Website effectiveness waning? VKI Studios suggests how to avoid stagnation

Posted by Knowlton Thomas

web optHaving YouTube on your client list is many web strategy studio's dream. For Vancouver's VKI Studios, it's a reality.

But after crafting more than 1,000 variations of YouTube interface, with subtly altered phrases and button placement, YouTube has already moved on.

It was a lot of time and effort that VKI invested into YouTube, and even though it's changed since then, that's not necessarily a bad thing—VKI understands the importance of constantly reassessing the effectiveness of your website.

"The smallest change can have a huge impact, and marketing budgets are being devoted to this for companies serious about growing online," the studio's CEO, John Hossack, says. With his studio's example of 1,000 variations, "The variations were subtle, but the results varied wildly." The company notes that websites which are stagnant for even just a couple of months may already be losing out on opportunities.

"The work we did ten months ago for YouTube is now ancient," John states, noting that "The amount of constant data that influences what subscribers respond to changes almost daily." He cites some examples: "News headlines, Twitter trending topics, and other buzzwords all play a role in what works at the perfect time."

Tyler Wright, a Vancouverite owns Megawatt PR and works closely with VKI Studios, admits he's more of a tech fanboy than actual techie, but offers this nugget of wisdom: "Testing multiple variations of a website is one of the most under utilized tools for the internet marketer." Tyler says that the most successful clients for VKI and similar studios are those who make testing apart of their online marketing culture, and continue to challenge the status quo.

"Measuring and testing in very simple software is becoming a lot more mainstream, even for smaller websites," John says.

Simple software to start with includes Google's Website Optimizer.

Company:
VKI Studios
Website:
http://www.vkistudios.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Founded in 1998, and located in Vancouver BC, VKI Studios is a leading Internet marketing and website usability firm. Boasting several hundred loyal clients and a proven track record of success, our mission is to drive more targeted traffic to our clients' websites and to ensure those websites gain the highest possible conversion rates in their industry. more

Company:
Google
Website:
http://www.google.com
Location:
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Google's mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. As a first step to fulfilling that mission, Google's founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin developed a new approach to online search that took root in a Stanford University dorm room and quickly spread to information seekers around the globe. Google is now widely recognized as the world's largest search engine --... more

Company:
Twitter
Website:
http://www.twitter.com
Location:
San Francisco, California, United States

Twitter is a privately funded startup with offices in the SoMA neighborhood of San Francisco, CA. Started as a side project in March of 2006, Twitter has grown into a real-time short messaging service that works over multiple networks and devices. In countries all around the world, people follow the sources most relevant to them and access information via Twitter as it happens—from breaking world news to updates... more


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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys playing tennis, hiking, and exploring weird side streets. more



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