Haven Holidays