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4 Powerful Conversion Rate Influencers
Conversion rates are lifeblood statistics for webmasters. If Kyle Rush taught us anything about optimization at the Obama campaign, it’s to test everything like mad scientists.
Whether you are trying to promote readership, sell a product or drive traffic to a particular page, you want to increase the rate at which this behavior occurs. In order to achieve this goal, it is important to consider the factors that influence users’ decisions during the conversion process.
We’re going to look at:
How colors influence purchase rates, meanings, and sets a brand tone
How site speed can help – or hinder – conversion rates
How decision fatigue reduces conversions and why less choices is better for consumers
Why custom reporting is vital to optimizing for conversions, such as capitalizing on an influx of mobile or location-targeted users
The Influence of Color
When it comes to the purchasing decision, color is one of the most influential factors in determining whether or not a customer buys a product. This often, overlooked element of marketing can be very useful or detrimental depending upon whether or not it is taken advantage of.
For instance, 85% of customers cited color as the primary reason they purchased a particular product. One factor that plays into the importance of color involves the subconscious decisions that people make. After ninety seconds, people have already made a subconscious decision about a product and 90% of the time that decision is based on color.
Gender is also an important element to consider because men and women respond differently to different colors. Men enjoy products that are blue, black or sea foam green, and they tend to stay away from purple, brown and orange. Women on the other hand, like purple along with blue and sea foam green, while revealing a similar distaste for brown and orange.
The associations that people make with colors are important to consider when designing a product, website or brick and mortar store.The art and science of color theory embodies everything from meanings across cultures to light sensitivity. The following list shows the general meanings of different colors, specifically in the United States:
Red: lust, negative issues, excitement, love
Yellow: jealousy, competence, happiness
Example: Lipton Ice Tea
Green: good taste, envy
Blue: masculine, competence, high quality, corporate
Example: UB Solution
Pink: sophistication, sincerity
Violet/Purple: authority, sophistication, power
Black: grief, sophistication, expensive, fear
White: happiness, sincerity, purity
In digital environments – websites – colors are often leveraged to motivate users, normally in the form of a subscription, purchase, download, or click-through. The base color for a company logo or brand does not mean call to action buttons need to match or be harmonious in color. In fact, buttons with colors that contrast the main theme actually grab more attention.
The Influence of Site Speed
Website speed is a critical factor for converting customers online. One conversion rate study revealed a strong correlation between faster page load times and increased conversions. Every second that the page load time was reduced yielded a percentage increase in conversions. Conversion rates increased 3% for every second the loading time was reduced from fifteen to seven seconds.
This correlation was not limited to purchase conversions, as page load times proved to be an important factor in influencing donations. A study regarding the 2011 Obama for America campaign revealed that a three second reduction in page load time yielded a 14% increase in donations. This research reflects the importance of improving site speed for both for-profit and non-profit websites.
It’s easy to measure site speed today; just head over to Google’s page speed insights. In the example below, I put my own blog on the chopping block and you’ll see there’s a lot I can do to increase my page speed/reduce loading times:
The Influence of Choices
The number of choices that your landing page offers visitors is another element that impacts conversion rates. A basic summary of the research on this topic suggests an inverse relationship between the number of choices offered and conversion rates. Contrary to popular belief, more choices lead to fewer conversions as visitors are distracted, rather than being led to the point of conversion.
In terms of specific examples, social sharing buttons, webinar registration options, contact fields and landing page fields are all elements that should be limited in order to increase conversions. One study regarding social share buttons indicated that total shares decreased by 29% when two additional buttons were added to QuickSprout’s site. The same idea applied to a study regarding webinar registration, as conversions increased by 16.93% when the number of available sessions was reduced from four to three. This data suggests that the old saying less is an important rule when it comes to landing page design.
The Influence of Custom Reporting
Analyzing custom reports on Google Analytics is another excellent strategy for increasing website conversions. The way in which you interpret the data generated from your site’s activity can offer valuable information for improving user experiences and increasing conversions.
One valuable report is a measurement of conversion rates based on the browser and device with which the user accessed your site. The browsers and devices for which you have the lowest conversion rates indicate opportunities for improvements. For instance, if mobile users are producing the lowest conversion rates then improving your mobile site should become a priority.
Top landing pages is another report that offers insight regarding where improvement efforts should be focused. By looking at your top landing pages and comparing their bounce rates to the site’s average, you can identify which top landing pages need to be revisited and tweaked.
Comparing new vs. returning traffic can further help webmasters understand how people behave on landing pages. This data can be broken down to compare different landing pages in order to see where new and returning visitors have the highest or lowest conversion rates.
Considering that the ultimate goal of every website is to convert users in one way or another, it is important to understand the factors that influence conversions. Consider the aforementioned conversion rate influencers when developing your own website or blog.
Jesse Aaron is a professional blogger with a passion for homebrewing, and writes on a variety of topics on his blog Mashbout. In his spare time Jesse enjoys redditting, brewing beer (as you may have guessed), slowly learning Python, and reading (currently reading Infinite Jest). Follow Jesse on Google Plus.
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