Precision Nutrition, founded in 2005, is the largest private nutrition coaching and education company worldwide. The company’s base business model provides predictable revenue forecasts and operates on a twice yearly coaching certification cycle.
The Future of The Launch Model
Countless businesses including, Precision Nutrition, had challenges navigating the COVID-19 pandemic consumer landscape. During the pandemonium, prospects markedly changed their priorities, and current registrations were not reflecting past benchmarks. Precision Nutrition realized that it was an opportune time to consider challenging their traditional presale twice a year enrollment model that delivered dependable results in previous years.
Eva Tang, the Director of Product Marketing at Precision Nutrition, spearheaded a shift in strategy to expand its enrollment and grow market share. Their dependable launch model was effective in creating scarcity and gave students predictable schedules they could plan around for spring and fall enrollment, however, she recognized that the traditional launch model didn’t offer an ideal opportunity to test and learn.
Since the company heavily relies on the revenue created from these traditional launches, there was no ideal time to plan a test that might make a bottom-line ripple effect. Ultimately, testing with the current business model was too risky and expensive to conduct extensive experimentation. With her board of directors and her team’s backing, Eva decided to launch an always open and always running approach to disrupt their traditional model—evergreen vs. launch was born.
“Does the traditional launch model perform best? Could an evergreen version be just as good or better?”
– Eva Tang, Director of Product Marketing, Precision Nutrition
The team was concerned about risking the strong reputation they spent fifteen years building, the strategy entailed serving up the option of evergreen to a split registration cohort. But that wasn’t their sole concern; rolling out testing presented other obstacles, such as dealing with multiple complications from running evergreen testing in tandem with a launch. Eva front loaded the project by creating contingency plans with Conversion. Combing through muddy data, being responsive to uncertainty associated with COVID-19, and managing team burnout were other issues that made it challenging to design the experiment.
“We knew going in this testing could be the opposite of airtight; it was a near-impossible balance because we have performance goals to manage, too. We had to be able to do these experiments while not mucking up the data and needed a partner who could help us do that.”
-Eva Tang, Director of Product Marketing, Precision Nutrition
Despite the risks, there were many advantages that going with an evergreen model would offer. With Conversion’s comprehensive experience, Precision Nutrition could realize the numerous benefits an alternative business model could bring. The company would gather flexible sample sizes for their experiments, shorten feedback loops, target various traffic sources, and present offers to predefined numbers. An evergreen launch would yield far more accurate and useful results when gauging the success of each offering.