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Tuesday, Apr. 26, 2011 at 9:12 am

Is a Brand Keyword the Best Way to Identify Late Stage Visitors?

April 26th, 2011

We recently received a comment on my colleague’s post about buying stage intent and how to bucket keywords driving traffic to your site into buying stages. The goal of an exercise such as this is to effectively segment your visitors based on their readiness to take action sooner, rather than later. The question…

“How can we expect to rank for a late stage keyword if we target a specific brand? My thinking is, if the brand name has it’s own domain and is…

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Wednesday, Apr. 20, 2011 at 9:12 am

Do’s & Don’ts For Your Email Campaigns

April 20th, 2011

We recently received a comment on one of our posts asking some advice regarding email marketing:

“We are just planning to do a new email campaign and any info is useful. What do we need to know exactly so the emails don’t end up in spam?”

Here’s what you need to know, not just about avoiding the spam filter, but about making sure your recipients get the point, and are motivated to act…

Starting the Race: Getting Email to the InBox

There are…

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Thursday, Mar. 3, 2011

T-Minus 12 and Counting til Conversion Salvation

March 3rd, 2011

Grok readers, conversion rate optimization aficionados, and seekers of ways to make your website better: Conversion Conference West kicks off at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis just 12 days from today, on March 14-15.  More than 40 recognized industry experts will give 20 sessions and 4 keynotes revealing the best strategies and tactics for improving your bottom line.  And we know how to get you a $250 discount! Interested in attending?  Reach out and request the discount code for $250 off the…

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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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Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011 at 8:41 am

7 Tips for Cashing in on Your Newsletters

February 16th, 2011
First, verify your newsletter is worth the effort

The majority of our clients feature some kind of free email newsletter offering to their visitors. What’s fascinating is that many of those clients still don’t have tracking in place to confirm the value of these newsletters. Tracking is critical for all of your marketing efforts, including newsletters… how can you feel so confident that your newsletter is critical to the success of your business if you’re not tracking its success and…

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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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Monday, Jan. 11, 2010 at 10:50 am

Online Marketing Optimization: 5 Predictions for 2010

January 11th, 2010

I was asked recently to look into my crystal ball and make some predictions for where the online marketing optimization space (including Conversion Rate Optimization) is headed in the next year.

Some of my predictions will be “wishful thinking,” but if I can sway the direction of an entire industry I’d be surprised, honored, and ask for a raise ;)

One of my favorite magazine formats for this sort of thing is the “What’s In and What’s Out” or “What’s Hot and…

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Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009 at 8:07 am

B2B Marketing Book Review and Commentary, Part 2

December 9th, 2009

digbodlangLast week, I posted Part 1 of my book review of Steven Wood’s Digital Body Language book.  It covered how the landscape of B2B, complex sales, and marketing has changed because of rapid developments in the Online world, and what the Digital Body Language (DBL) concept is.

In this post, I’ll wrap up by covering some of the benefits you can get if you learn to observe and leverage DBL, as well as some of the author’s ideas about the future of…

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