11 Tips to Become a Better Java Developer

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A Step-By-Step Guide to Becoming a Better Java Developer: Want to become a better Java Developer? Java is an object-oriented programming language that was launched way back in 1995, it is the second most popular programming language after C. It...

Understanding The Mobile Marketing Funnel

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Apps and the mobile marketing funnel: In today’s dynamic world, new mobile apps are launching at breakneck speed. The mobile app industry is evolving at a pace like never before, with a staggering 3.4 million apps in the Apple App Store alone. To...

AB Testing Tools Customer Reviews - Movers and Shakers

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Analysis of A/B Testing Tools Customer Reviews & Market Presence As a greater proportion of sales move online. The use of A/B testing tools is likely to increase as more organisations see the value in conversion rate optimisation (CRO). I’m a...

Creating a Development and Testing Process for Google Tag Manager

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Google Tag Manager (GTM) is a powerful and free tag management platform. It allows you to configure and enrich data sent to Google Analytics. However, unless you have a robust process for development and testing you will miss opportunities to...

Creating Optimised Online Forms with Paperform

Online Forms - Paperform

Creating online forms that look professional and work for both the user and your website is one of the most important aspects of conversion rate optimisation. There can be a tendency to focus on users who complete an online form, rather than those...

How to Create a Conversion Optimization Plan Everyone Understands

Process for conversion rate optimisation

What is a conversion optimization plan? Conversion rate optimization (CRO) is the practice of modifying websites in order to increase their effectiveness at turning visitors into customers. CRO is just one of the many available strategies for...

How Do Visual Design feedback Tools Help Optimise Websites?

Visual design feedback tools

Why visual design feedback? Insightful visual design feedback can prevent changes being made to your site that can damage the user experience and reduce your conversion rate. Your website should be like a highly-tuned racing car that provides a high...

How to choose the right eCommerce platform

Ecommerce platforms are all different just like labels

Getting the right eCommerce Platform for your business: As crowds migrate from the mall to the mouse, it’s natural that you want to get in on the eCommerce action. It may not surprise you that, according to the US Department of Commerce, 53%...

Why Do 'Box Tickers' Kill Conversion Optimisation Programmes?

Process for conversion rate optimisation

Why is it so difficult to get companies to build conversion rate optimisation (CRO) programmes and develop a culture of experimentation? When trying to get A/B tests approved and built it can seem like you are swimming through treacle. I’ve done...

Five Design Mistakes That Kill Conversion Rates

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Good web design is usually simple and intuitive. That doesn’t mean web design is easy or that design mistakes don't occur. This is why it’s important to bring together specialists. Such as UX design, conversion optimisation and user research to...

11 Usability Insights From Don’t Make Me Think!

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Steve Krug communicates almost everything you need to know about usability and more with his book - Don’t make me think! Everything on a web page should be self-evident, obvious and self-explanatory. A good design should be intuitive and almost...

Top Tips for Creating Conversion-Increasing Content

Blogging is an important element of content marketing

12 Surprisingly Effective Tips for Creating Conversion-Increasing Content Content is one of the leading powers of marketing, and it cannot be avoided. If you want your business to succeed, using content is a great step in the right direction....

Does Skeuomorphism Improve Adoption of Technology?

Use of digital skeuomorphism by Apple with iPhones

Skeuomorphism is the design concept which uses ornamental design elements to create three dimensional effects to make items resemble their real-world counter-parts. Digital skeuomorphism is frequently used to provide a visual cue in the design of...

Skyrocket Conversions By Fixing Your User Experience

Fixing a broken user experience will have more impact than trying to improve user motivation or applying persuasion techniques

A broken user experience can completely kill conversions, and yet many companies make changes without evidence and launch features no one wants. Why do companies put so little effort into fixing their user experience? Could it be that no one ever...

