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The Ten Elements Of The Perfect Landing Page

I attended Bryan Eisenberg’s keynote about landing page optimization at HeroConf, an all PPC conference in Austin last month. He had some really actionable advice for landing page design so I thought I’d share the highlights here. You can check out Bryan’s presentation titled “Developing a High Converting Landing Page” on his site.


On Why Landing Pages Are Often Broken…

  • Most companies bring $92 to bring traffic to their site but only $1 to convert them.

  • Most sites don’t have a traffic problem, they have a conversion problem.

  • Many marketing teams suffer from the curse of knowledge: they bring their own knowledge about the product and try to sell it to people who know nothing about it.


On What A Great Landing Page Experience Needs To Be…

A landing page needs to be all of the following. Start from the top of the list and only if you meet the criteria, move on to the next one.

  • functional – i.e. not a 404 error or otherwise broken (use our landing page watchdog script if this is a concern for you)

  • accessible

  • usable

  • intuitive

  • persuasive

$44B is lost in e-commerce due to issues with just the first item on this list…


On What Landing Pages Need To Address Depending On Various Stages Of The Buying Cycle…

  • early awareness – solution may be to define a problem for the consumer

  • mid / consideration – solution may be a buying guide

  • purchase – solution is to provide a sign up or shopping cart

  • post purchase – solution may be ways to engage with the product


On How Many Test You Should Do…

Amazon did 1900 tests in 2013. So no, you’re probably not doing enough.


The Conversion Trinity: What You Need To Convert

  • Relevance

  • Value

  • CTA


The Ten Elements Every Landing Page Must Have:

  • Logo

  • Headline

    • text

    • graphical

  • Offer

  • Descriptive Copy

    • bullet block

    • key features

    • key benefits

  • Product / service presentation

    • product image

    • tours

    • screenshots

    • lifestyle images

  • Call to action

  • Confidence building

    • testimonials

    • examples of users

    • 3rd party validators

  • Contact info

  • Link to more info

  • Template elements


How To Prioritize These Ten Key Elements

You need to be careful about the page layout and make sure the page flows well and the users’ attention is drawn primarily to the right things.


Employ the visible anatomy which has 5 dimensions:

  1. Relevance – reinforce the keywords in the title so you preserve the scent of the query

  2. Quality – the page needs to look like it’s high quality – if you add too many trust badges, your site may look desperate to try and prove legitimacy and actually have worse conversion rate because it will be perceived as low quality

  3. Placement

  4. Proximity

  5. Prominence


You should prioritize 3 key sections to have great placement, proximity to other key sections, and prominence on the page:

  1. call to action

  2. choose any of the remaining 9

  3. choose any of the remaining 8


Then run a heatmap study and compare the heatmap to the anatomy you created. Your 3 priority elements should match where the users are looking. If not, iterate to fix this.


If you ever have a chance to see Bryan in person, I highly recommend it.


Frederick Vallaeys :Frederick Vallaeys was one of the first 500 employees at Google where he helped grow the AdWords search marketing system and served as Google’s AdWords Evangelist, teaching advertisers about which Google products are best to support their marketing goals. He was a key player on several of the teams that made AdWords into the leading platform for search marketing, including the team that started the AdWords Editor and the one that acquired Urchin (now Google Analytics). He has contributed his technical expertise to several AdWords books including bestsellers like “AdWords for Dummies,” “Advanced Google AdWords,” and “Quality Score in High Definition” and he writes a monthly blog for searchengineland.com. He helps advertisers improve their search marketing results through Optmyzr.com, an AdWords tool company that makes a Historical Quality Score Tracker, One-Click AdWords Optimizations and other tools to make account management more efficient.