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The Perfect Landing Page

The Perfect Landing Page. Landing page examples and 12 tips

by Dave Chaffey April 2016

Discussion of web design in companies who don’t know the power of landing pages still often focuses on the home page. But savvy companies know that custom landing pages are essential to maximise conversion of leads when using inbound marketing techniques like SEO, AdWords and social media to drive visitors to a site.

So this prompts the question, which factors make for the most effective landing page? Is a ‘Perfect Landing Page’ possible? This post gives a summary of my top 12 tips and places to look to find more examples.

Salesforce.com – an example of the evolution of the Perfect Landing Page?

To illustrate these tips, I’m going to use an example I’ve used in training many years – it’s the B2B Salesforce.com lead generation page for its CRM service targeting searchers who are looking for CRM systems.

The Salesforce.com landing pages illustrate many good practices. I’ve marked up what I see as good about this format. It’s maybe not perfect, but much better than most! Let me know what you don’t like about it! Or how things differ for consumer sites! This is the original ‘classic’ landing page example that I used to use in training. It shows many good practices, but has one big problem.

However, there is a problem with this type of landing page, and you can probably spot it! It’s not mobile responsive, so isn’t effective on Smartphone. So today we see a much longer-form landing page…

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Email marketing

For your email marketing communication strategy, don’t be a sheep

by By Kim Greenop-Gadsby April 12

 

Chart of the Day: What is the most popular type of email marketing communication?

In email marketing, there are so many different ways to communicate with your client. But which are the most popular? And if they are popular, does that mean they are correct?

In today’s chart, it is unsurprising that most use newsletters at 74%. This is a simple way of keeping clients up to date with news or content and has been an email marketing standard for many years. However, some simple additions to your communications strategy could make dramatic differences. For instance, having a multi-step automation for new subscribers/customers, reactivation emails and automated triggers through a client’s lifecycle require a bit maintenance, but only 26%, 10% and 18% of the users surveyed actually use these in their strategy.

Communications Strategy - all industriesIt’s always good to know what others are doing in their strategy, but is it the right path for your company? Not necessarily. You need to lead the way in order to attract customers, so don’t be sheep when it comes to your email marketing strategy.

The research was designed by the teams at Smart Insights and GetResponse and written by Dave Chaffey and Robert Jones at Smart Insights, so includes not only useful benchmarks for you to compare your performance against, but also our trademark visual mindtools to help you review your approach and take practical actions to improve results.

View the full report Email Marketing & Marketing Automation Excellence 2017.

 

Statistics on SEM

Statistics on Search Engine Marketing usage and adoption to inform your search engine marketing strategies and tactics

by Robert Allen April 17

Statistics help us turn data into information, allowing us to make informed and rational decisions and that’s exactly the purpose of this article. We’re huge fans of search engine marketing, but not everyone believes in its potential for growing a business, either through Search Engine Optimisation or Paid Search Marketing – which means an AdWords focus in many countries.

This article is aimed at helping you make better-informed decisions about the running of your search marketing and making the business case by modelling the returns from Search Engine Marketing if you’re using a search gap analysis to put a quantitative estimate to the returns. Questions we answer in this article include:

  • What is the overall volume of search?
  • What is the market share of search in different search engines
  • Importance of mobile seaches vs desktop searches by industry category
  • Clickthrough rate on the SERPs by position
  • Clickthrough rates on AdWords by position

What is a Search Engine?

First of all, I thought it would make sense to define what a search engine is, as the EU managed to mess this up quite monumentally. The most realistic definition for me is from Webopedia – who state…

“Search engines are programs that search documents for specified keywords and returns a list of the documents where the keywords were found. A search engine is really a general class of programs, however, the term is often used to specifically describe systems like Google, Bing and Yahoo! Search that enables users to search for documents on the World Wide Web.”

Who has the biggest search engine market share worldwide?

According […]

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Winning on the web

If people can’t properly navigate or find the information they need on your website, you’re unlikely to convert their visit into a sale. Gina Jones explains how to use website design and user experience to influence customers and drive sales.

