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Conversion Architecture

Posted by David C Aaronson

Nov 12, 2012 3:00:00 PM

Businesses around the world spend millions on developing, optimizing and WorldInHandpromoting their company's home pages. To ensure that money invested in your virtual store front is spent wisely and will generate increased conversion rates and subsequent profits, it is crucial to develop a sound conversion architecture.

The four main elements to consider when developing your conversion architecture include:

  • Homepage 
  • Landing Pages
  • Social Marketing 
  • Lead Nurturing

Structuring and/ or managing these elements in the correct manner will provide an effective conversion architecture designed to turn marketing strategies into success without costs spiraling out of control.

Homepage 

Unlike dedicated landing pages, which receive targeted traffic from specific Home as represented as the home key on a keyboardchannels and offer specific messages with a clear call to action, home pages have to attract traffic from a diverse, large audience. This audience then needs to be engaged and educated sufficiently to be encouraged to explore the remainder of the website. To avoid high bounce rates and make your homepage an effective part of your conversion architecture, it should contain the following vital elements.

  • Navigation - Clear and simple navigation links should be visible at the top of the homepage to provide visitors with an easy to follow path and reduce bounce rates.
  • Headline - Visitors should be able to discern what the site offers within three seconds of arriving. This requires a simple, clear and fluff-free headline.
  • Sub-headline - This should offer an original, brief and to the point description of what your company offers/ does and provide value. 
  • Benefits - Potential customers need to know why your company's services/ products are relevant to them and what advantages/ benefits they provide.
  • Features - Provide consumers with a list of your key features to create greater understanding of your services/ products. 
  • Supporting Images - The majority of visitors responds well to visual input, such as images or videos of your products/ services and clear, simple graphics. 
  • Content - Offering excellent content in the shape of a good white paper, guide or e-book will assist in generating additional leads and is vital within your conversion architecture.
  • Resources - Offering the 96 per cent of visitors who are not yet ready to make a purchase a link to a resource center with more relevant information has also been proven to increase leads.
  • Calls to Action - In order to drive conversions, your homepage should include a maximum of two or three calls to action - mapping to varying buying-cycle stages - above the fold. Additional calls to action should be placed near the bottom of the page.
  • Customer Testimonials - Including some of your best customer comments/ reviews to your homepage is an excellent indicator of trust. Add names and/ or photos to make them more realistic.
  • Awards - Awards and recognitions also form key elements of creating a good initial impression, and should definitely be displayed prominently on your homepage.

In short, your homepage should clearly answer who, what, why and where; include clear, attractive calls to action, meaningful images, graphics and proof of your value, and be easy to navigate.

Landing Pages

Dedicated landing pages are accessed by visitors following targeted links and typically have higher conversion rates than home pages, making them Landing on a specific place like a landing page for conversion on a web sitean essential part of your conversion architecture. Designed to get visitors excited enough about your offer to hand over information, landing pages should be free from excessive navigation and other distractions. What they do have to include is:

  • Headline explaining what's in it for the visitor
  • Clear offer/ product descriptions
  • Explanation of the offer's value
  • Minimum of one supporting image with caption text
  • Clear call to action
Use a 'Thank you' page to suggest further actions enabling your lead to further connect to your brand/ company. These actions may include a call to subscribe to your newsletter, read your blog or connect, share or like your offer on social networks and will enhance your conversion architecture.

Social Marketing 

In order to make social marketing a viable, effective part of your conversion architecture, it is necessary to fully understand the real B2B value of social People are gettgin closer from around the world through the use of Social Media on the Internetnetworks such as Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, LinkedIn, YouTube and others.  Social objectives need to be tied in with the behavior of your target audience, and platforms must be selected with a manageable, clear purpose in mind. Central hubs need to be managed for optimal SEO and conversion, and feeder sites will assist in building relationships an driving traffic.

Lead Nurturing

Not every lead is immediately ready to be handed over to your sales team. It is therefore necessary to determine what can be regarded as a sales-ready lead. More often than not, consumers requesting basic information are conducting initial research and are not quite ready to make a purchase. This is where the lead nurturing campaign, consisting predominantly of e-mails offering information, introductory or late stage offers and clear, strong calls to action fits into the structure of and assists your conversion architecture.
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