Growth Marketer Academy: Episode 11 – 5 Uncommon Landing Page Strategies To Boost Your Conversions

Landing pages that convert are at the foundation of every business with a successful online presence.

Yet, landing pages remain largely misunderstood and poorly utilized.

There are countless landing page strategies that include tips, tricks, and articles focused on creating a landing page that converts, but most of them just rehash the same strategies over… and over again.  

By this point you probably know that you want to send site visitors to a specific, focused landing page – NOT just your site homepage.

Control the message

Limit the places where that visitor can get lost, clicking around on your site

You want to make everything on this one contained page lead that visitor to take your desired action.

Like:

Giving you their contact info

Buying the product you’re highlighting

Sign up for your webinar

Etc…

The design of your landing page will make or break your chance of converting that visitor to act.

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# 1 – Remove “Freeze Points” from Opt-in Forms

People hate filling out forms. I know I do.

Forms can ‘freeze’ visitors, paralyzing them from taking action.

Present a visitor with an opt-in form as soon as they arrive on your page

Subconsciously lead them to delay the decision-making process.

Goal = eliminate this point of friction.

Use two-step opt-in forms

Two-step forms require visitors to click a call to action (CTA) before being taken to the form.

Visitors first agree to the offer

and then click on ‘Download Now.’

Prior to that point, visitors don’t know they need to fill out a form.

People are more likely to complete an action once they have already clicked

They’ve subconsciously committed to it.  

Auto-fill form fields

Reduce abandonment by pre-filling form fields.  

Great for visitors that have previously signed up for your service

Auto-fill form fields with their information

Now they don’t have to do so again.  

It’s far easier to get a visitor to click one confirm button than it is to compete several fields.

First time visitor:

You probably don’t have information about them.

Visual trick — Move the field label

(the specific info you’re asking for like First Name, Last name, Email)

inside the actual field – where the visitor will enter their info.

Makes the form seem easier to complete than a series of blank spaces.

# 2 – Make it Personal

Personalized landing pages:

You don’t need to know a visitor’s entire personal history to personalize their experience.

Personalization can be as simple as customizing your landing page for:

Source of traffic

Identify how visitors arrive at your landing page

And then tailor your ad to match the feel of the source site’s content

Communicate in a format that better resonates with them.

Use dynamic text replacement (DTR)

The headline and sub-headline on the same landing page adjust to mirror what the user has typed into Google search.

Physical location of your visitors

Geo-targeted landing pages let you provide locally relevant offers.

Highlight the feel and “culture” of the local area

Hertz does this with their international marketing

This can apply to local cities as well

Design a landing page differently for visitors from Florida vs. Atlanta vs. New York

Connect with the area’s demographics & culture

Increase the relevance of your landing page.

Make landing pages interactive

Quizzes

Assessments

Interactive calculator

Bonus: these reveal valuable information.

Visitors are buying into your offer indirectly.

Stay interested in your offer – anticipate the results.

Even after getting “results,” visitors are emotionally invested in your brand

More likely to continue their relationship with you.

BONUS: Personalized landing pages reduce bounce rate.

Positively impacts your SEO

Increases engagement

Leads to more conversions.  

# 3 – Use long-form pages (with multiple CTAs)

The common understanding is that landing pages should be short and sweet.

And this is true…

IF your offer is:

Otherwise, a short landing page isn’t always going to cut it.

If you’re relatively unknown

or have an expensive offer

Visitors are going to need more convincing to act on your offer.

A long-form landing page lets you:

Copyblogger’s copywriting course offer uses long for effectively

Lots of details about the offer

Multiple integrated CTAs.

Make sure that CTAs are consistent

each CTA should ask visitors to take the same action.

Place a CTA after each persuasive section

This is where the likelihood of conversion is the greatest.

# 4 – Mind your manners and say thanks

Once a customer takes your desired action (signing up, giving email, buying something) your relationship with them begins

You want them to become a loyal customer, right?

If upon giving you their email or money you don’t instantly provide info about what happens next, customers can be put off.

Guide customers to a thank you page.

These pages are an extension of your landing page experience.

Say thank you

Inform customers what to expect next.

Provide additional information that you think a customer may find helpful.

Also, a great chance to upsell.

Make the most of an engaged customer that already has their wallet open.

Or request customers to take a specific action

Example: share your service with their family and friends.

“You just got exclusive access to <blah blah> Invite your friends to get it too!”

# 5 – Establish Legitimacy

Being trustworthy and credible are critical to conversion.

If visitors aren’t sure you’re a real business, visitors will hesitate to take action on your offer

No matter how compelling it may be.

Include:

Social proof

Trust symbols

Option 1: Display your contact information or physical address directly on your landing page.

 

Option 2: Add live chat support.

Some visitors may need more info to commit to your offer.

Live chat allows you to provide immediate answers

Exactly at the point of hesitation when visitors might otherwise back out.

Human interaction:

 

In many cases, your landing page is going to be your one chance to convert an ad-click into a customer.

Your landing page strategy needs to be a conversion machine: engaging and convincing visitors to stay and act.

Final tip: remember to A/B test each approach to see what works for your brand and your customer.

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