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How to Increase Ecommerce Conversion Rates

If you run an ecommerce shop, you’re always trying to boost your sales. Here’s how to increase the conversion rate of your ecommerce site.

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Ecommerce marketing often focuses on the bottom of the funnel—remarketing ads for abandoned carts, time-limited email discounts, etc.

Yet the average ecommerce conversion rate is between 1 and 3%. The overwhelming majority of ecommerce site visitors are non-purchasers.

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Two percent is the average conversion rate for ecommerce sites. While every site is different—and you’ll benefit far more by focusing on your conversion rate—that’s where most sites are today.

But what if a 2% conversion rate isn’t enough to stay profitable?

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Your ecommerce checkout flow is where the money is at. Think about it. Random visitors leave the site before ever entering the checkout funnel. Motivated buyers come here to finish their order.

Any small design improvement in your checkout UX usually has a direct impact on how much money your site makes.

An ecommerce site that I analyzed recently had a payment page in which 84.7% of the traffic proceeded to buy. I calculated that if we could increase that to 90%, it would result in 461 more orders and an additional $87,175 per month—23.9% revenue growth. “Small” gains can be huge.

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Many are familiar with the digital darlings that market directly to consumers—Warby Parker, Away, Allbirds, etc. But the B2B ecommerce market is growing exponentially, estimated to reach $1.2 trillion in transactions by 2021.

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Ecommerce UX Battle: Benchmarking 4 Beauty & Cosmetics Mobile Websites

Which popular beauty and cosmetics website has the best user experience?

This is a conversion-focused benchmark analysis of four competing beauty and cosmetics websites:

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In my daily work with ecommerce brands, I see two types of companies:

  1. The first type focuses on acquisition and conversion.
  2. The second relies on retention.

The second type is winning. Why?

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I don’t have to convince you that email is important:

  • Email is a cost-effective way to get sales. Converting customers from your mailing list costs less than converting the same number via advertising.
  • Email includes your most-interested customers. The majority of your list is composed of people who’ve already placed an order, so you know that they’re willing to buy (though it still takes effort to win back customers.)
  • Email maxes out revenue from big sale periods. Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales represented $123 billion in revenue in 2018. And, according to Klaviyo, emails initiated 30% of those sales.

But do you work on your email? Is email an actively managed and QA’d operation in your business?

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Earlier this year, at CXL Live, you asked us about voice search (a lot). More specifically, you asked the hard questions, like:

  • How can ecommerce companies compete with Alexa?
  • How will voice search work given the human urge to shop around?
  • Are there use cases for voice search in B2B?

This post has answers. They range from straightforward technical optimizations to complex, long-term efforts to differentiate through a superior consumer experience.

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Top 20 A/B Ecommerce Test Ideas

There’s nothing that always works and pretty much nothing that never works either. Websites are highly contextual.

That being said, there are tests that tend to have a very high win rate. These are the test ideas that, while they don’t work 100% of the time, work more often than not.

Naturally, everything depends on the specific implementation — a good idea implemented poorly will not yield any results.

The following 20 testing ideas come from our own client-based research done over the years.

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What’s on my mind

Hi, I'm Peep Laja—founder of CXL. I'm a former champion of optimization and experimentation turned business builder.

I do a lot of thinking, reading, and writing around business, strategy, and optimization. I send a weekly newsletter with what's on my mind on this stuff.

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