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Action Ideas For Better Direct Mail,
E-mail, Web Sites & Advertising

Published by
Ivan Levison, Direct Response Copywriting

April, 2009
Volume: 22 Number: 4

A look at your landing page-
What's the right length?

Should your landing page be short and sweet and to the point?

Or should it be long, fact-filled, and loaded with irresistible benefits?

The answers to these questions depends on what your landing page is trying to accomplish!

A little background . . . Landing pages are of two types:

1. A long landing page can be used to "sell off the page." In other words you can try to make a sale and actually complete a transaction right on the spot.

EXAMPLE: My friend Bob Bly is currently selling an ebook titled Writing E-Books for Fun and Profit from a landing page. To check out Bob's very effective, heavy-copy landing page, Click Here

2. A short landing page is used simply to capture data. The goal of this kind of landing page is simply to get prospects to cough up some basic personal data (like name, title, email address) in exchange for allowing them to access your free offer (like a White Paper, "How to" Guide, Executive Report, whatever). KEY POINT: No attempt is made to complete a sale.

EXAMPLE: To check out an example of a short, clean, to-the-point landing page,
Click Here

The bottom line?

If your intention is to make a sale right off your landing page, don't hesitate to go for length.

You'll need to:

* Fully explain all features and benefits
* Build trust and confidence
* Overcome skepticism and resistance
* Spur immediate action
* Issue a compelling, clear call to action

All of this takes space and the more you tell, the more you sell.

However, the exact opposite is true if you're trying to get prospects to raise their hands and provide some information about themselves.

For the short landing page you'll need to:

* Provide a quick "thank you" for responding to the offer
* Capture the minimal information you're after
* Avoid asking prospects when they're planning to make a purchase or what their budget is. (Way too pushy!)
* Provide a promise of privacy and make your policy clear
* Thank them again. Let them click to the download. KEY POINT: Get out fast!

Of course, the best way to create a winning landing page is to have me write it for you. Or have me write your home page, ads, emails, direct mail, and more. Why do the heavy lifting when I can put thirty yeas of experience to work for you and at an extremely affordable price?

Let's go to work!

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* "How to Develop a Website that Makes the Telephone Ring"
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How to get in touch . . .

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E-mail: ivan@levison.com
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