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we have enough traffic to recognize
Are you sure? Is this traffic varied enough to give you a good overview?
The reason why I'm asking is that I worked on a relaunch of a B2C store and had my Adwords budget cut to 0 so for the first 3 months while we built up the social following and content strategy, the only source of traffic was Coupon Sites (lol) and the conversion rate was abysmal. In hindsight I feel mighty relieved I didn't tamper with UI/UX at that point because once the organic traffic started to flow in, the conversion rate went through the roof. It was just a lousy source of traffic and no issue with the store.
So if you're not getting enough traffic or it comes from predominantly single source, it would be unwise to make any decisions. If you cannot get a temporary boost in traffic for a week to properly analyse user interaction, I'd suggest throwing $300 at MTurk. Post a questionnaire and get people to go through the purchasing journey, including checkout. Yes, you will need a PayPal Sandbox to do this properly.
If you're confident in your current traffic and you're worried about the conversion rate, your best course of action is to study your pre-rework Analytics and your old orders. You need to build the "identikit" of your typical customer. This is the key to success.
You usually optimise e-commerce sites for a particular target audience. In other words, if you were to apply the 80/20 rule, the factors that matter the most would differ depending on who is your target audience.
Generally speaking, and mathematically speaking, where are the best returns of effort usually found in the funnel?
The keyword is "generally speaking" because without knowing the type of the store, it's difficult to tell.
In my personal opinion, the 3 biggest funnel drop outs are these. The first two are relatively easy to fix. The last one is a tough one. 1. Problems finding the thing you want
Unless you're using PPC, where you can strictly define the landing pages, organic and social traffic will land on a bunch of various pages, which might not be your best-converting pages. To mitigate this, you should make sure it's easy to get to the right path even if I've lost my way. If I land on your ToS page by accident, am I likely to bounce or is there something to entice me back to the right path?
The general rule of thumb from a few years ago was maximum of 3 clicks to get to the desired piece of information. That's way too generalised, I know. You could look at the competitors and see how many clicks their sites take to deliver the most important info. If it's 10 clicks on the competing sites, then aim to achieve it within 9 clicks, etc... 2. Complicated checkout process
One of the worst funnel drains is the time needed to fill in the forms. Do I have to fill in the address twice? Are there any optional form fields? If it's optional, delete it. 3. Lack of confidence in the brand
with excellent information
Is this the same information/photos that were there before the redesign or is this a new set of content? If it's new, when you say "excellent" it's essentially what you think, not what your customer thinks - and it's not always the same thing :)
Other Things to Consider:
- Do you have testimonials (fully integrated with Schema)?
- Do you have social media presence?
- Is your brand considered an expert in the field? If I need to research Red Widgets, am I going to think of you as one of my Top10 go-to-places for researching the products?
- If you're a new brand, I might not want to trust you with my credit card details. But I might be quite happy to check out using PayPal or other alternative methods.
- If we're looking at a situation where the conversions used to be good and now they're not, then I'd be willing to scrutinise the new frontend. A new frontend doesn't necessarily mean a better frontend.
- Think about the message. Can your typical customer relate to the language of your copy and images? I often come across stores that are either too sophisticated or too simple for their target audience. If you're going to sell Red Widgets to housewives, you're not going to talk about the fabrication process. You're going to say how wonderful it looks on the kitchen wall and how it makes life easier etc...
- When you finally have your tags set up, make sure you segment your funnel data (mobile, desktop, location, landing page). Then work on each segment separately and address the issues that it throws at you. But as I said at the beginning, unless you feed it well-varied data, you won't get anything conclusive out of it. If anything, it will lead you astray.
- Also, thing to remember is that only linear funnel instances are helpful for analysis. So you should use both Funnel Visualization and Goal Flow to view loopbacks or other behavioural aberrations.
- Also, do you have the Enhanced ecommerce reports set up on Analytics?
The Shopping Behaviour Analysis is pretty awesome!
- And finally, are you using custom code or is this one of the out-of-the-box packages? For example, Magento, you need a plugin to be able to set up the goals properly (it's to do with checkout stages) and there are little quirks for every ecommerce script out there.