Patterns to help advance prospects along the sales funnel.

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Are carousels effective?

Go to just about any eCommerce site and the homepage is nearly guaranteed to feature a carousel - an auto-rotating panel, usually with some sort of small navigation, usually highlighting new product ...
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Should personal data be asked at the beginning or end of an online survey

Given a 10-step online survey (mostly yes/no radio buttons), where is it best to ask for the users' personal data e.g. name, age, contact details? My intuition says putting it at the end will yield ...
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Pop-under: Really that bad?

We're currently discussing to add pop-unders to one of our platforms to get users to use one of our notification features. As you can probably imagine, as a UX person I'm really against the use of ...
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Is “Tweet to Unlock a Free Download” a dark pattern?

The Bricks seemed like an interesting free UI design resource, so I proceeded to attempt download and then I hit a "Tweet to Unlock" wall. This irked me... the resource is not free if there is forced ...
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What evidence is there that dark patterns are bad for business?

I recently got into a debate with a coworker about dark patterns. He's a numbers guy -- and I made the mistake of bringing up an example of a dark pattern for which I didn't have evidence of any ...
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Should social sharing buttons be at the top or bottom of an article?

I can certainly see arguments for both sides of this one: Buttons at the top: Easy to find, reliably positioned regardless of the article length. Extreme ease of sharing as you don't have to reach ...
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“Shaking” button leading to increase in conversion rate?

I'm just running an experiment on the UX Pin homepage. One group got a "shaking" button (the big orange sign up starts to shake after few seconds) and the other group got traditional "static" button. ...
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Product Ratings: Do no ratings hurt worse than negative ratings?

We just implemented product reviews onto our site. There's a serious lack of reviews obviously and we believe it's really hurting our sales since we haven't made any other big changes. Our sales were ...
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Software screenshots on landing page

I have a landing page for a webapp. I heard that showing screenshots of the software might hurt conversions. I know that the answer is to test and find out for myself, but what do people think? ...
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Does upsell or cross sell decrease conversion?

Let's say I have a product page with accessories, and a checkout page. I want to include a another group of accessories that this user can add to cart on their way out. It's a candy aisle, basically. ...
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eCommerce: single currency vs multiple currencies?

We are building an online store to sell a software we developed. We are Europe-based, so our we do our bookkeeping in EUR. Our only payment method, at launch, will be PayPal, linked to an account in ...
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When offering options, at which position in a sentence should be the desirable one?

When I ask the user a question with two options of which I want the user to choose a specific one, should I formulate the sentence so that the desired option it the latter or the other way around? ...
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Alternative wording to 'upgrade from free trial to a paying plan'?

Looking for an alternative to 'upgrade'. The problem is that in our web-app ui and communication, we are currently using two different versions of upgrade: the common upgrade/downgrade of the ...
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How does having multiple stages of a form affect conversion rate?

Say I have membership and donation forms on the website of a not-for-profit organisation. The form is split into multiple stages such that the user submits the first stage (eg. details) and then the ...
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How early should you funnel users in a registration process?

As part of a registration form I am building I need to, at some point, differentiate between whether the user is a 'student' or 'professor'. I've seen this handled in two different ways and was ...
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Is Amazon's layout good or bad from a UX and conversion optimization POV? [closed]

I'm in the process of designing a theme for my company's online store that will (obviously) hopefully boost our conversion rate as much as possible. It seems only logical when planning the theme to ...
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Does a “Wish List” help conversion rates or hurt them?

This feature is highly requested by my clients but I'd like to hear some other perspective on it, some actual numbers wouldn't hurt either. I think it will do nothing but: Make the objective of ...
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Videos on landing pages

Is it a good ideal to feature videos on landing pages or should their primary purpose be to signpost users to content elsewhere? I am developing a set of pages for an event, it is supported by a ...
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Better purchase conversions for single page vs. multiple?

I'm mocking up a page for purchasing our product, and I'm wondering is it better to do everything on one page or split the ordering and payment into two different pages? Anyone have empirical data on ...
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Which spot has the best conversion in the grid layout?

We are going to show popup with 6 different offers, positioned by 3 in two rows. Of the these 6 offers, 2 are really beneficial for us (say, have high reward for click). Common sense says that we ...
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A/B Testing Homepage Variants

When trying out new homepage layouts / styles, is A/B testing the best way to do this? With typical A/B tests you have a specific conversion measurement (i.e. version X drives significantly more ...
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Is there any research into whether using the word “free” in a call to action button or any offer would enhance conversions

I was just responding to a question and I was wondering if there was there was any research into whether the usage of the word "Free" in a call to action button (CTA) or even a offer enhances the ...
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What features should you add to a homepage to help sign-up conversion?

There are a few give-ins...simple social sign-up, tours, testimonials... but what have you found in your experience that really puts the icing on the cake when getting users to sign-up with the site. ...
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Registration Button Research

I'm redesigning the registration page for my website, and I'm wondering if anyone has come across any research relating to the affects of different wording and colors for the registration button? How ...
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Does showing items in decreasing order of prices help in conversion

I was asked to show 4 items in a featured products list which would be below the hero image in the site. The client recommended showing the most expensive items last suggesting that people might get ...
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A/B Testing Home Page of an Ecommerce Site

I am very new to any sort of website testing (please be gentle!), and I have some questions (mostly just for my own understanding) about A/B testing an ecommerce site's home page. The company I work ...
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Repeating elements of a page to ensure they're noticed?

