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Holly Quilter
Apr 9, 2024
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The distinctions between Optimizely Web Experimentation and Optimizely Feature Experimentation

This blog is part of the series - Unlocking the Power of Experimentation: A Marketer's Insight.

Let’s dive into Optimizely's powerful experimentation tools and unravel the nuances between the two key offerings: Optimizely Web Experimentation and Optimizely Feature Experimentation. Both Web Experimentation and Feature Experimentation are integral parts of the Optimizely platform, designed to evangelize data-driven decision-making and empower organizations in their pursuit of optimizing user experiences.

Optimizely Web Experimentation: Elevating User Experience

Optimizely Web Experimentation serves as a client-side experimentation tool, ideally suited for marketing or growth teams aiming to optimize websites. The accessibility of this tool is a game-changer, as it caters to users without strong technical skills. The WYSIWYG visual editor enables teams to bring their experimentation ideas to life—from hypothesis to results—without the need for a single line of code. It is typically used to optimize conversion rates, boost engagement, and enhance user journeys. Web Experimentation encompasses diverse tactics from A/B testing page layouts and design elements, to experimenting with different copy, images, and user flows. The goal is to uncover the most effective combination that resonates with your audience and drives desired outcomes.

Optimizely Feature Experimentation: Empowering Product Development

Optimizely Feature Experimentation, in contrast, is an omni-channel experimentation tool that caters to any device with an internet connection. It is ideal for product development teams seeking to rollout or test specific functionalities, features, or even entire product offerings without incurring any performance degradation. Users of Feature Experimentation prioritize metrics like engagement, retention, usage, and lifetime value, contributing to a holistic product optimization strategy rather than focusing solely on conversion rates. It is a code-centric tool that provides configurable architecture, known as feature flags, to support development releases across digital platforms and technologies.

Choosing the Right Approach for Your Goals

In conclusion, the choice between Web Experimentation and Feature Experimentation depends on your specific objectives. If your aim is to enhance the visual and navigational aspects of your website as part of your conversion rate optimization strategy, Web Experimentation is the ideal path. On the other hand, if you are seeking to innovate and refine product functionalities, Feature Experimentation offers a robust framework for continuous improvement.

By harnessing the strengths of both tools, organizations can create a comprehensive optimization strategy that addresses both user experience and product development. As experimentation analysts, let's leverage the versatility of Optimizely to unlock insights, drive innovation, and deliver digital experiences that resonate with our audiences. Happy experimenting!

Apr 09, 2024


Paul McGann (Netcel)
Paul McGann (Netcel) Apr 10, 2024 09:37 AM

Great Article Holly, looking forward to more of your articles in the series!

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