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Although digital marketing is considered to be a relatively new industry, many of the theories underlying it have been around for almost 90 years and are still generating sales for some of the web’s biggest brands.
In 1923, Claude C Hopkins wrote Scientific Advertising, one of the most valued resources in the advertising industry.
Hopkins pioneered split testing of his ads and defined a set of principles which, when applied to digital marketing can increase both traffic and conversions.
For what feels like the last five years it has been predicted that "next year will be the year of mobile."
Well perhaps 2012 was finally that year in many aspects, and long live the multichannel shopper I say. So before I start seeing "2013 will be the year of the tablet", I'm hoping that 2013 will finally be the year of conversion optimisation.
To be more precise this is actually profit optimisation, but let’s not muddy the waters too much and just focus on the big C for now.
Here are the predictions from me and my team at PRWD for what 2013 has in store for the testing and optimisation industry. What do you think?
Sarah Chambers is Site Operations & Development Manager at fashion retailer Radley and Co, focused on optimising the website to improve customer experience and conversion rates.
Her role involves overseeing a data-driven approach to website optimisation that combines analytics, usability, design and testing. We asked her a number of questions about her approach, and the company's work with RedEye to improve conversion rates.
Much is written about conversions from various types of page real estate, but few share that data.
Working with the team at Live Casino we have spent the past 12 months looking at how different call to actions affect click through and uncovered some interesting findings around changing behaviours in how we react.
Is click-through banner advertising on the decline? Is a button better than a text link? All of this and more is answered below.
The cost of attracting high-value visitors to a website is increasing as sites compete for the same customers.
With online conversion rates in the UK falling by 55% over the past five years the best way to increase efficiency is exploiting existing visitor streams with conversion optimisation.
To coincide with the launch of the 2012 Conversion Rate Optimisation Survey, here are seven tips to boost a website’s success...
The Avis Budget Group runs two of the largest brands in the car rental business. Between the two there are 120 million rental days from 10,000 locations. This accounts for 28 million transactions and seven billion in annual revenue.
John Peebles, VP of Marketing Strategy and Innovation, gave a little insight into how the company looks at attribution, branding and how it can respond to customers to drive conversion.
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.