How The Number of Fields Affect Form Conversions

As Marketers we struggle between asking all the questions we can and getting no response and asking a few questions never being satisfied but getting more results. In this test below the desire to understand the customer location and industry was tested against a simpler form with just contact information.

Form Field Optimization

Form (B) had a 5% increase in conversions. This test will vary widely depending on the usability of your fields. For example choosing a country and placing your dominant country in the middle or bottom will get users frustrated. Having Industries missing or two narrow causing users to want to choose more than one etc.

There is another solution which is to get the users information later in the sales process and ask no information up front. This example (C) had a 50% download rate! That means for every 1000 visitors 500 downloaded. However you will need to have systems in place built into your software to bring users back to the site and when then purchase to step them through a funnel process. The good news is by the time a prospect has used your software and wants to purchase they are more willing to provide information.

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Greg Ahern

Greg Ahern Founder and President of OmetricsĀ® is a fanatic about conversion rate optimization and lead generation. Greg has been a successful Internet entrepreneur since 1994. He speaks at conferences and webinars and has built a number of internet businesses, including web marketing, web development and internet lead generation, which have been successfully acquired. Greg is the Denver Chapter Leader for the Digital Analytics Association. You can follow Greg on Twitter @gregahern and join his CRO Hacks Groups on Facebook and Slack.
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