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Is Conversion Rate Optimization a Dead-End?

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Jeffrey and Bryan Eisenberg founded the first CRO agency in 1998. They were doing client side conversion optimization work as early as 1995. In this presentation, they share the state of the industry from some of the leading practitioners in the industry such as André Morys, CEO of Web Arts,
“We [CRO practitioners] are the dirt under the fingernails of the digital industry.” We try to explain why there is this perception and what can we do about it as a digital marketing executives.

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Is Conversion Rate Optimization a Dead-End?

  1. 1. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, 1 Is Conversion Rate Optimization a Dead-End?
  2. 2. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, 2 A book by conversion agency PRWD that features 17 well known CRO professionals.
  3. 3. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, 3 Jeff Bezos
 CEO & President amazon.com “ This year, Amazon became the fastest company ever to reach $100 billion in annual sales. Also this year, Amazon Web Services is reaching $10 billion in annual sales … doing so at a pace even faster than Amazon achieved that milestone. April 5, 2016 Annual Report B2C B2B
  4. 4. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, 4 “We [CRO practitioners] are the dirt under the fingernails of the digital industry,” — CEO André Morys of Web Arts in the foreword of a recent ebook by Conversion agency PRWD featuring seventeen well known CRO professionals. “
  5. 5. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, 5 Happiness = Reality - Expectations
  6. 6. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, 5 Happiness = Reality - Expectations
  7. 7. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, 6
  8. 8. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, 7
  9. 9. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, What is a conversion rate?
  10. 10. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, 9 The conversion rate is the percentage of users who take a desired action. The archetypical example of conversion rate is the percentage of website visitors who buy something on the site.
  11. 11. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, 10 The three-letter acronym (TLA) being CRO… No, we don’t optimise conversion rates, so CRO is a fundamentally flawed TLA. Despite the cool allusion to a black carrion bird, it cannot stand. We optimise revenue, growth, pricing, value propositions, images, navigation and more. — Brian Massey, Conversion Sciences “
  12. 12. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, 11
  13. 13. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, Type to enter text Copywriting Testing & Experimentation Search Marketing Social Media Design & Layout Psychology, Human Behavior & Persuasion Marketing & Branding Sales Presentation Usability & User Experience Information Architecture Business & Web Analytics
  14. 14. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, 13
  15. 15. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, 13
  16. 16. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, 14 Tweak a button?
  17. 17. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, 15
  18. 18. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, Measuring your conversion rate is like taking your temperature. It cannot tell you what is wrong.
  19. 19. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks,
  20. 20. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, 18 The Kellogg Foundations’s logic model of inputs to impact separates the work from the results. • Inputs - resources that we need to make a change • Activities - what we’ll do with inputs to make a change • Outputs - the volume of work accomplished • Outcomes - the benefit or change derived from our activities • Impact - the long-term consequences from the change CR look!
  21. 21. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, 18 The Kellogg Foundations’s logic model of inputs to impact separates the work from the results. • Inputs - resources that we need to make a change • Activities - what we’ll do with inputs to make a change • Outputs - the volume of work accomplished • Outcomes - the benefit or change derived from our activities • Impact - the long-term consequences from the change CR look!
  22. 22. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, In a letter to shareholders in 2010, Jeff Bezos said: Senior leaders that are new to Amazon are often surprised by how little time we spend discussing actual financial results or debating projected financial outputs. To be clear, we take these financial outputs seriously, but we believe that focusing our energy on the controllable inputs to our business is the most effective way to maximize financial outputs over time. “
  23. 23. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, 20 Getting numbers is easy; getting numbers you can trust is hard — Ronny Kohavi, Microsoft (previously at Amazon)“
  24. 24. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, Funnels Measure Outputs 99.6% 75.5% 89.3% Missed targets Bounced visits Failed to persuade You create the system your visitor must navigate. People don't cause defects, systems do." 
