Phát triển/Cá nhân hóa ngày đầu tiên/Email gắn kết
Use email as a vector to re-engage newcomers with information they need
Trang này mô tả công việc của nhóm Phát triển trong dự án "trang chủ người mới", đây là một dự án cụ thể theo sáng kiến "ngày đầu tiên được cá nhân hóa". Trang này chứa các tài sản, thiết kế và quyết định chính. Hầu hết các cập nhật gia tăng về tiến trình sẽ được đăng trên Trang cập nhật nhóm tăng trưởng, với một số cập nhật lớn hoặc chi tiết được đăng ở đây.
Chúng tôi biết rằng có nhiều cân nhắc quan trọng xung quanh việc gửi email cho người dùng, đặc biệt là xử lý quyền riêng tư và bảo mật. Nhóm của chúng tôi đang làm việc với các nhóm Pháp lý và Bảo mật tại Wikimedia Foundation để đảm bảo chúng tôi xử lý dữ liệu theo cách phù hợp. Chúng tôi cũng muốn những suy nghĩ liên tục từ các thành viên trong cộng đồng để đảm bảo rằng chúng tôi xây dựng tính năng này theo cách "Wikimedian" - chúng tôi muốn triển khai các phần hay và hữu ích của email, nhưng không phải là những phần gây phiền nhiễu và xâm lấn.
Mặc dù ban đầu chúng tôi dự định gửi email đầu tiên vào cuối tháng 3 năm 2019, nhóm Tăng trưởng đã quyết định hủy ưu tiên dự án này trong những tháng tới. Bây giờ chúng tôi nghĩ rằng chúng tôi nên tập trung vào hai dự án lớn đang trong chuyến bay: bảng trợ giúp và trang chủ người mới. Nhóm sẽ tiếp tục công việc chúng tôi đã thực hiện từ trước đến nay qua email và có thể xem lại dự án này trong năm tới.
Tình hình hiện tại
- 2018-12-06: Thảo luận cộng đồng về ý tưởng cá nhân hóa ngày đầu tiên của người mới
- 2019-01-16: quyết định của nhóm về việc theo đuổi "email kết nối" và "trang chủ người mới".
nhóm đã quyết định hủy ưu tiên dự án này để ưu tiên dự án trang chủ và bảng trợ giúp người mới.
- Tiếp theo: có khả năng khởi động lại dự án này trong năm 2019 hoặc 2020.
We know from research that newcomers arrive at the wiki with something that they are trying to accomplish. If they can’t accomplish it, they frequently leave and don’t come back. In the welcome survey, we asked users what they’re trying to accomplish so that we can help them get the help they need to accomplish it. Emails are a way to get them that help.
Chúng tôi muốn:
- Gửi email đến thành viên mới mà họ muốn mở và bấm vào.
- Đưa cho người đọc các lời kêu gọi hành động hữu ích và thu hút.
- Connect the content in the emails to content on wiki via the newcomer homepage.
- Increase activation and retention
Chúng tôi không muốn:
- Spam mọi người với quá nhiều email.
- Khiến cho người dùng học cách liên lạc qua wiki.
- Cá nhân hóa rất nhiều đến mức trang chủ người dùng bị xâm lấn.
- Demotivate users by telling them that their impact has been low.
- Bring users to a confusing landing place on wiki.
- Interfere with other interventions from Growth team or other teams
Emailability: in order for us to send these emails to users, they need to have a verified email address and have opted-in to receiving these emails. In addition to adding the opt-in ability, we are also considering ways to make it easier to add and verify an email address. While we do not want to pressure any users into adding their email address, we do see many opportunities to make it clearer what the benefits are of having an email address, and making it clearer how to verify it.
Why this idea is prioritized
Once a newcomer leaves the wiki after their first day — whether they do or do not accomplish their goals — it is likely that they are never encouraged to contribute again. This is because all existing communication channels are on wiki, even though the newcomer is no longer on the wiki. We can use email as a proactive communication vector to reconnect with new users off-wiki to help them to make their first edits or to continue making edits.
- Community members were positive in their feedback on the idea.
- Reach users no longer on wiki: emails enable communication with users who may likely no longer be active on wiki (and would therefore not see activity on Talk pages and Notifications).
- Communicate with new users unfamiliar with Talk pages: automated communications exist in the wikis in the form of bots that post on new user talk pages. While in some cases, those postings generate emails, email is not being fully utilized to get the attention of newcomers, who are usually not accustomed to how Talk pages work. Wikipedians who have experience mentoring newcomers have had success using email to communicate, since it is a medium they understand.
- Email campaigns are a proven means of engaging users of software: email is used by virtually all other community contribution platforms (e.g. TripAdvisor, Google Maps/Locals, Wikia) to engage users.
