5 Ways To Increase Content Engagement On Your Blog

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Writing content that doesn’t promote engagement is like speaking to an audience that’s wearing headphones – it doesn’t matter what you say because nobody is paying attention (and the few that are don’t care).

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 […]

Is Long Form Content Still Viable Today?

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As soon as I mention the words “long form content”, people seem to start nodding off to sleep. Our attention spans are getting shorter and shorter, with more bite-sized content available on-demand across a variety of devices. Does long form content even have a place on the web anymore? Absolutely it does! Need proof? Here […]

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 […]

Oops! Are You Applying The Right Advice To The WRONG Headlines?


Whether we’re discussing copy, conversions, landing pages, SEO, content marketing, etc., headlines nearly always come up as a crucial piece of the puzzle. But not all headlines are the same. The type of headline you use on a landing page isn’t the same as you would use for a blog article. The type of headline […]

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 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?

Optimize Your Sales Funnel: The Top, Middle & Bottom-Line

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So you’ve planned out your customer’s path to action. You’ve got everything in place. All you have to do now is flip a switch and your sales funnel will be live — effortlessly reeling in new customers, lowering your bounce rates and sending sales through the roof. Right?

Smart CRO: What We Can Learn from the Windows 10 Launch

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Forget the old Mac vs Windows argument — I’ve used both and each has advantages depending on your personal setup. If you’re a Windows user, you may be waiting with bated breath to for the release of Windows 10 on July 29. In a smart move, Microsoft has made the upgrade free for users of […]

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 […]

5 Schoolboy Errors That Ruin Your Split Test Results


Split testing. The infallible process that adds an element of science to the art of optimizing your page’s copy and presentation. I say infallible, but can you really place all of your trust in split testing? I know I’m preaching to the choir here and don’t need to outline the usefulness of a decent A/B […]

Why Site Speed Matters to CROs

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There’s an old adage that a woman decides whether or not she’s interested in a man 30 seconds after meeting him. A study in 2010 actually suggests that this figure is closer to 3 minutes. Either way, the point remains that first impressions are extremely important.

How to Apply the Psychology of Persuasion To YOUR Business

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Robert Cialdini’s famous book Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion is a staple of any business-oriented must-read list. You’ve read the concepts before and you’ve probably even seen the full list of principles on numerous occasions. Reciprocity, Consistency, Social Proof, Liking, Authority, & Scarcity These principles tend to dictate the way we behave in society, and […]

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 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 […]

How to Use Dynamic & Targeted Content to Stay Competitive in e-Commerce


Life in the e-commerce fast lane is tough. E-commerce bounce rates average 33.9% and go as high as 68%. Cart abandonment rates of more than 66% add to the problems that any e-commerce business faces. The growing showrooming trend

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.

5 Tips For Writing Copy That Converts

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“Copy is a direct conversation with the consumer.” – Shirley Polykoff Let’s think about that quote for a second. Too often, when we write copy for our products or services, we write to sell. That’s not to say we shouldn’t sell. The point is we write our copy from the point of view of the […]

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 […]

4 Guiding Lights for Content that Converts


How many blog posts have you read today? If you ask me, I’d put that number at around twenty at the very minimum. Social media posts, videos and other forms of content aside, that would be my approximate blog count for the day. Why? Because there is such abundance of content, and a lot of […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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,

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, […]

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.

3 High-Converting Marketing Strategies Tailor-Made For 2015

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I’m pretty excited about this post, because it’s going to provide you with immediate ROI. Do you ever feel like there are just too many marketing strategies to choose from? Where do you even begin? My favorite part about marketing is that it’s always changing. What worked yesterday might be useless today, or it could […]

List Building Case Study: How to Get 492% More Email Subscribers

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What if I told you that you could build your email list from a blog post, using a technique that outperforms other methods by 500% or more? You’d think you’re already using it, right? I mean, if it’s that effective, everyone would already be doing it. You must know about it. You’d be wrong. You […]

6 Insanely Powerful Blog CTAs You Should Start Using Now

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The call to action is where your blog makes money. All your idea generation, research, writing, editing, posting — it all boils down to a call to action — a CTA. If you don’t have a CTA, then your blog is not nearly as profitable as it could be. It’s time to make bank from your […]

It’s Time to Approach Content Marketing Like a CRO (Here’s How)

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The biggest problem with content marketing today is that we downplay its importance. We take things for granted and presume readers will automatically like our articles. But, more often than not, we don’t write content with the reader in mind. For the professional writer you hire, it could just be a means to an end, […]

How to Take Your Landing Page from Meh to Marvelous

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The key to writing highly effective landing pages is simple: Make it as easy as possible for the user to say “yes.” Sometimes copywriters say too much, going off on a tangent or introducing information that confuses the reader. In other cases, copywriters say too little, forcing the reader to make assumptions. When content creates […]

