Caraway cracks upper funnel campaigns on Meta

December 15, 2023

We’re big believers that the platforms with the broadest reach deserve the highest attention and experimentation efforts from us. We have never bought non-conversion optimized media on Meta due to measurement limitations even though it always felt intuitive to us. Thanks to Haus we were able to view the impact of upper funnel media on the business as a whole and have now made those efforts part of our evergreen strategy.

Connor Dault, VP Growth @ Caraway

About Caraway

Caraway is a kitchenware company on a mission to craft well-designed home goods that thoughtfully raise the standards of what you cook with. Their products are designed to make your life easier and healthier as their cookware is made without Teflon or other toxic materials that can leach into your food. Caraway products are eco-friendly and come in sustainable packaging, ethically manufactured, and their sleek design complements any home. Caraway began as a direct to consumer company, but has recently expanded into third-party retailers like Amazon and Target.

The Challenge

Platforms like Meta have world-class machine learning capabilities, and their ad serving systems are very good at finding ways to optimize for the goals that a marketer sets. If the goal is to  optimize campaigns for lower funnel conversions or revenue, this often means that they are finding users who are already in-market to purchase. The risk that poses is that there is a limited number of users in-market, and they may be overserved with ads.

At a certain point, it is essential to create demand for the product as well as effectively capitalize on that demand. One way to do this is to diversify into new channels. Before you try a new channel, it is important to keep in mind that Meta still has unmatched scale, and they have a whole suite of upper funnel products to help create demand. The only challenge is that because these campaigns are not explicitly designed to directly affect sales, the effects of upper funnel campaigns are very hard to measure using traditional attribution methods.

The Solution

Caraway was keen to understand whether spending on upper funnel Meta campaigns could help ‘fill the funnel’ before their important holiday season, and ultimately drive the business metrics that they care about. 

The Caraway team decided to add a new campaign on top of their existing media, optimized toward a shallower KPI of site visits. The campaign was targeted to 50% of the US, and held out from the other half. The Haus app analyzed Caraway’s historical sales data to ensure that region groupings were split in a way where the markets behave in the same way, ensuring an ideal testing environment to introduce a new marketing treatment.

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The Results

By analyzing the divergence in sales and revenue between the treatment regions and the holdout regions, Caraway observed what in-platform reporting could not show: that these upper funnel campaigns were driving significant and efficient downstream activity. 

Meta upper funnel campaigns were responsible for driving ~4% of Caraway’s new customer revenue during the test period. Put another way, if Caraway was not running this tactic, their overall new customer revenue would have fallen by 4%. 

The incremental ROAS generated from the upper funnel campaign made it as efficient as many of their performance channels specifically designed to drive conversions.

Caraway iROAS across marketing channels

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