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Does your website suck? The best way to find out is to ask your visitors. Presented by iPerceptions at the 2009 OMS seminar in San Diego

Does your website suck? The best way to find out is to ask your visitors. Presented by iPerceptions at the 2009 OMS seminar in San Diego

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Does Your Website Suck Does Your Website Suck Presentation Transcript

  • Does Your Website Suck? Let Your Visitors Guide The Way Michael Whitehouse – Senior Marketing Analyst
  • Who are we? (No boos, please!)
    • Free website survey for SMBs, co-developed by Avinash Kaushik
    • Four questions no site owner should be without
    • Visitor-sourced data from December 2008
    • 50,000 4Q survey respondents pulled from close to a thousand actively running studies
    • Powerful VOC surveys, measuring all aspects of the user experience
    • 5 million actual website visitors
    • Over 700 projects for Fortune 2000 companies
    • Helping to build a better web since 2000
    www.iperceptions.com 4Q.iperceptions.com
  • The User Experience
  • There is no magic formula
  • But there are many winning formulas Provided you know your audience
  • Knowing Your Audience
  • Using the right tools
  • A Great User Experience Pays Off
    • Visitors who report great user experiences are:
    • Twice as likely to return to the site
    • Four times as likely to report enhanced brand opinion
    • Four times as likely to report higher future likelihood to purchase
  • Watching without listening
  • Watching without listening
  • Is this our visitor? Watching without listening
  • Listen to Know Who is here? Why are they here? How am I doing? What do I need to fix?
  • Segmentation: What makes the web different from other media
  • Start with the basics
  • Then mix in visitor intent
  • Create Real Delineation Learn Onsite to research and gather information for a future purchase Support Onsite to get technical support for a specific product Shop Onsite with the cognitive intent to make a purchase during the visit
  • Change Your Site’s Orientation Tabbed navigation
  • Use metrics to measure outcomes
  • Conversion isn’t always about $ Average website in North America converts at 2-3% This is what they obsess about. This is what they should obsess about.
  • Average website in North America converts at 2-3% Behavioral Analytics Voice of Customer Analytics Conversion isn’t always about $
  • Average website in North America converts at 2-3% Conversion Task Completion Conversion isn’t always about $
  • Verbatims = golden nuggets! Your search results are misleading. I can’t find links to the support page! Update your product news ticker.
  • More than feedback alone
  • “ NEED BIGGER PICS” More than feedback alone
  • Is this our visitor? Or is this our visitor? More than feedback alone
  • Let’s try that again… Male, Aged 20-29, 2-3 monthly visits Female, Aged 40-49, First visit Male, Aged 30-39, Visits weekly Your search results are misleading. I can’t find links to the support page! Update your product news ticker.
  • Be systematic about the user experience Listen Measure Test Change Rinse and Repeat
  • User experience measurement is evolving
  • Behavioral Data Voice of Customer Data layering
  • Some advice on surveys Every survey is an interruption
    • Be unobtrusive
    • Be polite
    • Sample what you need
  • The State of the User Experience
  • Setting the Table Source: http://www.comscore.com/press/release.asp?press=2658 Non-Travel (Retail) Spending *Corresponding days based on corresponding shopping days (Oct 27 – Dec 18, 2007)
  • Times are tough http://www.coremetrics.com/downloads/coremetrics-benchmark-industry-report-2008-12-us.pdf
  • Best Buy Memo
    • ” We can't change the overall level of consumer spending, but we can focus on deepening our relationships with customers wherever we interact with them: in our stores, on our Web sites and through our call centers….We must find ways to win with the customers who are coming to us today.”
    Source: The Consumerist (http://consumerist.com/5084305 best-buy-to-employees-survive-the-meltdown-by-making-customer-service-a-priority)
  • Your Site is Your Best Weapon The Web businesses that will not only survive the downturn but come out ahead are those that will… address customer confidence issues throughout their Web contact points. Source: Forrester, Topic Overview: eBusiness and the Economy, November 14, 2008
  • TC by Industry
  • U.S. Retails Lagged Other Markets
  • Focus on US Retail - % Shares Research / Learn (34%) Buy (25%) Price / Promo Shopping (15%) Browse / Compare Products (8%) Funnel Activities Company Info (10%) Profile management – 4% Tech support – 3% Consume content – 1% Post-Funnel Activities Funnel Activities Post-Funnel Activities
  • Consumer recession stretches funnel Research Browse Buy Old Reality: Compressed Funnel Company Info Research New Reality: Lengthened Funnel Browse Promo Shop Buy
    • Net out: More Brand Interactions!
  • US Retail – Task Completion Research / Learn (74%) Buy (56%) Price / Promo Shopping (74%) Browse / Compare Products (79%) Funnel Activities Company Info (85%) Profile management – 72% Tech support – 51% Consume content – 74% Post-Funnel Activities Funnel Activities Post-Funnel Activities
  • What’s stopping buyers?
    • Product availability and pricing might be beyond your control as a website marketer. But when you’re driving traffic to your website and these visitors can’t find what they’re looking for and they complain about site usability, these are big issues, and ones that you can fix!
  • Optimize for better Usability
    • Order cart
    • “ The shopping cart would not let me add anything to it. I tried to call your place of business and it was closed.”
    • “ I logged in several times and tired to purchase the Esther video or audio to download. When I tried to add to the cart, I received an error message. Really frustrating!”
    • “ Apparently I shop to slowly….the items in my cart kept disappearing if I wasn’t speedy!”
    • “ I wanted to purchase a pair of bike shoes, but there was no “Add to Cart” button/function.”
  • Didn’t find what I was looking for
    • “ Could not find the specific item I was looking for therefore I could not purchase.”
    • “ I didn’t find what I wanted. I was looking for something to give my 10 year old niece. I searched by age, gender, and interest. Nothing caught my eye.”
    • “ I was looking for a Prada perfume. I guess you just don’t carry it.”
    • “ I could not find the toy my daughter wanted. I had seen it in the catalogue we received at home.”
    • “ I was searching for a certain pair of boots that I purchased in a store. I wanted to buy a pair for my son but you don’t have them available online!”
    • “ You simply didn’t have anything for my son. I thought I could find the toys I had seen in your catalogue but I found nothing. I suppose I won’t be returning to the site again.”
  • The Advent of Social Shopping?
    • From Shop.org’s 9 E-Commerce Predictions for 2009:
    • Communal Conversion
    • “ Retailers will investigate how to insert people and social connections into the buying process, illuminating and influencing the Black Hole Of Consideration.”
    • 3) TWOM = Trusted Word of Mouth
    • “ With new connective technologies, shoppers will now be able to see reviews, experiences, and critiques from people they actually know and trust.”
    Source: http://blog.shop.org/2009/01/05/nine-e-commerce-predictions-for-2009/
  • The Advent of Social Shopping?
  • Wrapping up: Some takeaways Times are tough and sites are feeling the pinch
  • Wrapping up: Some takeaways Sites are struggling to convert would-be buyers
  • Wrapping up: Some takeaways There is hope! Let your visitors guide the way
  • Wrapping up: Some takeaways Two allies: segmentation and measurement
  • Wrapping up: Some takeaways Be promiscuous and holistic
  • Thank you!