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Thursday, Oct. 25, 2007 at 10:17 am

Unlocking Key Performance Indicators: Bounce Rate

October 25th, 2007

less bounce to the ounceFor the second installment in this series, we’ll cover bounce rate (aka “reject rate”). Simply put, bounce rate measures the amount of visitors that are landing on your site and immediately bouncing off of it.

To qualify as a bounce, analytics tools will typically take all visitors who only see one page and leave. Time may also be used to qualify a bounce (e.g., any visit under 10 seconds as a bounce).*

To calculate bounce rate, take the number of bounces and…

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Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2007

Unlocking Key Performance Indicators: “Take Rate”

October 24th, 2007

[This series will take an in-depth look at important web metrics, one-by-one. Enjoy!]

every conversion countsKey Performance Indicators or KPI’s (define) are the critical Web metrics you should be monitoring to evaluate the effectiveness of your site. Key performance indicators may differ depending on the business topology (ecommerce/retail, lead generation, content or self-service/support), but understanding them broadly is critical to any organization’s online success.

In this first installment of Unlocking KPI‘s, we’ll discuss the “take rate”; the amount of people taking you up…

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Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2007 at 9:28 am

Below the Fold, Size Doesn’t Matter

October 10th, 2007

Graph of page length and percent of page viewedThe ClickTale Blog has some valuable insight regarding page length and visitor interaction.

According to ClickTale, total page length is not a strong factor in terms of how many people will scroll below the fold or reach the bottom of page.

The average location for the fold is between 430 and 860 pixels down on the page. 76% of people will scroll below the fold. 15-22% of people will reach the bottom of the page. 64-68% of people will reach the halfway point…

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Thursday, Oct. 4, 2007

“Target” Blind Accessibility to Boost Conversion

October 4th, 2007

target.jpgA precedent-setting U.S. Federal class action lawsuit ruling has been filed against Target will that would require the click-and-mortar retailer to make its website accessible to the blind and visually impaired. Online enforcement of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) could mean that e-tailers nationwide would have to ensure their sites are accessible to blind visitors, or they’ll leave the door open for another good ol’ American class action suit.

Target had 10 months since the beginning of the court case, and,…

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Monday, Sep. 24, 2007 at 10:52 am

Netflix Reads Grok, Blockbuster Misses Opportunity

September 24th, 2007

To follow up on my last post about Netflix — and its probable loss of conversion on its homepage — we’d like to congratulate them on taking action on our advice. It seems they’ve implemented my first recommendation. Well, almost. Instead of changing the “coupon box” to a search box, they removed it entirely. I’m not sure if they’re testing, getting rid of coupon codes, or if they plan on putting in a search box in a follow-up test. Regardless, it’s…

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Thursday, Sep. 20, 2007

Netflix Bombs at the (Search) Box Office

September 20th, 2007

Netflix must already love me enough for paying each month and not mailing back my movies, but I’ve decided to help them in a potentially much bigger way. Recently, we noticed there’s some Giant Peach-sized “low-hanging fruit” to harvest on their homepage* — and it could be worth millions.

If only they’d do a bit of testing…

Click me to view Netflix The first problem appears with what seems to be a search bar near their top navigation. This is actually a Coupon Code box.

I’d like to…

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Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2007 at 9:29 am

Five Reasons Why Google Checkout Converts Better

August 21st, 2007

checkout.gifWe can all learn a thing or five from Google Checkout. The official Google Checkout site has testimonials stating that customers who go through Google Checkout are 24% to 40% more likely to convert than those who go through a websites traditional checkout.

What’s Google doing that makes more people convert in their checkout than sites with only in-house checkout? Here’s a list of five features that are aiding its success and can be integrated into all checkouts.

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Thursday, Aug. 16, 2007 at 9:28 am Conversion Challenge — Part 3

August 16th, 2007

For Part 3 of the Conversion Challenge, Lars had us look at (Here’s Part 1 and Part 2, in case you missed it.)

The V&S Group’s site is a corporate; the overall goal being to educate visitors as to who V&S is, what they do, and to open channels of communication for potential suppliers, employees, shareholders, press, and distributors. Given these goals, the lack of relevant information is leaving money on the table, not allowing the site to live up to its…

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Friday, Jun. 15, 2007 at 7:43 am

Unconscionable Conversion: When Will it End? (Part 1)

June 15th, 2007

Knock Knock…

“Who is it?”

It’s your order.

“My order, who? I don’t remember you! Your checkout didn’t give me a chance to review, and now you want my credit card info!??”

Remember the first time you made a purchase online? Recall the uncertainty surrounding the whole process? Feel those reservations about pulling out the plastic and whispering your credit card number into the megaphone of this new “World Wide Web.”

Scary stuff! Most of us have come a long way and buried those creepy feelings…

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