Essential eCommerce Industry Stats For Page Speed

The world we live in is fast-paced and constantly on the move. Our ever-evolving electronic world has trained people and increased their desire for getting things immediately. They want what they want when they want it. Patience left long ago with the land-line.

If your eCommerce site doesn’t load quickly, you will lose conversions and thus revenue.

People like fast sites. Google likes fast sites. If your site is notoriously slow to load, it’s time to get off the fence and do something about it.

In this article we’re going to touch on essential eCommerce industry stats for page speed. Because fast sites do better than slower ones, we’ll talk about stats relevant to you. Then, we’ll dive a little deeper and give you some tips on improving page speeds.

How Fast is Fast Enough?

According to Strangeloop, the typical eCommerce site takes nearly five seconds to load usable content for the site visitor. They tested load times of the top 2,000 retail sites, and they noted the average site takes up to 10 seconds to load. (more…)

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Disappointment Sucks

I was recently privileged to speak at the Velocity Conference in Santa Clara this year. My presentation was on the topic of Conversion Rate Optimization applied to your entire organization.

One of the points was focusing on process, not results. (I’ll discuss that in a future post). An example I used was recent post by Which Test Won that shared how some site got a 972% increase in engagement by making the form longer. Reasonable hypothesis IMO.

My point was simple: Unrealistic expectation creates disappointment. “Expectation is the root of all heartache”, William Shakespeare.

Here’s that section of the talk in a nutshell:



I love Which Test Won. It’s a great place to get ideas and knowledge of what other have tried and succeeded and failed at. I highly recommend it! But… When someone posts that they got a 972% increase in engagement by increasing the length of a form, that is only going to produce disappointment. Imagine your boss reading those results and then later in the afternoon you report to her that you just completed a round of tests and got a very respectable 7.8% increase in conversions over a 30 day period with over 25,000 conversions tested. Her reaction is not going to be great. Your success will feel like a failure. You’re going to feel like you got crapped on, when the company should throw a raging house party for YOU, at YOUR NEW HOUSE they just bought you! “Surprise!” That won’t happen with unrealistic expectations. (OK, it won’t happen at all. But you get the idea.)

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It’s a simple point. If you’re tasked to make changes and run tests, and then show those results to people with unrealistic expectations, you’re not going to be successful, as failure is part of the process. You need to embrace failure and love learning.
I’m not even going to go on a rant about showing these conversion rate “increases”, that are really more a point to the significance, not the true relative increase. If I did rant about that, then I would have to start the post with why I’m a hypocrite in discussing it, as I have done the same.

Back to the “I Hate Which Test Won?” story…

(the day after my presentation) (more…)

10 Copywriting Tips And Techniques For eCommerce Homepages

We talked about copywriting tips for your eCommerce product pages in a previous article, so this time, we’re going to talk about writing for your homepage.

And, we’re going to put a little spin on it. Not only are we going to discuss 10 copywriting tips and techniques for eCommerce homepages, but we’re going to discuss how to do it tactfully and without sounding like a marketing tactic you learned in school.

You know what I’m talking about. It’s those times when – even though you are an honest, genuine person – your copy starts sounding like a sleazy, cold call.

We think it’s important for your homepage copy to reflect your company and its ideals. For example, if you’re selling women’s perfume, you want to be truthful and descriptive with your copy. You want to evoke a feeling, a smell, and a reason to purchase.

You want to write honest copy that sells, right? Here are ten copywriting tips and techniques for your eCommerce homepage that will attract customers and keep them moving through your site.

#1: Write Winning Headlines

Six to 12 words, that’s all that stands between you and a higher click-thru rate. David Ogilvy says, “On average, five times as many people read the headline as read the body copy.”


How eCommerce Companies Can Do Surveys And Questionnaires Onsite

How do you know if your website is meeting your customer’s needs? Ever wondered if they’d like to see certain kinds of products featured on your eCommerce site? How about your customer service – do people like it?

These questions and many more can be answered right on your website by your website visitors and customers.

Offer surveys and questionnaires to get useful information about your eCommerce site and its products.

Surveys and questionnaires can increase your customers’ loyalty because they feel like they are part of the process. By asking their opinion, they have buy-in because they’re either helping you solve a problem or tooting your horn.

The best way to understand what your website visitors are feeling is to survey them.

According to Survey Monkey, every month more than 30 million people complete their surveys. With at least that many people online completing surveys, it’s time you took advantage of this great fact-finder.


