- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (November 14, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781449377564
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About the Author
Khalid Saleh is co-founder of Invesp, an ecommerce optimization company. He has more than 12 years of experience in ecommerce architecture, design and implementation, and is an in-demand speaker at industry events such as Emetrics, SMX, Conversion conference, DMA, PubCon and ACCM. Khalid is also the chief architect behind the first conversion optimization intelligence platform.
Ayat Shukairy is co-founder of Invesp, and focuses on website usability and online persuasion. She is a frequent speaker at industry events such as Search Engine Strategies and Web 2.0. Ayat is regularly quoted in publications including Internet Retailer, Retail wire, and Medill. Ayat is Invesp’s lead conversion architect helping companies such as HowStuffWorks, RHDJapan, and Home Gallery Stores generate an average 65% improvement in conversion rates and online revenue.
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I was contacted by one of the authors asking me if I would read the book and give my opinion on it. I believe he asked me because I am a frequent reviewer on Amazon.com. What he did not know is I am also the owner of a small e-commerce website and I am fighting a down economy and the whims of Google changing their search algorithms. My website traffic has been steadily dropping, along with my sales due to the Google Panda update. I needed this book, NOW. Maybe you do, too.
Conversion Optimization offers a comprehensive plan to increase your conversion rates with a methodology that addresses all facets of getting customers who have found your site to "convert". For sites selling products, like mine, that means to buy something. For informational sites or lead generation sites those goals will be different. What I really like about the book is everyone from the large corporation who has their own staff of developers and a totally customized site, down to a mom and pop operation like mine that is running on a Yahoo! store, can find something in the book to help them out. Of course, there are some things I cannot do like the A/B testing, multivariate testing, extensive surveying, etc. But, I highlighted dozens of passages of things I can do and plan to do over the course of the next several weeks.
When it comes to increasing sales, you can bring more customers to your site or your can try to get the ones who are coming to your site to make a purchase. With conversion rates on ecommerce sites running at 2% for a decent site, even getting one more customer out of a hundred amounts to a 50% increase in sales. I have been running my site for 9 years now and I have always thought it cheaper, easier and more productive to try to improve my conversion rate than to go after new traffic. I have had so many SEO firms have called me up offering me ways to get more traffic. I am much more interested in how I can get the traffic I have already got to buy. Until I saw this book, I had not heard of firms that specialize in optimizing conversion rates. I always wished they existed. But, all of the solicitations I have gotten are from people offering me to put more people into my sales funnel, not helping me to close up the holes. As a sales guy with 25 years experience, I can tell you I would much rather be able to be more efficient at closing the leads I have than in getting a bunch more leads that I have to chase down, qualify and then try to close.
The book is full of real life examples, including screen shots of websites who have done things right and not-so-right. It is technical enough for a developer. But, it is accessible enough for a business owner. Whether you are a small business owner, a contract website developer or a large company, I think you will find this book well worth the price. As a website developer, the knowledge in this book will make you more valuable to your clients. I got the Kindle edition which has a great digital index so that you can actually look up the topic you are interested in and it links back to the relevant passage in the book.
I have already recommended this book to the development company that helps me with my Yahoo! store and I'm going to strongly encourage them to read it. I am hoping to implement many of the ideas immediately. In fact, today, as I was finishing up the book, I took a few minutes to rewrite the introductory paragraph on my home page to address the various personas of prospects landing there. Unfortunately, it'll have to be a hit-or-miss kind of implementation since I do not have the resources to go about it in the scientific, iterative way outlined in the book. However, I certainly expect that my conversion rate will be going up as a result of having read this book.
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The price is an absolute bargain. The information contained here is worth thousands of dollars.