How a softened message attached to the Freedom Pledge negatively impacted donor conversion rate Experiment ID: #17212
Americans for Prosperity
Timeframe: 3/16/2019 - 4/7/2019
In 2019, Americans for Prosperity’s development office received a new set of rules to prohibit the use of words in their communications that include “Freedom”, “Liberty”, “Big Government”, and more than 30 others, the development team felt it was appropriate to properly test the negative impact of limiting their ability to use these cornerstone words.
How does the new “ban list” of words impact our campaign’s performance?
|Treatment Name||Conv. Rate||Relative Difference||Confidence|
This experiment has a required sample size of 202,005 in order to be valid. Since the experiment had a total sample size of 465,482, and the level of confidence is above 95% the experiment results are valid.
Flux Metrics Affected
The Flux Metrics analyze the three primary metrics that affect revenue (traffic, conversion rate, and average gift). This experiment produced the following results:
0% increase in traffic
× 32.0% decrease in conversion rate
× 0% increase in average gift
With a 96.3% level of confidence, we confirmed a decrease in donor conversion of -32% with the treatment messaging.
We did also identify a -6% decrease in email acquisition rate (99.7% LoC), as well
Although the cost per email acquired was relatively flat, these conversion rate decreases are compounding into an increase of +32% increase in gross cost per donor (GCPD).
This experiment validates suspicions that the updated (softened) messaging approach decreases momentum through the funnel, which ultimately decreases the donor conversion rate of the funnel. We will continue to monitor these changes, but fear that this trend has the potential to continue to get worse moving forward.