In today’s blog, I want to talk to you about an important element of your SEO marketing campaign – your landing page. It is no longer enough to create a great-looking, search engine-optimized landing page today, whether you’re working on an inner page of your website or a separate silo page. You need to think about the behavior of your target audience when developing landing pages. Here are a few tips you can start with based on our own experience.
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Prioritize User Experience
One of the biggest mistakes you can make when developing landing pages is to put more focus on the technical aspects of optimization. While in-depth keyword research, HTML optimization and rich snippets are all very important, you need to think about what engages your target audience better. Ask yourself the following:
- What elements do users want to see on a page?
- What are the current marketing trends that they buy into?
- How will I communicate the brand message effectively in the landing page?
- How will I lead the readers from one element of the page to another, all the way to my call to action?
By answering each question carefully, you can choose the basic elements that will make your visitors’ browsing experience better. I’ve discussed some of these elements in my previous blog, but they are worth mentioning again to reiterate their importance.
Apply Neuroscience to Your Strategy
Tim Ash and his co-authors mentioned in his book “Landing Page Optimization” that SEO professionals should know about three things: psychology and motivation, neuroscience, and social psychology and persuasion. It is important to know how the brain functions to create a more effective landing page structure. With neuroscience, for example, you will know that people’s thoughts are rarely linear, and they jump from one idea to another. The same principle applies when they look at landing pages – they don’t want this to be all text, they want rich media packed with content. You can then divide your brand story into sections, and use a different medium for each. You don’t need an MD to know about neuroscience – you just need to understand the basics enough to apply it in your strategy.
Trigger the Left-Brain
The consumer’s decision to buy is part logical, but it is mostly emotional. Engage and captivate your audience by pulling at the heartstrings and giving them something they can relate to. You can do this by adding a human element to your content, and creating personal connections as a result. Just because you added a stock photo means you added human element already. Give them stories that they can relate to, stories about your industry and your business that reflect your audience’s standing in life. Visitors are more likely to become customers if they feel familiarity because you build trust.
Create Catchy Headlines and Subheadings
Creating titles that resonate with the audience very well is very important in landing pages. You only have a limited amount of space to make a good impression on your visitors. A great title connects with your audience on an emotional level, moves them to curiosity, and even inspires them to action. Remember what Ogilvy said about the headline being 80% of the sales pitch.
Explain the “Why” before the “What” and the “How”
People buy into why you do something, not what you have to offer or how you implement it. They want to know what drives you to provide your products or services, and they want answers that are relevant to their current stories. Practice brand storytelling for each landing page you create, and tell narratives that are honest, relevant and compelling. Start with why you do what you do, then move on to what it is you offer, and how you will fulfill your customer’s needs.
Reflect Your Brand Personality
Make your brand the theme for your landing pages. Everything from the language, to the colors, to the design, should reflect and represent your brand accurately. This could be the only thing your visitors will base their decision on – make sure you put your brand in a positive light. If your landing page is a silo page, make it consistent with your website to show professionalism.
Make Silo Pages
In the previous blog, I discussed the importance of silo pages for converting SEO traffic into revenue. If you have a topic that deserves its own page, create one, and make this your landing page. Silo pages enable you to target different segments of your market, providing them the specific information they seek. You have to plan your silo pages carefully because this is easily spammable. Group your keywords thematically and use them sparingly in one silo page, and keep your content direct and relevant to the topic. Make sure you only talk about what your customers are exactly looking for to avoid being tagged as spam. Remember that silo pages also add to your link profile, so keep them clean and follow the guidelines set by Google and other search engines.
Add Clear and Direct Calls to Action
Don’t confuse your audience by placing multiple calls to action in one landing page. Have one main call to action above the fold, and one below the fold, to keep their attention focused. Make the design stand out from the rest of the page – bright colors like orange, red, and yellow call the focus of people. Don’t use generic copy like “Download” or “Sign Up” on your button unless you have a clear call to action text before the button. Use specific instructions and indicate benefits if you don’t have a call to action text before the button, like “Sign Up to Get 25% Off” instead of just “Sign Up.”
Add Trust and Credibility Signals
Because of information overload, clients are meticulous when selecting providers. They want to see trust signals like testimonials and logos of companies you’ve collaborated with so far. Encourage your loyal customers to share reviews of your service, and feature these in your landing pages. These reviews will give your visitors an idea of what it will be like to work with you, and how effective your services are in their industry.
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