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Wednesday, Apr. 13, 2011 at 9:39 am

How To Practice Persuasion Architecture with Personas – Part 1

April 13th, 2011

FutureNow always has been known as the company that does CRO a little differently than the other players in this industry. Some Conversion Rate Optimization companies have started testing based on segmentation by demographic and behavioral characteristics. At FutureNow, we create business-specific personas that reflect the demographic, psychographic and topographic dimensions of your audience. When I tell people this, I hear a lot of different interpretations of what that means, so I want to clear the air and show you…

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Friday, Mar. 18, 2011 at 9:38 am

Filters: Conversion Friend or Foe?

March 18th, 2011

We all know that the key to conversion is helping your visitors easily find what they’re looking for, and moving them through an unhindered checkout. One way to accomplish the first half of this task is by applying filters on your site that visitors can use to narrow in on results. But, how do you know if your site’s filters are your friend or foe?

There are many ways to go wrong when applying filters to your site. Chances are,…

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Monday, Jan. 17, 2011 at 9:54 am

Give Me a Good Experience; I’ll Spread the Word

January 17th, 2011

I’ve often heard that negative experiences stand out more than positive experiences and that they also tend to evoke more discussion. I would tend to agree with this in theory, but I still wouldn’t discount the fact that a strong positive experience definitely leads to a lot of discussion, especially if the opportunities to discuss these positive experiences are presented.

I just came back from my honeymoon in Belize. I tried to leave work behind, and for the most part I…

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Monday, Feb. 22, 2010 at 8:59 am

Optimize that Conversion Rate Before It’s Too Late

February 22nd, 2010

This post is dedicated to online marketers and small business owners out there who make money from their website, but have not yet kicked off a formal online marketing and website optimization program.  For those who have, good job, and there may be other Grok posts more useful to you than this one.

I also want to note that this post was inspired by a recent post by Mark Bronlow over at Email Marketing Reports.  In particular, his infographic was extremely…

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Monday, Dec. 7, 2009 at 9:00 am

Increase ROI On Your Marketing Efforts this Holiday Season

December 7th, 2009

christmas_4Perhaps you’re investing in affiliate marketing and have created some really captivating holiday banners for your affiliates, or maybe you’re investing a lot in PPC this holiday season.

Are you simply looking at whether a marketing effort is converting and bringing in sales? Are you ignoring the step-by-step process visitors are going through from the marketing effort, to final conversion point, and making some assumptions for why one marketing effort might be converting more effectively than another?

Don’t just look at conversion…

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Wednesday, Sep. 23, 2009 at 10:39 am

Website Redesign Roundup

September 23rd, 2009

Lots of talk about redesigning websites lately. Maybe it’s because summer is ending, and the Holidays are right around the corner (for e-Tailers, that is)?

needchangeFirst, there was Jeff Sexton‘s post about asking the right Persuasion Architecture questions before redesigning, which was inspired by a Seth Godin post. Then, Jakob Nielson had some good thoughts from the Usability camp about redesigns and how radical they should be.

Mr. Nielson’s thoughts resonated with me given that our OnTarget product is generally focused on incremental improvement of clients’…

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Tuesday, Jun. 23, 2009 at 10:28 am

Dear Confused By Personas

June 23rd, 2009

A student at the University of British Columbia Web Analytics course reached out to us via Twitter to ask some questions about creating personas, specifically Persuasion Architecture® Personas and the information is important enough that we thought we’d share our response:

“Are you saying that we shouldn’t bother with creating multiple personas with granular details but rather focus on creating only a few (4 if we use the logical-emotional, quick-deliberate quadrant)? But if we add the stages of the buying cycle in…

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Monday, Apr. 13, 2009

How to Think About Long vs. Short Copy

April 13th, 2009

Long and short are linear terms (they refer to length, right?).  So they work fine to categorize or describe copy found in a sales letters or print advertisements.

But (most) websites aren’t linear because hyperlinks break linearity (aka subvert hierarchy).

People don’t read (most) Websites one full page at a time in a numbered order; they read/scan/move from one link that interests them to the next link that interests them, often entering or starting on something other than page #1 (what bad web…

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Tuesday, Mar. 24, 2009 at 5:13 am

Which of the Three Layers of “Fogg” Are You Stuck In?

March 24th, 2009

Throughout my career as a conversion analyst, I’ve had the opportunity to work with a large variety of clients in a variety of industries, and in very different circumstances. Some may be getting a large amount of traffic, but having a really difficult time converting their visitors due to a lack of branding or a lack of scent on their site. Others might be getting very low traffic, while some others might have a hard time converting early and middle…

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Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008 at 11:46 am

Increasing “Qualified” Leads From Your Website

December 3rd, 2008

When you ask salespeople about their biggest gripe about marketing, they complain about not enough qualified leads. You can often tell that this is an issue just by looking at a company’s lead forms. What you’ll typically see is that the the forms ask for too much information and that can hinder conversions from visitor to lead.

Marketers are often measured by the number of leads they generate. Sales people are measured by sales. Marketers don’t want to be held accountable…

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