5 Tips for Designing a Visually Engaging Landing Page

No matter what type of business you are in, you’re probably trying to find ways to generate more leads online. If you have a good marketing team on your side and you’ve done your homework, it’s likely you already have a good website, a monthly SEO plan, ongoing pay-per-click campaigns, email marketing campaigns, and an excellent social media platform strategy in place. After doing all of this, the question is, what else can you do to generate more leads?

Our answer is simple. It’s time to update your landing pages!

Abstract vector illustration of landing page flat design concept.

Having a reliable website is great, but if you are trying to generate more conversions, put your focus on dedicated landing pages. A landing page is one of the most powerful conversion tools at your disposal. If your company is running any type of lead generation digital campaign, a landing page can help with conversions.

Use these five design tips to help make your landing pages more effective:

  1. Choose a memorable headline. You will only have approximately 8 seconds to convince your visitors that your offer is worth pursuing. Be straightforward about what you want visitors to do when they reach your website. Pick a heading that’s appealing and clearly states what you are offering. If you’re going to include additional information, use a short subheading and complement this with a call-to-action button. These will be the first elements visitors read when they get to your landing page.
  1. Use visual elements to guide your visitors’ attention. There are two types of visual cues you can use to guide your visitor’s attention to different places on your landing page. You can use explicit visual cues such as a simple arrow pointing towards your call-to-action button. You can also use implicit visual cues, instead of an arrow use an image of a person looking in the direction of the call-to-action button. According to author Malcolm Gladwell in his book “The Tipping Point,” visual cues are ‘micro-expressions,” or, small facial indications we recognize in others; these impact how we interpret emotions. This is why, when we see someone looking interested in a specific direction, it is likely our reaction will be to look in that direction as well.
  1. Combine your content with images to tell your story. Combine the text on your landing page with icons and illustrations; this will make your message easier to remember. Frequently used icons are great because your audience will quickly understand the meaning conveyed by merely glancing at the images.
  1. Show your products or services in action. To capture your visitor’s attention, show real people using your products or services in real-time. A study conducted by MarketingExperiments found that images of real people on landing pages perform better than stock images. In their case study, they performed A&B testing with a landing page. On one page, they used a stock photo of a customer service lady smiling, and on the other page, they used a picture of their founder. The study found 35% of their visitors were more likely to fill out the CTA form on the page with the founder’s image than those who visited the page with the smiling lady. The main reason this happened is that people want to be able to trust the information you are presenting. In this study, having a picture of the CEO of the company helped build that trust. Displaying your product or service in action on your landing page can help do the same.
  1. Include social sharing icons. If you are offering compelling content on this page, giving your visitors the ability to spread the word about your offer will help drive more traffic to this page. Never underestimate the power of word-of-mouth that can be generated online. In addition to giving your campaign the potential to become viral, social icons can become trust marks that give customers more confidence in your brand.

Successful online marketing campaigns rely heavily on the effectiveness of their landing pages. Improve the design of your landing page and help your customers make a decision that will significantly increase your conversion rates. A good design will engage your visitors and drive them further into the conversion funnel.

To design a landing page that’s effective enough to convert visitors, rely on the experts at Allegra Marketing. Contact your local Allegra Marketing Print Mail location for all your design and web marketing needs.

The Key to Successful Web Marketing: Take it One Step at a Time

The importance businesses place on web marketing is growing daily; according to marketing giant
Hubspot, 61 percent of marketers say that improving SEO and growing their organic presence is their top inbound marketing priority.

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With complicated, multi-pronged initiatives across your website, local listings and social media, it’s easy for busy small business owners looking to grow their web marketing strategy to feel completely overwhelmed. The key? Just take it one step at a time.

Here are a few ways you can overcome the obstacles of limited time and resources to bring this big job down to size.

Website

If improving your search engine rankings is a priority for you, you’re right on. A
study by online ad resource WordStream shows that 72 percent of consumers who did a local web search visited a store within five miles, a clear indication that small businesses should have a robust web presence.

Because
78 percent of local-mobile searches result in offline purchases, it’s essential to ensure your site is up to scratch. Quality content such as case studies, customer profiles, optimized images with relevant image titles and alt-tags, videos and infographics are all viewed favorably by Google and can improve your search ranking.

Local Listings

All your listings on major sites (Google, Yelp, TripAdvisor, Angie’s List, etc.) and local directories should be up-to-date with accurate and consistent phone numbers, hours of operation, email addresses, URLs and any other relevant contact information.

Claim your listing on Google My Business, as it helps with organic search, specifically increasing visibility through Google Maps and Google+. And be sure that all of your entries are stylistically identical, meaning that if your address is 123 Main Street, it’s written like this in every instance, rather than 123 Main St. in some spots. Search engines recognize consistency.

Social Media

Social Media Examiner’s
2016 Social Media Marketing Industry Report showcases a direct relationship between how long marketers have been using social media and their weekly time commitment.

From this study, we can glean that habits form over time on social media as people increasingly see its value. Of those with less than one year’s experience, 54 percent spend five or fewer hours per week. Of those who have been active for two years or longer, 64 percent spend six hours or more a week on social media activities.

What can we learn from this? It takes time to build a following on one or multiple channels, so start small. According to the
Content Marketing Institute, B2B marketers rated LinkedIn as most effective, while B2C marketers prefer Facebook. Pick your channel of choice and start by investing an hour a day posting. Have some fun with it . . . and measure the results.

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