How To Convince Your Leads To Convert In 8 Smart Steps

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Cold leads are prospective customers you haven’t contacted before and are really difficult to convert into buyers. It is a known fact that acquiring new customers is a daunting task, but it doesn’t mean the business needs to stop pursuing these leads after a few rejection. Even though we are strictly against spamming, a little […]

How to Conversion Rate Optimize Your Management Style

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Why is it that every time a company needs to increase conversions, they immediately start tampering with the product, website, or marketing strategy? We see this the most with SaaS startups. Investors aren’t happy with revenue one month, so everyone stops what they’re doing so they can “optimize the customer journey for increased sales.”

How to Convert Bouncing Traffic with Exit-Intent Popups

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Website popups, or site overlays, are a highly contested subject, although it shouldn’t be. With the average website seeing 98% of its traffic bounce, there aren’t many reasons not to use an exit-intent popup. Or you can think of it this way: What ratio of that 98% plan on visiting your site a second time? […]

Were Our 2015 CRO Predictions on Track? And What’s Next for 2016?

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Back in January, I made this post taking a look at realistic, practical CRO predictions for 2015. So now that the year is almost over, how many predictions were right, how many were off, and what do they mean for the future of conversion optimization? Plus, what do the changes in CRO mean for 2016? […]

7 Conversion Optimization Trends to Stay Ahead of the Game

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The ever-increasing competition on the web has forced marketers to be more creative in their content marketing endeavors than ever before in order to drive conversions. In fact, conversion optimization has now become a must. According to a Venture Beat survey report, conversion rate optimization is one of the most crucial aspects of modern-day content […]

12 Lessons From Crazy Egg’s Most Popular Posts of 2015

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‘Tis the season to do roundups and Crazy Egg isn’t immune from the trend. Here are the most popular posts on the blog this year, collated by cross-referencing stats from Google Analytics and Ahrefs Content Explorer. Conversion optimization, design tips, pricing, SEO – this collection of posts has it all.

5 Subtle Tricks That Inc. 500 Companies Use to Increase Conversion

5 Subtle Tricks That the Inc. 500 Use to Increase Conversion

The fastest-growing companies in the USA are hyper-successful for more than just the obvious reasons, such as that they provide good value. They also make subtle refinements to their websites. These companies, chosen and ranked by Inc. Magazine each year and known as the Inc. 500, use a variety of hardly noticed yet highly impactful […]

How to Use the Word “Free” in Your Marketing Without Losing Credibility

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Marketers use the word “free” so often that it has nearly lost its power. Free is a word that has enormous psychological appeal. But when it’s overused or used incorrectly, it can ruin your marketing efforts. Here’s how to use the word free for conversion power, marketing advantage, and increased revenue. And not look like […]

10 Design Principles That Will Increase Your Email Newsletter Conversions

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Seven years ago, Seth Godin introduced a groundbreaking, yet startlingly obvious concept called “permission marketing.” “Permission marketing is the privilege (not the right) of delivering anticipated, personal and relevant messages to people who actually want to get them.”

How To Wring More Conversions From Your Ad Landing Pages

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I was walking through the mall the other day and I saw a sign-board outside a retail store advertising a 40% discount on select men’s outerwear. Sweet! I walked in, and, after some wandering around, finally found myself in the men’s section. Except, there were no signs for the discounts. I combed the entire outerwear […]

Don’t Leave Me: How To Optimize Exit-Intent Popups

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I love exit-intent popups. I know, I know. They get a lot of hate. People complain about how annoying or irritating they are. But here’s the thing – they work! We already know that attention spans are low. People land on your site, browse around for a bit or read a blog article, and then […]

3 Ways To Make Your Hero Shot Convert Better

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Your hero shot is indisputably the most valuable piece of real estate on your website. It’s the only thing you are GUARANTEED your visitors will see. If you’re not completely sure what a hero shot is, click a link and then take a screenshot the moment you arrive. That’s the hero shot. Here is Crazy […]

