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What works and what works best? Original UX research studies by CXL Institute

Should Your Opt-in Offer Be Video, PDF or Web Content? [Original Research]

Have you ever wondered which type of content, say a ‘pdf’, web content (a web page) or video is best to use as a lead magnet on your landing pages?

We conducted an experiment to explore this.  The idea is that by testing offer prototypes for opt-in probability before the campaign launch marketers can gain insight as to what media type to use.

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How People Read Short Articles [Original Research]

When people read short articles and blog posts online, what percentage of the content gets actually read?  Do people read image captions? How many readers finish an entire article?

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Testing the Presenter’s Paradox – Do People Really Average (Not Sum) Object Values? [Original Research]

This study examines people’s tendencies to average, not sum, values of items in a list or presented as package deals.

We provide 3 perspectives: 1. we outline what products and lists two academic studies have tested, 2. we duplicate a product and list test with a larger sample size to try and replicate the findings, and 3. we then apply the test to six new products, three experiential products (travel package, hotel night, massage) and three physical products (camera, printer, kitchen mixer).

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Do Review Stars on Google Help Click-Through Rate? [Original Study]

You know when you search for something on Google sometimes you see review stars next to a search result?

Like here:

Does it work to attract more clicks?

Inspired by our study Which Types of Social Proof Work Best?, we set out to quantify review stars as a way to increase click-through rates (CTR) in search engine results pages.

What kind of improvement in CTR can we get from including review stars in search engine results, if any? What does that mean for application in your business? We attempt to answer these questions with hard data in this CXL Institute study.

Our research was performed in collaboration with Nitin Manhar Dhamelia from Belron® International, a automotive glass replacement and repair group.

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Price Perceptions of Products with Utility Vs. Hedonism Copy [Original Research]

Inspired by some great feedback on our Ecommerce Price Perception and Image Size Study, we wanted to explore price perceptions again, this time related to differing product descriptions.

Do consumers find more value in a blender that makes creamy smoothies and shakes, or a blender with 750 watts of power? What type of product descriptions depict a seemingly high-value product, hedonic ones or utilitarian ones? In this CXL Institute study, we test three different products to explore this question.

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How Users Read the NYTimes Website – 2004 vs. 2016 [Original Research]

We found an interesting, and rather old, eye-tracking study from 2004 and decided to try to replicate a part of it to see how it works today.

This study, conducted through CXL Institute, involved eye-tracking a couple homepages of the New York Times, one from this year, 2016, and one from 2004. Our primary goal wasn’t the comparison to the old study, rather it was to see what were the ‘priority viewing areas’ for how people process a news site and to see if ‘today’s users’ process the contemporary design differently than one from more than a decade ago.

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Internal Promotions vs Third-Party Banner Advertisements [Original Research]

We were asked recently about the effects of using internal promotions (e.g., a discounted product sold within the site) vs. third-party (from an outside business) banner advertising on web site clarity and visitor perceptions.

Our first study used the five-second test to examine whether ads on website homepages distract visitors from understanding a site’s purpose. This follow-up study looks for differences in user perceptions between ad types: internal promotions versus third-party ads.

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Form Field Usability Revisited: Select Menus vs. Radio Buttons [Original Research]

This short study from CXL Institute compares form completion time on 2 various form designs (radio buttons or select menus).

Is one form design more user-friendly than the other?

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Implementing Urgency on eCommerce Product Pages For a 27.1% Lift [Case Study]

You’ve likely read about the effectiveness of urgency before. It’s a commonly used tactic, especially in the eCommerce realm. This case study shows a specific example of how we got a 27.1% revenue lift by adding urgency to the product page.

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How Do Famous Founder Photos Affect Website Credibility? [Original Research]

In this CXL Institute study, we explore how general perceptions of a website are affected by the use of a “human authority image” (a picture of a company’s founder, or maybe just a photo of a person presumably representing the company) on an agency website homepage.

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