Sean Ellis coined the term “growth hacking” over a decade ago in 2010. Since then, the term has taken on a life of its own.
“Growth hacking” is the focus of dozens of books, new roles, new departments and teams, new methods of thinking, hundreds of articles, hundreds of guides, hundreds of webinars… you get the idea.
Yet, it still feels very elusive. High-growth companies simply have something most companies don’t, right?
Wrong. The truth is, they simply had a solid growth marketing process.
With Google processing over 70,000 searches every second and Facebook being a hub for 2.7 billion monthly active users, Google Ads and Facebook are obvious choices for PPC campaigns.
But is one better than the other? Are the optimization processes for both similar? What about A/B testing?
These are the questions optimizers need answers to before they can really reap the benefits of two very powerful advertising platforms.
Why spend hours and thousands of dollars redesigning your website from scratch when someone has already done the work for you?
Millions of businesses turn to website templates to make the design process more efficient. But there’s something almost no one is talking about and it’s a big problem.
Website templates are not optimized for conversions.
Sites that don’t work, don’t convert.
That’s why optimizers conduct quality assurance on sites, landing pages, test treatments, email campaigns, you name it—to make sure they work the way they’re supposed to.
While it’s common knowledge that quality assurance is something you should do, not enough optimizers complete it properly. If they did, there wouldn’t be so many sites that just plain don’t work.
For a web analytics analyst or a data-driven marketer, these are words to live by: “Without data, you’re just another person with an opinion.”
Optimization isn’t about educated guesses and hunches, no matter how many years you’ve been in the industry. It’s about doing the research, asking the right questions, digging for clues in problem areas, paying attention to the signs when they appear, and running smart A/B tests.
Web analytics analysis is a big part of that. It helps separate the optimizers from just another person with an opinion.
Persuading completely rational people to make a rational decision or take a rational action would be easy. Unfortunately, you’re stuck dealing with irrational thinking, fueled by cognitive biases and emotions.
So, how do you persuade effectively when people are so heavily influenced by subjective (and contextual) factors?
You’d like to think that you’re a completely rational person making completely rational decisions, right? It’s nice to believe that you haven’t made major life decisions based on how you were feeling.
Well, you have. Many times.
Bo Bennett once said, “Affiliate marketing has made businesses millions and ordinary people millionaires.”
At the same time, affiliate marketing has a mysterious aura. Many of the top search results for the term focus on what it is and whether you can make money from it.
The truth is that it’s not all that mysterious. It’s nothing more than another marketing channel for you to experiment with, analyze, optimize, and grow.
Chances are, you’ve heard of Google Optimize by now. It’s Google’s solution for A/B testing and personalization. It launched in beta in 2016 and left optimizers around the world waiting in line to try it out.
Since it left beta in March 2017, anyone can give it a try without the wait. But what can you expect? How do you configure it properly? How do you run your first experiment?
We’re all familiar with the standard “best practices” of CRO. Always use social proof, always reduce form fields, never use image sliders, and so on.
As someone who believes that best practices are merely common practices, I’m always looking to test the tried and true to see how, well, true it really is.
First up? Social proof. Does it really work as well as we all assume? Why? And more importantly, what’s the best way to implement it?