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How To Increase ECommerce Product Performance Without Increasing Marketing Spend

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Dean DeCarlo, President and Founder of Mission Disrupt

Increasing online sales does not automatically require an increase in the marketing budget.

ECommerce companies often miss hidden revenue opportunities that are easily available. Implementing strategies to take advantage of these opportunities can lead to new company sales, by analyzing the most impactful metrics that organically increase product performance.

Conversion Rate Optimization is the practice of utilizing data analytics to run tests and increase onsite performance without increasing ad budget. Google analytics provides crucial first metrics to start with, before blindly testing new assets or applying content. 

Landing Page Metrics

Conversions Rate: Ratio of customers that purchase vs. customers that visit a website. This crucial benchmark of performance provides insight into how changes directly impact landing page performance. For example, 1,000 users convert at a rate of 3%, which translates to 30 paying customers. If new changes are made to the landing page that results in a conversion rate of 4%, 10 more customers per 1,000 users will visit the website. Measuring conversion directly provides data on the adjusted changes showing an increase or decrease in performance.

Product Performance Metrics

Cart-To-Detail Rate: A metric that is often overlooked when measuring individual performance. This percentage includes data on users that have added a product to the cart after viewing the product page. If the Cart-To-Detail Rate is lower than average, immediately consider what may be causing it. Example issues include a sub-par product title, a bug, or product benefits that could be missing from the description, which is meant to convince a user to purchase. Focus on the actual products instead of the average to find the attributes contributing to the higher Cart-To-Detail Rate.

Buy-To-Detail Rate: Once the issues identified in the Cart-To-Detail Rate are fixed, the Buy-To-Detail Rate can be used as the ultimate benchmark of increased performance. Remember, even a 1% increase could result in a variety of lump sums in sales. If the data is displaying a decrease in performance, analyze the Check-Out-Behavior metrics.

Check-Out-Behavior Metrics: These metrics need to be checked on a weekly basis to ensure the eCommerce website performance is firing correctly across all six cylinders. Drops in performance can indicate cart issues that need to be addressed immediately. Problems such as slow loading times, lack of quick payment options (Venmo, Apple, Google Pay), or long fill-out times on customer forms, are all contributing factors that affect these metrics.

Billing & Shipping Drop Off: The percent of users that leave a website from the Billing and Shipping page. Understand what is causing the users to leave. For example, causes might include a lack of shipping options, broken discount codes, and forms without autofill for addresses. Focus on creating a fast and easy user experience.

Payment Drop Off: Indicates the users that leave a website during the payment input. A high drop-off percentage indicates that payment options need to be evaluated. The majority of users browsing online consists of mobile users. One-touch payment options such as Venmo, Apple, or Google Pay, are crucial in today’s digital age. 

Review Drop Off: The last stage before the user confirms a purchase. The ratio will remain low if billing, shipping, and payment drop-off issues are tackled. Check that the pricing and discounts are clear and the submit order button is within view, to ensure users are aware they need to confirm the order.

Increasing product performance can be a tedious process, but the rewards are well worth it. These metrics can be used as the basis of your conversion rate optimization metrics and the additional recommendations can be analyzed in the order presented to make this a manageable process. Check out Dean DeCarlo’s Youtube series Impact Analytics Series. Visit: Missiondisrupt.com

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VPNRanks Report Uncovers User Discontent with Majority of VPN Services

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A groundbreaking report by VPNRanks reveals significant user dissatisfaction with the majority of VPN services, showing that 89% of VPNs globally fail to meet user satisfaction standards. This revelation comes at a critical time when digital security is paramount, and the demand for reliable VPN services continues to rise.

The Importance of User Satisfaction in the VPN industry

According to industry statistics from Global Market Insights, the global VPN market size was valued at USD 45 billion in 2022 and is estimated to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of around 20% from 2023 to 2032. Driven by the growing instances of cybercrimes and data thefts, coupled with the increasing proliferation of wireless devices and digital infrastructures across industries, user satisfaction remains a critical challenge for many providers. High user satisfaction is essential for customer retention, brand reputation, and long-term success in the competitive VPN market.

“User satisfaction is the cornerstone of success in the VPN industry. In a market flooded with options, it’s the real user experiences that set the leading providers apart. VPNScore helps users navigate this complex landscape by highlighting services that excel in meeting user expectations,” said Muhammad Saleem Ahrar, COO of webAffinity, the team behind VPNRanks.

VPNRanks is a leading VPN review platform that leverages sentiment analysis to provide comprehensive and unbiased reviews of VPN services. Its VPNScore is based on an AI-driven analysis of publicly available user reviews. The platform aims to simplify the process of identifying the best VPN provider tailored to each user’s unique needs.

VPNRanks Untangles Complex Findings on Key Features

VPNRanks evaluated four key features — ease of use, ease of setup, ability to meet user requirements, and quality of support — to identify the VPN companies that excel at customer satisfaction. To determine a final rank for each metric, VPNRanks combined a popularity score, which contributed 20 percent of the total, with a satisfaction score, which contributed 80 percent.

The study sifted through reviews on 93 paid VPN companies to determine the top providers. The VPNRanks report, issued in June 2024, provides rankings for each key feature and overall customer satisfaction. ExpressVPN achieved the top VPNScore — 6.29 out of 10 — for overall satisfaction globally. The next four top companies in that category, listed in descending order, are PureVPN, NordVPN, PrivateVPN, and Surfshark.

By assessing a variety of categories, the VPNRanks study reveals the challenges users face when trying to identify the best option to meet their needs. For example, NordVPN received a nearly perfect popularity score of 9.46 out of 10 but only a 4.7 satisfaction score. PrivateVPN received a satisfaction score of 6.69 out of 10, which rivaled ExpressVPN’s score in that category, but received a popularity score of only 1.23 out of 10.

The global rankings for ease of use illustrate how challenging identifying a quality provider can be. VeePN received a very high satisfaction score of 7.18 out of 10 while receiving a popularity score of less than 1 out of 10. The findings reveal a gap between user experience and market penetration that can effectively keep the best option hidden from the consumer.

The VPNRanks report gives users insight into satisfaction and popularity while providing a balanced assessment via its VPNScore. “Users should choose based on their priorities, whether it’s user satisfaction, market presence, or a balanced option,” the report states.

VPNRanks Shows Providers How to Become More Competitive

In addition to serving as a guide for consumers, VPNRanks also maps out a pathway for VPN providers seeking greater market share. The VPN providers that consistently appear in the top spots on the VPNRanks charts are those that have achieved a balance between popularity and user satisfaction. Those who neglect one or the other cannot keep pace with market leaders.

The report explains that those with high satisfaction scores but low popularity “might be well-loved by their users but need to increase their market visibility to compete more effectively.” Achieving overall success in the VPN market requires balancing user satisfaction with market presence, it advises.

Conclusion

As the need for VPN services continues to grow, businesses can expect to see more providers enter the market, making the task of identifying the best option more difficult. The insights VPNRanks provides stand as a timely beacon, guiding users to providers who can satisfy their needs and support their operations.

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