 - W. Edwards Deming 
 “
  25. 25. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, Gravity? • Register • Subscribe • Buy • Share • Review • Like • Follow • Upload • Comment
  26. 26. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, 23
  27. 27. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, Conversion Trinity
  28. 28. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, Example A - Raw Data - CR = 2.25% Example B Step Visitors 1 10,000 2 9,500 3 8,100 4 5,700 5 3,400 6 1,700 7 680 8 225
  29. 29. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, Example A - Conversion At Step
  30. 30. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, Example A - Chance to Convert Forward
  31. 31. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, Example B Step Visitors 1 10,000 2 3,300 3 1,320 4 665 5 400 6 280 7 238 8 225 Example B - Raw Data- CR = 2.25%
  32. 32. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, Example B - Conversion At Step
  33. 33. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, Example B - Chance to Convert Forward
  34. 34. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, a) Conversion isn’t a random event with random probabilities at each stage. b) No variable is neutral; everything matters, but not everything matters equally Example A & B - Chance to Convert Forward
  35. 35. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks,
  36. 36. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, Conversion, Intent & Outcomes Our Goal When... They Want What We Want They Want Other We Can Help 100%? FIX IT! We Can’t Help FIX IT! GO AWAY!
  37. 37. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, 34 In a word: Silos — Chris Goward , Wider Funnel “
  38. 38. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, 35 When things get complicated, we simplify by saying ‘what’s best for the customer?’ And then we take as an article of faith if we do that, it’ll work out in the long term.” “
  39. 39. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, 36
  40. 40. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, 37 People not knowing what they’re doing is a big problem - especially when they think they DO know. Content people - not practitioners - write more and more articles about CRO to get more trafic, backlinks etc. - but they’re really clueless about it. This bullshit content makes people believe CRO is a list of tactics, a swipe file. This creates false beliefs, unrealistic expectations and a naive world view about the whole thing. — Peep Laja , Conversion XL “
  41. 41. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks,
  42. 42. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks,
  43. 43. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, "The miscalibration of the incompetent stems from an error about the self, whereas the miscalibration of the highly competent stems from an error about others.” The bias was first experimentally observed by David Dunning and Justin Kruger of Cornell University in 1999.
  44. 44. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, "The miscalibration of the incompetent stems from an error about the self, whereas the miscalibration of the highly competent stems from an error about others.” The bias was first experimentally observed by David Dunning and Justin Kruger of Cornell University in 1999.
  45. 45. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, "The miscalibration of the incompetent stems from an error about the self, whereas the miscalibration of the highly competent stems from an error about others.” The bias was first experimentally observed by David Dunning and Justin Kruger of Cornell University in 1999.
  46. 46. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, "The miscalibration of the incompetent stems from an error about the self, whereas the miscalibration of the highly competent stems from an error about others.” The bias was first experimentally observed by David Dunning and Justin Kruger of Cornell University in 1999.
  47. 47. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, "The miscalibration of the incompetent stems from an error about the self, whereas the miscalibration of the highly competent stems from an error about others.” The bias was first experimentally observed by David Dunning and Justin Kruger of Cornell University in 1999. More confidence, less competence!
  48. 48. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, 40
  49. 49. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, 41 • The average conversion rate for Top 500 merchants is 3.32%. • The top 25% of online retailers convert at 5.31% • The top 10% of online retailers convert at 11.45%. • Amazon.com non-prime customers convert at 13% —Source: 2015 study by Millward Brown Digital
  50. 50. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, Survivorship Bias & Best Practices Logical errors of concentrating on the people, companies or things that "survived" some process and inadvertently overlooking those that did not because of their lack of visibility. Best Practices or Survivorship Bias?
  51. 51. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, Survivorship Bias & Best Practices Logical errors of concentrating on the people, companies or things that "survived" some process and inadvertently overlooking those that did not because of their lack of visibility. Best Practices or Survivorship Bias?
  52. 52. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, Are we keeping up with our competitors?
  53. 53. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks,
  54. 54. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, 45 There are no right answers to wrong questions. - Ursula K. Le Guin“
  55. 55. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, 46
  56. 56. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, Are we keeping up with our competitors?
  57. 57. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, Are we keeping up with our competitors? Are we keeping up with our customers?
