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Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012 at 5:40 pm

Search Engine Real Estate: The costs behind having a site on Google 5th Avenue

December 4th, 2012
How Much Does It Really Cost To Build a Website?

It is nearing the end of 2012 folks, and it is time to start appreciating a cold hard fact.  Your online store costs as much to build and maintain as a brick and mortar store. If it is not costing you that much, you are not likely finding success.  Maybe you already realize this and are allocating a proper budget for the success of your online business, but others…

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Monday, Feb. 6, 2012 at 11:00 am

6 Steps To Get The Most Out Of Your Optimization Team

February 6th, 2012

I would like to start this blog post by stating I am NO Analyst! However, I am on the front lines, talking to the people contacting FutureNow Inc. and answering their sales related questions.  My unique lack of expertise in the day to day analytical reporting allows me to share some insights about what is necessary to begin a Conversion Rate Optimization Engagement, even before your first call with an analyst!

We have a mixed audience at FutureNow Inc.,…

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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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Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010 at 12:04 pm

Top 10 Organizational Roadblocks to Optimization

December 30th, 2010

One thing we’ve learned this year is that getting good at conversion rate optimization requires more than just the desire to increase your marketing ROI and revenue. It takes more than a slick behavioral targeting and multivariate testing platform. It even takes more than reading this blog ;)

To reap the full rewards of continuous improvement, it actually takes a shift in the way you work on your website and your marketing. It requires you to change how you operate and execute…

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Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010 at 4:31 pm

The Art & Science of CRO

August 26th, 2010
Do You Have What it Takes?

…conversion [rate] optimization is the science and art of creating an experience for a website visitor with the goal of converting the visitor into a customer.

-Wikipedia

Sounds simple, doesn’t it? Create a good experience and your visitors will convert. But is it really that simple?

This post will explore why I believe CRO isn’t easy at all, and can’t be done successfully by just anyone or any company. Anything that combines “art” and “science” is going…

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Wednesday, Apr. 15, 2009 at 12:36 pm

Marketing in the age of the “strategic minimum wage worker”

April 15th, 2009

If you haven’t seen it yet, you’ll want to check out this YouTube video of two (former) Domino’s employees:

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So, do you think that might have some rather profound effects on Domino’s marketing efforts?  Think you’ll be eating at Domino’s anytime soon?

What’s interesting is that the basic principle behind this was predicted not by some far-seeing futurist working in the technology field, but by Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Charles C. Krulak.

Gen. Krulak coined the term “strategic corporal” to refer to the…

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Thursday, Mar. 5, 2009 at 10:04 am

Sully Sullenberg’s Secret to Online Success

March 5th, 2009

“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” ~ Michael Altshuler

In January, I was sitting with Jack Love publisher of Internet Retailer as he was being interviewed on WebMasterRadio. Jack told my friend Jim Hedger that it didn’t take much to look good over the last 6 or 7 years in the ecommerce space while industry growth was 25% or greater year after year. A rising tide lifted all boats. Most people could just be…

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Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009 at 5:09 am

On CMOs, Customer Service, and Birthing Elephants

January 28th, 2009

If you’ve been to one of our trainings over the past few years, or seen any of us present at a conference, you’ve probably heard the line about the average tenure of a Chief Marketing Officer being less than the gestation period of an elephant.  Well, it’s time for some new material.  New research from executive search firm Spencer Stuart shows that CMOs are making it into their 3rd year with the same organization, on average, based on a…

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Monday, Jan. 26, 2009 at 9:57 am

5 Reasons Competitors May Be Doing Better Than You

January 26th, 2009

There are only so many ways to stand out and become a leader in any market. You can be lowest price driven, operationally excellent, channel dominant, or focused on customer intimacy. Many companies excel at two or three but it is nearly impossible to excel at all of them.

Here are 5 strategies companies use to become market leaders.

They have great operations -

Operations that let them be more efficient than you at getting order picked, packed and delivered so that…

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