Making Mobile Personalization Part of the Omnichannel Marketing Mix

Berlin-based language-learning app Babbel has been around since 2007. Together with Emarsys, the email-focused brand began devoting resources to personalized mobile marketing. Due to their investment in mobile, Babbel saw 200% year-over-year growth in March and April 2020. For all of 2020, they had 100% growth in the US market, which has been their biggest market to date. Push and mobile messaging also converted 50% better than email, which has traditionally been their go-to communication method.

Babbel made bold business moves in conjunction with their tech upgrades, such as offering a one-week free trial to boost sign-ups and by creating an easy path-to-purchase for users who displayed a high likelihood to buy.

Though a market leader in their category, Babbel had to move with agility, especially during COVID-19, to remain competitive with the smaller players. By making mobile messaging a core piece of the marketing mix – plus using machine learning for real-time personalization modeling – they increased engagement by up to 25% in specific target audiences.

The vision is to ultimately create UX parity across all platforms and devices – web, desktop, email, and mobile – completely optimized based on customers’ affinity, programs or courses taken, plus more. 

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“At the end of the day, we want to personalize the whole product experience. Eventually, no two people who enter [our] bubble should have the exact same experience if they use the product differently… [and] we’re working to have personalized recommendations at all times… [in the future, things will become] much more diverse… real-time personalization will get much more interesting for us in the future.”

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Nina Pollex
Director of CRM at Babbel