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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 August 19, 2019

20 Critical Skills to Include on Your Resume (For All Types of Jobs)

20 Critical Skills to Include on Your Resume (For All Types of Jobs)

A resume describes your critical skills in a way that compels a hiring manager to want to meet you. That is a resume’s sole purpose.

And make no mistake: Writing a resume is an art.

Today each corporate job opening attracts 250 resumes on average, and somehow yours will need to rise above the competition. It’s actually harder to snag an interview from an online posting than to get into Harvard. But don’t let that intimidate you. Instead, open your laptop, roll up your proverbial sleeves, and let’s get to work!


Employers generally prefer candidates with skills that show leadership ability, problem-solving ability, and perseverance through challenges. So in the resume, you should demonstrate that you’re a dynamic candidate.

Refine the skills on your resume so that you incorporate these resume “musts:”

1. Leadership Ability

Even an entry-level employee can show leadership. Point out how your skills helped your department ascend to a new level. Capture leadership attributes with compelling statements.

Example:

“Led change that drove efficiency and an ability to cut 800 error-free payroll checks.”

2. Problem-Solving Ability

Most employees are hired to solve problems. Showcase that ability on your resume.

Example:

“Led staff in campaign to outrival top competitor’s market share during a down cycle.”

3. Perseverance

Have you been promoted several times? Or have you maintained margins in a down cycle? Both achievements demonstrate persistence. You look like someone who can navigate roadblocks.

4. Technical Skills

Consider including a Key Skills or Technology Skills section in which you list computer and software skills.

Example:

“Expert-level knowledge in Java.”

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5. Quantified Results

Nothing is quite as attractive as objective results. Did you increase sales by 25 percent? Win three new clients? Surpass the internal goal by 15 percent?

Use hard-hitting numbers to express your point. State the result first, and then provide a sentence or phrase describing the critical skills you applied to achieve the milestone.

Example:

“Boosted sales by 200 percent by developing new online platform that made it easier for customers to compare and contrast sizes, textures, and fit.”

6. People Skills

Employers prefer congenial staff members to prima donnas or mavericks. Relate your strongest soft skills.

Example:

“Organized, hard-working staffer who listens well and communicates effectively.”

7. Passion in the Field

Recruiters and hiring managers can intuit whether candidates care about their career performance by the dynamism behind the descriptions of their skills on their resumes. Are your efforts “transformational” or merely “useful?” Were your results “game-changing” or boringly “appropriate?”

The tenor of your words reveals whether you’re passionate or passive. (But don’t overdo it. See the “Hyperbole” section below.)

8. Being the Entrepreneur within the Corporation

Whether you took the initiative to create a new synergy or worked independently to land an opportunity, share how you furthered organizational goals through your self-directed efforts.

9. Your Adaptability

Have you switched career paths? Weathered a corporate takeover?

Make it clear that your resilience helped get you and your organization through the turbulence.

10. Confirming Your Expertise

Every job posting states experience requirements. Ideally, you want to meet these requirements or best them. But don’t exaggerate.


While proving that you possess the credentials described in the job posting, you can still stand out if you are able to offer additional special skills to showcase your personality.

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Consider adding any of these special accomplishments, if true:

11. Referencing Award-Winning Talents

If you played center on your college basketball team that made it into the Top 10 finals, then working collaboratively and cooperatively are among your natural callings. Be sure to say so.

12. Unveiling Your Work Persona

If you were repeatedly singled out for your stellar performance in work settings, becoming employee-of-the-month, top revenue generator, and so on — it’s worth mentioning.

13. Capitalizing on Commonalities

From Googling the hiring manager, you discover that she was formerly a Peace Corps volunteer in Belize. Listing your Spanish immersion course in Central America may draw her attention to the other outstanding skills on your resume.

14. Highlighting Creative Tactics

If, for example, in your HR role, you piloted an employee incentive program that became an industry model, include it. Such innovative thinking will command an employer’s attention.

15. Specifying All Accolades

Listing any honors received instills confidence that you will bring that level of perfectionism forward in a corporate environment.

16. Transferable Skills

You spend your spare time conducting your community orchestra. Highlight this after-hours pursuit to show that you have the critical skills needed to keep a team on task.


