Jan 292015
 

The human brain is programmed to move its eyes in specific locations before looking at anything else. Certain things will “pop” out and catch the eyes attention. In marketing, understand how the human eye navigates on the web is very valuable for trying to capture an audience’s attention. We will discuss a few tips and tricks on where to put advertising and call-to-action buttons to get the most use out of them just from knowing where the eyes will travel to first on your webpage.

 

Where Will The Eye Look First?

 

The eye navigates like it has been programmed to and will move how it has been taught. The first place the eye immediately will look at when you first click on a website is the center of the page. It may only stay on here for a few seconds before moving, but always the eye is focused on the center before anything else. This can be shown through much research on eye movement patterns throughout the years. The next place the eye will look is in the upper left hand corner of the webpage. This is the area where a websites logo usually is placed. The eyes have been trained to naturally look from the left, to the right because that is how we have been taught to read and navigate through various information.

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Where to Put Information on Your Webpage

 

Now that we know how the human eyes navigate on a webpage, we can determine the best areas to put the most valuable information and the areas where lesser valuable (but necessary) information should be placed. The call-t0-action button as well as the offer should be placed in the center of the webpage above the top half, or in the top left corner. Because the offer and call-to-action button are the most crucial and valuable assets of your company’s website, these should be placed in those locations. Doing this will catch the users attention first, and make your marketing efforts successful. Also, it has been shown through research that the human images on your website will always capture the users attention as we naturally identify with a human’s face before reading text. If the hero shot is in the center of the page looking to the upper left corner at the call-to-action button, this has been said to be the most effective of all.

Another great tool is to make the button text actionable. Strong words such as “Buy, Download, Get” and pairing them together with a sense of urgency will be highly effective in what the user will do next. If there is a sense of urgency paired with the action button, they will know what to expect after they click on the button.

Also, you should always try and label your images on a webpage to maximize the image impact. It has been shown through research that users will recall the image text almost 100% of the time.

Do not loosen up the writing on your page, keep it tight and divide it by subheadings or indents. It has also been shown through eye tracking studies that people have better recall when writing is tighter.

Finally, place the hero shot in the center of the webpage. The hero shot is basically the main image that you want to pop out to the user. This image will most likely be the largest image on the page. If in the center, the human eye will notice it first. As mentioned before, if your hero shot is a person looking up the the left, the human eye will notice where they are looking and look in the same direction. If the call-to-action button and offer is in this location, the person will most likely click on the offer or at least recall it for future reference.

 

When you first glanced at this blog what did you notice first? Was it the center image?

 

 

 

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Daniel J. Ball (JR)

Graduated from Saint Leo University in  November of 2014. Enjoys sports, fitness, and the company of good friends/family. I like   learning and reporting about the changing landscape of marketing/advertising. Marketing via social media is  increasing year to year as more people use social media on a daily basis. Learning about popular and current advertising strategies to incorporate onto social media platforms is fascinating to look into and write articles on that can be used as informative tools for marketers and online advertisers.

 

Jul 222014
 

 

What Makes Up a Landing Page-

A landing page contains different elements that entice the user to engage in a transaction with your website. First, there is the USP, or unique selling proposition. In the USP there should be a main and supporting headline along with a backup statement and concluding argument.  Then you will want to include a picture or video of the product or offer. Next, you want to list all of the benefits that your customer will receive. After you list them, put detail behind them explaining the features of each. Then you will need to add the social aspect of the offer, and prove why other people have benefited from it. Finally you will need to install a CTA, or call to action. This is the final step of a landing page where the user clicks on the button to receive the offer, or maybe some kind of discount for the offer.

 

You Should Not Send Users to Your Homepage-

The traditional way of sending users to websites is to put them on the homepage. If you are trying to sell something, this may not be the best option for your company. A landing page directs visitor’s right to the offer, so they are there and ready to engage. Sending visitors to your homepage requires them to browse longer to try and find the offer. So why not use a landing page and send them right to it? The proof will be in the higher amount of sales.

 

The Benefits of Landing Pages-7TaorzGTA

With a landing page it will be easier to focus on what works and what does not. You can use the landing page to measure bounce rate, and if it does poorly then simply restructure the page until the rate improves. The landing page sends the visitor straight to the offer, and they will not have to mess with any links or tabs like they would on a homepage. Landing pages will in the long run increase sales revenue by turning visitors into leads through the focused pages. This then will cut the costs of advertising and decrease costs. At the end of the day, landing pages lets your company turn visitors into leads.

