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Riddle: When Is Twitter Like an Elevator?

Travel enough, and you encounter a lot of elevators. This simple device can offer some interesting user experience lessons. Some are bizarre ones, like the incomprehensible control system I described in Don’t Redesign Your Elevator! The other day, in a perfectly fine Southern California hotel, I found elevators whose control panels all showed a virtually identical wear pattern. In every one of the four different elevators, the white paint was rubbed off the “L” marking the Lobby floor. […]

By |February 26th, 2014|

Fonts That Create Emotions, and More – Roger’s Picks

We’re trying something new here at Neuromarketing – a quick digest of interesting articles we found this week. Expect an eclectic mix of marketing, neuroscience, psychology, digital, and stuff that doesn’t fit in any of those categories. Cat videos, too! Well, probably no cat videos… but if we find something particularly amusing, we’ll share it! […]

By |February 7th, 2014|

The Future of Web Design May Be Ugly

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.
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By |February 4th, 2014|

Best of Neuromarketing – 2013

It’s time for our annual roundup of the top 12 posts here at Neuromarketing. The main criteria for selection is the amount of reader sharing and overall views. I find that the discerning readers here are great at identifying the most useful content, so a “crowdsourced” approach makes sense. If I missed your favorite, leave a comment! […]

By |December 26th, 2013|

Is Your Web Developer Planting Hidden Customer Experience Land Mines?

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. […]

By |November 26th, 2013|

Use a Gift Strategy to Add Value

One of the bigger marketing challenges these days is convincing people to pay for web content, particularly news content. The Web is awash in free news, analysis, and commentary, and a good deal of that free content is of […]

By |November 20th, 2013|

Need More Sales and Leads? Google Wants to Help!

 
For most attendees of Pubcon Las Vegas, the best part of Matt Cutts’s keynote was his measured and nearly genial response to the previous day’s attack on both him and Google by Internet entrepreneur Jason Calacanis. Cutts heads up Google’s Web spam team, and Calcanis blames Google for destroying his Mahalo.com business when they launched their Panda update. The update targeted content farms, sites that generated large quantities of low quality content optimized for search. […]

By |October 29th, 2013|

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 […]

By |September 3rd, 2013|

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 like Pubcon, The Conversion Conference, and the upcoming Conversion Summit in Frankfurt one of the great benefits is getting to share ideas with industry experts. Two of these people who really know what they are doing are Brian Massey, founder of Conversion Sciences, and Chris Goward, co-founder and CEO of WiderFunnel Marketing Optimization. They both have recent books that will help you improve your website’s performance. Here are the particulars: […]

By |August 26th, 2013|