There’s a terrific article from Lyndon Cerejo in the 7/17/2018 edition of Smashing Magazine that examines a very keep it simple approach to persuading website visitors to conversion.
Cerejo reviews what he calls the stages of a persuasion funnel:
- and action
…along with how each stage is influenced by:
- cognitive (thinking),
- and affective (feeling).
All those combinations of elements influence what he calls persuasive design and the related sages site visitors experience (emphasis added):
I’ve highlighted “Credible” because this is one area arts organizations tend to lag behind other sectors. Cerejo describes this stage as one defined by trust indicators.
Users are aware of many of the risks available online and look for trust indicators including a known brand and domain, secure site, professional design, real-world contact information and third-party certificates or badges. Incorporate these elements to create a comfort level for the user.
Some of these elements are subjective, others aren’t. The first place to begin when evaluating your own site are the elements you likely have direct control over:
- Real world contact info. This is one area most groups tend to overlook but key elements include tool free telephone contact numbers, email addresses based on the primary domain name (not @gmail.com), and a verifiable mailing address.
- Secure site. The most important aspect here is a SSL certificate that is installed correctly and fully operational. In most browsers, they generate a green padlock icon. We examined this topic in an article from 8/23/17 that introduced you to the pattern of increased need for having a properly installed SSL certificate. By the end of 2018, you’ll need one to prevent most major browsers from throwing full screen security warnings.
The good news here is all these items are low hanging fruit in that they are entirely within your control.
You’ll likely need to reach out to your web developer or host to implement an SSL but that should be a very simple task for them to implement. Everything else is (hopefully) within your ability to edit directly if currently missing from your site.