Increase Conversion Rates Of Your Website With Best Practices And Quick Hacks

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18 Apr, 2024

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Nowadays, most marketing teams concentrate on getting people to visit websites in the hopes that this traffic will turn into qualified leads that salespeople can close. But that's only half the battle won.

Companies can achieve long-term, sustainable growth by utilizing their current traffic and lead instead of focusing on entirely new traffic. This is where Conversion Rate Optimization (CRO) services come in. 

Now Let's discover the significance of CRO, the reasons why increasing conversion rates is important for your company, and how to get started.

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What Is Conversion Rate Optimization?

Conversion Rate Optimization, or CRO, is the process of increasing the number of users or website visitors to complete a specific action to increase the number of leads.  Split testing, workflow improvements, and content enhancements all contribute to CRO. Optimizing conversion rates generates highly quality prospects, boosts sales, and lowers acquisition expenses.

What is a Conversion rate?

A conversion rate is the percentage of site visitors who carry out the desired action, such as filling out an online form, signing up for a service, or making a purchase.

 A high conversion rate of your website means it's well-designed, well formatted, and appealing to your target market. Numerous aspects of website performance or design could contribute to a low conversion rate. A number of factors contribute to a poor conversion rate. It can be attributed to poor page speed, a broken form, irrelevant keywords, or maybe the copy which doesn't convey the value of the offer that fails to communicate it properly.

What is a good conversion rate?

A "good" conversion rate depends upon a lot of factors. Your industry, niche, goals, traffic sources, and audience demographics are just a few of the things that determine your conversion rate. 

In the 2nd quarter of 2022, 2.3% of visitors to e-commerce websites in the United States resulted in sales However, conversion rates for internet shoppers increased to above 4% in Great Britain.

If it's lower than the industry average, lower than your top competitors, or simply performing lower than your goals then it's time for you to optimize your website.

A lot of important factors relate to the conversion on your website and it can happen all over your website, including the homepage, pricing page, blog, landing pages, and more. You should optimize each place to increase your chances of turning website visitors into paying consumers. 

Let's go over how to determine your site's conversion rate before we look at the advantages of CRO. This way you would be able to decide how much time and money to devote to a CRO  strategy. 

How to calculate Conversion rate?

Conversion rate is computed as the number of conversions divided by the total number of visitors, and then multiplying by 100 to obtain a percentage.

Calculating your conversion rate is simple as long as you are aware of how you are defining a conversion. Simply  put in the two values and multiply by 100.Conversion Rate

Consider that  you're defining a conversion as a newsletter opt-in, and you have an opt-in form on all pages of your website. 

The total number of newsletter form submissions would then be divided by the total number of website visits, and multiplied by 100 to calculate the conversion rate. Therefore, if you had 500 submissions and 20,000 visits  in one quarter then your conversion rate would be 2.5%. 

For example, you want to determine the conversion rate of your ebooks offer, then you would divide the total number of downloads by the number of visitors to the websites where the ebook offer is listed.

As an alternative, you may calculate the overall conversion rate of your website by dividing the total number of conversions for every conversion opportunity by the total number of visitors on your site.

Let’s explore the benefits of conversion rate optimization in the following section:

Why Do Conversion Rates Matter?

Conversion rates are an excellent indicator for assessing the effectiveness of various advertising platforms. Conversion rates are crucial when operating user acquisition campaigns as they measure the performance of each campaign. They can also be used to define ROI expectations while scaling the campaign. Conversion rates don't always refer to clicks-they can also refer to the number of conversions going down to the bottom of the funnel.

For example, it is possible to calculate the number of users who installed an app or completed the action. This is important for marketers as it helps them to narrow down their marketing qualified leads into Sales qualified leads and most importantly close the sales.

This information can be relied upon later to improve campaign performance and narrow down target audiences.

