Best Practices are a Lie (and What to Do Instead)

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Imagine for a moment that you’re looking to break into the billion-dollar soda pop market. Your new drink is fizzy and sweet. It’s refreshing. It’s tasty. And it’s cheap to make and sell. Should be a hit, right? Then along comes a competitor that completely crushes every notion you ever had about your market. They’ve […]

5 Essential Areas to Optimize on eCommerce Sites

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On an eCommerce site, conversions are critical. You get that, I know. So what do you do when you know conversions could be better? Where do you focus your attention? In this post, I share 5 essential areas for troubleshooting and optimizing your eCommerce website. If conversions are below expectations, more than likely, your problem lies […]

Age-Old Advice on Conversion Rate Optimization

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Let’s take a few seconds to step back down memory lane to your first success as a CRO professional. You had a daunting task in front of you—like significantly increasing CTA clicks, keeping people on your site pages longer, getting a certain number of people to your website organically, or sending out an email that […]

Advanced Tips: How To Use Content To Drive Conversions


As the Co-Founder and Strategic Director of Orbit Media, Andy Crestodina’s worked with over 1000 businesses to help them develop their content and conversion strategies for the web. He’s also a highly in demand speaker and author, having written over 170 articles on content marketing topics for the Orbit blog and as a contributor to […]

3 Simple Persuasion Techniques Proven to Increase Landing Page Conversions


Your landing pages are the most valuable real estate on your website. Not only do you spend thousands of dollars designing, optimizing, and advertising them, but you gain money through leads, clickthroughs, sales, and revenue. All too often, though, we neglect some of the most powerful methods of persuasion known to mankind. If you were […]

Start A/B Testing Today with 5 Simple Steps


It’s often said, “If you’re not testing, you’re guessing.” Or, as Kathryn Aragon points out here: The trouble is, if we aren’t testing, we’re fooling ourselves. We don’t really know what works. We’re just guessing. But, did you know that not running the proper tests could be just as bad—or worse—than guessing? For instance, let’s […]

The Web Designer’s Little-Known Trick to Improving Conversion Rates – the Moment Your Site Goes Live

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“Impossible!” I can hear you say… “You can’t improve conversion rates the minute a site gets published! You don’t even have the groundwork necessary to know what your conversion rate is!” But there is a little-known way to make sure that your site’s conversion rate starts out as strong as it can be—without the need […]

10 Little Fixes that Have a BIG Impact on Your Web Form Conversions


Ahh, the Web form. It’s present on nearly every site on the Web, and yet so many other testing opportunities, like layout and design, get the lion’s share of attention. Why even bother testing your forms? Because it’s here that users find themselves at a crossroads asking, “Do I really want to do this?” Let’s […]

6 Conversion-Boosting Benefits of Online Videos

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If you’re not using online video, you’re missing out. Last year, videos accounted for half of all mobile data traffic, says CISCO, and while people are watching much less TV, video’s popularity continues to rise. That’s why it makes sense to include video on your site. Here are 6 ways that using video boosts conversions, […]

Can SEO Improve Onsite Conversion?

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When most people think about SEO, they think about getting people onto a website and onto certain landing pages. It’s all about rankings and gaining that visibility to earn those clicks, and then on-site conversions happen because of other factors. For example, what you’re doing on your actual site (imagine that). However, by now, we […]

6 Barriers You Must Overcome to Increase Conversions

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Most people don’t make purchases on a whim. We decide to buy something only after careful thought and consideration, especially if we are making purchases online and especially if those purchases cost more than $10. Nay, our first reaction on seeing a product is not to open our wallets but to question if we need […]

4 Ways To Grow Your Email List And Boost Conversions By Over 50%

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Experts all over the web swear by building your email list. After all, entire businesses have been built off the back of email marketing. And it all sounds so straight forward in the beginning. Choose an email marketing provider, add some opt-in forms to your blog and then wait for the hordes to sign up. […]

5 Ways to Improve Conversions for Digital Publications

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Think conversion optimization is just for your website? Think again! Businesses use all kind of content types to connect with potential customers and all of them need to be optimized to achieve their goals.

