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How To: Create a Landing Page

By Xtensio

(This post includes a free tool.)

Your Ultimate Guide to Building a Landing Page

A landing page is a stand-alone web page separate from your website that builds a strong case for prospective customers or users through a single call to action.

Xtensio’s Guiding Template:

Editable Examples:

Landing Page Template
BackpackCo landing page
Traqr landing page
BetterPix landing page
Swatcher landing page

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Why do I need a landing page?

  1. To capture interest and generate leads. During your pre-product or pre-launch stage, it’s essential to test demand and build a network of potential customers. When you are ready to push your product or service, you’ll already have a list of willing and interested leads to contact. Then you can use Xtensio’s one-pager template, fact sheet template or pitch deck template to create a strong case and attract interested investors and stakeholders.
  1. To test assumptions about your core offering. Landing pages provide a great opportunity to test your assumptions about your product/service, your messaging and your target audience. Once you analyze the response level, you can optimize your page. Some questions you might consider when building your landing page are:
    • Are you conveying the core benefit of your product/service effectively?
    • Is there a way to simplify your message in order to convert more visitors?
    • Does your messaging appeal to your target audience?
  2. To learn about specific audience segments. There are several ways you can use your landing page to test how a specific segment of your audience responds to different messages. You can take an alternative approach to your core offering or A/B pricing options or special offers. These special offers can include seasonal tests like holiday campaigns or short-term offerings attached to a targeted ad campaign. You can take the data from your test and use it to create user personas and compare your customer segments with the persona comparison template

Now it’s your turn.

Below are tips and tricks for filling in the Landing Page Creator.
Follow along on your own landing page:

Overview Header

Spark Interest From The Start

Swatcher Overview Header Landing Page
Headline

The first thing people should see when arriving at your landing page is a clear headline describing your offer. What phrase succinctly conveys your unique value proposition? Does it answer to your visitor’s need? Try to keep your headline under 10 words.

Visuals

The visuals you choose to include on your landing page are also important. Stock or original photographs, graphics and visual cues will set the mood for visitors and may help keep people engaged on your page longer. But be careful: visuals can also distract people from your core offering. The key is to test your landing page’s performance with different optimizations to determine what proves most effective for you.

Call to Action

Directly below the headline, include a call to action where visitors can submit their email address to stay informed about your company, products or services, or participate in a campaign or promotion. Your call to action text should ring true to both the tone established by your company and to what visitors will receive in exchange for sharing their email address.

Quick Stat: You have only 8 seconds to make a compelling headline. (Source)

Quick Stat: More than 90% of visitors who read your headline also read your CTA Copy. (Source)

Pro tip: Check out out the brand positioning canvas and lean canvas to align your team, pinpoint your value proposition and brainstorm on a catchy headline.

About Your Company

Introduce Yourself

Traqr About Landing Page

You should briefly describe your company or service so visitors understand who your company is. Remember that this description should be as concise as possible; there are other places and opportunities for you to elaborate on all the benefits of your product or service, and you don’t want to detract from the call to action.

You don’t need a domain to create your own Xtensio landing page.

Features & Benefits

Highlight Your Value

Better Pix Benefits Landing Page

List the top features of your product/service that will benefit your potential customers in order to learn more about them. For example, if the purpose of your landing page is to target a specific user segment by describing the product offering, then this is an opportunity to test what value proposition resonates most with that particular audience.  By testing certain benefits over others, you can gain valuable insights to guide your marketing efforts.

Testimonials & Company Logos

Don’t Take Our Word For It

backpackco testimonials landing page

Testimonials

Include quotes from real customers or users that illustrate how your product or service has helped them or improved their lives. Try to include testimonials from individuals that align with your target audience. For example, if your product or service is for educators, include testimonials from professors and other reputable figures in the industry. Photos of the people being quoted will also help you convey credibility.

Company Logos

Include the logos of some companies that already use your product or service. Again, include the most reputable and relevant brands to validate your company. This is also another opportunity to link to publications or referral sites where your products have been featured. If you don’t have any references yet it’s better to forego this section than make it up.

Careful! Don’t use fake testimonials or stock photos of people providing them. Potential customers have an excellent gauge for what’s genuine and what isn’t. If you don’t have testimonials to provide, leave them off your page until you do get some.

Call to Action (Reprise) & Footer

Close The Deal

Traqr CTA reprise landing page

Call To Action (Reprise)

Make it convenient for your visitors to sign up. Including a second call to action is an opportunity to use a different version of the first one and gives you a chance to end the landing page with an appropriate closing statement.

Footer

Make sure the contents of your footer don’t detract from your primary call to action. Making your footer too large or including multiple links here might complicate the purpose of your landing page, risking that visitors will navigate away from the landing page without answering your call to action.

Metrics of Success

It’s important to consider what metrics are most important when creating your landing page. You can embed your landing page into a separate web page to measure its performance using your website’s analytics capabilities.

Final Thoughts

The Landing Page Creator is not set in stone. Like other Xtensio tools, the landing page should be repurposed, revisited, and revised. Test, optimize and retest to reach the ultimate goal of the landing page, getting visitors to answer your call to action, whatever it may be.

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