Preston Pilgrim
Author Preston Pilgrim
Digital Marketing PM
Posted in Ecommerce
September 21, 2016
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Why Conversion Rates Matter and How to Boost Them

While every business wants to make more sales and increase conversions, most of them go about it the wrong way.

They build their website and set up shop. But then they let their website sit for two years without analysing their data, testing new CTAs, or making any real effort to boost conversions.

Sound familiar?

This is the case for most businesses because they have convinced themselves that the key to making more sales is to increase site traffic. While this is true to an extent, if you put more focus on increasing conversions, your sales could significantly increase.

Let’s do some simple math.

Say an ecommerce website generates $300,000 in sales per year. The conversion rate for this website is 1.5%. Let’s look at what could happen if the traffic stayed the same, but conversions went up.

2% conversion rate = $375,000

3% conversion rate = $600,000

6% conversion rate =  $1,200,000

Note: A 6% conversion rate would be very high, but I wanted to show you the math and how important conversions are to your bottom line.

When the conversion rate went up by 0.5%, revenue increased by $75,000/year. See how important it is to focus on increasing your website's conversions?

The good news is that there are six simple steps you can take to do just that.

1) Cart Abandonment Recovery 

Cart abandonment is very popular. There has been multiple studies to back this up and from the data provided, the cart abandonment rate from top retailers is around 68.81%. 

One simple way to increase conversions and win back these customers who were seconds away from purchasing is by utilizing a cart abandonment email strategy. This is the process in which you make an effort to email and win back the customer who left your site just before purchasing. For the time and investment involved, it’s well worth it.

  • Nearly half (44.1%) of all cart abandonment emails are opened — Source: Ometria
  • Over a tenth (11.6%) of all cart abandonment emails are clicked — Source: Ometria
  • Just under a third (29.9%) of clicks lead to a recovered purchase back on site — Source: Ometria

2) Provide Upsells 

Another simple adjustment you can make on your ecommerce website is to offer upsells.

This is normally done by offering a related product to the one the customer has just purchased or is about to purchase. The key here is offering products that are related to the current product being purchased.

Upselling can be done either before or after the customer purchases. The choice is yours.



3) Offer Free Shipping

Charging for shipping can be a huge conversion killer. The reason being, almost 50% of all retailers offer free shipping, so why would someone purchase from someone who doesn't?

In another study, 93% of the respondents said that free shipping on orders encourages them to purchase more products. Also, high shipping rates were the biggest reason why shoppers choose to use a brick and mortar store over online.

If you can’t offer free shipping, another option is to include the shipping fees inside your product cost. It’s always worth testing and seeing if conversions increase.

4) Site Speed

You might not know this, but having a faster website actually boost conversions. Here are some simple stats to back this up.

  • 47% of consumers expect a web page to load in 2 seconds or less.
  • A 1 second delay in page response can result in a 7% reduction in conversions.
  • If an e-commerce site is making $100,000 per day, a 1 second page delay could potentially cost you $2.5 million in lost sales every year.

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5) Multiple Payments Options

People often have a payment option they would prefer to use. I will use PayPal almost every time I am given the option because I know it is secure and safe.

For something that is so simple, it only makes sense to offer multiple payment options to satisfy every customer.

6) Have Clear CTA’s

It amazes me how complicated some sites can be. Decide what the main CTAs on your website are going to be and then make them VERY CLEAR & BOLD so that you can guide the site visitors to the next actionable step.  

You never want a customer looking for the “next step” that they need to take. You should be guiding them through the entire process and making it very easy for them with clear CTAs.

Here are some areas where you should have clear bold CTAs:

  • Add to cart button
  • Newsletter sign up
  • Checkout

Next Steps

If you start changing things on your website, be sure to measure the result so that you know what works and what doesn't. You should never do anything without having some sort of measurable data to see if the changes being made are actually working.

Now go out there and start boosting your conversions today!

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