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How to increase conversions using heatmaps

So your website is starting to gain traffic. All your hard SEO work has paid off and possbily even your PPC ads are starting to work.

The only snag is, your sales or as what we like to call in the industry, your Conversions are just not increasings.

You keep looking at your Google Analytics but it’s being stubborn and not providing you with answers you need to the following questions:

  • is your site’s information architecture and design are giving you the biggest bang for your bucks?
  • What is stopping your visitors to take actions that lead to conversion?
  • Get feedback on whether your site design and structure is functionally appealing to your target market?
Wouldn’t it be great if you could see exactly how your visitors are using your site ?

One of the key things a One of the things a Digital Marketer needs to focus on for success online largely relies in understanding your visitors. Your job is to understand visitor behaviors, create and diagnose conversion funnels, identify causes of abandonment on sites & then optimize for bigger results.

This is where a tool like Lucky Orange -The Original All-in-One Conversion Optimization Suite really comes in handy. In my opinion it has distinguished itself in terms of tools and cost effectiveness.

The following is a breakdown of my top 3 favourite features of LuckyOrange that help increase conversion rates

Form Analytics

One of the biggest stumbling blocks or hurdles to conversions are your Sign Up forms. Forms are like the bridge between site visitors and site owners, and mechanism to help get information you need from customers.

The main problem is that Customers hate filling in too many details in a form, and in most cases they could be dropping out of the sales cycle just because you’ve asked the wrong question in your form.

This calls for the necessity of a tool that will analyse these forms and generate enough data to help in understand user behavior while filling forms on your site.

The Lucky Orange Form Analytics tool will automatically detect any form across your site capture keystrokes, clicks, etc, of visitors and generates advanced reports that stretch far beyond traditional conversion reports.

The 4 main Form Analytics Reports from Lucky Orange:

  • ABANDONMENT REPORT: This helps you to see which fields visitors last type in before abandoning.
  • TIME TO START REPORT: In this report, you get to know how long it takes on average for
    visitors to start a form.
  • TIME TO COMPLETE: You need to know how much time your visitors take to complete each field on your forms. Some fields take more time and may result in high rate of abandonment.
  • REPEAT FIELDS: This report will show you which fields are often repeated by visitors.

Using these reports, you are able to optimize your forms, improve your submission rate and of course increase your ROI.

Heat Maps

Heat maps are a great way of getting an overview of how visitors behave on a landing page or website. Heat maps are visual overlays based on website data that allow you to see how visitors behave and why they behave in a certain way.

Visually, a heat map has the appearance of an infrared display with colour variations indicating high and low levels of activity.

Heat maps are super powerful and can provide you with a lot of insights. They enable you to come up with better A/B tests, optimisation strategy, and most importantly figure out why users are not converting or why they seem to ignore certain areas of your web page.

There are three areas of functionality that heat maps help answer :

  • what draws visitors’ attention?
  • how far down on a page are visitors willing to scroll?
  • how do visitors interact with a page’s elements?

A Heat Map is a visual overlay aggregating click coordinates or finger swipes in the case of mobile devices of all visitors to a specific page. It maps the visitor’s attention by marking the page with coloured spots ranging from dark (cold; little attention) to bright (warm; much attention).

How can you use this information ?

Obviously the best place to start is to identify the warm spots and then consider a few questions

  • Are the warm spots where you had expected?
  • Are they where you had hoped?
  • What happens when these heat spots are clicked?
  • Are visitors led to where you want them?
  • Are they finding the critical information they are looking for?

Providing answer to the questions will help you to identify whether  clicked sections of your website deliver what they promise.

Heat Maps may reveal that people are actually engaging with the content you had intended, but upon closer inspection it turns out that a specific heat spot directs visitors to a misleading page, which then may result in visit being abandoned or visitors losing interest.

Heat Maps supplement traditional analytics data as it also shows clicks or touches on content that is provided externally, for instance embedded forms and other content coming from third-party plugins. As this kind of content is not directly a part of your own, it is likely that your analytics tool won’t collect the data . However, with the Heat Map any content that is visible on a page will return some data regarding the visitors’ attention.

