Before you do anything else… before you chose your colors, before you choose your images, before you write your copy… you need to know what the purpose of your landing page is.
Without knowing your home page’s purpose you run the risk of
- Having too many calls to action
- Not having a call to action at all
- Being cluttered and confusing
- Hurting your online reputation
- Wasting your time
If you don’t know the purpose of your landing page, how will you know it is doing it’s job? How will you know it is effective?
There are several purposes a home page can have:
- It can build your brand
- It can grow your list
- It can sell a product or service
- It can showcase your expertise
- It can build relationships with prospects
It can even to a combination of these things. But you must know what you want it to do before you design it. The French writer and poet, Rene Daumal once said of language that “It is still not enough for language to have clarity and content… it must also have a goal and an imperative. Otherwise from language we descend to chatter, from chatter to babble and from babble to confusion.” The same is true of your landing page.
If the page your online visitor lands on chatters and babbles, the visitor will leave never to return leaving nothing but a blip in your web analytics.
This is death to your online presence.
So be clear on what you want to accomplish with your website, your landing pages, your home page and any presence you create on the web and you will experience greater success and return on time invested.