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Cards on the table, B-commerce (branded ecommerce) is a completely made up term and you have every right to scold me for coining it.
What I intend to point out with this clickbait headline (but thorough article) is just how distinctive the Lush website is, both when it comes to editorial and 'messaging', and the nuts and bolts of ecommerce.
When creating and optimising our ecommerce customer journey, not only do we need to ensure that we make this as frictionless as possible, but also that we make it as persuasive as possible.
In my last article, I asked whether Booking.com is the most persuasive website in the world.
Now I want to provide more insights on how it is delivering content on a crucial page in the browsing journey: the hotel detail page.
If you’d like to read more about the persuasive techniques used on the search results page, take a look at my article titled Booking.com improving conversion with best practice persuasive design.
Strava and MapMyRun are both GPS-based web and mobile tracking services for runners and cyclists.
At a glance, they have similar homepages, designed to explain the concept and coax visitors to sign up.
The respective pages are similarly sized, with large imagery, simple text, top and bottom menus and the aim of quickly informing the user of the service proposition.
And yet, Strava is more effective. How does it do it?
One of the most important areas to invest time into is developing the persuasive layer of your online experience and deliver more reasons for your visitors to do what you want them to do.
In fact, I see persuasion as being one of the next big battlegrounds online.
As more websites are upping their game around the fundamentals of good user experience and usability principles they’re looking for the next area of growth and to gain competitive advantage.
One brand I’ve paid particular attention to since 2009 has been Booking.com. I previously wrote a piece back in October 2011 about the wide range of persuasive techniques used on its search results page.
Since then Booking.com has continually evolved and refined its online experience, adding in new features, functionality and in particular using even more persuasive techniques.
In this article, which is the first in a series, I’ve highlighted many of these newer features and provided tips and advice on how to apply these techniques to your business.
Vistaprint has an interesting order and checkout process. There is lots of cross-sell and a decent amount of persuasion tactics used.
Things have moved on and I must say that I don’t think it’s too complicated any more. There are a number of steps to the order process and to the checkout process but that was to be expected when designing a customised t-shirt (my chosen product).
Cross-sell and upsell is now presented on pages where I already feel assured the design process is going well.
Mainly there was a lot of clear information and some fairly persuasive copy and design techniques which I think has been judged correctly.
However, the company must be careful to keep cross-sell relevant. After being offered similar products, stationery and the like, I was then offered website builds and marketing services. This felt wrong and made me think the process might become more tiresome. If I was busier, I could have abandoned at this point.
See what you think of each stage of the order process..
I’ve possibly never had so much fun writing an Econsultancy blog post. For an hour or so yesterday, I was listening to ‘old’ in-game radio adverts from the Grand Theft Auto computer games, handily available here.
Whilst they are hilarious, in aping existing companies they also use many of the ad man’s techniques to sell a product.
I’ve tried to succinctly describe these techniques in this post. I hope you enjoy the fake product names and slogans as much as I did, and aren't put off by the some of the products' slightly poor taste. Thanks to GTA Wiki, where I grabbed the crazy product images.
Let’s say you have a great product or service.
Let’s also say that whatever SEO, SMO or PPC strategy you’ve used (or not used) is successfully driving traffic to your ecommerce site, and that when those potential customers have clicked through to your homepage, or landing page, you're confident that it ‘looks good’.
Finally let’s say your site even provides a fine user experience. No real complaints. Everything works as it should.
So now what?
Is there anything more you can do to convince that traffic to stay a little while longer? To not bounce straight back to the SERP? To respond to calls-to-action? To increase your conversion rate?
The techniques of content or the bigger genre of online marketing are not new, they’re just digitized. If you start looking seriously for the origins of digital marketing, you'll ultimately land in 300BCE.
At its heart, digital marketing is persuasion. And if we’re talking about the basics of how to persuade, we should start with Aristotle.
Aristotle, the Greek philosopher and father of rhetoric, set the gold standard for persuasion. All digital marketing is a shadowy form (Hahaha! Philosophy joke. Anybody?) of his original tenets.
You could say that the basic principles of digital marketing are just ancient Greek wisdom dressed up in plaid (that’s what we digital marketers stereotypically wear in the States, at least).
People trust what they see far more than what they hear.
The human brain processes visuals 50 times faster than text. It’s much easier to persuade someone into action through visual stimulus than by merely talking to them or providing a text document. The same goes for your ecommerce site.
At Searchlove yesterday, Conversion XL’s public face and conversion optimisation expert Peep Laja delivered his ideas on what your site should be doing to attract consumers, drawing from the latest research on neuro web design.
Many experts assume the social recommendation system is its killer feature.
But what exactly about this feature makes it so? What in fact is the magic sauce of Amazon?
Sure, there is some predictive value in keeping track of many different variables. There always is. It’s Amazon’s best kept secret.
But I am guessing it’s not only a secret for people outside of Amazon. If you would ask me what the most persuasive ingredient is of the sauce, I would say it’s copy.
The smartest algorithms make sure you get to see products that you love (to buy). A recommendation engine knows what you really want, what you really really want. Computing thousands of variables is the key to predicting consumer behavior.
Nah, I don’t buy it. The black box probably does have an impact, but I know for sure the copy has.
“It's the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.” John Wooden
I am a big fan of the micro-conversion vs. macro-conversion discussion (go team micro!). Coming from a behavioral science angle to take up conversion challenges I would like to start the micro persuasion vs. macro persuasion discussion as well.
Marketers often have too ambitious persuasion goals to really be effective. Behavioral scientists are trained to start with micro goals when they aim for macro goals.
When you want to motivate someone to exercise regularly, a first push up is a great start! The same goes when you want to sell products.