Optimise your e-commerce: The power of CRO

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10.7.2024
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ecently we hosted the webinar featured the crucial role of Conversion Rate Optimisation (CRO) in e-commerce businesses. Naomi de Leeuw, CRO Specialist and Team Lead at performance marketing agency Prodos, shared her expertise and practical examples to provide insights into effective CRO strategies. The webinar offered practical examples of successful CRO implementations and highlighted common mistakes companies should avoid. In this blog, we share the key insights and practical tips discussed during the webinar so that you too can experience the benefits of a well-executed CRO journey.

What is CRO?

Conversion optimisation, better known as Conversion Rate Optimisation (CRO), is the process of improving your website to convert more visitors into customers. This can range from tweaking the layout and content to optimising the user experience (UX) and improving the functionality of the website. The goal is to increase the conversion rate, which directly contributes to the revenue of an e-commerce platform.

Benefits of CRO

1. Increased sales

One of the most immediate benefits of CRO is the potential increase in sales. By making small adjustments that lead to higher conversions, overall sales can increase significantly without generating additional traffic.

2. Improved user experience

CRO often focuses on improving the usability of a website. A better UX leads to more satisfied visitors, which increases the chances of conversion and promotes customer loyalty.

3. Efficient use of marketing budget

Investments in CRO can lead to a higher ROI of marketing efforts. Instead of spending more money on attracting additional traffic, you can get more out of existing traffic.

4. Deeper insight into customer behaviour

By testing and analysing, you gain valuable insights into your customers' behaviour and preferences. This information can be used to refine and optimise further marketing strategies.

Practical tips for effective CRO

1. Start with data and analytics

A thorough analysis of your current data is essential. Understand where visitors drop out in the funnel and identify which pages and elements could be improved.

2. Run A/B tests

A/B testing is a fundamental method within CRO. By testing two variants of a page, you can see which one performs better. This can range from simple changes, such as the colour of a button, to more complex changes, such as the entire layout of a page.

3. Focus on UX and UI

Make sure your website is user-friendly and visually appealing. A good UX and UI can have a big impact on conversion rates. Test different layouts, navigation structures and design elements to see what works best for your audience.

4. Use heatmaps and recordings

Tools such as heatmaps and recordings of user sessions can provide valuable insights into how visitors interact with your website. This helps identify problems and opportunities for improvement.

5. Personalise the user experience

Personalisation can increase engagement and conversions. Use data on visitor behaviour and preferences to make personalised recommendations and offers.

6. Duh & Do's

There is a lot to learn from competitors in the market and big e-commerce players with more resources within CRO. Before you start testing, make sure you have optimised your website with all the no-brainers. So get the basics right first, before you start running complex tests.

7. Seduction Principles

It is important to know what action/conversion you want to trigger in your visitors. This can differ per page between micro and macro conversions. Once you have this insight, you can apply the right seduction principles to drive towards the desired action.

Challenges in CRO

Implementing a successful CRO strategy can be challenging. One of the biggest challenges in CRO is having sufficient and accurate data. Without reliable data, wrong conclusions can be drawn, leading to ineffective optimisations. In addition, it is crucial to have clear goals before starting CRO. Without clear goals, it is difficult to measure success and determine the right direction for your optimisation strategies. Moreover, running too many tests at the same time can lead to conflicting results.

Taking a structured approach and carefully planning tests is therefore key. Naomi emphasises this point: "While testing is essential for CRO, running too many tests at once can lead to conflicting results. It is important to take a structured approach and plan tests carefully.Pre-analysing the impact and effort of CRO adjustments and testing ensures that objectives are safeguarded, the right adjustments with the greatest impact are prioritised and that (already often scarce) resources are deployed appropriately''.

Finally, CRO often requires collaboration between different teams, such as marketing, development and data analytics. A lack of coordination and resources can slow down the process and reduce effectiveness. By being aware of these challenges and proactively addressing them, you can significantly increase the chances of success.

The power of data-driven CRO in e-commerce

CRO plays a crucial role in the success of e-commerce businesses. It offers the opportunity not only to increase sales, but also to improve user experience and make more efficient use of marketing budgets. Although there are challenges, companies can reap great benefits through structured and data-driven approaches. Start with a thorough analysis, set clear goals, test in a structured way and keep optimising continuously for best results.

Naomi says the following: "It is important to have your goals clear before starting CRO. Without clear goals, it is difficult to measure success and set the right direction for your optimisation strategies." This highlights the need for a well-thought-out and structured approach for successful conversion optimisation.

About Prodos

Prodos, partner of Strix, is a performance marketing agency that combines strategy, technology/data and performance channels and deploys them as a successful growth formula for e-commerce organisations. Together with its customers, Prodos builds structural online growth, driven by its own Growthmap Methodology. By combining expertise, checklists and focus, Prodos has achieved growth for over 100 diverse organisations for more than 20 years.

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