5 Ways To Increase Conversions Using Instant Gratification

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Ok, I’ve got an awesome startup idea. It’s worth billions of dollars. Want to hear it? It’s a new taxi service! How is it different from the regular taxi service, you ask? All the cars are black and it’s more expensive! I think you see where I’m going with this. The startup is called Uber, […]

2014 Holiday Marketing Guide: Lessons From the Big Wigs

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Halloween is just around the corner, and before the jack-o-lanterns come down, Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations go up. Merchants open themselves for business to rake in the holiday profits earlier every year—but the planning starts long before the decoration and themed ads. E-commerce sites are no different from brick-and-mortar stores in holiday preparations: they’ve got […]

Making Every Word Count: 3 Copywriting Must-Dos for Maximizing Conversions


When one speaks of writing good copy, there’s a bunch of pointers that jump to the fore. From writing in the first person to using short paragraphs to keeping your language crisp and easy to understand, copywriting tips are endless. Most of these will help your copy be readable, interesting, even memorable. However, when you […]

12 Essentials of a High Converting Landing Page

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Goal:  To create the world’s most effective landing page. Problem:  Where the heck do I start? Crafting a competition-crushing landing page is not for the faint of heart. There are dozens of different components to keep in mind, a whole science of psychology lurking beneath the surface, and the vague idea of “what the customer […]

Pro Tips on Using Personalization for Conversions

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Getting customers to your website is hard enough these days with constant search algorithm changes. But once you get them there, you’ve got another challenge entirely. Your task now is to keep them on your site, convert them to customers, and do all you can to ensure they return. Savvy online business owners are turning […]

Test Your Call to Action to Boost Conversions by 13%

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I came across an article recently called, “71 Things to A/B Test.” While this article is an amazing resource—stuffed with great ideas for what to test—it’s a little overwhelming… 71 things?! Eck! Where do you start? Especially if you’re a small business, operating without a full-time conversion optimization team, or an independent blogger? Where do […]

6 Ways Social Proof Can Increase Conversions On Your Site

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In February 2004, Facebook was a small and unknown website, used only by Harvard students. By summer, they had expanded to other Ivy Leagues, but they were still pretty small. Typically, VCs don’t invest in companies that are so small and have no idea how they’re going to make money. Watch Shark Tank or Dragon’s […]

The 7-Step Guide to Create a Mind-Reading Landing Page


If you could create the perfect landing page, what would it look like? Dream for a minute. What would conversion rates be like? What would the color scheme be? How would the value proposition read? In this article, I want to explain a step-by-step process for creating an ideal landing page — one that virtually […]

Could an App Boost Your Conversion Rate?

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For many of us, hardly a day goes by that we’re not interacting with an app. From messaging to online shopping to just plain fun, apps have grown roots and seeped into our lives in ways we never could have imagined. For many companies, this kind of interaction signals greater brand awareness, engagement and customer […]

How to Quickly Convert Trial Users Into Paying Customers

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Want to know the secret to converting trial users to paid customers? I’ll answer it in one word: communication. It’s not enough to have a robust website with video tutorials and a well-stocked knowledge base. Sure, that helps, but you also need to reach out to users personally and make them feel like you’re a […]

3 Tips to Optimize a Content Offer in Professional Services


So after a great deal of hard work, you’ve managed to get the right piece of content in front of exactly the right audience. Congrats! But don’t pat yourself on the back for too long, because that’s not the end of the story. What happens after a visitor reads your blog post or watches your […]

Using Google Consumer Surveys for Conversion Optimization

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Google Consumer Survey’s is a feature from Google Analytics that helps to bring you data directly from the minds of your audience. When creating a consumer survey, Google makes sure your question is getting put in front of the right people; your only job is to ask the right questions and analyze your data. One […]

82% of Marketers Aren’t Testing Effectively – Here’s Why

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As conversion optimization becomes more of a priority in more and more companies, we’re seeing a lot of statistics on how marketers perform their tests, the tools they use and, most importantly, the tests they run. These statistics are extremely important because they give us a window into what marketers are doing and how we […]

