Creativity and commerce with just one click
Creative Market’s community is broad and continually expanding. Their users vary from big corporate purchasers to independent freelancers, but they all have one thing in common: they all shop through one-click checkout. Creative Market’s customers have no shopping cart; rather, customers must opt to buy now or continue browsing. While this simple checkout means less friction, it also opens the door to payment fraud.
As with many businesses operating within the marketplace model, Creative Market sees new customers every day. Their shops, however, are managed through a curation process, where the Creative Market team vets sellers before they may enter the marketplace. Nonetheless, low purchase amounts, digital content, and quick checkout are alluring to credit card testers, and payment fraud crept onto the platform as the marketplace grew. Although the teams originally built an internal rules-based fraud management system to combat the growing threat of fraudsters, their commitment to keeping the marketplace safe meant they wanted to get ahead of fraud and keep their chargeback rate low.
Fraud to us is more than a chargeback risk, it's actually user experience risk.
Aaron Epstein, CEO
Automation to keep fraud rates low
With Support and Engineering working hand-in-hand, Chris and his team easily integrated with Sift using the documentation provided on the site. Chris found that having a Solutions Engineer available on the Sift end was invaluable because they could quickly resolve questions and regularly analyze Sift Score distribution together.
With their new hybrid system—layering Sift on top of their internal fraud prevention framework—Creative Market is automating on Sift Score. Chris’s team is continually improving the accuracy of their Sift machine learning models with API upgrades and ensuring the right information is in the Sift Console for their customer support staff to easily investigate and label users. While the business has grown in the three years since Sift was implemented and the Creative Market team has expanded, fraud and chargeback rates have remained low.
With Sift, we can gather all of the information that we need about a suspicious user or order in seconds, enabling us to verify fraud—and legitimate customers—confidently.
Chris Winn, VP of Engineering
Focusing on growth not fraud
With Sift, Chris and the Creative Market team have been able to focus their time, team, and resources on growing the business and keeping the product as premium as possible without allowing in more fraud. The benefits of using Sift have been reduced fraud, higher conversion rates of legitimate purchases, and closer collaboration between teams. Because fraud is a shared responsibility—as fraud management is both highly technical and affects customers—utilizing Sift allows for easy, cross-functional knowledge-sharing and powers better customer support, rather than defaulting to false positives and blocked orders.
Another unexpected benefit that Creative Market has discovered is utilizing Sift Score to more quickly approve good shops and sellers. Since switching from their more manual and multi-product review approach, the team has increased efficiency by 100-500x; no longer does it take up to five minutes to find the key indicators of fraud. Instead, using the network visualization, seeing connected users, and examining user IDs enables Chris’ team to quickly identify legitimate users and smooth the way for them. And Chris is continuing to push the limits of automating on Sift and furthering its accuracy. For Creative Market, a growing marketplace and happy customers is all in a day’s work with Sift in their tool belt.
Sift helps us deliver a better experience for our shops, so that they can have confidence in the sales they see through the marketplace.
Chris Winn, VP of Engineering
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