Website Optimization: An Hour a Day

This hands-on resource steps you through the tools, best practices, test ideas and strategies needed to effectively optimize and improve any kind of website and generate more revenue from it. From optimizing calls-to-action and text to using advanced personalization and targeting techniques, you’ll dive into the crucial areas of this exciting new field. This book also takes a unique approach by using best practices from web analytics, web usability and online marketing to help you get the most out of your optimization efforts.

Web Design for ROI: Turning Browsers into Buyers & Prospects into Leads

Your web site is a business—design it like one. Billions of dollars in spending decisions are influenced by web sites. So why aren’t businesses laser-focused on designing their sites to maximize their Return on Investment (ROI)?

Web design can do more than make a site look good—it can be a powerful strategic weapon that enhances financial returns and creates competitive advantage. It’s time to make web sites accountable. It’s time to make design decisions based on metrics and business goals. It’s time for Web Design for ROI. In this book you’ll learn:

  • Why so many organizations think about web design the wrong way
  • How small design changes can have a big impact on your bottom line
  • Simple tips  to increase web sales/leads by 10% – 50% (or more)
  • Concrete design guidelines for:
  • Landing pages
  • Home pages
  • Category pages
  • Detail pages
  • Forms
  • Checkout processes

Conversion Optimization: The Art and Science of Converting Prospects to Customers

How do you turn website visitors into customers?
Conversion Optimization offers practical advice on how to persuade visitors to make a buying decision — without driving them away through data overload or tedious navigation. You’ll learn how to use marketing principles, design, usability, and analytics on your site to increase your buyer-to-visitor ratio, whether you’re involved with marketing or designing a large ecommerce site, or managing a modest online operation.
Based on the authors’ broad experience in helping businesses attract online customers, this book addresses every aspect of the process, from landing visitors to finalizing the sale. You’ll learn several techniques for blending successful sales approaches with the particular needs of the people you want to attract. Are you ready to do what it takes to get a double-digit conversion rate?

  • Explore case studies involving significant conversion rate improvements
  • Walk through different stages of a sale and understand the value of each
  • Understand your website visitors through persona creation
  • Connect with potential customers and guide them toward a conversion
  • Learn how to deal with FUDs — customer fears, uncertainties, and doubts
  • Examine the path that visitors take from landing page to checkout
  • Test any change you make against your original design

Neuro Web Design: What Makes Them Click?

Why do people decide to buy a product online? Register at your Web site? Trust the information you provide? Neuro Web Design applies the research on motivation, decision making, and neuroscience to the design of Web sites. You will learn the unconscious reasons for people’s actions, how emotions affect decisions, and how to apply the principles of persuasion to design Web sites that encourage users to click.

Neuro Web Design employs “neuro-marketing” concepts, which are at the intersection of psychology and user experience. It’s scientific, yet you’ll find it accessible, easy to read, and easy to understand. By applying the concepts and examples in this book, you’ll be able to dramatically increase the effectiveness and conversion rates of your own Web site.

Don’t Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, 2nd Edition

Five years and more than 100,000 copies after it was first published, it’s hard to imagine anyone working in Web design who hasn’t read Steve Krug’s “instant classic” on Web usability, but people are still discovering it every day.  In this second edition, Steve adds three new chapters in the same style as the original: wry and entertaining, yet loaded with insights and practical advice for novice and veteran alike.  Don’t be surprised if it completely changes the way you think about Web design. With these three new chapters:

  • Usability as common courtesy — Why people really leave Web sites
  • Web Accessibility, CSS, and you — Making sites usable and accessible
  • Help! My boss wants me to ______. — Surviving executive design whims

Landing Page Optimization: The Definitive Guide to Testing and Tuning for Conversions

How much money are you losing because of poor landing page design? In this comprehensive step-by-step guide you will learn all of the skills necessary to dramatically improve your bottom line:

  • Identify mission critical landing pages & their true economic value
  • Gain insight on customer decisions & make your pages friction-free
  • Uncover problems with your page & decide what elements to test
  • Understand the power & limitations of common tuning approaches
  • Develop an action plan & get buy-in from all key players
  • Avoid common real-world pitfalls that can sabotage your test

With pages of case studies, practical strategies, a detailed review of Google Website Optimizer tool, this one-of-a-kind resource will help you make your landing pages more profitable.

Designing Web Usability

We are emerging from a lost decade of user interface design. From 1993 to 2002, the vast majority of new interface designs in the world were committed by people with no training in interaction design. The resulting productivity loss was staggering, especially on intranets. Public websites were often designed to be actively user-hostile and were dominated by self-serving messages and bloated fluff that made it very difficult for customers to finds the answers to their questions.

We may have won the battle to get usability accepted, but we have not won the billion skirmishes to make every single web page optimal for users’ needs. In every new design project, there is always the temptation of making things complex, introducing too many features, pouring on the bells and whistles, while spending more word count on the company’s own message than on answering customers’ questions. The guidelines in this book are as important as ever, because it’s not enough to believe in usability; you also have to implement it.

Turn Clicks Into Customers: Proven Marketing Techniques for Converting Online Traffic into Revenue

You’ve gone through all steps of developing a powerful business presence on the Web-—but it’s only the first step. Now, you have to make sure your visitors hit the “Purchase” button . . . before they start clicking through to your competitor’s site.

From Duane Forrester, a leading expert in Search Engine Optimization and the author of the popular How to Make Money With Your Blog, comes a highly practical guide for using all the online tools available for turning curious visitors into paying customers. Turn Clicks into Customers reveals proven techniques for not only standing out in a crowded marketplace but for reaching customers who are most eager to buy your products or services.

The Design of Sites: Patterns for Creating Winning Web Sites (2nd Edition)

The Design of SitesSecond Edition, is the definitive reference for the principles, patterns, methodologies, and best practices underlying exceptional Web design. If you are involved in the creation of dynamic Web sites, this book will give you all the necessary tools and techniques to create effortless end-user Web experiences, improve customer satisfaction, and achieve a balanced approach to Web design.

After a comprehensive tutorial covering the foundations of good Web site design, you will move on to discover the thirteen major Web design pattern groups. These patterns solve recurring design problems and help design teams avoid reinventing the wheel. Patterns range from creating a solid navigation framework and the all-important home page, to instilling trust and building credibility with your customers and improving site performance through better design.

Forms that Work: Designing Web Forms for Usability

Forms are everywhere on the web – for registration and communicating, for commerce and government. Good forms make for happier customers, better data, and reduced support costs. Bad forms fill your organization’s databases with inaccuracies and duplicates and can cause loss of potential consumers.

Designing good forms is trickier than people think. Jarrett and Gaffney come to the rescue with Designing Forms that Work, clearly explaining exactly how to design great forms for the web. Liberally illustrated with full-color examples, it guides readers on how to define requirements, how to write questions that users will understand and want to answer, and how to deal with instructions, progress indicators and errors.