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How to Design a Successful Landing Page [With Infographic That Helps Pages C.O.N.V.E.R.T.]

Have you ever tried to download an informative template, ebook, or guide from a website and you were directed to a sketchy, underdeveloped landing page? You most likely were hesitant to download the value piece you originally came for and did not feel comfortable entering your information in the form provided. Many professionals may not know that a generic landing page can be the line between customer conversion and disinterest. With this in mind, it’s imperative to structure your landing pages based on your projected results.

You may be thinking, what exactly defines a “landing page?”. Essentially, it’s a web page that is designed with one central purpose, such as one call to action, or one main focal point. There are a wide variety of reasons to design a landing page such as:

  • Collecting prospect information
  • External page to download a value piece (ebook, blog, guide, etc.)
  • Signing up for an event
  • Obtaining a promotional code

It is important to note that landing pages have the highest conversion rate of 23% in comparison to all other forms to collect customer information. Source: Hubspot. This means that strategically designed landing pages can establish brand credibility, assist in collecting customer data for your CRM, retargeting interested customers, and ultimately leading prospects further down the sales funnel. 

This blog will serve as a step-by-step guide to designing the most valuable landing pages for your brand’s needs and ultimately helping you convert more customers into leads. 

1. Eye-catching, Clean Format

There is a fine line between successfully obtaining prospect information and disinteresting them- and it comes down to the page’s layout and aesthetic. Stick to a consistent and mild color scheme that matches your brand’s color palette. Make the page’s color eye-catching but not distracting from its main purpose. You can also incorporate images or elements that can assist to guide the prospect to complete the call to action (arrows, lines, change in color scheme, etc) 

Also, be sure to design your landing page in a way that guides your prospect to complete and digest the value provided with your main call to action. For example:

  • Signing up for an event:
    •  In the description, provide details (date, time, location, etc) incorporate pictures   that relate to the event, title something like “You don’t want to miss this!”
  • Downloading an eBook:
    •  Highlight contents of the eBook, what value it has to your audience, title example “Your Roadmap to Improving Your Social Media Presence” 

As we know, almost everyone has short attention spans. In fact, the average amount of time one is able to focus on a task or an object is for 9 seconds. Source: Wyzowl.com. For this reason, be sure to let your audience know the value proposition upfront as soon as they open the landing page. 

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2. Provide Strong Trust Signals

People don’t want to download content or submit their personal information to a landing page that lacks forms of credibility. This is why trust signals are the red carpet to landing page conversions. Trust signals can be used synonymously with social proof”. Their main purpose is to portray your credibility and show you are an established brand in your industry. There are three main types of trust signals that can be shown on your landing page:

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It’s common to place social proof at the bottom of the landing page near your brand’s social media handles. Yet, they also can be properly and strategically placed throughout the landing page to establish reliability and build trust. 

3. Customization 

Customers are more willing to download your eBook or submit their social media handles on the landing page form if they feel you have clearly identified and propose to solve their challenges with your solution. Automated and unmodified landing pages do not provide value to all customers because not all are the same. Through customization strategies, your landing page will be able to target specific audience needs and convert more customers. 

There are three recommendations to customize your landing page:

  • Send to specific audience groups – Form email lists that all have similar needs (are all in attract stage of sales funnel, signed up to receive your eBook, opened a recent email from your company and clicked on all the value pieces attached, etc)
  • Make personalized CTAs – Customizing your landing page CTAs have converted 202% more customers than a default CTA strategy. Source: Hubspot. Be very specific with the call to action that you desire from your prospects. It must align with the instructions and information provided on the landing page while creating a sense of urgency. Some examples are “Try Now, Download Today, Start, Watch” etc.)
  • Address customer pain points in the description – Similarly to customizing the landing page header, explain and identify the precise pain points of your audience. Since the description is one of the first sections to view at the landing page fold, the customer will be more likely to give your company their information as they see you have identified what they value.

Social proof is the red carpet to landing page conversions

– Chelsea Davis, Marketing Specialist

When transferring prospects to an external page, it’s detrimental to portray many forms of trust signals (logos, 3rd party testimonials, certifications). Establishing trust is the first step to getting customers to keep scrolling down the landing page and to complete your specified call to action. 

4. Be a Minimalist 

When designing your landing page, always remember: less is more! Overwhelming prospects with too much information can easily lead to disinterest- especially for those in the early stages of the sales process. With that in mind, identify the key details that will assist your audience in converting.

