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Hidden Secrets of the Amazon Shopping Cart 2.0

You may be in a test cell right this moment. Go to Amazon.com, search for a book and look at their add to cart button, ready to buy area. Is the background of the box white or blue? Amazon is doing a significant test to their add to cart button and the area surrounding it, what I call the “ready to buy” area. This is the first major test of this area I have seen in years. In 2008, I…

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Jeff Bezos’ Secret to High Conversion Rates

If you do business, online or traditional business, I hope you took the time to read Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos’ 2013 shareholder letter. In it he shares this tidbit: “Our heavy investments in Prime, AWS, Kindle, digital media, and customer experience in general strike some as too generous, shareholder indifferent, or even at odds with being a for-profit company. ‘Amazon, as far as I can tell, is a charitable organization being run by elements of the investment community for the benefit…

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Google Adwords Conversion Rates by Industry

My friend, Larry Kim just published some research his company Wordstream just released. Wordstream used the data collected by the AdWords Performance Grader, a free AdWords account audit tool which has evaluated over $1 billion dollars in annualized spending on Google in the last year (roughly 2.5% of total advertising revenues on Google!). For their report, they used metrics from accounts that were evaluated between July 1, 2012 and October 30, 2012. Here is a breakdown of conversion rates by industry for…

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Average Conversion Rate by Industry 2012

For MarketingSherpa’s 2012 Website Optimization Benchmark Report they surveyed participants and asked them to write in what their average conversion rate was. Here is a chart of the results: While this is survey data and not the most accurate, at least it is a benchmark to shoot for. We also don’t know how each organization qualifies their conversions. However, where ever you are you should also try to figure out how you can improve your conversion rate 5-10% monthly.

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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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Mastering Conversion Rate Optimization?

We (Jeffrey Eisenberg and I) were naïve and full of ourselves; in 2005, when “Call To Action: Secret Formulas To Improve Online Results” hit the major bestselling book lists. In 2006, “Waiting For Your Cat To Bark: Persuading Customers When They Ignore Marketing” also achieved the lists and we thought we were truly popularizing customer-centric conversion rate optimization. In accomplishing a mean goal we lost sight of the end goal. Client success and the recognition of our peers as conversion…

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Conversion Optimization 101: Culture Trumps Strategy and Tactics

Last week, I published my first  Conversion Optimization 101 post and asked you if you could look at a particular screenshot and also to tell me: What’s wrong with this picture? How would you fix it? Here is the image: There were some very good suggestions on what you would do to improve this picture: Dennis Moons said: The three buttons: Previous, Process and Cancel all have the same colour and visual weight. I would change the Cancel & Previous buttons…

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