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10 Conversion Optimization Myths that Just Won’t Go Away

Every industry is plagued by myths, misunderstanding, and half truths. This is especially true in digital marketing, and conversion optimization is no exception.

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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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Password UX

Have you ever forgotten a password for a site? What about a security question?

Have you ever spent a ridiculous amount of time trying to think of a password you can remember, but also complies with a list of arbitrary requirements (e.g., seven uppercase letters, four special characters, etc.)?

When these UX problems pop up, they cause friction.

Friction that prevents new SaaS customers from signing up, friction that prevents loyal eCommerce customers from creating an account for next time, friction that prevents current customers from accessing their accounts.

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Banner Ads Suck (and How to Make Them Convert Better)

Back in 2013, Nielsen reported in its “Trust in Advertising” study that online banner ads are the least trusted form of advertising among consumers falling even behind traditional ads like in the newspapers or magazines. A few years later, Bannersnack reported that 54% of internet users don’t click on banner ads because they don’t trust them.

In fact, display ads have a click-through rate of just 0.05% (across all formats and placements). Certainly not encouraging.

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18 Top A/B Testing Tools Reviewed by CRO Experts

A/B testing is no longer a new field. Finding a proper A/B testing tool isn’t the problem anymore. Now, the problem is choosing the right one.

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The Conversion Rate that Actually Matters in Mobile Apps

Conversion optimization for mobile apps is getting more sophisticated. At first, click-through rate was key. Then we became more performance-oriented and measured click-to-install conversion rate. But that’s just not enough today.

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How To Boost Ecommerce Sales With Upselling

What is the impact of upselling in ecommerce?

According to Forrester research analyst Sucharita Kodali, product recommendations are responsible for 10 to 30% of ecommerce site revenues.

Way back in 2006, Amazon reported that 35% of its revenues were a direct result of its cross sales and upsells.

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A Primer to Setting Up Your Own Affiliate Marketing Program

Raise your hand if you would like to get extra revenue with an ROI of 1300%—that is, for every dollar you invest, you get back 13. What if, once the system were set up, it was fairly easy to maintain and continue making more money?

I don’t know about you, but I would love to have such a system in place. What I’m talking about is affiliate marketing. Or as it’s being called more and more—performance marketing.

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Social Commerce

Seth Godin once said, “You can use social media to turn strangers into friends, friends into customers, and customers into salespeople.” [Tweet it!]

Strangers into friends? Of course. Friends into customers? Yep, it’s relatively easy to promote your site (where followers and friends can make a purchase) on social media. Customers into salespeople? Sure, read up on NPS.

But with the introduction of social commerce, which allows friends to become customers on social media sites (without making the trip to your site), we’re taking Seth’s thoughts to a whole new level.

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On-Site Personalization

In 1999, David Weinberger, a technologist and co-author of  The Cluetrain Manifesto, wrote, “Personalization: the automatic tailoring of sites and messages to the individuals viewing them so that we can feel that somewhere there’s a piece of software that loves us for who we are.”

Two decades later, ironically, personalization is being used by companies attempting to make the online experience more human.

Personalization has grown rapidly since David’s statement. So much so that personalized experiences have become the norm, not an option. [Tweet it!]

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