You like to think that you’re a completely rational person making completely rational decisions, right? It’s nice to think that you haven’t made any major life decisions based on how you were feeling. Well, you have. Many times.
Do you remember when Slack launched last year? At the time, I was a diehard HipChat fan. Needless to say, I wasn’t interested in trying Slack. I considered it nothing more than a passing trend. Now? I use it for an average of 10 hours a day for personal and professional reasons. (Sorry, HipChat.)
Here’s an uncomfortable truth about conversion rate optimization: lots of people are running bad tests without even knowing it. They’re making decisions based on false positives, they’re acting on inconsistent data, they’re avoiding the issue of sample pollution – I could go on.
We’re all familiar with the standard “best practices” of CRO. Always use social proof, always reduce form fields, never use image sliders, etc.
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?Keep reading »