11 Insights From Conversion Elite 2017

The Conversion Elite conference was held in Manchester on 2nd November 2017 and included some of the best speakers on conversion rate optimisation

Whenever I attend a conference like Conversion Elite, I like to spend five minutes at the end of the event to write down the big take-outs. This helps me reflect on the key themes and it forces me to consider what I should change or add to my...

How To Create A High Performing Landing Page Design

Creating a high converting landing page design can make a massive difference to the bottom line as it is near the top of the conversion funnel

Are you struggling with a conversion rate of less than 6% with your landing page design? Are over 30% of your visitors bouncing and are your engagement metrics poor? Well, if that is the case there is a strong likelihood that your page is suffering...

How To Undertake a Heuristic Evaluation of a Website

Process for conversion rate optimisation

A heuristic evaluation is an expert based analysis that applies experience-based techniques to identify and discover solutions to problems with a user experience. It is a structured approach to assessing an existing user design and though it offers...

7 Strategies For B2B Marketing Personalisation

B2B personalisation has the potential to significantly increase website revenues

Personalisation and marketing automation are now proven strategies in digital B2C marketing for increasing conversion rates and revenues. For example eConsultancy estimate that the suggest feature on Amazon.com generates an additional 10 to 30 per...

5 Free Digital Tools That Every Start-Up Should Have

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When you establish a digital start-up budgets are very tight and free digital tools can help save your business. It's essential to have visibility of how your business is performing. When I advise start-ups on how to optimise their website the first...

Why Should You Use A Google 5 Day Design Sprint?

Google 5 day design sprints allow for rapid development and user testing of concepts

I was recently asked to use my expertise in user behaviour and conversion optimisation to contribute to a Google 5 day design sprint run by New Haircut. It was a very intensive, but enjoyable five days working on a new digital concept. It’s a...

Dark UX or Persuasive Design?

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As a conversion rate optimisation consultant I find dark UX interesting because it essentially puts the needs of the company before that of the customer. It is the opposite of normal UX principles as dark UX employs design improve your conversion...

What Are The Implications of Galls Law For Digital Marketing?

Gall's Law tells us that complex systems evolve from simple systems that worked

Galls Law is a rule of thumb or heuristic which indicates that complex systems that work are normally found to have evolved from a simple system that worked. Trying to design a complex system from scratch is never successful and it cannot be made to...

Hick's Law And User Experience Design

Hick's Law defines the relationship between the number of choices and the time it takes people to make a decision

In 1951 the British psychologist William Hick conducted experiments with a series of lights and Morse code keys to measure choice reaction times. Hick discovered that the relationship between the time it took to make a decision and the number of...

Should You Optimise For Your VIP Customers?

VIP Customers - Loss aversion influences behaviour is lots of ways

What if most revenues are generated by a few VIP customers? Some websites get most of their revenues from a relatively small proportion of high value VIP customers. This begs the question should you optimise your site design around your most...

How important are processes in conversion rate optimisation?

Digital Tools

Do processes matter for conversion optimisation? Processes matter as they help structure our behaviour and reduce the risk that we might forget to do something important. They provide for a consistent framework and can ensure rigour in our...

What Is Conversion Rate Optimisation?

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Does CRO Say What It Does On The Tin? When people ask me what I do for a living and I mention website or conversion rate optimisation (CRO). I often find they think I'm talking about another area of digital marketing. Many people think CRO is...

How To use Google Search Console To Boost Conversions

Google Search Console is an essential tool for all webmasters

Google Search Console is Free! When I advise start-ups on conversion rate optimisation the first thing I do is set them up with Google Search Console tool (previously Google Webmaster Tools). Unlike many free solutions Google Search Console provides...

CRO & The Growth Strategy That's Being Ignored

building an A/B testing plan using the test and learn approach

Why is CRO failing to get traction in the boardroom? and why is it that Amazon Prime converts 74% of the time on Amazon.com? Yet the average Ecommerce retailer only converts 3.1% of the time? According to research by Millward Brown Digital, even...

