With the rise of website building platforms such as Squarespace and Weebly, getting your site up and online has never been easier. However, it was soon apparent to every digital marker that there were thousands of small to medium size business owner who started a site…left it…and wondered why customers were not buying their products or signing up for their offerings.
If building landing pages and harnessing the power of digital marketing were easy, my industry would not exist! Hubspot, a major inbound marketing company, has built their whole platform around creating effective landing pages and call-to-actions (CTAS) that convert. Landing pages are key to high conversion rates so let’s take a look at the basics below.
1. Define A Single Purpose For Each Landing Page
Customers attention spans are shorter than ever before and if your message or selling point is not immediately clear, you will lose a potential conversion. One clear example of a single purpose landing page is my consultation page found here. Notice I do not have excess text, images, or calls to action? I want my potential clients to be distraction free while filling out my form.
Many business owners try to fit as much information as possible onto every landing page and the customer becomes overwhelmed. It is the same as trying to buy a simple product such as pasta and having 100 options staring back at you…too many options take time to sort through and you want your customers to be converting, not searching for the purpose of the page.
How to Fix
Every landing page should serve a single purpose and have clear options for how to reach your customers desired goal. Laying out your sitemap and writing down each landing pages’ single purpose can be enlightening. If you find a few pages have 3-4 offerings, consider creating a new page for just that service and linking to it instead.
2. Become Your Own Customer
Now that your landing page is highly targeted, you must consider the user experience. Does the landing page appeal to your target audience? Are the calls-to-action clear and accessible? I have seen many a site that looks good to the business owner, but does not connect with the target customer.
How To Fix
With a clearly defined target customer, head to each of your landing pages and ask yourself if the message is clear, the calls to action are engaging, and the visuals make sense. Have friends that match your audience look over the landing pages and provide feedback with their experiences. More often than not, they will reveal an issue or idea that you had not considered.
3. Clear Calls To Action
I am a believer in CTA’s leading to higher conversion rates. Many clients ask why their site or landing page is not converting yet do not have a clear action for the customer to take! CTA’s can come in many forms and creating an aesthetically pleasing design and proper text can be tricky, but the payoff is huge.
How To Fix
Most CTAS fall into the categories of: Buy Now, Sign Up, Subscribe, Learn More. Now, there are only so many ways to attract a click, but EVERY landing page should have a clear action for your customer to take that line up with your marketing and sales goals.
Let’s use a company that sells dog treats as an example. If there is a landing page dedicated to how healthy the treats are for your dog, but does not have a ” Buy Now” button…you are missing out! If your customer has just been convinced to buy your product and there is no quick way to do so…you get my point.
4. Simplicity is Key
Have you visited a news site lately and become overwhelmed? Ever wonder why Apple to this day has a clean “no frills” website design? With the amount of information and websites currently available, customers have more options than ever to find what they are looking for. If your web pages are cluttered and resemble a 90’s site, they will go with a competitor.
How To Fix
Whitespace is your friend and even if you are no graphic designer, simple web pages can be easy to create. If you are on a template based website (Weebly, Squarespace, Shopify, etc), use a clean minimalist design that has ample whitespace and clean areas for text and visuals. Each area of your landing page should be easy to navigate and send a clear message as mentioned earlier.
If a customer looks at your landing page and has to guess what it is about or juggle the amount of information presented, you need to simplify immediately. Yes, I know your company may have multitudes of options and information that must be shown, however there is always an easy visual way to do so.
5. Test Your Conversion Channel For Each Landing Page
If you are selling a product, go through the process of using your landing page, clicking your CTA, purchasing the product, and taking notes along the way. The best looking landing page does not matter if your customer hits a broken link!
How To Fix
Performing a website audit is a great way to flush out bad links, check every sales funnel, and gain a better understanding of the customer experience. There will always be issues that arise and ways to make the sales process even easier for your customers. I recommend testing every CTA on each landing page to ensure there are no snags.
Final Words On Creating A Landing Page That Converts
There are thousands of ways to optimize a landing pages for conversion, but the core elements above will help steer you in the right direction. I have created hundreds of landing pages for clients, companies, and my own websites and would be happy to discuss a website audit.
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