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Build a Better Home Page Strategy: How multiple objectives on a homepage increased clickthrough to a single page by 52%

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Build a Better Home Page Strategy: How multiple objectives on a homepage increased clickthrough to a single page by 52%

Homepages are among the most difficult places for marketers to optimize for a few of reasons:

  1. Internal company politics can create a battle for real estate on the home page that may or may not be in the best interests of the customer or Digital’s P&L.
  2. Even if Digital has full control, it’s difficult to determine what to emphasize on the homepage to maximize ROI.
  3. It seems that one’s really clear on just what a homepage should be in the first place which makes it incredibly difficult to optimize for a KPI.

In a test from the MECLABS Research Library [1], a large healthcare company was dealing with all of these issues and more. Their homepage was originally focused on a single objective – to get customers onto the “find a treatment center” page further down their funnel.

Here is the control from that test:

Control Homepage Strategy

The team, however hypothesized that due to the different customer personas coming to the page, a large portion of the visitors were not being properly served by the content on the homepage or the “find a treatment center” page.

To remedy this issue, the team created a treatment that served multiple customer personas with separate paths towards the ultimate goal of landing on the “find a treatment center” page.

Here is the treatment homepage strategy:

Treatment Homepage Strategy

When they pitted the two strategies against each other in an a/b split test, the results were significant. The treatment produced a 52% increase in clickthrough to the “find a treatment center” page.

Homepage Strategy Results

By simply making the shift to serve multiple customer personas coming to the page, and creating content to serve those customer personas, the treatment significantly increased the performance of the homepage.

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Paul Cheney

About Paul Cheney

Paul Cheney, Senior Partnership Content Manager, MECLABS Institute Paul helps turn raw research into easy-to-understand content for MarketingExperiments readers. He earned his B.A. in English literature from Covenant College. Before joining the MarketingExperiments team, Paul wrote grant proposals and fundraising letters for a mid-size nonprofit in New Jersey. He has also worked as a freelance Internet marketing consultant and copywriter for small businesses. In his spare time, Paul enjoys reading, writing poems and dating his wife, Callie.

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References

  1. ^ MECLABS Research Library (meclabs.com)
  2. ^ Homepage Optimization: Tips to ensure site banners maximize clickthrough and conversion (www.marketingexperiments.com)
  3. ^ B2B Marketing: Homepage segmentation effort increases time spent on site 171% (www.marketingsherpa.com)
  4. ^ Homepage Testing: 91% conversion lift from new copy and layout (www.marketingsherpa.com)
  5. ^ Twitter (twitter.com)
  6. ^ LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com)
  7. ^ Paul’s Posts (www.marketingexperiments.com)
  8. ^ Send a Letter to the Editor (www.marketingexperiments.com)
  9. ^ Analytics & Testing (www.marketingexperiments.com)
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