Conversion Rate Optimization 101

Conversion Rate 101: Demo or Explainer Videos – Presenting Effectively

Since we just finished looking at how to optimize ecommerce product or hero images, I thought we should look at how to get the best demo or explainer video to help sell your service or product. There is no question video marketing is hot, but doing it poorly can hurt your chances at converting visitors. What proves to be true is that just like in every other media, you have to capture people in the first 8-12 seconds if you…

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Conversion Optimization 101: Optimize Your Product Image to Sell

Last week’s Conversion Optimization 101 challenge, asked you to look at the eBags TLS Workstation Laptop Backpack and the product image(s) they use. I asked you to let me know what  things would you test as the primary image display? They have multiple images, are all the best ones there? They even have a video, what would you do with it? So what things would you test as the primary image display? They have multiple images, are all the best ones there? They even…

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Conversion Optimization 101: Make Your Product Image Sell

Social media and ecommerce are becoming even more visual.  With apps like Pinterest, Instagram, etc., the use of the correct photograph and even well shot video is critical in selling your products effectively. So let’s take a look at a product image this week and please list your top 3-5 suggestions for optimizing it. I chose my favorite backpack for traveling when I carry my laptop; it’s the eBags TLS Workstation Laptop Backpack. There are so many reasons why I love this…

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Conversion Optimization 101: Optimizing Complex Web Forms (w/ 10 Point Checklist)

Last week, I asked you to review and comment on how you would optimize this beautifully designed, but non-optimized form: The three most common form design problems: Forms that fail to reduce fear Forms that fail to build trust and credibility Forms that fail to reinforce benefits Unfortunately, this form page suffers from all three issues. Whenever we look at optimizing forms we should review each of the 7 form factors that affect form conversion: Size – the form looks…

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Conversion Optimization 101: Form Folly

There were some excellent responses last week’s CRO challenge post on a NetFlix ad and landing page mismatch. Thank you all! Today’s challenge is to explain how you would improve and optimize the form below . While the page looks polished and professional,  it is creating cognitive friction for visitors. You can be certain that where there is friction there is opportunity for optimization. Please be sure to click on the image to enlarge it and then provide a short list of your suggestions as…

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Conversion Optimization 101: When Ads and Landing Page Don’t Stink!

Last week I asked how you would improve scent from this NetFlix ad and landing page combination, I found while looking at FaceBook on my iPad. From a scent perspective the issues include: a mismatch of languages mixed messaging in the offers image issues – if I was on my iPad the landing page could have used a picture of someone holding an iPad. while they did try to maintain the color scheme of their ad and of Facebook, it broke…

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Conversion Optimization 101: Ad Continuity/Scent

It was Dr Ed Chi, a Xerox Palo Alto Researcher, as early as 2001, who indicated that humans track information in a similar fashion to the way animals follow a scent. According to an article on the study: People… engage in what [Dr. Ed Chi] calls “hub-and-spoke” surfing: They begin at the center, and they follow a trail based on its information scent…. If the scent is sufficiently strong, the surfer will continue to go on that trail. But if…

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Conversion Rate 101: Effective Pricing Tables

Last week, I asked you to look at the pricing tables from the Dell.com website and to offer suggestions on how to improve them. There were some fabulous suggestions, let’s take a look: Graham Charlton shared: A comparison table, as used by UK site Comet, would work better. Less busy and allows for side by side feature comparison. Also has a handy ‘highlight differences’ button. http://i.imgur.com/JBilf.png As he suggests Dell is not currently doing a good job highlighting the differences between the…

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