  58. 58. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, 48 • The average conversion rate for Top 500 merchants is 3.32%. • The top 25% of online retailers convert at 5.31% • The top 10% of online retailers convert at 11.45%. • Amazon.com non-prime customers convert at 13% —Source: 2015 study by Millward Brown Digital
  59. 59. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks,
  60. 60. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks,
  61. 61. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, What does it say? 1. They make their UVP clear 2. They test their CTAs 3. They test their headlines 4. They tend to have short forms 5. and another 16 tips
  62. 62. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks,
  63. 63. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, 52 • The average conversion rate for Top 500 merchants is 3.32%. • The top 25% of online retailers convert at 5.31% • The top 10% of online retailers convert at 11.45%. • Amazon.com non-prime customers convert at 13% • Amazon prime members convert at 74% • Investment firm Macquarie says 50% of U.S. households could be members of Amazon Prime by 2020. —Source: 2015 study by Millward Brown Digital
  64. 64. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks,
  65. 65. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, 54 22x 3.32% vs. 74% conversion rate. What exactly is 22x better?
  66. 66. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, 55 A lack of focus on the customer’s non-conscious mind… Today, there are many poorly optimised websites that even elementary CRO approaches can help. Once the basics are exhausted, though, more sophisticated approaches will be needed to keep improving conversion rates. — Roger Dooley, Dooley Direct “
  67. 67. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, Conversion rate is a measure of your ability to persuade visitors to take action they way you want them to. It’s a reflection of your effectiveness and customer satisfaction. For you to achieve your goals, visitors must first achieve theirs.” “ Bryan Eisenberg
 ClickZ 2001
  68. 68. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, 57 100% 80% 60% 40% 20% 0% Performance of companies 80% 8% “Delivery gap” Companies that believe they Provide a superior proposition Companies whose Customers agree Source: Bain Customer-Led Growth diagnostic questionnaire, n=362; Satmetrix Net Promoter database, n = 375
  69. 69. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, Jeff Bezos
 CEO & President amazon.com 58 “ The most important single thing is to focus obsessively on the customer. Our goal is to be earth’s most customer-centric company.”
  70. 70. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks,© 2013 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, #BigData 59 1995...the story begins
  71. 71. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks,© 2013 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, #BigData 59 1995...the story begins
  72. 72. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks,© 2013 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, #BigData 59 1995...the story begins
  73. 73. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks,© 2013 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, #BigData 60
  74. 74. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks,© 2013 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, #BigData 61
  75. 75. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, 62 ~40% of all ecommerce sales go through Amazon
  76. 76. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, 63 We have our own internal experimentation platform called “Weblab” that we use to evaluate improvements to our websites and products. In 2013, we ran 1,976 Weblabs worldwide, up from 1,092 in 2012, and 546 in 2011. – Jeff Bezos, 2014 letter to Amazon’s shareholders “ Amazon was doing over 200 a/b tests at a given time since 2004, how many more learnings have they had than you?
  77. 77. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, 64 The ego of the optimisers makes 90% of test results a lie… Why? Most optimisers suffer from a cognitive bias called “confirmation bias”. They work hard on analysis, hypothesis, concept and building an experiment. If you work hard for something, your mind wants to believe that it is true. — André Morys, Web Arts “
  78. 78. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks,
  79. 79. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, Smart people are very good at rationalizing things they came to believe for non-smart reasons.
  80. 80. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, Smart people are very good at rationalizing things they came to believe for non-smart reasons.
  81. 81. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, Smart people are very good at rationalizing things they came to believe for non-smart reasons. Smart people will usually be able to brush off criticism since they are convinced they are right and, due to their thinking abilities, can probably out-argue most criticism even if the criticism is right.
