tag:econsultancy.com,2008:/blog/tags/cro Posts tagged with "CRO" from the Econsultancy blog 2017-10-12T09:24:29+01:00 tag:econsultancy.com,2008:BlogPost/69497 2017-10-12T09:24:29+01:00 2017-10-12T09:24:29+01:00 Research shows fewer marketers see CRO as ‘crucial’ in 2017, but is the discipline misunderstood? Ben Davis <p><strong>Econsultancy has published its new <a href="https://econsultancy.com/reports/conversion-rate-optimization-report/">Conversion Rate Optimization (CRO) Report</a>, in association with RedEye, for the ninth consecutive year.</strong></p> <p>This year, a combination of survey results and expert comment paint a picture of a misunderstood discipline which can deliver consistent value for businesses, but only with the right data, skills and collaborative approach.</p><p><a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/69497-research-shows-fewer-marketers-see-cro-as-crucial-in-2017-but-is-the-discipline-misunderstood/?utm_medium=feeds&amp;utm_source=blog">Read more...</a></p> tag:econsultancy.com,2008:BlogPost/69495 2017-10-11T10:16:00+01:00 2017-10-11T10:16:00+01:00 Why the butterfly effect is killing the conversion optimisation industry Paul Rouke <p><strong>I have spent the last 15+ years working in the digital industry, primarily in user research, UX and “conversion optimisation”.</strong></p> <p>My experiences running a conversion optimisation agency have led me to conclude that the conversion optimisation industry is really, really messed up.</p><p><a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/69495-why-the-butterfly-effect-is-killing-the-conversion-optimisation-industry/?utm_medium=feeds&amp;utm_source=blog">Read more...</a></p> tag:econsultancy.com,2008:BlogPost/68646 2016-12-21T15:30:00+00:00 2016-12-21T15:30:00+00:00 Was 2016 the year companies finally moved beyond button testing in CRO? Paul Rouke <p><strong>Green for “go!” will convert better, surely?</strong></p> <p>I’m still shocked at the basic nature of A/B testing taking place across the digital industry.</p><p><a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/68646-was-2016-the-year-companies-finally-moved-beyond-button-testing-in-cro/?utm_medium=feeds&amp;utm_source=blog">Read more...</a></p> tag:econsultancy.com,2008:BlogPost/68074 2016-07-21T10:57:05+01:00 2016-07-21T10:57:05+01:00 Is content really the solution to lacklustre conversion rates? Steve Borges <p dir="ltr"><strong>Dramatic shifts in ecommerce over the last three years have created many challenges for retailers – with perhaps the most alarming a relentless downward pressure on conversion rates.</strong></p> <p style="font-weight: normal;" dir="ltr">It is not news to point out that the response has been a rush to ‘content’, the received wisdom being that strong content directly contributes to improved conversion - but should we take this much-vaunted link at face value?</p><p><a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/68074-is-content-really-the-solution-to-lacklustre-conversion-rates/?utm_medium=feeds&amp;utm_source=blog">Read more...</a></p> tag:econsultancy.com,2008:BlogPost/67473 2016-02-04T09:53:00+00:00 2016-02-04T09:53:00+00:00 Seven conversion rate optimization trends to take advantage of in 2016 Rich Page <p><strong>I’ve been in the CRO industry for many years now, and each year I ask the same questions.</strong></p> <p>Is 2016 finally going to be the year of conversion rate optimisation? </p> <p>What will be the latest new trends shaping the success of CRO? What new tools or services will appear? Will CRO start to approach the popularity of web analytics or SEO?</p><p><a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/67473-seven-conversion-rate-optimization-trends-to-take-advantage-of-in-2016/?utm_medium=feeds&amp;utm_source=blog">Read more...</a></p> tag:econsultancy.com,2008:BlogPost/67336 2015-12-18T01:00:00+00:00 2015-12-18T01:00:00+00:00 Online Advertising & Ecommerce in 2015: Digital Cream Singapore Jeff Rajeck <p><strong>Recently, nearly 100 senior brand marketers met in Singapore for a full-day of roundtable discussions of the issues that we are all facing in digital.</strong></p> <p>As with every Digital Cream event, the Chatham House Rule applied, so what was said cannot be attributed to any individual. But at the end of the event, the hosts of each table helpfully provided a summary of the day's discussions.</p> <p>Here is an overview of the topics covered by the Online Advertising and Ecommerce &amp; Onsite Conversion Rate Optimisation tables, along with notes of what brand marketers thought.</p><p><a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/67336-online-advertising-ecommerce-in-2015-digital-cream-singapore/?utm_medium=feeds&amp;utm_source=blog">Read more...</a></p> tag:econsultancy.com,2008:BlogPost/67329 2015-12-16T11:42:00+00:00 2015-12-16T11:42:00+00:00 Is lack of strategy really killing conversion rate optimisation? Ben Davis <p><strong>Do you know any conversion rate optimisation nuts? It’s likely you do, and that in itself is strange.</strong></p> <p>Why should improving the efficiency of your marketing online be an acquired taste, like rugby league or larping?</p> <p>One of the alarming findings of Econsultancy’s <a href="https://econsultancy.com/reports/conversion-rate-optimization-report/">Conversion Rate Optimisation Report</a> (in association with RedEye) is a continued strategy vacuum.</p><p><a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/67329-is-lack-of-strategy-really-killing-conversion-rate-optimisation/?utm_medium=feeds&amp;utm_source=blog">Read more...</a></p> tag:econsultancy.com,2008:BlogPost/67321 2015-12-15T11:40:00+00:00 2015-12-15T11:40:00+00:00 Predicting the biggest ecommerce trends in 2016 Ben Davis <p><strong>Hiya everyone, we've got more 2016 predictions for you, this time in all-new ecommerce flavour.</strong></p> <p>Thanks go to our topic experts - a shoe-seller, an adult-toy-purveyor, and a consultant and #ecomchatter respectively.