Many people who have heard me speak know that I'm not a fan of using gratuitous images just to spice up your web design. By its very nature, the web is a visual medium, and the wrong image can create a visual distraction that pulls your visitor away from your key message points and/or call-to-action. Aside from causing a distraction, images can create confusion (if they aren't aligned with visitor expectations) and even make a visitor feel insecure (if the quality is low or is commonly used as "stock" imagery.) Naturally, all of this leads to lower conversions....
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