A call-to-action gives the user a real reason to click — to ultimately buy or fill out a form.
These clicks result in more sales and money for your business. By combining the elements that I listed below, it is not unlikely to double your profits.
What is a call to action (CTA)? It is what must be clicked (links or buttons) to result in a sale or lead. This includes everything from: “Learn more,” “Add to cart,” “Checkout,” “Click here,” and even a poorly designed “Submit” button.
Colors to use for your Call-to-Action
For text links: Blue or #0044CC (The $80 million color, read why.)
Now, many times you’ll use a link as a call to action. This one shade of blue is the color for links. Keep it underlined. Don’t be fancy. Don’t mix it up with other colors either.
For images or buttons: Orange, or a shade of it.
Typically, this color contrasts the best with websites. The color of your button is ‘set apart’ from your website. There are tests that have proven this countless times. Here’s a few posts:
- Split Testing with a Genetic Algorithm
- How to Call to Action (their explanation of why orange works best)
- The attack of red [actually, orange] buttons: how GSM.nl reduced bounce rate by doing a simple change
Position your CTA
Above or below the fold
A call-to-action does not belong just above the fold. This is a myth. Sometimes when it’s obvious you are selling, the consumer resists. They want to learn first and then buy.
Having your call to action above the fold is essential if your presell is very short. However, in long landing pages many marketers have found out that call to actions lower in the page’s content — instead of it in the first paragraph — have a higher conversion rate. Tracking each call to action and click is important to determine where your call to action should be. So, having your call to action lower in the pages, may actually force people to read your sales pitch before clicking. [Read more]
Shown in users’ eye path
If you display the CTA above or below the fold, you do want users to be able to find the CTA when they’re ready to buy. Make it easy. Display the CTA in multiple places:
- In navigation – You could have a “Pricing” or “Demo” link in your navigation.
- Bottom of page – A lot of people will scroll to the bottom of page when they want to act immediately. Make this possible.
- After ad copy – Typically, motivated users will be the most ready to act once they read your most powerful benefits.
Write a CTA — What words trigger clicks and sales?
A call to action on a poorly designed landing page can often be the only element that communicates what a user can do on your site. A CTA requires time and sometimes the submission of a credit card or personal information so it needs to be persuasive and precise.
Do not use “Submit” as your primary call to action. “Submit” never clearly communicates a benefit of clicking that button. By minimum test these simple formulas:
Communicate the benefit. Consumers are almost always trying to “get” something.
Get _____. Get Free Updates. Get Results.
These are curious clicks (or minimal commitment by user). Many times curious prospects can start going into the sales funnel with just wanting to see more.
See _____. See how it works. See Pricing.
Add-to-cart (instead of “Buy now”)
_____ – Next Page. Your Results – Next Page.
You may need to minimize commitment at each step. Most people have serious commitment issues — in buying and elsewhere. They’re just not sure yet. They either have to pay money, give too much information or their time.
Use a secondary CTA on occasion. Try having a large button as your most important step and then a small link under it for people that aren’t ready to make the “larger” commitment.
Reassure to get clicks. Decrease your prospective customer’s anxiety by giving them a reason to not be concerned. This can be written smaller in or under the CTA. The above button is an extraordinary example of this.
3 steps to writing a Call-to-Action
This is one of the best pieces of advice I’ve seen written about CTAs. You must communicate three things before the visitor will click (from ToppingTwo):
- Visitors must have the information they require before clicking your CTA.
- Visitors must be able to easily acquire your CTA.
- Visitors must desire whatever is on the other side of your CTA.
The secret to triple digit Call-to-Action gains
This is essentially the science or thought-process to create high gains without a lot of case studies. I may post a part II to this call-to-action series — with more studies. Click RSS or Email to get updated instantly when it gets published.