Looking for a simple way to increase conversions? Unsure why your blog posts aren’t convincing readers to buy? That could all be changed by making the most of three little letters: CTA.
So, you’ve written an awesome, insightful, SEO optimised blog post for your website. Nice one! Now, time to copy-and-paste in the same one-line call to action you used in your last post, right?
Wrong! Don’t let your hard work go to waste with an under-par CTA. It might be brief, but a blog post’s call to action is a major part of the content you create.
A staple of digital marketing, a call to action crystallises everything an online business is trying to achieve. In just a couple of short sentences, your aim with a call to action is to encourage readers to become customers.
A call to action will often be the last thing users read before making a decision on whether to invest in your business. Making the right impression here is absolutely crucial.
Ready to up your CTA game yet? Keep these seven key principles in mind when putting together your calls to action and you’ll give readers every reason to become consumers…
Emphasise the value and benefits
If you’re including some kind of value-based incentive on your site and it’s relevant to the blog post you’ve just written, shout about it from the rooftops:
- Is your business currently offering some sweet deals that could entice readers to make a purchase?
- Is your eCommerce store offering free delivery for purchases over £50?
- Got a half-price offer on a product related to your blog post subject?
- Is there a price match guarantee in place?
Let the reader know in your CTA about strategies like these. They tend to call many of us into action!
Establishing your unique selling point (USP) in your call to action highlights an area of value that no other website can talk about. What can you provide that nobody else can? Every company has a key feature that offers unique value to customers, making it extremely useful information in a CTA. So, what’s yours?
Take a look at this CTA example from a blog post by Electric Tobacconist:
“Electric Tobacconist stocks America’s best selection of e-cigarette starter kits, e-juice, and many other vaping products. Choose from brands like Mt Baker Vapor, Vape Wild, and Phix Vape — and get FREE delivery if you spend over $20!”
The value of the CTA comes from the mention of a free delivery offer, whilst it emphasises how the company stocks a huge selection of vaping products.
Make your CTA unique and related to your post
Whatever you decide to say or promote in the call to action, make sure it stays relevant to the blog post the CTA will be attached to. The last thing you want is to start referencing products or other areas of your company that have zero relation to the topic. So, always write a unique call to action that works with the blog post.
Constantly using a generic CTA with the same content is not a good idea. You miss out on the chance to promote the products and info within the blog; the stuff the reader is most interested in, because that’s what they chose to read about! Identical or very similar CTAs across many different pages also creates duplicate content, which can negatively affect SEO efforts and appear lazy or unhelpful to users.
Use emotive language
Much like your blog post title, there are certain words that can really grab the attention of readers. These 25 words in particular can be seriously useful, if used correctly.
Incentivise the CTA and show how transformational becoming a customer could be by using action words like “Stop”, “Start” and “Discover”. Make it feel personal to the reader by using personal pronouns like “You” and “Your”. Tap into the reader’s need to change or improve or change something by using negative words like “Sick”, “Confused” or “Worried”.
Using words like these to your advantage is key to making a CTA compelling. The call to action in this blog post by Clear Review, for example, shows how personal pronouns can be used to make the reader feel singled out and really involved in the text.
Create a time incentive
“Offer ends soon!” “Stock clearance, buy now before it’s gone!” “Sign up today for a free guide!”
These are often-seen examples of call to action statements that create a sense of urgency. They aim to eliminate the prospect of the web user thinking “it’s okay, I’ll come back later”, before completely forgetting about you and heading somewhere else.
As well as the standard “Give us a call today” kind of time incentive, you can create a more powerful sense of urgency by combining this aspect with others. How about the USP? “This product is hugely popular, so get it now before it’s gone!” Or what about value and benefits? “Right now, this product is half price, so you don’t want to miss it!”
Involve the reader and reduce risk
Don’t let the reader go without leaving with at least something that will keep you in their minds once they head somewhere else. If you’re working on a free newsletter, why not encourage readers to sign up to that? It keeps your name and offers in their inbox, showing them more of what you can offer.
If there’s a free trial available, make readers aware of this and how it requires no commitment or investment. Taking the risk away from potential conversions can be a major tipping point for customers. It’s why video games have free demos. It’s why Netflix and Now TV constantly promote their free trials.
Our free marketing review, for example, gets plenty of attention because of how much we’re willing to offer, in exchange for nothing more than contact details. If you offer a similarly beneficial, risk-free service, use it.
So many web users will opt to not make a purchase or conversion because they feel the process is too convoluted or time-consuming. In your call to action, break down this barrier by stressing how simple it is for them to make the action we’re looking for.
Regardless of the specific action you want people to make, there’s a way to promote it in a simple way:
- Need their contact details? “Fill out this simple 30-second form”
- Want them to create an account? “Become a member today for super-quick sign-ins and purchases”
- Want to direct them to a product? “Check out our star product right here and you could have it ordered in seconds”
Let’s look at how this Davis Associates call to action uses this tactic:
“Davis Associates is an HR consultancy in Surrey which has helped clients across the globe boost productivity, improve performance and reduce turnover rates. Get in touch to see how we can help your organisation go from strength to strength.”
This example uses emotive language to emphasise the benefits of a simple action. “Get in touch”, whether it be submitting a form or making a phone call, requires very little effort. The rest of the CTA excellently promotes the large rewards that could be gained from using up such a small amount of energy.
Be short, sweet and concise
Avoid going overboard with your CTA in terms of length or word choice. A large chunk of text at the end of a blog post is unlikely to attract someone’s attention, whilst those who do read it may struggle to identify the main points. Use short sentences and impactful words to get across the key information quickly and effectively.
Look at these excellent CTAs for website landing pages. What do they all have in common? They’re super short and get to the point as quickly as possible. Readers are looking for solutions to their problems ASAP, so try not to waffle on!
Exposure Ninja has made an art form out of writing calls to action within its expert copywriting and content marketing services. Find out if your CTAs and all other aspects of your website are optimised for making sales by picking up a FREE marketing review from us today.