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59% of businesses say conversion rate optimisation is crucial to their digital strategy

Three out of five businesses (59%) believe that conversion rate optimisation is crucial to their overall digital marketing strategy, according to a new report from Econsultancy and RedEye.

A further 40% of respondents consider CRO to be ‘important’ (31%) or ‘quite important’ (9%). In contrast, only 1% of businesses believe that CRO is ‘not important’.

This highlights the growing focus on CRO in an increasingly competitive online marketplace, fuelled in part by more advanced targeting and personalisation technologies.

The findings come from the fifth annual Conversion Rate Optimization Report which is based on a survey of almost 1,000 client-side and agency digital marketers.

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Nine upselling lessons we can learn from domain registrars

In the cut-throat world of domains, upselling has become the key to profits. With razor-thin margins on popular .com sales, the registrars have been forced to aggressively upsell additional domains and services such as hosting.

Despite the annoyance to regular domain buyers, these sites are an excellent case study in effective upselling.

Upselling can be a massive source of additional income and a huge boost to revenue for any ecommerce business.


Satisfaction with conversion rates has increased for the first time in four years

Over a quarter (28%) of companies are satisfied with their conversion rates (either 'very' or 'quite' satisfied), up by 6% since 2012 and the highest level since 2009. 

Addtionally, around three-quarters (73%, up from 65% in 2012) indicate they have seen an improvement in conversion rates in the last 12 months

The fifth annual Conversion Rate Optimization Report, produced in association with RedEye, also found that the proportion of organisations who say they experienced an increase in sales conversion rates has significantly gone up, from 60% in 2012 to 70% this year.

The research, based on a survey of almost 1,000 client-side and agency digital marketers, revealed that A/B and multivariate testing, using multiple methods to improve conversion and having a structured approach are among the seven factors most correlated with improved conversion and sales...

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The future of SEO was PR, is it CRO now?

Staying ahead of the Google curve can be a feat in itself if you spend all day analysing keyword saturation rates and anchor text diversity. All SEOs need to remember it’s important sometimes to go back to basics to see the bigger picture. 

Are we sculpting keywords and orchestrating anchor text to give Google-bot an easier job? No! We’re trying to make the internet a more productive and valued place, where users are able to locate worthy content easily and intuitively, and the same principle should be applied to all facets of our businesses, be it in store or online.

So instead of relying on SEO/PR practices, we should be thinking about how we can add value, and improve the customer engagement through other methods. What about Conversion Rate Optimisation?

A conversion health pack would certainly improve overall performance and budgets, but will enhancing usability improve SEO?

It could take a manual review to fully interpret all usability improvements, but even if this doesn’t occur, the algorithm still pays attention to drop rates, engagement (time spent on page), page-views, and this group of metrics all count towards overall visibility.

So the bottom line is, as long as your developments actually enhance the user journey, you’ll see ranking gains and a higher domain authority accruing. 


Great expectations: is user experience your biggest responsibility?

Econsultancy’s updated User Experience Buyer’s Guide lists 23 suppliers of user experience services, and expounds the current trends in the market.

And guess what? User experience is as topical as ever.

Business transformation is increasingly design-led, delivering value to customers with great customer experiences, across multiple devices, with emerging technologies such as responsive design and HTML5.

Future Of Digital Marketing Malaysia

Eight highlights from the Future Of Digital Marketing Malaysia

For the first time in Asia, the great and the good of the Malaysian and APAC digital marketing community gathered in Kuala Lumpur recently for the inaugral Future Of Digital Marketing (FODM) Malaysia conference.

Attended by over 400 delegates, and organised in conjunction with the Association of Accredited Advertising Agents Malaysia and Multimedia Development Corp (MDeC), the event saw eight talks.

The talks echoed a key theme articulated by MDeC chief executive officer Datuk Badlisham Ghazali, that "the next wave of economic growth will come from the knowledge-based economy, with digital technology as a key driver of progress”.

Here are just some of the highlights from an excellent conference.


Three ideas that convert better than a standard carousel

Automatic carousels have come under increasing fire this year from this blog, and UX experts like Jacob Nielsen and conversion pros like Peep Laja

The conclusion, which all three of us share, is that unadulterated carousels are bad for business!

In this post I’ll show you three ways to improve the relevancy of content that occupies your carousel ‘hero’ locations and the contribution it makes to your conversion rate.


ASOS launches new virtual fitting tool in bid to reduce returns

Product returns are a major problem for online retailers as each unwanted order obviously incurs a cost, which then raises the dilemma of who is to pay for postage.

Passing the cost onto customers is certain to put people off ordering again in future, but absorbing the cost might not be feasible for all businesses.

Ideally retailers should try and reduce the need to return items in the first place, and we’ve previously written about a shoe fitting app that reduced fit-related returns by 23%.

Now ASOS has launched a new tool, Virtusize, that has the potential to achieve an even greater rate of success, as it has already proven to reduce fit-related returns by up to 50% on other ecommerce sites.


This week's finest digital marketing infographic

It’s that time again where we present the week’s finest digital marketing infographic.

This time it comes from Quick Sprout and looks at optimising contact forms for conversions. Admittedly the colour scheme is quite bland, but the quality of the information elevates it above the others I’ve seen this week.

It includes stats on the optimum number of fields per form and the kind of personal information you should avoid asking for.

To find out more on this topic read our blog post detailing three case studies about optimising lead generation forms or check out our Conversion Rate Optimisation Guide.

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How to boost conversions by increasing motivation

Early stage motivationEvery digital marketer knows that failure to motivate people to take action hurts your conversion rate and costs you money.  

What you may not know is that influencing motivation involves more than just a good product description or use of techniques like social proof.

Reading this post will give you a new perspective on how to influence motivation throughout your conversion funnel.  You will also discover some new ideas which you can test on your own website to boost conversions.  

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Getting started with A/B and Multivariate testing: three FAQs

A/B/n and multivariate testing is one of the most important CRO (conversion rate optimisation) activities for continually improving your website, and yet for some it can be difficult to get started with. 

In this post I’ll share three frequently asked questions we hear time and time again from our clients when just starting out with A/B and multivariate testing.


Conversion optimisation in an internationalised online world: part one

When I moved to the UK in 2007, aside from acclimatising myself to a new city, culture and a host of new accents, I found myself having to adjust to being regularly mistaken for an American.

At first, it bothered me but as with most things though, you adapt. But it bothered me because, despite all our apparent similarities, Canadians and Americans are very different. 

These differences can be translated to today’s online world, where it’s important for businesses to recognise that countries or cultures interact with websites differently and should therefore be treated with a bespoke experience.

In the realm of conversion optimisation, there are a number of best practices that can be considered.