It’s better to hone in on one offer of a service, and one CTA. Let’s say you are a talent acquisition company and have just published an eBook with a guide to researching top-tier candidates to interview. Also, you just sent out an email campaign that identified 5 strategies to filter candidates on LinkedIn. Instead of a summary of the entire eBook, describe how the eBook has many LinkedIn/social platform strategies to help discover future rockstars. Include this information in your landing page that will be sent to the same list of people who opened your campaign.

Not only should you be a minimalist in the content of your landing page, but also when collecting information from your prospects. Make short forms, and focus on what details are needed from a potential lead to add them to your CRM. Ask for information like first & last name, email, company name, etc.

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5. Run Tests

Not every landing page will be a huge success. They require editing, test runs, and digesting how they were opened/where the users clicked. CRM software like Hubspot allows you to send test emails with landing pages all in one. A great strategy when designing several copies is to run A/B tests. These trials allow you to change the template, word color, position of pictures, or headings to see if one copy drives more conversions than the other and which performs better with engagement, and clicks. 

Designing a customized landing page that identifies different audience pain points, represents one individual call to action, has a minimalist layout and color scheme, and builds trust with social proof can ultimately enhance your landing page strategy. This can lead to more conversions and opportunities to communicate your brand’s value to a large number of prospects.

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Key Takeaways: 
  • A bad landing page can be the reason your hot lead turns cold
  • You never want someone to think they opened a spam page or domain that could lead them to a virus – have social proof to prove you are credible 
  • Less is more: be a minimalist in the descriptions, designs, focus on one promotion or campaign, and have a comfortable landing for your customers 
  • Customization is key! Make sure to personalize CTA’s and pain points for corresponding audience groups 

At Dolomites Consulting Group, we specialize in developing strategies that help you elevate and get the most conversions from your marketing outreach campaigns. Contact us today to see how we can assist your company’s goals. 

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DCG Team May 24, 2021 0 Comments

2021 Marketing Trends

As if digital marketing trends don’t move fast enough, 2020 saw a significant and unanticipated increase in users’ time online (eCommerce, Video Conferences, Social Media Time, Email Communication, etc.). Companies were forced to adapt quickly to capitalize on this phenomenon, and the lack of in-person interaction saw the birth of major shifts in what behavior trends this increased time online. Though seemingly unpredictable, a lot of these trends were merely brewing under the surface, and the pandemic was the catalyst that brought them to the forefront. Let’s take a look at what’s here to stay, and which key trends will help your business shift with the digital tide in 2021 and beyond.

  1. Online Shopping/eCommerce

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. eCommerce sales grew more than 30% between the first and second quarter of 2020. The reason for this dramatic increase is very clear: as citizens remained socially distant at home, they spent more time purchasing products online. However, the sheer volume of online sales astounded even the most prepared and efficient companies. In some cases, sales halted altogether when businesses just couldn’t keep up with the demand of their customers. 

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No store was safe from the purchasing pandemonium, whether they were brick-and-mortar businesses or strictly online, like Amazon. Toilet paper became a valuable commodity! And because these businesses’ supply chains weren’t prepared for the influx of demand, they weren’t able to replenish their shelves quickly enough. This is a prime example of an opportunity for entrepreneurs to fill a need. Any gap within the business landscape is an opportunity.

Certain companies have adapted to this major shift to online shopping, most notably Instagram, and the substantial updates that were made to the app within the last few months of 2020. Instagram put a heavy emphasis on Reels and their shopping feature, encouraging users to spend directly on the app and giving brands the ability to add a new video-making platform to their marketing strategy.

2. Social Authenticity

As we social distance, there’s an opportunity to close that distance with authenticity, transparency, and relatability. Recognize the problems that your audience could be facing, and connect with them through that recognition. There doesn’t even have to be a concrete solution to the problem – you don’t have to have the solution or the answer. Acknowledging difficult experiences in an honest way can make a monumental difference in the way that your brand is perceived.

3. Companies with Standards

Consumers are actively searching for companies that hold themselves to higher standards, be it ethically, environmentally, socially, etc. They want to give their business to brands that they feel are making a positive impact on the world, and by purchasing from those brands, they are inadvertently contributing to that impact. 

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4. SEO Changes on Instagram

Instagram is putting less impact on hashtags as a way to explore similar posts and becoming more “search-friendly.” Marketing-wise, this means businesses should focus on including more SEO in their captions – smart use of keywords, instead of just trendy hashtags for increased reach and engagement. 

