These days, most marketers and businesses are only focused on bringing in new website traffic in the hope that conversion or sale may occur.
However, any great marketer can tell you that achieving long-term, sustainable business growth (yes, and profits!) mostly come from getting the most out of existing leads and traffic.
That’s where conversion rate optimization (CRO) comes in.
Whatever conversions your business generates, it will need to be measurable and valuable to your business. Conversions may not always directly equate to sales, but can also be:
In a nutshell, CRO refers to the process of enhancing and making your website more efficient (and attractive!) to effectively increase the number of leads you generate.
When your business’s website is properly enhanced through some of the following suggestions, you will enjoy a higher lead quality, increased revenue, and lower acquisition costs due to optimizing the already existing leads your business has.
A low conversion rate will adversely impact CRO. To take it one step further, it might even dissuade your new leads into trusting your brand.
As a simple rule-of-thumb, if your conversion rate is lower than you like or by industry standards, or lower than your competitors, then it might be a good idea to shift your focus into optimizing and enhancing your owned channels.
Banner blindness is a real phenomenon that can adversely impact your CRO. It occurs when people tend to ignore page elements that they perceive to be ads (either correctly or incorrectly).
This long-known behavior is an instance of selective attention whereby people snack on the content on the website or page but ignore the CTA button which usually appears at the end of the site.
The ad above, when displayed as a banner in the mid-section, integrates seamlessly with the rest of the blog content, which doesn’t come across as a typical ad at the bottom of the page.
Instead of adding your desired CTAs at the end of the page, weave them seamlessly in between paragraphs of content.
That’s where text-based CTAs come in handy – referring to a standalone text line that acts as the CTA (hyperlinked to a specific landing page, or other actionable channels), styled as an H3 or H4.
A limited study done by Hubspot revealed that this tip actually works – regular end-of-post CTAs copped just about 6% of leads compared to a whopping 93% of leads for anchor-text-based CTAs.
A consistent lead flow is vital to keep your visitors or potential leads engaged and interested in taking the desired action at any given time.
Examples of how you can ensure a coherent lead flow strategy are by using lead generation software tools such as chatbots, pop-ups, drop-down banners, or slide-in boxes.
These tools even boost click-through rates and offer visitors alternate pathways to take towards the conversion funnel. Here’s an example of how each stage may correspond to a specific CTA.
In today’s competitive landscape, a couple of seconds worth of difference can cost you your lead. Therefore, optimizing for a faster loading speed makes a world of difference, particularly if your brand operates in a highly-competitive industry.
Take advantage of tools like Google’s PageSpeed Insights to accurately check your website’s loading speed, and then analyze which areas will need more improvement.
Analytic tools such as these will help give you more insights into how the user encounters your site.
If you have an online business, this step is a MUST. Web security is vital to consider to keep hackers and cyber thieves away from your customers’ sensitive information.
You can tell apart a secured site from an unsecured one by the following:
To keep your website safe, use a secure URL. When visitors submit sensitive information, you need HTTPS not HTTP to deliver it.
HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure) is a protocol used to ensure security on the net. It prevents interceptions and interruptions online when content is being delivered or transferred from one party to another.
Encryption is also a MUST. By having a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Certificate together with a secured URL, website visitors can be ensured of their privacy over the content in transit.
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