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Monday, Feb. 28, 2011 at 8:48 am

How Many Kinds of CRO Companies Are There?

February 28th, 2011

There’s no doubt about it: Conversion Rate Optimization (CRO) is here to stay, and it’s becoming a hotter Marketing niche with each passing day.  Many companies are throwing their hand into the mix, saying they can make your website better and improve your conversion rate, and it can be hard to differentiate one from the next.  But there are differentiators among CRO companies, to be sure.

What factors define a particular style of doing CRO?

There are a variety of…

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Friday, Feb. 11, 2011 at 8:58 am

Branding: Do Personas Apply?

February 11th, 2011

On Monday of this week, Brendan Regan wrote an excellent post highlighting 3 ways to enhance CRO efforts with customer personas.  Grok reader Kyle Reiff, from FinallyFast left a particularly astute and intriguing comment on that post….

Is it really advisable to try and market to 4 personas through one brand?  If these four personalities truly require a specific kind of copy (copy which will drive conversions for these the consumers that match this persona), wouldn’t it make the most…

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Friday, Feb. 4, 2011 at 9:07 am

And the 6 Month Subscription for Continuous Website Improvement Goes To…

February 4th, 2011
What, specifically, did we look for?

Well, faithful GROK readers, you heard our cry for submissions to win 6 months of CRO services, and you responded. Over the last few weeks, the entries have been rolling in. We heard from companies of all sizes from all over the world! Thank you to all of the contestants, who graciously endured our due diligence, and answered between 5 and 20 questions total about their websites and businesses. We were looking for a company…

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Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011 at 1:51 pm

Budget for Conversion Rate Optimization Success – Part 2

January 13th, 2011

Yes.  You know that successful Conversion Rate Optimization means more than having the right mindset and corporate structure.  Yes.  You know you need to allocate budget to your efforts too.  How much budget is the question.

What factors into your CRO budget (cont’d)

Yesterday, in Part 1 of this article, we covered the obvious cost of CRO (getting comprehensive conversion advice) and listed a few tips to help you figure out how much to budget for direct CRO…

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Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Budget for Conversion Rate Optimization Success – Part 1

January 12th, 2011

Back in 2010 (ok, so it was only 4 weeks ago) I blogged about why CRO deserves a line item in your 2011 budget.  But just how much should you budget for quality direction?  Are there “hidden” costs you should be aware of?   Choosing something on your site to test, running that test, and then moving on to the next item may sound simple, but there are all kinds of things that can happen along…

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Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011

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January 5th, 2011

So, you think you can convert, do you?

Prove it.  Are you really satisfied knowing that 97% of the people who visit your website never become your customer, and may even buy from your competitors?  Isn’t it reasonable to expect your PPC campaigns and other marketing efforts at least to pay for themselves?  Don’t you think the content on your site should do a better job of speaking to your visitors’ needs, and possibly even get you better…

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Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010 at 12:54 pm

Not All Optimization Is Equal: Don’t Substitute SEO for CRO

December 29th, 2010

The end is near… of 2010 that is. A New Year is upon us. It has been 9 months since Brendan Regan wrote a post about the overlaps between CRO and SEO, and I propose that we take a moment to re-read that post, one or two others that do a good job of highlighting a key issue, and get things straight in 2011. What I’m talking about here is the basic difference between Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Conversion…

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Friday, Dec. 17, 2010 at 11:54 am

Delight Customers: Pre-empt Holiday Ordering Questions

December 17th, 2010

You may not be conscious of this, but the holidays produce a timed-sale effect for almost all e-commerce websites, and even some lead-gen sites selling/promoting products or services.  The approach of the holiday acts like the same kind of purchasing deadline that a timed sale has.  It pushes people toward a later stage of buying more quickly, forcing them to dig for answers to their early and middle stage questions and concerns, and make a decision before the deadline…

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Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010 at 2:04 pm

CRO Deserves Its Own Line in Your 2011 Budget

December 8th, 2010

I’ve got a bone to pick about how a lot of people perceive Conversion Rate Optimization (CRO) relative to all of the other marketing gobbledygook they do. What’s inspired me to pick this bone right now?  Well, it’s the holidays, with the New Year right around the corner, and I am willing to bet that a lot of these people are hovered over their desks, forehead planted firmly in one hand, tapping their pencils on their college-ruled, recycled, legal…

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Monday, Nov. 22, 2010 at 4:00 pm

Marketing Improvement Is a Moving Target; Good CRO Flexes With You.

November 22nd, 2010

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about some of the factors that differentiate Usability from Conversion Rate Optimization (CRO). They are two unique practices, each one valid in its own right, and progressive steps in a business’s quest to make their website and marketing efforts better. Any attempt to make your website better starts by coming up with a prioritized list of focal points unique to you, based on trends you see in your own data set, and…

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