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Alex Painter

Alex is a senior web performance consultant who helps organizations deliver faster, more reliable online experiences. After graduating in law, Alex worked in marketing for a number of years, eventually moving into web development and web performance, joining Eggplant just recently.

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Are the world's top websites fast enough?

11/15/18 / by Alex Painter posted in website performance, KPIs, Real Customer Insights


At Eggplant, part of our business is about helping organizations to deliver fast websites that deliver great customer experiences. To do that, we measure those experiences through solutions such as Monitoring Insights, Performance Analyzer and Real Customer Insights.

Definitive web performance league tables

We’re using Performance Analyzer to track home page speed for top websites in a range of sectors and publishing the results in daily league tables called the Digital Experience Index.

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Three Essentials for Your Website's Peak Trading Period

11/6/18 / by Alex Painter posted in website performance, KPIs, Outage, Downtime, Real Customer Insights, Load testing, Performance testing


Many website owners are gearing up for their busiest time of year, with preparations well under way for the pre-Christmas rush.

Part of this means making sure the website is up and running throughout the peak period.

But it’s not just about availability.

Here are some essential steps to help you make sure your website delivers the best possible experience when it matters most.

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How Ticket Sales Broke Barriers for Glastonbury 2019

10/11/18 / by Alex Painter posted in website performance, User Experience, Monitoring Insights, synthetic monitoring, Glastonbury, Load testing, Performance testing


Glastonbury remains the most in-demand UK festival so it’s no longer a surprise to see the website crash on mainstream ticket-release day. The 2019 event sold out in 30 minutes, with a record number of people trying to buy tickets.

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Optimize Online Bookings in the Travel Sector to Delight Customers and Drive Revenue

8/20/18 / by Alex Painter posted in User Experience, User experience testing, business outcomes, business KPIs, Eggplant Release Insights, Customer Experience Insights, Real Customer Insights, customer experience optimization, release quality, KPIs, Eggplant solutions, user journey, Web Performance, Performance testing


Providing an amazing customer experience is critical in the travel and hospitality sector. Competition is fierce and consumers are fickle. If one website fails to deliver a slick, easy-to-use online interface, an alternative is only a couple of clicks away.

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Achieve Better Business Outcomes With Customer Experience Insights

8/15/18 / by Alex Painter posted in User Experience, Customer Experience Insights, Monitoring Insights, Performance testing, business outcomes, business KPIs, Digital Performance Management, real user monitoring, performance monitoring


By improving load times to just under a second, COOK saw a seven-percent increase in conversion rates. At Eggplant, we deliver insights that result in better customer experiences and drive better business results — something we call Customer Experience Optimization (CXO). With this in mind, we recently renamed a number of our solutions to better reflect the outcomes they’re designed to help organizations achieve.

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Three Key Lessons from Amazon’s Prime Day Performance Problems

8/7/18 / by Alex Painter posted in continuous monitoring, customer experience optimization, Real Customer Insights, Monitoring Insights, website performance, synthetic monitoring, Customer Experience Insights, User Experience, Performance testing, performance monitoring


Just one hour of downtime cost Amazon an estimated $100 million in lost sales. Unless you were completely off the grid, you’re well aware of the performance issues Amazon and its shoppers experienced on what was touted to be the biggest Prime Day in the company’s history.

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Surviving Black Friday: Why Avoiding Outages Is No Longer Enough

7/24/18 / by Alex Painter posted in website performance, KPIs, real user monitoring, synthetic monitoring, Outage, Downtime, User Experience


If you’re an online retailer, there’s a good chance you’re busy gearing up for the pre-holiday rush. Black Friday and Cyber Monday have been pushing retail sites to the limits of their ability to cope with surges in visitor numbers.

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Deliver Faster User Journeys and Better Conversions on Black Friday

7/2/18 / by Alex Painter posted in user journey, Real User Experience, real user monitoring, synthetic monitoring, Digital Performance Management, Performance testing, Load testing


While it may seem like a distant prospect, Black Friday is coming and retailers are busy preparing for the busiest shopping period of the year. The holiday season is normally a busy time for us too, as we start carrying out performance tests on retail sites to get an idea of how they’ll behave when unprecedented visitor numbers put systems under equally unprecedented strain.

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Monitoring Dashboard Improvement Makes It Easier to View from a Distance

3/26/18 / by Alex Painter posted in website performance, KPIs, synthetic monitoring, Outage, Downtime


Our interactive monitoring dashboard is a bolt-on to our Monitoring Insights product that gives a very quick and easy overview of your monitoring estate. It’s designed to run on a big screen on the wall, which means it’s often viewed from a distance.

We’ve recently been responding to customer feedback to make it easier to use in this way.

Back in December, we added icons to the graphs to show you the current status of your monitors.

Now, the latest improvement means you can change the text size of your monitor names, making it easier to see which one you’re looking at.

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Valentine’s Day: the Worst Day to Break Up with Your Customers

2/21/18 / by Alex Painter posted in website performance, KPIs, Monitoring Insights, Performance testing, Load testing


Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is big business.

It’s hard to avoid the ads, the promotions and the special offers, all dedicated to getting us to part with our hard-earned cash in return for some romantic gesture or other.

Away from the high-street stores, the restaurants and the garage forecourts, many consumers were doing their Valentine’s Day shopping online

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