National Trust Online Shop
National Trust Online Shop

National Trust Online Shop Migration to Magento Commerce

The National Trust founders believed that nature, beauty and history are for everyone and so set up the Trust to look after the nation’s coastline, historic sites, countryside and green spaces. With 5.6 million members, 65,000 volunteers and 14,000 staff it is now the biggest conservation charity in Europe. National Trust Online Shop required a migration onto Magento Commerce with the aim to increase traffic, improve UX for both desktop and mobile users & expand the current customer base.

+28%

Website revenue increase

+31%

Increase in site traffic YOY

+21%

Increase in mobile conversions YOY

Project summary & scope

Over the last 125 years National Trust has grown to become Europe’s largest conservation charity, caring for historic properties and areas of beautiful countryside. National Trust Online Shop required a migration onto Magento Commerce from an alternative ecommerce platform. The new build required integration with the main National Trust website in the form of nested frontend design features, and a single sign-on account login that worked across all websites & platforms for customer ease of use. The new build utilised Magento Commerce version 2.3.3, integrated extensions, and included new features Gift Cards and Virtual Touring passes.

The existing National Trust Online Shop needed to be brought up to date with improved functionality, infrastructure, and a more future-proof framework. Key objectives of the project were:

  • Increase traffic to the shopping site
  • Improve UX for both desktop and mobile users
  • Expand current customer base
  • Increase mobile conversions
  • Adhere to up-to-date accessibility standards

Magento Commerce Migration (v 2.3.3)

National Trust was using an alternative third party software platform to run National Trust Online Shop. They required a more flexible architecture to allow room for customisation and growth that wasn’t currently being provided by the existing platform. On top of this National Trust wished to make the shopping experience a more engaging one for their customers with seamless and personalised customer experience across devices, including faster page load speeds across catalog and checkout pages. Magento 2 with its modern and modular architecture empowered all this functionality, and provided unsurpassed scope and flexibility for the future.

Mature independents & seniors have continued to be the core demographic of National Trust, but there was a need to recognise the importance of smaller segments, such as men, under 40s, and families, who had suggested strong inclination to consider buying online via National Trust Shop. This meant there was a distinct lack of personalisation & segmentation to fit these new demographics; a one size fits all approach was previously adopted, based mostly on the core demographic, which was no longer adequate. This disjointed experience also meant existing members of National Trust were required to register separately to purchase online via the online shop.

New Functionality

ESI integration from the main website

ESI (Edge Side Includes) integration with the existing National Trust website (nationaltrust.org.uk) allowed the new shop website to take on the look and feel of the existing website, using and displaying the same generic header and footer. This allowed the new shop to be fully autonomous in its build (granting the flexibility required to make the most of Magento 2) whilst ensuring brand consistency and a positive user experience.

Single sign-on & custom supplier login

Consistency and ease of use (key to National Trust’s vision for the new shop) was established further with the implementation of Single Sign-on. This feature allowed account holders to use their existing login for any existing National Trust website on the new shop - therefore no new account creation was required. A custom supplier login was also generated which allowed supplier orders to be placed and administered directly via the online site.

Digital gift cards & virtual touring passes

Digital gift cards, sent by email with a personalised message, were a new addition to the site and can be spent when visiting National Trust properties. Virtual touring passes are designed for customers travelling for a set period of time, and are available for families, couples or individuals giving free admission to hundreds of National Trust locations during the specified time period.

Accessibility

Another key requirement was to make the site more accessible to people with disabilities. The new shop was built to adhere to WCAG AA rated standards, which was achieved, without impacting on the creativity or functionality of the site. Making the website accessible was at the forefront of the site build, ensuring readability and making products easy to find. 

Adobe Analytics

Adobe Analytics enabled National Trust to apply real-time analytics and detailed segmentation across all existing platforms, to gather the most relevant data possible, which then worked seamlessly with other applications to deliver better email deliverability, personalisation on site, and to improve conversions overall. 

Magento Extensions

Amasty Shipping allowed the creation of an unlimited number of flexible shipping methods with individual rates using combinations of a destination address, cart weight, order subtotal and price to accurately calculate shipping prices per customer. 

Cart Price Rules has allowed National Trust more flexibility when it comes to the creation of discounts and special offers, including discounts that can be applied automatically as soon as conditions are met, or when the customer manually enters a coupon code.

Onsite product recommendations and personalisation, powered by Nosto’s AI-powered Ecommerce Intelligence Engine, enables the analysis of the unique browsing and buying behavior of every visitor to the site. This engine then builds individual customer profiles and displays the most relevant products across the website, helping to increase customer engagement, satisfaction & conversions.

Search facility Klevu has allowed for a personalised search that shows products that a customer has already interacted with, products that are trending, recently viewed products, and adds contextually relevant synonyms to the search catalog metadata to enrich and increase the depth of search results.

Other integrations include dotdigital Engagement Cloud platform, a SaaS-based omnichannel marketing & email marketing platform that interacts directly with real-time ecommerce data to target customer segments, and Feefo customer reviews for genuine customer insights & global ratings.

Results (Since Relaunch in November 2018)

1) Website revenue increase (2018-2019): +28%

2) Increase in site traffic: +31% YOY

The National Trust Online shop has seen a surge in its loyal customer base since the relaunch. One of the most rewarding elements of the project has been the conversion of that existing customer base onto the new National Trust Shop website (+31% YOY). The increase in site traffic is attributed to the improved functionality and services the new shop website offers, including extended product range, Single Sign-on, and improved user experience via search and personalisation.

3) Increase in mobile conversions: +21% YOY

Utilising the Magento 2 RWD framework the new National Trust Online Shop provides an optimal viewing experience across a wide range of devices, that’s responsive irrespective of screen size. UI gets easily adjusted to any screen, which contributes to both mobile conversions and higher search rankings. Mobile conversions of +21% YOY is testament to that progress.

It was imperative that the new National Trust Online Shop served its customers with the same level of high standard that its 5.6 million members had come to expect. The new website’s increase in sales (+28% YOY) and increase in mobile conversions (+21% YOY) highlight its success in doing so. Through a combination of the latest ecommerce technologies (AI-based search and personalisation, Responsive Web Design) and National Trust’s ability to understand its new customers’ needs and adapt to them (single sign-on, custom supplier login, digital gift cards & virtual touring passes) the Trust has achieved its objectives of increasing site traffic, customer base, conversions and customer experience.

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