Optimization

Anatomy of a Landing Page: Design Elements Exposed

Landing pages have become an important part of the marketer’s toolbox. To create effective landing pages, you should understand the anatomy of a landing page and it should be part of your landing page and optimization framework. After optimizing thousands of landing pages over the years, I want to offer this framework for understanding the 10 key elements of a landing page. Not all of the following elements always need to be on a page to create an effective landing page.…

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Win a MarketMotive Certification Scholarship

MarketMotive, which offers internet marketing courses online  is allowing each of the faculty to give away one scholarship to it’s certification courses valued at $3500 for the upcoming April 15th semester.  Certification courses include SEO, PPC, Conversion Optimization, Social Media, Online PR, Internet Marketing Fundamentals, and Web Analytics. Our faculty believe in giving back to the community, so in order to give something away as valuable as a certification, we believe someone else should benefit too. And that is the…

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What Your Form Design Reveals About You

There is no question that improving the forms on your website can improve your conversion rate. In fact, Gavin Doolan, of the Google analytics team, did a wonderful job explaining the basics concepts needed to improve form conversion rates. However, what do the forms that exist in the “wild” tell your visitors about you? Does it say you care about your visitor? Your sales team? Your legal department? No one? This past week one of my MarketMotive conversion optimization students…

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The Ultimate Conversion Optimization Reading List

If 2010 is the year of conversion rate optimization, then people are going to have to move beyond today’s simplistic tactical application (pushed mainly by tool vendors anxious to sell technology fixes) of basic landing page optimization and testing, to the strategic worldview that conversion optimization should play in an organization. Good conversion optimization should focus on uncovering and understanding your target market’s needs, your content strategy, and on delivering your brand promise and a remarkable customer experience. Great conversions come…

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Free Conversion Rate Consulting

Yes, you read it right. I have the opportunity to offer 2 or 3 websites the opportunity to increase your conversion rate. A couple of weeks ago, I started teaching a Certification course in Conversion Rate and Landing Page Optimization course. It has been going great as one of my students just sent me this note: Thanks for teaching the course. It is simply fantastic. I have to admit that I was very skeptical when I first signed up but I couldn’t…

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Is 2010 the Year of Conversion Rate Optimization?

This is not very digital, but even a stopped clock is correct two times a day. My first ClickZ column, “Marketing is NOT Sales” was written exactly nine years ago today I wrote this column. Soon after the dot-com crash, I wrote: “For all that’s being written about various marketing strategies, success in e-business, as in any business, isn’t about marketing or about design; it’s about sales… Ultimately, it’s about the conversion rate: the percentage of visitors your site can…

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2009: What “Change” Will Do For You

What was the winning combination of media and message for Barack Obama’s ’08 campaign e-mail sign up page? For this exercise, first pick your choices of media and messages from the examples laid out in my last column, “Obama’s ’08 Campaign: Using Data to Win” and then come back here to find out the results. It’s ok. I’ll wait. Dan Siroker, former deputy new media director, Obama Presidential Transition and founder of CarrotSticks and Spreadly, did a fabulous job in…

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Obama’s ’08 Campaign: Using Data to Win

Next week I’ll be traveling to Chicago to join hundreds of fellow marketers at Search Engine Strategies Chicago, where I’ll be doing a couple of sessions. There are many new and interesting sessions. I’m looking forward to attending the keynote by Dan Siroker, who led the analytics team for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign and is a former Google employee as well. The title of his presentation is, “How We Used Data to Win the Presidential Election.” I’ve read about it,…

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