Y’all, we’re excited about this one: It's landing page time! You can see amazing returns from a well-made landing page that follows these techniques.First, let’s define a Landing Page (LP): It’s a stand-alone page where someone “lands” after they click on an ad or a marketing campaign. A landing page is not usually found anywhere on your main site, as it generally contains a really great offer that you wouldn’t want just anyone to see. Now, here’s 10 best practices to creating landing pages that we keep in mind. 1. Know your audienceBefore you do anything, get to know your customers. Seriously! Yes, keep your brand guidelines in mind when creating your landing page. But, also remember who this page is for. It’s not for you, it’s for your customer. Speak to them by using colors and language that they resonate with.2. Provide a great offer This may be a no-brainer, but make sure you've got a killer offer. If this is your entry offer, are you offering a really bad ass mini course, an ebook, or a free-plus-shipping product offer? How can you sweeten the deal? Consider bundling multiple deals. Don’t get too caught up on if you’ll break even or lose a little on your first offer. You can always add an upsell on the next page!\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\tYou can see above that Winc offered customers (directed from a Facebook ad) 4 bottles of wine for $39. By contrast, users shopping on their website rather than this landing page would only receive 35% off.3. Clear offer above “the fold” Users should come to your landing page and immediately know the offer they’re getting. Your offer’s language should be clear and concise + fit on the screen (of any device) without a user needing to scroll to see it.\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t4. Find social proofSocial proof is so important in helping secure the sale. Customers raving about your product on Twitter? Add it to your landing page! According to WebDam, testimonial videos on landing pages increase conversions by 86%. So, when someone tags you in a video Instagram Story, hit screen record and save for later. Always ask for their permission before use.5. Address pain pointsKnow what pain points your offer is solving for the customer. Before you start, list out the top three pain points that your landing page offer will resolve to keep your landing page focused when building it out.\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\tPain point: a number of factors get in the way when shoppers are buying a product online. Solution: Bolt seeks to eradicate those distractions to increase sales and presents a number of studies to prove their methods do just that. 6. Less asks, the betterDon’t ask for too much on the first page. If you do require a lot of information, like a mailing address or phone number, take care to make it a two-step form where you are sure to at least secure name + email from step one in case the user drops off. This way, you can follow up via email.\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\tDaily Harvest’s page is bright, white and clean! Products are clearly presented and both pages ask for minimal info to start so they can always follow up with email marketing if the customer doesn’t decide to purchase right away. 7. Put their blinders onThis means no menus or links that lead away - all clickable assets lead directly to your goal. There’s no way for us to be clearer on this one. ;)\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\tEvery click leads to HelloFresh’s delicious offer. Also, that initial pop-up message is a little tricky with a reverse yes-means-no tactic.8. Brighten button colors Your CTA (call-to-action) button should be a contrasting, attractive color that screams “click here!” Our favorite button colors are green, blue, yellow, and orange. If your brand is design heavy, feel free to use colors that match your branded color scheme, but do try to make the button pop in other ways. You can make your buttons stand out by -only using a specific color for CTA buttons and not anywhere else on the screen.making your CTA buttons animated: add a button hover or wiggle to make your CTA draw attention.using large text, a drop shadow, or arrows pointing toward your button. \t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t9. Is it mobile friendly?Cause it really does matter: "40% of users turn to a competitor’s site after a bad mobile experience,” (Compuware). Now think of that in terms of people - if 430 people visited your site (nice!) and had a bad time, you could lose out on as many as 172 purchases (not so nice).\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\tGuesty’s page isn’t just mobile friendly - it’s color coordinated! Bright illustration’s make their objectives clear to understand with just a quick glance.10. Track conversions and optimizeWhat’s your goal? Leads, sales, registrations, or otherwise?Be sure to set and track your goals. That way, you’ve got a benchmark for success and can properly determine if your offer + landing page is converting well. Once you know your benchmark, you can do things like A/B test your landing page design, your CTA button’s text or color, or your landing page offer all to optimize for a better cost to acquire a customer.\t\t \t\tHow can you use these strategies to put together a great landing page that entices customers to your brand?Take these recommendations and run with it!If the process seems a bit much, that’s because it is - but, it gets easier over time! If you’d like a second pair of eyes, share your landing page to our CORE 3 Facebook Group!\t\t \t\t\tSign up below to subscribe to our newsletter and get free marketing guides + how-tos!