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Michelle Fifis

Founded: Pattern Observer and the Textile Design Lab, a community of artists and designers learning how to build a career in textile design

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The Challenge

  • Pattern Observer offers expert-led courses, peer support, and exclusive industry resources for designers breaking into the textile design industry
  • Michelle wanted to make sure the community appealed to and converted the right kind of members - engaged, long-haul designers who are driven to grow and succeed
  • Uncovered that members loved the content, but had difficulty navigating the site. They were creating and sharing their own unofficial user manuals to work around it, which pointed to a barrier to retention
  • Shift Michelle’s focus and energy from marketing to creating new premium content for her community and give her away from the office
  • Reduce the number of marketing campaigns while increasing Textile Design Lab memberships

Highlighted Results

Started tracking member lifecycle, and found a previously unnoticed retention problem. We worked to reduce churn, and improve the member experience to increase membership length.

83%

increase in net monthly member growth within 6 months

2,700

The community now hosts 2,700 members and was growing by 30–40 members per month at the end of our engagement

$17.00

Michelle’s advertising costs dropped, and during her last campaign, Michelle earned $17 for every $1 she spent on ads

Negotiated her first strategic partnership with a leading industry event company. This paved the way for new professional opportunities for members and increased visibility for the community

“I’ve seen a lot more engagement, our numbers are growing, and we’re finally making the most of the money we’ve invested in advertising.

I want to create more opportunities for designers. I’m hoping to grow the Pattern Observer to a place where we can bring in new designers and help them get their start in the industry through our own studio. Cliqueworthy's insights are a great complement to my own process.”

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