Copywriting Tips for ECommerceWhat should I say? How much should I say? How much is too much? Or, for that matter, too little? Who’s my audience? Will they understand what I’ve written? What format works best?

But, wait, I’m not a creative writer! Help!

If you’ve ever muttered these questions to yourself while pouring over your eCommerce product descriptions, than this article is for you. If you’re struggling to write copy that converts, this post is also for you.

Let’s discuss 10 copywriting tips and techniques for eCommerce product pages.

Your job is to create a vivid picture in the shopper’s mind. Your picture must be tantalizing and clear, so much so that the shopper imagines holding the product and using it.

Take a step into the multi-faceted world of creating writing. You are equal parts prose writer (vivid descriptions) and journalist (just the facts, please). A combination of the two creates winning product pages that convert.

Tip #1: Go Back to the Five Ws

You remember these, right? Many of us were taught way back in grade school to use the five Ws when writing or describing something. It’s also a trick of the astute eCommerce writer. Let’s use these five Ws to craft persuasive product descriptions. (more…)

What Is Working On Mobile Today For eCommerce Websites?

Mobile phone traffic to eCommerce websites has increased exponentially in the last few years. According to a Shopify study, when they looked at more than 100,000 eCommerce stores, they saw 50.3% of traffic coming from mobile (40.3% phones/10% tablets) and just 49.7% from computers.

This study exemplifies the importance of mobile. It demands we talk about what is working on mobile today for eCommerce websites.

Let’s talk about design and development strategy as well as some unique marketing strategies for mobile users.

Responsive Web Design

We’ve talked about mobile conversion rates before and how important it is that your eCommerce website be responsive and mobile-friendly. (see my note at bottom of post about mobile testing). A responsive website changes size and adjusts to the users screen size. This is so important to the success of your eCommerce experience.


eCommerce Industry Stats Bounce Rates

Bounce Rates can be intimidating and downright frightening for many website owners. But, in this blog post, we’re going to demystify the lovely Bounce Rate.

We’re going to take a long hard look at eCommerce industry stats on bounce rates. And, we’re going to give you some tips on how to deal with them.

First, let’s define Bounce Rate using Google’s definition:

Bounce Rate is the percentage of single-page sessions (i.e. sessions in which the person left your site from the entrance page without interacting with the page).

There are a number of factors that contribute to a high bounce rate. For example, users might leave your site from the entrance page if there are site design or usability issues. Alternatively, users might also leave the site after viewing a single page if they’ve found the information they need on that one page, and they had no need or interest in going to other pages.

In less vague terms, Bounce Rate is the percentage of visitors that go to only one page before leaving your site.


Are visitors fleeing your website in droves with zero engagement or interaction? Here are eight things that are making your bounce rates sky-rocket. Fix them, or you’re sunk.

Content Not Satisfying Searcher Intent

unsatisfying content

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People visit your website to find information search results have led them to believe your pages contain. Serving them content riddled with sales language, lacking in-depth information, or is boring to read will cause searchers to leave your site. Sentences stuffed with search engine optimization keywords won’t address user concerns either — and may trigger a Google algorithm penalty. (more…)

Just like everything in life, marketing has some basic rules that you’re supposed to follow. However, in some cases, your marketing benefits from breaking these rules. While you don’t want to break all of the rules all of the time, remember that these are not set in stone.

1. Keep Your Focus Unwaveringly


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Rule: It’s said in the marketing world that you should keep your focus. What should you be focusing on, exactly? The rule is that you should focus on your marketing strategy and conversions. Without conversions, you’re not going to make any money. So, you need to do anything and everything necessary to increase the people coming to your landing page, which will in turn help you sell more.

How to Break It: Let’s be honest – making money is most likely the reason you have a landing page in the first place. You want people buying your product or service. However, the best way to do this is not to constantly focus on getting people in the door. If you do this, you’re going to end up getting the wrong people. Instead, focus on your customers. Figure out your target market and use it. In addition to this, you’ll want to split your focus between a few things. Customers, marketing strategy, and your landing page layout all need to be on your mind.


A call to action is the section on your website where you tell a visitor exactly what you want them to do. When you’re considering using a call to action, or CTA, it’s important that you understand the differences between different CTAs as well as proper placement.

Use a Strong Call to Action

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You’re trying to get someone to do something specific on your site. Do you want them to buy a product, or just fill out an email capture form? Either way, you need to tell them. Letting people know with both words and visual clues allows them to fully process the call to action. “Buy Now!” is a strong call to action that tells the customer exactly what you want them to do. (more…)