Want Better Conversions? Try Breaking the Rules!

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Given the fairly unpredictable nature of societal trends and human response, conversion optimization is a remarkably scientific process. While conversion optimization rules are applied differently from website to website and market to market, the rules themselves remain constant. At it’s core, conversion optimization comes down to a rather simple process: take a set of established […]

The 4 Components of Successful Lead Generation CTAs

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Here’s something you need to accept. You can’t convert every visitor to your site into a customer. At least not the first time. Even if you have targeted traffic coming in, some people are bound to leave your site without purchasing anything. You see, some of the people who leave probably find your product or service […]

3 Tactics You Can Implement Today for Higher Email Open Rates


Budget for email marketing is on the rise. In fact, email marketing is one the top three investments in B2B marketing, according to the B2B email marketing trends report by CircleResearch. But even with that increased budget, a lot of marketers are leaving conversions on the table. How? By not targeting customers. One size doesn’t fit […]

3 Steps to a Website that Converts (in 5 Seconds or Less)

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Starting a new Web project? Before writing a line code or starting with a draft design, you should define in a clear and concise way how you are going to efficiently transform a simple website visitor into a new customer. Conversion is the most important aspect of any Web project. Done wrong, it can result […]

3 Rarely Used Guarantees That Will Boost Your Sales


Everybody knows that they should be guaranteeing their product. Without a guarantee, your customers won’t feel confident buying whatever it is that you’re selling. They’ll feel as if you don’t believe in your product enough to make sure they get the results they’re looking for. (And they would be right) In this article, I do […]

Content that Converts: How to Turn Viewers into Buyers


You work hard creating, curating, collecting, and sharing content to market your business. But, are you missing critical elements when it comes to your content marketing strategy? In other words, is your content optimized to turn viewers into buyers? If not, you’ll get tons of people to read, share, and comment on your content… but […]

Oversized Hero & Background Images: Unfounded Fad or Conversion Booster?

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You see them everywhere these days—oversized images used for product hero shots, or a large photo as a background image in lieu of whitespace. Using images as background is one of the hottest trends in web design. Over the last 6 months, this trend has gained major traction.  Some of the biggest companies have already implemented […]

Facebook Ads vs Google Adwords – the Facebook Targeting Advantage

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Facebook and Google are the two biggest internet giants, and each has its own advertising model. Which is best? The answer may surprise you. Many companies wonder whether they should use Google Adwords or Facebook Ads. As you will read in this article, we believe Facebook targeting holds certain advantages. At first glance, they look pretty […]

An Analytic Approach: How to Find and Fix Conversion Problems

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This is the final segment in a five-part series of articles on website conversion. How do you solve the biggest problems in website conversion? You read this series! Part 1: Performance Tuning Part 2: Logic and Direction Part 3: The User Interface Part 4: The Emotional Journey Today, we wrap up by talking about an […]

Make Your Business Website Unforgettable with These 12 Tips


Have you seen the Volvo Trucks video ad called, “The Epic Split”? The ad—currently the “most watched automotive commercial on Youtube ever!”—features Jean-Claude Van Damme doing the splits between two reversing trucks! This is something never done before and something you won’t soon forget … Plus, after watching the video demonstration, you’ll likely remember “the […]

The Emotional Journey: Moving Customers Toward the Sale

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This is the fourth article in a five-part series on website conversion. To improve website conversion, you need to provide an emotional journey for visitors. Let’s explore. Emotion is messy, contradictory… and true. ~Nigella Lawson Merchants long ago realized that the act of purchasing is an emotional experience. The emotional level rises throughout the shopping […]

3 Tactics & 4 Tools to Lift Your Conversion Rate

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With all the work you need to do to get the copywriting flawless, market your site and bring in traffic—wouldn’t it be nice if there were tools that would just do some of the work for you to lift conversions? Luckily, there are several. And some of them have done an incredible job of increasing […]

The User Interface: How to Create a Buying Environment on Your Website

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This is the third article in a five part series on website conversion. Be sure to check out Part 1, Performance Tuning, and Part 2, Logic and Direction, if you missed them. Website designers often overlook the importance of providing a pleasant environment for their visitors. They succumb to the tendency to take a best […]

12 Tips to Boost Email Click Through Rates plus 23 Strategic Subject Lines

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In a world where people receive hundreds of emails a day, it can be difficult to stand out. After investing resources into an email marketing campaign, your company doesn’t want to be overshadowed by newsletters and deals from other organizations. Your email marketing must be top notch.

