My agency told me a Flash Home Page was a good idea

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Normally, I don’t recommend paying attention to Conversion Optimization tips.

Tips and recommendations that you may find from most consultants are often based on very little data and any actual test data is only applicable to the specific test situation. It’s always better to test the opinions of experts (better yet, to have a strategy for creating an endless fountain of Conversion Optimization hypotheses).

However, there is one common practice in home page design that is so egregious that I would consider it’s abandonment to be nearly a rule of Conversion Optimization.

The rule is this: if your home page consists of solely Flash content, you are hurting your business results, in almost every case.

The rule is even more strict if your Flash content is so heavy that it requires a “loading” animation.

For example, how much time do you think I will spend in my busy day to stare at this:
Flash Home Page Loader

Turns out, it’s less time than it takes to finish loading.

So, the next time your web design agency recommends designing your home page with Flash, please ask them to show you an A/B test to prove that it will deliver results. If they’re smart, they’ll reconsider.

One Comment

  1. Bryan Eisenberg July 18, 2010 at 8:09 am - Reply

    Flasturbation causes website blindness. Use with caution! :-)

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