How creating a linear path down the page impacted email acquisition
Texas State Historical Association
Timeframe: 10/28/2015 - 11/02/2015
It is said that the key to a successful landing page is a good design. However, the definition of “good” is where designers will often disagree with marketers (and fundraisers). We would posit that the definition of a “good design” one that is able to best convert, not the page the looks the best.
We were able to put this theory to a test with a recent landing experiment launched by the Texas State Historical Association. At a recent MECLABS optimization conference, Phillip Farr, a designer and developer for the TSHA, was in the process of creating a landing page for an upcoming eBook to be promoted on the TSHA website. This conference focused on the concept of optimizing landing pages by increasing value to the visitor while reducing the associated cost.
After one of these sessions, Phillip took another pass at the design he had previously created. Using the principles promoted at the conference, he re-designed the page using similar style as the original page but in a format he felt would better communicate value and that would reduce friction.
Which landing page format will acquire the greatest number of email addresses?
This experiment has a required sample size of 3,162 in order to be valid. Since the experiment had a total sample size of 13,323, and the level of confidence is above 95% the experiment results are valid.
Flux Metrics Affected
The Flux Metrics analyze the three primary metrics that affect revenue (traffic, conversion rate, and average gift). This experiment produced the following results:
0% increase in traffic
× 7.7% increase in conversion rate
× 0% increase in average gift
The new landing page treatment resulted in a 7.7% increase in the number of email addresses acquired. This new treatment achieved this lift by making several modifications to the original design:
- The headline was moved out of the background and placed inline with the rest of the page copy. This made it easier to catch the visitors’ attention as many people have “banner blindness” when they first visit the page.
- The name acquisition form was moved below the text so it be within the visitors’ eye path as they moved down the page.
- He removed some of the opacity around the form to make the section easier to read
- He changed the sub-headline to communicate the reason for the form.
Question about experiment #2472
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