When used properly, conversion rate analysis can help us to understand which marketing channels are most successful in promoting your website or app. It also assists the advertiser in evaluating the performance of their copy and content to inform strategic choices. If your data shows that a conversion rate is lower than anticipated then it can also be used to identify user experience (UX) concerns and other areas as well that need to be improved. By leveraging user experience design you can enhance user satisfaction and loyalty.

Although there isn't a single conversion rate that can be used to measure performance across your mobile app and website.  Looking into industry benchmarks and conversion expectations for particular verticals might be helpful for you to devise your own strategy for your website and app.  You can also compare the performance of your in-house advertising campaigns across a selection of channels and advertisers.

How to Increase Conversion Rate?

1. Track how people interact with your site.

If you don't know how visitors are interacting with your website, it will be difficult to increase conversion rates.

But how do you spot the areas where visitors are coming up on your website? You can view screen recordings of people on your site using website analysis tools. You can see what they select, if they ignore an offer, and  if they left the form incomplete.

There are tools that provide heat maps of your website so you can identify what content is more noticeable and engaging.

2. Include social proof

Did you know that 89% of shoppers check online reviews before making a purchase. Your reputation and internet presence unquestionably affect your conversion rate. For this reason, social proof should be present on your website.

You can link your Yelp page or any other directory page where users have submitted reviews. 

Additionally, you can also add testimonials and reviews directly on your website to add credibility to your website. 

It should be apparent that your customers have enjoyed your product and doesn't hesitate to endorse it to others through testimonials or word-of-mouth.

3. Shorten your forms

Friction in your process can lead you to no conversions. For example, Visitors could be reluctant to fill out a long form, if you have one.

It's your responsibility to prevent hesitation and not to induce it. Your readers might develop trust and interest in you if you make your forms shorter. Additionally, it takes less time to finish, increasing the likelihood that consumers will do so. Here are a few winning tips for eCommerce conversion rate optimization.

4. Add Live Chat

"When a website visitor doesn't convert, they might have a question or concern about your product or service." 

"You should think about integrating live chat into your website to prevent losing potential customers. Your customer service or sales representatives may alleviate the worries of potential customers who are are not able to make a decision by using live chat. 

5. Test your offers

It may seem as though you've done everything right—written compelling content used social proof, and optimized your forms—yet you're still not converting. When this occurs, you should review your content offers. Do they match your target audience? Are they original and captivating? Does the offers on the content page make sense? Consider your existing offers when you provide an answer to those queries.

Include tangible and compelling offers on your landing page. The ones that are tangible and compelling always outperform generic ones. You must evaluate and follow these best landing page creation steps to transform your marketing efforts into a conversion-producing powerhouse and test your content offers if you want to increase conversion.

6. Conduct A/B testing

Knowing what is and isn't working is not always simple. When such occurs,  you must perform A/B testing. 

Check out the headline, color, copy, layout, and CTA combinations that your audience responds to. Be innovative with your research. Here’s an ultimate guide to A/B testing to boost your marketing campaign.

For example, you can test an entirely different CTA or try completely changing the format of the copy.

7. Increase trust and remove friction

Users won't convert if there is friction in the conversion process or if they don't trust your brand. 

How then can you increase trust? 

You can employ a number of strategies, such as money-back guarantees, frequent content updates, avoiding spammy links, and making the website simple to use and navigate.

There will be friction and mistrust if your prospects while going through your website don't find any new blogs posted or they find a lot of broken links. This can give your prospects ample reasons to leave your site for your competitors.

Additionally, you can include team bios to create your brand's authenticity and brand awareness.

8. Create abondoned cart email campaigns

Have you ever visited a website, put something in your cart, then changed your mind about checking out? We all do it, thus it most likely occurs on your website as well. 

Remembering those potential customers is important. An abandoned cart email campaign should be sent to the person who abandoned their cart.

With this kind of email campaign, users will receive a reminder about the items in their shopping cart, a follow-up email, and possibly an offer or discount.

You lose conversions if you don't send this email.

