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Top CRO Tools for Improving Site Performance

4 December 2012 BY

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The final session of the Conversion Conference didn’t show any signs of wanting to slow down the awesome amount of insights that were delivered by such a great line up of speakers at Conversion Conference 2012. The final session, entitled ‘Top 5 CRO Tools for Improving Site Performance’ brought a very simple task to Craig Sullivan and Rob Jackson; two of the biggest usability and CRO heavyweights in the industry, they simply had to name their favourite tools for improving site performance.

The talk title was somewhat misleading, because far more than 5 tools were mentioned, in fact an enormous 47 of the best CRO and usability testing tools were recommended by both Rob and Craig! Read on below to see how these tools can help you and check out the links to all of these recommended top tools…

Craig Sullivan‘s Top CRO Tools

1. Well Loved Web Analytics

  • Properly instrumented analytics
  • Investment of 5-10% of developer time – It might not always end up this amount, but set a goal and try to stick to it.
  • Segmentation – Ensure that proper segmentation is simple.
  • Call tracking – Connects offline events with online provide much richer data and insights on your users.
  • UX of web analytics tools and reports – We spend all this time on our websites, but we spend little to none on the tools that uncover these valuable and actionable insights.
  • Playability and exploration “give some love to your web analytics”
  • Time for sleuthing!
Web Analytics Tools Craig Sullivan Conversion Conference London

2. Feedback / VOC tools

  • “Anything that allows you to ask your customers what’s wrong, or what they would make better, as they are doing it is incredibly value.”
  • Kampyle
  • Qualaroo (formerly KissInsights)
  • 4Q

Feedback & VOC Tools Craig Sullivan Conversion Conference London

3. Session Recording

  • “Vital for optimisers and fills in a ‘missing link'”
  • Clicktale
  • Mouseflow
  • GhostRec
  • Tealeaf
  • UserReplay
  • Tip: “If people are clicking on things that aren’t clickable then it won’t be recorded in web analytics, but it will in session recording”

Session Recording Tools Craig Sullivan Conversion Conference London

4. Guerilla Usability Testing

Guerilla Usability Tools Craig Sullivan Conversion Conference London

5. Remote & Crowdsourced Tools

Remote & Crowdsourcing Tools Craig Sullivan Conversion Conference London

6. Split Testing Tools – Cheap!

Split Testing Tools Craig Sullivan Conversion Conference London

7. Testing Tools

Usability Testing Tools Craig Sullivan Conversion Conference London

Rather candidly Craig finished the talk saying that “without these tools he would no have a job”.

Rob Jackson‘s Top 5 CRO Tools

Marketing Technology Landscape 2012

“Technology in itself is not going to do the job.”

A Framework for Conversion Success

  • Test and implement hypothesis
  • Find out what isn’t working
  • Understand why
  • Then build a business case for change

Framework for Conversion Success Rob Jackson Conversion Conference London

1. Universal Analytics (the new GA)

  • You can now import any data that you want into Google Analytics (presuming it’s in the correct format). Read more about Google Analytics new features.
  • Rob’s written a whitepaper on universal analytics, to get your hands on it then make sure you email Elisa DBI directly.

Universal Analytics Rob Jackson Conversion Conference London

2. SessionCam

  • UK based, cloud based session recording tool
  • Allows you to understand all interactions within a browser
  • Outputs include heat maps, segmentation, alerts and retargeting
  • Integrates with analytics

Sessioncam Conversion Conference London

Top Tip: Building a Business Case – Data visualizations can be incredibly powerful at ‘painting a picture’ without using tables and boring, hard-to-understand charts. You have to win over the influencers/budget controllers.

Build a Business Case using Usability Testing

3. Gephi

  • Free to download!
  • ‘Open source graph visualisation and manipulation software’
  • Maps visual relationships between data and networks

Gephi Usability Tool

4. SiteSpect

  • Testing can be hard – JavaScript based tools can have negative effects on page-load time, SiteSpect avoids this…
  • User comes to a site, requests data from website – Sitespect reroutes this through a proxy server. Because of this, Rob said that he’s actually found that site speeds have increased in some cases when they started using this for some clients!

SiteSpect Usability Tool Recommendation

5. Segmentaliser / Cluster Fox

  • It’s very difficult in Google Analytics to really compare lots of segments at once, we can identify them easily but it’s difficult to compare clusters or segments.
  • Rob identified a tool that has been developed that allows him to do this called Segmentaliser / Cluster Fox, to find out more about this contact Rob directly.

Segmentaliser Cluster Fox

Check out rob’s slides yourself below:

Conversion conference rob jackson 2012 from elisadbi
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Ned Poulter is the Co-Founder of AvitaDigital, a Digital Marketing Consultancy based in Copenhagen, Denmark. He specialises in all aspects of SEO, digital marketing consulting and PPC, amongst many other things.
  • http://www.esparkinfo.com/ Arun Nair

    Kind of sessionCam option was provided by the google analytics, but it’s now not working. I never have seen the list which you have provided for CRO very few of them I know it but now like to visit & see what they are providing.

    Thanks for sharing such a great CRO list.
    Arun Nair

    • http://www.nedpoulter.co.uk/ Ned Poulter

      Hi Arun, my pleasure – hope it comes in handy :)

  • Guest

    What you say is very important. We can learn more thing from it, Thank you!

  • http://www.infiniteconversions.com/ Infinite Conversions

    Nice article, Ned.

    One problem we’ve found using multiple tools is that they give different results for identical metrics. There’s a degree of discretion in the manner in such tools interpret statistical rules and hence it’s important to factor this into account when testing.

    Here’s a review of some usability tests: http://www.infiniteconversions.com/usability-testing-techniques

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