So You Want to Do a Conversion Audit? Here’s What You Need to Know

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If you’ve launched your website and are steadily getting traffic, you may feel like the hardest part is over. The truth is, the real work has just begun. Now your focus shifts from a design/development perspective to a relationship-building, client-centered one. You’re now an inspector, looking for all the little “leaks” in your website that […]

Dissecting Popup Anatomy: What Works & What Hurts Your Bottom Line

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Popups get a bad rap. To put it bluntly, people hate them. There’s almost nothing online that’s more annoying than something getting in your way, interrupting your research, FORCING you to take time out just to close a window. Or worse—signing up for an email list you don’t care about just to keep reading. Sure, […]

Pro Tips on Using Social Proof to Increase Conversions

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Businesses and marketers are increasingly using social proof to create positive customer engagement around their products and services, which in turn can increase conversions that contribute to the bottom line. After all, it’s not just about getting users to your website, but it’s about ultimately keeping them there to become a real customer. To do […]

Branding & Conversion: Lessons From A Local Mechanic

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At its core, marketing can be divided into two facets: direct-response and branding. Direct-response is the most efficient of the two and results in the most quantifiable results, and that’s why I’ve spent most of my time discussing it in my previous posts. After witnessing an exceptional display of brand-focused marketing, however, I think it’s […]

How To Use Scarcity To Increase Conversion Rates

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In 1962, Ferrari manufactured a series of sports cars called the Ferrari 250 GTO and sold them for $18,000 each. Only 39 were manufactured in total. In 2004, a young man put the finishing touches on a website he was working on from his dorm room at Harvard. It was a site where people could […]

5 Conversion Tweaks That Turn Stubborn Prospects Into Hyper Buyers

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We all have them in all our businesses. Those buyers that, despite your best efforts, simply refuse to buy what you’re selling. They sit on your list or become readers of your blog but never take action and spend money. The bad part is, these “stubborn buyers” make up a large portion of the people […]

Humanization Is the New Optimization: Positionly’s Story

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Everyday people visit your site. Some arrive accidentally, some are researching for a product or service similar to yours, some saw your ad and were intrigued enough to click on it. Still others heard about your services from a friend. There are many different type of visitors. Some wander, flipping between pages. Some focus on features […]

Conversion Optimization on a Shoestring Budget


There’s no shortage of conversion optimization tools out there, some of which can vacuum out your wallet faster than you can say “split test.” For small businesses, it can feel overwhelming to start split testing, analyzing results and developing landing pages on a tight budget. Fortunately, there are a variety of free and low-cost tools […]

Talking Mobile CRO With Chris Goward


Chris Goward is a pioneer in the world of landing page and conversion rate optimization. He founded WiderFunnel, a full-service optimization company that’s worked with Google, Electronic Arts, SAP, Magento and more. He’s presented at over 100+ events around the world since 2007 including PubCon, Search Marketing Expo and eMetrics. And he’s the author of […]

28 Split Testing Tools for Mobile, WordPress and More


A short while ago, we published a roundup of 24 split testing tools in all price ranges. But those tools focused mainly on the Web experience, and there are many more tools out there. This roundup focuses on tools for split testing mobile apps and WordPress sites, as well as a few bits of code […]

Why Choosing the Right Trust Seal Increases eCommerce Conversions

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When an online shopper lands on a website, a substantial amount of trust needs to be build in order to get their sale. With the number of sites available, it’s difficult for them to know which ones are safe and whether entering their personal information could result in fraud. A survey conducted by Econsultancy/Toluna confirmed […]

How to Increase Conversion Rates By Introducing Urgency


“How much for the t-shirt?” I asked the lady at her stall in one of Saigon’s tourist markets. “Seven dollah,” she said as she pulled the shirt out and handed it to me. “Very nice! From America!” I feigned disinterest and asked her for a better price. It’s customary to negotiate in places like these. […]

