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Proven Landing Page Optimisation Strategies

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Proven Landing Page Optimisation Strategies

Your PPC ads are well written and highly relevant. They start to generate thousands of impressions and plenty of clicks to your pages. But those visitors are simply not converting. Worst of all is the fact that they seem to leave the page without even browsing your offer.

The reason for such abysmal conversions is likely the landing page itself.

Even with all aspects perfectly executed from identifying relevant keywords to writing compelling copy, campaigns will fail to generate a positive return if the landing page is poorly optimised. This is where landing page optimisation comes in which ultimately leads to:

More conversions: Landing pages that are properly optimised stand a far better chance of converting more visitors for your products or services.

Higher Quality Scores: Google evaluates numerous factors when determining rankings for ad positions. Well-designed landing pages lead to higher Quality Scores and better rankings.

Landing page optimisation is a continuous process but it can yield exceptional results for your AdWords campaign. Here we cover proven ideas that you can implement to increase conversions and lower your cost per acquisition.

1. Test Your Headline

The headline is perhaps the most important aspect of your landing page as it is among the first thing a visitor sees. So it needs to capture their attention immediately and compel them to read through your offer.

Keep it straightforward: Clarity is almost always the best approach. Visitors should be able to quickly read your headline and understand exactly what you are trying to convey. But remember to also keep your headline short.

Offer a solution: Offer a solution to visitors that is direct and clear (e.g. Cloud Hosting Services Tailored to Your Business).

Match the headline to the ad: Does the headline match the rest of the copy? Consistency is incredibly important as you do not want messages that are mismatched.

Start off with a question: Use questions (e.g. Are You Looking For High Speed Hosting Solutions?) in your headlines to prompt a response and get visitors agreeing with you.

Use persuasive words: Use words such as “free”, “discover”, “guaranteed”, “results”, etc. to immediately capture attention.

Use humor: Instead of the boring and rather unimaginative headlines that most landing pages have, consider using something witty and funny instead.

These are some ideas to help you get started with writing headlines that capture attention and get visitors to read the rest of your copy. You never know which format will perform the best so test each one and measure the results.

2. Add Testimonials and Customer Reviews

Reviews from actual customers are extremely powerful as they act as a form of social proof. In other words, using testimonials help the end legitimacy to the products or services that you offer.

Here is how Dropbox lends credibility to its cloud storage solutions for businesses:

Many companies put up testimonials on their landing pages that are simply too generic and not compelling enough (e.g. “Great services!”, “I was satisfied with the results!”, etc.). Use actual testimonials that describe in detail how customers have benefited from your products or services. If you have worked with a major brand, be sure to include those details as well.

3. Optimise Lead Capture Form

If your goal is to capture more leads for your business, a lead capture form on your landing page is a must. But you also need to pay attention to how your form looks. A number of studies have shown that lead forms that ask for more information tend to generate a lower conversion rate.

Only ask for important information on your own lead form such as the visitor’s name, email address, and maybe even a phone number. Changing how your leave form looks and reducing the number of you can have a dramatic impact on conversion. If you have a form that requires more information, you may want to consider implementing a progress bar or breaking up the form into multiple pages.

Be sure to measure and test the results.

Here is an example of a clean and simple lead form from HubSpot:

4. Focus on One Objective

The best landing pages are those that only have one objective whether that is to get visitors to purchase a product or fill out a lead form. The more distractions you have on a page the more opportunities there are for visitors to exit.

There are simply too many distractions on this page and no clear focus.

Eliminate irrelevant links on your landing pages and only make it possible for visitors to complete one action. Also aim to reduce as much clutter as possible. Keep these in mind as you create your own landing pages.

Consider the following landing page example from a telecom company:

Many companies put up testimonials on their landing pages that are simply too generic and not compelling enough (e.g. “Great services!”, “I was satisfied with the results!”, etc.). Use actual testimonials that describe in detail how customers have benefited from your products or services. If you have worked with a major brand, be sure to include those details as well.

5. Test Button Colors and Sizes

It may sound like a minor element on a landing page, but buttons play a large role in terms of conversions. Some of the largest companies in the world including Amazon and Google pay millions of dollars to test practically all aspects of button design.

Here is an example from DropBox:

And another from Amazon:

You can bet that these two companies have tested practically every variation of these buttons to determine which gets the most clicks.

In addition to testing the color and shapes of your buttons, test different call to actions as well. Instead of the typical “Click Here!”, add more copy to compel visitors to click such as “Sign Up For Free Daily Tips!”

6. Test Directional Cues

Directional cues are designed to move your attention to a specific area.

left side you will find a subtle example from a car insurance company:

Notice that the woman has her eyes looking in the direction of the form which adds even more prominence to it. Adding directional cues such as in the example above or even a simple arrow can help increase conversions.

7. Use Explainer Videos

The average user typically spend only a few seconds on a landing page before deciding whether to stay or leave. One way to capture attention and get visitors to stay longer on your page is to use an explainer video. These are brief videos approximately 2 to 3 minutes long that describe the product or service you offer.

Having an explainer video created for your landing page can be quite expensive but it can generate a significant return for your business if done right.

These optimisation strategies as described above are proven to increase conversions. But it is crucial to measure only one element individually rather than making changes all at once. In the next section we cover A/B testing in more detail.

Here is an example from CrazyEgg:

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