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The challenge

With marketing activity kicking off in November ahead of Black Friday, TheStreet was facing one of their historically busiest sales periods. Time was of the essence, and initial set-up was fundamental to ensure the success of the campaign in both the short and long term.

Croud was tasked with driving a high volume of monthly subscribers and achieving a lower average cost-per-acquisition (CPA) for two of TheStreet’s best known investing products – Action Alerts PLUS and Real Money.

The Croud difference

With Black Friday quickly approaching, Croud created a robust remarketing recency strategy, with the ability to control the CPM and frequency, based on how recently the user was on site. This allowed the team to maximize CPA efficiency and minimize spend wastage. With the help of our Croudies, or global network of digital experts, we were able to ensure the cleanest path to purchase across all of our programmatic campaigns.

In just six months, the team was able to launch prospecting activity, support 10 major sales and deliver quicker turnaround times for campaign setup, creative trafficking, and campaign optimization. With new user-acquisition channels and rapidly increased engagement with the display banners, the team had the opportunity to incorporate new testing, and use the learnings from each individual strategy to further curate our next steps.

The results

Thanks to a continued focus on increasing the efficiency of all campaigns, across both prospecting and remarketing, the campaign has been a resounding success.

  • 3x the volume of monthly subscribers
  • Drove 31% better than target average CPA in first month
  • Delivered 54% better than target average CPA by end of campaign
Croud has supported TheStreet in growing the subscription revenue business dramatically over the past six months. The optimization and attention to detail of the Croud programmatic team have driven warmer site traffic, higher qualified leads, and conversion rates. By significantly beating our target CPA, our programmatic campaigns have increased recurring revenue for TheStreet’s subscription business. It is a pleasure working with the Croud team and we look forward to continued success!

Tyler Fleischer, Digital Marketing Manager, TheStreet

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