Motor insurance quote forms are too long according to 31% of consumers

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The most common issue faced by consumers when applying online for motor insurance revolves around the length of the quote form and how long it took to complete it with 31% reporting it as being a problem.

Two key questions asked by insurance providers are:

  1. How should I set the quote tool?
  2. What is the impact that the layout has on the actual and perceived length of the form?

Essentially, should it be one question per page with a longer click journey or should the form be presented on one long page in an accordion format?

In reviewing the presentation of the quote form including how many questions are asked and how many pages of questions there are – we gained some insight as to what is making consumers more satisfied and likely to complete the form and go on to purchase a policy.

Churchill and Direct Line both use the same quote tool which contains all questions within the one page.  Additionally, there are fewer questions within the quote form than any other site assessed with just 32 questions on a single page required to get a quote compared to LV= and Admiral who have 40 and 48 questions respectively presented across three pages.

Based on the quote experience, consumers were asked their likelihood to buy from a particular brand. Direct Line and Churchill had the highest proportion of consumers stating that they felt the website met their needs and they would choose the brand as their provider at 14% and 10% respectively.

Fewer questions in quote form equal more likely to buy

Despite having the shortest quote forms, consumers on Churchill’s and Direct Line’s websites still held concerns over the length of time the quote took.

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Covering all aspects of the quote form including the impact different question formats (radio button, drop down, text entry) have on the physical and cognitive effort to complete the form.

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NatWest visitors are the fastest and most satisfied when looking for mortgage rates

Home loans Fruition

Finding the right home loan is as confusing and overwhelming as picking the right roof tiles to match the bricks. It is, therefore, imperative that home loan providers make the online research process as straightforward and satisfying as possible in order to minimise confusion and ensure strong conversions.

In November 2017, Global Reviews tracked 350 consumers as they searched online for a home loan provider. Consumers were split across desktop (n=200) and mobile (n=150). After conducting their own searches, they were directed to one of eight provider websites to complete further research.

Once consumers had looked around the homepage, we asked them to find all the available mortgage rate options for first time buyers (new customers). In doing this, it was found that those who completed the task quicker typically had a higher satisfaction rate with the process of completing the task. As can be seen in the chart below, NatWest visitors are the fastest and most satisfied when looking for mortgage rates for first time buyers. Potential customers are getting hugely different experiences across different sites with a 1:28 difference between Lloyds Bank and NatWest.

Time vs Satisfaction home loans

NatWest had the fastest average task completion time with 2:14 minutes and a satisfaction rating of 81%. On the other end of the scale was Lloyds Bank with an average time of 3:24 minutes and a satisfaction rating of 73%.

Whilst a shorter task completion time generally means higher satisfaction, a longer task completion time isn’t necessarily driving dissatisfaction but rather an inability to find the right answer. This indicates underlying usability issues supported by 20% claiming starting where to look was not easy.

The following chart highlights some of the most common issues consumers faced when trying to locate the product range. From a navigation point of view, the harder it is to find where to start looking as well as the inability to find what they’re looking for is bringing down satisfaction levels amongst customers. There is a strong negative correlation of -0.93 between problems encountered and satisfaction.

The most common issues consumers faced when trying to locate the product range

By comparing key landing pages for home loans we can see that allowing visitors to easily find what they are looking for with minimal effort and scrolling is key. Successful sites focus on key calls to action within the hero images and top navigation. Having a clearly laid out site with multiple entry points allows for the different preferences consumers have. Some consumers will naturally gravitate to the top navigation, others will look to the hero image and some will look down the page to find where they want to go next.

NatWest directs traffic through a comprehensive menu catering to both new and existing NatWest customers as well as delivering multiple entry points depending on customer research preferences. The menu is split into product, customer type and application stage, as well as grouping in relevant tools such as calculators to help in the research process.

NatWest directs traffic through a comprehensive menu catering to both new and existing NatWest customersLike NatWest, Lloyds Bank also uses the main header menu to direct consumers. However, they also provide additional entry points throughout the homepage. Within the hero image there are quick links to popular pages. Sitting just below the hero image are more links to key product pages. Having three navigation areas caters for different types of browsers and therefore aids in creating a user-friendly site.

Lloyds bank has three navigation areas catering for different types of browsers By giving consumers clear options and starting points can mean a huge difference between keeping them on site or losing them to a competitor.