Artificial Intelligence & Conversion Optimisation

Evolutionary algorithms are revolutionising conversion rate optimisation

Artificial Intelligence & Rapid Optimisation: Digital marketing is a zero-sum game – it’s survival of the fittest. Brands have to respond to changing customer needs and new technology like artificial intelligence as otherwise they are likely...

Why is auto-play always bad for conversions?

auto-play videos can be distracting and annoy users

Auto-play is bad for website accessibility! Do you find it annoying when someone is playing music or a video in a public place and doesn’t use headphones? Well, how do you think your visitors feel when they land on your site and are greeted by...

Are Multi-Armed Bandit Tests Superior To A/B Tests?

Multi-armed bandits seek to aggressively optimise content

What are multi-armed bandit tests? Multi-armed bandit tests (MAB) use an algorithm to proactively seek out the best performing experience. It aggressively optimises and increases the average conversion rate during a test. This means that you can...

How to improve site load speed to increase conversions

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Does Load Speed Matter? A slow loading webpage creates a poor user experience, but does it really make a significant difference if you have an awesome proposition, product or website? Well, Google discovered that load speed does matter big time...

10 Conversion Rate Optimisation Strategy Secrets

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A successful conversion rate optimisation strategy has the potential to significantly improve revenues from your digital marketing and increase business growth. Companies such as Spotify, Netflix, Google, and Booking.com have mastered this process....

7 Tools For Getting Quick Design Feedback

Website design feedback tools

Quick Design Feedback Tools: How do you get quick design feedback so that you can minimise the risk of reducing conversion on your site or app? There is constant pressure to keep websites looking fresh and to add new functionality or content to...

Conversion Rate Optimisation Strategy Mistakes

Conversion rate optimisation mistakes companies make with conversion rate optimization

10 Top Conversion Rate Optimisation Strategy Mistakes: There is plenty of advice on Twitter and other social media about conversion rate optimisation strategy. ConversionXL, Widerfunnel, and Hubspot to name but a few. Despite this many...

Improving Information Architecture Using Tree Testing

Using Tree Testing to improve website navigation

How Good Is Your Information Architecture? The information architecture of a site or app is crucial to creating a good user experience. A good test of the information architecture is to evaluate how easy it is for visitors to find what they are...

Why Do One-Page Websites Suck?

Single page websites like popcorngarage.com can cause problems with SEO and conversion

What Is A One-Page Website? Is a one-page website a passing fad that participants will in time see as a ghastly mistake or do they have a place as a practical alternative to the traditional large website? Now, I’m not questioning the role of a...

Does A Website Presenter Improve Conversions?

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What Are The Benefits Of A Website Presenter?  If you visit the websites for Virgin Holidays, IoEE, Lettingref.com, Sheraton Hotels, Surefit Carpets, or many other sites you may come across a virtual website presenter or greeter....

User Experience Tools To Improve Conversions

User experience tools provide visual insights of where and how customers interact with your site

User Experience Tools For CRO: Minimising friction in the customer experience is crucial to conversion rate optimisation. User experience tools that show you where and how your visitors interact with your site can provide valuable insights into...

13 Customer Onboarding Tools To Boost Conversions

Customer onboarding tools guide and educate new customers like this tour on Hotjar

Why Customer Onboarding Tools? Research by the Nielsen Norman Group indicates that most visitors will take just 10 to 12 seconds to decide whether to exit a webpage if it doesn’t sufficiently engage them. Customer...

Why Does Usability Testing Improve Conversions?

Usability testing helps prevent user frustration from a poor user experience

Why Should You Do Usability Testing? To create a pain free user experience and optimise conversion it is essential to carry out usability testing research. Sure, you can ask a few people around the office to check out your new site, but it is more...

How To Use Live Chat To Improve Conversions

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What Are The Benefits of Live Chat? Live chat can help improve visitor engagement, reduce bounce rates and cut operational costs by offering real-time interaction with customers whilst they are on your website. Why wait until visitors have left...

