On Sunday, I was stalking Ricardo Bueno’s blog, which I was introduced to when Social Media Examiner did their 17 ways to grow your blog post earlier this month.

He wrote a post last week called, “Watch how first-time readers use your blog.”

Interested, I clicked on it and found Clue, a “fun and easy way to test what people remember on your site.” It shows visitors a screen grab (like the one below) for five and a half seconds and then asks them to write five things they remember.

So, of course, I had to try it! Sundays are my days to test different things (website optimizer and Crazy Egg are next weekend) on the blog (shhhh! Don’t tell Nick Harrison!).

It’s super simple. You just enter your URL, share the unique link they give you on Facebook, Twitter, or via email, and review a report that shows you what people remember about your site. In some cases (cough, mine) you have to bribe your friends to help you out.

Other than “some old guy,” “take this report and remember what you see,” “uh…I need a memory transplant,” and “booze,” our report is pretty helpful (though those responses are hilarious). Some people even said they saw ads (??), which is fascinating to me. I wonder what the heck they thought were ads?

I’m pleased with the top four results, though I’m not sure I like Twitter being so high in the list. I think that’s a function of what the topic was the day I submitted the test. So I’ll likely do two or three more tests and compare the results overall before we make any changes to the site.

Now it’s your turn. Clue gives you something like 36 hours to get your test out and have people take it. So don’t start it until you’re ready to ask your community to help you out. I’d be curious to hear what you learn so come back here and let me know!

And…if you’re interested in seeing our full report, you can click here and see all of the responses (and my smart aleck friends).

Gini Dietrich

Gini Dietrich is the founder, CEO, and author of Spin Sucks, host of the Spin Sucks podcast, and author of Spin Sucks (the book). She is the creator of the PESO Model and has crafted a certification for it in partnership with Syracuse University. She has run and grown an agency for the past 15 years. She is co-author of Marketing in the Round, co-host of Inside PR, and co-host of The Agency Leadership podcast.

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