7 of the Best Growth Hacks for SaaS, Live Chat and E-Commerce

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Whether you run a business that thrives on live chat, or you’re bootstrapping your way to success as a SaaS or e-commerce store, you know that growth hacking is key to seeing success – fast. But before you spend a lot of time, money and effort on techniques that don’t work, check out these proven […]

You’re Wasting Your Time on These 3 Conversion Strategies

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Sadly, a lot of conversion optimizers are wasting their time. They spend valuable resources on conversion optimization strategies that don’t get results. In the worst case, their efforts aren’t simply fruitless; they are actually giving them negative results! As much as I love to sing the praises of digital marketing, growth hacking, and conversion optimization, […]

The 3-Step Conversion Funnel That Will Revolutionize Your Conversion Optimization

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Sometimes, all your conversion optimization needs is a swift kick in the pants. CRO can easily devolve into a bean-counting, test-running, data-crunching road to nowhere. What it needs is a strong dose of strategy, structure, alignment, and revenue-focused goals. Consider this article your swift kick in the pants — in the gentlest way possible, of […]

Learn CRO Visually: 13 Infographics on Conversion Optimization

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We’re visual creatures – that’s one of the reasons that infographics are so appealing. For many of us, it’s also about the stats. There’s something appealing about good research clearly illustrated. That’s the reason for this roundup of conversion rate optimization (CRO) tips from infographics, drawn from the length and breadth of the interwebs. Check […]

How Data Can Ruin Your Conversion Optimization Strategy

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We conversion optimizers are in love with data. So much in love that it can skew our strategy or mislead us into thinking we don’t need one. Data serves a purpose. All those statistics, analytics, reports, and numbers are intended to drive at something deeper and more enduring, which, in turn, enables the holistic optimization […]

Neil Patel’s 5 Surprising Conversion Rate Optimization Discoveries

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Conversion optimization can be confusing. Ideally, we optimize based on data — the cold, objective truths of split testing. Realistically, we operate on hunches, heuristics, and paradigms. Though some of these hunches might be correct, others could be skewed. I’ve been optimizing my websites before conversion optimization was a thing. Every time that I get […]

The Psychology Behind High Converting Sites

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We all know the basics by now, right? Create a headline that hooks attention, display value with your CTAs, reduce distractions, simplify your pages so on and so forth. They’re actions well documented on sites like this and something we all know are conducive to better conversions. But there’s a problem, too many CROs are […]

7 Ways to Snip the Spring Out of Your Website Bounce Rate

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Look, it’s easy to get traffic. If you have money, you can throw it all at ads and attract as many people as you want. And then you can boast about how your site receives a million visits a month. But that doesn’t matter really. If your traffic doesn’t stick, if they leave your site […]

How To Improve Conversions On Your Pricing Page And Make The Sale

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“It’s all about the money,” says Kevin O’Leary on Shark Tank. Robert Herjavec, who’s heard it numerous times before, looks at Kevin in mock surprise and says, “It’s all about the what?” “It’s all about the money!” You’ve attracted visitors to your site, you’ve informed them, even seduced them, and now it’s time for the […]

The Conversion Rate Optimization Stack For Cash-Strapped Startups

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Conversion rate optimization is not just about running A/B tests. It’s a holistic approach to optimizing websites for the metrics that matter most. It’s a process. That process involves research, testing, tracking and analyzing. And then it repeats. As such, there’s no single tool that can help you optimize your site. You need an entire […]

Just How Proven Are *Those* Proven CRO Tips?

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In an article I wrote for Kissmetrics last month, I called for marketers and copywriters to be wary of so-called “best practices” and I believe you should treat CRO case studies with the same skepticism. Space constraints in that article prevented me from exploring the idea further, but I knew that I wanted to write something else […]

Can Negative Reviews Increase Conversions?

