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Whether you’re new to Conversion Rate Optimization or a seasoned pro, you need a solid CRO programme to take your digital marketing career to the next level

Done a lot of split or multivariate tests, or various other CRO activities, but not achieving the quantum conversion lifts you’d hoped for? If so, you need to read SmartInsights’ new and improved Conversion Rate Optimization (CRO) Programme Briefing!  

While still providing foundational advice on these topics:

Creating a data driven organization Estimating the ROI of your CRO projects Using the latest and greatest customer research tools Incorporating both big tests and smaller optimizations into your systematic testing

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Chart of the day: Unbounce reveals business consulting, travel and job training industries have the best conversion rates.

The comprehensive report, which evaluates thousands of conversion rates has found the three industries with the highest conversion rates. Business consulting, whilst most likely receiving low levels of traffic appears to convert well, whilst job-related training also has high conversion rates which is good news for elearning related websites and training providers! Travel is as strong as ever, with demand for flights, hotels and holidays as high as ever, the travel industry enjoys a decent conversion rate and the lending industry isn't far behind - there is still demand for loans and credit. It could be something to do with the mindset of customers who are interacting with these industries. When people are looking for credit, after assessing options, they are likely to go ahead and proceed as…

Chart of the day: Most marketers are not using Bandit, a CRO testing method.

Most marketers are doing A/B testing, whilst Multivariate testing and Bandit testing, are less used. 

What are the differences between each method?

A/B testing involves testing two versions of a page. There is a challenger and a control (usually the original page if you’re testing a different version against an existing page). Visitors are randomly assigned a version. Tests usually continue until a page (or version) is statistically (and significantly) better than the other. Multivariate testing (MVT) is very similar to A/B testing but involves testing more than two versions Bandit is similar to MVT except, increased traffic is sent to the most successful option, rather than sending equal numbers of visitors to each version. This allows you…

Chart of the day: Most marketers are running 1-2 Conversion Rate Optimization tests, such as AB testing, every month.

It's worth noting though that around 7% also run 20 or more tests, the majority run no more than 4 tests per month. It's no doubt testing is hugely important to marketers, I don't see to sell anyone the benefit of AB testing or Multivariate testing, but for those who'd like to know the difference, I've summarised below. I've taken the following definitions from Dr David Travis who is a UX consultant, has produced a very popular UX course on Udemy and has a Psychology PhD. The definitions are from his Udemy course. AB testing - a comparison of two designs, tested with live users and a large number of users. You can run tests until you have a "winner" for example, one which outperforms the other one statistically Multivariate testing - where there…

How to increase conversions with an SEO audit

Focusing on SEO while neglecting your conversion rate is a great way to wind up with a website that ranks highly for keywords your audience doesn’t use or attract a bunch of users who aren’t really looking to buy what you’re selling. That’s why you have to think about choosing the right SEO tools for you and focusing on more than just the technical aspects of your audits. That’s right: you can use your SEO audits to improve not just rankings, but your conversion rates as well. Smart Insights have just launched their latest Quick-Win, SEO Technical Audit. Carrying out an audit is often about making small modifications to parts of your website. When viewed individually, these changes might seem like incremental improvements, but when combined, they can make a significant impact on your site’s performance…

5 easy steps to improve your ecommerce conversion rate using personalization tools, segmentation, interaction data (AOV and RPV) and campaign split testing

As a marketer you’re always seeking the holy grail that will grow your revenues, that insight that tells you exactly which design updates are increasing your ecommerce website’s key conversion metrics like conversion rate, average order value (AOV) and revenue per visitor (RPV), and - equally importantly - which are not! The good news: 2017 is an awesome year for conversion optimization tools. We’re now way beyond the ‘seeing’ part - voyeuristically seeing what visitors are doing, where they most click and scroll. Now, by investing in a personalization platform, you can analyze your visitors’ specific interactions, and understand which of them correlate with higher conversions and revenues. Below I share the five steps for doing this. [si_guide_block id="57383" title="Access premium resource – Web Personalisation guide" description="This guide explains how to create…

5 steps to using a personalization program to increase online sales

Using the right process and the right tools for personalization is essential in making sure you achieve your conversion rate goals. Our team at Smart Insights has collaborated with the team at Monetate, creators of the Monetate Intelligent Personalization Engine, to create this practical infographic, detailing the key areas of focus for a fully optimized personalization programme.

The 5 personalization techniques

Using a strategic approach to personalization structure is imperative. The infographic recommends 5 personalization steps and a process to follow, for a successful personalization programme that increases online sales: Selecting goals most appropriate to your funnel stage - Selecting the right measure(s) is vital when looking at what part of the conversion funnel you are wanting to optimize. Apply testing optimization Segment for greater lift Apply 1:1 Machine Learning for individualized experiences Incorporate optimization, segmentation and 1:1 to achieve your goals …

Chart of the day: AB testing is the most popular method of improving conversion rate optimization (CRO) - personalization is the least used technique

Feedback and insights from surveys and usability testing are also popular methods of improving conversions.

Are CRO and UX becoming one entity?

Over the years there have been two distinct ways of improving conversions, the testing approach of trying different methods (like AB testing) and the insight approach (getting feedback from surveys and doing user testing). Now the two are coming together more than ever, UX practitioners and CRO specialists are slowly becoming one, as they realise AB testing isn't enough. But it still is the most popular technique. Copy Optimization is also a very popular technique - but marketers realise that copy is so incredibility important. Marketers have really bought into the value of copywriting and content marketing, so ultimately copy optimization being a popular method, does make…

Chart of the Day: Which optimisation techniques are marketers using to create better experiences

I was doing a customer onboarding training session with one of our Business members last week and when I was talking to the digital marketing manager and team, our conversation quickly turned to what is a good conversion rate and the best techniques to improve it. Their UX specialist referred to it as 'crow' and it made me think how many people involved in marketing know or use this term for conversion rate optimisation. Since our research shows that despite its potential power to increase leads and sales, it's not as widely used as you might expect. In our recent managing digital marketing report, we asked about a range of techniques used to research and improve customer journey effectiveness. It was good to see that techniques such as customer persona research and customer journey mapping…