If you are looking to squeeze more dollars out of your existing traffic, you need to start running A/B tests. If you have at least 10,000 monthly visitors, you should consider running 1 new A/B every other month, if not once a month.
With my business we typically run 1 A/B test every 2 weeks and although many of the tests fail, we usually find a winner 1 out every 4 tests that boosts our conversion rate by at least 20 percent.
One of the main ways I’ve been able to have great success is by learning from other entrepreneurs. Each week, a group of entrepreneurs, including me, discuss A/B tests that we had success or failures with. We share data with each other, which then helps all of us come up with new A/B tests to try.
Here are 11 obvious A/B tests you should try:
Test #1: Add the word FREE in your ads
Eric Siu from TreeHouse manages thousands of dollars in ad buys each week. One of his main channels of acquisition is remarketing. He tested out a lot of different ad types, but found his cost per acquisition (CPA) to be around $60. He changed the color of the ads, the call to actions and many other elements within the ad, but none of them had a major impact on the CPA.
He then tested adding the word “FREE” within his ads.
That one word resulted in his CPA to decrease from $60 to $43 a signup.
Test #2: Create an explainer video
I’ve created a handful of explainer videos, but they were all done wrong. Once I learned what elements needed to be in an explainer video to help boost conversions, I instantly saw an increase in our conversions.
By adding a video that had the same exact message as our homepage copy on CrazyEgg.com, we were able to increase homepage conversions by 64%. The big lesson I learned there was that people don’t always like reading text, but they are open to listening to a short video that explains a product or service.
Test #3: Have your signup button scroll with the visitor
On TreeHouse’s library page they noticed that people were reading their content on and scrolling down, but they weren’t clicking on the signup button. So at first they tested changing the color of the signup button from grey to green.
The change in color had somewhat of an impact, but it didn’t have a large enough impact. So they tested a concept similar to what Facebook does… in which their main navigation bar scrolls with the reader. And because the signup button is in the navigation, it would cause people to notice the button.
This simple change increased conversions on this one page by 138%.
Test #4: Removing forms fields
On NeilPatel.com I collect leads from individuals and companies who are interested in increasing their online traffic and more importantly online revenue. My submission form contained 4 fields:
I didn’t think that having 4 form fields would affect my conversion rate because it doesn’t take too long to fill them all out. I ran a quick test to see if replacing the revenue field with a open field asking “what can help you with” would affect conversions as some people may not want to share their revenue.
That test didn’t have an impact on my conversion rate. I then decided to remove the “revenue” field all together and only have 3 form fields.
That boosted the conversion rate by 26%.