 

Focus On Design-

As well as key elements of a landing page it should have a clear and focused design for the best results. You want to make sure the landing page is visually appealing and simple to use. Because the page is primarily focused on turning visitors into leads, the content should be simple and easy to navigate. Make sure your page is up-to-date as well. Some visitors will not mind but the majority want to see a new up-to-date visually enticing page that they can trust. Also, make sure that your visitors understand what to do. Lay everything out for them in bullets with clear instructions on what to fill out and what to do after they fill the information out.

 

Nov 162013
 

dpball From Dan Ball’s Desk . . .

I’d like to share some recent observations of trends I see RV dealerships adopting with their marketing plans, and why you might want to reconsider the direction your dealership may be taking.

Observation:  Dealers are spending more money than needed in specific media channels without getting the results they desire.

Have you ever felt poorly and the doctor says “Lets run some tests?” The results come back, and you look them over but really have no idea what you are supposed to see there. The doc says everything looks fine, but you don’t care how great the doc says everything looks, you just know you feel lousy. Looking at analytics is like that. You can Google the abbreviations, the numbers, the ratios to try to get an understanding. Yet you must rely on a professional for an interpretation. And, what your marketing specialist sees as success, may not line up with what you consider success. There are lots of new marketing companies, with new ideas well suited for mass merchants, but not for RV dealerships. You can’t think, Target. You can’t think Automotive. You must think RV. And if they can’t ‘think RV’ I don’t care whether they handled accounts for Sears, Pepsi or Charles Schwaab, you may be in for a long and bumpy ride while they miss the ‘big picture’.

My take: “If you are not capturing the majority of RV sales in your market, I don’t care what your analytics say and how wonderful your graphs and charts look, you can do much, much better. Traffic means absolutely nothing if it doesn’t lead to RV sales. The most important thing you can do with your traffic is convert it. Are you converting your traffic to sales? If you aren’t why not?

Observation of analytics and rv sales

Observation:
Dealers are not providing a message to their customers that compel them to act.

Your marketing budget is arranged to spread your message through multiple channels to reach your potential customers. What are you telling them ‘out there’? Are you making them an offer or giving them a reason to shop at your dealership instead of your competitor’s? Are you telling them about manufacturer and dealer incentives? Are you telling them how to complete the offer? Are you inviting them to the appropriate pages on your website where you can complete the sale? If you aren’t, why not?

My take: You must send a strong message. The delivery system is more available than ever, with constantly expanding places for your message to reach consumers. There’s a frenzy of activity and news centered around monetizing new avenues of social and digital media. But that is absolutely no excuse for a watered down message. In fact, it is more challenging than ever to be the one that stands out! For more than 30 years, we have been delivering the most effective RV consumer advertising messages for the RV Dealers who have thrived, even when the economy struggled. We know that because of the documented best years in business our clients have experienced. Dealers that have left us to try the newest, latest thing in marketing, always come back once they compare the difference. What’s the difference? The largest return & profit you can make on your advertising investment. And it all comes down to delivering the right message. Are you delivering the right message? If you aren’t, again I ask you why not?

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Observation: Dealers are concentrating their budgets on an extreme internet presence, but not handling the most basic and fundamental goal of their own dealerships. Developing a balanced marketing plan that will enhance their ability to sell RVs.

All of the new agencies, internet marketing specialists and self-made in-house RV marketers in the world cannot help your dealership without a fundamental understanding of your industry, a deep understanding of your specific potential customer, and the ability to coordinate a balanced advertising schedule. Did you know that 77% of people watching television are online at the same time? How about what RVers like to listen to on the radio? Do you know what the most common long-tail keywords RVers search for and what they don’t search for? Knowing your customer is different than knowing what they watch, what they listen to and what they seek as well as where they visit online. Knowing your customer is different than knowing what messages they respond to, and where they respond to them.

My take: In order to ensure that you’re implementing the most effective marketing program, both online internet marketing and traditional marketing must working cohesively together. You never want to exclude media, leaving those consumers unexposed to your message. Developing an overview of your specific audience, and the methods needed to reach them, you can coordinate and execute content placement and inbound marketing channels along with a balance of traditional advertising channels, including TV, radio and print. You may be spending a lot of money where you don’t need to be, and not spending enough where it is critical.

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Let’s have a conversation. I would enjoy reviewing what you have in place and providing you with a complimentary consultation.

Dan Ball
dan@dpballadvertising.com