Consumers who use Beekman 1802’s My Skin Biome tool are more likely to remain customers than those who shop with the retailer but don’t use the app, said David Baker, chief digital officer at the goat milk-based skin care company.
Moreover, app users dwelled 50% longer on the Beekman 1802 site. The app also led to a double-digit boost in cart size. Beekman 1802 credits this to My Skin Biome being a “fun and educational tool to help consumers decide on the best skin care products.”
The tool, launched in summer 2022, “assesses skin attributes and then offers a custom skin care routine based on skin’s redness, wrinkles, dark spots, hydration, texture and skin microbiome scores, while teaching users all about the microbiome and why it is important to overall skin health,” Beekman 1802 said.
Consumers can access the My Skin Biome tool, which is a mobile web app, through Beekman1802.com and submit a selfie taken in the app using the mobile phone’s camera. It provides scores based on six different attributes:
- Skin biome
- Dark spots
Users then review their scores on the attributes and select the skin concern they would like to focus on. The app then generates products tailored toward the user’s needs and skin care goals, offering users the ability to add products to their carts.
My Skin Biome tool empowers Beekman 1802 web traffic, sales
Consumers who use the My Skin Biome tool convert 35% more than those who don’t, Baker said. Furthermore, the average order volume for consumers who use the app is 13% larger than those who don’t. Beekman 1802 saw a 150% increase in pages per session among shoppers who use the My Skin Biome tool, and a 15% reduction in bounce rate.
“We were looking to have a diagnostic tool that would allow our neighbors — that’s what we call our consumers — to more actively take control over what is best for their skin care regimen and for us to provide them with personalized results,” Baker said. “The My Skin Biome app itself allows us to do that because it allows our neighbors to — really quickly with the use of the QR code — scan their face and deliver product recommendations based off of their particular needs.”
AR/AI in health and beauty
Augmented reality and artificial intelligence are becoming table stakes in the beauty industry, said Wayne Liu, chief growth officer at Perfect Corp., which creates augmented reality and artificial intelligence technology. Perfect Corp. developed the My Skin Biome tool with Beekman 1802.
“Skin care is less AR; it’s more AI because it’s machine learning,” Liu said. “It’s a diagnostics tool. Basically, we have the user scan their face, and then we’ll identify the ‘concern,’ which is the skin care problem from their photo. That’s a machine learning process.”
Extending to makeup, Liu said virtual try-on tools benefit beauty retailers because they save shoppers time and help them make decisions faster. Augmented reality helps shoppers decide what shades and products they like on themselves.
“The more you try, the more you purchase,” Liu said. “Traditionally, you probably can only try one or two colors and it will take probably 20 minutes. Right now, you can try 30 colors within like 30 seconds.”
Beekman 1802 has a physical store with its farm in Sharon Springs, New York, as well as in LaGuardia Airport. It’s also available via Ulta Beauty stores. Ulta is No. 51 in the Digital Commerce 360 Top 1000 database ranking North American online retailers by web sales.
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