Bev is an LA-based DTC wine brand that’s redefining the male-dominated
alcohol landscape as a women-led company. Since the start of COVID-19, their
product line has grown to encompass ten SKUs and over 55% of DTC revenue is
driven by subscriptions.
We sat down with Olivia Peabody, Bev’s Head of Customer Experience, to dive into:
Leveraging Skio’s superior UI to create a much simpler and better experience
for subscription customers
Improving conversion and retention thanks to streamlined checkout and
- Resources drain behind managing Recharge subscriptions
“As a company, having Skio in our stack makes us feel far more confident: in
the interface and experience we’re providing customers, in the newfound
flexibility we offer, and in the continued growth and retention that are sure
The Early Days: A Sinkhole for Labor & Capital
Before Skio, Bev ran subscriptions through Recharge — and quickly encountered
a number of obstacles with the non-Shopify-native platform.
Faulty UI, For Users & Admins
As Olivia recounts, virtually any action on the Recharge dashboard required
extra clicks and effort to navigate its unintuitive design, for both
subscribers as well as the Bev team.
To make adjustments to a customer’s subscription, since users often couldn’t
decipher the UI themselves, the internal team would need to manually update
details, like address changes, not only within the Recharge app, but also on
Clunky Subscription Logins
To create a subscription account with Bev, users had to navigate two signups
and logins, on both Recharge and Shopify, which more often than not resulted
in users completing half the process — and thus the onus being placed on the
Naturally, this led to customer login issues, a recurring issue among Recharge
customers, which needed to be rectified to maintain a strong customer
In Olivia’s words, rather than being able to teach subscribers to navigate a
sensible UX, the team simply had to handle users on a case-by-case basis,
meaning less efficiency across the board.
Support Tickets: A Major Time Drain
As users continued to grapple with Recharge’s UX, consistent volumes of
support requests became a greater strain on available resources.
Over half of inbound requests were subscription-related. As a result, the
5-person support team required staffers to work on tickets at all times of
“At least 60% of customer support requests were subscription-related. Simply
put, the platform that should’ve simplified our work was instead placing a
burden on the team, just to keep up with the inbound volume of tickets.”
Onboarding with Skio: The 24-Hour Migration
Once they realized there was little likelihood of functionality improving, the
Bev team began searching for a new platform that could properly support
current subscribers as well as drive conversions of new ones.
After all, more than half of their DTC business exists in Bev’s
Bev was eventually connected to Skio by Geoffrey Miles, Bev’s VP of Marketing.
According to Olivia, the Skio team provided transparency regarding timelines
and thorough guidance throughout a personalized onboarding process, also
helping the Bev team test certain platform features and ensured thorough
platform understanding, which was importantly conveyed through an educational
drip email campaign to existing subscribers.
The best part? After a soft launch in August, all prior Recharge subscribers
were migrated over to Skio in December, without need for intervention from the
Bev team — and within just one day.
“It took no more than a day to change over. The actual technical migration was
maybe a few hours. We started on a Friday and by that Friday night, I could
have a drink. It was no big deal at all, in the best way possible.”
Moving Forward: Northstar Growth Metrics
Since making the switch to Skio, Bev has experienced a number of improvements
in metrics, on the back end as well as the subscribers’ front.
Subscriber churn decreased by 10% from one quarter to the next. Within 6
months, subscription issues related to customer support inquiries decreased by
at least 30%.
As Olivia tells it, inbound requests have also become less complex,
allowing team members to work through tickets far more efficiently.
As such, Bev’s customer support team has shrunk from requiring five staffers
(including Olivia herself) to one full-time team member.
With Recharge, the Bev CX team worked from ten subscription-geared macros and
FAQs (on logins, account activation, etc.) to answer frequent questions.
With Skio, they’ve cut this down to two macros, more educational than
Skio’s Big Selling Points: Why It Works
As for the features which were both key selling points for the Bev team and
pivotal to bringing about these areas of growth, Olivia highlights three:
Roughly 80–90% of Bev subscribers engage with their account dashboards on
their phones, meaning a seamless mobile flow for login and account management
Not only does Skio’s passwordless login permit simplified mobile access and
subvert any need for login-related support requests, but the Skio dashboard
itself (both desktop and mobile) is also intuitive enough for users to
self-manage their preferred SKUs, shipments, payments, and more.
While running on Recharge, Bev saw relatively low open rates for account setup
and upcoming order emails.
As such, Skio’s text alerts about upcoming order fulfillment and billing, plus
subscribers’ new ability to text in to modify or delay shipment, have removed
the onus from the consumer and reduced friction throughout the customer
experience as much as possible.
Empowered by the solid foundation laid for Bev subscriptions, Olivia is most
excited to continue growing the Bev Club community, particularly through
Skio’s referral functionality.
As ad spend and broader CACs continue skyrocketing, being able to continue
retaining loyal customers as well as attract new ones through existing social
networks will likely be the low-cost, high-return solution that’ll establish
Bev as the beverage community to beat.
“Skio has really freed us from getting caught up in the weeds of support
tickets. We’re able to put our time and energy into looking forward, driving
conversions, building a brand and a community — the stuff that really