7 Underused Tactics For Split Testing Ninjas

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Remember that time when you paid for a brand new Optimizely account? Overwhelmed with excitement, you set up a couple of split tests in between sips of coffee, ready to prove to the world that changing the color of your beautiful call to action would dramatically increase your growth rate? It never did, huh? Because […]

6 Little-Known Optimization Tips that can Boost Your Conversions by 33%

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Conversion tips are always a hot topic in optimization circles, and it’s easy to understand why—few things can increase your website ROI quite like conversions. But in this article, we’re going to go beyond the same, bland examples and look at some little-known tweaks and tactics you can use to get more customers to click […]

Opt-In Pop-Ups: Are They Any Good?

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I happened to see the following comment on a case study on how pop-ups impact conversion. These comments may indicate that everyone hates opt-in pop-ups. In fact, you may hate pop-ups. But well-regarded marketers (Neil Patel is one) have indicated they get good results using them. So we have to ask: Is there any substance […]

5 Killer Landing Page Techniques that Defy Conventional Wisdom


Recently, I’ve watched landing pages explode with creativity and new levels of power. For a long time, landing pages were pretty much all the same — a headline, a few bullets, and a capture form. And they were boring. Dull. Not to mention ineffective. You can A/B test headline placement and CTA button color until the […]

How To Apply Psychological Principles To Boost Your Conversion Rate

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Conversion optimization is about increasing the likelihood that a user will perform an action you wish them to take. Your user needs to make a decision, and you wish to influence this decision. Understanding the psychology that governs human behavior can help inform our strategies for influencing this decision. Source: Placeit.net Loss Aversion Loss aversion […]

Little-Known Form Facts that can Increase Conversion Rates

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There’s a lot of talk about how the right form can boost conversion rates. You need X number of fields and don’t even think of asking for a phone number – this isn’t a date, people! Oh, and make sure that button doesn’t say “Submit” – I’d rather not submit to anything, thank you very […]

Personalized Landing Pages: Key to Customer Satisfaction & Conversion

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The more relevant your landing page is to a visitor, the more likely he is to convert. This is the exact reason we spend our lives A/B testing headlines, call-to-action forms, and page placements: to be as visually relevant as possible. (Apologies for the obvious statements, but hang with me here.) What if you could […]

How to Do Conversion Optimization without Ruining Your SEO


For too long, conversion optimization and SEO have been viewed as enemies — like rival college football teams or industry competitors. They’re not enemies. In fact, taken together, conversion optimization and SEO are a force that can lead to insane levels of success and prosperity. Bringing these two together can create a cascade of conversions […]

How to Use Urgency and Scarcity to Improve Conversions


Conversion optimization is way more than button size, font colors, and sizzling calls to action. It’s also about the inner psychology of the user, known as customer psychology. This is such an important part of digital marketing that I wrote The Complete Guide to Understanding Consumer Psychology. My fundamental assertion is this — “psychology is […]

What 5 Studies Tell Us About Mobile Marketing and Conversions

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Whatever we knew about the mobile marketplace a couple of years ago has already changed. That’s why it’s so important to keep up with the latest research on mobile marketing and conversions. To help, I’ve found five recent studies that share useful information for those of us seeking higher conversion rates. Let’s look at what […]

This Simple Thing Could Be Destroying Your Conversion Rate


You thought you’d done everything right. You spent hours poring over the perfect call-to-action button, right down to color and text. You agonized over the wording of your offer and tweaked your layout to perfection. Everything looked perfectly situated to blow your conversion rate through the roof… But something’s still wrong. It’s like an itch […]

3 A/B Testing Pitfalls to Avoid


When you read about A/B testing, it gets scary fast… A lot of words are thrown around… things like “qualitative data,” “confidence level,” and “statistically significant,” just to name a few. If you’re a small business owner—or tight on resources—maybe you’re avoiding A/B testing because you think it’s just too complicated…

