Use automation to build optimal flow states with Shawn David

Learn about human-first engineering in this in-depth interview where Shawn David discusses strategies to organize work and to break down tasks into smaller digestible sessions. He explained the most effective ways for teams to discover the work that should be automated the most by focusing on the desires and strengths of individuals, to remove work that is menial especially to them. We explored the impacts on company culture that menial tasks can cause and discussed some of the pitfalls with new technologies as well as lessons to keep in mind while reviewing new tools and technologies.

The Challenges of Building a Culture of Experimentation: Insights from Industry Leader Nima Yassini

Join Nima Yassini as he dives into experimentation culture, the journey of building a brand UX and digital marketing agency focused on conversion rate optimization, the integration of digital marketing and experimentation culture, the struggles and benefits of adopting a culture of experimentation, and the need for leadership and reinvestment in the experimentation industry.

Always start by testing your best variation with Zach Lebovics

Zach Lebovics shares insights on experimentation and product management. He discusses the importance of documenting assumptions, testing the best-case scenario first, and understanding that experiment failure isn’t solely tied to the outcome. Zach also shares personal experiences and learnings from working in companies like Zynga, Ritual, and Tonal, providing valuable tips for product managers.

Product Management vs. CRO with Bryce York

In an insightful interview at Experiment Nation’s Conference, Bryce York, Director of Product Management at Tatari, delves into several key insights. He explores the parallels and distinctions between CRO and product management, especially in smaller companies where overlapping skills are crucial. Bryce shares his personal journey from entrepreneurship to product management, underscoring the significance of both qualitative and quantitative data in experiment design. Additionally, he emphasizes the importance of documentation and knowledge sharing in cultivating an experiment-driven culture.

Create a more impactful testing roadmap with this framework – ft. Edmund Beggs

Documentation. The unsung, yet incredibly important part of any experimentation program. Great documentation allows you to look back at past experiments and find patterns of what were the most effective levers to inform your testing roadmap and levers you probably can deprioritize. In today’s episode of Experiment Nation, our own Charlotte April Bomford recently spoke to Edmund Beggs about the “Levers Framework” which allows to deliver results for their clients in shorter amounts of time. If you’d like to learn more about this interesting framework, watch the full interview.

The Top 20 Must-Meet CROs of 2023

Earlier this year, we asked the Experiment Nation community who were the CROs that they felt everyone should know because of their welcoming nature, openness to connecting folks with others, willingness to share their expertise, and being just all-around awesome folks. Here are the results along with what the community had to say about them.

How to get Stakeholder Buy-in for all your Experiments featuring André Morys

Learn from André Morys, CEO of KonversionsKRAFT, on gaining crucial stakeholder buy-in for experiments. André highlights the challenges faced by optimizers and advocates for understanding team dynamics through stakeholder mapping. He emphasizes approaching stakeholders, using empathy to build relationships, and overcoming objections. André shares practical insights on conflict management, including a stakeholder map with color-coded power dynamics. Discover the significance of regular check-ins, fostering trust, and achieving tangible results in experimentation. Master the art of securing support for your experiments effectively.

Will Laurenson: From Startups to CRO Mastery

Will Laurenson shares his journey from startup to becoming a CRO (Conversion Rate Optimization) expert. Will discusses the significance of usability, anxiety, and motivation in CRO, drawing from his extensive experience in running tests and optimizing various businesses. Will’s approach to CRO involves deep insights into user behavior and a focus on aligning products with customer needs, challenging the common pitfalls of assuming product-market fit based solely on initial traction or advertising success.

The CRO Statistical concepts all CROs should know featuring Ishan Goel

In this insightful video, Ishan Goel, transitioning from a software engineer to a researcher, delves into crucial CRO statistical concepts. He sheds light on statistical significance in experimentation, explores A/B testing intricacies, emphasizes the efficiency of sequential testing, and discusses challenges in stopping tests prematurely. The talk concludes by highlighting the intersection of experimentation and statistics in the realm of Conversion Rate Optimization.

Ad Optimization: Your Ads Aren’t Working and Here’s Why ft. Joe Fitzpatrick

So much is spent on ads that it’s a no-brainer to invest in ad optimization. Embracing experimentation and learning from failures is essential for long-term success in performance marketing. Experiment Nation’s Tracy Laranjo spoke with Joe Fitzpatrick about reasons why your ads aren’t working and what you can do about it.

