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Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011 at 7:30 am

12 Days of Conversions: Day 6-Optimize Your Mobile Site

November 30th, 2011

glass phone that reads Merry Christmas with string to hang it on the tree

This year, IBM has predicted that 15 percent of Americans will use mobile devices for their holiday shopping via Coremetrics benchmarking.  With phones getting smarter, ipads and tablets being used more heavily, and many people on the go all around, mobile devices are going to be helping people more than ever with their holiday shopping this season.  Is your mobile site optimized to create the best experience for your visitors this season?  It is difficult…

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Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011 at 7:30 am

12 Days Of Conversions: Day 5-Paid Search Campaigns

November 29th, 2011

Keyboard with blue christmas tress and red 2011 keysSpend more to get more.  That saying is more important to ecommerce sites during the holidays than during any other time of year. Aggregate conversion rate throughout the web increases over the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, so it is only natural to increase PPC spend during this time.  Make sure your additional spend is as fruitful as possible by following these 5 tips to increase revenue on PPC spend over the holiday season:

#1 Maintain Scent

The…

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Monday, Nov. 28, 2011 at 7:30 am

12 Days of Conversions: Day 4-Holiday E-Mails

November 28th, 2011

Red Mail Bow With Christmas Colored LettersHoliday Newsletters are a mandatory campaign strategy.  With so many ecommerce sites competing for attention, you need to make sure your customers remember you over the holidays.  When visitors are buying gifts for others, they have different intent, needs and motivations than when buying for themselves.  They may be compulsive in their buying behavior or they may require a lot of reassurance. Understanding you prospect’s buying styles can be difficult, but worth the effort since last minute…

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Friday, Nov. 25, 2011 at 7:30 am

12 Days of Conversions: Day 3- The Shopping Cart

November 25th, 2011

Shopping Cart filled with Holiday GiftsWe are always saying that one of the best places to start conversion optimization is in the shopping cart.  The customers you lose in the cart are the ones who have already gone through 90% of the buying process and have money in hand. Do not let them leave for any reason other than perhaps, they have to check with their mom or partner or grand-baby first. Here is a list of things to take care of in your cart…

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Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011 at 7:30 am

12 Days of Conversions: Day 2- Social Media

November 24th, 2011

You may believe that social media can’t have a real impact on your site’s conversion rate this holiday season.  Think again!  Social media can be a highly targeted way of increasing valuable holiday traffic this season.  If you have been optimizing your site all year long, the holidays are the best time to open the flood gates and increase traffic primed to buy gifts on your ecommerce site.   How do you optimize your Facebook,…

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Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011 at 7:30 am

12 Days of Conversions: Day 1- Black Friday

November 23rd, 2011

Santa's arm delivering presents through a computer screenHere at FutureNow we are celebrating the holidays by offering you 12 days of holiday optimization. Yup, you heard me right. Free tips to easily improve your online performance for 12 days straight! For the next 12 days, we are going to guide you through some tips and techniques to help you meet and exceed your goals for your 2011 4th quarter.  Seeing as this Friday will be Black Friday, we thought we could start you off by…

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Monday, Nov. 21, 2011 at 7:30 am

Buying Stages and Ad Campaigns

November 21st, 2011

It’s not a secret, that what we do here at FutureNow is conversion rate optimization. One common misconception about conversion rate optimization is that it begins once a prospect lands on your site.  Optimizing  your conversion rate should start before a prospect ever lands on your site. For example, if you are investing in campaigns focused at driving traffic to your site, you should be planning those campaigns to match your intended prospect’s buying stage.

Buying…

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Monday, Nov. 14, 2011 at 7:30 am

The Most Valuable Real Estate On Your Site

November 14th, 2011
gorgeous home with reflective pondThe Duties of Your Homepage

The homepage has so much responsibility.  In most cases, our client’s homepages are the highest trafficked landing pages.  They are the entry point for many different types of visitors in different stages of their buying process.  The homepage needs to present content and images that effectively speak to the return visitors that already know your brand.  It also needs to feature elements that will engage the visitor who…

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Monday, Nov. 7, 2011 at 7:30 am

Cuddle Up To Your Customers

November 7th, 2011

oxytocin kitty cuddleThe other day I was sending an e-mail to some colleagues using Google’s mail client.  The body of the e-mail read something like, ‘Attached you will find a document I put together that will change your lives forever and will earn me much love and respect.’  As I went to send this e-mail containing an attachment which was obviously very important for my peers to see, Gmail sent me a message, ‘Did you mean to…

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Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011 at 7:30 am

The Measurement Yardstick of Web Data Accuracy

November 3rd, 2011

Since Halloween just past us by, I thought I would write about perhaps one of the scariest topics in web analysis, web data accuracy.  In the marketing world, we are fortunate to live in the day and age of the internet for many reasons. Perhaps the most important, is that we can track the success of marketing campaigns so precisely.

We now have the ability to track and measure how successful an adwords campaign is at persuading prospects to visit…

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