</p> <p>If you want to try our other flavours, we've done <a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/67282-seo-trends-in-2016-what-do-the-experts-predict/">SEO</a>, <a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/67313-content-marketing-trends-in-2016-curation-video-more/">content</a>, <a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/67294-five-controversial-predictions-for-programmatic-advertising-in-2016/">programmatic advertising</a> and <a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/67314-what-will-be-the-biggest-ux-trends-in-2016/">UX</a>.</p><p><a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/67321-predicting-the-biggest-ecommerce-trends-in-2016/?utm_medium=feeds&amp;utm_source=blog">Read more...</a></p> tag:econsultancy.com,2008:BlogPost/67239 2015-11-24T15:22:00+00:00 2015-11-24T15:22:00+00:00 The ultimate ecommerce CRO & UX case study: RS Components Ben Davis <p><strong>RS Components is an ecommerce behemoth.</strong></p> <p>The B2B distributor of electronic components works at such scale that it provides a fantastic case study for conversion and user experience improvement.</p> <p>Awarded <a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/67173-the-masters-of-marketing-2015-winners-day-two/">a Masters of Marketing gong</a> for its customer-centric transformation, let's take a long and detailed look at what this remarkable work entailed and how success was measured.</p><p><a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/67239-the-ultimate-ecommerce-cro-ux-case-study-rs-components/?utm_medium=feeds&amp;utm_source=blog">Read more...</a></p> tag:econsultancy.com,2008:BlogPost/64210 2015-07-16T09:20:00+01:00 2015-07-16T09:20:00+01:00 What is conversion rate optimisation (CRO) and why do you need it? Christopher Ratcliff <p><strong>In this revised and updated beginner's guide I’ll be answering the following questions: What is conversion? What is CRO? What techniques can be used to improve CRO?</strong></p> <p>According to 59% of company respondents, CRO is crucial to their overall digital marketing strategy. While 98% overall believe CRO’s impact on their digital marketing carries some kind of importance.</p><p><a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/64210-what-is-conversion-rate-optimisation-cro-and-why-do-you-need-it/?utm_medium=feeds&amp;utm_source=blog">Read more...</a></p> tag:econsultancy.com,2008:BlogPost/66655 2015-07-06T09:25:00+01:00 2015-07-06T09:25:00+01:00 How and why you should tame the CRO beast Depesh Mandalia <p><strong>Conversion Rate Optimisation (CRO) is the process of understanding pain points associated with a conversion path (e.g. from click to sale, lead or other important business metric) and creating test hypotheses from which to create incremental growth.</strong></p> <p>If you analyse incoming traffic sources, device usage and perhaps other segments like country of visit, recency, bounce and exit rates via your analytics tool, you'll quickly discover some interesting data points. </p><p><a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/66655-how-and-why-you-should-tame-the-cro-beast/?utm_medium=feeds&amp;utm_source=blog">Read more...</a></p> tag:econsultancy.com,2008:BlogPost/66434 2015-05-12T11:06:09+01:00 2015-05-12T11:06:09+01:00 Vanity versus sanity metrics in conversion optimisation Paul Rouke <p><strong>In the final post of the five-part series, I explain why you want to swap out your vanity metrics for sanity metrics in conversion optimisation.</strong></p><p><a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/66434-vanity-versus-sanity-metrics-in-conversion-optimisation/?utm_medium=feeds&amp;utm_source=blog">Read more...</a></p> tag:econsultancy.com,2008:BlogPost/66340 2015-04-29T11:06:00+01:00 2015-04-29T11:06:00+01:00 Four critical areas for long term growth through optimisation Paul Rouke <p><strong>In the third article of my series on CRO, I highlight the four critical areas a business needs to crack in order to gain long-term growth through optimisation.</strong></p><p><a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/66340-four-critical-areas-for-long-term-growth-through-optimisation/?utm_medium=feeds&amp;utm_source=blog">Read more...</a></p> tag:econsultancy.com,2008:BlogPost/66339 2015-04-21T10:21:00+01:00 2015-04-21T10:21:00+01:00 Five characteristics of businesses ready to grow through data driven optimisation Paul Rouke <p><strong>In the second part of this series, I'll analyse the five common characteristics of businesses who are ready to use a data driven approach to generating significant growth through a conversion optimisation programme. </strong></p><p><a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/66339-five-characteristics-of-businesses-ready-to-grow-through-data-driven-optimisation/?utm_medium=feeds&amp;utm_source=blog">Read more...</a></p> tag:econsultancy.com,2008:BlogPost/66168 2015-03-09T09:59:57+00:00 2015-03-09T09:59:57+00:00 Four factors that define a successful web optimisation test David Moth <p><strong>When seeking to optimise a website, what is it that defines whether or not a test has been successful?</strong></p> <p>It would be easy to fall into the trap of thinking that a test is only successful if it results in a positive uplift of some sort (e.g. higher conversion rate), but in fact the truth is far more complex.</p><p><a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/66168-four-factors-that-define-a-successful-web-optimisation-test/?utm_medium=feeds&amp;utm_source=blog">Read more...</a></p> tag:econsultancy.com,2008:BlogPost/66073 2015-02-11T14:34:44+00:00 2015-02-11T14:34:44+00:00 26 clever ways to get more phone leads with PPC/CRO: part two Johnathan Dane <p><strong>Multiple tests and research have shown that phone leads have the highest closing rate.</strong></p> <p>I'm here to show you how you <em>get more of them</em>.</p><p><a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/66073-26-clever-ways-to-get-more-phone-leads-with-ppc-cro-part-two/?utm_medium=feeds&amp;utm_source=blog">Read more...</a></p> tag:econsultancy.com,2008:BlogPost/65983 2015-01-19T14:00:00+00:00 2015-01-19T14:00:00+00:00 Is anyone responsible for CRO in your organisation? David Moth <p><strong>The process of <a href="https://econsultancy.com/training/digital-transformation/">digital transformation</a> often focuses on new technologies and software, while neglecting the equally important task of ensuring employees have the requisite digital skills.