And you say: "It's the economy, stupid."
Now hold your horses there, Junior. Let's not jump to conclusions. The economy can be blamed for plenty (see: Housing Collapse and Demise of Auto Industry). eMarketer forecasts that retail e-commerce sales (excluding travel) will likely be flat in 2009.
There could be many reasons why your shiny and new transaction-based site isn't performing so well. Sure, some will be healed over time. But the good news is that most can be overcome with better planning.
Here are 8 traffic and site-side client challenges that I've recently observed:
- 1. New site architecture can take weeks or months for your visitors to adjust
- 2. New SEO tactics could take weeks or months for organic traffic to pick up again
- 3. Login module was moved to new position on page and visitors can't find it
- 4. Primary call-to-action was moved to a new position
- 5. RSS feed was changed and now it's broken for past subscribers
- 6. New site is so different, that visitors immediately abandon because they think they're in the wrong place
- 7. Familiar past site functionality was removed (for better or for worse)
- 8. New site has either too hard or too soft of a selling approach in comparison to prior design