Landing Page Design-Best Practices- Part 1


Do you have leaving issues because your landing page bounce rate is through the roof? Wasting valuable time and money on ineffective PPC campaigns? Tired of your boss complaining about how the industry average conversion rate is double what “you” achieved last month? Actually they are quite normal if you do not know the ropes! In this series (Landing page design-Best Practices), I’ll try to explain the major DO’s and DONT’s for designing the landing pages.

Sticking to the fundamentals can take you from having a terrible landing page to having one that people find hard to poke holes in.

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1.Send people to a relevant and targeted page

Your homepage is a mish-mash of goal-oriented communication – and usually for AdWords link. Think one goal, one message, one action. And hence one page – generally a new one – a landing page.

2.Provide a consistent experience

From ad through landing page and onto the destination site, design, messaging and tone should be consistent with the expectations of the user at the time they clicked the link/banner. Your upstream ad is the source, and using a river analogy, you should be drinking from the same stream at the end of the journey as you were at the start.

3.Go direct to the point

When dealing with online prospects, you need to get right to the point with no muss and no fuss.

4.Focus the visitor’s attention with a clear and concise headline.

Imagine yourself walking in a busy street. You look at the newspaper vending machine to see the big black headline. If it captures your attention, you might stop, bend over and read it for a while. If it’s really good, you might buy it. Conversely, if it’s just a big page of small type with no visible purpose, you wouldn’t even break your stride. Make the headline clear, easily noticeable, and in a relevant position on the page.

5.Enable sharing on your viral landing pages

If your goal is to create buzz with a landing page ensure that it is easily sharable with the common social networks. The most obvious choice for social media buzz creation is Twitter. This micro-blogging platform has become the social sharing tool du jour and can help to spread your message quickly and in an exponential fashion if what you are doing is tweetworthy.

Sharing content on Digg or Reddit can help establish you as an authority if you have a long-term goal to become recognized in the community. However, sharing via Twitter adds the content into your own personal timeline, which extends your online persona by showing content that represents your personality and beliefs. It’s reminiscent of the psychology surrounding ones CD, vinyl or book collection, where you gain pleasure from the reaction of others to your taste.

6.User Segmentation

If you have multiple user types, create a landing page for each segment and drive traffic via separate sources. This will enable you to measure your most effective market segmentation. If your landing page has extended logic or geo-targeting capabilities you may be able to create a single page with changing content based on visitor. If this is the case, ensure your tracking can handle these complexities.

7.Remove the clutter

Remember that ad campaign that had a single button proclaiming, “Don’t click me“? Nobody could resist that.

Not only was it tempting, but also it didn’t have any competing information. As you create your landing page, step back from time to time, look at it from a distance and see how many things are competing for your attention. Refine your landing page until the answer is 1.

Observe – Remove – Repeat

8.Remove the navigation

Similarly, don’t give people a full-scale website experience. You paid to get them here, so keep them focused and on track. If they really want to know your favorite color or look you up on Google maps, they can go to your website in their own time. Each navigation option you provide dilutes their attention.

9.Keep reading to a minimum

Ensure visitors get a chance to read your most important copy. If it’s hidden among 7 paragraphs of text, it’ll be missed. An exception to this rule would be a page designed to provide a high level of detail (such as a Book page on Amazon), but this is usually best utilized as the deep-linked “product detail” page on the target website and not on a landing page.

10.Above the fold.

Your primary messaging and call to action must be above the fold (the bottom of the screen for the average browser resolution of your target market). Does it really matter anymore? To present the counter argument, a product detail page such as an Amazon book page, is very well suited to a long page.

11.Repeating your CTA on long pages

If you are obligated to produce a long landing page (perhaps as one of the standard long-form lead capture sites), try to repeat your core message and/or CTA at comfortable intervals throughout. This helps to reinforce your purpose. Note also that different people react to different content, so they may be 2/3 of the way through before they believe what you are saying. If there is a button right there, you may find them more likely to convert when this matches their time of emotional connection to your message.

to be continued

How to automatically summarize a document using MS Word?


text summarization

As a manager, employee, researcher or student, you most probabely need to summarize some documents. For short text-documents it would be an easy tast but what if you have a document of at least 100 pages in hand and very restrict deadline? One of your choice could be AutoSummarize function of MS word.

AutoSummarize identifies the key points in a document. AutoSummarize works best on well-structured documents, such as reports, articles, and scientific papers.

