By working with Kaizen Platform, SitePoint was able to lengthen session time by experimenting with design, layout, and copy of the recommended articles sidebar to increase traffic and create a better digital experience.
The winning design: The optimizer used colors that stand out, but are subtle enough to not be distracting. The headline bar color matches the section color so the main focus stays on the article. The title, What others are reading is more friendly and welcoming message than the original recommended for you. The headline icon symbolizes a group or other people to create a sense of inclusion and authority.
The winning placement: The optimizer chose to place the section beneath the article’s comments and the Next Article section,
I always expect recommended articles to be at the bottom of the article. The flow of the page for me is: read the whole article, read some comments, then if I didn’t find what I was searching for, then I look at [the] recommended articles. If the recommended articles are the side, then by the time I scroll down halfway they’re gone. If it’s in a fixed position it would be too distracting and take up too much space on the screen.
Images performed better than icons
Placement at the bottom of the article performed better than the sidebar
Users preferred a CTA that resembled an article, not an ad
Displaying three recommended articles
Grid layout performed better than a list
With these changes, SitePoint had a 233.6% improvement rate in the their suggested articles section. Please keep in mind that these results were based off of SitePoint’s unique audience segments. Experimenting with different users can lead to different results. If you’re interested in optimizing your own experiences request a demo and take advantage of our unique performance pricing. You don’t pay a cent until you see results and we guarantee 5% lift.