Take note: Hyperbole can hurt you. So, show your credibility.

Although it may be tempting to use embellishments to boost your experience, improve your job title, or enhance your education, resist. These days, a five-minute search will reveal the truth. And taking self-inflation too far could easily come back to destroy your career.

Hiring managers have their antenna up for resume hyperbole. A survey shows that 53 percent are suspicious that candidates are often dishonest.

Follow these guiding principles when writing your own resume:

17. Accurately Describing Your Degree

Make sure to differentiate between certificates attained and degrees earned, along with the name of the institution awarding them.

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18. Stating Job Duration with Honest Dates

Honesty is the only policy when reporting the length of a particular job. If you’ve been out of work for an extended period of time, state the reason you have gaps.

Whether you traveled, had to cope with a family emergency, or went back to school to change your professional track, communicate the positive outcome that came from the hiatus.

19. Claiming Only the Skills You Truly Possess

Unless you’re proficient in a software program or are fluent in a second language, leave any mention of them off.

Conversely, if you feel like you must include them, then accurately qualify your level of competence.

20. Being Honest About Your Role in a Project

You may think you were the lead person because you did most of the work, but chances are your supervisor thinks otherwise.

Besides the 20 critical skills to include on your resume, here’re some important notes for you.

Bonus Tips for Writing a Resume

You Only Have 6 to 7 Seconds to Impress the Employer

Hiring managers and artificial intelligence “bots” may spend only 6 to 7 seconds perusing your resume, which means you need it to teem with essential skills, quantifiable achievements, and action words.

If, in fact, you believe that a “bot” will be analyzing your resume before it even lands on a hiring manager’s desk, be sure to include some of the actual key words from the posting in your document. There’s no reason why you can’t customize your resume to each job posting.

Another tip: Be sure to show your resume to a few individuals who work in your field, so that you can fine-tune the information as needed.

Starting at the Top

The Objective at the top of your resume is optional if you’re seeking the same job you already have, just at different company. However, if you’re switching fields, it’s critical to include an Objective, which is a one-sentence summary of the job you want.

For example:

Objective: To become web editor at a thriving news website.

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If you’ve been in your field for ten years or more, you will probably want to include an Executive Summary. This is a one-sentence takeaway about who you are, including the critical skills you amassed throughout your career.

For example:

Executive Summary: Award-winning creative director with over ten years experience managing teams on three continents.

Depending on your field, you may also want to add some skills as bullet points in the Executive Summary section.

And what about your Education? If you graduated from college within the past ten years, include your Education just below the Objective section (and forgo the Executive Summary). If it’s been over ten years since you graduated, then include your Education at the very end of your resume. Only cite your grade point average (G.P.A.) if it was exceptional—3.7 G.P.A. or higher, or if you won scholastic awards.

Ideally, the critical skills you amassed during college, at your previous job, and throughout your career will add up to a riveting portrait of a professional who’s ideally suited for your dream position: You.

Tailor, Tweak, and Fine-Tune

If you’re targeting different kinds of organizations, you’ll need customized resumes for each outreach.

Don’t be afraid to parrot some of the words on the list of requirements back to the company. Many times, organizations will actually use the key words mentioned in the job posting when screening resumes.

Approach Your Resume as a Skills-Based Story

Like any good storyteller, lay out the framework at the beginning. Include the skills you’ve mastered and state how you can add value—wording your sentences in a way that reflects the specific job you’re seeking.

Are you vying for a sales position? Quantify your results: “Responsible for 50 percent of all sales that resulted in $750,000 in annual revenue.” Use your critical skills, peppered throughout your resume, to tell the exciting story of your distinguished professional career!

Researching the organization that you’re targeting will help you make your examples specific. Does the company cater to a particular audience or clientele? Be sure to note any experiences you’ve had with similar audiences.

Putting It All Together

A resume is not a laundry list. It tells a cohesive story. Your story should highlight your qualifications and critical skills in a way that makes a logical, well-constructed case for your compatibility with the organization and its advertised position.

Packaging your story into the concisely prescribed format of a resume means that it will read as a synopsis — one that will hopefully land you the job.

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