Microsoft 365 ReVival – A world class event in short timespan!
The number of posts vs. The number of conversions per platform
Leads from LinkedIn and Facebook ads
Total adspent, cost per click, and leads earned per platform
What we did and learnings
Crafting the landing page
- Have a button in banner!: Nobody clicked the sign-up button in the menu. 28 clicked the button on the banner and 2 clicked the button on the footer.
- Include information in topbanner
Out of 800 viewers, 56% scrolled to the agenda, and only 3% reached the bottom. Learning: That tells us to include the most important information already in the top banner, since many users don’t scroll.
- People use the navigation bar
We set up a single-page landing page with a navigation bar that received 18 unique clicks. This proves that including a navigation bar, even on a one-page site, helps users navigate the page effectively.
- Important videos on top
Only a few played the embedded YouTube videos, possibly due to the need to scroll down a bit to find them. To maximize video visibility, place important videos in the top banner or second element of the page.
Campaign Planning and Creative Production
Based on our experience, video delivers better results. But you can’t always just lean on what used to work, so this time we conducted an A/B test between video and slideshow.
Results show that the video was more engaging with 86 clicks and a lower cost-per-click (CPC) of NOK 19, compared to the slideshow that had fewer clicks (54) and a more expensive CPC (NOK 21.64). Therefore, we have proceeded with the video for the campaign.
Other suggestions when making a video for an ad, based on our experience:
- Record a video with a clean background and steady hand. Clean mobile videos can be just as effective as professionally filmed ones.
- Remember texting. Not everyone watches a video with sound.
- Choose the opening of the video wisely. Among those who watched the video, 27 of them visited the landing page within 15 seconds of viewing the video.
Our plan for organic posting involved creating a series of videos and posts targeted to IT and HR departments.
Cloudway also created a separate LinkedIn page specifically for the event.
- Employee boosted reach: Employees shared the posts on their social channels, which led to nearly 13,000 impressions and over 2,000 video views.
- Video format led to higher CTR: The announcement video resulted with a 3.8% click-through rate (CTR), the HR invite video with a 5.45% CTR, and the IT invite video with a 2.11% CTR. For context, the average CTR for videos in 2023 is 1.84%.
- Multiple posting created pre-event buzz: Sharing multiple posts to introduce event speakers created buzz and excitement among event registrants.
- Mobile viewing optimization connected with mobile users: We optimized the video for mobile viewing to reach the audience (primarily using mobile phones) better.
- Remember the texting: Texting is essential. By uploading a separate SRT file, we ensured the text size adjusted to the viewer’s mobile screen, creating an enhanced viewing experience.
The actual event
During the event people posted and shared many images and status, tagging CloudWay and hashtagging #M365ReViVal.
Key learning: Present your hashtag and social media profiles
CloudWay made a specific hastag for the event. They presented the hashtag at the event’s beginning, and social media profiles of people working in CloudWay. That encouraged people post during the day, tagging CloudWay, using the hashtag #M365ReVival, and tagging people in CloudWay. This created the perfect storm in social media on the day of the event.
Collecting Event Feedback
An hour after the event concluded, we sent an email survey to all the attendees to get their feedback.
- Open rate boosted by friendly email subject line
We chose the subject line “We want to hear from YOU about M365ReVival” which resulted in an open rate of 66% (35 out of the total 53 recipients), which is above the average open rate for all industries. The timing of the email survey (one hour after the event ended) ensured that the event was still fresh in the attendees’ minds, optimizing the quality of the feedback.
- Response rate boosted by smiley
Smileys in the email made it easy for recipients to click and show their satisfaction level. Of the 53 total recipients, 19 clicked (35.85% response rate) and 10 left their comments.
Experience again the thrill of M365ReVival through the social media posts showcasing the expert speakers, engaging discussions,
and unforgettable moments!
Ready, set, go! #M365ReVival with
@StaleHansen kicking us off! 🤩💡
It’s a wrap @MartenHellebro enjoy the rest of #m365revival lots more goodness to follow #vivaexplorers 🧭
@ChappleNikki presenting on Viva Governance and Privacy for
@M365ReVival #MVPBuzz #MicrosoftViva
Here are the insights we gathered from the event!
Considering the time frame, we acknowledged that more planning time would have allowed for enhanced preparation and an increase in the number of participants at the event.
For the full event report, download the PDF.
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