</strong></p> <p>However when it comes to the all important task of CRO, it would appear that companies are aware of the importance of employing people who are directly responsible for improving conversion rates.</p><p><a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/65983-is-anyone-responsible-for-cro-in-your-organisation/?utm_medium=feeds&amp;utm_source=blog">Read more...</a></p> tag:econsultancy.com,2008:BlogPost/65930 2015-01-05T13:35:30+00:00 2015-01-05T13:35:30+00:00 38% of marketers do not use personalisation: report David Moth <p><strong>More than a third of companies do not implement any form of personalisation in their marketing activities, according to a new report from Econsultancy.</strong></p> <p>This is in spite of the fact that a vast majority of companies achieved an uplift in conversion rates after implementing personalisation in one or more of their marketing channels.</p><p><a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/65930-38-of-marketers-do-not-use-personalisation-report/?utm_medium=feeds&amp;utm_source=blog">Read more...</a></p> tag:econsultancy.com,2008:BlogPost/65825 2014-11-27T15:00:00+00:00 2014-11-27T15:00:00+00:00 Four hallmarks of a successful conversion rate optimization strategy Bola Awoniyi <p><strong>The difference between success and failure is often in the details.</strong></p> <p>This is why the virtues of testing and optimizing are continually extolled on platforms which claim to promote best practice.</p><p><a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/65825-four-hallmarks-of-a-successful-conversion-rate-optimization-strategy/?utm_medium=feeds&amp;utm_source=blog">Read more...</a></p> tag:econsultancy.com,2008:BlogPost/65789 2014-11-20T10:21:00+00:00 2014-11-20T10:21:00+00:00 Four key findings from our Conversion Rate Optimisation report Graham Charlton <p><strong>Today sees the release of Econsultancy’s sixth <a href="https://econsultancy.com/reports/conversion-rate-optimization-report">Conversion Rate Optimization Report</a>, in association with RedEye.</strong></p> <p>The report looks at the types of conversion strategies and tactics organizations are using, in addition to the tools and processes employed for improving conversion rates. </p> <p>It is based on an online survey of over 1,100 client-side and supply-side digital marketers and ecommerce professionals, the highest number of respondents in the survey’s history. </p> <p>Here are four findings from the report.... </p><p><a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/65789-four-key-findings-from-our-conversion-rate-optimisation-report/?utm_medium=feeds&amp;utm_source=blog">Read more...</a></p> tag:econsultancy.com,2008:BlogPost/65732 2014-11-07T16:55:00+00:00 2014-11-07T16:55:00+00:00 Optimize your time: the future of conversion rate optimization Bryan Eisenberg <p><strong>Almost two decades ago, Jeffrey and I started evangelizing the notion that your conversion rate is a measure of your ability to persuade visitors to take the action you want them to take.</strong></p> <p>Good companies know how to persuade visitors, but legendary companies better understand their visitors and their desires, and do more than simply satisfying those desires.</p> <p>Great companies find ways to delight them along their journey. This is sometimes labeled as 'flow' in the UX world.</p> <p>In other words, <a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/64210-what-is-conversion-rate-optimisation-cro-and-why-do-you-need-it">conversion rate optimization</a> is a critical discipline, but by itself, will it be able to transform a good company into a legendary one?</p><p><a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/65732-optimize-your-time-the-future-of-conversion-rate-optimization-4/?utm_medium=feeds&amp;utm_source=blog">Read more...</a></p> tag:econsultancy.com,2008:BlogPost/65029 2014-06-17T17:01:34+01:00 2014-06-17T17:01:34+01:00 Make buying easy: five pre-conversion strategies Shane Jones <p><strong>Attracting consumers to your site is only the first part of your problem. Once they show up, why do you think they’ll buy what you’re selling? </strong></p> <p>You’ve baited the hook and caught your audience’s attention, but if the bait’s not tied to anything your conversions sink straight to the bottom.</p> <p><a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/10480-12-brands-increasing-conversions-by-understanding-human-psychology">Behavioral psychology</a> has a lot to say about why we buy the things we buy and what the decision-making process looks like.</p> <p>Knowing what your customers want or need to see from you will help you convert the traffic you already have, and ensure that the ones who get away eventually come swimming back to you.</p> <p>If you understand your brand and your market, these five strategies can turn traffic into conversions.</p><p><a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/65029-make-buying-easy-five-pre-conversion-strategies/?utm_medium=feeds&amp;utm_source=blog">Read more...</a></p> tag:econsultancy.com,2008:BlogPost/64852 2014-05-16T10:09:00+01:00 2014-05-16T10:09:00+01:00 Five key insights from our Search Engine Marketing Benchmark Report Graham Charlton <p><strong>Search marketing budgets are set to rise, with companies increasing spend on PPC and SEO in 2014. </strong></p> <p>58% of companies plan to increase their paid search budgets this year, up from 55% in 2013, while 55% will spend more on SEO, up from 51% a year ago.</p> <p>These findings come from the <a href="https://econsultancy.com/reports/uk-search-engine-marketing-benchmark-report"><strong>UK Search Engine Marketing Benchmark Report 2014</strong></a>, produced in association with <a href="http://www.latitudegroup.com/">Latitude.</a></p> <p>Here are a few of the key findings from the report... </p> <p><a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/64852-five-key-insights-from-our-search-engine-marketing-benchmark-report/?utm_medium=feeds&amp;utm_source=blog">Read more...