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Aggregators: Helping or Hindering your Credit Card brand?

Desktop users looking for a new credit card increasingly make use of aggregator websites, we noticed while following each step of their discover phase during our study on 201 in-market UK consumers in the second quarter of 2017.

Being able to compare products and offers of several brands on a third-party website, is visibly impacting the decisions of your potential customers when choosing a credit card.

However, mobile users are visiting aggregators a lot less and aggregators don’t hold as much power on their final preferences.

Our research shows that some brands benefit from aggregators and some are actually hindered by them. Have a look at our findings and see why these comparison websites should not be ignored.

On desktop, aggregator visits help Sainsbury’s and Barclays significantly – perhaps as much in awareness as anything else – but hinder American Express in shortlisting. As the graphic shows, around 38% of those who visited aggregators shortlisted Sainbury’s, compared to 19% of those who did not visit them.

Credit Card Aggregators1As for the final preference, aggregators continue to help Sainsbury’s but hinder Halifax and American Express.

Credit Card Aggregators2Even though aggregator visits help Sainsbury’s on mobile too, their lost opportunity is much higher than on desktop, because aggregators have less influence and – perhaps more importantly – Sainsbury’s mobile site doesn’t perform as well as their desktop site.

Marks & Spencer didn’t benefit from aggregators in the shortlisting phase on either mobile or desktop.

Credit Card Aggregators3In the end, aggregators are most beneficial to Sainsbury’s and Santander, while American Express and Tesco lose the most mobile users who visited an aggregator.

Credit Card Aggregators4What can we learn from this?
Having a website – both on desktop and mobile – that carries on the same messaging from the aggregators is vital. When users click, they expect to see the same offer on your site as on the aggregators. Aggregators are less popular on mobile at present, but as ease of use increases, expect their popularity (and power) to grow.

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3 Top Tips for Winning More Credit Cards Customers & 4 Brands Who Are Doing It Best

How Do Consumers Find The Online Experience Of Looking For A Credit Card?

Global Reviews researched 400 in-market credit card consumers across desktop and mobile channels. Our research identified the issues that 95% of consumers are experiencing online.  The evidence from our research programme, Fruition, is showing that when users encounter problems while trying to find fees, up to 13% of users will abandon the website to check out a competitor instead.

Is your credit cards acquisition journey helping users find the right credit card that suits their needs and are the options presented on your website easy to understand?

In short, these are the three best practice tips to optimise your conversions online:

  1. Enable easy direct comparison between cards
      • Use for instance; tick box side by side comparison or concertinas
      • Rationalise and match the features promoted on account list page to increase ease of scanning and comparison
      • Use icons and larger text to make features easier to scan
      • Put the same features next to each other and indicate where options are not available
  1. Elevate reasons to continue browsing: using hero images and menu options
  2. Clearly define the benefits of your product

 

Top 4 Credit Card Brands Optimising Conversions:

MBNA and Lloyds offer lists, and the consistency of layout makes comparison easier.

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American Express promote reasons to apply up the top of product pages. On compare pages, card images float down the screen as users scroll.

AmexCBA’s comparison table offers functionality to make it more user friendly on a mobile device.

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Pop up messaging appears when the consumer does not scroll right, notifying them that more content is available. This could be used in a number of scenarios to aid mobile usage.

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Allows consumers to choose to view more features but less products in portrait view OR less features and more products in landscape view.

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Simplified sticky headers and the ability to remove a product from comparison makes it easier to compare than at most other banks.

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Saving energy clients: 7 Tips for conversion optimisation

Saving energy has been promoted by government campaigns, environmental organisations and energy providers alike. Saving energy and saving expenses make sense to consumers. With more and more energy companies to choose from, consumers are now shopping around for what deals and offers fit their needs best – which is currently the main reason for Irish and British consumers for selecting a provider, our study shows. However, energy sites in Ireland and Britain are losing 69% customers on average by failing to offer a product that suits users’ needs and communicate quickly and easily that they are trustworthy.

In a study of 190 in-market consumers that are looking for a new energy provider, we discovered that there’s a lot of room for improvement for energy websites to win customers. In Ireland, the most popular companies (Electric Ireland and Energia) still lose 51% of consumers, who had them shortlisted as their initial preference (before comparing websites and offers), but chose another brand as their final preference. In Britain, E.ON Energy is most popular, with a loss of 56%. PrePay Power is losing the most prospect clients in Ireland: 74%, while in Britain, SSE has the most lost opportunities at 86%.

