Opt instead for user-initiated carousels, if any.


On the homepage above the fold, avoid carousels altogether. What I usually recommend is to either have a static background image or a slowly moving background video, especially if it is well-integrated with the text & CTA(s) above.

I wrote an article on my blog about the Pros and Cons of a Homepage Background Video.


By a ‘slowly moving background video’, I’m thinking of something like this, for example: https://whynotblue.com/

The moving water looks cool, attracts your attention for a second, then you actually focus on the headline above it.



If you are to have an automatically or manually rotating hero image carousel, this is one way to make it work:


Keep the elements on top of the image fixed (headline, subheadline, CTA) and only change the background image.

A quickly rotating image distracts attention away from the CTA button.



Here’s my research on the topic:


1. A case study by Grizzlyzoos showed that a homepage with a carousel received 2.06% clicks, while having a static image received 40.53% clicks. (source)


2. In the experiment on ND.edu‘s carousel, 84% were on stories in position 1 with the rest split fairly evenly between the other four (~4% each). So the other slides besides the first one are basically ignored.


3. More experiments were done on Notre Dame sites, with these results. Translation, people click a lot more on the first slide of the carousel than subsequent slides.


4. Auto-rotating carousels annoy users and reduce visibility (source)


 5. Auto-rotating carousels get ignored. (source)


6. Carousels are missed by users (source)


7. A funny illustration of why carousels suck: http://shouldiuseacarousel.com/


8. In VWO’s words… ‘Don’t use image sliders’. (source)


9. Chris Goward’s testing of rotating carousels. (source)


10. Nobody clicks on carousels. (source)


11. A static image converts much higher (source)


12. Mostly the first slide is clicked. (source)


13. A/B tests by ServerTastic showed that versions without sliders outperformed those with sliders by an average of 16.48% in terms of revenue per visitor. (source – the original study page isn’t available anymore)

14. By optimizing the order of the slides in the slider, Conversion Sciences was able to put together a page with a slider that outperformed any static image by 61%. (source)

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