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Don’t Redesign Your Elevator!

Don’t Redesign Your Elevator!

Do you have a website redesign planned? If so, there might be a lesson in my first experience with a Schindler ID System elevator control installation. When passenger elevators first came into use, they were complicated and a bit dangerous. They were often operated by employees of the building owner lest passengers get caught in [...]

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Books That Boost Conversion

Books That Boost Conversion

Website conversion and conversion rate optimization are hot topics these days, and rightly so. It’s getting ever more difficult and expensive to drive traffic to your website, and anything you can do to turn those visitors into leads, customers, etc. will improve the return on investment of the whole effort. When I speak at events [...]

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Chef’s Secret: How to Make Your Product Look Bigger

Chef’s Secret: How to Make Your Product Look Bigger

Some restaurants want to make their portions look bigger. Others may want to seem to deliver a modest portion while still satisfying hungry diners. For years, chefs have exploited what’s known as the Ebbinghaus illusion to push the apparent portion size in one direction or the other. Serve a dish on a small plate, and [...]

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Image Influence: Placing Pictures for Maximum Impact

Image Influence: Placing Pictures for Maximum Impact

There’s an idea from cognitive psychology called cognitive fluency that has been making the rounds in the business world lately. The idea is simple enough: as human beings, we prefer that which is easy for us to understand and process.

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Is This Common Pricing Mistake Costing You Sales?

Is This  Common Pricing Mistake Costing You Sales?

If you have an ecommerce site, how often do customers visit – often after a costly paid click – and end up leaving without buying? Are abandoned shopping carts all too common? Or, if your customers visit your retail store, how often do you see them compare several items, only to buy none of them [...]

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How To Use Product Order To Increase Sales

How To Use Product Order To Increase Sales

Whether we are showing products on a web page or offering them in person, if you have more than one product you have a decision to make – the order of presentation. Should you lead with your best product? Close with it for a strong finish? Research shows us several approaches can be successful.

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Latest Brainy Marketing at Forbes

Latest Brainy Marketing at Forbes

It’s been a while since I recapped my Forbes Brainy Marketing activity here, so here’s what you may have missed. And, be sure to add a comment if you visit. I can “call out” quality comments, and site admins sometimes expose these in different parts of the site.

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Blog Headline Writing Lessons from Mega-traffic Sites

Blog Headline Writing Lessons from Mega-traffic Sites

What’s one of the most simple traffic building tools that even most top bloggers don’t use? Surprisingly, few bloggers take advantage of the ability to target a separate headline for people browsing the site and people searching via Google, Bing, etc..

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Pubcon Discount, See Cialdini (and me)

Pubcon Discount, See Cialdini (and me)

Pubcon 2012 (Las Vegas, October 16 – 18, 2012), the big gathering of digital marketers and web site operators of all kinds, has a persuasion theme this year! Primary keynote speaker will be Robert Cialdini, author of the classic Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion and Yes! 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive, among others. [...]

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Landing Page Optimization by Tim Ash

Landing Page Optimization by Tim Ash

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.

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