15 Easy Things to Test on Your Website to Increase Conversions

Your conversion rate is the proportion of people who complete an action on your website, such as filling in a registration form or purchasing a product. It's one of the most important metrics in digital marketing because it measures business profitability and tells you whether people are really interested in your products and services. There are a number of elements on your website that you can test to increase your conversion rate. Here are 15 of them.

1. Calls to Action

Your call to action (CTA) is a crucial component of any conversion campaign. Research shows that a simple anchor text CTA boosts conversion rates by 121 percent.

2. Headlines

Your landing page headline should be short, snappy and informative. You can include numbers, too: numbered list headlines increase conversions by as much as 30 percent, according to one study.

3. Testimonials

Eighty-eight percent of customers trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations. That's why it's important to include a testimonial on your landing page.

4. White Space

White space on your landing page — the space between text, graphics and other visual elements — improves readability, so visitors can digest your conversion offer and find your call to action.

5. Fill-In Forms

Fill-in forms should have a simple design with few questions. Otherwise, site visitors might not want to provide their personal data. One study shows that asking a prospect for their age reduces conversions by 3 percent, asking for a street address reduces conversions by 4 percent and asking for a telephone number reduces conversions by 5 percent. 

6. Privacy Policies

Make your privacy policy straightforward and easy to read. When one company simplified its policy, it experienced a 19 percent increase in conversions.

7. Stock Numbers

Including stock numbers — the number of products that are left in stock — on your landing page increases sign-ups to your mailing list. If you provide a free gift to new site visitors, for example, and customers know there are only five of these items available, they are more likely to submit their personal data.

8. Fill-In Form Page Placement

Where you place your fill-in form on your landing page influences conversions. Studies suggest that keeping your form "above the fold" — the upper half of your page — improves engagement.

9. Images

Images break up chunks of text and improve readability. You might want to perform a simple A/B test to see which photos are most effective at driving conversions.

10. Product Videos

Product videos enhance conversion rates significantly. Customers at home retailer StacksAndStacks' online store who watched a product video were 144 percent more likely to make a purchase than shoppers who didn't watch a video.

11. Social Media Buttons

Social media buttons let site visitors share your content on platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, exposing your brand to a wider audience. One company experienced a 9 percent increase in conversions with social media buttons.

12. Progress Indicators

Progress indicators are graphics that show how long it takes a user to complete a task, such as filling in a registration form. Use these to increase conversion rates and engagement.

13. Contact Information

Make sure your contact information is displayed on your website. Including your phone number on a landing page could increase conversions by 0.5 percent.

14. Trust Seals

Including a trust seal — a badge graphic from a third-party company, such as VeriSign or Hacker Safe — on your landing page boosts customer confidence and encourages more sign-ups.

15. Colors

Colors influence conversions, says research. Clothing brand Ript Apparel changed the color of a call-to-action button from green to yellow and saw a 6 percent increase in conversions.
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