Notice: Before you can use AutoSummarize in Microsoft Office Word 2007, you need to add AutoSummary Tools to the Quick Access Toolbar.

How AutoSummarize works

AutoSummarize determines key points by analyzing the document and assigning a score to each sentence. Sentences that contain words used frequently in the document are given a higher score. You then choose a percentage of the highest-scoring sentences to display in the summary.

You can select whether to highlight key points in a document, insert an executive summary or abstract at the top of a document, create a new document and put the summary there, or hide everything but the summary.

If you choose to highlight key points or hide everything but the summary, you can switch between displaying only the key points in a document (the rest of the document is hidden) and highlighting them in the document. As you read, you can also change the level of detail at any time.

Add AutoSummary Tools to the Quick Access Toolbar

  1. Click the Microsoft Office Button, and then click Word Options.
  2. Click Customize.
  3. In the list under Choose commands from, click All Commands.
  4. Scroll through the list of commands until you see AutoSummary Tools.
  5. Click AutoSummary Tools, and then click Add.
  6. The AutoSummary Tools button now appears in the Quick Access Toolbar.

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Automatically summarize a document

  1. On the Quick Access Toolbar, click AutoSummary Tools, and then click AutoSummarize.
  2. Select the type of summary that you want.
  3. In the Percent of original box, type or select the level of detail to include in the summary. Select a higher percentage of the original document to include more detail.
  4. If you don’t want AutoSummarize to replace your existing keywords and comments in the document properties, clear the Update document statistics check box.

Note:

To cancel a summary in progress, press ESC.

After you create your summary, review it to make sure it covers your document’s key points. Keep in mind that the summary text is a rough draft, and you will probably need to fine-tune it.

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Ps: Complying with all applicable copyright laws is your responsibility. You should review the accuracy of any summary because it is, by its nature, not the entirety of the work.

Designing Online Marketing Strategy, step by step!


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Online Marketing Tips

As an online marketing expert, conducting a client needs analysis allows you to determine a client’s current online marketing involvement, learn about their company/organization landscape, and know who the decision makers are, and uncover company pain points.

There are few questions to ask a client which help you to understand the environment and design the best online marketing strategy include:

  1. Are you currently doing any marketing for your business?
  2. What are your marketing goals?
  3. What are your best-selling products or services?
  4. Where else are you running ads online? Offline?
  5. Do you evaluate the return on your marketing investment?
  6. Do you have a website?
  7. Who handles marketing strategy for your business?
  8. How do you determine your marketing budget?
  9. Do you have a seasonal business?
  10. Do you have brick-and-mortar stores?
  11. Who are your competitors?
  12. What’s your target audience?

Before speaking with a client about their online marketing needs, you’ll want to do the following:

  • Review their website: Have a basic understanding of the advertiser’s business. What is their flagship product or service?
  • Do some research: Are there articles about the business online? Are they already doing online marketing? Are they in the organic search results? How competitive is the ad space?
  • Learn to speak their language: What vertical are they in? What is their sales cycle? Are there unfamiliar terms? Is there seasonality? What challenges might they face?
  • Begin to plan: How might you build an account for this advertiser? What products or services would you include in an initial marketing strategy? What products or services might you recommend for expansion?

You can also help clients understand the possibilities in accurately addressing marketing needs – including marketing needs that they may not be aware of. Here are a few questions designed to build awareness of their online campaign needs:

  • Are you concerned that you’re spending too much / not spending enough on marketing?
  • Are you worried that your current media plan isn’t as efficient as it could be?
  • Are you concerned you may not know how to best target your advertising to your audience?
  • Are you satisfied with the level of traffic, conversions etc., that you’re seeing?

Now, based on data you have gathered, you can design the best online marketing and advertising campaign which can cover all needs include their branding and online repetition, direct selling and conversion increase, maximum visibility and even higher ranking.

New TLDs will change the Internet!