Increase Conversions by Mapping Content to the Buyer Journey


As a savvy digital marketer, you probably already know the value of content marketing. You probably also know it involves the creation and distribution of content in order to generate demand, bridging the gap between brand awareness and lead generation. But are you aware that this process isn’t about the hard sell? Some think that […]

Logic and Direction: How to Turn Visitors into Customers

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This is the second article in a five part series on website conversion. You can catch the first article here. People are impatient. If they don’t quickly find what they’re looking for, they’ll leave your website. Successful businesses understand this. They respond by doing everything in their power to capture people’s attention lead them down […]

8 Tips for Raising Prices Without Customer Backlash

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As you work to increase your conversion optimization, what are you really aiming for? More profits, right? If that’s that case, pricing your products is a necessary consideration when optimizing your sales funnel. What’s especially tricky is when you need to raise your prices. Do it right and your customers will barely notice or care. […]

Performance Tuning: 4 Things that Make or Break Usability

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Welcome to this five-part series of articles on website conversion! In this series, we’ll take a close look at ways to convert your website visitors into happy customers. Each article will focus on a set of related conversion topics and suggest specific actions you can take today to optimize your visitors’ experience. We’ll look at […]

How One SaaS Company Raised Pricing Page Conversions 310%

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Figuring out how to price your SaaS product is difficult. It relies on customer segmentation and profitability analysis, and then, when you’ve finally optimized your pricing strategy, clear, effective communication. That’s the part where we were stuck. As anyone who’s ever worked on a SaaS pricing page knows, it’s incredibly tricky to communicate value and […]

A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Long-form Content That Converts

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Are you worried that you don’t know the point of guides and eBooks? Trust me, you’re not alone. There are dozens of articles about how changing the color of a button will lead to higher conversion rates, but what will long-form guides do for you? Why bother? The best long-form guides allow you to share […]

6 Branding Lessons from Duluth Trading


Branding… big companies invest a lot of time, money, and attention into it. Why? Because branding controls how your prospective customers see and judge your business. Think of it like a first impression. If they like what they see, they’ll stick around. If they don’t, they’ll leave (and likely visit one of your competitors). As […]

CrazyEgg’s Hard-Boiled Guide to eCommerce Optimization


eCommerce optimization can be so all-encompassing and overwhelming that it’s difficult to know where to start. Do I begin addressing shopping cart abandonment, or should I encourage more engagement via social media? Do I focus exclusively on the checkout page or should I conduct user experience tests first? In this guide, we’re going to use […]

Measure Marketing ROI: Proving Value When It Can’t Be Measured

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What happens when a marketing campaign can’t be measured? Do you go about business as usual, cranking out campaigns willy-nilly? Do you sidestep questions about metrics, mumbling something about ROI under your breath? A few years ago, we struggled with new marketing channels that were virtually impossible to measure. Today, things are different. Let’s look at […]

A Simple Guide to Understanding and Creating a Website Conversion Funnel

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How many articles have you read recently about the “conversion funnel”? Likely a lot! You’re probably hearing, seeing, and having the term “conversion funnel” shoved in front of your eyeballs all day long. I personally come across conversion funnel information dozens of times during my research and reading—every single day. Why? Because an optimized conversion […]

How to Design a Simple Sales Funnel to Improve Web Conversion

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I just completed a website assessment for a prospect who was sure he had a conversion rate issue. He wanted to jump his current conversion rate of 1.3% to 2%, a lofty goal by all accounts, but obtainable. It seems obvious, right? If you have lower conversions than you want, you should go for a […]