</a></p> tag:econsultancy.com,2008:BlogPost/64693 2014-04-14T13:27:55+01:00 2014-04-14T13:27:55+01:00 Does Harvey Nichols' new site match up to its luxury reputation? David Moth <p><strong>Harvey Nichols has launched a new website that seeks to reinforce its status as a luxury multichannel retailer.</strong></p> <p>The relaunch includes a new mobile site and additional features such as a ‘Click &amp; Try’ service and real-time stock levels.</p> <p>Rather than carry out a full review of the new Harvey Nichols site, I thought it would be useful to highlight a few of the new features.</p> <p>In the past we’ve come across a number of high-end brands that are severely let down by the online customer experience, so have Harvey Nichols and development agency Ampersand Commerce managed to get it right?</p> <p>Read onto find out, or for more information check out our blog posts looking at <a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/10810-17-luxury-brands-with-poor-web-user-experience#i.1td4ci03qjcngy">17 luxury brands with poor web user experience</a> or how <a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/63181-mulberry-s-new-responsive-site-shows-luxury-brands-how-to-do-ux#i.1td4ci03qjcngy">Mulberry's new responsive site shows luxury brands how to do UX</a>.</p><p><a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/64693-does-harvey-nichols-new-site-match-up-to-its-luxury-reputation/?utm_medium=feeds&amp;utm_source=blog">Read more...</a></p> tag:econsultancy.com,2008:BlogPost/64681 2014-04-10T13:47:00+01:00 2014-04-10T13:47:00+01:00 Is Booking.com the most persuasive website in the world? Paul Rouke <p><strong>One of the most important areas to invest time into is developing the <a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/63695-five-persuasive-web-design-techniques-to-increase-conversions">persuasive layer </a>of your online experience and deliver more reasons for your visitors to do what you want them to do. </strong></p> <p>In fact, I see persuasion as being one of the next big battlegrounds online.</p> <p>As more websites are upping their game around the fundamentals of good user experience and usability principles they’re looking for the next area of growth and to gain competitive advantage. </p> <p>One brand I’ve paid particular attention to since 2009 has been Booking.com. I previously wrote a piece back in October 2011 about the wide range of <a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/8151-booking-com-improving-conversion-with-best-practice-persuasive-design">persuasive techniques</a> used on its search results page.</p> <p>Since then Booking.com has continually evolved and refined its online experience, adding in new features, functionality and in particular using even more persuasive techniques.</p> <p>In this article, which is the first in a series,  I’ve highlighted many of these newer features and provided tips and advice on how to apply these techniques to your business. </p><p><a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/64681-is-booking-com-the-most-persuasive-website-in-the-world/?utm_medium=feeds&amp;utm_source=blog">Read more...</a></p> tag:econsultancy.com,2008:BlogPost/64657 2014-04-08T11:28:15+01:00 2014-04-08T11:28:15+01:00 Online marketing: should you focus on traffic or conversions? Benjamin Morel <p><strong>If you are entering the online world for the first time as a business it doesn’t matter whether you are a startup or an established bricks-and-mortar company, you need to choose what to spend your resources on.</strong></p> <p>So far so obvious; that’s all part of your marketing strategy. But when you’re thinking about that strategy there’s one big, tough question that will almost inevitably come up:</p> <p>“Should we spend more of our resources trying increase brand awareness or increasing conversion rates?”</p> <p>The answer to that question is much less obvious than the question itself.</p><p><a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/64657-online-marketing-should-you-focus-on-traffic-or-conversions/?utm_medium=feeds&amp;utm_source=blog">Read more...</a></p> tag:econsultancy.com,2008:BlogPost/64534 2014-03-19T15:03:00+00:00 2014-03-19T15:03:00+00:00 Improve your web conversions with the 'LIFT' model Shane Jones <p><strong>It’s 2014. T</strong><strong>he majority of people are doing business online. It’s imperative that your company website offers the experience your target audience needs to encourage a conversion.</strong></p> <p>Whatever services your business provides, your website needs to go beyond basic.</p> <p>Deploying a smart conversion strategy is the key to your website success. WiderFunnel created a method for identifying areas of improving conversions on your website called “the landing page influence functions for tests” (LIFT) model.</p> <p>By adopting this kind of method to evaluate and test on your website, you can find the optimal way to interact with your potential customers.</p><p><a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/64534-improve-your-web-conversions-with-the-lift-model/?utm_medium=feeds&amp;utm_source=blog">Read more...</a></p> tag:econsultancy.com,2008:BlogPost/64411 2014-02-27T11:11:00+00:00 2014-02-27T11:11:00+00:00 Voice of customer surveys: a killer tactic for quick CRO wins David Shaw <p><strong>Funnel analysis, A/B testing &amp; landing page optimisation are all fantastic ways of improving your websites conversion rate. </strong></p> <p>However, nothing will come close to the effectiveness of VoC analysis to deliver quick conversion rate and website usability increases.</p><p><a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/64411-voice-of-customer-surveys-a-killer-tactic-for-quick-cro-wins/?utm_medium=feeds&amp;utm_source=blog">Read more...