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Wednesday, Sep. 21, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Eye Tracking for iPad?

September 21st, 2011

Eye tracking keeps getting better for advertisers and website owners.  And now, iPad app developers are getting into the mix.  While there’s long been a number of free or moderate to low-cost tools to help content creators better understand how their customers visually engage with the design of their content, the mediums we use to communicate with our constituents continue to change.  A new service from GazeHawk, a startup AdAge Digital tabbed for their “10 Startups to Watch” series, seeks to…

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Monday, Jun. 14, 2010 at 11:50 am

Scroll With Me, Baby: The 80/20 Rule Strikes Again

June 14th, 2010

Over two months ago, I read some findings from a usability study about “scrolling and attention.”  The data was very interesting, and I knew I wanted to post about it, but I couldn’t get a handle on what the data was telling me.

Sometimes, when you know an insight is there, you must “shelve” the data for a while to rest your brain.  It’s why the “let me sleep on it” approach is such a popular decision-making tactic :)


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Tuesday, Apr. 13, 2010 at 11:18 am

How To Test Your Page Layout for Horizontal Attention

April 13th, 2010

Jakob Nielsen’s group is at it again: more eye-tracking research!  We’ve blogged about Jakob’s findings before, and even questioned if they yield hard and fast rules for layout, so naturally we were intrigued to see his group has been crunching the numbers on a recent eye-tracking study, and came up with some interesting insights on how people look at web pages horizontally.

This is just the type of data to fascinate me, but their chart lacked the visual quality that…

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Tuesday, Jul. 28, 2009 at 10:19 am

Tests Indicate Ogilvy’s Old-School Layout Still a Winner

July 28th, 2009
Human nature hasn’t changed and neither have the priorities required for successfully conveying your message.

Ogilvy on Advertising-1Contrary to common opinion, David Ogilvy didn’t have a preference for long copy.

What he had was an overwhelming bias towards anything that had been proven to work (which included long copy).  Ogilvy’s real, professed preferences were for consumer testing, research-driven techniques, and performance-based advertising in the truest sense of the term.

Based on those things, the conclusion he came to was that messaging and relevance had…

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Wednesday, May. 13, 2009 at 2:21 pm

Conversion Makeover: – Part 2

May 13th, 2009

In our last post, we looked at LandsEnd product page and showed you how we would change the flow of the page to maximize conversions. Today we’ll look at a scenario for LandsEnd, that starts at a pay per click ad for “Polo Shirts” and ends up in the cart.

Our search on Google started with the term “polo shirts” but provided us with an ad for “Polo Shirts for Man.” I guess women must never search for “polo shirts” even though…

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Wednesday, Apr. 8, 2009 at 7:10 am

Doesn’t Graphic Design/Layout Affect Scanning Patterns?

April 8th, 2009

Jakob Nielsen’s new post regarding how to optimize for online visitor’s F-patterned scanning is a must read.  There’s a lot of sound advice there, many of it confirming or aligning with Future Now recommendations.  Stuff like:

Don’t waste hyperlink words on non-descriptive or generic words.  Make links keyword rich and ensure that customers can predict where the link will take them.  Plan and link for maximum “scent” Use plain language.  In other words, talk to the dog in…

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Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009 at 7:08 am

Early Rumors of Commercial’s Death Greatly Exaggerated

January 7th, 2009

It’s a commonplace on the Internet that the traditional 30-second TV spot is dying.  What with increasing media fragmentation, the new “attention economy,” and TiVo/DVR’s, etc, etc.

Of course, there have always been some level-headed voices of dissent, but it was still interesting to read this bit of research on the effectiveness of fast-forwarded / DVR-ed ads.

Turns out that viewers have to pay attention to their TV Screens in order to fast forward through ads.  A real shocker that…

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Friday, Sep. 5, 2008 at 7:18 am

Why Rank #1 in Google

September 5th, 2008

Google has become the 8000 pound search Gorilla. During their meteoric growth there has been a trend that people’s expectations have gotten higher and their attention span shorter. There was a time when people would click though a page, two or even three of search results, but that is not so common any more. Today, if you don’t rank in the top 3,  searchers will barely notice your listing.

Our good friends at Think Eyetracking recently completed an eyetracking study and compared…

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Thursday, Jun. 26, 2008 at 11:32 am

Boost Conversions With Better Product Page Images

June 26th, 2008

product page images and online conversionsOne of the most effective — and overlooked — ways to differentiate yourself from the competition and improve conversion is to optimize the images on your website.

Granted, a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but online, your customers don’t quite have the luxury of taste, touch, or smell. So one thing we can learn from’s impressive conversion rate last month is that images matter. A lot.

But what works for one website may not work for yours. Oftentimes,…

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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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