Maximizing Results: A Comprehensive Guide to Ad Network Experimentation ft. João Marcelo Rodrigues

Maximizing results in ad network optimization requires a systematic approach. Start with A/B testing on Google Ads and gradually introduce more complex campaigns, balancing technical and creative aspects. Analyze your channel’s performance, ensuring sufficient impressions and conversions for statistically significant results. Shape your product to align with the ad network’s requirements and consider user experience. Prioritize velocity in testing initially, gradually enhancing quality, and encourage collaboration across different platforms for valuable insights in the quest for optimization.

The top CRO Myths that experimenters have to bust ft. Lucas Vos

Lucas, a senior conversion specialist, shares his journey in the media industry, emphasizing the transformative impact of A/B testing. He discusses myths about experimentation – debunking them along the way as well as highlights the importance of validation, integration into essential projects, and showcasing negative results. Lucas encourages testing the obvious and unexpected, questioning assumptions, and showing the value of experimentation to reduce risk and aid decision-making, making it an asset for senior managers and specialists.

Personalization timing matters – Avoid these common mistakes ft. Eric Melchor

Eric Melchor, an evangelist at Optimonk, emphasizes the importance of focusing on the product page for effective conversion rate optimization (CRO). He suggests treating website visitors as individuals and creating a personalized and enjoyable customer experience in real-time. Melchor also discusses the significance of capturing visitor interest early on and leveraging smart CRO tactics and personalization timing throughout the customer journey. Additionally, he mentions the value of optimizing the product page, as it can yield significant returns on investment.

CRO Organizational Structure- Centralized Team vs Process: with Oliver Paton

We explore various angles of CRO Organizational Structure. We discussed primarily the differences between centralized CRO teams vs a company-wide experimentation culture, and how this is best looked at as a continuum. Companies starting out might benefit from a centralized CRO team whereas more mature optimization programs can benefit more from working experimentation into all facets of the company. How can a company who does 0 experimentation introduce and adopt an experimentation process/culture? We also chatted about experimentation at the customer level, what this means, and how it could be the future of optimization.

What CROs need to know about Heatmaps with Deborah O’Malley

Heatmaps to the rescue! Creating an impactful website hero section above the fold is vital for user engagement. Clear value propositions and compelling calls to action are essential, as users often don’t scroll past this section. Heat mapping, combined with other techniques like exit polls and A/B testing, provides a comprehensive understanding of user behavior. While urgency and scarcity tactics can be effective, users have become more skeptical of overused strategies like countdown timers. Understand your audience through analytics data and tailor your optimization strategies accordingly, whether it’s for B2C, B2B, or other sectors. Mobile interactions may have imprecise heat map data, so use it alongside other sources for a well-rounded view.

Getting start-ups to adopt a culture of experimentation with Simon Girardin

To ensure the success of CRO projects, it’s vital to involve all stakeholders, including executives and directors, right from the start. This inclusive approach not only helps them understand the intricacies of the CRO process but also demonstrates the depth of strategic thinking behind it. Even skeptical executives can be won over by involving them in CRO calls, showcasing the complexity that goes beyond mere marketing tactics. Such transparency and involvement lead to a more informed and supportive team, fostering successful CRO initiatives.

How to Maximize Hypotheses Testing ft. Eduardo Marconi Pinheiro Lima

In the world of Conversion Rate Optimization (CRO), Eduardo, a seasoned practitioner, shares his journey and the evolving landscape of CRO in Brazil. He underscores the importance of maintaining a problem-solution mindset and learning from mistakes to drive meaningful impact. One core principle he highlights is the need to focus on hypotheses that yield significant results, comparing them to squeezing fruit for juice. This strategy involves exploring promising hypotheses further and discarding those with neutral or unimpressive outcomes, a practice essential for effective experimentation, whether in-house or at an agency. The key takeaway is to persevere with ideas, akin to squeezing every drop of insight from hypotheses, and leveraging comprehensive data for a deeper understanding, a competitive edge held by in-house roles in the experimentation field.

What you need to know about Landing pages with Claire More

Integrating landing pages is crucial for tailored user experiences. Without it, visitors are directed to generic pages lacking personalized messaging. Landing pages are designed to enhance conversion rates and ROI. E-commerce companies benefit by using various types of landing pages, like the classic hero for focused products, listicle hero for storytelling, collection hero for multiple items, and content advertorials for top-funnel content. Mistakes include using one-size-fits-all pages and lacking customer-oriented content. Improve by collaborating with ads teams, using customer voices, and continuous experimentation. Claire More from Splitbase shared insights on optimizing landing pages for effective campaigns.