Fundamentally we make use of the data obtained from heat maps for three purposes

  1. Monitoring: The maps are an easy way to present performance reports of specific elements across your website.
  2. Optimising:  The visual overlays of Behaviour Map allow for incredibly effective side-by-side comparisons of different versions of pages – a kind of hands-on A-B testing
  3. Redesigning: They will help you in designing the mock-ups and wire-frames of the new site/page, as they will give you an indication of how to structure your content and your ‘warm spots’.

Heat Maps Help Improve User Experience

One of the primary goals of your business website, is to convert visitors to paying customers. When you put a Call-To-Action (CTA) on your website, the goal is for the visitors to click on the button and perform a specific action i.e. subscribe, add to cart, or checkout.

Heat maps will assist in providing the answers to critical questions regarding user experience that affect conversion:

  • Do visitors notice your call to action ?
  • Are the instructions on your site clear and understandable ?
  • Do visitors read these instructions ?
  • Are their elements that look clickable
  • Do users get frustrated and leave your site?
  • Are their elements on a page that distract visitors away from your intended CTA so instead of taking the required action they navigate away from the page?

Studying heat maps will highlight areas on a page that receive the most attention and generate most actions so you can validate if the website structure and page design are optimising conversion rate.

Optimize Content

Use information from scroll maps to understand where your visitors tend to abandon pages, and see if your calls-to-action are placed above the point where most users leave the pages and adjust page length for maximum effectiveness.

3 Types of Heat maps

Depending on the areas of your page you are trying to optimize, you can employ different heat map tools. The 3 most popular heat maps the help identifying barriers to conversion are:.

Movement Heat Map

Mouse-movement tracking tools track mouse-movement of all your users and then represent the data visually over the page. It reveals patterns behind how users read and navigate the page.

Mouse-movement maps reveal how users are reading content on your page. What do visitors who convert do differently from the visitors who don’t? Such knowledge can validate, even spawn, your A/B test hypotheses.

Scroll Map

Scroll maps help you understand to what point of a page users scroll and where they abandon the page.

Depending on the scroll behavior of users, you can adjust the length of your webpages for maximum effectiveness.

Click Map

Click maps show you where your users click on a page. Using click maps you can weed out unwanted distractions on the page to streamline user experience.

Visitor Recordings

Usually we don’t know what happens when a visitor lands on out site. Some get lost and others get confused. The visitor recorder is like a camera on the reader’s screen quietly spying and recording thier mouse movements – clicks, form usage, etc.

while the heat map captures clicks, movements and scrolls and prints on an image, the visitor recorder records the movement of individual visitor and gives you the possibility to playback at any time.

The recorder provides more useful data like how much time the visitor spent on your site, where he came from, how he navigated your site, which pages he visited , etc.

Real Time Analytics

This is probably one of the most powerful features! What is amazing about this feature is that helps you see each time a new visitor lands on your blog. You will be able to know the referral source, country , keyword , page and how many pages he has read, etc.

You can also watch your users screen as they are using your site. See what they are seeing which helps you understand in real time exactly what they user likes and dislikes! It’s awesome!

If you’re using a CMS like WordPress or similar you can make edits and updates to any issues or problems you see, in time so that the next visitor doesn’t experience the same issue!

I can’t tell you how powerful this feature is, you just have to experience it for yourself! Go ahead on sign up with Lucky Orange -The Original All-in-One Conversion Optimization Suite you’ll be so glad you did!

Conclusion

The true strength of Behavior Maps is that they help you identify why certain key performance indicators on your website fail. They not only help you evaluate the structure of a given page, but also visitors’ actions and the preceding pages that led to those specific actions.

LuckyOrange offer a free 7 day trial, but to be honest I totally recommend signing up for $10 a month package! I’ve used it for over 5 years and honestly it’s paid for itself 100 times over!

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