Now and again you see a website so different to the norm that you can’t help but be intrigued. Lings Cars reverses perfectly in to that space.
The easy option here would be for me give the site a good going over with a usability stick, but I wouldn’t be the first to do that and quite frankly I don’t want to have Ling Valentine breathing now my neck and boxing me into submission....
Instead, what I want to hopefully do in this article is identify a wide range of persuasive, psychologically rooted design techniques that this website uses to a) build trust and then b) encourage you to hire.
Stay with me on this, I know when you first see the site you may well have a WTF moment and wonder how anyone would/could find their way around the site, but if you don’t know already Ling shifts quite a few cars over the course of the year: £35m in 2010 in fact.
Social commerce company Reevoo has released research that suggests bad reviews are good for business.
The company found that 68% of consumers trust reviews more when they see both good and bad scores, while 30% suspect censorship or faked reviews when they don’t see anything negative at all.
As a follow-up to my earlier article, Shopping basket best practice from ASOS, I’ve taken a look at the updated ASOS checkout experience. It includes one change which has reduced their checkout abandonment rate by 50%.
The ASOS website delivers an excellent browsing and shopping experience, and I regularly feature examples from the retailer in my e-commerce best practice training courses.
The updated checkout continues this trend, as the earlier version certainly didn’t fit in well with their highly tuned shopping experience up to checkout.
This article will recap on what ASOS is doing well on its shopping basket, look at how it is handling new customer checkout, and the variety of persuasive checkout lessons we can take from them as well as identifying a few areas of improvement.
Organisations are employing a variety of digital sales and marketing tools, channels, content and practices to generate awareness and traffic to their web assets, but the percentage of that traffic converted to contacts, prospects, leads and actual business is woeful.
Why is that, and what can we do?
This post presents the idea of an 'Engagement Zone' that integrates content access, next steps, calls-to-action and marketing automation into a custom conversion solution.
From experience, usability testing is THE most enlightening and powerful activity that brands can carry out to answer an extensive range of questions which can be crucial to how their website performs.
As well as providing genuine evidence of what people are doing on websites, usability testing provides compelling insights as to WHY people are doing what they are doing. OK, stay with me on this, I know I’m not enlightening anyone so far with this statement…
The problem (or opportunity) is the term usability testing, or user testing, whichever you prefer to use. Testing is much more than just testing the ‘usability’ of a website, much more than just testing how affective a website is in achieving its goals.
Comments around the affiliate channel looking for a new solution to last click is completely fallacious as are many of the articles and panels I have seen around attribution modelling.
It’s been over two years since I published an article on the Econsultancy blog entitled: Are
retailers following best practice to improve conversion rates?
article I was specifically looking at the checkout processes of a variety
of retailers, and in particular whether or not they have enclosed (or in other words
removed site wide elements and distractions to focus the user) the process.
In this article I have revisited the retailers who featured in this
article to see which of the retailers who didn’t enclose their checkouts then are now using this approach .
Enclosing the checkout is an approach I almost always
recommend my retail clients adopt as a primary way of improving their
checkout funnel conversion rate.
Econsultancy's first Marketing Attribution Management Buyer's Guide looks in detail at this fast-growing market, with profiles of the leading players and tips for those looking for a supplier.
Here, we outline five of the most important considerations for those looking for an attribution vendor.
known that when we go to a supermarket we are being influenced in our decisions
at all times. The store layout is
structured to maximise profit and the way a customer moves, stops, sees, smells
and thinks are not left to chance.
Giving optimal positions to products with
the highest profit margins, grouping complimentary products together to
persuade users to buy more and even pumping the canned smell of baking bread 24
hours a day through the entire store are just a few of the well tested tactics
employed by the supermarkets to maximise the value of each and every shopper.
How did the
supermarkets get to this point? One word: data. Many ideas about shopping
habits have been generated over the years but the theories that are in use now
are the ones that were tested, analysed, refined, tested again and then
What constitutes usability best practice for e-commerce? In fact, what makes something/anything 'best practice'?
I’m the first one to say that I regularly refer to ‘usability best practice’ and best practice is certainly a phrase used often enough by Econsultancy. I thought it would be worth starting a discussion on what you think when they hear this term, and what you feel justifies having the label ‘best practice’.
Or perhaps you feel it should just be banished from our industry!