Image Optimisation Tools To Improve Load Speed

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14 Resources For Image Optimisation: Pictures are important for websites because studies indicate that a relevant image improves engagement and views of a page. Images grab our attention and can trigger emotions much more quickly than text. Our...

Voice of The Customer Tools To Boost Conversions

Voice of customer tools allow you to gather insights so that you can improve conversions

Do you want to use Voice of the Customer tools to get feedback from your visitors, but not sure how to go about it? I've outlined below a best practice guide on how to use online Voice of the Customer tools to gain insights and increase conversions....

How To Create An Awesome Explainer Video

Explainer videos can be a powerful conversion influencer

So you think you want an explainer video on your website? Well, there are plenty of good reasons why you should be seriously considering this option to improve your conversion rate on key pages. People are 174% more likely to buy after...

How To Optimise Conversions Using A/B Tests

Steps in A/B Testing Process

When people talk about A/B tests they often refer to call to action button changes and landing page tests. They also sometimes talk about only changing one element on a page at a time to ensure you can tell exactly what generated the difference...

How do Names Influence Behaviour and Outcomes?

Names influence perceptions and outcomes

Names and the psychological associations they hold are so deeply rooted in our psyche that we are magnetically drawn towards the concepts they embody. These associations are so strong that they can result in behaviour that is automatic and totally...

Conversion Rate Optimisation In 9 Simple Steps

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The biggest mistake people make with conversion rate optimisation is not having a well-defined process to ensure a systematic approach to improving success metrics such as revenues or sales. Without such a process you are almost certainly going...

8 Card Sorting Tools To Improve Information Architecture

Card sorting tools allow you to optimise your information architecture

Online card sorting is a usability tool that helps categorise your webpages by identifying how visitors would expect to find content or functionality. Online card sorting is a quick and simple way of evaluating your information architecture,...

6 Conversion Optimisation Myths That Must Die

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There are a number of common conversion optimisation myths that must die. Conversion rate optimisation is a strategic process that involves measuring performance and learning as we go. If we restrict our ability to learn by listening to myths...

Cross Browser Testing Tools To Improve Conversions

Cross-browser testing tools help identify problems with the user experience

Do you every wonder why your conversion rate is significantly lower on some browsers and devices? This is because web pages can look very different in each browser they are viewed in because a browser understands some code slightly different than...

Is Your Mobile Only User Journey Leaking Cash?

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Since 2014 mobile devices have been the most used device to browse the internet. But this is only a transient stage in the shift towards the dominance of mobile devices. The real change is the mobile only user, where visitors rely solely on their...

7 Website & Shopping-Cart Abandonment Tools

Costing Money: Shopping-cart abandonment is a problem for online retailers and if you can convert abandoning visitors you could massively increase revenues. On average, around 96% of people who visit a website will leave without generating a...

Which Are The Best A/B Testing Tools?

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A Guide To Selecting A/B Testing Tools: A/B testing tools are an important component of conversion rate optimisation. It allows you to serve and measure the relative performance of different experiences by managing online controlled experiments....

How Should You Prioritise Your A/B Test Ideas?

Steps in A/B Testing Process

Getting Maximum Return on Investment: Before you begin A/B testing it is critical to ensure you prioritise A/B tests so that you achieve maximum benefit for your organisation. This means you must be careful to prioritise the pages and journeys most...

Why Don't Companies A/B Test Their Websites?

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Does your website have lots of obvious faults and usability problems that you need to fix? Are you fully aware of what changes need to be made to improve the performance of your site? Do you lack some of the functionality that many of your...

Should You Test Your Call To Action Buttons?

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Testing Call To Action Buttons! Call to action (CTAs) buttons can be an important element of website optimisation. They determine where a customer should go next. However, sometimes testing the call to action appears to be the default strategy for...

7 Myths About Conversion Optimisation!

Process for conversion rate optimisation

Don't Make These Conversion Optimisation Mistakes: Conversion Optimisation has become an increasingly important method for improving the customer experience and ultimately conversion. Developing a program of conversion optimisation using split (A/B)...