Why Ugly Website Design Often Converts (Better)

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“Ugly websites convert better than pretty websites.” Anyone who has been around marketing or conversion optimization for long has heard that. It’s a very simplistic view of website design, but it’s not completely incorrect. The typical “ugly” website looks like it was designed 10 years ago by a high school computer whiz. Despite being hideous […]

CRO Experts Speak: Your Burning Questions Answered

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Conversion rate optimization (CRO) 101 tutorials are useful, but if you’re a CRO newbie, one way to learn fast and get inspiration is to find out how the pros do it. With that in mind, we’ve asked a panel of experts six of our burning questions about conversion rate optimization.

The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Landing Page Optimization

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Your product or service is great. But for all the effort you’ve put in to get traffic to your landing page, they just aren’t signing up. Or at least not as many as you think should. It’s this one major hurdle that prevents many businesses from reaching comfortable profitability, and growing consistently as they should. […]

Split Testing 101: A Crash Course in Optimization

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Growing up, I always wanted to be a professional split tester. Although, I thought this meant I’d be eating banana splits all day. Split tests in the business world involve a lot less ice cream, but a lot more profit. I’d say they about even out. If you’re looking to improve your profits per lead […]

8 Landing Page Essentials that Most People Totally Forget

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You’d think that by now we’d have a pretty good handle on what makes a good landing page and what doesn’t. Still, there are still quite a few people getting it wrong. Do you ever wonder if your landing page is getting it right? Here’s the checklist of the most left-out features.

3 Secrets for a High-Converting Webinar Landing Page


Webinars, one of the tried and true methods for increasing authority, capturing leads and maybe even generating a little extra revenue. Well… that is… if you can convince your visitors to sign up. There are an abundance of articles out there on how to create a kick-ass landing page for a product or service, but do the […]

Quick Tips for Copywriting that Actually Converts

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Conversion centered copywriting — all marketers want to use this to promote products and services and drive subscribers and sales. But if you’re feeling like your writing is a bit blah, how can you lift it from the doldrums? Check out these quick fixes as a starting point.

The Beginner’s Guide to Identifying Leaks in Your Sales Funnel

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Do you hear that? Drip…drip…drip… That’s the sound of your ideal potential customers leaving your website. Every drop of water in the bucket represents a customer on your website. The bucket? That’s your conversion funnel.

10 Fill-In-The-Blank Headlines That Convert

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Tips, tricks, and techniques are great, but sometimes you aren’t looking to learn a hundred different marketing skills. Sometimes you just want to plug in something that works and move on to #97 on your list of must-do tasks. If you want to learn the art/science of headline writing

How to Reverse Engineer a High-Converting Landing Page

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Designing a landing page is hard. And sometimes, the more you know, the more difficult it is. You know all the elements that should be on a page, and you know what kind of results you ought to be getting. But where do you start?

How to Know if Your Split Test is Valid (Hint: Statistics Can Lie)

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Did you know that conversion optimization can actually decrease your profit? When you run tests, it’s easier than you might think to misinterpret the results and make faulty conclusions. The “winner” that you pick might end up being the long-term loser if you’re not careful. Equally as bad, if the lessons you take from that […]

7 Ways to Win Conversions from Millennials

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Millennials: Let’s dig deeper into what we know about this group to explore how you can improve your connection with them and, ultimately, improve conversions and sales.

Don’t Create a Call to Action & Other Advanced CTA Tips

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Small yet mighty. Second in importance only to the headline, this conversion element has the power to convince or confuse prospects in those crucial seconds before a purchase. I am talking, of course, about CTAs (calls to action). Whether increasing your list or making a sale, the aim of your CTA is the same, to […]

Talking CRO with the CMO of Flow [Interview]

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Today we talk to Lance Jones about conversion rate optimization (CRO) and the role of a task management tool in managing the process. Lance has been involved with CRO since the early days of the web in 1993. He’s done conversion optimization for Intuit, Conversion Rate Experts and Adobe and is the

Click Magnets: 12 Landing Page Elements That Ensure Conversions

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We have been told so many times that the average website can get conversion rates between 2 to 4%, that we begin believing it as gospel truth. We couldn’t be farther from reality. In a study of 2,912 e-commerce sites by MarketingSherpa, nearly 38% of websites polled reported conversion rates ranging from 1 to 5%. […]

The Beginner’s Guide to Building a Conversion Rate Optimization (CRO) Plan

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Why do successful companies bother with a conversion rate optimization plan when they could just change the color of their buttons once in awhile and increase conversion by 348%?! After all, I bet you’ve seen similarly amazing results from other small changes in case studies. But here’s the thing, you can only get those results […]

How to Reduce Churn & Sell More with Customer Insight


How do you sell a software/service to someone you know little to nothing about? And even more challenging, how do you keep that customer? Maybe you’re asking these same questions. Perhaps your buyers are excited about your product for the first few days. Then slowly, usage declines until one day, he no longer wants it. Even though […]

