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5 Lessons to Increase Conversion Rates You Can Learn From the Sales Pages of Others

5 Lessons to Increase Conversion Rates You Can Learn From the Sales Pages of Others

Hate the look of your landing page? Feel like your copy stinks? No idea what’s wrong, but know something could be better?

Take a look at these five landing pages below for some excellent examples of what you should be doing. They’re for both B2C and B2B products/services, so no matter what you sell, you’ll find a source to spark your creativity below. Read on.

1. Lyft

Take a look at Lyft’s new driver LP and read through it as if you were actually potentially interested in driving for Lyft.

This is your thought process:

  1. If you’re already interested, you would fill out the short form at the top. Five fields is easy (and pretty short for something like a new job). If you’re just curious, you continue on.
  2. With the earnings calculator, Lyft takes your spark of curiosity and turns it into a forest fire. They display the 2x surge rate (when you, as a driver, make almost twice as much money), so no matter which city you pick or how many hours you want to drive, they will always claim a pay rate of over $20/hour. (Try it.)
  3. A quick explanation of the service removes any confusion that a totally-cold lead would have.
  4. Benefits further ramp up your curiosity…
  5. …and smoothly lead into an explanatory video so you can take your raging curiosity and divert it somewhere.
  6. Once you’re done watching (and probably sold on the idea of being a Lyft driver), Lyft comes back and quells any concerns that may have been brought up by the video…
  7. …to finally finish things off with the top questions that their new drivers have (probably) submitted.

The thought flow of this page is perfect. Above the fold captures anyone who is ready to go, and by the end of reading the full page, you have taken yourself from mere curiosity, to extreme curiosity, to learning how everything works, to removing doubt, to being sold on the idea.

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Lesson: Structure your landing pages to match the thought structure of your visitors.

2. Readitfor.me

Have you ever thought to yourself, “I’m enjoying this book, but I’d rather be watching it in an interactive 12-minute presentation”? Probably not. But it’s a cool concept, right? You might be interested in a service like that… but you’re still a cold lead.

Readitfor.me, a service that compresses business books into short videos, knows this. They know that most of their visitors are probably 100% cold, just by the nature of their business.

So, above the fold, in addition to explaining the service and offering a CTA, they leave you with a “what if”, too – this “what if” helps to warm up leads and spark curiosity, but might take away from the page if their leads were already warm and curious.

Lesson: More text and explanation is okay if your product or service calls for it. Otherwise, keep it as snappy as possible.

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3. WebDAM

Simplify, simplify, simplify. Heard that before? It’s great advice in general, but when you’re in the B2B space, it’s sometimes counterintuitive. Often times, a B2B lead isn’t acting on impulse – if you have what he or she needs, the lead will take the time to put in a little bit of extra effort and get the necessary materials.

WebDAM capitalizes on this with one of their optin landing pages – instead of going the classic route and asking for just a name and an email, they ask for (pretty much) everything they need to know about the lead. In terms of what the lead wants, that much is already clear – he or she is looking for a new Web DAM and needs help to some degree.

Lesson: In the B2B space, if you have what they need, don’t be afraid to ask for a little more so that you have what you need.

4. Wistia

Wistia takes the approach of being the pro. Take a look at the headline on the homepage. They’re not claiming to be the best – they’re just claiming to be the video marketing platform for business.

The LP further promotes this air of superiority with very little actual copy. Instead of trying to sell the visitor on the platform, they are just claiming to be the top solution, giving out a little bit of information on what they do, and inviting the user to get started right away (for free, of course).

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Considering the size of Wistia (200k+ clients), they don’t have to try and sell users on the product too heavily. You have to chase them if you want to be a part of their superior platform and learn more about it.

Lesson: Landing pages don’t have to be long. If you have brand recognition and a solid product, you can get by with less. Take a look at other top brands and you’ll see a trend.

5. Orangefox Technical SEO Audit

We’ll end with a fantastic example of a short B2B LP, Orangefox’s SEO audit landing page. Taking into account the non-impulsive nature of B2B visitors, they offer only one CTA above the fold, and it’s tucked away in the top right corner.

Instead, above the fold is geared towards moving you down the page to the chart. If you’re not a big brand, you might get a little offended reading “your side” of that chart. But if you’re a big brand, you’re reading both sides of the chart… and realizing that this company knows exactly what you need and want down to the letter.

The chart gets rid of useless leads (which would cost Orangefox money in terms of time) and makes their target leads realize that yes, this company is definitely a good fit.

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They end smoothly with a very unique CTA that further promotes their 1-on-1, big-business image.

Lesson: Don’t be afraid to alienate one audience to get to another.

Still stuck? Think about whether or not your landing page is for B2C or B2B, then scroll up, examine one of those pages, and start taking notes. There’s nothing wrong with copying what works – it works for a reason, after all. Good luck!

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Last Updated on March 31, 2020

How to Use Visual Learning to Work More Effectively

How to Use Visual Learning to Work More Effectively

Knowledge is essential to become successful in life, your career and your business. Without learning new concepts and becoming proficient in our craft, we cannot excel in our chosen careers or archive knowledge to pass down to the next generation.

But content comes in various forms, and because how we learn influences how much we know, we need to talk about learning styles. This article will focus on how to utilize visual learning to boost your career or business.

