User experience and SEO: Is your website losing you customers? Chelmsford City Showcase

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Online, first impressions count. When landing on your website, customers take just seconds to decide whether to look around or hit the ‘back’ button, returning to Google and jumping to your competitor’s site. If your website is badly designed, poorly worded or underperforming in search engines, you are likely to be missing opportunities.

This presentation will help you to make your website work harder for your business. User experience expert, Barnie Mills, and search marketing specialist, Ian Miller, from Ipswich-based digital agency Crafted explore what makes a successful website, helping you to boost enquiries and improve online sales. Looking at design, content and search engine optimisation (SEO) tactics, the presentation outlines helpful tweaks to boost the performance of your existing site and the considerations for creating one from scratch.

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User experience and SEO: Is your website losing you customers? Chelmsford City Showcase

  1. 1. Stand 26 | @craftedmedia Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) and User Experience: Is your website losing you customers? Stand 26 | @craftedmedia
  2. 2. Ian Miller Barnie Mills Search Director Head of Design
  3. 3. Stand 26 | @craftedmedia What the next hour is about • Engaging users to increase site conversion • Quite a lot of common sense • Some tools to check the results • Hopefully, a way to remember everything…
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  6. 6. Stand 26 | @craftedmedia Where are they coming from?
  7. 7. Stand 26 | @craftedmedia Where are they coming from? Source Medium Google organic/cpc/referral Bing organic/cpc Facebook referral Google shopping cpc Yahoo organic/referral Outlook direct
  8. 8. Stand 26 | @craftedmedia What do we know about them? Metrics - numbers Dimensions - things Visits Landing page Page views Keyword Goal completion rate % Browser Revenue Source Bounce rate % Medium Average time on site City
  9. 9. Stand 26 | @craftedmedia Don’t make assumptions • What is ‘bounce rate’? • Spending time on site doesn’t always equate to value • Segment traffic
  10. 10. Stand 26 | @craftedmedia Which is more valuable? Visits Referral Traffic 49,389 2.84 00:02:23 77.63% Site Avg: 2.62 (8.22%) Site Avg: 00:02:29 (-4.47%) Site Avg: 76.66% (1.14%) 38,756 2.25 00:02:26 78.55% 64.96% Site Avg: 2.62 (-14.17%) Site Avg: 00:02:29 (-2.01%) Site Avg: 76.66% (2.46%) Site Avg: 58.56% (10.92%) 9,613 2.71 00:02:31 76.30% 57.73% % of total: 8.41% (114,299) Direct Traffic % New Visits % of total: 33.91% (114,299) Paid Search Traffic Avg. Visit Duration % of total: 43.21% (114,299) Non-paid Search Traffic Pages/Visit Site Avg: 2.62 (3.58%) Site Avg: 00:02:29 (1.13%) Site Avg: 76.66% (1.14%) Site Avg: 58.56% (1-.41%) 2.79 00:02:55 70.12% 53.64% Site Avg: 00:02:29 (17.09%) Site Avg: 75.66% (-8.53%) Site Avg: 58.56% (-8.39%) 16,427 % of total: 14.37% (114,299) Site Avg: 2.62 (86.45%) Bounce Rate 55.34% Site Avg: 58.56% (-6.49%)
  11. 11. Stand 26 | @craftedmedia Do you still agree? Per Visit Goal Goal Results Page Visits Referral Traffic 49,389 9.69% £0.00 9.69% Site Avg: 17.62% (-45.02%) Site Avg: £0.00 (0.00%) Site Avg: 17.62% (-45.02%) 38,756 18.14% £0.00 18.14% Site Avg: 17.62% (2.94%) Site Avg: £0.00 (0.00%) Site Avg: 17.62% (2.94%) 9,613 39.22% £0.00 39.22% % of total: 8.41% (114,299) Direct Traffic (Conversion Rate) % of total: 33.91% (114,299) Paid Search Traffic Conversion Rate % of total: 43.21% (114,299) Non-paid Search Traffic Goal Conversion Rate Site Avg: 17.62% (122.54%) Site Avg: £0.00 (0.00%) Site Avg: 17.62% (122.54%) 16,427 27.64% £0.00 27.64% % of total: 14.37% (114,299) Site Avg: 17.62% (56.86%) Site Avg: £0.00 (0.00%) Site Avg: 17.62% (56.96%)
  12. 12. Stand 26 | @craftedmedia The homepage (Like arranging to meet under the clock at Waterloo) • Easy to offer a wide range of options • Expectation is not as clearly defined • Harder to plan in advance Image by Elliott Brown “ell-r-brown” (Flickr)
  13. 13. Stand 26 | @craftedmedia Landing pages (Like arranging to meet at the cinema) • Expectation is more clearly defined • We can plan in advance Photo: ScypaxPictures, www.flickr.com
  14. 14. Stand 26 | @craftedmedia I want one of these! (They’re fancy!)
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  19. 19. Stand 26 | @craftedmedia Page load We could have failed before we’ve started Every second loading = 0.65 increase in bounce rate!
  20. 20. Stand 26 | @craftedmedia Mobile devices The pre-date bandwidth traffic jam! • Consider image use • What is really important?
  21. 21. Stand 26 | @craftedmedia Mobile isn’t going to go away You can’t just ignore it! Over half of Britain owns a smartphone (Ofcom) 20% of adults own a tablet (Mobile Operators Association and YouGov)
