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Andy Crestodina
Strategic Director | @crestodina
Building Better Mousetraps:
A content-based approach
to conve...
@crestodina
Traffic x Conversion Rate = $
@crestodina
@crestodina
@crestodina
Your website is the mousetrap.
Your content is the cheese.
Barry Feldman
Feldman Creative
@crestodina
@crestodina
source: NN Group
Website Usability Study 2004 vs 2016
@crestodina
source: NN Group
Website Success Rates 2004 vs 2016
@crestodina
Jakob Nielsen
usability expert
If we assume that improvements on the web will
continue on the same rate as in ...
@crestodina
source: NN Group
@crestodina
source: NN Group
@crestodina
Jakob Nielsen
usability expert
Annoyance is twice as common as pleasure
@crestodina
source: NN Group
@crestodina
@crestodina
The Many Types of Conversion Rate Optimization
• A/B Testing
• Landing Page Optimization
• Design, Visuals and...
Two types of visitors.
Two types of phrases.
Two types of pages.
Two types of conversions.
@crestodina
From Answers to Action
@crestodina
@crestodina
ANSWERS UNCERTAINTY
@crestodina
Conversion Map
@crestodina
“My faucet is leaking...”
How soon can you come fix it?
Same day, on-time service for 20 years.
“I’m so glad t...
@crestodina
“I need some marketing technology...”
Does this system connect with my database?
...integrates with the top 50...
@crestodina
There are all kinds of answers
@crestodina
Justin Rondeau
DigitalMarketer.com
Optimization is about meeting user expectations.
Page elements anticipate t...
@crestodina
“Questions Every Page Must Answer”
1. Who is the company?
2. What do I get?
3. Is this immediately valuable to...
@crestodina
What questions does my audience
ask before purchasing?
@crestodina
What classes can I take? What degrees do you offer? Are you accredited? How long does
it take? Financial aid: ...
@crestodina
source: Answer the Public
@crestodina
What are the three questions people always ask
before hiring us or buying?
@crestodina
Message, messengers and formats
@crestodina
Message, messengers and formats
@crestodina
Message, messengers and formats
@crestodina
Message, messengers and formats
@crestodina
Message, messengers and formats
@crestodina
EVIDENCE UNCERTAINTY
@crestodina
There are 2 kinds of evidence
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@crestodina
pathos logos ethos
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emotion reason ethics
@crestodina
heart head cred
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@crestodina
Big Evidence: Data and Statistics
@crestodina
Little Evidence: Testimonials and Stories
@crestodina
7 Things to Add To Your Testimonials
@crestodina
What is the right amount of evidence?
@crestodina
@crestodina
Percent proof on a sample Amazon page
After removing the header, footer and ads...
7260 pixels of page
@crestodina
Percent proof on a sample Amazon page
After removing the header, footer and ads...
7260 pixels of page
3130 pi...
@crestodina
After removing the header, footer and ads...
7260 pixels of page
3130 pixels of proof
43% of the page is proof...
@crestodina
@crestodina
Eye Tracking Studies Show...
@crestodina
...you look where they look!
source:
ConversionXL
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@crestodina
@crestodina
@crestodina
@crestodina
6858 pixels of page
Percent proof on a Oli’s speaking page
Percent proof on a Oli’s speaking page
6858 pixels of page
3478 pixels of proof
Percent proof on a Oli’s speaking page
6858 pixels of page
3478 pixels of proof
51% of the page is proof
@crestodina
What else did those two pages have
in common?
No shorties
20x longer
+30% conversion rate
@crestodina
Give them everything
...one thing at a time
@crestodina
To convert someone, go and
take them by the hand and guide them.
Thomas Aquinas
Saint
@crestodina
Remove Distractions!
...plus, tips for maximizing email signups
@crestodina
@crestodina
Before...
After...
@crestodina
1900% increase. Not bad!
@crestodina
1.Prominence
2.Promise
3.Proof
Why it worked...
source: Email Signup Forms, Orbit Media
@crestodina
@crestodina
@crestodina
@crestodina
Good
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Good
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Bad
@crestodina
Calls to action and specificity
@crestodina
source: Michael Aagard
@crestodina
source: Michael Aagard
@crestodina
Specific CTAs
@crestodina
BENEFITS COSTS
@crestodina
RETURN INVESTMENT
@crestodina
@crestodina
@crestodina
@crestodina
@crestodina
@crestodina
@crestodina
@crestodina
@crestodina
@crestodina
@crestodina
Find and fill the gaps...
@crestodina
What’s missing from your website?
...unsatisfying
@crestodina
What’s missing from your website?
...unsatisfying
...weak
@crestodina
What’s missing from your website?
...unsatisfying
...weak
...not compelling
@crestodina
Out of context answers
FAQ Page
@crestodina
Out of context evidence
Testimonials Page
@crestodina
The ROI of CRO
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@crestodina
@crestodina
Andy Crestodina
Strategic Director | @crestodina
THANK YOU!
Want these slides?
andy@orbitmedia.com
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Inspiring Your Website Visitors to Take Action

