How To Maximise Your Next Website Optimisation Project

With 80.8 Percent of Australians now shopping online, having a good Conversion Rate Optimisation (CRO) program is now more important than ever for ensuring you’re converting more website visitors into customers.

 

Yet many businesses aren’t using their website to its full potential when it comes to maximising their conversions. Here’s a quick look at what sets a good optimisation plan apart from a bad one.

How Conversion Rate Optimisation usually works

With the aim of increasing the number of website visitors that convert into customers, here is the standard Conversion Rate Optimisation process that businesses usually follow:

Step 1 - Gather User Behaviour Data

The aim here is to gather as much information to step into the shoes of customers.

 

Some key questions that might be asked:

  • Does the website and content load properly?

  • Is your website easy to navigate?

  • Do they find and read all the relevant content?

  • Can they purchase easily without blockers?

Step 2 - Identify where and why users don’t convert

A combination of funnel reporting and session replay tools are used to understand at which point users leave the funnel, and why they are leaving.

 

Common reasons:

 

  • Website errors block purchases

  • Users need more information to help with their purchase

  • Price is too high, or customers aren’t getting enough value

  • Campaigns tell customers one thing, and the checkout says another

  • Customers don’t have enough urgency to purchase now

Step 3 - Fix the issues found

Once identifying where and why users drop out, it’s time to trial fixes that remove reasons for customers to not convert.  

 

If improvements are obvious (I.e. a link is broken) you should go ahead and fix them immediately. For issues that aren’t as clear, proper A/B testing can be used to test and measure improvements.

Step 4 - Measure impacts, learn what works, optimise

The final step is measuring tested improvements, learning what has worked, and sharing those learnings with the wider team so that fixes can be rolled out on the website as permanent improvements.  

 

Learnings should also be brought into the next round of optimisation and testing to constantly improve results.

Where Website Optimisation Projects Tend to Fall Down

With the aim of increasing the number of website visitors that convert into customers, here is the standard Conversion Rate Optimisation process that businesses usually follow:

Incomplete Data

If you don’t collect enough data, there will be information gaps in trying to understand your customer. You might be able to understand where users drop off, but not why, which leaves a lot to guesswork.

 

Not having enough data upfront means that you will be limited in both pinpointing where issues occur, and also in exploring the potential reasons why issues occur.

Uninformed tests and low success rates

In most cases, data is used to measure if a test was successful, but it’s not always used effectively to inform what tests should be run in the first place.

 

Testing is useless without context and informing tests properly with comprehensive data will majorly impact the success rate of AB testing.

Insights collaboration can be slow

Website data is often owned by only a few people, and the process of sharing results and information can be slow and tedious.

 

It can often take a long time for everyone to get up to speed on results, so that a decision can be made, and an action taken.

Strategies to Maximise Your Optimisation Plan

With the aim of increasing the number of website visitors that convert into customers, here is the standard Conversion Rate Optimisation process that businesses usually follow:

Strategy 1 - Inform your optimisation with as much data as possible

Use as much behavioural data as possible to inform what tests should and shouldn’t be run.

 

The more website data you can have on hand, the more questions you can answer before you even begin testing.

 

You will naturally increase your conversion rates, and identify fixes that can be done even without the testing process.

 

Strategy 2 - Ruthlessly dig into why funnel abandonment happens

Focus on key funnel abandonment points, and ruthlessly dig into why users are leaving.

 

The closer you can understand this, the less guessing you need to do to find improvements that work.

 

Having lots of behavioural data in strategy 1 will also help out a lot here.

 

Strategy 3 - Reduce the number of tests, and increase testing success rates

Do more with less effort. Testing can be a long process, so ensure you use as much data as you can upfront to inform what you test and why.

 

This will let you focus more on the tests that will have a big impact for your business. Some fixes will be obvious, less tests will need to be run, and conversion rates will increase.

 

With the right data, you’ll be able to achieve much more with less.

 

Step 4 - Centralise conversations around the optimisation

With so many moving parts to making an optimisation plan successful, you need to centralise communications as close to where the optimisation happens as possible.

 

This is to reduce the time taken to get everybody across results, insights, and next steps.

 

You’ll also have a much stronger collective knowledge to inform your optimisation approach from the start.

 

How Insightech Can Help

Capturing all the data you need

Our Capture Everything Code™ captures every data point you need to give you complete confidence in your data at every stage that you need it.

 

No data sampling or compression, no custom set up or maintenance, just a real-time data lake from your website at every touchpoint (including 3rd party platforms), set up with a single line of code.

 

Point and click exploration of customer experiences

Point and Click Reporting™ takes away the guesswork when it comes to customer abandonment.

 

It provides visually interactive, easy-to-understand reports, showing you exactly where users abandon.

 

All you have to do is click your website to explore why your users aren’t converting.

 

Instantly recreate website issues

Insightech’s Full Code Recreation™ allows you to search for and recreate any user experience instantly — same visuals, same code, same everything.

 

It allows you to spend less time searching for problems, and more time solving them.

 

Streamlining team communications on your website

With Visual Conversations™ your whole team can collaborate where the action happens, on your website.

 

It’s as simple as creating a note that bookmarks your important moment, and visually overlays on your website. You can then share it with a single link.

 

It is an easy and visual way to share insights, collaborate, share code that your IT team needs to fix.

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