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Today’s update is all about Squeeze Pages, what they are, how to build them, when to use them and my Squeeze Page Checklist.
‘Squeeze Pages’ are also often referred to as an ‘Optin Page’, a ‘Lead Page’, or a ‘Tripwire Page’ – these four things are EXACTLY the same.
A Squeeze Page is quite simply a page where you’re single objective is to get someone to give you their email address. They normally look something like this:
You can use Squeeze Pages anytime you need to collect someone’s email address.
Tim, Steve and I use Squeeze Pages in 3 areas of our business:
- White Label
- Marketing Funnels
I’ll now explain a little more about how we use Squeeze Pages for each of these three components.
The reason we want to get a Kindle reader to “opt in” to our email list is so that we can ask them for a review, and promote our other products to them.
It works like this:
- Someone buys our book on Kindle
- On the first page of the book, we announce a “free giveaway” that people can get by going to a special bonus page.
- The reader wants the bonus, so they go to the bonus page and add their email address.
Once we’ve “captured” the new subscriber, we can then ask them to leave a review, or tell them about other similar and related products we sell.
The reason we want to get the email address of someone who has purchased one of our White Label products on Amazon, is the same reason as for Kindle. We want reviews and more sales.
The way it works with White Label products is slightly different though. We use a two-pronged approach:
Here’s how the product insert process works:
- Someone buys our White Label product on Amazon.
- The product is sent to the buyer, and inside the box we include a little “insert” that directs the buyer to a bonus page.
- The buyer wants the bonus, so they add their email address.
The product insert is a simple flyer that has our squeeze page URL and some branding on it (normally a logo). The main thing is that it captures peoples attention and gives the buyer a strong reason to visit the Squeeze Page.
With White Label and selling physical products on Amazon, we’re also able to access every customers phone number, so we have the ability to call them up as well.
Normally we use these phone calls to solicit reviews, however they can also be used to send people to your squeeze page as well.
Here’s how that process works:
- Someone buys our White Label product on Amazon.
- After they purchase, we give them a call, asking if everything is okay, and ensuring that the product has arrived.
- While on the call, we can EITHER ask for a review, or offer them a bonus through our Squeeze Page, or BOTH.
As mentioned above, we normally focus just on product reviews for Amazon, as we’ll inevitably get the buyers email address anyway as part of this process, but in some situations for some products it makes sense to get the email address right away.
The third way we use Squeeze Pages as part of our marketing funnels.
Here’s how this works:
- We buy traffic (normally using media buys or Facebook).
- We send that traffic to a squeeze page offering some kind of irresistible offer.
- People add their emails to get access to the irresistible offer.
So as you can see, the three processes outlined above all follow the same kind of structure, the only thing that changes is the way we get the traffic.
Now that you know how the general process works, let’s talk about exactly how to go about setting up a squeeze page.
We use two different approaches depending on what the Squeeze Page is for:
- Static Page
- Lead Pages or Funnelizer PRO
If we’re paying for traffic, we normally create static pages using Dreamweaver.
The beauty of using a static page, is that you have 100% control and flexibility over what is on the page, how it looks, and they are very easy to customize.
The downside is that you need to have some knowledge of how to set these up and you need to know what you want it to look like in the first place… it’s not as easy as using a plugin or pre-made template, so it’s only really a good solution for people with experience with Squeeze Page design.
Here’s an example of a static Squeeze Page I made a few years ago before launching ‘Rank and Pillage’ with Brian G. Johnson:
This one converted at 49.8%, but we only got to this conversion rate through split testing. More on this shortly.
So for paid traffic and product launches, we use Static HTML because we can customize more, it does take a little bit longer though and some knowledge is required.
In all other cases, we use Lead Pages.
Lead Pages is much more than a tool to build Squeeze Pages, you can also use it to create webinar registration pages, sales letters, thank you pages, coming soon pages, pop-over buttons and much much more.
In the video demo below I explain the main features of Lead Pages and build a simple Squeeze Page in the spaces of just a few minutes, check it out:
As mentioned in the video, we have a special bonus pack available for people who want to buy Lead Pages, you can check that out here: https://www.aidanbooth.com/lead-pages-bonus
Note: We are using our affiliate link and will make a commission if you choose to invest in Lead Pages.
If you want to make a simple Squeeze Page, but don’t want to invest in Lead Pages, then FunnelizerPRO is a good option.
FunnelizerPRO was developed by our in-house programmers so that people could make simple Squeeze Pages for Kindle and White Label projects using a simple visual WordPress editor.
The video below explains more:
CLICK HERE to register for access to FunnelizerPRO
Now that you’ve seen several different ways to create Squeeze Pages, lets talk about the 6 things you can do to ensure your pages gets results…
It amazes me how often I see Squeeze Pages with boring headlines. You don’t need to be a copywriter to know that something with a bit of intrigue and with benefits weaved in, is going to convert better than something boring.
