The wrong strategic approach can be costly for ecommerce sites, but many still make some fairly basic errors.
Try to avoid these six common errorss in your ecommerce site to avoid deterring customers and generate more conversions.
Research has identified that just over 1% of an ecommerce site’s users contribute 40% of its revenue.
By analysing 950m page views from more than 123m website visits, the research found that whilst this 1.06% of total visitors generate four tenths of a site’s income, there are a further 20% of site visitors who will visit regularly, but never make a purchase.
So what are the traits of these very different consumers and how can you use this information to convince them to shop more, not less?
You have a website, or perhaps you have multiple websites, and you want to ensure that conversion in markets outside of UK and US is as high as possible.
In this case, especially for markets in the Middle East and Asia, it pays to know how a country’s culture will impact interaction with your content.
Joe Doveton, Director of Conversion Services at Globalmaxer delivered a fascinating talk at last week’s IDF, run by Oban Multilingual. Here are some of my practical takeaways.
Whatever market you are approaching, make sure you have considered how these eight factors play.
If you’re interested to learn more about international digital marketing, check out Econsultancy’s training courses.
Coach has an ultimately frustrating website.
Don’t get me wrong, the desktop site, designed this year, isn’t presenting too many barriers to customers. It also has some nice touches that should shine in a tweaked redesign. And it has some amazing product images (of amazing products).
But, at the moment, it’s a little buggy and has a homepage lacking in features above the fold.
With a little work, the desktop ecommerce site could make content and products easier to surface, and provide a much more immersive experience.
In this post, I’m looking at the US website. If you’re not in the US, you can hit ‘global sites’ in the footer and take a look at the American view.
For those outside of the US, Coach is big, with revenue of $3.23bn in 2009. It’s big enough that when I Google simply ‘coach’ (and bear in mind I’m in the UK), I get a Google company ‘card’ on the RHS of the SERPS (see below), which I can click to take me to results more relevant to the luxury leather goods store.
So, now that I’m in the store, what does it look like?
Staying ahead of the Google curve can be a feat in itself if you spend all day analysing keyword saturation rates and anchor text diversity. All SEOs need to remember it’s important sometimes to go back to basics to see the bigger picture.
Are we sculpting keywords and orchestrating anchor text to give Google-bot an easier job? No! We’re trying to make the internet a more productive and valued place, where users are able to locate worthy content easily and intuitively, and the same principle should be applied to all facets of our businesses, be it in store or online.
So instead of relying on SEO/PR practices, we should be thinking about how we can add value, and improve the customer engagement through other methods. What about Conversion Rate Optimisation?
A conversion health pack would certainly improve overall performance and budgets, but will enhancing usability improve SEO?
It could take a manual review to fully interpret all usability improvements, but even if this doesn’t occur, the algorithm still pays attention to drop rates, engagement (time spent on page), page-views, and this group of metrics all count towards overall visibility.
So the bottom line is, as long as your developments actually enhance the user journey, you’ll see ranking gains and a higher domain authority accruing.
Britain is renowned for its hit and miss weather, so to help online retailers react to the ever-changing forecast this summer I’ve pulled together five top tips for boosting conversions, whether it’s rain or shine.
“It's the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.” John Wooden
I am a big fan of the micro-conversion vs. macro-conversion discussion (go team micro!). Coming from a behavioral science angle to take up conversion challenges I would like to start the micro persuasion vs. macro persuasion discussion as well.
Marketers often have too ambitious persuasion goals to really be effective. Behavioral scientists are trained to start with micro goals when they aim for macro goals.
When you want to motivate someone to exercise regularly, a first push up is a great start! The same goes when you want to sell products.
Once you have captured your visitor, all you need to do is convert them.
The old ideas centered around linear conversion funnels and site design are being overtaken by a focus on the customer and their lifecycle with the brand or business.
Here we talk about some of the factors that need to be considered and suggest five proven lifecycle-related campaigns that can be implmented with today's generation of marketing automation services.
It’s a concept that has been instilled in us since the beginning of grade school: reading is a powerful tool for learning.
In the book Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking, Malcolm Gladwell imparts a series of case studies to explore the psychology of the human decision-making process, which is ever so applicable to the practice of engaging users on the web.
My greatest takeaway: Human decision-making has little to do with the amount of knowledge or information available, but rather what we do with a shockingly small amount of data.
Landing pages are an integral part of paid search. Effective pages mean you convert more visitors to the outcomes you need and in quality-score based search engines they make your ad more competitive.
Securing the click is only the start of the conversion journey. The quality of the user journey after the click will determine your ability to convert paid search traffic into desired outcomes.
A common mistake in paid search programmes is for the focus to be entirely on keyword targeting and CPC management, ignoring the vital role that landing page optimisation plays in converting visits into actions.
I'm referring to PPC landing pages here, as some of these tips are taken from our PPC Best Practice Guide, but many of these factors apply equally to email and other landing pages...