Making a Good First Impression: How to Help Your Landing Page Pass the 5-Second Test
The first 5 seconds spent on a landing page are crucial for users to decide whether or not they will stay and engage with your content. In this short amount of time, they won’t have enough time to read everything, but they will be scanning for visual cues. To keep them interested and engaged, there are a few things you can do to ensure your landing page passes the 5-second test.
Include Headline Text with Keywords
Your headline is crucial for conveying a message that immediately captures visitors’ attention. It needs to be clear, concise, and relevant to what you offer. You also want to ensure the message matches with/is a continuation of whatever signposted users to your landing page in the first place – be that a PPC advert or a social media post. Including keywords in your headline also helps with search engine optimization (SEO), making it easier for users to find the information they’re looking for. Keep your headline punchy and to the point, and make sure it clearly conveys what your landing page is about.
Break Up Copy with Text Decoration
Break up long passages of copy with bullet points, bolded or italicized text, or headers. This helps users scan for what interests them, making it easier for them to find the information they’re looking for. It also helps with readability and improves your bounce rate. Don’t overwhelm visitors with dense text; break it up and make it easy to digest.
Use Images that Tell a Story
Images are powerful tools that communicate ideas, emotions, and themes in a visually appealing way. Use images on your landing page that support or explain the content, and that tell a story about your brand or product. High-quality images are essential for making a good impression, so make sure they are of good quality and relevant to your content. Used without consideration, images can become distracting and confusing.
Include Social Proof
Visitors are more likely to trust you if they see that other people have already done so. Include social proof such as short customer quotes, logos, endorsements, and accreditations. If you’ve worked with well-known brands, or you have a high rating with an independent review platform such as Trust Pilot, make sure to include that information. It helps build trust and can increase your conversion rates.
Add Clear, Contrasting CTA Buttons
Your call-to-action (CTA) button is where all your efforts come together. It is the action you want your visitors to take after they’ve engaged with your content. Make sure your CTA button is clear, concise, and contrasting. Use colors that stand out, and make sure it’s placed in a visible spot. Visitors should have no trouble finding it.
Add a Perpetual Countdown Timer
Creating a sense of urgency can be a powerful motivator for visitors to take action. Add a perpetual countdown timer to your landing page that creates FOMO (fear of missing out) and urgency. The timer could be counting down to a sale, to the end of a promotion, or to a certain event. Whatever it is, it should be relevant to your content and create a sense of urgency. Try creating a free countdown timer with Sendtric.