The list of new domain extensions has been recently announced! You can call it whatever you want a giant boondoggle or the greatest thing to happen to commerce since its first day, but the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) developed a New Generic Top-Level Domain (TLD) program, which allows new TLDs (nTLDs) into the Internet’s addressing system. So basically anything to the right of the dot is now fair game. You won’t just have .com and .net you’ll have .you and .book. If these applications are successful the landscape of the Internet could change drastically. To get a sneak peak check out the full list of new TLD applied-for you can click Popular new TLDS. Some of the most popular extensions are as below:

.APP,.ART, .BLOG, .BOOK, .BUZZ, .CLOUD, .CLUB, .DESIGN, .ECO, .FILM, .FREE,.FUN, .HIV, .HOME,.HORSE, .HOTEL, .LLC, .LOVE, .MAIL, .MUSIC, .NEWS, .NYC,.ONE, .SECURE, .SITE, .SHOP, .SPORT, .STORE, .WEB, . PERSIANGULF, .ISLAM, .SHIA, HALAL,…etc.

Now it gets exciting. With some domain extensions like .GROCERY a hot item, you’ll probably see bidding wars between the companies likes of Wal-mart and Carrefour.

Yes! you guessed right! Google also has entered into this big game. This huge company has applied for 100 strings including .ads, .and, .app, .baby, .blog, .earth, .youtube, .zip. See the full list at following figure.

ICANN also has provided statistics about this big race. Of the 1,930 applications received:

  • 66 are geographic name applications.
  • 116 applications are for Internationalized Domain Names, or IDNs, for strings in scripts such as Arabic, Chinese, and Cyrillic.

Applications were received from 60 countries and territories, broken down by ICANN’s geographic regions;

  • 911 from North America.
  • 675 from Europe.
  • 303 are from Asia-Pacific.
  • 24 from Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • 17 from Africa.

We should wait and see. Maybe someday you see my website’s URL as myself.nariman ! Who knows?!

Source publication list for WEB OF SCIENCE


As a researcher we always concern about the quality of academic journals and their trustworthiness for publishing our research papers as well as quality of studying resources. It would be great if there is an updated list for some of the best journals in each field of study. Regarding this matter the main publications normally put out such an annual list to help researchers and other audiences. One of these academic documents is published by Thomson Reuters named “source publication list for WEB OF SCIENCE, science citation index expanded, March 2012” which has listed all ISI journals with their ISSN, E-ISSN, country and publisher. Since this document is not copy righted I re-publish it here and you can download it.

Source publication list for WEB OF SCIENCE, science citation index expanded, March 2012(PDF file, 892KB, 129 pages)

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Google Penguin


Hey guys, Have you heard about the most recent update on Google’s algorithm? Yes! Another update again! While less than one year ago google launched the Google Panda update, Now, At April 2012, they have rolled out the new one. This update is called “Penguin”. I’m not sure abot the next update, maybe it will be the “Google Dunky” or something like it! Just kidding! Based on what I have seen in the doodle above, I guess the next  update on google’s algorithm would be “Google Lion” or “Google Koala”. Should wait and see!

As a reminder, take a look at the major update Google has rolled out since past 10 years:

Google algorithm updates 1997-2012

Actually I do not want to go into details. If you are interested to know more and also learn a SEO crises management plan, read this link.

Read more about Google Panda

Common mistakes in writing academic papers


Some Common Mistakes in writing academic papers based on IEEE  are as bellow:

  • The word “data” is plural, not singular.
  • The subscript for the permeability of vacuum μ0 and other common scientific constants, is zero with subscript formatting, not a lowercase letter “o”.
  • In American English, commas, semi-/colons, periods, question and exclamation marks are located within quotation marks only when a complete thought or name is cited, such as a title or full quotation. When quotation marks are used, instead of a bold or italic typeface, to highlight a word or phrase, punctuation should appear outside of the quotation marks. A parenthetical phrase or statement at the end of a sentence is punctuated outside of the closing parenthesis (like this). (A parenthetical sentence is punctuated within the parentheses.)
  • A graph within a graph is an “inset”, not an “insert”. The word alternatively is preferred to the word “alternately” (unless you really mean something that alternates).
  • Do not use the word “essentially” to mean “approximately” or “effectively”.
  • In your paper title, if the words “that uses” can accurately replace the word “using”, capitalize the “u”; if not, keep using lower-cased.
  • Be aware of the different meanings of the homophones “affect” and “effect”, “complement” and “compliment”, “discreet” and “discrete”, “principal” and “principle”.
  • Do not confuse “imply” and “infer”.
  • The prefix “non” is not a word; it should be joined to the word it modifies, usually without a hyphen.
  • There is no period after the “et” in the Latin abbreviation “et al.”.
  • The abbreviation “i.e.” means “that is”, and the abbreviation “e.g.” means “for example”.

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