Pattern #77: Filled Or Ghost Buttons

Pattern #77  Tested 4 timesFirst tested by Luke Hay Recently tested by Stanley Zuo on Jul 25, 2020

Based on 4 Tests, Members See How Likely Version B Wins Or Loses And By How Much

LOSSES
-5
-4
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-1
FLAT
+1
+2
+3
+4
+5
WINS

Measured by the sum of negative and positive tests.

A B
Filled Or Ghost Buttons (Variant A) Filled Or Ghost Buttons (Variant B)

Expected Median Effects Of B

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Progression

(4 tests)

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Leads

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Signups

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Engagement

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Sales

(1 tests)

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Revenue

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Retention

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Referrals

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ANY PRIMARY

(4 tests)

Tests

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Test #310 on Backstage.com by $conducted_test->test->user_->first_name . ' ' . $conducted_test->test->user_->last_name Stanley Zuo    Jul 25, 2020 Test link

Find Out How It Did With 594,997 Visitors

  • Measured by visits to a detail page

  • Measured by membership sales

In this experiment, the style of a button leading to view detailed casting calls on a listing page was changed. In version the style was a filled high contrast blue background, and the the B variation there was a feint "ghost button" style. 

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Test #307 on Volders.de by $conducted_test->test->user_->first_name . ' ' . $conducted_test->test->user_->last_name Michal Fiech    Jul 17, 2020 Test link

Find Out How It Did With 53,618 Visitors

  • Measured by clicks on the secondary button

This experiment measured a shallow click goal on a button that would encourage to repeated the action that was just completed (in this case a contract cancellation). In the control version (A) a thank-you screen shows a filled button style, and the variant (B) there was a ghost button. As a note, I also flipped the A-B in this experiment for the purpose of matching it to our ghost button pattern, which means that Volders in fact was starting  out with a ghost button to begin with. 

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Test #243 on Goodui.org by $conducted_test->test->user_->first_name . ' ' . $conducted_test->test->user_->last_name Jakub Linowski    Jun 05, 2019 Test link

Find Out How It Did With 25,046 Visitors

  • Measured by visits to pricing page

In this experiment, full red background buttons were changed to ghost buttons (red outline and transparent fill)

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Test #199 on Freshegg.co.uk by $conducted_test->test->user_->first_name . ' ' . $conducted_test->test->user_->last_name Luke Hay    Sep 13, 2018 Test link

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  • Measured by clicks on any of the primary buttons

In this experiment, standard (filled) buttons were tested against ghost buttons.

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Leaks

Leak #39 from Booking.com   |   Jan 3, 2020 Listing

Booking A/B Tests Ghost Buttons, But Their Hopes Fade Away As Predicted

Ghosts buttons. We know that this style of buttons is net negative based on this evidence-based pattern. So when Booking ran this experiment, it's no surpirse that it was eventually rejected - a predictable replication. View Leak

-0.5 Evidence

For each pattern, we measure three key data points derived from related tests:

REPEATABILITY - this is a measure of how often a given pattern has generated a positive or negative effect. The higher this number, the more likely the pattern will continue to repeat.

SHALLOW MEDIAN - this is a median effect measured with low intent actions such as initiating the first step of a lengthier process

DEEP MEDIAN - this is derived from the highest intent metrics that we have for a given test such as fully completed signups or sales.