7 User Experience (UX) Fails That Ruin Mobile Conversion Rates

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Like most people, I’m using mobile devices more at different times of day. And like most people, I’m looking for a seamless experience that moves smoothly between devices. Sadly, that’s not always what happens. I recently visited a website using a mobile browser on my Android tablet. I can’t remember what information I was looking […]

Customer Choice and Conversion: Less Is More

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There’s an ice cream shop in Vancouver called the International Ice Cream Factory. It’s not just an ice cream shop. It’s a tourist destination. The attraction? 218 flavors of ice cream on site! And those aren’t just variations of chocolate and vanilla. They’ve got flavors like wasabi and tofu. Visiting the place is an event. […]

Try Using This Weird Tactic to Boost Conversions as Much as 13%

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There are a lot of smart marketers out there. Very few of them, however, have graduated with Academic Honors from an Ivy League school with a degree in Neuroscience! Marketing expert and coach Ryan Levesque has. The cool thing about Ryan, though, is that you don’t have to be an Ivy League grad to understand, […]

Blogging on LinkedIn – Can It Convert?


LinkedIn is no longer just a business networking site; it’s now also a publishing platform. At one time, only influencers could publish on LinkedIn, but in February, the site opened the facility to even more people, with the results that there are hundreds (maybe thousands) of new posts daily. Of course, participation in this new […]

Raise Prices AND Conversions: Here’s How

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I came across this story when I read Robert Cialdini’s book, Influence. If you haven’t read it, you should drop everything and go get the book. It’s a fantastic marketing resource. Anyway, the book starts off with a case study of a Native American jewelry store in Arizona. The owner of the store was getting […]

The Missing Link to Conversions: Relevance & How to Attain It

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There’s a lot of advice around on conversion optimization. We often talk about changing button colors, designing user experience and improving calls to action. All of these are important parts of conversion optimization, but what’s sometimes missing from the conversation is why we do all this. It’s so our marketing is relevant to the people […]

Is Email Personalization Still a Conversion Clincher?


Email and personalization seem to go together in marketers’ minds like peanut butter and jelly. With near-magnetic proficiency, the right personalization approach can reel customers in and gradually turn them from casual buyers into full-fledged brand advocates. Or can it? You see, customers aren’t brainless zombies. They know when they’re appreciated and when they’re sent […]

35% of Web Visitors Are ‘Spontaneous’ Buyers. Are You Alienating Them?


What do great salespeople have in common? They’re great listeners and strong judges of character. When faced with detail-oriented prospects, they morph into data nerds. When faced with fast-moving prospects, they crank up the charm. This is often loosely described as being ‘good with people,’ but there’s a more technical explanation. It actually means that—whether […]

2014 Holiday Email Marketing Tips

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For online retailers, the holidays are a make-it-or-break-it time of year. If results are good, the entire year is profitable. But if results are bad, it can sour even an otherwise profitable year. This season, eMarketer projects that US retail sales will increase 5.0% in November and December, up from last year’s growth of 3.4%. This […]

Your Ecommerce Site Will Die Without These 3 Trust Signals

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Every ecommerce site needs trust signals. Without them, you can expect conversion rates and revenue to remain low. With trust signals, you can power your ecommerce websites to heights of power and success. In this article, I want to share with you the secrets of trust signals that have worked for me and dozens of […]

6 Characteristics of High-Converting CTA Buttons

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Your CTA buttons are some of the most important little things in all of ecommerce. I’ve written plenty of times on the importance of CTA buttons. It’s a theme I can’t overemphasize. In this article, I’m going to discuss exactly what, why, and when a CTA button works effectively. First, I will do some show […]

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 […]

Pricing Tips: How to Compete on Price (Without Going Bust!)


It used to be that Web-only retailers could get away with checking their competitors’ prices, at most, once a week. Now, with e-tail behemoths like Amazon.com using dynamic prices to shift pricing on a dime (particularly on in-demand products), other retailers have to scramble to catch up. Is this something you can or should catch up […]

5 eCommerce Fails and Fixes

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Recently, I shared the reasons why Amazon is so successful from an eCommerce point of view. Wouldn’t it be great if everyone had that good an experience everywhere? Sadly, on many sites the shopping experience leaves a lot to be desired, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are some of the common […]

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 […]

7 Research-Backed Tips on Improving Twitter Conversions

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Twitter – what is it good for? The site, which reported 255 million monthly active users in March, has gone way beyond its original roots to become a place that breaks news, provides customer service and has a goodly dose of snark and humor. It’s a site where people can pack a powerful punch into […]

How to Develop a Persuasive Blog Design

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Persuasion is the underlying art of life. Whether we are developing code, creating PSDs, optimizing title tags, or shooting video, we are engaging in some form of persuasion. If you are a designer or developer, I challenge you to think of yourself in a new way. You are a master of persuasion. In today’s content […]