Is Your Spooky Landing Page Scaring Away Potential Leads?
In today’s marketing environment starting a campaign demands having a landing page. There is currently no better way to facilitate lead generation. Landing pages give people something they need and, in return, you get their information and the chance to create a relationship. While effective, landing pages can still be tricky because of today’s already-skeptical digital audience; people are hesitant to give out their information to just anyone. Is your landing page contributing to these fears? If you are utilizing too many graphics, dull copy and confusing calls to action, like the example above, you most likely are. To help you out, I have identified 5 best practices to adhere to when designing a landing page.
The Great Advertising Shift; What Has Changed and What is Left to Come?
I wouldn’t consider myself an “old-head,” but I have been in the advertising industry for over 20 years, and have seen it shift dramatically. When I started out, it was a pretty easy gig, as far as I was concerned. A media planner by trade, I’d walk into meetings and only have a handful of advertising options to present; television, radio, print, direct mail, sponsorship, and not much else. In preparation, I would run some basic demographics with the target audience, which was easier than today as well – with audiences being so broad. After exchanging pleasantries with the client, I’d break down the costs of each channel, our expectations of their success, and pitch what we thought would be most effective. There wasn’t much back and forth, and typically the client would sign right there. Today, things are much different.
Look Out Millennials, Gen Z is Coming
The news, blogs, and research articles all talk about Millennials. Everyone is worried about how to manage them, how to reach them, and how to market to Millennials. We here at initiate-it have spent a good deal of time researching and learning about Millennials. We’ve applied our learnings to help many businesses reach this generation.
But look out world, because I think it’s time we all start paying attention to the next group who is about to seriously rock our planet: Gen Z or iGen as they are often referred to. This is the group of young people who were born in 1996 and beyond. An important demarcation from millennials is that they were too young to have seen or known about 9-11 when it happened. Gen Z are primarily children of Gen X and some older Millennials. They are a whole different ball-game from Millennials.
Should You be Using a Landing Page?
If you operate in the digital space and have a web presence, chances are, you know what a landing page is. If you don’t; a landing page is a “standalone web installation distinct from your main website that has been designed for a single focused objective.” You may be asking yourself, “Should I be using one?” While there are exceptions to every rule, in most instances that you are trying to capture leads, I would argue, yes.
If you are debating whether or not to implement a landing page, hopefully the insights below can help you make a decision.
Cyclical Marketing: The Rise and Fall of the Digital Age
It’s time to release the Kraken and take a sledgehammer to your digital advertising efforts. That’s right, we’ve come to a tipping point. Just as Nina Simone’s sultry tones once gave way to Rhianna’s moist screeches, digital and social media marketing are soon to be replaced. Not by something new… but by something we’ve seen before.
Snapchat: Blending the Line Between Work and Play
If you tell me you’re not familiar with Snapchat, I have to assume you’ve either been living under a rock or have been trapped in a “Get Out” style hypnotic trance. These days, it is everywhere. The parent company of the trendy social media app, Snap (SNAP,) IPO’d last week at $17 per share, soared to as high as $26, and now has a market valuation of 35 billion (CNN Money.) This makes Snapchat worth three times as much as Twitter. As one of the fastest growing mobile apps under the social networking umbrella, Snapchat should be on every marketing directors’ radar.
Snapchat is no longer just for sharing your face with funny filters or recording your drunk friends doing embarrassing things, it’s applications stretch far beyond the founders’ original intent and is well positioned to aid you in your marketing efforts going forward. Below I’ve enumerated five steps to help you do just that.