Driving traffic is hard work. And it’s wasted work if your site doesn’t convert your visitors into leads and customers.

So why do visitors take action? What makes them stay, read, believe and click?

This presentation is a breakdown of the major conversion factors in terms you haven’t heard before. And it begins and ends with content. The insights Andy will share were discovered during the planning of more than 1000 websites over the last 16 years. Andy will share secrets for conversion optimization through content.

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Inspiring Your Website Visitors to Take Action

  1. 1. @crestodina Andy Crestodina Strategic Director | @crestodina Building Better Mousetraps: A content-based approach to conversion rate optimization #SMMSummit
  2. 2. @crestodina Traffic x Conversion Rate = $
  3. 3. @crestodina
  4. 4. @crestodina
  5. 5. @crestodina Your website is the mousetrap. Your content is the cheese. Barry Feldman Feldman Creative
  6. 6. @crestodina
  7. 7. @crestodina source: NN Group Website Usability Study 2004 vs 2016
  8. 8. @crestodina source: NN Group Website Success Rates 2004 vs 2016
  9. 9. @crestodina Jakob Nielsen usability expert If we assume that improvements on the web will continue on the same rate as in the past... the web will be good by 2030.
  10. 10. @crestodina source: NN Group
  11. 11. @crestodina source: NN Group
  12. 12. @crestodina Jakob Nielsen usability expert Annoyance is twice as common as pleasure
  13. 13. @crestodina source: NN Group @crestodina
  14. 14. @crestodina The Many Types of Conversion Rate Optimization • A/B Testing • Landing Page Optimization • Design, Visuals and Eye Tracking • Emotional triggers, cognitive biases • Content and Web Pages
  15. 15. Two types of visitors. Two types of phrases. Two types of pages. Two types of conversions.
  16. 16. @crestodina From Answers to Action
  17. 17. @crestodina
  18. 18. @crestodina ANSWERS UNCERTAINTY
  19. 19. @crestodina Conversion Map
  20. 20. @crestodina “My faucet is leaking...” How soon can you come fix it? Same day, on-time service for 20 years. “I’m so glad they came right away!” Schedule a visit within 24 hours >>
  21. 21. @crestodina “I need some marketing technology...” Does this system connect with my database? ...integrates with the top 50 platforms “Thanks for the help connecting to my system!” Logos of tools Chat with an expert about integration >>
  22. 22. @crestodina There are all kinds of answers
  23. 23. @crestodina Justin Rondeau DigitalMarketer.com Optimization is about meeting user expectations. Page elements anticipate the visitor’s questions or objections and page design prioritizes these answers.
  24. 24. @crestodina “Questions Every Page Must Answer” 1. Who is the company? 2. What do I get? 3. Is this immediately valuable to me? 4. Is my information safe? 5. When do I get it? 6. Is this offer reliable? (Offer trust) 7. Is this company reliable? (Brand Trust)
  25. 25. @crestodina What questions does my audience ask before purchasing?
  26. 26. @crestodina What classes can I take? What degrees do you offer? Are you accredited? How long does it take? Financial aid: Can I afford it? Are there scholarships? Can I go part time? What can I do with this degree? Is it worth it? Are the alumni happy? Who goes to to this school? What are the demographics? Is there wheelchair access? Is there Spanish language support? What about demographics, diversity, LGBT? How is parking? Is it accessible by public transit? Can I use transfer credits when I apply? Life after graduation? What are the housing options? Where would I live? Is childcare available? Access to faculty? Retention rates and graduation? What kind of student support is available? What about the library? What makes this company unique? When do programs start? What is the neighborhood like? Do I need to take the GRE test? What is life like for students? What have the professors done? What research? Publications? What projects can I work on? Are they paid? Is there work-study available? Is this a for profit school? Is it part of a bigger organization? What are classes like? Is there field study or internships? available? How long has this school been around? Can I talk to a professor before I apply? What is the process for applications? What if I’ve never worked in this field before? Is there a difference between the online and on-site programs?
