Are you looking to increase your online conversion rates?
Are you tired of getting traffic but not having anything to show for it?
Do you need a way to turn traffic into committed customers – customers who generate revenue?
If so, you need landing pages.
A landing page, in a nutshell, is a single page that has one goal and that is tied to a specific advertisement or link on the Internet. When people click on a link or click on an online ad, the landing page is the first page they see.
A landing page is designed with one purpose: to get visitors to perform a desired action, whether buying a product or filling out a contact form.
For example, a software company has an ad for a new anti-virus program.
When visitors click on the ad they are taken to a landing page, which seeks to persuade them to try a free demo. The landing page is a success if the visitor agrees to do the free demo.
At the end of the day, landing pages are designed to help you turn traffic into conversions – into customers who are interacting with you the way you desire. Whether it is buying a product, calling you for more information, or giving you their email address, they are taking action – and you benefit.
Throughout “A Business Owner’s Guide to Landing Pages” you will learn the following:
• Why Landing Pages Matter
• The Elements of the Best Landing Pages
• Tying Landing Pages into Your Digital Marketing Strategy
• Tracking and Measuring Landing Page Effectiveness
Let’s get started!
Why Landing Pages Matter
In one word: conversions. Landing pages are designed with the goal of helping increase conversions and therefore helping you to achieve your business goals.
If your goal is to get someone to download an eBook, for example, then the entire page would be focused on that goal.
If you create an online ad that is designed to sell your new product or service, but the page that visitors go to when they click the ad is your homepage, you will likely lose your audience.
On the other hand, if you are selling a new antivirus program and when they click the ad they go to a page that only talks about that product, then your conversion rates skyrocket.
Along with conversions, landing pages are perfect for measuring by helping you to determine which ads are working best and which ones are not producing the desired results by measuring traffic.
For example, if your Facebook ad leads to Landing Page A, but your Google ad leads to Landing Page B, if you are getting more traffic and conversions to Landing Page A and the only difference is where the ad is located (Facebook vs Google), then you may wish to increase your Facebook ad budget and reduce your Google ad budget.
The bottom line is simple: Landing pages give you the best chance to convert a visitor into a customer.
Elements of the Best Landing Pages
Now, you know that landing pages are great for your business, but what are the elements of the best landing pages?
Title with Keywords
Your title page should be very similar to the text from the ad that brought them to the page. The first thing the visitor will do is make sure the page they landed on is relevant to what they clicked.
For best results, the landing page should also include relevant keywords.
Graphics / Videos
The best and most effective landing pages also have graphics and videos. In fact, landing pages that include videos have an 80% higher conversion rate!
Whether it is a form that gathers their contact information, a download button, or a printable coupon, each landing page should have one call-to-action, and it should be the focus of the entire landing page.
You should use clear, concise, and conversion-focused copy (text) on your landing page. Bullet points are always great and help to break up the content in a visually appealing way.
Testimonies / Client Quotes
It is always great to include short testimonies or client quotes to help prove validity and to increase results.
Social Media Share Buttons
You want to also give people the opportunity to share your landing pages on their own social media platforms; therefore, always include social media share buttons to make sharing easier.
Thank You Pages
Every landing page should have a “thank you” page. When someone performs the desired call to action, it will take them to the thank you page, which you can then quickly and easily use for conversion tracking and measurement.
In addition to the above, the best landing pages use contrasting colours, include your business
logo, and are clean (not cluttered).
Tying Landing Pages into Your Digital Marketing Strategy
The key to maximizing your landing page effectiveness involves tying it into your overall digital marketing strategy.
Do you send out emails? If so, start directing some of those links to relevant landing pages and see if your click-through-rate and conversions increase.
The same goes for online advertising (Google Ads, Facebook ads, etc.) and even offline communications. You can even add landing page URLs to your direct mail campaign to help better track offline marketing methods.
In short, landing pages can be used in any aspect of your existing or future digital marketing strategy and can even help better determine the effectiveness of each ad, post, or email.
Tracking and Measuring Landing Page Effectiveness
Tracking and measuring landing page effectiveness is incredibly easy. The best way to do so involves adding a “thank you” page and then tracking the number of people who view the landing page and comparing it to those who view the thank you page. This method provides you a quick conversation rate.
Furthermore, A/B testing is a great way to determine which landing pages are performing better than others. You can even post a landing page without a video and then use the same landing page, with the only difference being that the second page has a video and then see if the video truly makes that much of a difference. If so, buy more videos!
Finally, the effectiveness of a landing page can be determined by how many people take the action you request of them. If 100 people visit the page, and 10 of them give you their email address, your landing page has an effectiveness rate of 10%. You can tinker with each page to
increase the overall effectiveness rate. If the landing page is tied to a product, you can even determine the return on investment by using the value of the product being sold and multiplying it by the number of people who buy it.
Landing pages are a great addition to any digital marketing plan and can significantly increase the number of conversions. It’s very difficult to have a successful, comprehensive digital marketing strategy without optimized landing pages that have been expertly tuned to deliver optimal results.
Landing pages are essential, period.
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