Did you know that your site’s design can help or hinder the site’s conversion rate? The way your site looks will determine whether or not someone stays on the site long enough to make a purchase. So, if you’re having trouble with your site conversion, you may need to make some changes to your design.
1. Review Your Colors
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Take a look at your color scheme. There are a lot of color options, and it’s possible that your colors are keeping people away. There is a psychology to color, and you need to make sure that your website is projecting the correct feelings. When considering the colors on your website, take a look at the background colors, accent colors, and font colors. Read the rest of this entry »
Lots of people come to us for landing page optimization, but there’s a great deal to be learned from shopping cart abandonment as well. Today we’re excited to release an infographic showing the major concerns and solutions to battling shopping cart abandonment. Here are a few core concepts we always find interesting:
- Ecommerce sites have an average cart abandonment rate of 55% to 75%
- The average online checkout process includes 5.6 pages
- 40% of shoppers are hesitant to create an account because they expect to receive spam
What surprises you?
You have a product or service to sell and you have a website. Now what? Well, now you need to have landing pages. Many new businesses make the fatal mistake of thinking they can save money by creating their own landing page content. Though the upfront cost may be saved, the overall cost can hurt.
The sites mentioned below are all great sites. We do not mean to call them out; they just had the awesome luck of being the first ones we saw that made the mistakes we wanted to point out. Remember, these mistakes are common throughout landing page content creation. We are not bashing these sites – they excel in many areas, however, they could use improvements in the areas mentioned.
We all hate pop-ups, right? Well, technically yes. In most studies, 90-95% of respondents claim to hate pop-ups. So, if this is true, why are they still used all over the internet? The honest truth of the matter is that they are used because, as much as people hate them, they respond to them. Many website owners have seen an increase in sales as much as 40% after adding pop-ups. However, you need to be careful and use un-annoying tactics when integrating pop-ups in your site.
As always, be sure to test your popup, as these are general guidelines and may not be the best for your traffic. Consult our Opt-in Email Newsletter Popup Best Practices for more inspiration on what to test.
First dates and landing pages have nothing in common, right? Wrong! In fact, the two have a surprising number of similarities. Both can be awkward if done wrong, and great if done correctly. A good landing page, like a good first date, can lead to amazing things. A bad date, like a bad landing page, can lead to a nasty reputation.
First Impressions are Everything
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Have you ever been set up on a blind date? You open the door and take a look at the other person for the first time. What do you see? Unfortunately what you see first is what is going to stick in your mind for the rest of the date, and probably for a long time afterward. First impressions are crucial. You don’t want to assault the visitors to your site with painfully bright color schemes and outdated gifs. Don’t be the guy that shows up with overly greased hair and a Hawaiian shirt to go to a fancy restaurant. Read the rest of this entry »
Colors – they say a lot about a website. As a society, we’ve been studying colors and the associations behind them for a long time. There have been sociological and psychological studies performed, history studied, and more. No matter what is behind how we perceive colors, there is no denying certain colors evoke certain emotions. What are the colors of your website saying to your customers?
Stay Calm with Blue
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Blue has long been seen as a calm, cool color. In web design it also shows that you are trustworthy. There are a variety of major companies that use cool shades of blue to help portray this in their branding. Take Microsoft for example. Blue works great with any number of products and industries.
The hottest new phrase in both web design and SEO is responsive design. Responsive design, in simple terms, is a way to ensure that your website is easily viewable on a variety of devices of different sizes. This is achieved through stacking of elements. When you are considering the SEO of your website, there are some important reasons to consider responsive design.
Google Considers Responsive Web Design Best Industry Practice
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When talking about Search Engine Optimization, it’s important to know and follow what Google says is in. It has the largest market share of the search engines, so basically, what it says goes. Recently, Google has stated that responsive web design is the industry best practice. This means that if you have both a regular website and a mobile version, you may end up being ranked lower than someone who has a responsive design. Read the rest of this entry »
If you don’t have enough white space on your website, you are wasting your design. There are significant reasons for ensuring that you have white space. From leading the visitor’s eye to what you want them to see to helping the overall design look good, consider the following reasons you need to unclutter your site.
Emphasize Important Elements
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What is the most important thing on your landing page? Is it the text, the images, or something a little more specific? No matter what is most important, make sure that it is surrounded by white space. This will help emphasize that this is an important element. If you have an image that is extremely important, don’t make the image larger; instead, increase the white space around it to emphasize the importance. Read the rest of this entry »
If you don’t have a social media presence for your website, you almost might as well not have a website at all. Ok, so it’s not quite that bad, but you really do need to have a good integration of social media. There are a lot of ways to do this, but today we are talking about why. What is the importance of using social media, and what are the consequences if you don’t?
Social Media Bumps up Your SEO
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Riddle me this – What do social media and search engines have in common? Answer – They both love fresh, new, relevant content. Because of this, they are working hand-in-hand today. Realistically, if you have a crappy social media presence, or none at all, you are likely to rank lower in the search engines. Maybe it sucks (depends on your opinion of social media), but that’s the way the world, and SEO, is going. The more social, the better. Read the rest of this entry »
Did you know that cell phones are used more for data now than they are to actually make phone calls? Well over half of all cell phone users in the United States use their cell phones regularly to surf the Internet. Because of this, you need to make sure that your landing page can handle the smaller size of a cell phone screen. The best way to do this? Have a separate landing page.
Text Needs to be Readable
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Have you ever visited a website on your phone, only to realize that you can’t actually read what’s there? It’s irritating. Not only do you have to zoom into what you are trying to read, you then need to move the page all over the place, back and forth, to continue reading the page. It’s almost not worth the effort. As a website owner, you need to make sure that your landing page for mobile devices is easily readable on the smaller screens. Read the rest of this entry »