What if your squeeze pages converted at 74.5%?
It’s possible because I’ve done it myself, and I’ll be showing you how I did it right now.
What is a Squeeze Page?
A squeeze page is designed to achieve one objective: get a prospect’s name and email address.
I believe that every business should be using squeeze pages to capture leads.
Because building your email list and then nurturing your leads is the single best way to grow any business online.
It doesn’t matter whether you sell your own products or services or you’re an affiliate. Email marketing is king because you own your list.
Don’t ignore these platforms, but growing your email list should be a primary goal in your business.
The best way to make that a reality is to start building effective squeeze pages.
Now you’re probably wondering:
What’s a Good Squeeze Page Conversion Rate?
The annoying answer is that it depends.
According to Unbounce:
“a 12% conversion rate is pretty good for lead generation landing pages. And by “pretty good,” we mean you’ll be better than about 90% of your competitors.”
They analyzed over 64,000 squeeze pages across multiple industries to come to this conclusion.
That means that a 12% conversion rate for your squeeze page is a solid benchmark and target.
Now the question is:
How did I create a squeeze page that converts at 74.5%?
I’ll show you a second, but first…
Here’s the proof:
This isn’t a one-hit-wonder.
Here’s another squeeze page that’s achieved insane conversion rates as well:
The most unbelievable thing about these pages is that they’re incredibly simple.
Let me show you what I mean:
9 Qualities of High-Converting Squeeze Pages
There are many ways to structure squeeze pages and all kinds of tactics you can use.
The following 9 methods work for me and in my industry. They may not work as well in yours.
That’s why it’s critical that you test.
More on this in a second, but let’s start with the #1 quality of successful squeeze pages.
1. They’re Only Visible to the RIGHT People
The success or failure of your squeeze page will depend on the quality of your traffic and your relationship with that audience.
Here’s an interesting fact about my strategy:
I rarely target cold audiences with lead magnets.
Instead, I promote content assets (like this one) to build rapport and trust, THEN I promote lead magnets (within the body of the content and through retargeting ads).
That means my squeeze pages are only visible to people that are already warming up to my brand.
Here’s a visual:
The takeaway here is to warm people up to your brand with Top of the Funnel (ToFu) content and then push them to a squeeze page.
2. They Offer a Lead Magnet
Offering a lead magnet on your squeeze page substantially outperforms a boring newsletter page.
Just compare these two conversion rates:
The first is for my general newsletter page, and the second is for a page promoting a lead magnet.
Notice the difference?
Let’s move on to strategy #3.
3. They Are Simple
I’ve tried every type of squeeze page template and strategy under the sun. I can tell you with great conviction that nothing beats a simple, highly-focused squeeze page like this:
It’s funny because almost every business challenge I’ve encountered has been overcome by simplifying.
I literally have the word “simplify” on a board in my office just to remind me.
This brings me to point #4…
4. They Use Benefit-Driven Headlines
This goes along with simplicity. You should only present one benefit that the prospect will receive if they subscribe.
In the example below, you’ll see that the “benefit” of signing up is that the prospect will get access to “untapped” link building techniques.
I also emphasize that these are “new” tactics because everyone desires to be on the cutting edge of things.
To get an idea of the power of a few words, just take the “untapped” and the “new” portion out of the headline.
You’ll be left with “7 Link Building Techniques”.
That’s not exciting. That doesn’t create interest or desire.
Choose your words wisely!
5. They Have Zero Distractions
Notice that this page has one clear objective, and there’s nothing taking away from that.
I don’t have menus, my logo isn’t clickable, and there are no distractions.
People are easily distracted and have limited attention spans. Don’t add anything to your squeeze that may distract from your primary objective (getting an email subscriber).
6. They Have Minimal Fields
Trust me… no one (including your most qualified prospects) enjoys:
- A) wasting time filling in unnecessary fields
- B) having to think about answers to your questions
- C) sharing personal information with your company
Trying to extract as much information as you can from a squeeze page is stupid.
You will have so many other opportunities to learn more about your prospects once they’re on your list.
Here’s the key takeaway:
Let the prospect get what you’re offering without having to think. Having minimal fields is the key.
7. They Give Explicit Directions
Never assume that your prospects know what to do. Tell them exactly what you want from them:
8. They Use Unique CTAs
“Subscribe” is boring and overused. Think about how to be different or even abstract with your CTA copy.
I can’t explain it, but using the word “Download” has always worked really well for me.
One other big part of effective CTAs is creating color contrast. Notice that my button’s color isn’t competing with any other colors on the page.
It has great contrast relative to all other elements. Always try to create contrast with your buttons.
9. They Have Trust Signals
Every squeeze page should make a prospect feel comfortable giving you an email address. If the thought crosses their mind that “this is sketchy,” you’re done for.
Notice that the squeeze page has three distinct trust signals.
1. Recognizable Logo
Who are you? That should be established right away.
If you followed tip #1, this is just icing on the cake because the prospect should already “know” who you are.
2. GDPR Compliance
Some Internet marketers were freaking out when GDPR went into effect. I viewed it the opposite way. It’s an opportunity to demonstrate to prospects that you’re trustworthy.
The cool part about having the prospect “consent” is that you’re getting two micro commitments in one.
3. “Official” Business Stuff
Adding a copyright notice and the official legal entity name of the business is another way to add trust.
To see the power of adding a few easy trust signals, take a look at these two examples:
The example on the left is the original squeeze page. The one on the right is what it looks like without any trust signals. Much more sketchy!
Now that you know the characteristics of high-converting squeeze pages, how do you actually create one?
How to Create Squeeze Pages
There are two ways to create a squeeze page:
1. Hire a Web Designer and Developer
This is the most expensive option, but it’s the best option if A) you’re not technically savvy, B) you don’t want to mess around with page builders, or C) you don’t have the time to create these pages.
2. Use a Squeeze Page Builder
Page builders are perfect if you don’t want to or don’t have the ability to custom-code pages. They’re also great if you don’t have the budget to hire a designer and developer.
I personally used Leadpages to create the squeeze page I’ve been talking about in this guide.
I hope this helped you learn how to create high-converting squeeze pages.
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Thanks for reading!