</a></p> tag:econsultancy.com,2008:BlogPost/64361 2014-02-19T10:46:00+00:00 2014-02-19T10:46:00+00:00 The Student Room Group on the importance of conversion rate optimisation Graham Charlton <p><strong>The Student Room Group is one of the UK's largest sites for students, and has experienced plenty of success with a continuous CRO (conversion rate optimisation) strategy. </strong></p> <p>I spoke to director of optimisation Pete Taylor to find out more about the company's <a href="http://econsultancy.com/blog/64210-what-is-conversion-rate-optimisation-cro-and-why-do-you-need-it">conversion optimisation</a> strategies, what's proved to be effective, and which tools are the most useful...</p><p><a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/64361-the-student-room-group-on-the-importance-of-conversion-rate-optimisation/?utm_medium=feeds&amp;utm_source=blog">Read more...</a></p> tag:econsultancy.com,2008:BlogPost/64343 2014-02-17T14:13:00+00:00 2014-02-17T14:13:00+00:00 Checkout abandonment: mobile UX examples to help boost conversions David Moth <p><strong>It’s no secret that in spite of the boom in mobile web traffic, conversion rates from smartphones remain far lower than on desktop.</strong></p> <p>This is largely due to the fact that people use mobiles for research and searching for product ideas, before making a purchase on their laptop or PC.</p> <p>The low conversion rates are mirrored by high abandonment rates, with new data from remarketing firm Cloud.IQ showing that during January the abandonment rate for smartphone users on ecommerce sites was 84%, compared to 72% on tablet and 68% on desktop.</p> <p>The question is, what can be done to reduce basket abandonment on mobile? In truth a large proportion will continue to drop out simply because they use mobile for product research, however there are still ways of shortening the purchase journey on mobile so shoppers are nudged towards a conversion rather than dropping out.</p> <p>To give some inspiration for mobile designers, I’ve rounded up some of my favourite UX features from various mobile checkouts that might help to limit user frustration and abandonment rates.</p> <p>Enjoy!</p><p><a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/64343-checkout-abandonment-mobile-ux-examples-to-help-boost-conversions/?utm_medium=feeds&amp;utm_source=blog">Read more...</a></p> tag:econsultancy.com,2008:BlogPost/64311 2014-02-11T13:58:00+00:00 2014-02-11T13:58:00+00:00 Five ecommerce personalization tips for Valentine’s Day Ian McCaig <p><strong>You’re one in a million. But hopefully your conversion rates will be higher than that this Valentine’s day. </strong></p> <p>There’s nothing like the feeling of love in the air that gets people wanting to be extravagant with declarations of their love.</p> <p>But how do you go about providing the best experience for your Valentine’s customers to drive conversions, fast?</p> <p>Here are my top tips for helping people in a loving mood get the most out of your site.</p><p><a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/64311-five-ecommerce-personalization-tips-for-valentine-s-day/?utm_medium=feeds&amp;utm_source=blog">Read more...</a></p> tag:econsultancy.com,2008:BlogPost/64296 2014-02-11T10:29:33+00:00 2014-02-11T10:29:33+00:00 European ecommerce: down the chunnel and into the funnel Joe Doveton <p><strong>As a Brit, it’s never been easier to get into Europe. The travel options alone are numerous: a cheap and cheerful flight, a choppy ferry journey from Dover to Calais, or a lazy train journey from St Pancras to Gare De Nord. </strong></p> <p>But what about retail and more specifically ecommerce? The European ecommerce industry is booming and three countries lead ahead of the EU pack.</p> <p>The UK is worth an impressive €96bn with Germany on €50bn and France €45 bn, totalling €191bn which represents 61% of the European ecommerce market. </p> <p>If you’re a retailer launching into the European market, how easy is it to tap into the continental customer base over the channel?  </p><p><a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/64296-european-ecommerce-down-the-chunnel-and-into-the-funnel/?utm_medium=feeds&amp;utm_source=blog">Read more...</a></p> tag:econsultancy.com,2008:BlogPost/64283 2014-02-07T09:55:50+00:00 2014-02-07T09:55:50+00:00 Give product reviews a face to increase your conversion rate David Shaw <p><strong>It's been proved many times over in A/B tests that I've been involved in that reviews on product pages increase the add-to-basket conversion rate. </strong></p> <p>This effect can be multiplied when those reviews have meta-data surrounding them and multiplied again when there is an image, generally of the person's face, alongside the review.</p><p><a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/64283-give-product-reviews-a-face-to-increase-your-conversion-rate/?utm_medium=feeds&amp;utm_source=blog">Read more...</a></p> tag:econsultancy.com,2008:BlogPost/64254 2014-02-03T15:12:00+00:00 2014-02-03T15:12:00+00:00 Want more sales? Give consumers fewer options Blair Keen <p><strong>Inherent to consumerism is the assumption that more choice is better. </strong></p> <p>Indeed, psychologists have long contended that the provision of choice can increase the individual’s sense of personal control and feelings of intrinsic motivation (Rotter, 1966; deCharms, 1968).</p> <p>Whilst that might be true, the problem is that it doesn’t necessarily follow that presenting an abundance of options results in an increase in sales. </p> <p>In this post I’ll explain why you should test presenting less choice in order to boost your conversion rate.</p><p><a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/64254-want-more-sales-give-consumers-fewer-options/?utm_medium=feeds&amp;utm_source=blog">Read more...</a></p> tag:econsultancy.com,2008:BlogPost/64175 2014-01-22T10:45:00+00:00 2014-01-22T10:45:00+00:00 Was 2013 the year of conversion optimization? Paul Rouke <p><strong>Twelve months on from writing “<a title="Paul Rouke - Will 2013 be the year of conversion optimisation?" href="http://econsultancy.com/blog/11372-will-2013-be-the-year-of-conversion-optimisation" target="_self">Will 2013 be the year of conversion rate optimization?</a>” I’d like to follow up and share some answers and stories from what we saw in 2013. </strong></p> <p>One thing is clear, <em>last year was absolutely the most progressive we have experienced</em>, with a continued trend towards brands embracing a data driven, on-going optimization strategy.