Not only will they effect how Google ranks your site, but they will also make a difference to your bounce rate and the user experience on your site.
Last year I changed a company’s website from Rackspace to Digital ocean and saw an immediate drop in bounce rate of 13%.
I decided to run a test on this website (which was also being hosted on Rackspace Cloud Sites) and here are the results:
On Rackspace Cloud Sites
On Digital Ocean
Wow. I expected a slight bump in speed based on some reviews I had read about Digital Ocean, but this was insane.
I even ran this test 10 times over to make sure that it wasn’t a statistical anomaly. I’m just sorry that I didn’t switch all of my sites over sooner.
The other thing that made me sick to my stomach was the fact that Rackspace was costing over $100 per month.
Digital ocean now costs me $10/month for a 72.4% drop in page load time.
Your web host makes a big difference. If you’re trying to run a business using a slow host like godaddy (or Rackspace apparently) then you’re probably shooting yourself in the foot – and killing your conversions & sales.
This one’s a doozy. I love critiquing pages like this because there’s simply so many problems to solve and so many ways to clean up the user experience.
Let’s get started.
Who the hell has rated you?
So you’re an “A Rated Company”. Who cares?
You need to tell visitors why you’re A rated and who rated you that way. Is this just a BBB rating? If so that might be relevant in the footer, but I highly doubt it’s going to add to your lead generation efforts.
Try adding a logo of the third-party that rated you “A” and say why. Like “Rated ‘A’ for customer satisfaction by [insert company name]”
Who is this guy?
The primary photo on this page is some dude talking on his cell phone. First off, I don’t think that is a relevant stock photo to use… maybe a business person actually USING email?
Secondly, it’s a crap photo and it adds nothing to the page. You’re much better served using a screenshot or a photo of someone relevant to the product than just some lame stock photo.
That being said the one plus side is that the man in the photo is looking towards the headline… oh wait…
There is no headline!
That magic space where the dude in the photo is looking is a prime spot for a punchy headline that tells the user why they have arrived on this page… and why they should care.
But instead of utilizing this space, this company has instead included their logo.
Sure you want to include your logo on the page, but it doesn’t need to be the first thing that a visitor looks at when they land. The page would be much better served with a headline like this:
“Reach millions of Consumers & Small Businesses through email for a fraction of the cost of traditional ad buys”
or if you like something shorter, even this would work:
“Reach Millions of Customers for Less”
“Welcome to” hell
The poor attempt at a headline on this page is “Welcome to Targeted Email Marketing”.
Am I not welcome on other websites? Is the point of a website not to reach me?
Of course I’m welcome! This is a waste of space and it should be removed.
Options A, B and C
These calls to action don’t make any sense. The name “Option A” doesn’t link to the choice that I’m making.
Instead of Option A, B or C I should be choosing buttons that say:
Target customers by list
Target customers by industry
Target customers by location
Always stay relevant. From your headlines to your call to action, everything should be relevant to the end goal.
Why is the special so small?
This special is an afterthought. Probably some manager who had a last minute idea… “I know, let’s add a daily special on the landing page to boost conversions!”.
The trouble is that it’s barely visible and won’t add much to the conversion success of this page. On top of that, if they would simply clean up the copy of this page they would see a boost in conversions without having to give away free stuff.
The Bottom line
This page needs a lot of work and attention to get to it’s potential, but there’s no reason why it can’t see higher conversions.
Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
PS. the social icons at the bottom should also be removed… do they honestly believe that someone is going to share this landing page on their Facebook feed?