Many marketers think once a reasonable conversion rate is achieved, status quo is acceptable.
Don’t fall into the conversion complacency trap.
How do you improve your conversion rates month after month?
Do these 11 tasks regularly to keep upping the ante because even if your conversion rate outperforms every competitor you still want better numbers.
1. Update A/B test variations
An A/B test is like a cage match without all the violence. At the end, you’ll have a clear winner.
Test only one element at a time. It could be a landing page, a headline, a call to action, an image, social proof, or something else.
Your lead generation tools can automate the testing and identify when it reaches statistical significance – indicating you have enough data on which to make a sound decision about what content element converts better.
2. Track conversions that lead to sales
Understanding customers’ buying cycles can also help you improve conversion rates. Review your sales analytics to identify which content is more likely to lead to a sale.
For example, which landing pages are more likely to convert to a sale? The differentiator could be the copy, the offer, or something else. Review how the landing pages differ and do more of what works better.
3. Measure impact of content schedules and other efforts
Review your conversion rates and your editorial calendar.Review your editorial calendar against conversion rates. Pick topics or timing that work best. @MikeKamo Click To Tweet
For instance, if you publish blog posts every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, does one day elicit more conversions than the others? What about the content topic? Or on social media, does the posting time play a factor in conversions?
Explore what works better and update your editorial calendar to reflect that.
Identify opportunities to provide content incentives to further improve the conversion rate of content that performs well. For example, create content upgrades or lead magnets such as e-books, courses, calculators, or checklists that are more likely to elicit an action (e.g., submitting an email address) because they provide value for your audience.Provide #content incentives to further improve conversion rate of top performing content, says @MikeKamo. Click To Tweet
Brian Dean of Backlinko started using content upgrades on his blog posts. His first foray resulted in a conversion rate increase from 0.54 to 4.82%:
You can also offer financial incentives, such as a free gift with purchase, a coupon code, or free shipping. But don’t just leave it there. Test offers against one another. Figure out what type of incentives your audience perceives as valuable.
4. Evaluate competitors’ conversion strategies
You don’t want to copy your competitors, but you can learn how you can outdo them.You don’t want to copy your competitors, but you can learn how you can outdo them, says @MikeKamo. Click To Tweet
Let’s say that you’re in the retail camping equipment industry. Your competitor offers a free e-book as an incentive for signing up for their email list. Your company one-ups that offer by including a free checklist along with a free e-book to entice new subscribers.
Alternatively, you might realize your audience responds better to a non-text offer such as an instructional video or audio file. Always keep in mind how your audience prefers to consume content.
5. Investigate your sales funnel
For instance, if most of your audience members enter the sales funnel through paid social, ensure that the next content experience is related to how they first engaged with you on social media.
6. Add more social proof
Your website visitors are looking for evidence to trust you. They don’t care what you say – they care about what you can demonstrate.
For instance, if you want to convert someone to a subscriber, make sure you note on the site that you have 200,000 subscribers. That’s a form of social proof that helps people feel more comfortable subscribing to your list.
Other trust-related content tactics include:
7. Use strong calls to action in every piece of content
You likely put a CTA on home pages and product pages. But what about your blog posts? Your FAQs? Your resources page?
If you create content, add a CTA. For instance, add a CTA in the middle of a blog post. Make it stand out by putting it in a brightly colored box and adding a clickable button for good measure. Incorporating an image can help too.Add a CTA to every piece of content, advises @MikeKamo. Click To Tweet
8. Ensure that your value is unique
Your value proposition isn’t what you do, how you do it, or even why you’re in the business. It’s what makes your brand special. In some cases, value propositions don’t have anything to do with the product itself.
Maybe you have the best customer service ratings in your industry. Perhaps you’re known for sourcing green ingredients or materials for your products. Once you discover your unique value proposition, make it prominent on every page of your site.
9. Don’t offer too many options
Cluttered or distracting website pages can reduce conversions. This is especially true when you have competing CTAs.
Focus each page on a single next step. It could be signing up for your email list, visiting your product page, or following you on social media.
Present as few options as possible. On landing pages, remove top navigation to see if your conversion rates increase. You might want to reduce the number of images on the page, especially when they’re not clickable, or put the CTA in a different place to capture more attention.Remove the top navigation on your landing page to see if conversion rates increase, says @MikeKamo. Click To Tweet
Focus your audience. Decide what you want them to do next, then gently usher them in that direction.
10. Keep constant track of pay-per-click campaigns
If you’re investing in paid search, paid social, or some other pay-per-click campaign, keep rigorous track of the results and see how your creative influences conversions.
11. Update email campaigns
Go back and update them with new information, data points, and more. Make sure you’re segmenting your list correctly based on where subscribers sit in the sales funnel.
Lead generation isn’t a one-and-done thing. To improve conversion rates, you need to monitor what’s working, and continuously improve and update your content assets so they resonate with your audience. Even if you don’t tackle all 11 suggestions, ensure that at least some are on your to-do list every month so you keep your conversion rates top of mind.
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