8 Advanced Persuasion Techniques You Should Be Using on Your Landing Page

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The real skill in digital marketing is persuasion. It doesn’t matter how much retargeting you do or how many lightbox popups you make, if you don’t persuade customers, then you won’t make sales. Persuasion is a powerful skill. Once you learn some of the advanced techniques of persuasion, you will become an unstoppable force. I’ve […]

Why Conversion Tracking For Facebook Ads Is Important


In our previous posts we spoke about how to optimize your Facebook ads to get more clicks and how to split-test them to determine which ads are working. Optimizing your ads to increase clicks and decrease costs is great but your campaign doesn’t end there. Clicks and costs are useful metrics but they don’t give […]

Winning The War Against User Anxiety and How to Increase Conversions


Every web user has experienced anxiety of some form or another. It might be very mild, but you’ve probably experienced it yourself, even if you were unaware of it. Anxiety is one of the greatest sources of friction and loss of revenue in ecommerce today. If you’re a marketer, you have an interest in increasing […]

Ecommerce Optimization: 6 Reasons Why Amazon Rocks


Some people love Amazon; others hate it. As a consumer, I’m definitely in the first group. I’ve been using Amazon since August 1999 (my first order was for a Peanuts book, if you’re interested). I have bought a lot of items from Amazon stores in three different countries. That’s because Amazon knows a lot about […]

The 9 Commandments of Converting Page Skimmers

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Increasing traffic to your landing pages is always a good thing. After all, a big part of conversions comes down to a simple numbers game: the more eyeballs on your site, reading your information and seeing your offers, the more clickthroughs and qualified leads you’re likely to get. But not all website traffic is created […]

8 Tips to Optimize Your CTA Buttons for Conversion

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If you had to pack all your conversion wisdom and power into one tiny space, it would be the call to action button. It’s amazing how a single button can make or break an online business. I’ve spent a lot of money and a lot of time making sure that my call to action buttons […]

How to Leverage Remarketing and Retargeting for Higher Conversions

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Everyone deserves a second chance, and remarketing (also called retargeting) is your chance to get your business back in front of your customers’ eyes no matter where they go after they’ve visited your site. But how do you get the most out of your retargeting efforts? In this article, we’ll look at the many different […]

5 Common-Sense Conversion Tactics Even Newbies Can Master

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Every time a conversation veers towards improving website conversions, people whip out their website optimizer tools and get to work on web elements, title tags, better copy, and so on. There’s just one problem… With so much time and effort spent on website optimization, A/B testing, multivariate testing or usability testing, very little thought is […]

3 Things You Must Test to Optimize Your Facebook Ads


In our last post in this series we discussed how to set up Facebook ads that convert well. Just like with regular ads and landing pages, we can’t just set it and forget about it. Facebook ads need to be split tested to find the ones that convert best. The basic premise is to create […]

24 Split Testing Tools to Boost Conversions

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The only way to know if something is working is to test and measure it—and then to keep testing and measuring until you have achieved the best possible optimization result. That applies to everything from email subject lines to the content of your web pages.

Want Conversions? These 9 Landing Page Elements Need to Die


In conversion optimization, there is a mistaken belief that adding more things to a page is the solution to higher CTRs and more conversions. What I’ve discovered, however, is that there are a lot of things that should be removed from landing pages in order to gain more conversions. Landing pages often become stuffed with […]

How to Create Facebook Ads that Cost Less and Convert More

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So you’ve decided to start advertising on Facebook instead of Google because you’ve heard of the cheap costs per click. You get more traffic at a lower rate. Sounds like a no-brainer, right? Except it isn’t. Many people simply treat a Facebook ad campaign like a Google ad campaign and then get frustrated when it […]

How to Inspire Email Opt-ins in 5 Seconds or Less

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With organic traffic dipping and PPC costs on the rise, email opt-ins may actually be on the decline. But all is not lost—if you take the time to make your opt-in page convert better. An opt-in page is the page tasked with convincing visitors to give you their email address. A very real problem with many opt-in […]