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  1. Reels as a Response to TikTok

Human connection, especially important in times such as these when we have to interact with each other at a distance. With the controversy that TikTok has faced in the past few months, Instagram decided to answer it by facilitating the use of Reels by making it a featured button at the bottom of the app’s homepage. We expect to see more platforms adopting this style of video, including “duet” and response style capabilities.

  1. Hybrid Events

Activities that once we would never dream of hosting online have now become the new norm. Every business has been forced to adapt and make this adjustment, and while it has introduced many difficulties to the usual processes, there are many positive developments to come out of these hybrid events and work environments. 

There are millions of employees all over the world performing their job duties from a remote location, an ability that they never thought possible before COVID-19. 

Try hosting your own virtual event! You have the potential to invite new customers who might otherwise have not been involved or showed up in person, but the virtual aspect makes it much more lowkey and convenient.

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  1. Social Media for Customer Service

Don’t be afraid to use your brand’s social media as a method for customer service. There is something very powerful and special about connecting with your customers via social media platforms. Rather than being a company that simply spits out content, interacting with customers through your accounts gives them a sense of importance and satisfaction. It makes people feel sought out and important, and it will also encourage more interaction from your followers, thus raising the engagement on your social media and giving you the potential to get more eyes on your pages. 

  1. Social Monitoring

It will be easier and more important than ever to incorporate social monitoring into your marketing strategy. There are many benefits to social monitoring, including proactive crisis management, determining your brand’s market positioning, understanding the behavior of your customers, etc. 

As a means of crisis management, social monitoring will allow you to observe the way consumers are reacting to various events in the world, and gauge how you need to respond to these events in order to make the deepest and most lasting connection with your audience. It keeps you from being tone-deaf and saying something that could put your brand in a bad light. Always be aware of what your particular consumer base is saying about current affairs and never take for granted the value of such knowledge can be. 

Social monitoring can also help you understand where your brand is in relation to the market. Listen to the market and to where the demand is, and this will help you locate a particular group of consumers whose needs aren’t being met within the current marketplace. Really listen to what it is that people want/need.

Understanding your target audience’s behavior is essential in order to deliver the best service possible and to prepare for future purchases. If you know your audience well enough, you can predict what their future actions will be, what type of messaging and advertising appeals most to them, and how to turn them into loyal customers.

  1. Voice Search
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Convenience is the name of the game. Make sure your website and social media are optimized for voice search. People are searching the web differently, and video marketing is one of the most affected types of content so far. Voice search is having a big effect on SEO because of the difference in speech patterns versus typed searches. Speech is more colloquial, more free-form, and on the spot, while typing a phrase or question into the Google search bar takes a little more forethought. Most of the time, typed searches involve inadvertently searching keywords or ideas. Voice search is more centered around the thing itself, is often phrased in the form of a question, and is much less rigid or predictable (making SEO more complicated than ever). 

  1.  Video Marketing

With so many people working from home, video content has become more frequent and casual, with glimpses into the life of someone who works at home and what a typical day is like. With the freedom and confidence to make more video content, we are seeing a rise in these more interactive posts that will continue to grow as the months go by. The lack of in-person connections has brought about the desire for continued interaction through social media, and what better way to feel as if you could be hanging out in real-time with someone else than through videos?

Certain platforms, most notably Instagram, are beefing up their video features to encourage users to take advantage of this specific type of media. Instagram has been pushing Reels hard ever since TikTok’s privacy policies were called into question, and Reels has even become the main focus on the homepage of every Instagram user. 

Conclusion

It is clear that the space provided by 2020 has been filled by what people want, and more than ever, the digital world is being dictated by how the general public (and your future audience) is using their time, melding personal behaviors with business opportunities. Luckily, social platforms are fighting hard to evolve to suit the behaviors of the public, which happens to coincide with an opportunity for business.

If 2020 showed us anything, it’s how quickly things can change/are ever-evolving/adaptable. It’s likely that this list doesn’t cover everything we’ll see in 2021, and the best advice we can offer is to stay vigilant, pay attention to how digital platforms are changing and why, and check in on online consumer behaviour regularly.

Interested in how to implement any of these tactics successfully? Request a free consultation with a DCG marketing specialist today!

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DCG Team February 17, 2021 0 Comments