Autodesk Customer Success Story

Mike Lavoie describes how Autodesk uses personalization to continuously improve its customer adoption and retention by delivering relevant experiences within its SaaS application.

Video Transcript:

For our customer adoption and onboarding programs, what we’re trying to do is improve the user experience, so that when they’re inside of our products, depending on how they’re using the software, we can prompt them with educational material to try to influence them to do the next thing and keep them on that path to success.

One example would be, we call it a dynamic learn panel. So, when people sign into our product, based on the events that we’re tracking in the software, they have a collapsible, personalized video tutorial that updates dynamically based on how they’re actually using the product. So, if they sign in for the second time and they’ve already completed some of the tasks, those items will already be updated and we’re trying to prompt them to the next task in the sequence of events that we’ve identified that they need to do in order to stay on that path to success.

Over the last two years, we’ve evolved our personalization strategy to do a lot more A/B testing, running more experiments and trying to be a little bit more proactive on things that we’re trying to surface to the customers at different points on the customer journey.

So, for example, we run experiments where sometimes, as part of the first-use experience, the first time that someone has signed into the product, they will have an opportunity to download a PDF workflow guide, for example. For other components of that test, other customers would receive that message and that opportunity for the first or the second time that they’ve signed into the product. And we see what’s more effective, and based on the clickthrough rates, how they engage with the content, we can iterate and make adjustments.

This year, and for the next coming year, we’re really excited for some of the opportunities. A lot of our customer base is using our products at a job site on mobile apps, for example. So, there’s a huge opportunity for us to be able to push targeted messaging, targeted prompts to very specific people to either drive them back into the app or give them updates what’s available, new and enhanced workflows, and those types of things.

So, any advice that I would have when you’re starting to think about personalization and running campaigns is to definitely start small. You don’t have to solve everything or have a huge impact in the first couple of months. What you want to do is focus on something that you can deploy pretty rapidly, you can test it, make iterations, and then republish your campaigns.

Another piece of advice would be it’s really important to get many cross groups involved. You have to have a really strong alignment with your user experience team, your product management team, customer success, customer support, for example.

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