If you manage any of your Internet ventures with a specific goal in mind, you know the importance of landing pages. Getting email subscribers for your newsletters, traffic for your new blog, downloads for your ebook, or sales for your latest productivity hack courses – landing pages do it for you. But what makes some landing pages more successful at conversion than others?
Successful web entrepreneurs know that the secret of success with landing pages is – testing. Yes, with so many digital marketing tactics being tried out every day, and so many uncontrollable factors involved in how audiences interact with your landing pages, you can only rely on strong testing practices to know what works and do more of it. In this guide, we will cover 10 power-packed tools to help you check and test landing pages.
This is the cornerstone of all Internet-based analytics, with data fed to it directly from Google’s unimaginably vast pool of sources. Using Google Analytics is easy enough because there are detailed online tutorials available for all major functionalities it offers. For landing page A/B split testing, you will need to work with the Content Experiments feature. Here, you can create different split test page variants, and get advanced reporting for them. There’s no visual editor here, which is a bit of a letdown, but Google Analytics is free! You might also want to try the ‘Goals’ feature that lets you easily track business targets from your web assets.
For anybody ready to work with a paid split testing tool, Optimizely is a reasonable priced and feature rich option. With Optimizely, you can set up split tests for your landing page versions, and let the tool collect data and weave it into meaningful reports for you. Optimizely offers multivariate, split, and mobile testing, and showcases data in an easy-to-understand manner, so much so that you won’t even need basic data analytics knowledge to begin using it to maximum effect. The good part with Optimizely is that you can always upgrade and avail more advanced features as the data analytics and split testing requirements of your web brand increase. One downside is that you need to create passable landing pages on your own, as the tool doesn’t offer any support there. The easy and intuitive interface with a visual editor, however, makes it a sweet deal.
Visual Website Optimizer
Though pricey, Visual Website Optimizer is worth every penny you spend, courtesy the vast range of testing options it provides. A/B testing, advanced multivariate testing, Split URL testing conversion tracking, targeting, usability testing, and heat-maps and click-maps – that’s a whopping collection of testing functionalities. A great part of Visual Website Optimizer is that it offers you some pretty smart idea generation features that can help beginners think creatively about the kind of split tests they can carry out for their landing pages. If you anticipate quick growth in your web traffic, or already have substantial traffic (more than 1,000 visitors every month), it’s time you considered a wholesome testing suite such as Visual Website Optimizer.
The tools we discussed till now are a lot more than landing page testing tools, whereas Unbounce is focused on landing pages. With 80+ optimized pre-designed landing page templates, beginners are absolutely going to love this tool. All presets are engineered specifically to improve conversions. Of course, on top of that is the A/B testing interface of Unbounce. Plus, you get some basic metrics to interpret the split test data, along with peripheral tools in higher priced subscriptions. Unbounce has clear goal – help beginners create and split test conversion-optimized landing pages; it achieves its goals like a pro.
KISSmetrics is one of the leading testing tools available for digital marketers, offering insight on customer interaction with websites like no other tool. Its super flexible data reporting options make it a powerful analytics engine for all kinds of digital brands. KISSmetrics is also a lot about the human side of data and captures invaluable data and metrics related to the entire customer journey across web pages, websites, and platforms. With KISSmetrics, you can carry out advanced split testing for all your landing pages, and connect the data to real people. It’s also pretty easy to integrate with other software, and hence a favorite of digital marketers already aligned with the idea of automation tools.
This Ruby on Rails split testing framework is available as a plugin and can test behavioral differences across web pages using a single line of code. The analysis is fast, and it can make measurements for statistical significance across all kinds of tests. The A/B tests are defined in the code of the landing pages, and hence there’ no setup or configuration needed. With A/Bingo, you can create your own multivariate testing dashboard, or use the one it provides by default. The best part – it’s free tool.
Specializing in click tracking, CrazyEgg helps you make sense of user behavior when they visit their website and interact with your landing page. The tool is particularly recommended for marketers with a liking for easy to consume visual representations of data. CrazyEgg offers its analytics reports in 6 visually enriched formats, helping business owners understand how exactly visitors engage with their landing pages. It’s a pretty reasonably priced and simplistic entry level landing page testing tool for beginners.
Five Second Tests
This tool helps you understand as to what attracts the audiences about your landing pages in the first 5 seconds of their interaction with the page. Users control settings like the number of respondents needed for the test, apart from options such as click test, preference test, navigation flow test, etc. All you need to start is upload an image, set the test up, get the custom URL, and share it with test instructions. This is a pretty cool tool to use in conjugation with one of the more data-centric tools described above.
Pretty much like the Convert Experiment tool we discussed above, Maxymiser lets you easily set up basic split tests or advanced multivariate tests for landing pages. The visual editor is breezy to work with and helps you create tests on the fly. A superb feature is that it lets you remove poor performing variables from your testing scope and brings in powerful insights that can be applied to segmentation of audiences. It uses your CRM data to create unique personalities for each website visitor. This one’s for digital marketers looking for advanced landing page testing.
Matt Ramage is founder of Emarketed a web marketing agency located in Los Angeles. He loves coffee, good design, and helping businesses improve their look and getting found on the Internet.