The question is: why do prospects who initially preferred one brand, end up choosing another?

Energy lost opp

To understand consumer’s choices, we used our conversion optimisation study Fruition. Firstly, we learned about the journey that those who are looking for a new energy provider undertake:

  • 95% start their journey with a search engine
  • 44% move direct from search engine to a brand website. 71% use aggregators (comparison websites)
  • 75% have an initial preference before researching
  • 44% picked “best offer/price for my needs” as influence on final decision.

We can see a shift from initial preference to final preference when it comes to the importance of price, however loyalty (or laziness?) remains important, indicating that retention opportunities need to be capitalised. Trust, reputation and familiarity still play an important role in final decision making (as per initial preference). Brands need to communicate that they can be trusted, demonstrate that they are reputable and facilitate returning customers.

The top 10 motivators for final preference of a particular energy brand:

  • They have the best deals/offers for my needs (37%)
  • I am a current customer (37%)
  • I trust this company (29%)
  • I have used them before (27%)
  • They are a reputable brand (26%)
  • Their plans were easy to understand (23%)
  • They offer the greatest discount off the unit rate (22%)
  • They had the best household energy plan for my needs (21%)
  • The website is easy to understand and use (16%)
  • The website made it easy to find information about rates and charges (16%)

Top tips to drive conversions on energy websites
We have gathered 7 best practice examples for you from various studies we’ve conducted internationally, that all showcase the most important website features to drive conversions according to our latest study of Irish and British Energy consumers.

1. Cater to existing customers from the start
Speak to needs & cater to different audiences. Electric Ireland has top scores for “Looks like a site that caters for me”
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2. Offer clear pathways to various tasks and information
Electric Ireland has top scores for “Offering a clear starting point for information I would expect to find about energy plans available” & “Website displays all the information I expect to see.”

3. Offer a direct link to view energy rates & compare plans
Needs based content helps prospects identify where to find information they are looking for (Compare rates, energy saving, help & support etc.)

4. Focus on customer support
Show customers that you have a helpful support system. List the most popular FAQs & links to more, so that visitors can ‘self-serve’ – right from the home page in one click, like Energia does.

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5. Use easy to scan icons
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6. Help users understand the differences
“May suit you” helps to give users a guide to what might appeal to them. ANZ, an Australian bank, gives prospects practical bullet points, offering a quick overview of the product, making it quick and easy to see the differences between the products they offer.

May Suit

7. Show off your awards
Awards are a great trust builder. Eon, Britain’s top performer in our study, won Large Supplier of the Year 2017 in the uSwitch Energy Awards and mentions on their homepage that they were voted best of the large suppliers for customer satisfaction for the fifth year running.

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Why UK mobile providers are losing 29% of consumers who initially preferred them

68% of consumers have a preferred brand in mind before they begin their research into mobile phone providers. However, top mobile providers, EE, O2, Tesco Mobile, Three and Vodafone are losing an average of 29% of those consumers who had initially preferred them.

Where did this 29% go and why were they unable to retain them?

Recent research from Global Reviews looks at just how much these initial preferences influence which brand consumers eventually go on to select as their preferred provider to purchase though.

Although Vodafone were only able to retain 63% of those who initially preferred them, they were able to convert an impressive 17% of consumers who had no initial brand in mind prior to research. To make up for the loss of those who had initially preferred them, they were also able to steal 11% of those who had initially preferred someone else prior to research.

Firstly, we will look at why Vodafone are losing 37% of consumers between initial and final preference.

When researching mobile phone providers, 41% of consumers are using aggregator sites. Whilst this works in the favour of smaller brands such as GiffGaff and iD Mobile in that more consumers shortlist them if they’ve visited an aggregator, it seems that aggregator sites are having a negative effect on Vodafone to the point where far fewer people are shortlisting Vodafone if they went to an aggregator than if they just used search and brand websites.

Shortlist preferences

So why are Vodafone losing consumers through aggregators and what is helping them convert the consumers they were able to get?

