Landing Pages – What Should They Have?


A landing page is often a single page website that concentrates purely on one product or service. Traffic is driven to this page through other marketing means – e.g. banner adverts, email marketing, print ads etc.

There are 4 things that need to be considered when creating your landing page.

You have to look at:

  • What your offer is going to be?
  • Who will be interested in your offer?
  • Why they should take further action (i.e. buy or sign up)?
  • How do they take further action?

Landing page elements

There are various elements each landing page should have to help answer the above questions.

1. Logo

Your company logo will be on all your marketing materials so your reader can easily identify you. Therefore it should also appear on your landing page to keep the continuity.

Normally it will appear in the top left or top right corner of that page – somewhere it can be seen without detracting from the mail sales message of your page.

2. Unique value proposition

There is one question that will be in the forefront of your reader’s mind when they reach your landing page – ‘what’s in it for me?’ So you must answer it immediately.

Your unique value proposition will tell them exactly why they should do business with you – this will be a major benefit of your product or service.

3. Headline

Because your reader would have come to your landing page from another piece of marketing (email, postcard, banner advert), you must ensure your headline ties in with the advert that generated the lead in the first place. If you don’t you’ll cause confusion and lose the reader.

4. Offer

Whatever your offer is, it must be clear and concise. It is this that will make them make the buying decision (or not) so it has to be a fantastic deal.

But if you make it too complex they’ll walk away. Make sure you keep it simple.

5. Be interesting

The main body of your landing page (or video) has to be interesting. Make sure it is benefits lead so they are left in doubt about what your product/service will do for them. Always write in the second person (i.e. you and your) to build rapport and talk directly to them.

The format of your copy is also very important. Use short paragraphs and sub headings to break up the text. The use of bulleted lists will also add interest.

6. The use of images

Pictures are fantastic if used well. A poor quality or boring image will do more harm than good. Use one that is of high quality and interesting – something that will make them want it.

7. Call to action

This should be simple and commanding and can appear anywhere within the text. Don’t over use it though, there’s nothing worse than seeing a bold CTA after every paragraph – that makes you look desperate.

If the desired action is to complete an online form, make sure it is simple to complete. If your reader is faced with a long and tedious order process, they won’t bother.

8. Create confidence

You have to get your reader to trust you and have confidence in you and your product. Using testimonials, case studies, and reviews will strengthen your case and give peace of mind to your reader. But make sure they are qualified.

9. Be transparent

Don’t hide behind your landing page. If your contact details aren’t prominently featured your reader will think you have something to hide.

Make sure all your contact details are visible along with you T&Cs, privacy policy and copyright details etc. These can be on other pages, but you must make sure a link to them is clearly visible.

10. Test

OK, strictly speaking this isn’t an element that appears on your landing page, but it is vital in its development.

You will never know how your readers will react until you test your page. Create more than one and direct traffic to each one. Check your conversion rates to determine which was more successful. But don’t stop there. Constant testing is the only way to hone the optimum landing page that will convert consistently.

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1 comment so far ↓

#1 Nabeel| Create Your First Website on 05.22.10 at 10:43 am

Great Advice!

I would like to add one thing:

Do not offer huge, ‘free’ ‘bonuses’ in the landing page. It just distracts the consumer from the main product.

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