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Experiments to Drive More App Store Rankings & Reviews


Experiments to Drive More App Store Rankings & Reviews

Being the taco-fiend I am, I had to download the brand new, highly anticipated, Taco Bell app to check it out. Between the bright images and ease of use, I was very impressed (and more hungry).

My experience ordering a Burrito Supreme was delightful for the most part. Mid-order, a text message interrupted me (rude) and when I foregrounded the app to continue ordering, it asked me, “Wanna Rate the App?”

This experience inspired a question: when could Taco Bell ask me for a review to increase my chances of actually doing it?

How Codecademy Can Teach More People to Code


How Codecademy Can Teach More People to Code

Speaking from experience, learning to code can seem like a daunting task—but, like my father always says, ’How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.’ And that’s exactly what Codecademy intends to do: teach coding in bite-size segments. The app offers users a taste of code, get in get out in an hour, and it stops there. Codecademy cannot achieve their mission of ‘Teaching The World How To Code’ in one hour. They need to either get people from the app onto the website and retain their interest, or offer more lessons on their app.

In this Teardown Tuesday, I’ll offer ideas for how Codecademy’s iOS app can turn more app users into engaged, long term coders.

Black & Decker Discovers Big Win in “Buy Now” vs. “Shop Now” Test


Black & Decker Discovers Big Win in “Buy Now” vs. “Shop Now” Test

Testing a call to action is about as low as the low hanging fruit tests come, especially for an online retailer. Why? They appear on so many pages and are fundamental to the purchase path.

If you have not experimented with your call to action buttons already, then this story about how testing one call to action button drove a projected six figure revenue increase should persuade you to try.

Optimizely’s Coming Out for Mobile Teardown Tuesday


Optimizely’s Coming Out for Mobile Teardown Tuesday

In honor of San Francisco Pride this weekend, we’ll kick off the series with an app that recently launched to the AppStore, Dattch.

Lesbians have lamented for years the lack of an app that speaks to the dating needs of women looking for other women. Dating apps for heterosexuals and men seeking men are plentiful, but nothing has existed for the lesbian market until now. Enter Dattch.

Split Test Ideas for Urban Outfitters’ Checkout Funnel


Split Test Ideas for Urban Outfitters’ Checkout Funnel

In a world where online shoppers are bombarded with options, one thing an online retailer can do to gain a competitive advantage is make it as easy as possible to buy their products.

The series of pages a shopper must complete to purchase the item—the checkout funnel—is the closest place to actual purchase event, and usually filled with friction. Improving the experience, and likelihood that a shopper will actually checkout is only possible through experimentation (aka split testing).