  27. 27. @crestodina source: Answer the Public
  28. 28. @crestodina What are the three questions people always ask before hiring us or buying?
  29. 29. @crestodina Message, messengers and formats
  30. 30. @crestodina Message, messengers and formats
  31. 31. @crestodina Message, messengers and formats
  32. 32. @crestodina Message, messengers and formats
  33. 33. @crestodina Message, messengers and formats
  34. 34. @crestodina EVIDENCE UNCERTAINTY
  35. 35. @crestodina There are 2 kinds of evidence
  36. 36. @crestodina
  37. 37. @crestodina pathos logos ethos
  38. 38. @crestodina emotion reason ethics
  39. 39. @crestodina heart head cred
  40. 40. @crestodina@crestodina
  41. 41. @crestodina Big Evidence: Data and Statistics
  42. 42. @crestodina Little Evidence: Testimonials and Stories
  43. 43. @crestodina 7 Things to Add To Your Testimonials
  44. 44. @crestodina What is the right amount of evidence?
  45. 45. @crestodina
  46. 46. @crestodina Percent proof on a sample Amazon page After removing the header, footer and ads... 7260 pixels of page
  47. 47. @crestodina Percent proof on a sample Amazon page After removing the header, footer and ads... 7260 pixels of page 3130 pixels of proof
  48. 48. @crestodina After removing the header, footer and ads... 7260 pixels of page 3130 pixels of proof 43% of the page is proof Percent proof on a sample Amazon page
  49. 49. @crestodina
  50. 50. @crestodina Eye Tracking Studies Show...
  51. 51. @crestodina ...you look where they look!
  52. 52. source: ConversionXL
  53. 53. @crestodina
  54. 54. @crestodina
  55. 55. @crestodina
  56. 56. @crestodina
  57. 57. @crestodina
  58. 58. 6858 pixels of page Percent proof on a Oli’s speaking page
  59. 59. Percent proof on a Oli’s speaking page 6858 pixels of page 3478 pixels of proof
  60. 60. Percent proof on a Oli’s speaking page 6858 pixels of page 3478 pixels of proof 51% of the page is proof
  61. 61. @crestodina What else did those two pages have in common?
  62. 62. No shorties 20x longer +30% conversion rate
  63. 63. @crestodina Give them everything ...one thing at a time
  64. 64. @crestodina
  65. 65. To convert someone, go and take them by the hand and guide them. Thomas Aquinas Saint
  66. 66. @crestodina Remove Distractions! ...plus, tips for maximizing email signups
  67. 67. @crestodina
  68. 68. @crestodina Before... After...
  69. 69. @crestodina 1900% increase. Not bad!
  70. 70. @crestodina 1.Prominence 2.Promise 3.Proof Why it worked... source: Email Signup Forms, Orbit Media
  71. 71. @crestodina
  72. 72. @crestodina
  73. 73. @crestodina
  74. 74. @crestodina Good
  75. 75. @crestodina Good
  76. 76. @crestodina Bad
  77. 77. @crestodina Calls to action and specificity
  78. 78. @crestodina source: Michael Aagard
  79. 79. @crestodina source: Michael Aagard
  80. 80. @crestodina Specific CTAs
  81. 81. @crestodina BENEFITS COSTS
  82. 82. @crestodina RETURN INVESTMENT
  83. 83. @crestodina
  84. 84. @crestodina
  85. 85. @crestodina
  86. 86. @crestodina
  87. 87. @crestodina
  88. 88. @crestodina
  89. 89. @crestodina
  90. 90. @crestodina
  91. 91. @crestodina
  92. 92. @crestodina
  93. 93. @crestodina Find and fill the gaps...
  94. 94. @crestodina What’s missing from your website? ...unsatisfying
  95. 95. @crestodina What’s missing from your website? ...unsatisfying ...weak
  96. 96. @crestodina What’s missing from your website? ...unsatisfying ...weak ...not compelling
  97. 97. @crestodina Out of context answers FAQ Page
  98. 98. @crestodina Out of context evidence Testimonials Page
  99. 99. @crestodina The ROI of CRO
  100. 100. @crestodina
  101. 101. @crestodina
  102. 102. @crestodina Andy Crestodina Strategic Director | @crestodina THANK YOU! Want these slides? andy@orbitmedia.com

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