How to Write an Effective Landing Page that Converts

Consumers are getting smarter by the day. The moment it seems like you’re trying to sell them something, they are put off in an instant. In such a situation, how can you convince them to complete the conversion goal of your website?

Even if it’s as small a thing as submitting their email address to subscribe to your blog, or as big as paying for a product or service on acall to action website – subtle persuasion is the mantra you should follow to convert your prospects.

Here’s another scenario . . . You’re selling a product and want to generate leads. So you send an e-mail to an appropriate list in which you offer a must-read White Paper, guide, or report loaded with valuable information.

All the reader has to do is download the document from your Web site. In your e-mail you provide a “hot link” (a live, linked URL) for them to click on. The link automatically takes the reader to a specific page on your Web site.

In the jargon of electronic direct mail this page is called the “landing page” or “jump page.” (In other words, it’s the Web page you land at, or jump to, from the e-mail.)

Why is it so important to create a special Web page for the e-mail reader to visit?

Why can’t you simply send the prospect to your home page and make the offer a clickable item there?

Well, first of all, if you dump potential customers onto your home page, they could get lost. They could have trouble finding your offer and might give up. Or they might see something else of interest on your site and click away to that. You don’t want them randomly browsing your site. You want them to respond to your specific offer!

When you send the reader to a landing page, you’re in control. Which is where a direct response writer always wants to be. What should you do on your landing page?

Here is a List of a Few Ideas You can Do with Your Landing Page

1. Thank the reader for responding.

You can begin your landing page with a brief headline like: “Thanks so much for responding to the e-mail we recently sent you!” This maintains continuity of communication. When they get to the landing page and see this message, they know they’re in the right place and that they’re at a special page created just for them.

2. Capture crucial data.

The whole idea of lead generation is to get people to raise their hands and indicate some level of interest, however modest. When they identify themselves, by responding to your offer, they enter the sales funnel. Then, you begin the job of converting prospects into buyers. This means that before they get to download your White Paper, your demo, or whatever, they must provide some information about themselves. Beginners think that you should let people take advantage of the offer without having to provide the info you’re after. Wrong!

3. Don’t ask too much of them.

Ask for the minimum information you need. Maybe name, title, company, and e-mail address. The fact you need to remember is that the more information you ask for, the more you’ll turn people off. Never ask people, at this stage, when they’re planning to make a purchase or what their budget is. Way too pushy!

4. Provide a promise of privacy and make your policy clear.

For good reason, prospects are reluctant to give up personal information. They know all too well that if they’re not careful they may get an e-mail telling them that they’re eligible for a share of a Nigerian prince’s estate. Have a good privacy policy and make it crystal clear!

5. Keep the copy short.

The landing page is not the place to write a novel. Thank them. Convince them that their data will be kept private. Thank them again. Let them click to the download. Get out.

6. Use different landing pages to test different offers and creative treatments.

You can test variables by sending prospects to unique landing pages. Just measure the click through rate and you’ll find out fast what works best. E-mail is much underused as a testing medium.

7. Don’t forget to follow up.

After people take advantage of the offer on your landing page, work those leads! You should have follow-up messages ready to roll automatically. The whole idea of lead generation is to capture contact data and then press ahead with follow up e-mails. Failing to follow up aggressively is a big (and common) mistake!

Creating a great e-mail is crucial, but so is providing a landing page that does its job . . . getting the crucial data you need to begin an ongoing marketing effort.

As long as you focus to help your visitors achieve their goals, they will help you achieve your marketing goals. Writing compelling web copy that converts is all about understanding your customers and their concerns. When you have this figured out, it won’t take long for you to write copy that strikes the right chord and gives you the record-breaking conversion rate of all time.

Do you have any other ideas on how to write a compelling landing page that converts? If you want to share some ideas, feel free to comment below and I’ll get back to you soon. Thank you for stopping by.


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