of DiPietro Marketing Group (www.DiPietro.biz)
coined the term "Bounce Rate" in 1998 while eCommerce Director
for a traditional catalog company. Knowing a site's Bounce Rate is important
because you can't convince visitors to do what it is you want them to
do until you first figure out how to keep them on the site.
Rate is the percentage of web site visitors who arrive at a home page
(or landing page, or other important page), then leave without getting
any deeper into the site.
TO CALCULATE BOUNCE RATE
Data needed: A) the amount of visitors who entered a site over a given
period of time by landing on a particular page, and B) the amount of
single page views for that page over that same time period.
Divide B by A, then multiply by 100. That's the page's Bounce Rate percentage.
WHAT IT MEANS TO YOU
Bounce rates vary from industry to industry, and from business to business.
Generally, a high bounce rate, 60% or greater, means one of two things,
and possibly both...
targeting or somehow attracting the wrong prospect; or
uses poor design and/or e-merchandising techniques
IT'S AN IMPORTANT METRIC
To motivate people to buy, you need to move them to and through product.
Obviously, you can't move visitors to and through if they just hit one
page, then bounce off the site.
BOUNCE RATE DIFFERS FROM BUY RATE
Where Bounce Rate measures those one-page-and-leave visitors, Buy Rate
measures the percentage of all visitors that buy, regardless of the
amount of page views.
increase orders on two fronts.
1 - You can concentrate on getting more of those who move through the
site to buy.
2 - You
can concentrate on getting those who bounce to move through the site,
then convert them.
option is more difficult, but it needs to be done if you want to totally
TO DECREASE YOUR BOUNCE RATE
Target Only Qualified Prospects
One way is tweaking the media buy. Track visitors in to the site from
each source in the buy. For those sources with a high percentage of
bouncing visitors, test different ad creative, different offers, different
landing page creative, etc. You may find that a particular poor performing
medium (in terms of Bounce Rate, not raw clicks) needs to be axed from
the schedule altogether.
Another way to help decrease the Bounce Rate is to test the addition
of content to the site. How-To articles are a great way to move visitors
to and through product. Don't underestimate the power of How-To help.
Such articles are very highly read. The result is forging emotional
bonds with prospects that should help soften them for your e-merchandising
particular client, DMG reduced the Bounce Rate from over 70% to 25%
simply by integrating How-To content within the site. With more visitors
moving to and through the site because of the content, merchandising
techniques had a chance to work. The result - not only a decrease in
the Bounce Rate, but a jump in the Buy Rate as well.
A high Bounce Rate usually means there is a dire need for a re-design.
Folks aren't getting you.
layout & design need to instantly communicate 3 things to the visitor:
it is you have to offer.
2. A compelling reason the visitor should be interested.
3. What it is you want the visitor to do next.
you realize it or not, a web site is a piece of marketing communications.
it should be laid out and designed by an art director trained in marketing
communications, based on direction provided by a strategic-thinking
marketing person. A web developer should only have a consultative role
in the design process to provide a technical perspective.
only then, the project should be turned over to a web developer, trained
in the technological aspects of building a web site.
is that layout & design is performed by an art director, *not* a
web developer. Web developers have no training in the art of visual
communication; their expertise is in web construction / development,
not visual communications.
the best way to ensure that what is being communicated to the visitor
is based on strategically sound marketing principles.
on the web design process, go to DiPietro.biz.
YOUR BOUNCE RATE?
Take a couple of minutes right now to find out. Just ask your IT person
for the numbers and do the math. Or, simply check your web site statistics
software to get the numbers.
Let us know what you discover. Let us know what you did to improve your
site's Bounce Rate.
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