You Ask, I Answer: Conversion Rate Optimization Strategies?

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You Ask, I Answer: Conversion Rate Optimization Strategies?

Akshat asks, “Can you recommend your go-to strategy for conversion rate optimization that can give results in short-time?”

Conversion rate optimization is all about knowing what converts. What converts comes from Bob Stone’s 1968 direct marketing framework: list, offer, creative. Today, machine learning and AI can help us streamline the CRO process, especially on the list side when it comes to sources. Watch the video for full details.

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In today’s episode, och shot asks, Can you recommend your go to strategies for conversion rate optimization that can get results in a short time? Well, I like I dislike questions like this because the intent of the question is looking for a shortcut.

As with all things, there are, after a certain point, there are no shortcuts to take.

But there are some things we can think about that will help us accelerate our processes, make us more efficient and make us more effective.

So let’s talk about those.

conversion rate optimization is all about knowing what converts, right.

What converts, really comes from Bob stones 1968 direct marketing framework, he posited way back in the day, that direct mail because obviously paper mail was all about three things lyst offer creative have the right list, have the right offer have the right creative and Bob’s framework, he emphasized that too many direct marketers were spending so much time on the creative, but really, it was right lyst right offer before you start meddling with creative.

If you have the wrong list of people, meaning people who are not qualified buyers for your direct mail, you will get terrible results no matter what you do.

Likewise, if it’s the right, or if it’s the wrong offer, the right people with the wrong offer, they’re not going to buy it.

But then, back then, and today, people spend a whole bunch of time on the creative, the graphics, the fonts, the colors, this that the other thing and it’s not as impactful.

And we see this all the time with digital, especially with website optimization, people install great tools, like Google Optimize is a great tool, who because it’s free.

And people spend so much time you know, testing LIKE BUTTON colors and things like that.

If you’ve got the wrong list, in this case, your audience got the wrong audience, then nothing else matters, right? You’ve got to have the right audience of people that you want to be in front of you got to have the right offer, what is the thing that the audience desperately wants to buy? And then yes, use website optimization software to test the creative.

The good news is today, machine learning.

And artificial intelligence can help us streamline that conversion rate optimization process, especially on the list side.

When it comes to sources.

If you look in, for example, Google Analytics, you will see a source and a medium for every visitor that comes to your website.

For the most part.

Inside that source medium, that’s a a really good starting point for who is on your list, meaning where you getting your traffic from.

using machine learning techniques like Markov chain modeling or Shapley game theory, you can construct a model that shows these are the sequences that people come to us from.

And knowing that you can learn what your most valuable sources are, where’s the source of your list based on the conversions that you have set up in Google Analytics.

Now, once you do something like that, once you set up something like that, then you are in a great position to begin optimizing your list.

If for example, 40% of your conversions come from organic search, well, then guess what, of course, you’d better improve your SEO, right? I was working on a customer mapping yesterday, and 18% of the conversions came from a paid search 14% came from organic search, and it was a clear opportunity to save them look, improve your organic SEO, and you don’t need to spend as much you’ll still need to spend but you don’t need to spend as much on paid search.

So that’s one example of being able to use machine learning to tune these things up.

Same with offers.

What is an offer? It is the thing that you’re pitching to the the audience that you want them to buy? How do you know what they want to buy? use techniques like topic modeling on social media content, survey data, use predictive analytics to do what I call content forecasting, to figure out what and when people are going to be most interested in the problem that you solve for them.


So let’s say people are searching for espresso shop near me, right? When and the next 15, two weeks, and people are going to search for that the most use predictive analytics to forecast that and that’s when you time your offers for no, try this espresso shop.

conversion rate optimization very often ignores time.

Very, very often the people who are doing CIO sort of treat the audience as a monolithic constructs that does not change.

When we all know there’s tremendous seasonality in in what’s what people do, right, you search for iced coffee, unless you’re a New Englander.

Only during the warm months, we were here, we’re weird.

In New England, we drink iced coffee all year round, like 20 feet of snow outside when we’re tunneling our way through the snow to get to a coffee shop.

But these tools, content forecasting tools can help us streamline that part of the car process.

And finally, of course, is the creative side.

And that’s where well established tools like Google Optimize can play an important role in helping us test and improve our creative, but do not start with the creative.

All of the three aspects and stones framework is the least important.

And it is where you will get incremental percentage performance increases.

But not like life changing, life changing is all about getting that right list of people getting in front of them, and then rolling out your offers that matter to them.

So that’s that’s how you do this.

conversion rate optimization is all about tuning the numbers.

I know, technology is better for tuning the numbers, then machine learning.

So make sure that if you’re not already you’re using machine learning techniques and technologies to do your conversion rate optimization to do that audience analysis to do that driver analysis or what drives people to be a part of your audience and are you getting them to the right places to do that? offer tuning and then of course to do what you put out for creative so that’s the that’s my go to strategy for CRO it’s one of many is not the right answer, but is one of many.

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