What I Learned from Winning the 5-Second Showdown on CROday

When Unbounce’s Oli Gardner invited me to compete in a 5-second showdown for CROday, I thought it’d be fun. But I was up against friends and competitors, who are among the top CRO experts: Joanna Weibe Ton Wesseling Michael Aagaard Both Conversion Scientists and more My Facebook post on what I thought my chances of winning were:…

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The Most Productive Thing You Can Do in the Next 30 Minutes

What did you do in the last 30 minutes? Anything you’re proud of? Or did you just go through email, mess around on Facebook, or sit through another mind-numbing meeting?   Here are some ideas on how to be uber-productive in your next 30 minutes: Listen to this podcast where Tim Ash interviewed me about…

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25 CRO Tools from 5 Conversion Experts

By Theresa Baiocco I had the honor of being on a panel with some of the top conversion experts at Conversion Conference in Las Vegas this year. We each covered our 5 favorite conversion tools that we can’t live without.   Tim Ash of SiteTuners: Favorite CRO Tools Viewbix: Add calls to action on your videos Crossbrowser Testing:…

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Why You Need AdWords Negative Keywords

By Theresa Baiocco IF YOU’RE PAYING $30, to $50, or even $100 for each click, you know PPC keywords are no laughing matter. But sometimes they are. One of our PPC specialists started a new tradition at the ConversionMax office: “Keyword of the day.” He lists the funniest and strangest search queries he uncovers in…

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PPC Ad Extensions and Your Money: How are They Related?

By Don Sturgill WHAT IF I TOLD YOU there is a simple, but often overlooked, way to get a much higher click-through rate (CTR) on your pay-per-click (PPC) ads? Would that be something of value to you? And what if I added that this PPC secret won’t cost any more per click than you are…

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PPC Enhanced Campaigns: A Blessing or a Curse?

By Don Sturgill IT’S BEEN ALMOST 10 months since Google announced the launch of PPC enhanced campaigns (EC) as a new approach to managing pay-per-click (PPC) advertising — and a little over 4 months since EC’s became mandatory for AdWords management. At first, there was considerable chatter, complaining, and outright fear over what PPC enhanced…

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The Zen of Geotargeting: Are You In or Out?

By Don Sturgill Why is geotargeting important? Do you remember when we talked about writing PPC ads and how important it is for a pizzeria to consider location when placing pay-per-click ads? The company we used as an example wrote a pretty good ad – and received a high click-through rate. Unfortunately, though, the writer…

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Warning: That Statistic You Are Quoting is BS

is 92 true?

By Don Sturgill Did you know most companies spend $92 in the effort to get someone to visit their website for every $1 aimed at converting that visit into a sale? Statistics: Sales people love them. Customers are awed by them. And sometimes we are shocked by them. Statistics are sometimes accurate and sometimes inaccurate…

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Is This One Fatal Mistake Killing Your Business?

By Don Sturgill It’s the poorest county in the state of Utah and among the 40 poorest counties in the United States. Over half the population is Native American – largely Navajo and Ute – and it’s one of the most beautiful places on Earth: San Juan County. I met him at a shelter in…

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