Too many website owners underestimate the power of a fine-tuned landing page. Your landing page is the very first thing a potential client sees, and it has the ability to grow your business or leave you wondering why your online marketing efforts aren’t performing as well as you’d like them to. You only have a few seconds to entice a visitor to your site to browse your content, and a poor landing page will cause your bounce rate to skyrocket. Landing page optimization isn’t exactly rocket science, but there are several common mistakes that lead to mediocre online marketing results. Make sure you avoid these pitfalls when designing your landing page.
Don’t You Dare Use a Submit Button
There have been a ton of A/B studies that illustrate the effectiveness and power of copywriting. Though you may think it is a small matter, even your button-copy needs to be top-notch. The problem with a submit button is that it is far too bland and mundane. It doesn’t offer a message to your audience that will get them excited to take action.
So, for example, let’s say you own a web business that helps motivate and coach people via counseling and one-on-one sessions. Instead of a submit button, your button-copy could be something along the lines of ‘Change Your Life Forever.’ Or, if you owned an fitness company, your button copy could be ‘Get Fit Now.’ The key is to express the benefits to the potential client and give them a more actionable and exciting step to take than ‘Submit.’
Less is More
With all the time and energy it takes to drive traffic to your site, it can be easy to overdo your landing page. Trust me, I get it. You want your landing page to knock the socks off your visitors to drive conversions, right? Just remember one thing: less is more. It is very easy to get carried away and create a landing page that is so busy your visitor has a hard time deciphering your message. Instead of making your landing pages busy, streamline them by offering only necessary information such as the core benefits of your product, your unique selling proposition, and a call to action.
Concise Web Forms are a Must
In today’s high-tech, fast-paced world, people have access to goods, services, and information faster than ever before. As such, this has created a culture that doesn’t value patience. People want what they want when they want it, and have little time to wait.
Knowing this, you can see why an overly long web form can harm your conversion rate. A visitor to your site might see a long form as yet another tedium, and may opt out of your service if the form is too long – even if they like your service. Also, people generally distrust websites that ask for too much information about them. Even if you claim that you won’t distribute their personal information to other companies, many people still won’t believe you. It will make them feel uneasy and your long web form is going to hurt your bottom line.