Gawker's recent launch of a new design may prove to be one of the worst redesign launches in the history of the internet. It not only sparked an outcry from users, but let to a massive drop in traffic for one of the internet's most popular publishers.
In the face of what can only be described as an online publisher's worst nightmare, Nick Denton, the outspoken head of Gawker, has been unusually silent. Until now.
In an email he sent to staff, he admits that "the transition was definitely more bruising for readers and our own staff than
it needed to be" and discusses what is being done to rectify the situation.
A/B testing is an incredibly useful tool for designers, developers,
managers and executives. Sadly, despite the benefits, it’s often
The news for those who shun A/B testing is particularly bad: it can facilitate dramatic improvements in numerous KPIs, including
conversions and sales, as evidenced in the following five case studies.
When it comes to conversions, the devil is in the details. And even the smallest details can have a significant impact on conversions.
Unfortunately, many web-based businesses don't sweat the details, and their conversions suffer as a result. But the experience of one web startup highlights just how meaningful paying attention can be.
Multivariate testing is one of the most powerful tools available to
online publishers. But many of them don't use it for various reasons,
from lack of knowledge about multivariate testing to lack of simple
At a weekend hackathon event, a couple of developers decided to change
that by building a Headline Split Tester WordPress plugin that gives
WordPress publishers the ability to set up A/B testing of their post
Multivariate tests, whilst marvellous things, are becoming "quick and dirty". The ease of deployment, WYSIWYG variant creation, and on-demand "live" results means that these supposedly scientific tests are being created, executed and reported on in a fashion at odds with their scientific underpinnings.
In this post, I'll try to go through what makes MVT a scientific methodology, the pitfalls of quick testing, and how to get the best out of your tests.
This week I'm writing for the SME audience on Econsultancy, a sweet homage to the much debated yet scarcely implemented topic of website testing, something which should be an integral part of your strategy, the testing plan being the culmination of analysis of web data and voice-of-customer.
If you are not yet testing and are spending money on marketing/advertising, then read this post and do something about it. Testing is not the preserve of major brands with big budgets, it’s the mental gap you need to cross not the financial one.
I'm a huge fan of A/B split and multivariate testing. It simply works. And that means more money at the end of the day.
But because this can be a complicated undertaking depending on the scope of your testing strategy, there are often pages that get left behind.
Google launches a lot of new features on a regular basis. Many of them are important and worth reporting on.
But in my opinion, few are as important to digital marketers as yesterday's announcement that Google has made publicly-available integration between AdSense and Analytics.
If you made a list of all the essential tools in an online business' toolkit, what would be on it?
Chances are you'd include content management, analytics and multivariate testing.
It's one of the most powerful tools in an online publisher's arsenal but it's one that few make effective use of. I'm talking about multivariate testing.
As part of its effort to turn its business around, Yahoo is using multivariate testing extensively on its homepage to figure out which combinations of content and features produce the best results.