We provided a quick intro to ROI in our Friday, May 25, 2012 post. This post will cover A/B Testing.
A/B Testing, also called bucket testing or split testing, was originally used to test the effectiveness of print copy (messaging) used in ads and promotions. The premise is simple, but can become quite complex when executed. Basically, you produce two pieces for the same promotion. Piece #1 can be your control (or standard) and Piece #2 would include ONE change that differentiates it from the first piece. This change can be the:
- color scheme
- copy ('the drawing for the prize is every Wednesday' vs. 'weekly drawings for prizes')
- more or less text
- content layout
When professional 'marketeers' <like 'musketeers', but not> use A/B Testing, they make sure to use the two pieces during the same time frame. They also monitor the outcomes for an extended period of time (perhaps a few months to a year) and they distribute the studied pieces to a sizable audience.
Ok, A/B Testing is most definitely an advanced marketing topic for most of our readership. However, this method more than proves that all of the marketing around you has been orchestrated and vetted to get you to buy MORE STUFF. There's a reason why that Kit Kat wrapper is red - the color red catches your eye at the checkout stand and the image is designed to promote hunger....see what we mean? <Insert sinister organ music here.>
In all seriousness, we know that your marketing budgets are limited. Therefore, we want you to be able to get the most mileage out of the money you spend! You don't have to do your own A/B Testing. But you can learn from the folks who have used this design methodology and model your promotions, website, and other marketing collateral on successful campaigns.
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For more information on A/B Testing, check out the content on the link below....pretty interesting stuff!
Morgan says: One of my HUGE take-aways from this blog post:
- "“You Should Follow Me on Twitter Here” (Dustin Curtis)
This much-hyped split-test involved testing multiple versions of a call to action for Twitter followers. Dustin found that “You should follow me on Twitter here” worked 173% better than his control text, “I’m on Twitter.”"
Who'd a thunk it?
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