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7 Industry Experts On How To Build A Crazy High Converting Landing Page For Your Startup

We all understand the ongoing struggles startups have to increase user signups on their websites. When looking at the big boys and girls out there, it might look so easy! But don’t forget they by now have lots of resources and already have a big coverage, resulting in a big advantage when it comes to converting landing page visitors to sign up for their product.

But all of these startups had to start somewhere. They all started out just like you and me, with just a simple landing page trying to convert visitors into believing their vision of whatever it was they were building.

In the past week, we’ve had the wonderful opportunity to talk to some of our heroes in the marketing and startup markets. Hopefully, you’ll be able to learn as much from them as we’ve learned here at Inbound Rocket.

The basis for our conversation was the blog post “How to make great landing pages (with crazy high conversions)” and the simple question I had around this process.

If you are just starting out with your company, nobody ever heard of you or your product yet, your product might not even be finished yet, how do you convince people on your landing page to sign up? Things like social proof to make a stronger case for whatever it is you are building are non-existent yet for example. So what are the key treats for you as a founder to include on your startups landing page?

It might not be the most hard-hitting question that we could ask them, but we believe it is a vital question nonetheless. As you know a landing page is not about adding more and more information to hit that visitor with, it needs to be clean and clear within seconds. So maybe the question could be rephrased to “If nobody has ever heard of you or your startup yet, how would your landing page look like to convince users to signup..”

This is who they are, ranging from Marc Köhlbrugge (Betalist) to Oli Gardner (Unbounce) and all the brilliant minds in between. Oh and this is what they answered..

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Posted in Inspiration, Lead Conversion | 19 responses

9 of the Best “Coming Soon” & Under Construction WordPress Themes and Plugins

So you figured out who your ideal customers are, you started talking with them, and you started to validate your assumptions. What can we do next? It’s time to let the world start knowing that you are out there. It’s time to start launching your website and try convincing people about what you are building is worth their time and money. The easiest way is to use a coming soon WordPress theme.

Having a coming soon page is really beneficial, you can easily collect email addresses and start building your online presence even before launching your entire site. These email addresses can be used to get even more validation for the problem you are trying to solve (more on how we use that process later on in a different post). Next to that these email addresses can be used to keep your visitors informed about the big moment you are ready to launch.

On our landing page, we use this same strategy to attract email subscribers. We have a landing page up and running and off course by now we have a blog attached to it, which helps us with generating traffic and more email subscribers. Some would say to get a bigger email list you should even offer some kind of freebie, but we are not really there yet since we are just starting out remember? Off course if you have the possibility you could always offer a freebie, or work with referrals to have those early subscribers get early access to the product you are building.

In today’s post, we will share 9 of the best WordPress Themes out there, for creating a coming soon page. We will present them in a random order so it all depends a bit on your own preference which one you should give a try.

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Posted in Inspiration, WordPress | no responses

Stop Wasting Time: How to Prove You’re Building the Right Product

Stop Wasting Time: How to Prove You’re Building the Right Product

You know what the biggest reason companies fail? They are trying to solve a problem that doesn’t exist. People don’t care what you’re doing and they just don’t think the problem is big enough for them to start paying for your solution. In other words: Throughout the lifetime of any successful organisation, customer feedback is critical.

But how do you get customer feedback if you’re just starting out and you don’t have any customers yet? A lot of startups just start building and hope that whenever they build something beautiful the customers will come running, waving their credit cards and all will be well. The better way, of course, is to try to find validation for your idea before you start building, making sure you are not wasting your time.

So how did we get and how are we still getting more and more validation here at Inbound Rocket? How did we start from a blank canvas, and come to the conclusion this idea we were having might be more than just an idea? Time to talk to you about Customer Development.

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Posted in Inspiration, Open | 8 responses

Why Use WordPress For Building Your (Inbound) Marketing Platform?

With the rise of Inbound Marketing and Email Marketing, your company website is quickly becoming an essential part of doing your business online. WordPress might have started as a blogging platform when it got first released, but it’s become much, much more. Over the years, it’s evolved into an easy-to-use and popular content management system that allows business owners to market their products and services online.

Inbound Marketing

Inbound Marketing is vital to the success of a business online. It used to be that companies could market their products through outbound marketing tactics like advertising and buying email lists. With 86% of the people skipping TV ads and 44% of direct mail never being opened, these methods are now viewed as non-authentic. Outbound Marketing is, therefore, unlikely to attract large numbers of customers or help you increase your conversion rates.

Instead, the most successful companies rely on inbound marketing and focus on creating content to attract users. Companies who use WordPress are better equipped to promote their products and products and services through the usage of blog posts, landing pages and email marketing. By using WordPress, you can make your website the platform for all your marketing efforts by taking advantage of the large community, well-designed themes and the valuable plugins.
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Posted in Content Marketing, Email Marketing, Inspiration, Social Media Marketing | no responses

How to Build a Content Calendar (Includes a Free Template)

How to Build a Content Calendar (Includes a Free Template)

A new year has just kicked in, out of all the New Years resolution that you might have created for yourself, which is the one that is going to help (you kickstart) your business in 2015? Over at Inbound Rocket, we want 2015 make the year where we will start helping you by attracting more leads, letting you focus on what you do best and not having to worry about that lead generation.

Of course, we know as developers ourselves that you’ll likely spend hours upon hours perfecting your products. You take great pride in them want them to succeed. But what if you spend all that time and you don’t see the results you were hoping for? What if no one buys your product?

It can be a real letdown, that’s for sure. But before you toss your development dreams by the wayside, consider this for a moment: have you done everything within your power to market your product effectively? If you’re looking at your screen right now with a puzzled expression, I’ll take that as a “no.”
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