Website Must-Haves #23: Landing Pages

Design Angler - Monday, November 14, 2016

Now that you have some awesome CTAs you need to drive those links to landing pages. Landing pages, sometimes called a “Lead Capture Page,” are used to convert visitors into leads by completing a transaction or by collecting contact information from them. Landing pages consist of:

  •  A brief description of the offer/CTA
  •  At least one supporting image
  •  A form to capture information (most important)

Landing pages are a necessity to your website. They direct your visitors to one particular offer without the distractions of everything else on your website. Visitors are on a landing page for one purpose only: to complete the lead capture form!

Then, what makes an effective landing page?

  •  Never ever use your homepage as a landing page.
  •  Keep your pages simple and minimize distractions. Remove main site navigation from the landing page so visitors can focus on completing the form and not continuing to search your site.
  •  Make it very clear what the offer is and make it irresistible. Absolutely make sure that the content on your landing page matches your call-to-action.
  •  Only ask for the information you need for you and your sales team. Also avoid asking for sensitive information that companies or consumers may not want to disclose.
  •  Consider the value to the offer. The more valuable an offer may be perceived, the more information you may be able to ask for in return. If it’s a newsletter subscription, only ask for email address (and maybe first name, at most).
  •  Add a privacy message that indicates their email will not be shared or sold.
  •  Don’t use the word “SUBMIT” on your form buttons! No one wants to submit anything. Instead, try “download whitepaper,” “Get your free eBook,” or “Join our newsletter.”
  •  Fulfill the request instantly, if advertising a downloadable offer as your CTA. For example, if your form is for a whitepaper download, include a link to download that whitepaper on the very next page (typically called a “thank you” page). Another option is to send an auto-responder email containing a link to the offer but it’s recommended it’s given right away upon form submission so people don’t have to dig in their email for your content.

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