Your weekend reading list for all things brain and marketing-related… […]
If you work with digital ads, you are no doubt familiar with the “fold” – the place where the user’s screen cuts off the content, and scrolling is required to view more. (It’s an anachronistic term from the newspaper days, when stories above the fold in the middle of the page were more prominent than those below.) Many advertising contracts specify “above the fold” placement on web pages, although exactly where that fold occurs depends on a variety of factors like screen resolution, browser window dimensions, etc. […]
We’ve got some particularly good finds this week, with several great user experience-related items. Check ‘em out, add your own!
If you are an engineer, friction is your enemy. That’s even more true if you are a web marketer trying […]
We’ve seen a variety of disastrous web design trends over the years. Remember splash pages? All-Flash sites? Frames? We may be on the cusp of a new trend: unstyled ugliness.
Is your web developer (or IT team) sabotaging your customer experience in ways that aren’t easily spotted?
You are likely already looking carefully at the pages, forms, content, and other visible elements to ensure that nothing is amiss there. But even when everything on the surface checks out fine, there may be hidden traps that your customers will encounter as they use your site. Think of them as web land mines, or CX-bombs.
Today, eliminating barriers to an awesome visitor experience is more important than ever. Your visitors have increasingly short attention spans, a low tolerance for frustration, and a plethora of alternatives. If they encounter something frustrating or confusing, they are a click or two away from your competition. And, with search traffic being driven toward sites with better engagement and greater social sharing, those quickly-departing visitors will affect future traffic as well.
Here are a few visitor experience land mines that I’ve encountered in the last month. […]
Book Review: Landing Page Optimization: The Definitive Guide to Testing and Tuning for Conversions by Tim Ash , Maura Ginty, and Rich Page. The first edition of Tim Ash's Landing Page Optimization has been called the Conversion Bible (by me, at least). Unlike the religious tome, though, this resource is far from static. The newest edition has been improved, expanded, and even sports a couple of new co-authors. As before, Ash delves into the psychology and neuroscience of conversion, along with lots of practical advice.
If you were at my SXSW panel, How Brain Science Turns Browsers into Buyers, you already saw the latest proof that sexy imagery can boost sales. Ion Interactive, a firm specializing in online conversion, ran a test for online game-maker Kabam to improve signup rates for a vampire game, Thirst of Night. Take a look at the three images tested: […]
What’s the worst place to put your logo, and where do advertisers most often put their logo in print ads, TV spots, and direct mail pieces? The answer is the same: the lower right corner, an area dubbed the “Corner of Death” by facial coding expert Dan Hill. […]