Apt2b x Tangiblee Case Study

How Apt2B.com Mitigates Risk for Online Furniture Shoppers

Summary

Selling furniture online is risky business. Shoppers can’t inspect products, take their own measurements, or make multiple trips to the stores. These challenges fall into the hands of the retailer to solve — it’s up to product, UX, design, and marketing teams to emulate a real world buying experience.

Results for Apt2b.com

There are a number of things that make the furniture buying journey more complex:

• Buyers may be hesitant to commit to high-value purchase

• Aesthetic expectations may not be met such as size, shape, color 

• Buyers concerned with costly (time or money) returns process

• Inability to match or coordinate items with existing pieces

• Concerns with product delivery & the assembly process

Despite these challenges, Apt2B co-founders Alex Back and Mat Herman knew that online retail would be the future of selling furniture — in spite of all the potential risks. In 2010, the duo established Apt2B with the vision for an e-Commerce experience that reflected the needs of modern, technically savvy consumers.

“Focusing on a younger, more hip shopping audience, we wanted to make it easier to get everything they need when they move into their new place. Nobody has time to visit 20 big-box and mom-and-pop stores to furnish their living room or bedroom.”

The company began as a small, bootstrapped company – but by 2018, Apt2b.com had grown into a nationally recognized (and distributed) brand with over 3,000 product SKUs in their furniture & home decor catalog. 

“As we grew and our customer base grew, we knew that we needed more of an elevated look,” says Back. “We weren’t the cheapest option out there, but we offered exceptional value. Our design aesthetic reflects our product in that everything can mix and match within a given home or apartment, together, nicely.”

Enter Tangiblee

One of the goals of Apt2B has been to maintain brand consistency. This focus has been essential to ensuring a strong customer experience for successful long-term relationships and future sales.

One of the goals of Apt2B has been to maintain brand consistency. This focus has been essential to ensuring a strong customer experience for successful long-term relationships and future sales.

“What’s made Apt2B be so different and unique is our commitment to staying small and boutique in our look, feel, and personalization.” says Back. “We’ve always tried to stay as fun as possible because at the end of the day, we’re selling couches, and there’s only so many different ways that you can sell couches in a creative way.”

For these reasons, the company relies on technology integration partners to maintain an impeccable customer experience. It’s this need that led Apt2B’s founding team to Tangiblee. The co-founding team discovered the technology at a tradeshow.

“Our decision to partner with Tangiblee was an easy one,” explains Back. 

“As a furniture company, it’s very difficult to provide an adequate amount of visualization to an online consumer. It’s a constant struggle to provide enough information and imagery so that the customer feels comfortable and excited about making a purchase”.

“When it comes to furniture, visualization is that more important because it carries a lot of liability for both the customer and the retailer.”

Back explained further, “It checks a major box off in the furniture buying process. So many people are concerned with whether it’s going to fit into the space, whether it’s going to look good with other items on the site, and what everything looks like together.”

Tangiblee enables customers to visualize how everything will look in the same room and how this furniture fits together.

Alex Back of Apt2b Quote

Results

“Getting up and running was an easy process.”

“It was honestly one of the easiest ones [integrations] we’ve ever gone through…” says Back. “Tangiblee pretty much did all of the work. We basically had to provide minimal to zero data — just access to our e-commerce portal. Magically, products were crawled.”

Since partnering with Tangiblee in 2018, Apt2B has seen numerous successes during the partnership tenure. For one, engagement rates dramatically increased on pages showing the Tangiblee Call-To-Action (CTA).  During a 2018 A/B experiment, Apt2B saw conversion rates on these pages increase significantly – almost 8X – while both AOV and RPV saw double-digit increases during the same test. 

Back continued, “I think what makes Tangiblee stand out so much is the technology itself. The ability to, with almost perfect accuracy, show or visualize what a product looks like — in a room, with perfect accuracy — makes [the software] very unique. I don’t know of any other product or technology that’s doing the same thing.”

Alex Back Quote 2 about Tangiblee
Chair Comparison Apt2b
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