The #1 reason consumers finally preferred a brand was because they had the best deal/offer(s) to meet their needs. However, this was not the case for those who selected Vodafone. Vodafone may not be able to match the deals offered by other brands, but they still need to be able to clearly communicate what they have to offer and why they should be chosen over another brand. Instead, previous use was the top reason why consumers finally preferred Vodafone over another brand. So whilst they may not have the best deal/offer, they are strong in the area of brand loyalty.

Vodafone final preference

Meanwhile, Tesco retained 73% of those who initially preferred them, but was only able to pick up 7% from other initially preferred brands and 9% from those who had no initial preference.

As can be seen in the following chart, Tesco has a lot going for it. They’re chosen for their deals, easy to understand products/offers and boosted along with their loyalty programme. The question then is why are they unable to convert more customers?

Tesco final preference

The reason is site visits.

Compared to the other big brands, Tesco are getting very few customers visiting their site during the initial research phase. They’re managing just a 14% visit rate compared to the 30% of EE and O2. If Tesco are not able to drive people to their website, of course consumers won’t choose them unless they’re already aware of all that they have to offer. Therefore, getting people on site should be a key priority for Tesco.

These are just two examples highlighting the ways in which consumers research and select a brand to purchase a mobile phone plan through. Each brand has its own unique story and Global Reviews is the only place that can tell you how each of these stories go. If you would like to know your brand’s story and see how it compares to your competitors, contact us today.

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Major motor insurance brands losing 81% of “converted” prospects during online purchasing process

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81% of customers shopping online for motor insurance decide on a preferred brand early in the process, only to swap to a competing brand at the final purchase stage. This revelation comes from new data just released from digital conversion intelligence company Global Reviews.

After digitally measuring tens of thousands of behavioural data points from online shoppers in the market for motor insurance, Global Reviews found that the major brands are effective at deploying large marketing budgets to build top-of-mind recall. However, these same brands lose hard-won prospects during the purchase process as a result of uncompelling offers, a lack of access to information, and badly designed conversion pages. These “lost opportunities” were most pronounced at Direct Line, but most major brands also suffered this loss to some degree.

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In part, the extreme customer attrition is caused by the growing reliance of digital teams on site-centric, single data sources. These packages focus almost exclusively on the company’s own website, thus reducing their ability to view and respond to overall competitive market dynamics. Whole-of-market visibility is one of the major advantages driving the rise of aggregators who exploit their competitive intelligence to intermediate brands and dictate pricing and preference.

For example, consider that Aviva is a well-known brand with high unprompted recall. The Global Reviews analytics discovered that this strong branding led Aviva to be the initial stated preference of a large number of customers, and yet during the purchase process, Aviva lost a substantial number of these hot prospects to lesser known brand, Churchill. To quantity the difference, Aviva’s Lost Opportunity score was 72%, representing a huge loss of revenue and an escalated customer acquisition cost (CAC).

This high Lost Opportunity and the success of Churchill in dynamically churning hot Aviva prospects during the purchase process is unexpected. Global Reviews data revealed that initially, in-market consumers start their purchase journey with an emotional view of Aviva as a reputable brand with great prices, products which match their needs, good customer service and a website that is easy to use. Churchill on the other hand is perceived as undynamic and being behind the technology curve.

However, once their shopping process has begun these consumer perceptions quickly change, and Churchill consistently delivers “delight”. In fact, astonishingly Churchill ranked first across all competitors as the most preferred brand at the end of the research phase of purchasing. Global Reviews can reveal that this was driven by an online narrative focused on demonstrating a range of products and offers designed specifically to suit individual customer needs. The navigation data also revealed an information architecture that made it simple to find key information on their website.

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6 tips to optimise conversions in the online casino market

In November 2016, we tracked and surveyed 200 consumers to better understand their processes when it comes to finding an online casino site to play on.

Before gamers conduct any research into the best site for them, as many as 75% have a preferred brand in mind. This is typically driven by having used them before in some capacity as reported by 68% of those with an initial preference. This is followed by 54% who said that they are a current customer and 49% who have trust in the brand. Brand loyalty and the comfort of using what you know are key influences in who a gamer is considering.

However, there are factors along the research journey that can impact this initial decision.

The first step for 91% of gamers when finding a site to play on is a search engine. For many consumers, search engines such as Google are a natural starting point for most, if not all, online activities. It is within the search results, gamers are then exposed to a range of brands and any specials/deals on offer. Whether they are driven by the brand name, the games available or available deals, gamers then move on to a brand’s website where the online experience begins to influence the decision-making process.