How to Increase Landing page conversion rate

1. Communicate your Value Proposition

Your value proposition should be presented clearly on every landing page. You must have a thorough understanding of your consumer persona and audience in order to accomplish this.

Write your copy with your target audience in mind. You may, for example, address their goals, motivations, problems, and pain points.

In addition, rather than focusing on your product or service's features, talk about how the product would make your end consumers feel. A positive experience will help your end users to take their decision about your product and they will never forget how it impacted their life to give them immediate results.

Your text should explain how your product or service can solve your audience's problems. Keep improvising your copy's writing if you're not converting.

2. Incorporate multimedia elements into your branding pages

Have you ever placed an order at a restaurant, and when it arrived, it drastically differed from your expectations?

You don't want people downloading your content offers to experience this. Include pictures and videos of your goods or services on your landing pages to prevent this

Your website feels more trustworthy when it contains multimedia components. It is also the preferred method of content consumption.

Consider including video testimonials or visual and graphical elements and charts on your website to increase conversion rates.

3. Write Strong CTAs

The call-to-action (CTA) on your website is a crucial factor in conversion. Your CTA could be to download an offer, share a post on social media. or sign up for your email subscription.

Your website and landing pages need to have CTAs throughout, no matter what. This typically indicates that they are clear and easily accessible.

Normally, each landing page will only include one call to action, but it will appear multiple times throughout the page. 

Generally speaking, the sooner a CTA can display on a page, the better. Otherwise, there's a chance that visitors who don't scroll all the way down will miss the conversion point.

A crucial point to remember is that you can always access the CTA, regardless of where you are on the page. Communicating your message clearly in your CTA motivates your visitos to take action. 

4. Eliminate unnecessary distractions

Speaking of CTAs, it's crucial to get rid of everything on your landing page that can discourage visitors from performing the action you want them to. Get rid of any extraneous links, pop-ups, or navigational options that can draw a visitor's focus elsewhere. 

Visitors are less likely to convert to a cluttered or busy website. You only have a few seconds to capture their attention, and a hard-to-navigate page will make them leave quickly.

Create a website that motivates visitors to click  on your CTA using visual hierarchy to your advantage. 

5. Meet your audience expectation\'s

 When a user clicks on your site after reading your meta description on Google or viewing your search engine ad, your landing page needs to follow through.

Deliver on those promises stated in your copy. 

Users won't convert if a landing page doesn't provide what they believed they were getting. To address this you must consider the entire process—from viewing an ad to visiting your landing page to downloading an offer.

How to increase mobile conversion rate

1. Improve your page speed

Page speed is a major roadblock to mobile conversion. This is the time it takes for your content to be visible on your screen.

Are you aware that 40% of visitors leave websites that take longer than three seconds to load? A one-second delay in page response can reduce conversions by 7%, especially on mobile.

Use Google's PageSpeed tools to examine your page performance if your mobile page isn't converting as well. This will test the speed of your mobile page.

Images must be resized and compressed to increase page speed. Your website should also be mobile-friendly and responsive.

2. Optimize for mobile

Mobile optimization has become more crucial than ever since Google changed to a mobile-first indexing strategy. Your Google results may be affected if you don't optimize for mobile, which could lower conversions.

You may be asking yourself, "How do I optimize my site for mobile?"

It's crucial to keep in mind that the experiences on mobile and desktop are different before you get started.

To check if your website is mobile-friendly, you can use Google's mobile testing tool. You can use this tool to get suggestions on how to make your site run better on mobile devices.

For example, you might need to increase your mobile font size, reduce the size of your image files, or improve page speed.

3. Enhance the Purchasing process

Buying something on your phone should be a simple process.

That implies your checkout process shouldn't involve too many steps, and your payment buttons should be simple to see and use.

Additionally,  remove any restrictions on online forms where you gather all the information related to your customer.

Users should have the option to check out as a guest and use any payment method they like, including PayPal, Apple Pay, and Google Pay.

