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8 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do With Optimizely

8 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do With Optimizely

Optimizely gives us a strategic advantage when building and validating solutions for our clients. To date, we’ve used the platform to run hundreds and hundreds of tests. During this time, we’ve discovered that we can dramatically scale our strategic advantage by becoming more nuanced in how we craft and deploy Optimizely experiments.

Specifically, my Rocket Code colleagues and I have discovered eight core insights and workarounds that empower us to deliver some truly awesome e-commerce firepower. Collectively, these tips will help your Optimizely experiments run faster with fewer errors and more visibility into how users are interacting with the test variants.

Personalization Begins With People

Personalization Begins With People

Today we’re introducing Dynamic Customer Profiles, an actionable, single view of the customer for optimizing experiences with Optimizely Personalization.

Dynamic Customer Profiles are built from behavioral data collected by Optimizely coupled with the data collected by companies across their customer touch points—both online and offline.

This capability empowers businesses to leverage existing data and investments in business intelligence to create experiences that will keep their customers coming back for more.

Headline A/B Testing to Boost Ad Impressions: A Case Study from Ringier

Headline A/B Testing to Boost Ad Impressions: A Case Study from Ringier

Blick, the leading online and print tabloid in Switzerland, has boldly ventured into unchartered territory for most in the media industry: editorial A/B testing. By experimenting with headlines and teaser images, Blick’s editorial team is able to better understand what readers are most interested in, in real time.

How The Next Web Scaled Their A/B Testing Output 100x

How The Next Web Scaled Their A/B Testing Output 100x

About two years ago we started intensifying our A/B testing program here at The Next Web, one of the world’s largest online publications for news about Internet technology, business, and culture. We’ve found A/B testing to be a very powerful way to increase reader engagement — our primary website goal.

In this blog post I’d like to dive into some aspects of the testing program at The Next Web to provide you with some ideas to incorporate into your own testing program.

How to Wisely A/B Test WordPress Headlines With Optimizely

How to Wisely A/B Test WordPress Headlines With Optimizely

Love it or hate it, headline testing has proven to be a necessary tool for media sites to use in order to stay competitive in the quest for clicks. Testing every headline is a great way to increase clicks, engagements, and social shares and create a culture of testing and experimentation needed to survive in this fast-paced digital world.

In this post, we walk through how publishers running their sites on WordPress can experiment with headlines using the Optimizely A/B Testing Plugin for WordPress.

Optimizely Launches on Android — 5 Things Android & iOS Developers Should Ponder


Optimizely Launches on Android — 5 Things Android & iOS Developers Should Ponder

In 2014, Android made up more than 80% of worldwide smartphone shipments. That’s why, today, we’re excited to announce the general release of the Optimizely Android SDK. Now you can use Optimizely to optimize your app on both of the world’s leading smartphone platforms.

Leading up to this release, we ran a beta program with some of the top Android apps on the market and came to understand that not all mobile developers are created equally. However, they also share commonalities in how they think about development.

We’ve distilled these similarities and differences between iOS and Android development down to a list of five traits. As you think about how to structure your mobile testing program, we highly encourage you to ponder these findings.

Targeting Your Test to Specific URLs — In 1 Minute

Targeting Your Test to Specific URLs — In 1 Minute

One of the most important parts of setting up an experiment is deciding where you want it to run, as in which pages specifically are you deciding to target. You can be as narrow as a single URL or as broad as your entire site. It all depends on which of the four URL match types you use. In this One Minute Monday, we’ll cover what these match types mean and why they’re important for you.

How to Prevent Buggy Updates to Your iOS App — In 1 Minute

How to Prevent Buggy Updates to Your iOS App — In 1 Minute

So you’ve built out a new feature, a new flow, a new experience in your mobile app, you’re feeling really good about it. You’ve released to Apple, it’s live in the Store… and people hate it. It’s got a show-stopping bug. This update, for whatever reason, is tanking hard, and it’s taking your App Store rankings with it. But all of this could have been avoided.