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8 Effective Web Design Principles You Should Know

Your website design is more important for conversions than you think. You can implement every conversion-boosting tactic in the world, but if your web design looks like crap, it won’t do you much good.

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Semrush Signup form

Growing your mailing list and generating leads should be a focus of your marketing. If HubSpot didn’t have 215,000 blog subscribers, they wouldn’t have a business.

Too many businesses don’t give sign-up forms enough attention. They just throw something together—then complain that online lead generation “doesn’t work.”

This post shows you 14 keys to building sign-up forms that convert.

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Best Practices to Establish a Single Source of Truth (SSOT) for A/B Testing

Your CX testing lives or dies on the quality of your data. You can’t form valid, testable hypotheses using questionable data. And you can’t trust the outcomes of your tests if you don’t know you’re looking at accurate metrics.

That’s why you need to build your testing program around a Single Source of Truth (SSOT) dataset. If you can’t, even the simplest A/B test will lack value. This article explores why establishing an SSOT is so important and shares some of the field-tested best practices we’ve developed for doing that here at Kameleoon.

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heat maps

Heat maps are a popular conversion optimization tool, and for good reason. We leveraged correctly they are a powerful way to better understand your audience and deliver more value.

So what can heat maps answer?

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Subway signs

The easier your website is to use, the more people use it. An essential part of “easy to use” is intuitiveness. Intuitive design means that when a user sees it, they know exactly what to do.

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Times Square Timelapse

Your brand’s value proposition is a promise of value to be delivered. It’s the primary reason a prospect should buy from you.

It’s also the #1 thing that determines whether people will bother reading more about your product or hit the back button. On your site, your value proposition is the main thing you need to test—if you get it right, it will be a huge boost.

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Google Analytics Custom Reports

Statistics are like bikinis. What they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital,” said Aaron Levenstein, a former professor of business administration at Baruch College. [Tweet it!]

The same is true of your data in Google Analytics. Most of what you spend your time looking at (and re-looking at) is merely suggestive.

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Quality Assurance

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.

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Simple ingredients

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.

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Robert Cialdini

Back in 1984, Dr. Robert B. Cialdini wrote a book called Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion. Since then, it’s been widely hailed as a seminal book on marketing—something everyone in conversion optimization should read.

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