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Many CRO experts will warn you against trusting your gut when it comes to experimentation. After all, conversion rate optimisation is a practice heavily focused on data, numbers, and statistics. However, there is an argument for following your gut instincts; research has proven that our brain subconsciously notices changes in patterns which have proven to be valid and sometimes lifesaving.

True, utilising your innate intuition when running experiments is unlikely to save lives, but I believe there’s a place for listening to what your gut is trying to tell you in the world of conversion rate optimisation.

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A Guide for client-side front end developers on coding experiments.

I’m a self-taught developer since the age of 15. I’ve spent 10 years of my career working as a freelance web designer and developer. I initially fell into Conversion Rate Optimisation and A/B testing by developing experiments, and made Javascript my bitch.

But, when I started coding experiments, I found it to be an unusual mix of the familiar and the new. I wanted to share some of the quirks about coding for A/B tests today.

Disposable code

The first thing I realised about coding…

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  • Getting started with Conversion Rate Optimisation
  • Establishing your North Star metrics and what to optimise first
  • Building a CRO team internally or through an agency

It seems that, for the past 10 years, Conversion Rate Optimisation (CRO) has appeared again and again in yearly marketing top trend lists as a business priority. But what is CRO, why is it important, and if so many companies are talking about it, why is it still considered a trend and not a staple of digital marketing?

CRO is a multi-step process to determine what users want…

It’s already been said many times, but these are unprecedented times. March 2020 will be written about for years to come as the month the world changed, but it cannot be denied that living through it is blo*dy scary. Not least because we do not know how long the changes in living conditions will last, nor what the long-lasting implications for the world will be.

But, in an attempt to try and bring guidance and some sense of normality, this is my advice to businesses in regards to digital and conversion optimisation at this unusual time.


Firstly, try to keep…

With the rise in popularity of A/B testing, we can measure the impact of almost any new design or feature on a website/app. Changes to design are usually obvious – a reorganised search bar, or moving items on a page, but copy changes can be far more subtle.

Users also suffer from a short attention span, so how can you know whether your copy makes a difference? Here I offer 4 ways to measure the impact your copy is having.

1) CTAs (Call to Action)

Perhaps the most obvious way to test copy is the short snippets of text used…

Soft skills are important in any professional setting, but with a job in conversion rate optimisation you’re likely to be working with a lot of different teams; a sort of glue connecting marketing to engineering to product to analytics.

Disclaimer; I believe that the term “soft skills” is a misdemeanour. There is nothing “soft” about knowing how to communicate effectively or how to be a ‘people person.’ It takes practice and experience to get good at everything, but, for the sake of this article I’ll stick with the term “soft skills.”

So, what soft skills are most useful to be…

Every September and October, e-commerce websites gird their loins for the annual flurry of online sales. The end of November sees Black Friday/Cyber Monday; Christmas draws closer, quickly followed by the Boxing day sales.

It seems that peak trading doesn’t seem to slow for many companies until mid-January.

As a result of this vital money-making period, many businesses operate a code freeze during this period: the website is locked down to prevent any accidental bugs affecting revenue.

If you’ve read my article on why you should be bringing your Conversion Rate Optimisation in-house (as opposed to hiring an agency) then you maybe wondering where to position CRO within your business. Let me suggest 4 departments your company probably already has and why CRO fits well within each of them (or none of them.)


Conversion Rate Optimisation uses data to determine what to test and how to measure whether an experiment was a success or failure. By positioning your CRO within an analytics team you’re creating a central point for all the data in your business.

I suspect…

My Mother is having her home re-modelled. Her builder was recommended by a friend (word-of-mouth is the best marketing method around) and he has no online presence, as such, she offered up my services to build him a website.

Which meant that I had to break it to her that I am no longer a website designer & developer. Frankly, the idea of building a website from scratch fills me with dread, despite the many frameworks and preprocessors that have emerged since I left pure front-end development. …

When companies first get on board with the idea of CRO and in particular, A/B testing, they can, on occasion, get over excited and end up running multiple tests at the same time. Seeing test results come in is addictive, but without proper planning and supervision there is a chance that running multiple tests at the same time might skew your results.

Test Clash occurs when more than one test is running at the same time and it either breaks the website from a coding perspective, or results in unreliable result data. For example, if you’re testing both a new…

Elise Maile

UX, Conversion Rate Optimisation and Personalisation specialist.

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