Ability to A/B test using workflows

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Is there any way that we can A/B test paths using workflows? I believe that this is something Hubspot's workflows tool should accommodate. 

 

If I want to A/B test emails as part of my nurture/promotion workflows, I should be able to. 

 

I can think of a workaround where I create a custom property and then assign A or B as values to each of my contacts. Then use those as checks (if/then) in my workflows. But then, there has to be a more straightforward way of doing this, right?

 

Any ideas will be appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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Hi @Drishtii,

Since A/B testing is not a native feature in HubSpot, I have found creative workarounds to produce the same effect using the cloning feature. Narrow down the objective of the A/B testing... Is it email opens or clicks, is it CTAs or purchases? Once you narrow down your objective, create a workflow A and clone it to create workflow B with slight changes to gauge your audience and test effectiveness. However, it is important to mention to keep your branding and content consistent throughout both workflows.

 

  • If I wanted to test email opens, I would clone my intended workflow and emails but with more catchy/cheeky/personalized subject lines. Maybe add a few emojis in.
  • If I wanted to test click rates, I would test CTA buttons versus hyperlinks. Add-in specific CTAs such as Book a Meeting or inquire about a certain service or even change up the wording to entice or really push a CTA click.
  • If I wanted to test communication lengths or delays between communication, or even communication methods, I would clone two versions of the same email with small differences.

When I did this, I took the intended list and split it in two by adding "the first name starts with A-M" on the first workflow then cloned it and added, "the last name starts with N-Z." The most important part is to find a common denominator for the lists such as "Not responded within the last 90 days" or etc.

 

I know this is not what you wanted, but hopefully an acceptable workaround. I would the upvoting the idea of A/B testing workflows to HubSpot ideas as this is truly a great idea and something I would use regularly.  I just upvoted it myself!

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Hi @Drishtii ,

 

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on A/B testing workflow.

Currently, it is something not possible within the tool, however, mamy other users raised the same requests and the Product team is reviewing them. You can see the details in this Idea thread

Meanwhile, I will tag in some Community members to see if they can suggest you any alternative way. @mike-ward and @StefaniUAT , do you know a workaround to do this?


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Hi @Drishtii,

Since A/B testing is not a native feature in HubSpot, I have found creative workarounds to produce the same effect using the cloning feature. Narrow down the objective of the A/B testing... Is it email opens or clicks, is it CTAs or purchases? Once you narrow down your objective, create a workflow A and clone it to create workflow B with slight changes to gauge your audience and test effectiveness. However, it is important to mention to keep your branding and content consistent throughout both workflows.

 

  • If I wanted to test email opens, I would clone my intended workflow and emails but with more catchy/cheeky/personalized subject lines. Maybe add a few emojis in.
  • If I wanted to test click rates, I would test CTA buttons versus hyperlinks. Add-in specific CTAs such as Book a Meeting or inquire about a certain service or even change up the wording to entice or really push a CTA click.
  • If I wanted to test communication lengths or delays between communication, or even communication methods, I would clone two versions of the same email with small differences.

When I did this, I took the intended list and split it in two by adding "the first name starts with A-M" on the first workflow then cloned it and added, "the last name starts with N-Z." The most important part is to find a common denominator for the lists such as "Not responded within the last 90 days" or etc.

 

I know this is not what you wanted, but hopefully an acceptable workaround. I would the upvoting the idea of A/B testing workflows to HubSpot ideas as this is truly a great idea and something I would use regularly.  I just upvoted it myself!

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Thank you for sharing this @fiachra_duffy !
This is definitely the easiest solution I have come across. I will make use of this soon 🙂

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Hey @fiachra_duffy - So I was able to launch the A/B test build last week. It works perfectly well. 🙂

 

The one issue that I want to highlight here, which is not really related but can get annoying very quickly, is the lead assignment notifications. Now I am using my user login and a fellow marketer's login to assign the A/B decider users. And we keep getting notifications. The only way for me to stop that is for me to pause the notifications at an account level. 

 

I believe this should be a suggestion for Hubspot portal itself - To be able to switch on/off assignment notifications based on properties or workflows. 

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Hey @Drishtii – you are completely right, I totally forgot to mention about turning off assignment notifications for these individuals 😬 

 

Hopefully as they are generic emails or marketing teams (and not sales) they don't need to be notified about every assignment and can turn that off for the users in the A/B divider.

 

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That is exactly what I did! Haha.

 

But anyways, no other hurdles. 

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