Spring break is fast approaching, and many US travelers are making last-minute bookings, searching for deals, and packing their bags for one of the biggest vacation seasons of the year. This means travel websites need to keep a close eye on their online behavior to respond to all of their digital needs and habits to see maximum ROI.
One thing science has proved beyond a doubt: the anticipation of making a purchase is as stimulating to the human brain as making the purchase itself. For shoppers who are looking online for a specific item or service, the search itself is enjoyable, and the purchase – the conversion – just adds to the pleasure.
The e-commerce industry moves at lightening speed. So keeping up with rapidly changing trends or last-minute marketing strategy updates is crucial. But, how do you accomplish this when, like many companies, your IT department is overwhelmed, overworked, or experiencing the ever-common ‘code freeze’?
For years, marketers have been focusing much of their attention on search engine optimization (SEO). However, as time progresses and users come to expect flawless, easy interactions with sites and apps, focusing solely on keywords and site optimization aren't nearly enough to drive conversions and increase traffic, engagement, user satisfaction. Instead, digital optimization is quickly becoming one of the most important ways businesses can ensure their websites and content rank high in search engines, provide users with the best experience, target the right audiences, and, ultimately, increase conversions and revenue.
If you’re not already familiar with the benefits of website optimization, including personalization and testing, to your online business, now is the time to make this a top business priority for 2018. According to Google, users abandon over $280 billion in their digital shopping carts every year. But key optimization strategies like rigorous, strategic testing can go a long way to keeping these customers on the path to conversion and reducing the rate of cart or site abandonment. One recent study conducted by Marketing Insider Group claims a whopping 78% of US Internet users say when a site provides them with relevant content, they are more likely to complete a purchase. So by extracting useful insights from your consumer’s behavior and data through testing, you can create this “relevant” content and compelling, persuasive experiences for your visitors that drive conversions and increase your revenue.
Out with the old, in with the new! This saying has never been truer for all things online. Like those nifty bell-bottom jeans your mom sported back in the 70s (or maybe even you for that matter), not all online trends stay cool. Sometimes you need to know when to hang stuff in the closet for good. Below is a list of website trends or fads that are best left in the past – they were really cool for their time, but they have no business on your site anymore.
Are you new to Website Optimization, Personalization, and UX and not sure if or why you should be working with a digital marketing agency on these things? Here are the 5 most important questions you should consider when deciding whether or not to hire an agency to optimize and improve your website so that it’s driving your most important KPIs:
We may only be a few weeks away from Christmas, but there are still some important last-minute optimizations you can make to your e-commerce or travel website that will increase conversions, boost time spent on your site, simplify your user journey, encourage brand loyalty to your site, and in general have a positive impact on your end-of-year revenue.
With the end of 2017 rapidly approaching, now is the time to look back and reflect on all of the changes in digital marketing trends this past year and what we should look forward to seeing in the year to come.
Revamping a website completely is usually an intensive project. However, given shifting tastes, evolving user behavior and the rapidly changing technology landscape, companies have little choice but to continually optimize their websites and reevaluate their user experience to stay up to date with best practices.