How Halp uses Segment to improve user activation and engagement

Halp increases their user engagement 4x by using Segment's Autopilot Source, Slack Destination and their own tool to create a sophisticated, multi-touch and multi-channel customer experience

The Company

Halp is a new, conversational ticketing solution for support teams to assign, prioritize and answer requests from Slack in a message-based interface. Companies using Halp get faster response times, more productive support teams and happier employees. Halp is used by the IT, HR, Operations and Customer Support teams at Strava, Home Depot, Adobe and hundreds of other companies.

Halp was founded in 2017 by Fletcher Richman, Komran Rashidov and Tristan Rubadeau in Boulder, Colorado. To date, Halp has raised $2.6M in seed funding and currently employees 13 people.

The Challenge

Halp needed to increase activation rates of their technology and engage customers more effectively once they were using Halp. Fletcher’s team wanted to devise a way to reach out to customers at pivotal moments in their journey not only through email but also through Slack. Halp needed to test marketing automation tools, knowing that choosing the wrong tool would waste thousands of dollars. Like many startups, Halp did not have a lot of time or resources to dedicate to this problem. Halp could only afford to have developers write event queries once.

The first time Halp tried building a solution, they had neither Autopilot nor Segment. Creating marketing automation code took a full month of engineering time to develop and in the end, they had to store all of it in code, meaning their marketers couldn’t read or edit it. Halp needed some help!

The Solution

CEO and co-founder of Halp, Fletcher Richman, had successfully used Segment at two previous companies and thought it was a “no-brainer” to implement Segment immediately at Halp to reduce time writing event queries. Richman noted, “Only having to write event queries once was a huge time saver.” This also allowed marketing or operations team members to test whatever they wanted without costing valuable dev time.

Richman estimated they saved about a week’s worth of development time when testing marketing automation tools and saved thousands of dollars avoiding their original first choice based on iterative testing made possible by Segment’s integration. Using Segment “you save a combination of time and money,” said Richman.

Halp was also able to implement an onboarding flow using Segment and Autopilot where customers would get dynamic emails as well as direct messages in Slack from the Halp Slack App. Here’s how it works:

We’ve got this set of connections in Segment. Events are being sent from our product using the Javscript Source to Autopilot, and events are also being sent from Autopilot back to us as a webhook.

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  • When a user signs up for a free trial of Halp, a “Team Created” event is sent to Segment via the javascript Segment Source with that users email address.
  • Autopilot is one of the destinations for events from that source. In Autopilot, there is a customer journey that is triggered based on the “Team Created” event coming from Segment.
  • In the Autopilot journey, there are not only emails being sent, but there are also events being sent back to Segment. Autopilot is set up as a Segment Source as well, with the destination of a Segment Webhook. These events contain the customers email and unique information along with each message that should be sent to them in Slack.
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  • Halp receives these Webhook events from Segment and uses that data to sends a Slack message to the appropriate user from the Halp Slack App.

Here’s an example of one of the messages that gets sent dynamically using this flow:

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The Result

Upon implementing this new onboarding system, Halp went from 14% activated sign ups to 58% —that’s over a 4x improvement! Fletcher notes, “I massively underestimated the power of the Segment Slack Destination.” They now have faster and more effective onboarding, plus they saved almost a month of engineering resources in developing the platform. Their marketing team can also make quick edits and updates to their entire onboarding flow, speeding up iteration cycles by eliminating the need for back and forth between engineering and marketing.

Industry: SaaS
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Employees: 10

Segment helped save us from making several very costly errors.

Fletcher Richman

CEO and Co-Founder

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