A study by Google had two key findings:
- Users will judge websites as beautiful or not within 1/50th to 1/20th of a second.
- “Visually complex” websites are consistently rated as less beautiful than their simpler counterparts.
Moreover, “highly prototypical” sites—those with layouts commonly associated with sites of their category—that also had a simple website design were rated the most beautiful.
In other words, the study found that the simpler the design, the better.
When it comes to online imagery, it’s not so much about having images as making sure those images give the visitor a sense of texture, size, scale, detail, context, brand.
According to MDG Advertising, 67% of online shoppers rated high-quality images as being “very important” to their purchase decision, which was slightly more than “product specific information,” “long descriptions,” and “reviews and ratings”:
In the big picture, “conversion optimization” boils down to getting more of the right people clicking on the things you want them to click.
For the sake of argument, let’s say you know the basics of copywriting.
Blah blah, write a compelling headline, know your audience, be persuasive, find your unique selling proposition, keep copy clean, blah blah blah.
At one point, this advice was great. But from where you’re sitting, “write compelling headlines” isn’t helpful anymore, is it?
According to a study of 3,000 mobile searchers by Google & IPOS, nearly half indicated that they are more likely to convert elsewhere if they can’t call a business directly from the search result. That’s kind of a big deal.
POP QUIZ TIME!
When you think about optimizing your website to increase conversions, what are some of the first things that come to mind?
Do you think about copy? Headlines? The need for a strong call to action?
If you thought about any of those things, you aren’t alone. Recently Ott mentioned in the Mastering The Call To Action article, a study of Visual Website Optimizer’s customers shows most people are testing:
An average of 67.75% of all online shopping carts are abandoned according to Baymard Institute, an independent web research company.
You’ve probably heard that explainer videos can boost conversions anywhere from ten to ten bazillion percent. You may even be toying with the idea of doing one for your company.
The question is: Can you make it any good?
What follows is a list of resources that can be applied specifically to landing page optimization.
We’ve organized everything to best simulate a visitor’s experience on a landing page from first click to final conversion.
We talk a lot about creating high converting landing pages, getting traffic that converts, and making the most out of your conversion points.
But what we don’t talk about often are outside-the-box landing page strategies you can use to increase conversions right away.