Win Report: How reframing a choice boosted paid subscriptions by 19%

Published: June 2024

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In the next three minutes, we’ll show you how reframing a choice increased paid subscriptions by 19% for Mobbin, the world’s largest mobile and web design reference library.
The image shows the original and variation screens side by side.

Research: Watching the user experience

During our usability research for Mobbin, we discovered an interaction that users understandably found jarring. It occurred when non-paying users selected content that was part of the paid plan, and triggered a modal.

The screen shows the modal with two options, ‘Start for free’ and ‘Choose Pro.’
The modal offered two choices: Start for free or Choose Pro.

Users who chose the Pro (paid) plan were moved to the pricing page, but those who opted to “Start for free” were simply dropped back into the website as the modal disappeared.

Having worked with similar modals in past engagements, we saw this as an opportunity to improve the user experience and increase the conversion rate.

The original page (or control)

Here’s a closer view of the modal.

The screen shows the modal with two options, Start for free and Choose Pro.
The Control: Each plan takes up a similar area.

Each option takes up a similar area, but the Pro box highlighted four benefits of the paid plan:

  • Browse all apps
  • Browse flows
  • Unlimited search results
  • Unlimited collections

For many users, this sign-up process is the first interaction with the Pro plan, so we wanted to make the most of the opportunity. Rather than assume users won’t sign up for Pro, what happens if we reframe things and assume that they will?

The tested page (or variation)

We removed the “Free” option and focused on the Pro plan. Here’s the variation we tested:

The modal now shows the pro plan only.
The Variation: By removing the Free plan, we can focus on the Pro (and make sense of the interaction.)

We reframed the sign-up choice as a decision between going Pro or skipping. The secondary CTA, “Skip & start browsing,” made sense of the modal disappearing and improved the user experience.

Removing the “Free” panel also gave us more space to promote the Pro plan. We did this by:

  • Adding a benefit-driven headline: “Get unlimited access.”
  • Quantifying what access meant: “300,000+ screens and pro features.”
  • More details on pro features: Calling out tags, filters, and searches.
  • Lower commitment CTA: From “Choose Pro” to “Explore Pro features.”

The “Explore Pro features” CTA encourages users to take the next step without mentally committing to something.

Result: Conversions increased by 19%

During the test, we observed a 29% increase in visits to the Pricing page (where users sign up for Pro) and a 19% increase in paid subscriptions.

We love to collaborate closely with our clients. This test leveraged Mobbin’s huge expertise in user interface design to create something that both looked good and delivered great results.

What next?

As usual, we added the test to our proprietary Wins Database, then looked for ways to apply its lessons to other parts of Mobbin’s business and then to other clients. In this case, we were able to leverage the learnings from the win into new tests and interactions.

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Thanks to Mobbin for letting us share these insights (and their awesome interface design).

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