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Testing, testing, 1, 2, 3.

Written by Emily Wilson on June 19th, 2014.      0 comments

testingOn a daily basis, Zeald customers are adding new products to their stores, setting up email campaigns, changing forms, creating coupons, writing blog posts, and so on. However, an often overlooked step in the process is testing.

Testing is a fundamental part of having a website. It pays to set aside some time on a regular basis to test your main conversion pathways, so you can catch a bug before your customers do.

What should I be testing?

You want your customers to have a positive experience and return again. Not testing your website can cause a lot of frustration. It is important to check any change you make before running with it. We have developed a testing checklist for you to run through.
 

  • Conversion Pathway

You should think about your main conversion pathways and test these on a regular basis, across the main browsers (Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari). Does the link work? Does the form work? Does the shopping cart work? Test as a customer (front end) and as yourself (back end), meaning can you easily purchase a product or fill in an enquiry form as a customer would and receive confirmation emails; do you receive the notification of these orders/enquiries so you can then process them?

For instance... making your website live without testing your enquiry link and email address, so when a customer clicks on the link to email you, the email goes nowhere. This could result in numerous enquiries going unanswered.
 

  • New Software

If you are about to launch a new software development, you should also assist with testing as per the checklist. New software also goes through a two-phase process of alpha and beta testing during development:

  1. Alpha with internal testing - You the client goes through the conversion pathway - The alpha is what is presented at the launch plan.
  2. Beta is deploying / announcing with just a select few of your customers - guinea pigs before a full blown email out to all your customers.New features/ Upgrades/Downgrades

Basically if you change something you should test it.

Imagine if you changed the price on a product and didn't test to see what your customers see. You could end up selling a product at the wrong price, before the mistake is noticed.
 

  • Coupons

Check to see if the coupons work, test them on excluded products and after expiry date too (change the date settings on your computer.)
 

  • Email Marketing/Newsletters

Test links. Check send times and dates. Check the subject line. How does your email look in different email programs? Test in Outlook, Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, Hotmail, Thunderbird. How does your email look in popular email devices? Are there any spelling errors?

A company is able to set up a draft email marketing campaign for a future date, using it to edit and craft their ideas. Unfortunately, they may forget that it is still there when the date comes around. In doing so, an email would be sent out with outdated info, prices, offers, and spelling errors.

Testing is second nature at Zeald, we ensure that every element on the website, and every item that we send out, has been tested and viewed by multiple people. This increases our chance of catching any errors. 
 

Test checklist:

Pathway Testing

Email Testing

Software Testing

  • FRONT END: Visit landing page/homepage
  • Is your call to action compelling?
  • Click button/link
  • Fill in form / add product to cart
  • Submit form / go to checkout & purchase product
  • eCommerce: was the payment process smooth?
  • Did you receive a thank you page / Order confirmation?
  • Did you receive a confirmation email?
  • BACK END: Did you receive notice of the enquiry / order?
  • Are you able to process the order?
  • Email content created
  • Check spelling for errors
  • Have someone else check spelling
  • Send to yourself.
  • Check your subject line. Is it compelling?
  • Check design spacing
  • Are the images displaying?
  • Do the images fit the width of your email?
  • Check every link
  • Check email on different email clients.
  • Check display on mobile
  • Periodically check future dated emails for any test sends.
  • Software developed
  • Minimum Viable Product deployed
  • Alpha testing
  • Test as your customer uses and as you receive
  • Run your conversion pathway
  • Test on different browsers
  • Does it work? What is broken? Does it need to be fixed?
  • Report back bugs
  • Beta testing
  • Email link to select clients, friends, family for testing
  • Repeat process using real clients as guinea pigs

 
 

How to produce high quality product photos

Written by Sarah Gleeson on June 11th, 2014.      0 comments

In 2008, we wrote an article on how to produce high quality product photos. If you would like to view that article, click here

The below infographic has combined recent information on producing product photos, with the basics.

Produce high quality product photos

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Promote your products and services through case studies

Written by Sarah Gleeson on June 10th, 2014.      0 comments

Case studies are a fantastic way to promote your products and services without the hard sell. In a world where customers are constantly exposed to advertising, case studies can be a natural way to get your message across.

Benefits of promoting your products through a case study

1. Build trust

Having an existing customer demonstrate the reliability of your product and business is a fantastic way to build trust. A third party discussing your product in a positive light is seen as more trustworthy to potential clients, and is a method of building trust that all businesses should action.

2. Solve problems

Discuss your existing client's problems and show how you solved them. Chances are, other potential customers have similar problems that they are anxious to solve. An added bonus is that leads generated by your case study will be of higher quality because people are already seeking out a solution for an acknowledged problem.

3. Showcase unique features

A case study puts your product in the spotlight so you can show off all the great features that are missing in your competitors products. Here is your chance to highlight your point of difference!

4. Back up your claims

You can talk the talk, but can you walk the walk? Customers will often be a little hesitant about believing claims without proof. Case studies are an excellent source of real life evidence on how your product or service helped your customer.

5. Make your product relatable

A great way to sell your products or services is to showcase them in their natural environment. What better way to show a customer that you sell shoes great for racing, than a case study on a race winner who wore your shoes! 

6. Ensure your product is memorable

People tend to favour a story, they are also more inclined to remember the gist of something they are told, or read, rather than the facts. For that reason, it is best to discuss your product in a story-like manner alongside facts and figures.

Tips to get started...

  • Ask an existing client for permission to use their story, or to interview them about their experience.
  • Use story telling to excite your audience.
  • Discuss the problem your client had before using your product- you want to ensure other clients connect to the case study.
  • Show exactly how you fixed your client's problem, and what features of the product or service made a big impact.
  • Wherever possible, use percentages, or quotes about how your product has improved the initial problem the customer had.
  • Try to break up the text with easy to interpret graphs, or images. Make the audience want to keep reading!
  • Near the end, add testimonial about your product and business from the customer. 
  • Sign off with information on how customers facing similar problems can get in touch with you. 

For more inspiration on how to write a case study for your business, have a read of our real life case studies about Zeald clients.

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