When you buy something online, what are some of the things that make you feel comfortable about making a purchase? Is it reassuring symbols, like TRUSTe or VeriSign? Is it the trustworthy and professional look of the website design? Or is it that there’s an actual phone number you can call? Perhaps it’s some or all of the above.
Jonathan Kay, the Ambassador of Buzz at Grasshopper.com, has a hunch that when a website posts a visible sales or support phone number, there is a greater likelihood that customers will do business with that website. Additionally, directing people to call in for purchases has the possibility of more sale completions and upselling possibilities. There is a nice case study from LessAccounting.com that validates his hunch.
We Want To Test This Hypothesis
We decided to collaborate with Grasshopper and present a “phone number challenge” to any online business that doesn’t currently have a phone number highly visible on their website. And to compliment this challenge with the sweetest of toppings, we’re going to offer a free KISSmetrics account and a free Grasshopper virtual phone system (with 800 number) for life!
The general idea is that with KISSmetrics and Grasshopper you can A/B test your website (using variations with and without a phone number) to find out which version performs the best for the metric you want to improve. The performance metrics that you’ll test will be up to you. Here are some possible metrics to improve:
- Time on Site
- Your own custom metrics
Our goal is to help you improve these metrics. KISSmetrics will support you through the installation process and show you how to run and monitor your test.
Additionally, you will get a free Grasshopper phone system to use for your sales and support line. It includes unlimited extensions, voice to email, and much more to make phone sales and support a cinch.
We’re Looking For A Few Good Websites
We are seeking three businesses that are willing to test Jonathan’s hypothesis. We have allocated 6 weeks to conduct these tests. If you think your website fits this bill, please read our guidelines below to see if your website will qualify. This is a chance to improve your most important metrics, and get familiar with KISSmetrics and Grasshopper.
Guidelines For Entry:
Any company can enter The Phone Number Challenge, but only three will be chosen. Here’s the criteria:
- Never used KISSmetrics before
- Do not have a phone number on your site
- Company is under 3 years old (looking for start ups)
- Have a real product or service and are charging money for it
- Must be comfortable sharing real numbers relating to this experiment (not necessarily revenue)
The length of this test will be 6 weeks. And yes, you will get KISSmetrics and Grasshopper for life!
Stay Tuned For Updates to the Phone Number Challenge
As we monitor the performance of our chosen contestants, we will periodically post updates on both the KISSmetrics and Grasshopper.com blogs.