6 Ways to Optimize Your Landing Pages

Ginny Grimsley, Nov 5, 2021 8:00:00 AM

If your website offers a resource for free (like an ebook, a tool, or a newsletter) in exchange for a visitor’s contact information, you absolutely must have a great landing page to welcome them to it or your resource is going to waste. 

Wait. What is a landing page again?

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Your landing page is exactly what it sounds like: the place where your website visitor lands when they say “YES! I want that!” to your free resource/s in exchange for their contact details. 

It’s the specific page on your website where you set up a lead-capture form that allows visitors to happily enter their name, job title, email address, etc.

Set It & Forget It

About 1 in 10 people who get to your landing page will become a customer or a lead. If you have an average amount of traffic (like, say, 1,000 visitors a month for a small business), that’s 100 new potential customers or clients. Not bad for something you set up and forget about, right?

But before you can forget it, it has to be well-planned, designed, and working properly. In other (technical) words, it has to be optimized, and we’ve got some tips to help you get started toward making sure it does just that. 

Landing Page Optimization & Why It Matters

Your landing page should be designed to generate sales or capture leads, first and foremost. Remember, it’s also the destination of your paid online marketing campaigns, so to make sure you get the most of your online ads, your landing pages should be in tip-top shape. 

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6 Ways to Test Your Landing Page for Optimization

Optimizing your landing page involves identifying problems with its design or functionality while utilizing A/B tests (controlled experiments) to measure and improve its conversion rate. Here are a few ideas to help you get started: 

1. Page Elements

What happens to your conversion rate if you decrease the number of website navigation elements and form fields? Often, a simple design with more white space can lead to more conversions, but not always. Test to see what works best.

2. Copy

Try different headlines, value propositions, and CTAs to figure out what language works best for your visitors. Consider what style, tone, and length you should use to really convince your prospects that what you offer is exactly what they’re looking for. 

3. Social Proof

Use different customer quotes, case studies, reviews, other customer logos, partner logos, or other forms of social proof on the landing page to see what makes a difference in the level of trust it takes to convert your visitors to leads or customers. 

4. Speed

People who use mobile phones to browse the internet (which is more than half of us now) need fast load times to keep us from abandoning our interest in an offer. Make sure your landing page is functioning well for mobile to keep the bounce rate low. 

5. Context

Try different keywords that you use in the ads you’re running to get people to the page, ON the landing page. This can help you determine how your target market found you (from which ad & which source) so that you can make your messaging fit the experience they’re looking for. 

6. Form Fields 

Optimize the form on your landing page by testing the number of fields a visitor has to fill out to receive your gated content. Work to make sure the length of your form mirrors the value of your offer. For instance, a long form might work for an ebook or a whitepaper while a short form is best for a checklist or infographic. Want more about form optimization? Check out our blog article on the topic

An optimized landing page with a great lead capture form is essential to your inbound marketing efforts because it’s the tool that does most of the heavy lifting of converting your website visitors into leads that sustain your business. 

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