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What’s a Landing Page and How Can You Use It to Get Leads

Posted Thu, May 25, 2017 by Julie Short


With so much jargon to sort through, it’s easy to get confused about where to spend your time and effort in online marketing. If you’ve ever wondered what a landing page is and why it matters for your business, now you can find out!

The basics: A landing page is a static page on your website that’s built for a specific purpose, usually as part of a campaign, promotion, or other marketing effort. In the B2B space, landing pages are often used for lead generation. For example, a company may develop a white paper and make it available for download if a web visitor fills out a short form on the landing page with their name, company, position, email, and phone number. Assuming the white paper is still relevant five years down the road, it can still be collecting qualified leads for your sales team if you’ve got a landing page that converts well. Here are four quick tips for how to get it right.

Keep It Short and Sweet
In the B2C world landing pages are often long form sales letters. In B2B, that type of landing page simply isn’t appropriate (although if you can figure out how to write a landing page with a “buy now” button that convinces a buyer to place a $120,000 purchase order, we’d love to see it!) For a B2B landing page, most of the content should be viewable without significant scrolling.
The visitor should know from the link that directed them to the page what to expect. And that’s what they should find, presented as succinctly as possible. Never do a bait and switch! Don’t be afraid to use video to make landing pages more engaging. But keep these short as well. Thirty seconds is a fine length if you want visitors to actually watch the whole thing.

Match the Offer to the Buyer
A digital resource that can be delivered immediately is a great offer. But you should tailor the type of resource to the stage the buyer is in along their journey. They might be just learning about the brand or seeking information to solve a specific problem. Often, a landing page is used at the beginning of the journey or closer to the top of the funnel, when buyers are marginally aware of your company, looking for answers to specific questions, and potentially open to engaging and learning more.

A whitepaper is best for people doing initial research to make a better purchasing decision down the road while a checklist is a great idea for people who are trying to solve an immediate problem. The type of offer visitors respond to can tell you whether a lead is just warm enough to start a drip campaign or if they are ready for a call from a sales person.

Ensure Your Call to Action Counts
Always start with the call to action in mind and design every element of your page from the visuals to the text with that final step as the focus. Otherwise, you may create interesting content but deploy it ineffectively. Also remember that a call to action shouldn’t be a demand. It should be an invitation. For example, it’s appropriate to use words like “discover” and “explore” when buyers are in the information gathering stage and you are offering a resource that helps them in their quest. That type of terminology is in alignment with what they are already in the mood to do.
It’s a best practice to have only one call to action on your landing page, even if visitors could conceivably take more than one action. Don’t ask the prospect to call, email, text, sign up for a newsletter, share your content, connect with you on social media, and enter to win. Pick the action that matters most and make that the focus.

Make It Easy to Get Results
User experience is critical for a landing page to convert well. Design the page so the user can get what they want and you can get what YOU want with the least effort. For example, determine the best number/type of fields for your form so you don’t scare people away by asking for too much information. A form with more than five fields is usually a deal killer.
Ensure that the buttons or other elements that give direction on what to do next are easy to locate. Remember, people scan content online rather than reading it word for word. You may have some great copy on your landing page, but visitors must be able to jump immediately into taking the desired action if that’s what they want.

Finally, don’t be afraid to experiment. Landing pages are a great place to do A/B split testing or multivariate testing. You know exactly what you want visitors to do and can track which version of a page delivers the best results.

Need to add landing pages to your website to help you achieve your marketing goals this quarter? Web Revelation can help you develop and launch your next campaign.
Posted in : Website Content , Websites | 
Tags : Call to action , landing page


Why Aren't Your Landing Pages Converting Visitors Into Leads?

Posted Wed, June 4, 2014 by Julie Short

From a distance, the process of creating effective landing pages should be pretty simple: After you've attracted visitors from search engines, blogs, and social media profiles, you just put together some copy and images that show off the benefits of what you're offering and watch the conversions roll in.

However, any experienced marketer can tell you that crafting good landing pages isn't nearly that simple. That's because there are lots of small problems that can creep in and affect your results (and more than a couple big ones, too).

The list of issues and fixes for landing pages could be virtually endless, and the best way to fix them is usually with extensive testing and support from a creative team that understands online marketing. If you're looking for some quick guidance, however, here are a few common landing page problems you might have to deal with:

You don't have any visitors to your landing pages (or you aren’t getting the right visitors). You can't turn visitors into leads if you don't have any visitors to begin with. Organic search engine optimization is often your best option, but can take some time. Consider supplementing SEO with pay-per-click ads, blogging, and links to your social media profiles. Just remember that you need the right match between the visitors you get and the offers on your landing pages.

Visitors are spending very little time on your landing pages. This is an issue that could have a very simple fix, or a more complex one. Your first move should be to double-check your landing page’s compatibility across different browsers and devices, and to ensure that it loads quickly (maybe people are leaving because they can’t view your content). If that's not the problem, then it's time to tune up your message. Fast exits are a sign that your headlines and offers aren't compelling enough.

Prospects leave without registering. If lots of visitors see your landing pages and spend time on them, but don't actually register or take the next step, then your issue is probably more subtle. Perhaps your page is too long (searchers don't want to read it), doesn't have enough information for them to make a decision, or has a call to action that isn't clear. This also sometimes happens when your landing page doesn't "speak" to your target audience strongly enough, meaning that it doesn't elicit an emotional reaction.

The leads you get from your landing page aren't turning into sales. In this case, your problem isn't usually with the landing page at all, but your process for following up later. Maybe you're waiting too long to contact prospects, or the subsequent offers you're making just aren't strong enough. If you have lots of leads with no new revenue, concentrate on things that happen after your customer has registered instead of making changes to an already-effective landing page.

Need help tuning up your landing pages, or your Internet marketing plans as a whole? Get in touch with WebRevelation today and see why so many businesses throughout Oklahoma, Texas, and the entire Southwest turn to us for expert help.

Posted in : Websites , Tips and Tricks , SEO/SMO/SMM | 
Tags : landing , pages , problems


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