Have you ever stared at a pay terminal and didn’t know where to begin? I have this problem more than I’d like to admit, particularly when trying to buy a ticket for the train or when paying for parking. The main problem I’ve found is that there’s no easy-to-identify place to start. In web parlance, no clear call to action. Clear, compelling calls to action are the lifeblood of your business on the Web. They are the sign posts and cues that give your users the guidance they need to continue down the right path towards conversion.
Calls to action are often just thought of in terms of a button, if they’re thought of at all. Too often, calls to action are omitted or stuck into the design as an after thought. What a tragedy. Weak calls to action (CTAs) result in confused visitors and lost opportunities as potential customers wander out of the conversion funnel and away from your site. In this post we give you six ways to bolster your CTAs to really drive results for your website.
Six Ways to Get More from Your CTAs
Before we get started, it’s important to note that a call to action isn’t just about sticking a button on a page. A call to action is the entire sum of the design and content helping visitors move down the funnel toward conversion. When you think call to action, think holistically, not just in terms of a button. There are many different types of CTAs, from buttons to buy, links to download and visual design cues guiding your visitor down your conversion funnel. Without CTAs your users can get lost and confused which, in the worst case, will lead to them leaving your site. To keep your customers headed in the right direction here are our best tips for pumping up your CTA performance.
Use these in your SlideDeck and watch your conversion rate soar.
1.) Make them stand out. From a design perspective your CTAs should be easily distinguishable from other content in your SlideDeck. Use a color that is easy to see on the slide and stands in contrast with the background.
2.) Keep CTA design consistent. Your CTAs throughout your SlideDeck and site should be consistent and easy to recognize. Changing from buttons to links, and drastic changes in colors and shapes can can create confusion. Help your visitors identify CTAs by keeping them consistent.
3.) Use active and descriptive phrases. Phrases like “Get Started”, “Download Now”, “Learn More”, and “Get an Invite” create a sense of positive action that gets visitors moving forward down the right path. Avoid generic CTAs such as “Click here” that don’t provide users with any sense of benefit. “Click here” can work, if properly paired with a benefit, such as “Click here for 27 money-saving tips.”
4.) Use design elements that indicate forward progress. Include design elements such as arrows in your CTAs to indicate momentum and progress. This helps your visitors feel like they are moving in the right direction to solve their problem or meet their need.
5.) Put them on each slide or page. After a visitor reads a slide in your SlideDeck or a page on your website, they’ll try to figure out what to do next. Ensure they head in the direction you want them to go by putting prominent CTAs on each slide and page. Never assume a visitor is entering your site from the first step of your funnel, help them orient themselves quickly with clear guidance.
6.) Keep them visible. If you’re using vertical slides in your SlideDeck or you have long content pages, make sure you have multiple CTAs so that users don’t have to hunt them down once they’re ready to act.
Make CTAs that light the way
Without strong calls to action your visitors will get confused, frustrated and lost, leading to fewer conversions for you. Turn on the lights, provide good sign posts, and lead them to the promised land with clear, action-oriented CTAs that guide them down the funnel. By being consistent in your design and placement, using active and descriptive copy, and indicating forward progress in your design, you’ll be on your way to improving the conversion rate of your site. And if you liked this post, but missed the rest of our SlideDeck Survival Guide, be sure to check out our other Survival Guide posts here.
Have a favorite call to action? Let us know in the comments!