5 404 Error Page Wins and Fails

“Oops! The page you are looking for no longer exists.” We’ve all landed on a website’s 404 error page when trying to find a product or information. Error pages are an important opportunity to motivate browsers to stay on the website and search for a new item, instead of jumping ship and searching for another site.

We’ve rounded up our picks for best and worst 404 error pages. The error page wins are clever, on-brand, and entice us to keep exploring the website. The error page fails need to be overhauled – fast.

Winning 404 Error Pages:

These error pages get an “A” for on-brand design, copy that made us chuckle, and clear calls-to-action (CTAs).

Website:
World Market
What’s working:
World Market extends an uninterrupted user experience with a branded landing page, clear CTA, and product category imagery, making it super easy and compelling to continue shopping.

World Market Error Page

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3 Tips to Boost AdWords Performance with a Little Cleaning

Are you using Google AdWords to reach the right people at the right time? It’s common for campaigns and keywords to quickly accumulate, causing your ads to show up in irrelevant locations instead of in front of your target audience.

Start 2018 off on the right foot in by cleaning your AdWords account. We’ll cover how to clean up your campaigns and ad groups, keywords, and extensions.

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4 Features That Turn “Eh” Product Category Pages to “Yeah!”

Let’s say you’re an online retailer selling a variety of products, and the only navigation option on your website is “Shop.” With no further breakdowns or filters, shopping your website is overwhelming and frustrating.

A clean design and easy-to-follow navigation is one way to help website visitors find your products without getting frustrated. Another often overlooked step is streamlined and intuitive product categories.

Products grouped by category help customers find what they’re looking for. Your products could be categorized by product type (“candles” or “frames”), by room (“living room” or “kitchen”), by mood (“cozy comforts”), or by color (“blue” or “earth-tones”).

Once you’ve created product categories that make sense for your offerings and audience, how do you make a great category page? To help you brainstorm, we’re sharing creative features we love on product category pages.

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2018 Marketing Strategy Webinar Recording, Slides, + Checklist

Thanks to everyone who joined us for our January webinar: 3 Steps to a Successful 2018 Marketing Strategy. We shared how to how to create a data-driven foundation for your strategy and optimize go-to marketing channels to boost 2018 results.

Missed the webinar or need a refresher? Get the slides.

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How to Succeed in the Gift Industry’s New Era: Your 21st Century Playbook

B2B Gift and Home Buyers Are Changing – Can You Keep Up?

Acceleration of sales technology and evolving B2B buyer expectations are restructuring sales teams, displacing traditional sales channels, and fundamentally changing how buyers shop and interact with brands. To stay competitive, gift buyers and vendors must transition their business from old world commerce to new world commerce – fast.

What Can You Do?

Fill out the form + download your copy of the updated 21st Century Playbook: a quick recap of how B2B buyers are changing, and a play-by-play outline of what you need to anticipate and respond
to their needs, and compete for their business.

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Web Tip – 5 Tips for Successful User Experience Testing

User experience (UX) is a vital component of every successful website. A poorly designed website is disastrous for brand credibility. Users decide within seconds whether to stay on your site, or abandon for an alternative, based on design and experience.

In fact, a Forrester study found well-designed user interface could raise your website’s conversion rate by up to a 200% and a better UX design could yield conversion rates up to 400%.

User testing, the process of watching and listening to users while they interact with your website, helps get UX right and allows you to stay ahead of your competition. User testing should occur before the project starts, during development phases, and after project completion. This exercise unearths site issues, like broken links, complicated navigation, or confusing checkout processes.

By identifying what works and what doesn’t early-on, you gain guidance, inspiration, validation, and discover areas of improvement, ultimately reducing development time and user friction. Ready to add user testing to your website development and maintenance strategy? Get started with our 5 tips for successful user experience testing.

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