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Monday, Feb. 21, 2011 at 9:46 am

Testing: Where to Begin

February 21st, 2011

When you begin testing, it can be an overwhelming experience: where to test, what to test, before you even get to the how to test. If you find yourself in this situation, know that you are not alone, but also know that when done properly, testing can yield a great amount of insight and revenue, so it is worth the investment. We hear a lot of reasons why people are considering one of our OnTarget subscriptions for continuous improvement, but…

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Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011

Addressing Problems of/with Social Media: Start with Tracking

February 9th, 2011
Benefits of Social Media Marketing Campaigns

By the close of 2010, it was clear that social media had become a strong presence in the online marketing world. And why shouldn’t it be? Social media has some obvious benefits that have drawn companies to it:

it is free to create an account and begin building content; your online presence is live in an instant; the inter-connectivity of the space facilitates exponential growth of a customer base; features of the space are…

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Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010 at 9:26 am

In-Page Analytics: See More Than Just Numbers

October 26th, 2010

At FutureNow, we follow a unique process to help our clients increase their conversion rates and improve their results online. Our optimization process is simple and designed to get results quickly:

We start by helping our clients more effectively convert their late stage visitors (those who know exactly what they want when they get to your site), usually by improving lead generation forms, or shopping cart and checkout. Our clients get amazing results, even at this very first stage. Once we get the…

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Wednesday, Sep. 1, 2010 at 5:59 pm

Your New BFF: Weighted Sort in Google Analytics

September 1st, 2010

Today’s post is about a new, easy-to-use feature in Google Analytics called “Weighted Sort.” If you’re unfamiliar with it, watch the video, and after the break, I’ll go into why and how it’s useful, as well as what to do in situations where you can’t use weighted sort.

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After watching that brief video, you now understand that you can sort using the usual metrics, OR you can let GA use visit or pageview metrics to “weight” the significance of the sort. The…

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Monday, Aug. 9, 2010 at 1:41 pm

Analytics How-To: Segment for Sticky Content

August 9th, 2010

I’m going to share a custom segment that I came up with that has been both fun and useful to apply to our clients’ web analytics data.

One of the best reasons to segment web analytics data is to answer a business question, so let’s start with a few business questions that this segmenting trick might help answer:

I want to optimize the conversion rate for my segment of engaged, return visitors. Where should I focus my optimization budget?

I’m redesigning my Information Architecture.…

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Tuesday, Mar. 2, 2010 at 1:30 pm

Getting Started With Conversion Rate Optimization: Our Way

March 2nd, 2010

Many Grok readers have been curious about our online marketing optimization services and what kind of process to expect when working with us.  I’ll use some work we’ve done with a client to show you some basic things you should be looking at when optimizing and testing your site. A client of ours, Universal Accounting, offers successful bookkeeping courses to those who are looking to start their own accounting and bookkeeping businesses.

We started by looking at this client’s traffic sources and…

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FutureNow Article
Friday, Feb. 19, 2010

Your Website is Unique. Don’t Settle for Best Practices.

February 19th, 2010

free-270x300.jpg (JPEG Image, 270x300 pixels)_1266259080494In a recent comment I received on one of my older blog posts, a reader pointed out that much of the advice I had provided was for people who were just beginning optimization efforts and they (the commenter) wanted something more meaty for themselves to sink their teeth into.  This is not the first time I’ve seen this type of comment on a blog post, and I know that many of the Grok’s readers are DIY-ers who get frustrated…

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Monday, Jan. 4, 2010 at 9:10 am

Where to Spend Your Marketing Dollars in 2010

January 4th, 2010

2010We all know from experience that it’s difficult to get ahead in the online world without spending on marketing in one way or another.  Since it’s hard to be the expert at everything in the online marketing industry, outsourcing expertise ends up being the most efficient strategy. Now, you just need to balance your limited budget so that you spend your marketing dollars in a way that realizes the highest return on your investments (ROI).

These are some of the questions…

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Monday, Dec. 28, 2009 at 1:32 pm

How To Find the Root Causes of Low Conversion Rate

December 28th, 2009

Conversion Rate Marketing_ Improve your website conversion rate with OnTarget by FutureNowWe get questions all the time from visitors, clients, and blog readers about what to do: How do I improve my conversion rate?  What’s the best analytics program?  Who should I hire to build my new site?  When is the best time to optimize? And much of the inspiration for our blog posts come from these very questions.

Monday, I got a call from my colleague, Marijayne Bushey, who told me about a great question she got via our…

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Friday, Dec. 18, 2009 at 8:07 am

Content Targeting: Helpful Tool or Money Pit?

December 18th, 2009

throwing-away-money1.jpg (JPEG Image, 400x400 pixels)_1260892139315 Yesterday, Brendan Regan and myself were looking into a client’s marketing efforts in Google Analytics and found something extremely disturbing–they were using Google’s AdWords content targeting as their primary means of paid traffic. Nearly half of their traffic was coming through paid search, and of that half, around 80% was content targeting. In comparison to the rest of the site, page visits were down 37%, time on site was down 20%, and their bounce rate was up 40% .  There’s no…

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