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Conversion Optimization in Practice: BaconBiz 2013

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Patrick McKenzie (patio11) discusses conversion optimization for SaaS companies, using Freckle as a practical example. Includes advice on headlines, SaaS pricing, button calls to action (CTAs), etc

Patrick McKenzie (patio11) discusses conversion optimization for SaaS companies, using Freckle as a practical example. Includes advice on headlines, SaaS pricing, button calls to action (CTAs), etc

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  • 1. CONVERSION OPTIMIZATION IN PRACTICE Patrick McKenzie
  • 2. Want To Follow?  Hashtag #BaconBiz or tweet at @patio11
  • 3. Bingo Cards… Who Knew, Right?
  • 4. It Beats Running A WoW Guild 0 20000 40000 60000 80000 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Profits (While Employed) BCC Day Job
  • 5. Once More, With(out) Feeling
  • 6. Products With A Side Of Consulting 0 20000 40000 60000 80000 Profits (Excluding AR) Consulting BCC Day Job
  • 7. 2012 Was A Very Good Year
  • 8. Not Important Relative To Last Slide 0 40000 80000 120000 160000 200000 Profits (Through 2012, Excluding AR) Training Consulting BCC Day Job
  • 9. Three Stages Of Bootstrapping
  • 10. The Fundamental SaaS Equation
  • 11. Charge. More. • Killed the $9 plan • Added in $199 plan due to apparent demand
  • 12. In Which I Take My Own Darn Advice $0.00 $1.00 $2.00 $3.00 $4.00 $5.00 $6.00 $7.00 $8.00 12/2010 1/2011 2/2011 3/2011 4/2011 5/2011 6/2011 7/2011 8/2011 9/2011 10/2011 11/2011 12/2011 1/2012 2/2012 3/2012 4/2012 5/2012 6/2012 7/2012 8/2012 9/2012 10/2012 11/2012 12/2012 1/2013 2/2013 3/2013 Scaled Revenue for Appointment Reminder
  • 13. Consulting In 30 Minutes
  • 14. Meet Our New Consulting “Client”
  • 15. Get Prospects Into Free Trial
  • 16. Get Trialers Onboarded
  • 17. Get Trialers Engaged
  • 18. Turn Trialers Into Customers
  • 19. … And Keep Them
  • 20. Why Not Just Dig In Blind?
  • 21. Pre-signup Funnel For Freckle
  • 22. Losing HUGE Numbers Early 15% conversion from home page to viewing plans page
  • 23. All Comparisons Are Rough But… 38% conversion from home page to viewing plans page 20% to 100% more signups (all else equal)
  • 24. Identify High-Value Targets
  • 25. What can we fix that with? Hypothesis: Customer doesn’t what Freckle is
  • 26. Online Time Tracking With Freckle
  • 27. Frictionless Time Tracking
  • 28. Time Tracking With 42% Less Suck
  • 29. What can we fix that with? Hypothesis: Customer doesn’t understand how Freckle benefits their life
  • 30. Bill more hours in less time
  • 31. Earn more money freelancing with less pain
  • 32. Bill 15 more hours next month
  • 33. What can we fix that with? Hypothesis: Customer doesn’t know if Freckle is right for them, specifically
  • 34. Too much Free in your freelancing? “Freckle helps you actually bill every hour you actually work.”
  • 35. Freelancers And Firms Find Freckle Fabulous “Time tracking doesn’t start with an F? Dang, we had a pretty good thing going there.”
  • 36. Do you bill at least $25 an hour?
  • 37. Poking Holes In The Funnel
  • 38. Always Have A Clear Next Step
  • 39. Nobody Buys “Plans & Pricing”
  • 40. Buttons Should Look Like Buttons
  • 41. You’re Trained To Miss This One
  • 42. Big And Easy To Click Get your pancake
  • 43. Speaking of Button Copy
  • 44. Verb + Benefit + (Immediacy?)
  • 45. Note omission of “account” / “sign up”, which suggest the pain of charges and bureaucracy. Get started now
  • 46. If your feature/value proposition is sufficiently compelling, it can be a good button. Start tracking your time now
  • 47. Classics are classics for a reason. Try Freckle For Free
  • 48. “No, really, this is the time tracking software you will actually use. 45% of people who sign up for our free trial actually start tracking time in their business. Find out why.” Start tracking your time
  • 49. “Plans And Pricing”
  • 50. It’s important to you, but fails to provide value to the customer. Also, loses scent versus the previous page. Avoid “Sign Up”
  • 51. “Don’t worry, you can change at any time.” Start With This Plan
  • 52. Analysis Paralysis
  • 53. Less Choices Often Raises Conversions
  • 54. Too Much Information
  • 55. Objection: What if I don’t like it?
  • 56. Objection: Can I trust you?
  • 57. Objection: Is it worth the cost?
  • 58. Objection: Will my team use it?
  • 59. Spend More Time Than You’re Comfortable With On This Page
  • 60. First Run Experience
  • 61. Explicitly Ask To Onboard Team
  • 62. Thanks for Listening  Blog at http://www.kalzumeus.com  Slides will be posted. See @patio11  Send me email. I love chatting about this. patrick@kalzumeus.com