A landing page is a standalone web page that is specifically designed for a marketing or advertising campaign. It’s where a visitor “lands” after they click on a link in an email, or ads from Google, Bing, social media platforms, or other websites. Unlike general websites, which typically have multiple goals and encourage exploration, landing pages have a single focus or goal, known as a call to action (CTA). This simplicity is what makes landing pages the best option for increasing the conversion rates of marketing campaigns and lowering the cost of acquiring a lead or sale.
The primary purpose of a landing page is to direct visitors towards a specific action, whether that’s making a purchase, signing up for a newsletter, registering for a webinar, downloading a white paper, or any other outcome that supports the business’s objectives. To this end, landing pages are often free from the distractions of a full website; they don’t have a navigation menu or a variety of links and options. Instead, the content and visuals on a landing page are aligned with the campaign’s message and are tailored to speak to the needs and interests of the target audience.
A well-designed landing page will address the concerns of the visitor, provide valuable information, and persuade them to take action. This is achieved through compelling headlines, a clear value proposition, engaging media such as images or videos, testimonials or social proof, and an intuitive form or button that makes it easy for visitors to take the next step. Effective landing pages are often tested and optimized through a process called A/B testing, where different versions are compared to see which one performs better, in order to continually improve the effectiveness of the marketing campaign.