User Testing: A Pillar of Great Experiments


If this temple in Agrigento Sicily island in Italy was an experiment, then user testing would be one of its pillars .

If you’re working on optimizing your conversion rate, chances are, you’ve already done some testing on your website. Maybe it’s A/B testing or multivariate testing, or maybe you’ve run a heat map or two. These are all tools available to you to deliver the best experience possible to your visitors. In this article we’re going to talk about another one, user testing: what it is, and how you can use it to come up with really good hypotheses for your experiments.

Why An Experiment Without A Hypothesis is Dead On Arrival


Experiments without hypothesis are dead on arrival

Imagine you set out on a road trip. You packed the car, made a playlist, and set out to drive 600 miles—but you don’t actually know where you’re headed. When you arrive at a destination, and it’s not at all what you imagined it would be.

Running an experiment without a hypothesis is like starting a road trip just for the sake of driving, without thinking about where you’re headed and why. You’ll inevitably end up somewhere, but there’s a chance you might not have gained anything from the experience.

In this post, we’ll show you how to craft great hypotheses, how they fit into your experiment planning, and what differentiates a strong hypothesis from a weak one.

5 Traits of Best-in-Class Optimization Teams


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What are your best customers doing?

That is the #1 question I hear from customers on a day-to-day basis. How do others companies do optimization and testing? It’s a great question.

Based on thousands of interactions with Optimizely customers and four years of enterprise enablement, I can confidently point to five traits that all best-in-class optimization teams possess…

The Problem With A/B Testing Success Stories


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Like many, I learned about the principles and practicalities of A/B testing from online articles and resources. From the time I was first introduced to split testing, I’ve made conversion optimization my full-time profession.

A year later, I noticed something alarming about the stories I was once so excited to read: success stories about A/B testing are bad for you.

Continue reading to learn why they’re bad, how to reverse their damage, and how to multiply the value of your tests without the help of success stories…

3 Tips To Increase Your PPC Click-Through Rate


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Click-through rate, or CTR, is one of the most important metrics you can measure in paid search. Today we’re going to look at why a high CTR is so important to your account, and I’ll explain how you can increase the CTR of your ads through A/B testing and 3 optimization techniques:

Targeting the right kinds of keywords
Writing more compelling, emotional ads
Testing your ads

The Secret Weapon to Superior Calls to Action

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Great content marketing campaigns engage your target audience and build trust and authority online by educating that audience.

Without a strong call to action, you’re not giving your content a fair chance to convert unique visitors into leads in your database. And that, my friends, is a problem. Especially if you’re fighting for budget, or need to justify the spend on a content-centric marketing strategy. This post explains 3 ways to make your CTAs powerful lead and revenue drivers for your organization.

10 Ways to A/B Test Better with Targeting

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Marketing practices have many separate vocabularies. Online marketers, content marketers, and product marketers all converse with their own jargon. One of the vocabulary words that spans many marketing activities is targeting. Targeting is a not-so-sexy way to describe a highly useful practice that is downright essential to marketing.

This article outlines 10 smart ways to target visitors on your website.