Don’t test everything with Oliver Palmer

Don’t test everything. Experimentation isn’t about proving how clever you are. Mistakes in testing ideas from your own head are common; personal bias clouds results. High-performing experimentation needs executive buy-in and integrated roles. Successful teams engage diverse players with vested interest, ensuring hypotheses formation and metric selection are comprehensive. Valuable experimentation saves time by testing what not to do. Rather than just chasing conversion lifts, recognize when improvements won’t make a difference. Cultural shifts, humility, and prioritizing efficient use of time are key components of effective experimentation programs. Test what makes sense.

The truth about building an Experimentation Culture with Mark Eltsefon

In this podcast episode, Mark Eltsefon, a senior data scientist and experimentation evangelist, discusses building an experimentation culture in different companies. He shares his journey from starting as a software developer to becoming passionate about data science and experimentation. He contrasts the experimentation culture at TikTok, where data-driven decisions were central and democratization was encouraged, with his current role at an e-commerce company specializing in print-on-demand. He emphasizes the importance of educating stakeholders about data-driven decision-making, and he highlights the need for strong experimentation infrastructure and high-quality hypothesis testing. He believes that while democratization is valuable, it’s important to balance it with maintaining the quality of ideas and statistical rigor.

How to get Personalization Right with Juliana Amorim

Juliana Amorim emphasizes that personalization is not a silver bullet and recommends its use when aligned with strong hypotheses and business goals. She co-founded Croct, a personalization experimentation platform, focusing on adapting user journeys to context. Examples include tailoring websites for diverse buyer personas within B2B companies and customizing content for users at different stages, like newcomers or existing customers. AI-based personalization and rule-based personalization can coexist. Brands should prioritize personalizing their websites and consider first-party data support.

Stop limiting yourself – build your CRO brand today with Carlos Trujillo

Building a personal brand as a conversion rate optimizer is crucial in today’s competitive digital landscape. Your personal brand serves as a powerful tool to establish credibility, showcase expertise, and attract new opportunities. By cultivating a strong brand identity, you position yourself as an authority in the field, gaining trust from potential clients or employers. A well-developed personal brand helps differentiate you from others, highlighting your unique approach and methodologies. It opens doors to collaborations, speaking engagements, and thought leadership opportunities. Additionally, a strong personal brand creates a lasting impression, leading to increased visibility, a larger professional network, and ultimately, a steady stream of clients or job offers.

Building a CRO Culture & Ideation Strategies with Lucia van den Brink

By implementing ideation strategies and fostering a culture of experimentation, companies can drive innovation and stay ahead of the curve. Building an experimentation culture is crucial for companies that want to innovate and stay ahead of the competition. It starts with creating an environment where experimentation is encouraged and failure is seen as an opportunity to learn and improve. Teams should be given the freedom to try new ideas and test them quickly using small-scale experiments. It’s important to collect and analyze data from these experiments to make informed decisions about what works and what doesn’t. Lucas Vos interviews Lucia van den Brink in this great AMA session.

Learn from Mistakes: What Eddie Aguilar learned from accidentally taking down InVision

Eddie Aguilar, a developer and CRO specialist, shares his experience with experimentation and optimization. He discusses how he started as a developer at a young age and eventually shifted to optimization. He recounts a specific incident while working with Envision App, where he made a global change to the website that caused a significant error, resulting in a spike in error logs. Eddie emphasizes the importance of communication and collaboration in such situations. Despite the error, the test yielded impressive results, with a 227% revenue lift and 70% LTV lift.

Make Personalization Personal with Care and Competence with David Mannheim

David Mannheim, author and expert on personalization, discusses the importance of personalization in marketing. He emphasizes the need for brands to focus on building relationships with customers based on trust and care. Mannheim distinguishes personalization from segmentation, highlighting personalization as a communication principle rather than just a marketing tactic. He also mentions the challenges faced in implementing personalization, such as the pressure for immediate returns and the balance of metrics.

How to use questions in CRO and how to build a Questioning framework with Riccardo Vandra

In this video, Riccardo Vandra discusses the importance of asking powerful questions for conversion rate optimization (CRO). He emphasizes that the quality of our questions determines the quality of our insights and ultimately our success. Riccardo proposes a three-step questioning framework for building effective questions.