The Importance of Knowing Your Learning Style

Knowing your learning style enables you to process new information to the best of your ability. Not only does it reduce your learning curve, you’re able to communicate these same concepts to others effectively.

But it all starts when you’re able to first identify the best way you learn.

As a college student, I soon figured out that taking online courses without visual aids or having an instructor in front of me led to poor retention of concepts.

Sure, I got good grades and performed excellently in my online exams. However. I discovered that I couldn’t maintain this performance level because I forgot 80 percent of the course content by the end of the semester.

There are several types of learning styles known to mankind. To give an idea of how visual learning stacks up against other learning styles, here’s a brief mention of some of the different types of learning styles we have.

The four most popular types of learning styles are:

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  • Visual learning style (what this article talks about).
  • Aural or auditory learning style (learning by listening to information presented).
  • Verbal or linguistic learning style (learning that involves speech and writing).
  • Tactile learning style (learning by touching and doing)

But for the purposes of this article, we will be focusing on using visual learning to boost your career or business.

How to Know If You’re a Visual Learner?

When it comes to boosting your career, business (or education), a visual learner is one who would most definitely choose shapes, images, symbols, or reading over auditory messages.

I’m talking about preferring to read an actual map when navigating to a new place over listening to verbal directions. I’m talking about discovering that you actually have trouble remembering what your manager said at the meeting because there were no graphs or illustrations to support the points raised.

Most people who struggle with learning probably aren’t leveraging their best learning styles. The earlier you identify how your learning style can boost your success, the less struggle you will encounter with processing new information throughout your career.

However, visual learning in particular CAN 10x your career or business whether it is your preferred learning style or not. And here’s why:

Several studies have arrived at the conclusion that the brain retains more information with the help of visual aids. In other words, images are directly processed by our long-term memory which helps us store information for longer periods of time.[1]

While some lessons can be performed orally, several concepts can only make sense if you have an image with an explanation of sequences (i.e learning about the human DNA).

Visual learning does use a different part of the brain and visual cues are processed by the part of the brain known as the occipital lobe.

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By engaging more parts of the brain during learning, you’re able to have a fuller understanding of concepts and facilitate better interaction with your immediate environment.

How to Use Visual Learning for Success

Here’re 4 ways to use visual learning to boost your career or business:

1. Bring back the to-do list. Then add shapes and colors to boost productivity.

We live in an age where computers have taken over virtually every aspect of productivity and most human functions. But written lists are making a comeback, and with an endless number of important tasks to complete, having a to-do list of tasks in order of importance can improve your productivity.

While coming up with a list is initially challenging, adding colors and shapes to written lists that you personally write and manage gives you an extra layer of assurance and boosts aids recall so that you actually get stuff done.

I have tried this technique in my work as a registered nurse and discovered that adding shapes and colors to to-do lists helps me delegate tasks, recognize where more work is needed, and makes it easy to cross off completed tasks at the end of the day.

2. Add graphs, charts and symbols to your reports.

Yes, it seems like more work cut out for you. However, graphs enable you monitor the heartbeat of your business.

Graphs and charts help you trend your finances, budget, and pretty much any data overtime. With the help of free and premium software available on the market, it has become easier to take plain data and in a matter of seconds, have relevant information displayed in different shapes and images.

As an entrepreneur, you can make predictions and allocate funds wisely when you’re able to see whether your efforts are rewarded. You can use colors and charts to delegate actions to members of your team and track performance at the same time.

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And when broken down into monthly, quarterly, bi-annual or annual goals, graphs and charts communicate what ordinary text cannot.

3. Effectively brainstorm with mind-mapping.

Mind-mapping is not new but I don’t think it’s been talked about as often as we do to-do lists.

With mind mapping, you’re organizing information accurately and drawing relationships between concepts and pieces from a whole.

Think of a mind map as a tree with several branches. For example, the tree can symbolize healthcare while each branch stands for nursing, medicine, laboratory science, and so on. When you look at nursing, you can further branch out into types of nursing; pediatric, women’s health, critical care, and so on.

It’s an interesting relationship; the more ideas you’re able to come up with for your chosen subject, the deeper you get and the stronger the association.

Mind maps really show you relationships between subjects and topics, and simplifies processes that might seem complicated at first glance. In a way, it is like a graphical representation of facts presented in a simple, visual format.

Mind mapping isn’t only limited to career professionals; business owners can benefit from mind mapping by organizing their online learning activities and breaking down complex tasks into simple actions so that you can accurately measure productivity.

4. Add video streaming to meetings.

What if you could double the productivity of your team members by video streaming your meetings or adding flash animation to your presentation at the same time?

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When you offer video as an alternative method of processing information to colleagues, there is a greater chance of retaining information because we recreate these stories into images in our minds.

For organizations that hold virtual meetings, it can also be an effective way to enhance performance during if people can see their colleagues in addition to flash animation or whatever form of video is provided during the meeting.

Is Visual Learning Better Than Other Learning Styles?

No, that is not the point. The goal here is to supplement your existing dominant learning style with visual learning so that you can experience a significant boost in how you process and use everyday information.

You might discover that understanding scientific concepts are much easier after incorporating visual learning or that you’re able to understand your organization’s value when projected on a visual screen with charts and graphs.

The overall goal is to always be learning and to continue to leverage visual learning style in your career and business.

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