In the end, this procedure should be simple and easy. A complicated and hard-to navigate checkout process will let your customers leave without making any transaction.

4. Be creative with your mobile marketing

It's not enough to just adjust your website for mobile use if you want to enhance your mobile conversion rate.

You can get creative and run only mobile marketing campaigns.

Consider starting an SMS text message campaign or using push notifications on your app,.

These innovative strategies can help you to increase your mobile conversion rate.

5. Make adjustments to your mobile site

Since the mobile and desktop user experiences differ, so should your mobile and desktop websites.

On your mobile site, for example, your email subscription form can be smaller or not present at all.

You'll definitely use other CTAs on your mobile site as well. For example, when you read a blog, the CTAs on the internet and mobile devices may be different. Even if the offer is the same, the button and the way to access the CTA are different.

Less is more on mobile. Your mobile website should be uncomplicated and distraction-free. This could indicate that you've made your site's navigation simple and employed a hamburger menu to make it simple to navigate.

6. Localize your Content

Most mobile users visit your website to get contact details, learn more about your location, find directions, or read reviews.

For this, you must focus on optimizing for local marketing using local SEO. This calls for adding local content, managing your online directory listings, and adding location pages to your website.

Consider localizing your content to enhance your mobile conversion rates and appear more prominently in local searches.

FAQs

1. How do I improve my conversion rate?

In order to optimize your conversion rates, use CRO tools to analyze web pages that are underperforming in terms of your conversion goals.  These tools can help you determine what might be preventing visitors from taking a desired action, such as clicking a CTA button, signing up for an email list, or adding something to their shopping cart.

A/B testing or multivariate testing can help you decide what changes should be tested on your pages to increase conversion rates after you've discovered any obstacles your website visitors may be facing.

2. What can help you analyse conversion optimization?

To analyze conversion rate optimization (CRO) use tools such as Google Analytics and Hotjar that are both quantitative and qualitative in nature. Both tools help you to analyze your conversion rate optimization efforts. 

To effectively optimize, keep an eye out for these three aspects during your analysis:

  • The DRIVERS that direct visitors to your website
  • The BARRIERS that might deter them or make them leave 
  • The HOOKS that convince them to convert

3. How do you measure conversion rate?

 To determine your conversion rate: Divide the entire number of conversions by the total number of visitors, then multiply the result by 100.= conversion rate= (Conversions / Visitors) x 100 

Keep track of the changes you make and frequently check your conversion rate, to determine whether the changes you make to your website enhance conversions. 

4. What is ‘A/B or Split’ Testing?

A/B testing, also known as split testing, is a method for evaluating how well two versions, A and B, perform. It seeks to use a statistical comparison to make a prediction as to which version will perform better than the other for important measures.

5. What is ‘Heat Map’?

A heat map is a visual statistic that uses a colored overlay to highlight information about how a large number of site visitors use and interact with a particular website. Heat maps can be used to identify patterns in user behavior, trouble spots in website design, or browser-related problems. Heat Maps are frequently used in CRO programs to offer insights about potential changes or advancements. 

Conclusion

Conversion rate optimization has evolved from identifying the value of website optimization to developing plans and strategies to enhance site performance, running A/B tests, and leveraging the results to strengthen marketing initiatives. It not only enables businesses the ability to understand how consumers think, and perceive their brand and its products, but it also exposes them to an extensive range of data that will help them develop their strategies for the future. CRO is not just another tool to enhance your brand's online performance but it's the tool to make you stand out from the clutter.

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Paul Wilson

The blog highlights the significance of clear value propositions in conversions.

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Jax Williams

Great article! I’ve always struggled with improving my website’s conversion rates, and these tips are incredibly helpful.

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Amelia MILLER

This is an outstanding resource for anyone looking to improve their website’s conversion rates.

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Dante Ramirez

Your explanation of the psychology behind conversion rates really resonated with me.


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