- Newcomers care about impact: many interviews with Wikipedians have surfaced that new editors first become enthusiastic about Wikipedia when they realize that others are reading their contributions. Email can be a way to make users aware of their impact. There have been example of success in showing Impact data in other Wiki projects such as the Outreach dashboard (see comment here).
To learn how best to design engagement emails, our team's designer reviewed the way that other platforms (e.g. TripAdvisor, Wikia, Google) send emails to newcomers. While the experience we want to give newcomers is definitely different than other platforms (we want to give newcomers an optional, lightweight, non-invasive experience), we also recognize that there are best practices we can learn from other software. The comparisons are recorded in detail on this Phabricator task.
- Takeaways from looking at emails
- Show impact via celebration of milestones/achievements of a recipient’s contribution statistics or social impact (x people read your review) to motivate continued/re-engagement
- Appeal to prosocial behavior (your contribution helps others)
- Appeal to social proof encourages emulation (testimonials or examples of others participating)
- Provide personalized recommendations that target specific interests of individuals reduces effort for someone to find out how to participate according to their interests
- Personalized messaging in general is important (e.g., subject lines, copy, when the email is sent)
- Provide onboarding help anticipates issues faced by newer recipients on how to get started, as well as remind them of the value of the sender’s product/service
- Time messages to a relevant or meaningful event or timeframe (for example, an ‘impact’ email for the year sent at the end of the year)
- Subject lines are direct, succinctly encapsulating the email’s intended purpose/message
- Short, text-lean messages
- Personalized, informal language is generally used
- Usually contain a single, main call to action that is specific and prominent
- Requests for specific follow up and feedback are sometimes shown towards end of messages
- Optimize for mobile - commonly by using simple, single column layouts with centered text
- Branding is prominent shown at the top of the email
- Scorecards and ranking illustrations (leaderboards, badges, etc) are often used in impact emails
- Minimal use of graphics, predominantly visual clean messages on white
- Use of photography depicting people used in appeals to social proof and prosocial behavior
- Takeaways from looking at industry metrics and benchmarks
- Welcome emails are generally the best performing in terms of being the most opened (82.57%) and clicked (22.76%) type of email type.
- Triggered emails such as an email when a user expresses interest in being contacted for mentorship perform second-best to Welcome emails, and have a much lower unsubscribe rate.
- Autoresponder emails like a weekly or monthly “Impact” email have lower open and click rates, but also have a much lower unsubscribe rate.
In order for emails to help users accomplish their goals, they need to be tailored to the things that we know about them from the welcome survey and from their editing history. Preliminary designs have been made for six email campaigns, but we will start with three, which are in bold:
- Welcome: a generic orientation email that links to their newcomer homepage.
- Impact: tell newcomers how many pageviews the pages they've edited have had.
- Mentorship: send newcomers an automated message from a mentor they can contact for help.
- Task recommendations: send newcomers a set of tasks related to their topics of interest or past edits.
- Neighborhood activity: send newcomers a list of editing activity that has happened on articles related to their topics of interest or past edits.
- New article: send newcomers who said they intend to create a new article a couple of pointers and link to tutorial.
- Quiz: send newcomers a quiz with a series of questions to determine "what kind of editor are you?" Here is an example from Codeacademy.
- Should be possible to include rich content.
- Be sent based on rules that incorporate welcome survey responses, edit history, and time.
- Allow people to unsubscribe.
- Allow us to know how often the emails are replied to.
- Have a noreply@ from address or allow users to reply somewhere that their message will be seen.
In order to send engagement emails to newcomers, they need to have verified email addresses associated with their accounts and they need to opt-in to receiving this content. The analysis our team did in this Phabricator task shows that a remarkably low number of users end up with verified email addresses. See the table below.
|Have email address (of all newcomers)||70%||55%|
|Verified email address (of emails)||35%||25%|
|Newcomers with verified emails||25%||14%|
Only 25% of Czech and 14% of Korean newcomers have verified emails. When we wondered why these numbers are so low, we realized that there are many moments during account creation where we could increase a user's understanding of what's going on, making it more likely they'll add an email if they want to. Here are some ideas we're working on:
- Adding language to Special:CreateAccount that explains that email addresses are required for account recovery. T216087.
- Adding a notification to Special:CreateAccount letting people know to look for a verification email. T216087.
- Re-designing the verification email itself so that it is clearer what to do with it, and is less confusing. T215665.
- When users try to create their account without an email, ask if they are sure. T215633.
As with everything the Growth team does, it is important for us to be able to measure how users do and do not engage with the feature -- that's the only way to stick to strategies that are working and abandon the ones that aren't. We want to be able to measure how often users open and click on the emails we send them, but we know that instrumenting emails is new territory. We'll need to careful to safeguard privacy and security, and we will work with other Foundation teams to do so. We may need to come up with detailed solutions to learn what we need to learn without recording too much data, like the approach our team took with the "Understanding first day" project in which we obfuscated the names of articles viewed by newcomers.