HubSpot – 13 Little Landing Page Tweaks That Can Make a BIG Difference
It’s no news flash that inbound marketers have to produce a lot of content and offers. After all, without these valuable assets — and plenty of ’em — inbound lead generation would be quite a challenge. And with every new offer, marketers must also spin out a new landing page to go with it.
But because landing page creation has become such a regular practice, and considering that many tools make it so quick and easy to create a new landing page in minutes, attention to landing page optimization can also easily fly out the window. So if you’ve been guilty of launching landing pages left and right all willy nilly, you may be overlooking some little details that can take the performance of your landing pages from good, to great. Got 15 extra minutes on your hands? Audit one of your landing pages, and see if you can make any of the following little tweaks that can make a BIG difference in your lead-gen results.
13 Little Tweaks That Can Make a BIG Difference in Landing Page Performance
1) Punch Up Your Headline
Every landing page should have an attention-grabbing headline that clearly indicates what the offer its featuring is about. If your landing page visitor read nothing else on the page but the headline, would she know exactly what she’d receive by completing and submitting the form? If it’s not clear, make it so.
In addition to clarity, punch up the prominence and language of the headline. Does it stand out? Make it bold, and use a header tag. Is it compelling? Use strong verbs, adjectives, and keywords (for SEO!) like you would in a blog post title. Your headline is probably the first thing your visitors’ eyes will gravitate toward when they reach your page, so you need to make it count. For example, just take a look at HubSpot’s landing page for one of our ebooks, pictured below. The headline is bold, it clearly states what the visitor will receive (“Free Guide”), and it uses compelling language (“Mastering”).
2) Shorten Your Copy
If your landing page looks more like a blog post than, well, a landing page, it’s probably a good indication that you need to shorten your copy. A landing page with lots and lots of explanatory text is not only initially daunting to the reader, but it also buries the value of your offer. Shoot for around 100 words of copy or fewer in your landing page description so your visitors can quickly read and understand what your offer is about — and be enticed to convert.
3) Make the Value Clearer
Speaking of value, does your landing page make it totally obvious what your prospects will get out of redeeming your offer? It’s not just enough to tell them that they’ll receive, say, an ebook on creating calls-to-action; you need to emphasize the value in it. Remember, you’re trying to convince your landing page visitors that filling out a form and providing their personal information is worth what they’ll get in return.
In our landing page example above, for example, the copy on our page clearly indicates that our CTA ebook will teach you how to “improve your calls-to-action and optimize them for maximum conversions.” In other words, as a potential ebook downloader, you ‘get’ that after you’ve read our ebook, you’ll know how to get more conversions out of your CTAs. When visitors clearly understand the value of downloading the ebook, and they’re more inclined to fill out the form to obtain that valuable information.
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