  82. 82. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks,
  83. 83. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, 67 The purpose of business is to create and keep a customer. “
  84. 84. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, 68 Source: Optimove Blog, April 14, 2016
  85. 85. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, 69 “A brand is no longer what we tell the consumer it is – it is what consumers tell each other it is.” Scott Cook Founder, Intuit & Board of Directors P&G
  86. 86. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, 70 One of the biggest barriers to adopting a data- informed mindset, and a culture of testing & optimization, is a lack of trust, belief or empowerment coming down from the senior levels of businesses — Oli Gardner, Unbounce “
  87. 87. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, 71
  88. 88. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, 72
  89. 89. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, 72
  90. 90. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, 73 I think that there is a Gartner Hype Cycle for A/B testing and that many companies end up stuck in the unproductive part, doing testing that doesn’t shift the needle or more significantly, isn’t teaching you anything for the effort — Craig Sullivan, Optimal Visit “
  91. 91. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, 74 80% of CEOs have lost trust in marketers Source: Fournaise 2012 Global Marketing Effectiveness Program
  92. 92. CEOs made the conscious decision not to expect more from marketing than branding, look/feel good ads and promotions… CEOs feel marketers “live too much in the brand, creative and social media bubble.” — Fournaise 2012 Global Marketing Effectiveness Program, which has interviewed more than 1,200 CEOs across North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks,
  93. 93. 77% of Marketers still think effectiveness is about awareness, 71% think it’s about engagement, and 86% (of the 71%) mistake engagement for conversion. — Fournaise 2015 Global Marketing Effectiveness Program, analyzed more than 500 Marketing strategy documents, creative briefs and effectiveness reports provided by marketers © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks,
  94. 94. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, 77 Testing call to action buttons or titles is nice, but these tests rarely change a thing and keep companies at a low level of optimisation. In order to change this and utilise CRO to its real extent, you have to run meaningful tests, build strategies, probe customers, ask the hard questions and be bold. — Talia Wolf, Conversioner “
  95. 95. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, 78 Happiness = Reality - Expectations
  96. 96. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, 78 Happiness = Reality - Expectations
  97. 97. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, 79 Consumers buy your offering; internal teams buy your ideas. Which ‘customer’ converts better? — Angie Schottmuller , Interactive Artisan“
  98. 98. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, 80
  99. 99. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, 81 7 Clues To CRO Happiness 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
  100. 100. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, 81 7 Clues To CRO Happiness Don’t work for toxic clients1 2 3 4 5 6 7
  101. 101. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, 81 7 Clues To CRO Happiness Don’t work for toxic clients Don’t create or get caught up in the hype 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
  102. 102. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, 81 7 Clues To CRO Happiness Don’t work for toxic clients Don’t create or get caught up in the hype Set the right expectations, explain what you can’t control 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
  103. 103. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, 81 7 Clues To CRO Happiness Don’t work for toxic clients Don’t create or get caught up in the hype Set the right expectations, explain what you can’t control Identify and prioritize the problems you can solve 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
  104. 104. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, 81 7 Clues To CRO Happiness Don’t work for toxic clients Don’t create or get caught up in the hype Set the right expectations, explain what you can’t control Identify and prioritize the problems you can solve Solve the problems and measure change properly 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
  105. 105. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, 81 7 Clues To CRO Happiness Don’t work for toxic clients Don’t create or get caught up in the hype Set the right expectations, explain what you can’t control Identify and prioritize the problems you can solve Solve the problems and measure change properly Report on what you learned and what remains unknown 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
  106. 106. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, 81 7 Clues To CRO Happiness Don’t work for toxic clients Don’t create or get caught up in the hype Set the right expectations, explain what you can’t control Identify and prioritize the problems you can solve Solve the problems and measure change properly Report on what you learned and what remains unknown Earn and build the trust of your clients (see #1) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
  107. 107. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, 81 7 Clues To CRO Happiness Don’t work for toxic clients Don’t create or get caught up in the hype Set the right expectations, explain what you can’t control Identify and prioritize the problems you can solve Solve the problems and measure change properly Report on what you learned and what remains unknown Earn and build the trust of your clients (see #1) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
  108. 108. © 1998-2016 Eisenberg Holdings, LLC. BryanEisenberg.com BuyerLegends.com / @TheGrok, @JeffreyGroks, 82 http://www.BryanEisenberg.com http://www.BuyerLegends.com Phone: (347) 469-1090 Twitter: @JeffreyGroks & @BuyerLegends jeffrey@buyerlegends.com

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