</p><p><a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/64175-was-2013-the-year-of-conversion-optimization/?utm_medium=feeds&amp;utm_source=blog">Read more...</a></p> tag:econsultancy.com,2008:BlogPost/64115 2014-01-13T15:40:00+00:00 2014-01-13T15:40:00+00:00 Pricing hacks for ecommerce stores that bring in the dollars Shane Jones <p><strong>According to an August 2012 study conducted by ReffferralCandy, in the US there are 102,728 ecommerce retailers that generate $12,000 or more in revenue. </strong></p> <p>Given the ever increasing consumer migration to the digital marketplace, this number has likely grown even more in the last year and a half. </p> <p>With such a competitive market, online retailers need to do what they can to stand out and provide incentive for consumers to shop at their store over another.</p> <p>One way to do this is to gain the consumers’ trust and loyalty; as part of a full strategy, effective pricing strategies can help grow this customer relationship.</p> <p>Pricing strategies on the website slightly mirror those in physical stores, and they are a great way to capture potential customers throughout the phases of the sales cycle.</p><p><a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/64115-pricing-hacks-for-ecommerce-stores-that-bring-in-the-dollars/?utm_medium=feeds&amp;utm_source=blog">Read more...</a></p> tag:econsultancy.com,2008:BlogPost/64116 2014-01-13T10:38:00+00:00 2014-01-13T10:38:00+00:00 A/B testing: software recommendations from four ecommerce experts David Moth <p><strong>In the past few months I've rounded up a number of case studies which show the benefit of A/B testing for web optimisation.</strong></p> <p>However it's been pointed out to me that I've neglected to mention how site owners should go about setting up an A/B test in the first place.</p> <p>So to find out, I spoke to three optimisation experts to find out which tools they use on their own sites or when setting up tests for their clients.</p> <p>Read on to discover their recommendations, or for more information check out our blog post that shows <a href="http://econsultancy.com/blog/64080-how-small-copywriting-changes-can-lead-to-big-increases-in-conversions">how small copywriting changes can lead to big increases in conversions</a>.</p><p><a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/64116-a-b-testing-software-recommendations-from-four-ecommerce-experts/?utm_medium=feeds&amp;utm_source=blog">Read more...</a></p> tag:econsultancy.com,2008:BlogPost/63984 2013-12-12T11:02:48+00:00 2013-12-12T11:02:48+00:00 Conversion rate optimisation: eight case studies that show the benefit of UX testing David Moth <p><strong>In a survey conducted by Econsultancy and Redeye earlier this year more than half of client-side respondents said that conversion rate optimisation is crucial to their overall digital marketing strategy.</strong></p> <p>The same survey found that the most valued methods for increasing conversion rates are both testing methodologies, with around three in five companies surveyed saying A/B testing and multivariate testing are ‘highly valuable’.</p> <p>By way of supporting these findings and highlighting the importance of CRO, I’ve rounded up .. case studies which show how relatively small changes to a site’s UX can result in big increases in conversions and profit.</p> <p><a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/63984-conversion-rate-optimisation-eight-case-studies-that-show-the-benefit-of-ux-testing/?utm_medium=feeds&amp;utm_source=blog">Read more...</a></p> tag:econsultancy.com,2008:BlogPost/63762 2013-11-11T10:08:12+00:00 2013-11-11T10:08:12+00:00 Satisfaction with conversion rates has increased [infographic] Christopher Ratcliff <p><strong>For the first time in four years, satisfaction with conversion has increased.</strong></p> <p>90% of companies now claim that CRO has increased in importance, with 59% claiming it’s crucial to their marketing strategy.</p> <p>These findings come from our fifth annual <strong><a href="http://econsultancy.com/uk/reports/conversion-rate-optimization-report">Conversion Rate Optimisation Report</a></strong>, produced in association with <a href="http://www.redeye.com/">RedEye</a>.</p> <p>The aim of this report is to provide data and a framework to help companies invest their time and resources as effectively as possible, by examining which methods and processes are most likely to yield results.</p> <p>For a brief overview, RedEye has produced this infographic…</p><p><a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/63762-satisfaction-with-conversion-rates-has-increased-infographic/?utm_medium=feeds&amp;utm_source=blog">Read more...</a></p> tag:econsultancy.com,2008:BlogPost/63719 2013-11-04T11:48:00+00:00 2013-11-04T11:48:00+00:00 59% of businesses say conversion rate optimisation is crucial to their digital strategy David Moth <p><strong>Three out of five businesses (59%) believe that conversion rate optimisation is crucial to their overall digital marketing strategy, according to a new report from Econsultancy and RedEye.</strong></p> <p>A further 40% of respondents consider CRO to be ‘important’ (31%) or ‘quite important’ (9%). In contrast, only 1% of businesses believe that CRO is ‘not important’.</p> <p>This highlights the growing focus on CRO in an increasingly competitive online marketplace, fuelled in part by more advanced targeting and personalisation technologies.</p> <p>The findings come from the fifth annual <a href="http://econsultancy.com/uk/reports/conversion-rate-optimization-report">Conversion Rate Optimization Report</a> which is based on a survey of almost 1,000 client-side and agency digital marketers.</p><p><a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/63719-59-of-businesses-say-conversion-rate-optimisation-is-crucial-to-their-digital-strategy/?utm_medium=feeds&amp;utm_source=blog">Read more...