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It’s finally happened. After years of running a successful business you’ve finally got your first negative review. You know the effect customer reviews can have on your sales. Positive social proof helps drive sales and conversions whilst negative reviews and comments can immediately turn new prospects away from your business. So what do you do?

16 Pricing Page Tips That Will Drive More Sales

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If you can improve your pricing page, you can make more sales. It’s that simple. In other places, I’ve explained some powerful tips that will make your pricing page absolutely irresistible. Here, I want to compile some of the industry’s best tips for optimizing your pricing page. Most of my experience with pricing pages is […]

How to Use Interactive Elements to Boost Conversions

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Marketers have a really important job: Get people’s attention, keep people’s attention, and get those people to do something as a result of capturing their attention. It’s a tough job. One of the major methods of winning at this job is using interactive elements. Interactive elements can get users to pay attention and do something […]

13 Reasons Your CRO is Failing

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Scratching your head over low conversion rates? If you’re not getting the results you expect or need from your conversion rate optimization (CRO) strategies, you could be facing one of the problems on this list.

12 Conversion Optimization Trends That Are Completely False

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Conversion optimizers are great people. But sometimes, they begin following misleading trends, spreading myths, and believing lies. Some popular study or a well-known blogger comes out with some “new advice” or “shocking result,” and suddenly, people are doing things that could be hurting their conversion rates, skewing their test results, or distracting their focus on […]

3 Psychographic Gems You MUST Find Out About Your Customers

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Marketing is all about knowing your customers and the best way to respond to them. That’s why marketers love data. I’ve spent much of my career working on software that helps marketers understand what their customers are doing, and how to best respond. All this data is great, and we need to know it. But […]

The Changing Face Of Using Live Chat For Conversion

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Live chat software isn’t anything new in the online world, but it’s still something that can be extremely valuable to customers and (as you’re about to find out…) for conversion. Making a phone call disrupts workflow—and often involves sitting on hold—and email response times can be slow, whereas live chat is fast and more personal. But […]

A 45 Point Checklist for Optimizing Conversions

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There’s a lot to keep track of when optimizing conversions – and you need to cover everything if you want to improve your chances of success. That’s the reason for this checklist. It covers everything from your headline to the call to action, and recommends some useful tools too.

3 Critical Sources Of Qualitative Feedback You’ve Been Ignoring

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Conversion rate optimization isn’t just about continuously running A/B tests. There’s a science to it. You collect data, make hypotheses, and then test them. A/B testing is just one part, but it all begins with the data you collect. The more data you collect, the more informed your hypotheses will be. In fact, trying to […]

How to Have an Effective Conversion Optimization Strategy Without Wasting Time or Money

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Conversion optimization can be time-consuming and expensive. I’ve spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on conversion rate optimization. I’m also constantly running tests on my websites. In my experience, conversion optimization has a huge ROI. I’m willing to spend time and money. But what if you don’t have time or money?

Are Your CTAs Making Customers Feel Like Converting or Bouncing?

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MailChimp has this really annoying little feature where they show a graphic of a big, red button and a monkey’s hand hovering over it when you’re sending out a campaign. You can see the hand shaking in trepidation, and drops of sweat falling down. The words, “You are about to send this campaign to 10,000 […]

8 Conversion Mistakes Your Site’s Making and How to Fix Them

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How would you rate your site’s conversion rate? Pretty highly I’d bet. After all, if you’re reading this you’re likely something of a CRO nut. But if you’re completely honest with yourself, can you really say there’s no room for improvement? That you’ve made zero mistakes in optimizing your site for the highest possible conversions? […]

The 7 Questions Every Online Customer Has & Why You Need To Know Them

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Most people visit your site because they want something. Your ability to give them that something determines whether they take up your offer and your landing page converts. A while back, I talked about the importance of reading your customers’ minds to improve conversions, but you can go one better, by understanding not just their […]