Customer Value Optimization Explained with Defiant’s Jason Chappel

We sat down with Jason Chappel, founder of Defiant, a specialist Customer Value Optimization agency, to discuss what sets CVO apart from CRO. Jason shares his insight on the importance of understanding and optimizing the entire customer journey, from acquisition to retention, and how CVO can help businesses increase customer lifetime value and drive sustainable growth in your business strategy.

Do 3-column layouts increase orders? with Nicoleta Danile?

Optimizing forms during checkout is crucial for a seamless user experience. By simplifying and streamlining the process, businesses reduce cart abandonment rates and increase conversions. Shortening form length, utilizing autofill options, and providing clear instructions enhance efficiency, minimize user frustration, and ultimately boost customer satisfaction, loyalty, and revenue.

Nicoleta walks us through a case-study where she explores a 1 column form vs a 3 column form in checkout.

Build or buy your Google Optimize replacement with Kenneth Kutyn

Are you looking to replace Google Optimize? On Experiment Nation’s recent podcast, Charlotte April Bomford chats with Kenneth Kutyn about replacing Google Optimize, how to select a new vendor, and whether it’s worth building your own Experimentation Platform (spoiler alert: the answer is usually no).

Sharing insights, AI and the future of CRO with Tim Thijsse

Tim Thijsse, a senior CRO (Conversion Rate Optimization) consultant at Orange Valley, discusses AI and the future of CRO, and the importance of incorporating qualitative research into company-wide processes. He emphasizes the challenge of linking user behavior and mindset to knowledge and information. Tim shares his background, starting as an interaction designer and later transitioning to UX design and CRO. He highlights the evolution of CRO, the need for a culture of experimentation, and the role of qualitative insights in optimization strategies. Tim also discusses the challenges companies face in adopting an experimentation mindset, such as aligning strategy, operations, and technical aspects, and the importance of having a common metric and collaboration among teams.

Get Executive buy-in for your CRO program with Jonny Longden

Let’s face it, experimentation is completely misunderstood. The power and the benefit and potential of it is to innovate and develop a business. And when you think about it, that’s what experimentation has always been in relation to the scientific method. If you think about spaceflight, medicine, anything great that’s happened in the history of modern civilization, this has all happened as a result of the careful application of the scientific method.

Client Relationship Tips from a CRO Agency Founder with Andra Baragan

In this presentation, Andra Baragan, the Founder of ONTRACK DIGITAL will walk you through what you need to know to build a strong, successful relationship with your clients and with your team.

You will learn:

– how to set expectations with your client from Day 1
– how to leverage operating procedures and automate your work
– how to communicate with clients and get stakeholder buy-in every time

Optimize Customer Lifetime Value – NOT Conversion Rates with Valentin Radu

After decades of acquisition marketing, companies are waking up to the fact that optimising the entire lifecycle of the customer is the way to go. That happens due to rising acquisition costs, cookie deprecation, siloes, company mentalities, etc.

In this session, Valentin will share insights from his 12 years of experience transitioning from CRO – website optimization to increase the conversion rate to CVO – experimenting towards improving the CLV.

Improve conversions with the Message-market Fit framework With Daphne Tideman

Message-Market fit is the idea that a message, whether it be a product, service or idea, needs to resonate with a specific target market in order to be successful. It involves finding the right message that effectively communicates the value proposition of a product or service to a particular audience, in a way that resonates with them.

Avoid AB Testing Statistics Mistakes with Max LI

A/B testing plays a critical role in decision-making – but so does AB Testing Statistics Mistakes. In data-driven companies, A/B tests not only prove positive impacts of product features (treatments) but also provide evidence to safely roll out neutral features that are not expected to move business metrics. When rolling out a neutral feature, we need to test if the treatment is non-inferior to control, and conventional A/B testing is not suitable in this case.

Pragmatists will grow the CRO industry – not purists – with Matt Scaysbrook

This attitude has a negative impact on new entrants to the industry and sets completely the wrong tone for the next generation. The greater the participation in the industry, the stronger it will become – the wider that participation, the more ideas (and the more diverse those ideas) will come through. And that is only a good thing for us all longer-term.

The Top 20 Must-Meet CROs of 2022

Earlier this year, we asked the Experiment Nation community who were the CROs that they felt everyone should know because of their welcoming nature, openness to connecting folks with others, willingness to share their expertise, and being just all-around awesome folks. Here are the results along with what the community had to say about them.