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Thursday, Sep. 13, 2012 at 2:47 pm

Why People Don’t Buy-Part 1: High Shipping Costs

September 13th, 2012
Why Don’t Customers Buy?

SeeWhy, a company that specializes in e-mail published the results to a questionnaire that asked people, “Why do you browse an ecommence website and then choose not to buy? The answer to this question was most often, the cost of shipping is too highIs reducing or eliminating shipping cost really a reason to lose customers? We don’t think so.  The reasons people gave for abandoning the buying process are all things that can be fixed on…

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Monday, Aug. 6, 2012 at 4:45 pm

Use Incentives To Easily Increase Your Bottom Line: Case Study

August 6th, 2012

carrot dangling from a stick to represent an incentiveOne of the tried and true methods of persuasion is offering incentives for action.  The incentive approach can help increase sales, leads and overall revenue if executed effectively. If not implemented properly, your incentive program will only assist you in losing time and money.

There are many cases where incentives can help lead to conversion. They are especially effective on spontaneous types of visitors who do not want to miss out on any opportunity.

Free shipping can help convince your visitors…

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Tuesday, Apr. 24, 2012 at 11:49 am

Put The AIDA(S) Method To Action: Marketing Lessons From My Dog

April 24th, 2012

A lot of our readers have been commenting on our posts lately with their praise for the AIDA method.  We want you to know that here at Future Now, we are right there with you and have been following the AIDA method since our inception.  AIDA is a basic sales framework that stands for: Attention (Awareness), Interest, Desire and Action. The main difference is, we add an S to the acronym AIDAS not to be confused with the…

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Wednesday, Apr. 4, 2012 at 5:23 pm

Content Targeting Is Still No Match for Persuasion Architecture

April 4th, 2012
This is the first of a two part series that will help you to understand and implement a proven and cost effective alternative to content targeting.  The first post in this series will outline the pros and cons of content targeting, a useful alternative to setting up a content targeting program and how to start identifying the different persona’s that land on your site.  The second pot of the series will cover how to use those…

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Friday, Dec. 2, 2011 at 7:30 am

12 Days of Conversions: Day 8-Wish Lists

December 2nd, 2011

Little girls hristmas list written in red and greenWhat better time for online wish lists than the holidays!  I have a lot of personal experience using wish lists to help my grandma with her holiday shopping.  She has some trouble with basically any and all things online, so usually my dad will help her by accessing the site I made my wish list on and going over the things I might like with her.  It works great for both of us, she…

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Monday, Feb. 7, 2011 at 10:35 am

Got Personas? Three Ways to Leverage Them in 2011

February 7th, 2011

We’ve written plenty of posts over the years about what marketing personas are, how to create them, and why they’re useful. This post assumes you’ve already done the hard work of creating marketing personas. You’ve got them, and boy, do they look pretty! But they’re essentially gathering dust on your Marketing Shelf, when you should be leveraging them to make your marketing more customer-centric.

Note: This is “Personas 201″ so, if you need “Personas 101″ first, we suggest you start with our free…

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Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009 at 9:24 am

3 Ways to Lose an Online Sale

August 11th, 2009

I’m not gonna lie…what you’re about to read was inspired by a real-life online shopping experience.  I won’t mention the guilty site, but I’ll say they sell clothing and jewelry to young urbanites.

As I relate the following three eCommerce mishaps, be thinking about whether you can eradicate all of them from your business by the time the “Holiday Rush” hits. ALL are preventable, if you start today and take one item at a time.

sale.comLet’s start at the “precipitating event;” the spark…

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Tuesday, Apr. 28, 2009 at 9:14 am

Why the Action Flick Always Gets Watched First

April 28th, 2009

So I’m at the local Block Buster, holding a typical 3-movie stack:

a serious or respectable drama or film classic, a romance or chick-friendly movie for the wife, and some guilty pleasure action movie or low-brow comedy.

Guess which movie gets watched last or returned unwatched?

You betcha, it’s usually the drama/classic.  Oh the shame!

The thing is, unless I had added the high-brow movie to my “menu,” I’d likely have forgone the guilty pleasure of the action flick and just picked up the…

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Tuesday, Apr. 21, 2009

Can your Website Handle the Complexity of your Sale?

April 21st, 2009

As weird as it sounds, it’s the norm for businesses with sales cycles that might be as long as several months to a year and that might involve multiple decision makers and influencers to utterly fail to take these factors into consideration when constructing their website or selecting an analytics package.

In fact, whenever I work with B2B and complex sales clients it’s a sure bet their website won’t:

1) Adequately address the multiple decision-makers and influencers involved in securing the lead…

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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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