Are you A/B testing? You should be. Every minute of every day. Why? Well, the short answer is it's a way to continuously improve your site. If your company isn't A/B testing your site right now, you need to copy this URL and send this to whom it may concern ASAP to get them in the loop. There are ALWAYS ways to improve the elements of your website.
Let’s talk more about the power of A/B testing.
What is A/B testing?
A/B testing is an experiment for testing a change on your website. Variant A is usually the original and Variant B is the change you want to test. 50% of the subjects will see Variant A, and 50% will see Variant B.
Changing the color of a button on your site. You are deciding if the button should stay red or be switched to bright blue.
Variant A (original):
Variant B: (potential)
Then, by looking at the statistics you can see which button received more clicks. Did the bright blue pop and get people’s attention or should you stick with the original?
What are the benefits of A/B testing?
The ability to test certain parts of your site is priceless.
By A/B testing you can:
- Reduce bounce rate
- Improve click-through rates
- Create better, more persuasive content
- Increase time on page
- Provide a better customer experience
- Increase conversion rate
- Improve customer navigation
- Get rid of clutter that your users ignore
- Ability to predict users intent on the site
- Increase signups
- Refine your site
What to test when A/B testing your site:
- Button Colors
- Sizes of things
- Contact form fields
HOW TO A/B TEST YOUR SITE?
Establish what you want to improve
How can you improve this? Color, wording, position.
Choose one variation and create an experiment
Test this for at least a month (depending on the amount of traffic your site gets).
Record your findings
Picking a program to use for A/B testing.
You can use Google Optimize Beta (free for now)
Or services like:
- Optimizely (costs money, but used by brands like Netflix & Microsoft).
- AB Tasty (minimum $249 a month)
- Zarget ($15 to $35 a month)
All of these programs will make it easy to change things on your site while tracking the data.
How to A/B Test your site using Google Optimize
Add URL of the page you wish to alter.
Remove things, change font, text size, copy, images, spacing, background, etc.
Save your changes in the variant.
Link your Optimize to the Google Analytics account.
Schedule start and stop date (at least one month).