6 Proven Steps to Increase Your Conversion

November 10, 2009 by  
Filed under Conversion, Featured

Increasing website conversion is something that all of us seek. More sales, better qualified traffic, bigger profits, lower cart abandonment, and the list goes on. It’s the foundation of what I write about in this blog.

However, I realize that although the answers are often provided in articles, it can be difficult for store owners to put those bits into the proper sequence which ensures they reach their goals. You see, having the right information in front of you is just one small portion of the puzzle. It’s knowing how to use it and when to implement it that makes all the difference.

Don’t put the cart before the horse

I can’t count the number of times I hear store owners say “I’ve already tried this” or “I tried that and it didn’t work”, or “Why does it seem work for everyone else but not for me?” It’s not to say that what they tried doesn’t work (but you must test), rather, the answer often lies in the way the process was implemented.

As the old saying goes, “don’t put the cart before the horse”. Why? Quite simply, doing so will render the horse useless even though all the elements are in place to succeed. The key here is in the proper implementation of the elements in the process. If you simply switch the location of the elements, and put the horse before the cart, you’ll likely find the success you were looking for. The answer was in front of you all along, you just had to know how to implement it.

Building a successful ecommerce store is no different in principle than the cart before the horse analogy mentioned above. Sure, it’s harder to run an online store than it is for a horse to pull a cart, but the fact that it all comes down to proper implementation is often the missing ingredient.

Ecommerce Amplifier: Your Blueprint for Success

I’ve been helping store owners both large and small increase their website conversion for quite some time now. Over this lengthy time period I continually developed, tested, and refined a systematic process that has proven time and time again, to increase store conversion for anyone that follows it—regardless of size.

Several months back I decided to put this process into a do-it-yourself online coaching program called Ecommerce Amplifier. My objective was to make my program available to as many store owners as possible by keeping the monthly investment ridiculously low and provide them with a system that put all the elements into the right order through easy-to-follow weekly lessons.

I launched Ecommerce Amplifier about 2 months ago and the current members love it. The results spoke for themselves almost immediately in store owners reporting increased conversion in as little as one week after entering the program.

My online coaching program not only provides an exact blueprint for reaching your goals, but I also provide my members with the exact tools, resources, strategies, and secrets I use daily to help store owners achieve success. In addition my members get access to me as their personal coach through exclusive members only forums (complete details of what you get can be found by clicking here.)

Anybody ecommerce store owner can benefit from this system. It doesn’t matter if you are just starting out or already have an established ecommerce business, this system will help you build a stronger, more successful online store.

I don’t have to tell you how expensive it can be to hire out all the resources needed to find success. For just peanuts, my system will provide you with a do-it-yourself blueprint to success.

Ecommerce Amplifier walks you step-by-step through a 6 step process that has been proven to increase ecommerce sales.

The 6 Steps

I’ll guide you through the following 6 step process toward building your online business:

  1. Plan
  2. Focus
  3. Streamline
  4. Target
  5. Measure
  6. Retain

You’ll learn how to:

  • Increase Conversion
  • Generate More Sales
  • Attract More Qualified Traffic
  • Reduce Cart Abandonment
  • Decrease Bounce Rates
  • Run Stronger More Successful Promotions
  • Use Social Media as a Viral Marketing Element
  • And that’s just the beginning …

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If you want complete unrestricted access to all the tools, resources, strategies and secrets that will help you build a more successful ecommerce business you should give Ecommerce Amplifier a serious look. I’m confident you’ll like what you find.

Remember, the answers are often right in front of you, you just need to know how to implement them. Ecommerce Amplifier helps you do just that.

To your ecommerce success!

The Most Important Pages on an Ecommerce Site

February 20, 2009 by  
Filed under Conversion, Design & Usability

To be successful in ecommerce you need to be proactive not passive. Continually analyzing to discover problem points and testing methods that better those points is essential. You must market, promote, adapt and be willing to go out on a limb in some cases — thinking outside the box. You must continually monitor the customer experience your site delivers to your visitors and ensure the layers of that are working together.

You cannot sit back and expect sales to come in simply because you have a website listing products which target a specific market — even if you are getting loads of traffic to that site. If you are not going to be proactive you are not going to see results.

