How well are your landing pages converting visitors to qualified sales leads? Do you even know? Assuming you have metrics at your disposal, what are your conversion rates? 5%? 10%? 20%? Better? If you've converting leads at 20% or better, you are doing pretty well by most standards. What if your results aren't that good? What can you do to jumpstart your landing pages?
There is no Bill of Rights for landing pages, and they are not all created equal. It's critically important to go beyond a single landing page concept, using advanced lead generation and analytics techniques to capture the interest and convince your visitors to convert to leads and eventually to become loyal customers.
As you no doubt know, you have about 30 seconds to grab someone's attention and convince them to convert on your landing page. Start with a strategy by answering the following questions:
Don't assume that your inbound marketing efforts will be successful. Test your ideas and analyze your results. Analyze visitor behavior from website (or other marketing vehicle) to landing page to sign-up form to confirmation page and beyond. Offer more than one problem-solving idea via downloads, videos and webinars. Promote them with different methods and perform A/B testing on different landing pages to find the optimum design and content. Give your tests some time to develop, so you can obtain reliable data and trends.
After you've tested your ideas and analyzed the results, it's a good idea to leverage what you've learned with:
Drive these campaigns to more advanced lead analytics landing pages and test their conversion rates.
Over time you'll develop a comprehensive marketing strategy rather than a hit-and-miss approach.
Remember that the web is not a "field of dreams". If you build it, they may not come and even if they come, they may not convert. When a potential customer arrives at your landing page, make the most of it by creating and implementing an advanced lead generation and analytics plan. Learn from your visitors and give them what they want.
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