Oliver Palmer

Blog posts

Thoughts about A/B testing, optimisation and data driven decision making

  1. The case against heatmaps

    Website heatmaps are a low effort, low signal waste of time and best avoided in favour of actual research

  2. The crisis of optimisation

    If academic research science is having a crisis of integrity, then what can we expect from the closed door world of corporate A/B testing?

  3. You probably don’t need A/B testing

    The best way to optimise your website is usually the simplest.

  4. Why I won't be switching my email to HEY

    I tried out Basecamp's reimagined take on email for 14 days and, as much as I wanted to love it, I need to keep searching for an alternative to Gmail.

  5. PIE prioritisation method

    Take a handful of guesstimates and then get the average. Surely there's a better way to prioritise your A/B testing program? I used to think so too.

  6. The best way I’ve found to manage A/B testing programs

    You could use a messy spreadsheet or buy a custom built tool, but a simple kanban board in (gasp!) Jira is the most deliciously simple and effective method that I’ve found.

  7. David Ogilvy's foreword to Scientific Advertising

    The full text of David Ogilvy's 1964 foreword to Scentific Advertising by his mentor Claude Hopkins. I bought an overpriced copy of the book so that you don't have to.

  8. Installing a Nest thermostat in Australia

    Nest still doesn't sell their thermostats for the Australian market, so it can be hard to work out what you need. Find out what you need to install one on your system.