During my coaching engagements with store owners I often see the same underlying mis-conception in where to focus improvement efforts, and what objective to target first for increasing sales conversion.

As the old saying goes, “you must crawl before you walk and walk before you run.” To expect conversion increases without first targeting the most important areas often ends up in frustration.

For example, to focus on the checkout process in an effort to increase sales when your website analytics shows that the majority of your visitors never even make it that far will yield nothing. Why? Because if your visitors are not even making it that deep into your site then they can’t checkout anyhow. It goes to say that if they don’t see the checkout process then making adjustments to it will not yield additional sales.

So where should you focus your improvement efforts?

To answer that question for every store is difficult. Each business is different and each situation needs to be analyzed in order to develop an action plan for improvement based on the unique circumstances and objective desired. You should let your website analytics dictate where to begin.

However, although the answer to that question is not clear cut, I can certainly give you a starting point for focusing improvement efforts. You see, although each ecommerce site is unique, the pages that visitors encounter — on any ecommerce site — which influence them to make a successful purchase remain fairly consistent.

If you are wondering where to focus your improvement efforts try adding these pages to the top of your list.

1. Home Page

Oftentimes (unless paid search or SEO efforts dictate otherwise) the home page of a website is where a bulk of your visitors will end up at some point — if not right from the beginning.

The home page needs to effectively speak to the visitor demographic(s) in such a way that they desire to continue deeper into the site. If they don’t move past your home page (often indicated by high website bounce rates) they aren’t getting to the product pages. If they aren’t getting to the product pages they likely can’t add an item to their cart. If they don’t add an item to their cart, they won’t checkout. Got that?

The home page should, at the very least, give visitors multiple options for accessing the products on your site and should have some room reserved for the latest promotion.

If your website has a high bounce rate from the home page, you need to first focus your efforts on that page with the single objective of getting deeper visitor penetration into the site (i.e. increased pageviews, longer time on site.) This is one example of what I meant when I referenced the “crawl before you walk …” statement above.

2. Product Pages

It is from this page that most product information is gathered and questions are answered which ultimately lead the buyer to adding an item to their cart. Take care in your presentation, placing wording, descriptions, photos, and customer assurances in the best location to persuade action.

The goal of a product page should be to get the user to add the item to their cart. You can’t make a sale if the item is not in the cart!

3. Checkout Pages

Once an item has been added to a visitors cart the only way they can get out of your store with that product is through the checkout. This is a critical part. Think of it … you have an interested visitor who has a product or products in their cart and that likely wants to become a customer. The only thing keeping from that now is your checkout.

The checkout process should definitely be monitored for abandonment rates using website analytics. In Google Analytics I recommend setting up a funnel and associated goal for this process alone to keep track of its effectiveness. You want to know where in this process people may leave so you can refine it to capture future opportunities.

The ultimate goal of the checkout process is to get the visitor out the door with a successful sale. Keep in mind though that for multiple step checkout processes you may likely need to develop smaller incremental goals throughout the process to get to that final objective. Your abandonment points reported by your tracking funnel will tell you where and what these smaller goals should be.

In Summary

There are an almost unlimited number of areas on a website which contribute to higher conversion. In reality, the entire customer experience must be considered if a sustainable and profitable ecommerce business is the goal. The list of pages I provided here are just a starting point for organizing your approach.

Although these pages are important (each serving its role in closing the sale) changing just one will not always guarantee increased sales. You will need to interpret what your analytics is telling you in order to determine which page(s) to devote attention to.

Pay particular attention to your visitor click paths and develop an action plan for improvement with realistic incremental goals as the objective. Think big but be willing to start small. Measuring and expecting incremental improvements over the “ultimate goal” will result in that final goal being reached more often.

Remember, identifying and addressing the actual problem is the first step toward increasing conversion. You wouldn’t put the cart before the donkey and the same applies when looking for improvement from your website.

Finally, take it in stride making alterations to the most “problematic” pages first as reported by your analytics program. In doing so, you’ll be gradually building what I call a “trail to the sale” which will lead the visitor down a specific and intended path toward the end goal.