Eggplant Blog

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.

Recent Posts

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

0 Comments

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.

Read More

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

0 Comments

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.

Read More

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

0 Comments

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.

Read More

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

0 Comments

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.

Read More

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

0 Comments

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.

Read More

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

0 Comments

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.

Read More

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

0 Comments

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.

Read More

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

0 Comments

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

Read More

The Creeping Rise in Content that’s Slowing Down Britain’s Retail Sites

1/31/18 / by Alex Painter posted in website performance, performance monitoring, Real Customer Insights, User Experience

0 Comments

It’s that time of year when a lot of people are frantically trying to lose the few extra pounds they gained over the festive season. It’s time to be leaner, faster, to cut out the junk food and adopt a healthier lifestyle.

With that in mind, it might also be a good time for retailers cut redundant content from their websites.

Read More

Knowing When Your Customers Are Seeing Slower Load Times Than Expected

12/20/17 / by Alex Painter posted in website performance, performance monitoring, Real Customer Insights, User Experience

0 Comments

Welcome to the last in our series of stories about how we’re helping to make our customers’ lives just a little easier as the year draws to an end.

This week, meet Gavin and Anna, who are both trying to unwind...

Read More

Stay up-to-date with the latest in test automation

Lists by Topic

see all