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Submit Now: Designing Persuasive Web Sites [Paperback]

Andrew Chak
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Sept. 20 2002 0735711704 978-0735711709 1

Usability is not enough. This book shows what it takes to design a site so browsers become buyers: the ultimate measurement of success for an e-commerce site. Designing Persuasive Web Sites: Submit Now examines how customers search, evaluate, and make decisions realistically-not using marketing guesstimates. This book focuses on changing the mindset from selling to customers to helping them buy. It begins by exploring how customers make decisions and how that integrates with the online experience. It presents tangible design ideas that can be instantly applied to sites to make them more effective. Real examples are used to provide insight and inspiration that can be directly applied to a multitude of sites. The book provides a simplified description of the essential process necessary for designing a site that gets visitors to click. It concludes with guidelines to for designing any transaction-oriented site.


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Usability is not enough. This book shows what it takes to design a site so browsers become buyers: the ultimate measurement of success for an e-commerce site. Designing Persuasive Web Sites: Submit Now examines how customers search, evaluate, and make decisions realistically-not using marketing guesstimates.This book focuses on changing the mindset from selling to customers to helping them buy. It begins by exploring how customers make decisions and how that integrates with the online experience. It presents tangible design ideas that can be instantly applied to sites to make them more effective. Real examples are used to provide insight and inspiration that can be directly applied to a multitude of sites. The book provides a simplified description of the essential process necessary for designing a site that gets visitors to click. It concludes with guidelines to for designing any transaction-oriented site.

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Andrew Chak is an award-winning Information Architect and User Experience Designer based in Toronto. His work for clients such as Deustche Bank, General Motors, Thomas Cook, New York Life, and American Express has given him background and insight into how customers transact on the Web. A speaker at InternetWorld, WebNYC, WebChicago, WebLA, WebDC, and Web2000, Andrew's presentation at December 2000 C/Net Builder conference in New Orleans was voted one of the top ten best by attendees.


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By shaw6
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What a pleasure to find a book on this subject that's easy to read. Andrew Chak puts forward each principle clearly, with illustrations, then at the end pulls it all together in a demonstration of how it works in the context of one example.
He divides users of ecommerce sites into browsers, evaluators, transactors and customers, and shows you how to satisfy each one. He links his ideas to persuasion techniques put forward by Robert Cialdini in "Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion".
He explains that you can use six key elements of influence to change the behaviour of web site visitors:
- scarcity
- commitment and consistency
- reciprocity
- social proof
- authority
- liking.
While this book doesn't go into any great depth or subtlety, it is an excellent introduction to designing for commercial web sites. It requuires no background as an interface designer, usability expert, graphic designer, marketer or programmer, but would be helpful for all of these disciplines.
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It is reasonable to say that the point of web design that was most underappreciated for the longest time dealt with assumptions about surfer attitudes. While the common chant was that the Internet was the new economy that relied on brand identity and not profits, it turned out that the chanters were right that it was new, but wrong as to the reason. People did move to the web in large numbers, but were far more reluctant to purchase than anyone anticipated. Fancy graphics, marketing hype and free stuff were not enough to convince many people to buy as old marketing tactics proved largely ineffective.
The answer turned out to be very simple. Create a site that is well organized and make sure that the potential customer can back out of a sale at any time, even after it is consummated. The latter is your decision and requires no significant amount of web expertise to execute. Developing a site that is persuasive in appearance and organization is hard, and this book will show you how to do it. Using sites that are commercially successful, most often Amazon.com, the author shows you the simple, yet effective ways to convince a viewer that you are a site that can be trusted.
The principles that are emphasized in the book are not hard to learn and require no training in graphic design to understand. In fact, most are organizational rather than structural. Advice such as always informing a potential customer that they can opt out of a purchase goes a long way towards convincing them that you are a site to do business with. Showing them where they are on the site also helps increase the level of comfort, even among veteran web shoppers.
Online purchases continue to rise and are apparently the one bright spot in what is considered a poor Christmas 2002 shopping season.
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What a wonderfully educating book with tons of ideas on persuading site visitors to take action and click! Andrew Chak has a winner with this "first of it's kind book." While the bookshelves are filled with information and visual design books, Submit Now is the first to present best practices, tips & tricks on creating an e-commerce site which motivates browsers, evaluators, transactors and current customers to act on your site. The tone is very much like Steve Krug's book "Don't Make Me Think," with little chunks of humor thrown in for good measure. I highly recommend this book for anyone wanting to move their website design skills into the e-commerce domain.
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