5 Types of Social Proof Most Likely to Impact Conversion

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People are skeptical nowadays. Understandably so. We live in a “headline culture,” where click bait exists everywhere. Before we believe any claim, we need reassurance — especially when we’re browsing a website or considering a purchase. Enter social proof. Generally, social proof relates to situations in which the actions/choices of others influence our own decisions. […]

Our Top Picks for Your Conversion Optimization Toolkit

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What happens when you give a world-class chef a set of knives from the dollar store? Despite his experience and skills, he struggles. He still might get an okay result, but not a great result, and definitely not consistently great results. Even if you have all the knowledge and skills you need to do something […]

3 Tools and Smart Tactics to Understand Your Audience

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How well do you know those who are buying from you? If you’ve answered anything but “not as well as I should,” I’m calling bullshit. The truth is you can never have a good enough understanding of your prospects.  Their wants, needs and preferences should always be your top priority.

How to Create Conversion-Ready Landing Pages Like a Pro

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Watching a skilled conversion optimizer work is a sight to behold. These people — the good ones — are wizards. They know exactly what to do, where to move stuff, how to organize it, how big to make it, and exactly how to design a page that will earn floods of conversions and loads of cash. […]

The Rise of the Live-Demo Homepage

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The days of the long-form homepage are over! Or they might be anyway… In the past few days I’ve noticed a trend being adopted, or at least being tested, by several different sites. Specifically, the format involves encouraging visitors to try their software immediately, on the homepage, without the need to create a demo account. […]

What To Do When Your Audience Is On The WRONG Platform

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You’ve been hearing a lot about email lists. That’s because we marketers love conversions, and email lists are the highest converting platform available. Email users convert at a higher rate than social followers or organic search users, for a number of both obvious and more complex reasons. But perhaps, you’re sitting there with a 50k-user […]

7 Pro Tips to Make Your Landing Page Profitable

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Running paid traffic to a landing page can be hard. You need to know how to keep your bounce rates low and subscriber numbers high, in order to keep things profitable. If you’re someone who has trouble making landing pages work with the use of paid traffic, don’t worry. I’ll show you what changes need […]

Ethical Urgency: The Conversion Optimizer’s Secret Weapon

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“Without a sense of urgency, desire loses its value.” — Jim Rohn — Jim Rohn Official (@OfficialJimRohn) March 6, 2015 Read that tweet one more time. The desire we want to instill in customers and the value we want to assign our products: it all comes down to urgency. But that’s nothing new. Urgency is […]

How a Simple Shift in Focus Can Improve Your Conversions Many Times Over

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Scores of articles have been written about improving conversions—articles that discuss seemingly mundane details like button size, headline length, brand color and even typography. Yet even after testing these suggestions, you may not see a lift in conversions. In fact, tables may turn

The Complete Guide to Maximizing Content Upgrade Conversion Rates

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Why do some see email opt-in rates of 20% with content upgrades, while others get 3%? In case you need a refresher, Devesh wrote an article a while back about how he was able

6 Crazy Landing Page Tactics Worth Risking

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Do you want to be more successful in business? Then maybe you need to take some risk. Much of the reason more businesses don’t accelerate faster is because their owners are afraid of risk. What if it fails? What if people think I’m stupid? What if I lose customers? Life itself is a risk, and […]

How Pronto Used Heatmaps To Increase Leads By 24%


We recently received an email from Cory at Pronto concerning some recent success they’ve had using Crazy Egg heatmaps on their website. As always, we love to hear about how Crazy Egg is improving conversion rates for our customers, so we thought this would be a great opportunity to demonstrate how easy it is to […]

What’s the Fastest Way to Grow Your List? Pop Ups vs Squeeze Pages

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How’s your lead capture conversion rate? Are you seeing your subscriber numbers shoot through the roof, or has the flow of new subs slowed to a  trickle? Either way, I’m sure you’ll want to increase your conversion rate. I know I do. Over the past few weeks I’ve been unhappy with the conversions on my […]

3 Metrics You Must Know to Optimize Your Paid Traffic

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There is no doubt about it, split testing paid traffic can be confusing. Even if you know what numbers to review, it’s hard to know what they mean or how they can guide your strategy. If that’s you, I’m going to clear that up for you in this article. I’ll show you how to use […]

Make an Emotional Connection for Lifelong Customers and Rabid Fans

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Wouldn’t it be nice if your customers were as passionate about your product or brand as you are? Don’t you wish you customers would proudly display your logo and recommend you at every chance they get? You don’t need to be a superbrand like Apple or Google to be loved. You just need to tell […]

39 Tips to Kill Conversion-Blockers and Boost Sales

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Many sites lose conversions due to unnecessary friction on their website. Friction is defined by Marketing Experiments as “a psychological resistance to a given element in the sales or sign-up process.”

Will Ditching Your Sidebar Increase Your Profits?

