Top Tips for Creating Effective Call-to-Action Copy

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Top Tips for Creating Effective Call-to-Action Copy


strong calls to actionWithin seconds of seeing your call to action (CTA), a visitor should be able to determine exactly why he or she should take action and what they will get in return for their information or money. The most effective CTA's contain action verbs, which we know describe an action or activity. Excluding these powerful words from your copy leaves the reader with little to no direction and often hurts your click rate ultimately affecting your conversion rate.

Think of action verbs as a CTA's BFF—they convey emotion and appeal to the reader’s senses.

A call to action—whether on your website, email or print material—is meant to prompt a person to perform a specific action. There are several factors that contribute to an effective call to action, including copy, design, and placement. Today we will focus specifically on copy.

Here are a few examples of powerful action verbs:

  • Discover
  • Explore
  • Click
  • Learn
  • Examine
  • Download
  • Find
  • Uncover

Why Less is More

You've heard the statement less is more. In the case of most calls to action, this holds true. Fewer words with more robust meaning (that your audience can easily understand) should be the goal when creating your copy. Don't get too wordy that your message gets lost among the vocabulary. Adverbs and adjectives will weigh down your copy. On the other hand, a visitor should not have to dust off the thesaurus or search Google to understand the meaning of a word in your CTA. Additionally, avoid technical terms or internal acronyms that often bore or confuse your audience.

Use relevant statistics when possible to back up your statements. Most people are intrigued by statistics, and, in a world of vague claims, actual numbers help validate your offer. For example, HubSpot’s call to action for joining its email list is, “Get the world’s best marketing resources right in your inbox! Join more than 817,000 inbound marketers!”

What We Have Learned So Far

At Kuno, we are constantly A/B testing our own CTA's. Our visitors tend to respond best to phrases such as Free Ebook or Free Cheat Sheet. On the flip side, the phrase Learn More, often coverts lower.

The Takeaway?

It is important to know your audience and be willing to test copy. Rarely will the first CTA you create generate the most conversions. While we can offer best practices in developing strong copy, it is really up to you to constantly test and readjust your CTA's based on the data you gather. Some action verbs will convert better than others depending on your industry, and it is your job to discover what works best. 

Do you have great CTA copy you would like to share?  Leave us a comment. 

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photo credit: miuenski 


It's most of the times also better to create a button for the CTA, to make it stand out more. 
You can do A/B testing with this as well (which color works best, etc)
Posted @ Monday, November 19, 2012 3:51 AM by Frank Suyker
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