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landing page conversionAs an entrepreneur, why do you need landing pages? The landing page, also known as an opt-in page, is the tool you use to build your email list. The reason you build an email list is to have a way to build and further your relationship with potential and current clients as well as upselling your products and services.

Unfortunately, when I look at landing pages, the majority of them have huge issues that are seriously hurting their landing page conversion. So let’s look at 3 ideas for how you can improve your conversions.

Landing Page Conversion Tip 1: A Tip From Newspaper Publishers

Have you ever noticed that everything you need to know about a news story is in the first paragraph? Journalists are trained to answer all the questions—who, what, where, when, why, and how—in the first few sentences, just in case the story gets cut off when the paper goes to print.

In today’s online world, where column inches no longer matter, this type of story formatting isn’t quite so critical any more, but it’s still a useful tip to use when you’re writing an opt-in page. Think about it: If your readers are skimmers (as most of us are) then making sure you include the most important information right at the top of the page is going to greatly improve your conversion rates.

For opt-in pages, that means putting the biggest benefits in your subject line, and following it up with two or three sentences that build on your headline. That’s it. Keep it short, sweet, and benefit driven, and you’ll have greater success than you would with longer content.

Landing Page Conversion Tip 2: Graphics Matter

Whether your opt-in incentive is an eBook, a video, or even a simple checklist, having a graphic representation of your offer is an important component of your landing page.

Typically, you’ll create (or have created) a digital book or CD cover. You can easily outsource this, but be sure you follow these strategies:

  •       Bold fonts and short titles make your cover more readable.
  •       Use high-contrast colors for more visibility.
  •       Be true to your brand. Stick with colors and fonts your readers expect.

Landing Page Conversion 3: Crafting a Compelling Call to Action

While it seems as if you can expect readers to know what to do when they land on your opt-in page, it’s just not true. You have to invite them to take the next step. Give them specific instructions and you’ll have higher conversion rates than if you just leave it to chance.

Your call to action should tell a reader exactly what to do, like this:

  •       Click here to download
  •       Enter your name and email for instant access

Watch the text on your form buttons, too. After all, “Subscribe” or “Sign Up” doesn’t exactly make you feel excited, does it? Consider using a phrase that matches your call-to-action instead, such as:

  •       Get the Checklist!
  •       Send the Video!

Take a look at your opt-in pages. Do they follow these strategies? If not, consider making some changes to your copy, your images, and your calls to action, then watch your results. You’ll more than likely see a boost in conversion rates if you do.

Wondering how to drive more traffic to your landing pages? Check out this blog post “How to Build an Audience with Paid Ads”.