Optimizing Your Website

Website Optimization

If your Marketing department is not taking advantage of using an optimization testing platform to conduct A/B and multivariate tests, or if you’re using a proprietary system, here are a few reasons to consider utilizing one of the many platforms now available to marketers.

2 Main Reasons for Implementing an Optimization Testing Platform:

  1. Allows you to easily run marketing A/B and multivariate tests so you can optimize your website content thereby increasing conversion rates and engagement at a faster pace.
  2. We’ve all experienced prioritization issues when it comes to competing for technical resources, now there’s a work-around.  If your test is restricted to front-end/graphical user interface changes (such as testing call-to-actions, page layouts, text or imagery), there’s no need to involve IT and wait for development resources until you have a sure winner.

Important Features to Consider:

  • Easy to use drag and drop interface that includes in-page and in-line editing via a WYSIWYG editor.
  • A side-by-side view of what the changes are in a test (current vs proposed view of the page or elements) will become important as you start using the testing platform.  Believe it or not, some major platforms do not have this capability making it cumbersome to understand and see the changes without going through unnecessary steps.
  • Ability to stop a test upon reaching a customizable threshold.  While most platforms will automatically stop a test after a certain date has been realized, not all platforms will allow you to customize a threshold.  For instance, once a test hits 1MM page views, or exceeds a 5% CTR.
  • While permissions should be a standard include, a customizable workflow is a must-have option.  This will allow your organization to route new test changes to different departments and team members (such as to Copy, Graphic Design, and Compliance) as necessary for edits, review and approvals before new tests are published.

When conducting an RFP for a new optimization testing platform, be sure to keep the above points in mind.


Rolanda Gregory ©2016
All Rights Reserved.

Optimization Testing vs Diminishing Returns

Optimization Testing vs Diminishing Returns

The benefits of continuous improvement and optimization of web and mobile presences are a given.  Optimization testing provides Marketers with concrete evidence that the changes implemented are either valid or yielding a negative conversion rate.  Marketers are under extreme pressure to increase RPS (revenue per sale) and CR (conversion rate), while also decreasing cart abandonment and CPS (cost per sale).  Thus optimization testing is leaned on very heavily.

It should go without saying that too much of anything (well almost anything…) does not lend good results.  While many organizations strike a good balance between creative trailblazing and sticking with the tested, tried and true, others seem to use testing as a crutch.  They simply over-test.  From running test after test on button colors, below the fold copy, to even the hair color of people in images used on landing pages.  It becomes clear that Marketers in these situations do not have a clear understanding of larger impacts that will move the needle.  Instead they’ll opt for a .4% CR win.

What’s important to understand is that each element of your website or mobile app should be optimized, but there’s a point where it’s good enough and incremental changes simply won’t give you big boosts to CR or RPS – this is unfortunately, the Law of Diminishing Returns.

I encourage Marketers to optimize and realize the results of good testing, but do not allow testing to paralyze your creative strategy.


Rolanda Gregory ©2016
All Rights Reserved.