This article is part of BusinessZone’s Winning On The Web campaign in association with .com.

For more advice on how to succeed online and meet our Winning On The Web Champions, click here.

As acquiring traffic becomes more expensive, ensuring your website offers an outstanding user experience is essential. Web behemoths like Amazon and Google spend millions each year on user experience testing because they know that it can directly affect their bottom line.

Studies have shown that even just a one second delay in page response can result in a 7% reduction in conversions; if an e-commerce site is making $100,000 per day, a 1 second page delay could potentially cost that company $2.5 million in lost sales every year.

What is user experience?
Quite simply, user experience is what happens to your users when they interact with your business online. It includes everything they see, hear and do, as well as their emotional reactions.

If your website doesn’t offer what they are looking for, customers will simply click elsewhere, usually to a competitor’s site.

“It’s essential that the user journey is as simple as possible. Your website is often the first touchpoint, so it must be appealing in both looks and content,” says Tamara Heber-Percey, co-founder of online hotel experts Mr & Mrs Smith and Winning On The Web Champion.

“Testing your own website is crucial. Every time you make an upgrade, ensure the user journey still works and be honest if something is […]

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Why do I need Video and Audio on my Website?

More and more online marketers and business owners are seeing the light and recognising the tremendous benefits of incorporating multimedia into their online marketing strategy. It’s a proven fact that multimedia more easily and effectively captivates your audience and grab’s the attention of your prospects, visitors, subscribers and customers. Time and time again research has shown that using multimedia in the form of video and/or audio advertisements increases conversation rates, buy rates as well as subscription rates for a product or service.

If studies consistently show the advantage of incorporating multimedia into your online marketing campaign, then those who have not yet added multimedia to their advertising need to seriously rethink and reinvent their marketing strategy.

“As traditional banner ads continue to decline in their effectiveness…leading companies.. to streaming media to juice up their online advertising. These initial trials are just the beginning of what industry experts believe will be a huge market…Streaming media has a 70% response rate for content, a 60% response rate for advertising information, and a 49% “buy” rate for online merchandise. (Source: Hostcentric Streaming Media: Industry Outlook).”

When you look at the above statistics put together by leading authorities, can you really afford not to jump at the chance to use Multimedia as an advertising strategy?

Look at it this way, without Video and/or Audio your site appears static to the visitor and after seeing hundreds of these types of sites, your customer becomes desensitized which is why sales conversion rates have systematically dropped over the last couple of years all over the Internet.

Think about it…you can convince your prospect to buy your product or service or subscribe to your ezine or newsletter much more easily with a 3 minute video as […]

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Psychology of Color to Increase Website Conversions

Color wields enormous sway over our attitudes and emotions. When our eyes take in a color, they communicate with a region of the brain known as the hypothalamus, which in turn sends a cascade of signals to the pituitary gland, on to the endocrine system, and then to the thyroid glands. The thyroid glands signal the release of hormones, which cause fluctuation in mood, emotion, and resulting behavior.

Research from QuickSprout indicates that 90% of all product assessments have to do with color. “Color,” writes Neil Patel, is “85% of the reason you purchased a specific product.” It’s a no-brainer fact of any website that color affects conversions. Big time.

So, the bottom line is: use the right colors, and you win.

What is Color Psychology?

In order to really appreciate the tips below, you’ll benefit from a little information on color psychology.

Color psychology is the science of how color affects human behavior. Color psychology actually is a branch of the broader field of behavioral psychology. Suffice it to say that it’s a pretty complicated field. Some skeptics are even dismissive of the whole field of color psychology, due to the difficulty of testing theories. My own research on the topic, as this article conveys, lacks scientific evidence to back up every claim. But that alone is no reason to dismiss the profound and unarguable effect that color has on people.

There are key facts of color theory that are indisputable. In a peer reviewed journal article, Satyendra Singh determined that it takes a mere 90 seconds for a customer to form an opinion about a product. And, 62-90% of that interaction is […]