</a></p> tag:econsultancy.com,2008:BlogPost/63696 2013-10-31T14:47:00+00:00 2013-10-31T14:47:00+00:00 Nine upselling lessons we can learn from domain registrars Dave Gowans <p><strong>In the cut-throat world of domains, upselling has become the key to profits. With razor-thin margins on popular .com sales, the registrars have been forced to aggressively upsell additional domains and services such as hosting.</strong></p> <p>Despite the annoyance to regular domain buyers, these sites are an excellent case study in effective upselling.</p> <p>Upselling can be a massive source of additional income and a huge boost to revenue for any ecommerce business.</p><p><a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/63696-nine-upselling-lessons-we-can-learn-from-domain-registrars/?utm_medium=feeds&amp;utm_source=blog">Read more...</a></p> tag:econsultancy.com,2008:BlogPost/63688 2013-10-31T10:28:00+00:00 2013-10-31T10:28:00+00:00 Satisfaction with conversion rates has increased for the first time in four years Monica Savut <p><strong>Over a quarter (28%) of companies are satisfied with their conversion rates (either 'very' or 'quite' satisfied), up by 6% since 2012 and the highest level since 2009. </strong></p> <p>Addtionally, around three-quarters (73%, up from 65% in 2012) indicate they have seen an improvement in conversion rates in the last 12 months</p> <p>The fifth annual <a title="Conversion Rate Optimization Report 2013" href="http://econsultancy.com/reports/conversion-rate-optimization-report"><strong>Conversion Rate Optimization Report</strong></a>, produced in association with <a title="RedEye" href="http://www.redeye.com/"><strong>RedEye</strong></a>, also found that the proportion of organisations who say they experienced an increase in sales conversion rates has significantly gone up, from 60% in 2012 to 70% this year.</p> <p>The research, based on a survey of almost 1,000 client-side and agency digital marketers, revealed that A/B and multivariate testing, using multiple methods to improve conversion and having a structured approach are among the <strong>seven factors most correlated with improved conversion and sales</strong>...</p><p><a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/63688-satisfaction-with-conversion-rates-has-increased-for-the-first-time-in-four-years/?utm_medium=feeds&amp;utm_source=blog">Read more...</a></p> tag:econsultancy.com,2008:BlogPost/63270 2013-08-21T10:20:11+01:00 2013-08-21T10:20:11+01:00 The future of SEO was PR, is it CRO now? Chris Bishop <p><strong>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. </strong></p> <p>Are we sculpting keywords and orchestrating anchor text to give Google-bot an easier job?<strong> No!</strong> 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.</p> <p>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 <a href="http://econsultancy.com/uk/reports/reducing-customer-struggle">Conversion Rate Optimisation</a>?</p> <p>A conversion health pack would certainly improve overall performance and budgets, but will enhancing usability improve SEO?</p> <p>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.</p> <p>So the bottom line is, as long as your developments <em>actually</em> enhance the user journey, you’ll see ranking gains and a higher domain authority accruing. </p> <p><a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/63270-the-future-of-seo-was-pr-is-it-cro-now/?utm_medium=feeds&amp;utm_source=blog">Read more...</a></p> tag:econsultancy.com,2008:BlogPost/62994 2013-07-01T16:12:00+01:00 2013-07-01T16:12:00+01:00 Great expectations: is user experience your biggest responsibility? Ben Davis <p><strong>Econsultancy’s updated <a href="http://econsultancy.com/uk/reports/user-experience-buyers-guide">User Experience Buyer’s Guide</a> lists 23 suppliers of user experience services, and expounds the current trends in the market. </strong></p> <p>And guess what? User experience is as topical as ever.</p> <p><a href="http://econsultancy.com/uk/training/digital-transformation">Business transformation</a> is increasingly design-led, delivering value to customers with great customer experiences, across multiple devices, with emerging technologies such as responsive design and HTML5.</p><p><a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/62994-great-expectations-is-user-experience-your-biggest-responsibility/?utm_medium=feeds&amp;utm_source=blog">Read more...</a></p> tag:econsultancy.com,2008:BlogPost/62879 2013-06-11T11:22:12+01:00 2013-06-11T11:22:12+01:00 Eight highlights from the Future Of Digital Marketing Malaysia Neil Perkin <p><strong>For the first time in Asia, the great and the good of the Malaysian and APAC digital marketing community gathered in Kuala Lumpur recently for the inaugral <a href="http://econsultancy.com/uk/events/fodm-malaysia-2013">Future Of Digital Marketing (FODM) Malaysia</a> conference. </strong></p> <p>Attended by <a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151462879649327.1073741830.90732954326&amp;type=3">over 400 delegates</a>, and organised in conjunction with the Association of Accredited Advertising Agents Malaysia and <a href="http://archives.thestar.com.my/search/?q=Multimedia%20Development%20Corp%20(MDeC)" rel="foaf:homepage" target="_blank">Multimedia Development Corp (MDeC)</a>, the event saw eight talks. </p> <p>The talks echoed a key theme articulated by MDeC <a href="http://archives.thestar.com.my/search/?q=Datuk%20Badlisham%20Ghazali" rel="foaf:homepage" target="_blank">chief executive officer Datuk Badlisham Ghazali</a>, that "the next wave of economic growth will come from the knowledge-based economy, with digital technology as a key driver of progress”.</p> <p>Here are just some of the highlights from an excellent conference.</p><p><a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/62879-eight-highlights-from-the-future-of-digital-marketing-malaysia/?utm_medium=feeds&amp;utm_source=blog">Read more...</a></p> tag:econsultancy.com,2008:BlogPost/62715 2013-05-13T12:49:00+01:00 2013-05-13T12:49:00+01:00 Three ideas that convert better than a standard carousel Blair Keen <p><img style="float: left;" src="http://assets.econsultancy.com/images/resized/0002/8430/steam_gallopers_beamish-blog-third.