The following test from Expedia shows how understanding how your users interact with your forms leads to conversion rate gains.
At a glance, they simply dropped the “Company name:” field and that increased their site PROFIT by $12 million a year according to Silicon.com.
Why was changing this field so critical?
Because that single field broke the flow of their entire UI:
- When visitors see the “Company” field, they were confused.
- Visitors thought Expedia meant they should put in their Bank name.
- Users then put their’s Bank’s address into the billing fields.
- This led to failed transactions, which led to abandons.
Conversion rate optimization gains are often just a function of getting your broken UI the $!@$!@ out of the way of your end user . . .
Yes, it’s that damn simple and you need to start by understanding how users ACTUALLY interact with your funnel.
Do it yourself, have us do it for you, but heck just do it.
Here’s a breakdown of our favorite platforms to learn more about how to uncover buried friction in your conversion funnel:
- UserTesting.com – For less than $100 you can have three complete strangers go through your website, attempt to perform a task, and listen to their annotation and observe them through a screen capture.
- UserFly.com– UserFly is the more macro-version of UserTesting – this system allows you to watch as live user sessions play out on your site, and dig into the data.
- ClickTale.com– Incredible set of tools, the “attention heatmaps” in particular have provided us with double digit conversion insights on a regular basis, well worth the price of admission as well as their user session recording.
- Finally, worth a mention is a newer tool that has disruptive potential –GazeHawk.com provides eye-tracking studies for less than $50.00.
Online solutions like CrazyEgg.com mimic the functionality without being as exacting, and most traditional eye-tracking vendors rely on expensive hardware solutions and charge 10 – 20x that fee.
If you think $12 million is a big number, make sure not to miss the story of the button that increased sales by $300,000,000.
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