As a kid who was fascinated with the magic store, it’s kind of surprising that I still don’t know how magicians do certain tricks. But it’s probably because as an adult, I’ve spent most of my time trying to master one magic trick:
Making more money appear — both for my PPC agency and for our clients.
How do we do it?
A large part of the magic comes from the landing pages our CRO team designs and tests. And today I want to reveal all the tricks that go into a high-converting landing page to make you the David Copperfield of PPC landing page testing.
(Keep reading below the gifographic for more explanation.)
Geographic specificity: Get more local love
When your PPC campaigns and landing page work together on a geographic level, you unleash serious conversion potential.
To help illustrate, imagine these two scenarios:
- A nationwide PPC campaign that goes to a nationwide landing page
- A city-specific PPC campaign that goes to a city-specific landing page
Which one do you think will perform better?
I think the second would — and we have 100+ clients that would agree. By becoming more granular with your PPC campaigns, you’re able to make the visitor believe that you’re local (even if you’re not).
Take this example of using geographic-specific area code phone numbers on landing pages versus a generic 800 number:
And phone numbers are only a start. Test geographically-specific PPC ad copy, landing page headlines and even visuals.
We use Unbounce’s Dynamic Text Replacement (DTR) to help us easily launch dynamic landing pages and prevent traffic dilution that slows down statistical significance.
Which brings us to our next trick…
Dynamic text replacement: Less work, more fun
Dynamic text replacement allows you to swap out the text on your landing page with keywords from your PPC campaigns.
By making small adjustments to your PPC campaign URLs, you can make one landing page specific to hundreds of keywords you’re bidding on, resulting in a landing page that show exactly what visitors searched for:
With DTR, you can turn one landing page into 100 landing pages.
Here’s an example of an outdoors company using DTR to “magically” create super-relevant landing pages.
If the user searched for “hiking backpack,” this is the landing page they’ll see:
And if they searched for “trekking backpack”?
Notice how nothing changed but the text on those two pages?
Read a full explanation of this “magic trick” here.
Multi-step landing pages
You’ve heard how reducing the amount of form fields will help improve your conversion rates, right?
But what if I told you that there’s a way to add more fields (thereby better qualifying prospects) while still improving conversion rates?
That’s some true David Copperfield s*** right there.
Multi-step landing pages can help you achieve just this by asking for a little information upfront, then progressively asking for more and more. Dr. Robert Cialdini, author of Influence: The Power of Persuasasion, explains that this technique works because of a principle he calls Commitment and Consistency:
On our own landing pages, we start by asking questions that are easy to answer, and then progressively get more personal.
We’ve found that these “micro conversions” make it more likely for the prospect to then later fill out more personal details such as their name and contact information:
Call to action temperature testing
A common mistake a lot of our clients make prior to working with us is that they use the same call to action for all their PPC traffic: search, social, video and display.
This is problematic because different types of PPC traffic have different levels of intent.
For example, people seeing your ads through the Search Network can be people really close to converting (depending on keyword intent), but the Display Network typically has visitors who are a few steps behind. (I wrote about this on the Unbounce blog before.)
We have found that display leads are typically colder than leads acquired through the search network.
If a certain PPC channel isn’t converting for you, sometimes switching up the offer — and the call to action — can make all the difference.
We’ve found that the offers on the left work well for cold leads, whereas the offers on the right work better for warm leads:
As with most PPC tactics, this requires a bit of testing. And don’t forget to have a means of nurturing cold leads down the funnel.
Local visuals: Make ‘em feel at home
Remember how you can improve conversion rates by changing phone numbers and headlines to appear more local to the visitor’s location?
You can also do that with your hero shot and other visuals you’re using on your landing page.
We ran a test for a roofing company who advertised in several states. Because we were able to split up the PPC traffic based on geography, we were able to funnel all visitors to a dedicated landing with visuals that matched the local feel:
Conversion rates increased by 22%.
It seems so simple, yet it’s a bit of work to set up.
But the payoff is immense.
Hidden fields sales tracking
This very moment, you’re likely bidding on multi intent keywords that may bring you conversions (leads, demos, or trials), but will never turn into sales.
But with hidden fields sales tracking like Google’s ValueTrack parameters, you’re able to create hidden fields on your landing page to capture lead information, along with other nifty data, like:
- The keyword they typed in
- The device they were using
- The landing page URL they converted on
- The geographic location they were in
With your CRM lead entry that now has all that additional bulleted info, you’re able to go back to your PPC accounts and learn not just what keyword gave you the lead, but what keyword gave you the sale — in other words, which of your keywords have the highest closing rate.
With that information, you’ll find that you’re able to afford higher CPAs for certain conversions compared to others, and this will ultimately help you get higher volumes of the right type of conversions.
How’d you do that?
PPC landing page testing can be complex, but these few tricks above are what help us double the performance for our clients.
These tips will help you customize your landing pages, resulting in better marketing experiences that convert better.
So you can pull more rabbits conversions out of your hat PPC campaigns.
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