This article originally appeared on Web Profits blog
If you run an eCommerce store, you are likely finding it harder and harder to increase sales and make a profit from advertising online. Competition is pushing cost per clicks higher, organic search results are now dominated by big brands (and ads), Amazon is rapidly increasing market share, plus shoppers are becoming more astute and increasingly using comparison websites to get the best deal.
So what can you do? Well, you need to get innovative and find ways to increase your conversion rate significantly. If you do this, you can afford to pay more for traffic than your competitors (and still make a profit) and therefore you’ll be able to bid aggressively on less targeted (and higher volume) traffic and networks. The result? You’ll capture the lion’s share of the sales in your market!
Many of today’s biggest tech giants have now been around for over 15 years and through that time they have weathered the Dot-com bubble, Y2K, and now record valuations and a surging NASDAQ once again. During those years, web technologies and design standards have accelerated as fast as their businesses have evolved leading to some impressive changes to their website designs.
Watch the videos below to find out how each of these tech giants have split tested, optimised and improved their website layouts over the years to what we see today. These videos were made from help from the WayBackMachine, if you enjoy them be sure to check out my post from late last year as well which looked specifically at how New Zealand business websites have changed over time.
Of all the time and effort that is put into designing a website and using conversion rate optimisation to split test and improve it, generally not a lot of love goes into the thank you or success pages your visitors see after they have completed an action you want them to take.
It has been a long time since ive actually sketched on a pad of paper a wireframe or prototype and to say im thankful would be an understatement. A wireframe or prototype is essentially an outline of a website, landing page, app or other user interface such as software. The wireframe gives designers and developers a very clear guide on exactly how you want something laid out and gives you time to think about and plan the user experience elements of a design. This is vital if you want to maximise your conversion rates and user satisfaction.
The time it takes for your website to load is an often ignored metric in online marketing but one that can have a significant effect on both your conversion rate and your search rankings. A study by Akamai found that 57% of online shoppers will only wait 3 seconds for a page to load before abandoning the site with younger users being even less patient.