Do you know how much you spend on marketing to drive a conversion on your website? If you don’t, find out immediately. For our example today, let’s assume that you are paying $10 for each on site conversion (Aren’t word problems fun!)That number could be great for your company or it could be far higher than you can afford, according to your specific product. Now let us now assume that your website has a 1% conversion rate. That means that for every 1 sale, you need 100 visitors to your website and at $10 per conversion, you are paying roughly 10 cents for every visitor. This leads me to my question-does it make more sense to continue paying $10 for every sale or does it make more sense to increase your conversion rate?

If in the above example you were able to increase your conversion rate all the way up to 2%, that would decrease the cost of every conversion down to $5. That would mean that, with all other variables holding true, every visitor to your website would now be worth twice as much to your business. But how is this possible you ask? Stick around for the rest of the pos

Start With Your Web Analytics

At LSM, this is always our first step with new clients. Show us how your site is performing and we can show you how your site can perform better. The most important stat that we look for when we are developing the initial conversion optimization strategy is how many people that make it to the form/shopping cart that do not finish the process.

Create a Test

So the page with containing your lead form has an 80% exit percentage. This is where the magic begins. I look at your form and you have 25 required fields. I ask you why you have to have someone’s fax number and you, the client, didn’t even know that the fax number field was required. We sit down together with the form and determine that you only really need 5 fields of the original 25. We make the assumption that if we drastically decrease the number of fields on the lead form, more people will complete our desired task. We implement the new form, measure the results, and compare them with the prior numbers. Ladies and gentlemen, we have just conducted a conversion optimization test.

Applying the Method to the Rest of the Website

We have laid the foundations of basic A/B testing above. This process can be used on testing new background colors on the website, through testing different sized images on the homepage. The end result can be decreasing the bounce rate on the homepage, or it can for increasing the number of people that finish watching a video on your “how to” page. With the use of a product like Google Website Optimizer, anyone can create, implement, and measure their own tests on their site.

Before launching your next online marketing campaign, take a deep thought about whether it makes more sense to focus on increasing your conversion rate for the long-term success of your website.