Conversion Rate Optimisation
A conversion occurs on a website when a user performs an action which takes them further along the buying cycle. For example, a conversion could be requesting a quote, or simply buying your product outright. A business’s website should always be built with a view to having a good conversion rate.
A good SEO/digital marketing campaign will not only make your site more visible in search, but will also improve the user’s experience on your site, thus increasing the likelihood of a user converting. We’ve put together a set of tips and tactics below which should help boost your site’s conversions and your business’s sales.
Improving User Experience
User Experience (UX) and SEO are closely intertwined and must both be taken into consideration when looking to boost conversions on a site. A negative UX can even go on to impact a business’s brand image, and cause potential customers to see your entire business in a negative light. This is why Go Up has a team of top-notch designers, who work closely with the SEO team to design sites which are not only visually appealing, but also offer excellent UX. Major issues which often negatively impact UX are speed, ease of navigation, and clarity of information.
Consumers now expect sites to load faster than ever before, and 22% of users will not return to your site if they encounter a problem on it.
Ease of navigation
Your website navigation and structure must also be easy to understand. Not only will this improve UX, but an effective website navigation will also help Google crawl your site much more easily, and allow link juice to flow through your site effectively. To maximise conversion rates, the most important call(s) to action should be easy to find, preferably on every page of your site; in particular the homepage and service pages. As a rule, even blog posts should all link back to at least one key services page.
Clarity of information
Getting more traffic to a site is essential for a good conversion rate, however, users also need to be able to access the necessary information (such as the nature of your product and why it’s amazing) easily once they’re on your site. Otherwise they are far more likely to leave it in favour of another, more user-friendly site.
Decreasing bounce rates
According to Google Analytics, a site’s bounce rate is defined by “the percentage of single-page sessions (i.e. sessions in which the person left your site from the entrance page without interacting with the page).”
Closely tied to negative UX, bounce rates rise when users click onto your site and quickly click off of it again; having already decided that, for whatever reason, your site does not interest them. So even though bounces technically contribute to a site’s traffic, this kind of traffic does not result in any conversions. Not only that, but there is persuasive evidence which suggests that a high bounce rate can negatively impact a site’s visibility in search.
Sometimes poor site design and UX are enough to cause users to bounce out of a site, but content also plays a vital role in a site’s bounce rate.
Ranking in search for high volume keywords/search terms could very well result in lots of traffic to your site, but it won’t necessarily lead to a proportionate amount of conversions. Therefore your copy needs to be readable, succinct and to the point. Your copy should also be optimised only for the keywords which are the result of thorough research. If a user clicks onto your site through a keyword search which they perceive is irrelevant to what your business sells, they will simply leave your site for another one.
Your SEO team should be monitoring your keyword relevance to ensure they are fully relevant to your product or services.
Increasing social media presence
Social media often fits in the discovery phase of the classic conversion funnel. This year, Ofcom reported that , 73% of internet users have a social media profile, while it is projected that there will be 2.67 billion social media users worldwide by 2018. And consumers are increasingly finding their next purchases through social media.
84% of CEOs and VPs use social media to make purchasing decisions, while research has shown that social media is the second most effective digital marketing tool for customer retention; second only to email. So not only can social media drive more users to your site, but it can also earn your site more valuable conversions and increase customer loyalty.
In addition to having relevant social media accounts for your business, you should also add Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter and share buttons to your product pages and blogs or news items, so that users can seamlessly spread the word about your product, and become advocates/ambassadors for your brand.
Leveraging customer reviews
As of 2015, 67% of consumers were being influenced by user reviews. Not only that, but positive reviews from customers will also improve your visibility in search, as businesses with better ratings are more likely to show up in Google’s local stack. And since local searches are usually carried out by users who are already ready to purchase, ranking well in local search leads to higher average conversion rates.
Even negative reviews are proven to have a positive effect on a business’ conversion rates, as a healthy mix of good and bad reviews gives consumers the impression that your business is more genuine than those with nothing but 5-star lauds. According to a study in The Journal of Consumer Research, negative reviews which are worded politely can in fact help sell the item being reviewed.
Make it as easy as possible for customers to leave reviews and feedback on your product or service. Set up a Google My Business account for your company and create a link that customers can click on to leave reviews of your product on Google. You can also embed favourable Yelp reviews on your site for all potential customers to see.