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="150"></p> <p><strong>Automatic carousels have come under increasing fire this year from <a href="http://econsultancy.com/uk/blog/61995-carousels-on-ecommerce-sites-are-they-worth-bothering-with">this blog</a>, and UX experts like Jacob Nielsen and conversion pros like <a title="Don't use automatic carousels" href="http://conversionxl.com/dont-use-automatic-image-sliders-or-carousels-ignore-the-fad/">Peep Laja</a></strong><strong>. </strong></p> <p>The conclusion, which all three of us share, is that unadulterated carousels are bad for business!</p> <p>In this post I’ll show you three ways to improve the relevancy of content that occupies your carousel ‘hero’ locations and the contribution it makes to your conversion rate.</p><p><a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/62715-three-ideas-that-convert-better-than-a-standard-carousel/?utm_medium=feeds&amp;utm_source=blog">Read more...</a></p> tag:econsultancy.com,2008:BlogPost/62710 2013-05-13T09:31:00+01:00 2013-05-13T09:31:00+01:00 ASOS launches new virtual fitting tool in bid to reduce returns David Moth <p><strong><img style="float: left;" src="http://assets.econsultancy.com/images/resized/0003/3243/asos_logo-blog-third.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="95">Product returns are a major problem for online retailers as each unwanted order obviously incurs a cost, which then raises the dilemma of who is to pay for postage.</strong></p> <p>Passing the cost onto customers is certain to put people off ordering again in future, but absorbing the cost might not be feasible for all businesses.</p> <p>Ideally retailers should try and reduce the need to return items in the first place, and we’ve previously written about <a href="http://econsultancy.com/uk/blog/9896-online-shoe-fitting-app-reduces-returns-by-23">a shoe fitting app that reduced fit-related returns by 23%.</a></p> <p>Now ASOS has launched a new tool, <a href="http://www.virtusize.com/">Virtusize</a>, that has the potential to achieve an even greater rate of success, as it has already proven to reduce fit-related returns by up to 50% on other ecommerce sites.</p><p><a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/62710-asos-launches-new-virtual-fitting-tool-in-bid-to-reduce-returns/?utm_medium=feeds&amp;utm_source=blog">Read more...</a></p> tag:econsultancy.com,2008:BlogPost/62659 2013-05-03T10:34:19+01:00 2013-05-03T10:34:19+01:00 This week's finest digital marketing infographic David Moth <p><strong><img style="float: left;" src="http://assets.econsultancy.com/images/0003/3002/infographic_logo.jpg" alt="" width="130">It’s that time again where we present the week’s finest digital marketing infographic.</strong></p> <p>This time it <a href="http://www.quicksprout.com/2013/01/31/how-to-optimize-contact-forms-for-conversions/?display=wide">comes from Quick Sprout</a> and looks at optimising contact forms for conversions. Admittedly the colour scheme is quite bland, but the quality of the information elevates it above the others I’ve seen this week.</p> <p>It includes stats on the optimum number of fields per form and the kind of personal information you should avoid asking for.</p> <p>To find out more on this topic read our blog post detailing <a href="http://econsultancy.com/uk/blog/62435-how-to-optimize-your-lead-generation-forms-three-case-studies">three case studies about optimising lead generation forms</a> or check out <a href="http://econsultancy.com/uk/reports/conversion-rate-optimization-report">our Conversion Rate Optimisation Guide.</a></p><p><a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/62659-this-week-s-finest-digital-marketing-infographic-2/?utm_medium=feeds&amp;utm_source=blog">Read more...</a></p> tag:econsultancy.com,2008:BlogPost/62482 2013-04-08T11:16:00+01:00 2013-04-08T11:16:00+01:00 How to boost conversions by increasing motivation Blair Keen <p><img style="float: left;" src="http://www.goodsignal.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/coffee_1.jpg" alt="Early stage motivation" width="200"><strong>Every digital marketer knows that failure to motivate people to take action hurts your conversion rate and costs you money.  </strong></p> <p>What you may not know is that influencing motivation involves more than just a good product description or use of techniques like <a title="How to use social proof to increase conversions" href="http://econsultancy.com/uk/blog/62266-how-to-use-social-proof-to-increase-conversions">social proof</a>.</p> <p>Reading this post will give you a new perspective on how to influence motivation throughout your conversion funnel.  You will also discover some new ideas which you can test on your own website to boost conversions.  </p><p><a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/62482-how-to-boost-conversions-by-increasing-motivation/?utm_medium=feeds&amp;utm_source=blog">Read more...</a></p> tag:econsultancy.com,2008:BlogPost/62434 2013-04-04T10:26:00+01:00 2013-04-04T10:26:00+01:00 Getting started with A/B and Multivariate testing: three FAQs Chris Gibbins <p><strong><img style="float: left;" src="http://assets.econsultancy.com/images/resized/0002/6878/2164167813_d064804fee_n-blog-third.jpg" alt="" width="181"></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://econsultancy.com/uk/reports/user-experience-survey-report">A/B/n and multivariate testing</a> is one of the most important CRO (<a href="http://econsultancy.com/uk/reports/conversion-rate-optimization-report">conversion rate optimisation</a>) activities for continually improving your website, and yet for some it can be difficult to get started with. </strong></p> <p>In this post I’ll share three frequently asked questions we hear time and time again from our clients when just starting out with A/B and <a href="http://econsultancy.com/uk/blog/6740-what-your-mother-never-taught-you-about-multivariate-testing">multivariate testing</a>.</p><p><a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/62434-getting-started-with-a-b-and-multivariate-testing-three-faqs/?utm_medium=feeds&amp;utm_source=blog">Read more...</a></p>