How to Reduce Landing Page Distractions and Increase Conversions

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More options means a higher chance of converting, right? Stick an extra button here, make another offer there and your prospects are certain to find something they want on your landing page. Judging from the huge number of ‘busy’ landing pages I come across, I’d say it’s a belief that’s shared by a huge number […]

5 Awesome Conversion Rate Optimization Tools You Never Knew Existed (Until Now!)

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When it comes to optimizing conversion rates, there’s no shortage of top lists on the subject. But if you’re a regular reader of CrazyEgg, you likely already know about the best rated landing page creators, analytics trackers and split testing platforms. You’re hungry for something more, beyond the ordinary. If you’re looking to wring every […]

How to Engage and Convert More Visitors in the First Critical 20 Seconds

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Bad news. Your website visitors are often very fickle creatures. They judge your whole website often within just a few seconds of arriving on your homepage – just like they do for a book by its cover. And worst still, many of them aren’t happy with what they see – average webpage bounce rates hover […]

How to Use Upsells, Cross-Sells and Bundle-Sells to Increase Revenues

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The morning after the premiere of MTV’s Jersey Shore, Viacom reported a 37% increase in earnings. Of this, a 14% increase in worldwide ad revenues was attributed to the aforementioned show. How did they make this happen?

5 Awesome Tools To Skyrocket Your Ecommerce Conversions

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The art of asking for help is a delicate one. Self-sufficiency is a valued asset in today’s world, along with economization and efficiency. But in the realm of online commerce, not all products can sell themselves.

Surprising CRO Lessons from a Workout Routine

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A few days ago I decided to relieve some stress in the gym after a particularly long day of work, but I’d been thinking about CRO for so many hours that it just wouldn’t get out of my head. As I got to work under the barbell, my head still swimming with split testing terminology, […]

29 Experts Share Their Conversion Optimization Wisdom

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We recently published an expert Q&A on conversion optimization, and it got us to thinking: what else do the top CRO peeps say about the topic? To find out, I trawled their blogs and, no surprise, there was some great advice.

4 Things You MUST Have on Your Pricing Page

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Pricing pages are clutch. Everything in the marketing process boils down to a single, critical, all-important page:  The pricing page. And for some businesses, that’s where everything goes totally wrong. In the first place, the pricing page is an afterthought for development. Second, it’s usually a templated model. Third, it remains untested by CROs. Fourth, […]

Tell Stories That Convert: How to Add Narrative to Your Site

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Storytelling is the reigning buzzword in design circles these days. It is cited as a powerful technique for designing user experiences, developing user personas and uniting a creative team around the same goal. Thanks to its high persuasive potential, succeeding where facts alone cannot, storytelling is also an effective tool for creating landing pages that […]

Moving Into the B2B Fast Lane: Boosting Lead Gen with Live Chat

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You just increased lead generation by nearly 40%. What do you do next? If you’re Hygiena’s marketing team, you get to work increasing it by another 40%.

Researching User Intent: How to Learn What Users Really Want

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If you really want to get conversions, you need to be a mind reader. I’m not even kidding. Understanding what users want (known as user intent) has become a driving force in search engine optimization (SEO) and search marketing to help bring more people to your site.

Analytics and Conversions: Let Data Supercharge your Marketing

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Ninety percent of the world’s data was generated in the last two years. By 2012, it reached 2.8 zettabytes (1 zettabyte equals 1,000,000,000,000 gigabytes), and experts projected that it would double by the end of this year. I’d say we’re on track to do just that.

The Anatomy of a High Converting Lead Generation Form

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I’m picky about what I subscribe to. I look at blogs and landing pages every day, and each one tries to capture my email address, but I don’t subscribe to them all. I’m not playing hard to get. Most often the site didn’t do a good enough job of capturing my attention and selling me […]

The Science of Micro-Commitments: Transform Prospects into Buyers with 5 Small Steps

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Conversion rate optimization. Once you have a sales funnel up and running, conventional wisdom goes that the name of the game is optimization. But when you’re at the beginning of the CRO process, how do you know what to test first?