CTAs: How a Call-To-Action Serves Your Visitors
By Ryan Shelley
Too often we assume people will go to the web pages we want them to go naturally. We have to stop assuming and need to take action. In order to have our visitors go deeper into our site and convert we must give them clear direction.
A call-to-action(CTA) is a simple, yet direct way to lead your visitors in the right direction.
Make the Ask
Too often I run into business owners who are afraid to make the ask. They don’t want to come off as pushy so instead of leading their prospects to action, they just wait for them to make the move themselves. Unfortunately, that is not how it works.
When someone searches for an answer to a pain point they are experiencing and lands on a website, they want further direction. They want to have their pain resolved. If a website provides some information but does not share the next step for the prospect, they will leave and find the next step somewhere else.
“Ask and you shall receive.” If you have an action that you want your visitors to take, you must ask them. Now, this doesn’t mean you have to be outrageous and pushy, but you do need to make the expectations clear.
Many site owners have a “Buy Now” or a “Contact Us” button in the top right navigation of their site. This is a subtle and classy way to ensure that there is a clear next step for every person who visits your website. But this is only one type of call-to-action. To really optimize engagement, we need to leverage all the different types of CTA’s that are available to us.
Direct vs Transitional CTAs
The two main types of CTA’s are direct and transitional. They each serve a very specific purpose and work together towards driving our leads to the right page at the right time in their journey. It’s usually not enough to just ask once. In most cases, you will need to ask your visitors a few times before they click through.
A direct call-to-action is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a button or link on your website that tells your visitors exactly what you want them to do.
People love clarity. Think about for a moment. I recently went online to purchase a power supply to an Xbox. When I landed on the page, was the next step vague for me? No! If it was, I would have left to find someone else who knew what I wanted and helped me make a purchase.
Right next to the product was a clear button that said: “add to cart.” Now you may not be in the e-commerce business, but my guess is that you do have something to sell, otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this. People want to know the next step. Don’t be passive and expect them to find out what to do next. Be direct and tell them.
Some examples of Direct CTA’s are:
- Buy Now
- Free Consultation
- Register Today
- Schedule an Appointment
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