This is a call to action dude!

Super-Charge Your Conversions With High-Octane Calls To Action

‘A term used to describe a banner, button, or some type of graphic or text on a website meant to prompt a user to click it and continue down a conversion funnel’ is how Wikipedia defines a ‘call to action’ or CTA.
Well we think a CTA is a lot more important than just a button! In fact, we’re certain it’s the most important element of your landing page. Without a CTA you may have no conversion at all. Nil. Nada. Zilch.

A clear call to action is how you tell your visitors what you want them to do: download your eBook, sign-up to your app, buy your product or whatever else you desire!

Improving Your CTAs

All rules are made to be broken, I hear you say. Well follow these three and we guarantee your CTAs will rock:

  • Be Specific! Make sure you choose your words wisely. People are more likely to click on your CTA if they understand exactly what they’ll find after doing so. Messages like “Next” will confuse your visitors and give them click fear.
  • Make it urgent or exclusive! People online often ask themselves “Why should I click?” But if they know your offer has limited availability or won’t go on forever, they won’t want to miss out, right?
  • Stand out from the crowd! A Value Proposal is a must. Placed before your CTA, it tells people why they need your product, what makes your company special. And why they should choose you instead of all those other businesses offering something similar.

To demonstrate what we mean, here are some high-profile landing pages, and the pros and cons of each CTA:

Doppler

Try Doppler Free

What Doppler’s doing well:

  • CTAs are very well placed.
  • Colors really pop out.
  • Great Value Proposal.
  • Visitors clicking on either “Try Doppler Free” in the top navigation or the “Free Version” button move through to the same destination.

What they can improve:

  • What does Doppler want visitors to do? Watch the video tour or try the free version? Even though these buttons have different colors, they’re the same size and right next to each other. This might be confusing.

Evernote

Evernote

What Evernote’s doing well:

  • CTA is well located.
  • CTA copy isn’t scary. Click it and you know what happens next!
  • Value Proposals are everywhere!

What they can improve:

  • The same color? Really? You can do better than that!

Mozilla

Firefox

What Mozilla’s doing well:

  • Everything? THE CTA. Everybody will remember this message forever.

What they can improve:

  • We’ve drawn a blank here. If you can think how to improve this CTA, please feel free to comment.

Kissmetrics

Kissmetrics

What KISSmetrics is doing well:

  • Button copy is clear and engaging – nothing scary here.
  • CTAs are green when everything else on the page is blue, for maximum visibility.
  • Similar messages in CTA button and top navigation reinforce each other.

What they can improve:

  • CTA button doesn’t say starting is ‘FREE’ whereas top navigation does. Room for confusion here.

Lander

Yes, we’ve decided to include ourselves!

Lander

What we’re doing well:

  • You can see our CTA right? Bet you won’t miss it!
  • Short punchy words – and the fact Lander’s free – add urgency.
  • CTA copy is 100% clear. You know why you’re clicking.

What we can improve:

  • Try it for free? Clear as water, but a lil’ bit non-specific right? Well, it converts very well! Still, we reckon some day we’ll need to change it for something more unique.

Opera

Opera
What Opera’s doing well:

  • CTA is instantly and invitingly visible.
  • It works brilliantly with the Value Proposition, situated just above.

What they can improve:

  • Opera is free to download – although you’d never know from the CTA.

Remember the Milk

Remember The Milk
What remember the milk’s doing well:
Using the cow’s head icon on the CTA button draws the eye.

  • CTA message is 100% clear.
  • CTA copy is phrased to add urgency.

What they can improve:

  • CTA copy and the message immediately above it are practically identical. A wasted opportunity to say something different and help drive conversion.

Resume Baking

Resume Baking
What ResumeBaking is doing well:

  • Lots! They’ve even got arrows pointing to their CTA! What else do you need?
  • If you don’t click on the CTA button, it’s most likely because you’re not interested in the offer itself.

What they can improve:

  • You think the service is free because on the left you read ‘Create Resume, free and easy’. But the CTA fails to make this point.
  • And both the CTA button and the ‘Prices’ header in the top navigation are red. Perhaps you’ll be charged if you click on the button after all.

SEOmoz

SEOmoz
What SEOmoz is doing well:

  • There’s no escaping this CTA! Great color and location.
  • CTA message works in concert with Value Proposition.
  • CTA copy is clear, energetic and urgent.

What they can improve:

  • You tell us! Hard to find fault with this capital CTA!

Cultured Code

Things Mac

What Cultured Code is doing well:

  • Red CTA buttons command the visitor’s attention.

What they can improve:

  • Why would you want to click on these buttons? If you don’t know what Things is, there’s nothing to tell you here.
  • Mixed messages. One CTA button is to download Things (presumably for free), the other is to purchase it. But is it the same product or a different one?

As we all know, sales don´t happen automatically. You have to ask – and sometimes shout! – for them. Our Call to Action layout enables you to create irresistible landing pages. And if your online visitors don’t surrender? Simply A/B test your CTAs until they do!

  • Great post and examples. Thanks!

    • Lander

      ¡Gracias Borja por tu comentario! No dudes en contactarnos si quieres probar nuestra aplicación 🙂