Does anyone have any experience with the effects of repeating an element on a page to ensure it is noticed (and hopefully used!). In my case, it's the search function I want to bring to light - ...
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Would you hide prices for a B2B software on products' public site?

I'm working on a cloud based B2B software and top management is insisting we don't show the prices on our public site. I can't understand the reasoning behind this. How will this affect the customers ...
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How to drive conversion in a website?

I've built a website for a startup. The websites purpose is to convert the visitors (mostly iPhone developers) to register to the beta of the SDK that the website presents. Out of about 100 visitors ...
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On TV, when you see an infomercial, why do they use jarring colors?

When you see an infomercial "buy now" type commercial on TV, they always use the jarring contrast of big yellow font on a blue background with a small viewport of video displaying the product. Does ...
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Equal Opportunities Button

I'm currently designing a form at the end of an application process to ask potential candidates to complete an Equal Opportunities form. (We are required by law to provide this) However I'm trying to ...
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Are carousels effective on non-Ecommerce sites [duplicate]

We run digital magazine websites. We use a carousel to feature content. Since we are interested in the user clicking through to view the content, and not converting them to anything (these are inhouse ...
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Asking for more info on whitepaper download then on trial sign up

Im currently researching how to handle lead generation forms. I came across a website which has 3 slightly different forms for downloading a white paper, downloading an ebook, and downloading the ...
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Do users object to homepages which contain a full section consisting of a contact form?

I've recently had users test a prototype for a new portfolio site for my company. The homepage is almost like a one-page site in that it has distinct sections, although each section links to another, ...
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numbers on a credit card expiry date year form [duplicate]

What is the best display to have for the years on a credit card expiry date field for payment. Should you have the whole year 2013, 2014, or is it better to have it displayed the same as on the credit ...
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Studies about yellow increasing readership of technical materials?

I have read contradictory opinions on this topics. In general it is thought that yellow is an intellectual color. The problem is that most of the "studies" seem very pseudo-scientific. Some point out ...
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Close Button on Drop down carts - better for UI/UX or not?

The following websites have dropdown carts: www.matchesfashion.com/mens www.asos.com In my opinion they work well. Once filled by the user hovering the basket link and the cart appears until the ...
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Best way to align 15 form fields for high conversion

Im currently trying to come up with a better way of laying out the following form: As it is a lead generating form, and present at PPC landing pages it is currently aligned in columns like that to ...
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Signup form on front page?

Will you get more signups if you put the signup form on the front page or on another page that users access via a link on the front page? Form on the front page might make it a bit cluttered - I'm ...
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Increasing add-to-cart rate, decreasing conversion?

I am currently optimising an e-commerce website. The request was specific to the product pages, after gaining insight from analytics and feedback two alternatives were proposed, and tested. The ...
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“Toll Free” or “Call Us” Before Phone Number

This two parts, a general question and a question specific to my situation: 1) Is there any research that shows whether phone numbers in website headers have a higher conversion rate if they are next ...
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Using gradual engagement for collecting reviews

For a product site, I am preparing a pattern to review products. To prevent spam (and due to legal requirements) we need the reviews to be confirmed by users. In my example, I would like to use email ...
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Evidence of a difference in conversion rate between a “ghost” and a “traditional” button?

Many new sites have been applying the "Ghost Buttons" in landing pages. Same people are saying this is a new trend of 2014. I think with the “ghost button” we have a beautiful and clean design. ...
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Best practices for free trialing a product with a learning curve

Our cloud-base product has a bit of a learning curve and we suspect this is affecting the # of conversions we get via free-trials. We're considering a number of approaches to improve conversions and ...
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Grouped SKUs vs. Ungrouped SKUs on Product List Page

Some e-commerce sites will group similar SKUs together on their product listing page. For example, Macy's would group the same modeled stand mixer with different colors together and just show ...
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Pricing page: single vs multiple call-to-action button with multiple plans (example inside)

What do you think about having single vs multiple call-to-action buttons? When we were brainstorming our pricing page, half of the room was for single and the other half was for multiple. I'm trying ...
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Forms in fancybox or full size page - which is good for conversions? [duplicate]

I have a responsive website, with a Sign Up form & a Contact form. I'm not able to decide whether should I open these forms in fancybox / prettyphoto or redirect user to a full sized page with ...
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How to convert a visitor/ browser to a user?

I run a social learning network that enables anyone to create a class/ workshop on almost any non-academic topic and allows users to register online. Anybody can be a teacher or learner. Its free. ...
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Should you have two signup forms on a beta page?

On a startup's beta page, is it a good idea to have two signup forms? --- Tagline --- Signup form --- Content --- More content --- An identical signup form The two forms are never both visible ...
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returning customer vs new customer

Currently I am using the below scenario for returning customers and new customers. The address form is beneath. So if you are a new customer we require email and phone, but if you are returning then ...