- Paperback: 496 pages
- Publisher: Sybex; 2 edition (April 24, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0470610123
- ISBN-13: 978-0470610121
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 141 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Landing Page Optimization: The Definitive Guide to Testing and Tuning for Conversions 2nd Edition
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Optimize Your Landing Pages and Send Profits Soaring
How much more money could you be making with better website and landing page design? The latest edition of this bestselling guide shows you step by step how to test and tune landing pages and dramatically improve your bottom line.
With more than 150 pages of new material, this ultimate marketer's resource is packed with practical strategies and tips, as well as eye-opening case studies. Transform your site as you learn how to:
Identify mission-critical parts of your website and their true economic value
Define important visitor classes and key conversion tasks
Avoid the seven deadly sins of landing page design
Deploy powerful neuromarketing techniques to persuade people and move them to act
Make use of best practices for e-commerce and lead generation
Uncover problems with your page and decide which elements to test
Understand the power and limitations of common optimization testing approaches
Develop an optimization action plan and get buy-in from all key players
"I love it when someone who's obviously a true expert shares almost everything he knows. I can't believe the amount of useful information and actionable insights Tim has crammed in here."
—Steve Krug, Author of Don't Make Me Think
"Tim has figured out what so many people don't understand: your website can (and should) get better. Every single day."
—Seth Godin, Author of Meatball Sundae
"Tim's Landing Page Optimization is a must-have for your bookshelf."
—Bryan Eisenberg, New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author
"Buy this book. Go rock it!"
—Avinash Kaushik, Digital Marketing Evangelist at Google and author of Web Analytics 2.0
"This is the best business-focused, measurement-based guide to website design I have seen."
—Don Norman, Cofounder of Nielsen Norman Group and author of Living with Complexity
About the Author
Tim Ash is the CEO of SiteTuners, a firm that improves website conversion rates through landing page diagnosis and redesign, conversion consulting, A/B split and multivariate test plan creation, and client training/mentoring. Tim has worked with hundreds of clients including Canon, Google, Expedia, CBS, Sony Music, Facebook, Cisco, and Coach. He is a highly regarded keynote and conference presenter, and the chairperson of Conversion Conference.
Rich Page is an Optimization Consultant for Adobe, working with Fortune 500 companies to improve their website optimization strategies and results. He is also the author of 'Website Optimization: An Hour a Day', due out in May 2012, and also runs a popular website optimization blog at rich-page.com.
Maura Ginty is a digital-era word geek with deep expertise in search, content strategy, and social media programs at Fortune 500 companies as well as small businesses. All three authors are frequent speakers at online marketing conferences.
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But the book has a split personality. The first half seems to be written for a wide audience, the second half for high-level consultant practitioners. When the book jumped to the formulas, statistical considerations, and significant limitations of each optimization technique it became clear that they were talking to a different audience.
Their optimizing techniques require large traffic volume--in the thousands of visitors. The techniques are impossible to apply for smaller businesses. Large sites can gain significant advantage from slim rates of improvement. Smaller sites don't have the same opportunities. The return on investment isn't there.
From my perspective, I would have appreciated suggestions for how to optimize (and perhaps it would need to be another term) sites that just don't have a high volume of traffic and I was disappointed that the book did not address the volume issue more thoroughly. I ended the book knowing that my clients could not benefit from true optimization, and perhaps that's not a bad thing. I've been warned away from scattershot A/B testing of button colors! One less thing to worry about.
On my wish list for this book, I would have appreciated more insights on the different kinds of landing pages, the special needs of the homepage as a landing page for different types of businesses and volume of products and services, and optimizing for leads vs. sales. More real-life examples with specific information on the actual results and return on investment for the optimization effort would have made the book more "definitive". Perhaps in the next edition!
A warning here. Author goes on for a lot of math, theory and things, what can scare you away, in case your mind is prepared to see a lot of pictures & comics style reading like you probably saw in this book:
Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, 2nd Edition
I would say - if you want easy book to read on a topic - take a Steve's book, but of you are ready to serious brain wash with a topics starting from Myer/Briggs personas (same topic is covered by another great book - Waiting for your cat to bark, from Eisenberg brothers), probability theory, quantitative approaches, and other similar issues - then this book is for you.
Just do not expect the easy go read. This is what I wanted to say
Once you start reading the first few chapters, you start realizing why Tim Ash gets mentioned all over the Web, on anything related to PPC, SEO, SEM, and Landing Pages. He is a true authority on the subject. What I like the most, is that it is completely void of any "high end" technical jargon. It makes for real easy reading and understanding of his concepts, as well as how to implement them. After 12 years of trying to keep up with the latest Internet marketing technologies, and providing online marketing for auto repair - service shops, this is one of the best books about the subject. I still have a lot of reading, implementing, and testing, but now I know, I am definitely on the right track.
Whether you are a business owner, trying to get the best results of your online marketing, or a PPC, SEO, SEM expert, this book is definitely a "Must Have".