8 Easily Avoidable Mistakes That Will Ruin Your Landing Page Tests


Talk to any conversion expert (like me), and you’ll hear them chanting the same song:  “Test, test, test, test.” It’s monotone, boring, and probably annoying. But it’s the only way to improve your conversion rates. The truth about testing is that it’s hard and slow, and you’ll encounter challenge, frustration, and the familiar feeling of […]

3 Rules for Clickable Banner Ads (& One Tip to Turbo-boost Results)

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Banner blindness isn’t a myth. But it doesn’t just apply to banners. People are bombarded by advertising everywhere they go. They aren’t just blind to banner ads. They ignore most every sales message you try to throw at them. It’s one of the reasons you can’t rely on tricks or gimmicks. Just putting up a […]

Your Brain and Effective Calls To Action: What Works Best and Why

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Do you ever read the Buffer blog? If not, you should. Here’s why. When I was originally planning this article, the idea was to dive really deep into the psychological research behind calls to action that work. Originally, the plan was to get quotes and snippets from people who’ve tested hundreds of calls to action—people […]

The Psychology Behind Free Shipping: Does It Work?


Does free shipping really work? This is a question that keeps coming back to me every time I look at a shopping website or consult with a client on their e-commerce site. Because free shipping is so widespread, one would think that it’s the only way to do e-commerce. I wondered… Is free shipping really […]

Are You a Conversion Optimization Rockstar? Take the Quiz

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So you think you’re a web conversion expert? Test your knowledge of this complex area by answering these 10 questions. Give yourself a point for each yes and tally your score below to find out if you really know your stuff. 1. Do you know your strategy and goals? Your conversion optimization efforts won’t get you […]

Can Social Data be an alternative to Third-Party Cookies?

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Cookies, the tiny bits of data sent from a website and stored in a user’s web browser is at the core of the digital advertisement industry. The way it works is this: Every time you visit a website, your web-browser sends the cookie information back to the server, notifying them of your browsing patterns. This […]

Let Customers Do Your Marketing & Other Cool Uses for Testimonials

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Is your website missing a KEY ingredient to unlocking higher sales? Many websites do—and don’t even realize it. If you guessed testimonials, you guessed right. Think about it! Do you enjoy reading wordy Web pages full of dry research and statistics? I don’t. It’s… well… boring, to be quite frank. Research is invaluable. Statistics to […]

5 Ancient Persuasion Techniques That Can Rock Your Website Today

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What does a 4th century BC philosopher have to do with your e-commerce website? Absolutely everything. Before you let out an impatient sigh of boredom, hear me out. The oracle speaks forth the wisdom of the ages. What you’re about to read is rivetingly relevant, inescapably entrancing, and profoundly profitable. In fact, Aristotle wants you to […]

3 Stealthy Ways to Power-Up Your Contact Forms


When it comes to lead generation, you need the funnel to be as slick as possible… With no leaks and no stops on the way to conversion. My friends over at Singlehop have created an infographic that gives three sneaky ways to get your funnel in shape. Reduce the number of fields. Build trust. Improve […]

5 Customer Support Tips For Better Conversions

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How often do you put off vital business growing tasks—like advertising or new product development—only to spend the time buried in customer support issues? A few questions here, a few concerns there, and before you know it, the day is over and you’ve done nothing to grow your business… Don’t fret. There’s a way you […]

Marketing Automation: How to Talk 1-on-1 With Your Prospects

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Late last summer, I was having lunch with my friend Chris. He’s a world-class SEO guy who literally tests out dozens of different tools, platforms and software packages a month looking for the true gems that can give his clients a leg up on the competition. So when he started telling me about one of […]

How To Add 80%+ To Your Bottom Line Without Adding New Customers

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Here’s an intriguing question. What if you could increase your bottom line revenue this year by 80% or more… … without adding any more customers than you’re already getting? You might be looking at that, thinking it’s some kind of marketing gimmick. Maybe you think it’s simply not possible. Maybe you’ll keep reading just to […]