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Posts tagged with Testing

How and why you should tame the CRO beast

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.

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. 


How to achieve better results from your website

Website testing is one of the most important ways to improve conversion. 

A recent Econsultancy roundtable on conversion rate optimisation highlighted that the prioritisation of tests is a real challenge for digital marketers. Too many tests generate little lift in website conversion. 


Three remedies for your marketing pain points

We all know the life of a marketer has become significantly more stressful over recent years.

Unsurprisingly, 78% of marketers feel that their job is more stressful compared to five years ago.


Test until your price is the best

Small price changes can yield short term gains. Price testing can make them long term.

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Vanity versus sanity metrics in conversion optimisation

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.


Three key insights from our The Past, Present and Future of Website Optimisation report

The increased understanding and use of testing is giving companies more ability to tailor customer experiences in an improved, genuinely personalised way.

Serving each segment a tailored experience also has the future potential to raise conversion levels even higher than the 7-10% uplift reported in 2014.


15 fascinating insights from Econsultancy’s 2014 reports

We’re not just a pretty face.

As a regular visitor to the blog, you’ll no doubt be aware of the magnificent free content on offer to you from our small band of marketing and digital experts here on the blog.

This is just scratching the surface of what Econsultancy has to offer though...


Ann Summers and the pursuit of personalisation

With 1.5m unique visitors and 30m page impressions a month Ann Summers’ multichannel strategy is a very effective one.

In fact Ann Summers commands and impressive 98% brand recognition. This is in no doubt helped by the fact that it’s the only erotic retailer to have a major high street presence. 

75p of every erotic retailer pound is spent with Ann Summers. The brand has also recently introduced international access through its eBay store and has implemented click and collect with 1,754 orders taken in the first day.

To further bolster its online success Anne Summers wanted to improve the way it personalised the experience for its customers, by adopting a more data driven strategy.

Lets take a look at some of the highlights from a talk given by Ann Summers’ head of ecommerce Matthew Gratze at our two day Festival of Marketing event.

The Email Marketing Speed Imperative study

How should email marketers spend their time?

As marketers spread themselves ever more thinly across multiple channels and platforms, time becomes an even more precious commodity. 

Over half of all marketers report to having responsibilities in seven out of 10 other areas of marketing, from offline display to owned media. 

However it’s the email marketers who seem to suffer the most. 

Marketing is becoming increasingly multichannel and relationship focused. Email is the glue that pulls together all of these different disciplines, tactics and partners, as well as being a direct channel to the customer.

The Email Marketing Speed Imperative study, published by Econsultancy in partnership with dotMailer, looks at how the ease of use of a specific email marketing tool affects the daily practice of email and what impact this has on the bottom line.


Horror stories: how to avoid an A/B testing nightmare

A/B testing has undoubtedly become the buzzword of the marketing world. It has the potential to transform your marketing approach and fundamentally enhance the way you do business online.

It is the only reliable way of establishing cause and effect. In fact, 75% of the internet retailing top 500 are using an A/B testing platform. While 61% of organisations are planning to bolster testing services in the next 12 months.

And yet: poor A/B testing methodologies are costing online retailers up to $13bn a year in lost revenue. 

That’s a really big number. It’s no longer enough to say that you use A/B testing. How you do it is far more important. Here are three A/B testing horror stories.

The cases are anonymous, but the scenarios are very real. Avoiding these traps can help you transform an A/B horror story into the marketing fairytale you always dreamed of.

Let’s kiss the toad and turn him into a prince.


The Student Room Group on the importance of conversion rate optimisation

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. 

I spoke to director of optimisation Pete Taylor to find out more about the company's conversion optimisation strategies, what's proved to be effective, and which tools are the most useful...


The bread and butter of PPC ad testing

PPC ads are never finished. They should constantly be tested and refined to increase performance with the ultimate goal of increasing click-through rate (CTR).

An eye-catching and well-optimised ad will attract greater click-through which in turn will lead to a lower cost-per-click. The entire account will benefit from the improvement in these key metrics, so why settle for results that are just OK when you can test your ad copy and achieve PPC greatness?

However, before you drill into the finer points of testing your ad copy, there are a few basics to understand that will ensure your tests are giving you reliable data: