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Is content really the solution to lacklustre conversion rates?

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.

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?

Make buying easy: five pre-conversion strategies

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?

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.

Behavioral psychology has a lot to say about why we buy the things we buy and what the decision-making process looks like.

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.

If you understand your brand and your market, these five strategies can turn traffic into conversions.

Improve your web conversions with the ‘LIFT’ model

It’s 2014. The 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.

Whatever services your business provides, your website needs to go beyond basic.

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.

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.

Finding your best customers with the RFM matrix

Ecommerce is simple. That’s the premise of this post, which follows on from ‘finding your best products’. The heart of ecommerce is finding your best products and your best customers, in the pursuit of most profit.

The old mail-order mantra of ‘recency, frequency and monetary value’ (RFM) is still useful here. Categorising your customers based on an RFM matrix is the start of identifying your hero customers, and those that need a little more attention.

These posts have been taken from a talk given by Mike Baxter, Econsultancy long-time friend and consultant (author of the Checkout Optimisation guide, amongst other things), at a recent breakfast briefing with Ometria.

Let’s see what Mike had to say…

Vistaprint: too much cross-sell or just enough conversion?

Vistaprint has an interesting order and checkout process. There is lots of cross-sell and a decent amount of persuasion tactics used.

A few years ago, the website was all sorts of wrong, as Graham Charlton detailed, beaten only by GoDaddy.

Things have moved on and I must say that I don’t think it’s too complicated any more. There are a number of steps to the order process and to the checkout process but that was to be expected when designing a customised t-shirt (my chosen product).

Cross-sell and upsell is now presented on pages where I already feel assured the design process is going well.

Mainly there was a lot of clear information and some fairly persuasive copy and design techniques which I think has been judged correctly.

However, the company must be careful to keep cross-sell relevant. After being offered similar products, stationery and the like, I was then offered website builds and marketing services. This felt wrong and made me think the process might become more tiresome. If I was busier, I could have abandoned at this point.

See what you think of each stage of the order process..

Pricing hacks for ecommerce stores that bring in the dollars

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.

Given the ever increasing consumer migration to the digital marketplace, this number has likely grown even more in the last year and a half. 

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.

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.

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.

Six common conversion killers from ecommerce sites

The wrong strategic approach can be costly for ecommerce sites, but many still make some fairly basic errors. 

Try to avoid these six common errorss in your ecommerce site to avoid deterring customers and generate more conversions.