Building a Solid CRO Foundation with Erin from Fuel Made

Today, we're diving into the exciting world of Conversion Rate Optimization (CRO) and how shops can lay a strong foundation for success. Getting this right is key to boosting your conversion rates and taking your business to new heights. 

We sat down with Erin, Strategy Lead at Fuel Made, to learn from her CRO expertise. 

For those not in the know, besides being PDQ partners, Fuel Made is a dedicated Shopify Plus agency and Klayvio Platinum partner. They specialize in providing CRO and email marketing services for ecommerce brands.

Ready? Let's jump in.

The Power of Data: A Roadmap to Success

To begin, let's talk about the importance of gathering the right data for your CRO strategy. Erin emphasizes the need to strike a balance between quantitative and qualitative insights. Sure, numbers matter, but don't forget to consider the qualitative aspects that make your brand unique. This includes understanding your brand's background, sales strategy, and plans for driving traffic and acquiring customers. Once you have this solid foundation in place, it's time to dig deep into the data.

Understanding Your Current Site and Setting Goals

Before you embark on your CRO journey, take a moment to understand how your website is performing. Identify what's working well and pinpoint any areas that may be hindering conversions. At Fuel Made, we focus on a range of data approaches, from Shopify dashboards to Google Analytics, heatmaps, and user recordings. These insights help us uncover valuable information about user behavior and pave the way for effective optimizations. But remember, it's crucial to align your goals with your CRO strategy. Understanding your objectives is our first step at Fuel Made.

Heat Maps and Key Metrics: Unveiling the Customer Experience

When it comes to CRO, paying attention to key metrics is a game-changer. Keep an eye on bounce rates, identify drop-off points, spot areas with high exit rates, track session duration, and monitor conversion rates. Let's take an example shared by Erin: Imagine a client with high traffic to collection pages but low engagement beyond that point. Clearly, there's an issue that needs attention, and it presents a low-hanging fruit opportunity for optimization. Ongoing optimization, coupled with A/B testing, is vital to improving your conversion rates.

A/B Test Everything

Here's a common pitfall: assuming what works for one store will work for yours, or blindly following trends from DTC Twitter. Newsflash—each store is unique, with its own traffic mix, product range, and brand values. At Fuel Made, we prioritize developing a roadmap that caters specifically to your store's needs. While we might experiment with wireframes from other successful stores, we understand that content plays a significant role in the customer experience. Even stores with similar structures but different content will yield completely different outcomes. You can even A/B test shipping methods and prices with PrettyDamnQuick to see what your shoppers prefer for shipping. As long as there are no technical limitations, testing is the way to go to discover the optimal experience for your audience.

And there you have it! A quick guide to building a solid CRO foundation that will supercharge your conversion rates. Remember, CRO is an ongoing journey, so don't be afraid to optimize and test along the way. 

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us or the Fuel Made team.

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