They say that first impressions last. This rule applies to websites as much as anything else. In fact, 38% of gamers stated that the visual appeal of a brand’s website played a part in the final decision making process. If a website is not aesthetically pleasing and does not provide a layout and navigational path that is easy to follow, then gamers are going to find it too difficult to use and go elsewhere.

Throughout the research and decision making journey, the online casino industry has many ups and downs as the balance of product, price and experience plays its part on the decision-making process. Each brand has its own strengths and weaknesses throughout the journey whether that be in revealing and detailing games on offer, explaining game play options or registering for an account online.

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So, how can casino game providers improve the customer journey and ultimately increase conversions? Here are our top tips:

6 ways online gamingEach of these tips not only applies to online casino sites, but across all product and service websites. These are universal requirements to ensure a strong online customer experience and aid in online conversions. By implementing these elements, a brand can go from sitting in the middle of the pack, to creating an online experience that sets an example for the rest of the industry.

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Originally written for SBC News: http://www.sbcnews.co.uk/features/2016/12/20/global-reviews-tips-optimise-conversions-online-casino-market/#ixzz4W4ERcqlw

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How can casino game providers improve the journey…and conversions?

Global Reviews recently ran a hugely successful webinar for the ‘Casino’ sector. Below are some key findings but if you would like to find out more click through to the full webinar here.

The casino customer – what do we know about those looking for a casino game to play? 

Casino PlayersGlobal Reviews’ first wave of Fruition research on the casino market revealed that:

  • 91% begin their gaming journey on a search engine.. so it really is !all to play for”!
  • 56% then move from a search engine such as Google to a brand website. Casino brands should ensure their SEO strategy is focused on this customer journey.
  • 75% already have a casino provider in mind before researching.
  • A casino players’ final decision rests on whether they place ‘trust’ in the brand.

Who is winning at the research stage? 

At the research stage, more than half of the casino players who took part in our Fruition research ended up on these Top 4 sites:

Top 4

What were the reasons for final preference for the Top 4 brands? 

Final Preference

Trust and having used the brand before are the main reason for customers when finally choosing a casino provider. Having a website that is visually appealing and providing plenty of options to choose from are also critical.

There are ups and downs along the casino customer journey! 

There are significant ups and downs along the customer journey. Casino providers certainly don’t make it easy. Industry-wide, ‘Channel Selection’ is a low point.

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So, how can casino game providers improve the customer journey and ultimately increase conversions? Here are our top tips: 

  • Encourage join up
  • Show users WHY they should choose to game with you
  • Show users how EASY it is to play
  • Enable some FREE play on your site
  • Use multiple navigation routes to get players to game quickly and easily – navigate by ‘types of game’, ‘level of jackpot’, ‘name’ and ‘ease of play’
  • Support channel selection by incorporating contextual help and support, including throughout the registration process

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Telco Blog Series: UK mobile providers losing customers at a critical stage, ‘online purchase’

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Global Reviews recent Telco Digital Effectiveness study revealed that the two critical stages which cause customer frustration and abandonment are navigation  and online purchase.

Telco brands in the UK are losing at the ‘online purchase’ stage, just as their ideal customers are about to buy from them.

Online Purchase

Once again the basic needs of the customer are not being met at the ‘Online Purchase’ stage.

  • Security
  • Help
  • Privacy

Best Practice: Carphone Warehouse and the need for a ‘consistent basket’ 

Carphone Warehouse was the top scorer for the ‘online purchase’ stage of the customer journey. Help is offered to the customer at every step of the online process. ‘What you will need’ at the checkout, encouragement to buy and also details about what you are buying are featured at every step of the process. The customer is reassured at every step of the process that they are buying the right thing.

Carphone Warehouse

A comprehensive FAQ section offers help and advice relating to the customers’ order, not just general help and FAQs.

What does Carphone Warehouse do to help their customers through the online process?

  • Help through the process
  • Reassurance
  • Encouragement to buy
  • What am I going to need? for the checkout

Global Reviews specialises in helping top brands worldwide convert more of their ideal customers online, through the use of the most advanced research methodologies. To find out more about how we can help you and your digital teams, or if your Telco brand would like to be included in our next round of research, please contact us: 

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