Mobile, mobile, mobile. It’s all we hear about these days!
Even so, many marketers are still not taking steps to fully optimize their PPC landing pages for mobile users. In this article, I discuss several factors that can really make a difference when it comes to your mobile pages. Note that these tips can also be used on “regular” (non-PPC) mobile site pages.
1. Be Succinct
A few well-chosen words are better than long, babbly paragraphs, especially on mobile pages with limited screen real estate. My personal copywriting method is to write freely, then do a complete hack job on my copy. I usually end up with 60% to 70% fewer words than I started with.
Take a look at the example below. It’s generic, but you’ll get the point:
It is nearly always possible to say things more concisely. For example, instead of listing all 50 of your company’s features, try stating something like “Over 50 customizable features! Check them out!” as one of the reasons that folks should do business with you. (This is a real example, and it took me some time to convince the client not to explain all 50 features on one page!)
Note: The English language is riddled with useless words. In particular, sentences containing “that,” “which” and “who” can often be reworked and written more concisely.
2. Don’t Use Intensifiers And Superlatives
I mention this point specifically because it’s the most common mistake I see in Web and mobile copy. For some reason, folks think that adding vague words like “best,” “better” and “totally” makes for good marketing copy. Here are a couple of examples:
What exactly is a “totally” innovative company? By what standard is your product the “best?” It’s far better to be clear, direct and descriptive than to litter your site with vague and meaningless language. Companies that win specifically and concisely spell out their benefits and advantages.
You can get away with it if you’re a company that has a zillion customers or a zillion bucks in revenue. In the MailChimp example below (under my No. 7 tip), they say, “Send better email.” How is it “better?” Even if you can back it up, it’s worth exploring other words or ways to communicate customer value. I’ve seen conversion events increase significantly from this change alone.
3. Use Bullet Points
Personally, I like to use bullet points on both mobile devices and regular landing pages. They are easy to read, communicate marketing messages effectively, and specifically hone in on customer wants/needs.
Because of how they’re structured, bullet points generally create more white space (as compared to paragraphs), so pages are less cluttered. Less text with more white space is important — this reduces cognitive load and allows visitors to make buying decisions more easily. For me, winning pages have between three and five bullet points per page.
4. Legibility Is Key
The font on mobile pages and buttons should be large enough for people to read without having to zoom in. Mobile buttons should be large (remember, they’re designed for a human finger, not a mouse) and easy to click so that visitors can take action quickly.
For extra ease of use, clickable information should be tied to your primary conversion event. An example is having a click-to-call phone number to drive phone calls for people to make appointments or purchase something via phone. The same principle obviously applies to buttons that would allow you to make a purchase.
5. Have A Simple Form (If Applicable)
Mobile forms should include no more than three or four fields and a clear call-to-action. If needed, include other info farther down the page. Take a look at the following example:
6. Fast Loading Pages
It goes without saying that fast loading pages are important. I like pages that load under five seconds, but the faster the better. Among other reasons, people are using their phones while multitasking or between tasks. For example, perhaps a person is in the middle of another task (like cooking) but takes a few moments to look something up on a mobile device. Naturally, if pages load too slowly, he or she will bail quickly and try another site.
7. One Solid Call-To-Action
Don’t distract or confuse visitors with more than one call-to-action — instead, focus your landing page on just one.
If you absolutely must have more than one, have your main call-to-action clearly visible and accessible to the user at the top of the page and secondary conversions (like “learn more” or an app download) farther down the page.
With B2B businesses, it’s a slightly different story. No other conversion points should appear on a page besides the main call-to-action. Don’t suggest additional products like B2C companies (a la Zappos). Conversion suffers if there’s more than a single call to action on the page.
Incorporating benefits into buttons is also a winning strategy. In the above example, GoToMeeting’s call-to-action button reads, “Try it Free for 30 Days.” In the example below, MailChimp has the same call-to-action appearing twice on the page, and they use the word “free” in their button.
Your call-to-action can also be a phone number (if applicable to your business). Phone calls tend to convert much better than online conversions anyway, as per my article on phone conversions. If your business can go either way, running a phone number on mobile pages is an awesome test.
I came across this post on Search Engine Land this morning. Google is asking end users for some feedback on their Search Console as messages and notifications.
Google only recently renamed the service that was well-known as Google Webmaster Tools to #Google Search Console. This tool is incredibly important for any search engine optimization company, as well as webmasters.
With the help of Google Search Console, you can learn about crawl errors, whether certain pages are indexed or not, which backlinks are pointing to your site, which search queries are being used to find your site, as well as a number of other very useful things.
Whenever I speak with a potential #seo client, my first questions is always whether the client is using Google Search Console. Closely followed with the same question with regards to Google Analytics.
Search Console gives me a great idea of whether the client’s site has technical difficulties that must first be overcome before the seo can start. It also gives me a great idea of what types of searches are bringing in some traffic.
If you are already using Search Console, go to the survey here and let’s make this tool even better!
The survey can be accessed over here, and it starts off asking if your role is webmaster, SEO, marketer, etc. It then goes into more detail, asking how many sites you manage, how many messages you get per week, if you read them, where you read those messages, which ones you act on versus which ones you ignore, and why you might skip acting on them.
Clearly, Google is looking for ways to make the messaging through the Google Search Console better. Recently, Google announced they will reduce the notifications one sees based on which sites they technically own within the Google Search Console.
Google’s Mariya Moeva is seeking feedback on how the Google Search Console can do better at sending out messages and notifications to webmasters and those who verify their websites in the Google Search Console.