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Is your blog sidebar a side-thought? When was the last time you looked at your sidebar when trying to optimize your blog? The closest most marketers get is slapping an opt-in box at the top and calling it a day. Does this make you lazy? No, not at all. If you’re reading this article, you’re […]

CRO School: 3 Questions You Must Ask to Boost Content Conversions

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Does too much content equal lower conversions? That’s certainly what Joe Pulizzi of the Content Marketing Institute (CMI) seems to think. He says that content marketers are publishing too much

How to Attract ONLY People Who Fit Your Ideal Customer Profile

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However much effort you put into A/B testing and boosting conversion rates, it’s also essential to make sure that the users you are converting are those you most prefer to have. After all, conversion rates are just a step along the way to the ultimate business goal of greater profits from satisfied customers who come […]

Adapt Your CRO Strategy To Your Customer Lifecycle

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It’s very rare that you find a visitor to your site buying something from you on the first visit. The typical customer does a bit of research first, compares your products to others, and then decides whom to buy from. The costlier your product, the longer this process is. This process is more commonly known […]

Speed Killing Conversions? Here’s How to Find Out

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Ask anyone and they will tell you that slow speed kills conversions — and it’s not just their imagination. Matt Schmitz, Web Performance Engineer at Dotcom-Monitor, points out: “Speed is incredibly important with respect to conversions, as most people are beginning to realize. We’re living in such different times from the 1990s/early 2000s when waiting […]

5 Steps to Radically Improve Conversions on Your Content

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There’s nothing more frustrating than a web page that just isn’t working for you. It’s especially frustrating when it’s your content pages that are falling flat… They represent significant time and energy in content creation, editing, and more. But as frustrating as it may be, it happens. When it does, the only answer is to […]

The Essential Guide to Trust in Marketing

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Trust. It could easily be the least understood and the most essential element for increasing conversions and extracting the maximum value from your website. Think about it. You can offer the best product or service in the market. But if visitors don’t trust your site, they won’t buy. Put more bluntly, you’ll be the only […]

Cheat Sheet: CRO Plugins You Can Install In Under 30 Mins

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At Crazy Egg, we talk a lot about the things you should be doing on your website to optimize your conversion rate. But have you ever read one of our tips and thought, “Well that’s just dandy, but how do I actually make that happen on my website?” For some of our recommended strategies,

Optimizing Your Landing Pages for Different Sources of Traffic


Tyson Quick is the CEO of Instapage, a tool that lets website owners and marketers quickly build and split-test landing pages. So if you want to get better at optimizing your landing pages, you’re in the right place.

How to Optimize Your Product Pages for Higher Conversion Rates


Ahh, the product page. Often a combination of a little customization and a lot of programming, many of them don’t differ much from whatever options were available out-of-the-box with their chosen shopping cart system. And that’s unfortunate, since it’s often

4 Ways Videos Can Boost Your Conversion Rates

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Our brains process visuals over 60,000 times faster than text. Yup, sixty thousand. In an age where everyone is in a hurry and there are a thousand different distractions online, how do you get your message across? How do you take advantage of the few precious seconds of attention customers give you to explain why […]

Authentic About Pages: Let Your Brand’s Personality Shine

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“When you write your About page, your job is to dazzle your audience,” says one marketing guru. “This is no time to play the introverted wallflower.” I disagree. If you’re an introvert, your About page is precisely the time and place to come across as you are, as someone who’s quiet, thoughtful and meticulously helpful, […]

5 Must-See Productivity Tools for Conversion Rate Optimization Experts


As a conversion rate optimization professional, you’ve no doubt tried dozens of tools to help make your work easier. Whether it’s simplifying analytics data or simply improving collaboration, we’ve collected five of the best tools to help you do your job better. And keep in mind, this isn’t the same old resource list you’ve seen […]

An Epic Landing Page Makeover That Debunked 3 Landing Page “Best Practices”

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If you’re in the online marketing space, your inbox probably looks like mine. An avalanche of emails with advice on A/B testing, conversion rate optimization, lead generation and tips on how to engage your list with valuable content. Everyone seems to have best practices figured out, so why reinvent the wheel? Tell me what works — I’ll […]

7 Paths of Persuasion: How to Easily Generate the Buying Impulse


Have you ever been swayed by a good email, landing page, or pop-up? Do you ever unconsciously take out your wallet because of an enticing offer? All of us, whether we are aware of it or not, are submitted to marketing and propaganda on a daily basis. It’s estimated that the average adult is exposed […]

Addicted to Your Brand: 4 Ways to Build a Cult Following

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On September 1, 2014, a young couple from Jackson, Mississippi, traveled all the way to New York City to the Apple store on Fifth Avenue. They wanted to buy Apple’s latest iPhone, the iPhone 6. The phone, however, wasn’t available. In fact, it hadn’t even been announced to the world. The couple had arrived in […]

How Crazy Egg Heatmaps Stopped Our Leaking Profits

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In ecommerce, conversion optimization is king. Getting people to the shop is expensive and time consuming, so making sure they can find what they want in a confusion-free environment makes all the difference between profit and just treading water.