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  23. 23. Stand 26 | @craftedmedia First impressions count online One in five visitors leave websites in The average time spent on a webpage is On average visitors only read around 5 25 20% seconds seconds of content
  24. 24. Stand 26 | @craftedmedia The 5 second rule? • Am I in the right place? • Am I interested? • Do I trust you? • What next?
  25. 25. Stand 26 | @craftedmedia A quick 5 second example…
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  27. 27. Stand 26 | @craftedmedia www.wiggle.co.uk • What 3 activities does the site cater for? • Name three advertised USPs
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  30. 30. Stand 26 | @craftedmedia Passing the 5 second test
  31. 31. Stand 26 | @craftedmedia Dress appropriately
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  33. 33. Stand 26 | @craftedmedia Mobile devices • How will your content display? • How will the user interact?
  34. 34. Stand 26 | @craftedmedia Which device should I target? 40+ Android devices launched in 2012… We no longer know the page size!
  35. 35. Stand 26 | @craftedmedia Responsive web design A single site to maintain A single set of analytics Google recommends
  36. 36. Stand 26 | @craftedmedia Image is everything
  37. 37. Stand 26 | @craftedmedia We provide blue sky technical solutions... SIGN UP No, I have no idea what you’re on about
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  39. 39. Stand 26 | @craftedmedia Clear calls to action PRESS
  40. 40. Stand 26 | @craftedmedia (I also flash and play the theme from The Apprentice every 30 seconds)
  41. 41. Stand 26 | @craftedmedia For bespoke digital marketing call Crafted today 01473 213 222
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  45. 45. Stand 26 | @craftedmedia Looks are only skin deep Language is important Learn More About what? It’s a bit vague
  46. 46. Stand 26 | @craftedmedia Looks are only skin deep Language is important Try ‘Blind Date’ Free 60 second sign up What have I got to lose? And it only takes a minute!
  47. 47. Stand 26 | @craftedmedia However, for most of us having a clear, concise call-to-action isn’t enough…
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  49. 49. Stand 26 | @craftedmedia The art of conversation
  50. 50. Stand 26 | @craftedmedia Content should… • Build trust • Build empathy • Build desire
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  52. 52. Stand 26 | @craftedmedia Don’t just talk about yourself • Consider related subjects • Be interesting • Be relevant
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  54. 54. Stand 26 | @craftedmedia Social proof
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  57. 57. Stand 26 | @craftedmedia Trust marks
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  60. 60. Stand 26 | @craftedmedia Design patterns Don’t re-invent the wheel
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  64. 64. Stand 26 | @craftedmedia Beware the anti-pattern! The awkward handshake of user experience • Don’t re-invent the wheel • Be consistent • Avoid the awkward handshake! • darkpatterns.org
  65. 65. Stand 26 | @craftedmedia Beware the dark side! When design patterns turn bad
  66. 66. Stand 26 | @craftedmedia Image: http://darkpatterns.org/ library/trick_questions/
  67. 67. Stand 26 | @craftedmedia Value your customers, it’s easier to lose trust than to gain it!
  68. 68. Stand 26 | @craftedmedia Old fashioned customer service It goes a long way • Keep your promises • Make your customers feel valued • Keep the human touch • Just be nice!
  69. 69. Stand 26 | @craftedmedia Beyond first conversion Ecommerce Visits Returning visitors Transactions 90,670 £31,281.16 942 £33.21 1.04% £0.35 % of total: 73.15% (123.945) New visitors Revenue Average Value Conversion Rate Per Visit Value % of total: 49.22% (£63,548.66) % of total: 52.63% (1,790) Site Avg. £35.50 (-6.46%) Site Avg. 1.44% (-28.06%) Site Avg. £0.51 (-32.71%) 38,756 £32,267.50 848 £38.05 2.55% £.0.97 % of total: 26.85% (123.945) % of total: 50.78% (£63,548.66) % of total: 47.37% (1,790) Site Avg. £35.50 (7.18%) Site Avg. 1.44% (76.46%) Site Avg. £0.51 (89.13%)
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  71. 71. Stand 26 | @craftedmedia Newsletters
  72. 72. Stand 26 | @craftedmedia Welcome to the club • Know your customer • Target them more efficiently • Increase customer value • Member offers/promotions • Faster payment • Make them feel ‘special’
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  78. 78. 40% Increase in Stand 26 | @craftedmedia conversion
  79. 79. 55% Increase in Stand 26 | @craftedmedia conversion
  80. 80. Stand 26 | @craftedmedia Testing toolkit
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  86. 86. Stand 26 | @craftedmedia Conversion rate Blind Date 1. Choose an appropriate venue 2. Turn up on time 3. Make a good first impression 4. Build trust, build the relationship 5. Keep in touch
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