Take this example… what do you think would get more subscribers opting in?
“Enter Your Email Below To Download The Golf Tips Report”
“Enter Your Email Below To Discover The Secret “Back Arch” System That’ll Shave 7 Strokes Off Your Handicap AND Allow You To Hit The Ball 50 Yards Further WITHOUT Changing Your Swing…”
Hopefully it’s obvious that the second headline is going to perform better… yet, people keep on using boring calls to action (it’s the same for any kind of opt-in, not just squeeze pages).
If you’re not a copywriter, that’s FINE. Just copy what you’ve seen other people doing, or copy what your competitors are doing, and then test things to find out what works. It’ll make a BIG difference to your results.
Tim, Steve and I have performed literally HUNDREDS of split tests for opt-in forms and squeeze pages, and one thing that always improves results are arrows.
Like anything, you should test this for yourself, but if in doubt, have arrows pointing to the place you want your reader to click or where you want them to write add their email address.
Auto Responder companies like Aweber, Mailchimp, Get Respones, iContact etc, all give you the option of asking people for their name and email address on sign up forms.
What most people don’t realize is that if you JUST ask for an email address and not a name, your optin rate increases by about 10%.
Once someone becomes a customer, you can get their name then, but when they’re first entering your funnel it makes more sense to ONLY ask for the email, and not worry about the name. You’ll get better results.
Something I discovered recently was that about 15% of people who were subscribing to my lists were NOT clicking the link in the confirmation email that gets sent out… this means that although they’ve entered their details, they’re NOT an active subscriber.
As a result, I switched off the “confirmed opt-in” option that Aweber sets as a default.
By doing this one thing, I instantly increased my optin form performance by 15%.
Now, admittedly, Aweber and other companies will ALWAYS recommend you have the double-optin function activated, but in my experience it will definitely decrease your optin rate.
One thing you should check is your deliverability, to make sure that even if you have double-optin turned off, your messages are still getting delivered and opened. You can monitor this inside your Auto Responder reporting section. If in doubt however, I recommend turning it OFF.
If you’re using Lead Pages, it’s EASY to add an exit pop to your squeeze pages, in fact, I showed you just how easy this is in the demo video above.
Consider this…we aim to get a 50% opt-in rate on our Squeeze Pages. That means that 50% of the people who land on our squeeze pages LEAVE without giving us their email.
By using an exit pop, we can save about 10% of those people, by offering them something different when they leave, so where possible, make sure you use an Exit Pop, it’ll only help your performance.
The 6th and final point is to Split Test. This is VITALLY important…
Tools like Google Analytics, VWO.com (previously called Visual Website Optimizer) and Clicky make split testing easy.
Check out the image below (click the image to make it bigger):
When we launched Rank and Pillage a few years ago, and during the first two days of Pre-Launch we split tested 5 different Squeeze Pages, you can see the performance of each of the different designs above as well.
As you can see, the difference between the highest converting and the lowest converting page is almost 15% (14.4%)… that’s a HUGE difference, and exactly why it’s so important that you split test your Squeeze Pages.
Or take the following three optin forms for example, these are from a test I’m running right now:
Which of these three forms would you say gets the best results?
Most likely you’d just hazard a guess, but unless you tested it your never know…
Here are the results:
As you can see, the third form converts at 19.6%, almost DOUBLE the other two options… but I NEVER would have known this if I didn’t test it!
NOTE: Different forms may work better with different offers… I’m not saying that Form 3 will ALWAYS outperform the others, but in the test I’m running it’s the clear winner.
Another thing about Lead Pages, it has built in split test functionality, so that’s another reason why I like using it.
So to recap the 6 Point Squeeze Page Checklist now:
- Intriguing Attention Grabbing Headline
- Email Only
- Don’t Use ‘Confirmed Opt-In’
- Exit Pop
- Split Test
Implement all 6 suggestions, and you’ll be off to a solid start.
Do you have any questions or comments? Let me know in the comment box below!
Until next time,
P.S. I’m running a competition on my Facebook Page and am giving away 3x $50 prizes in the next 24 hours. All you have to do is guess how many sales our Kindle books made in July. Head over to http://www.facebook.com/aidanboothonline, find the post shown below, and get your guess in today (winners will be announced very soon!):
Fantastic content as always Aidan! You really make this sound simple!
Hi Aidan, thanks for this post, it’s just what I needed as I’ve just launched a Kindle book and need to set up a bonus squeeze form. Where can I get FunnelizerPRO? Thanks, Beth
Hi Beth, CLICK HERE to grab FunnelizerPRO. I’m glad you’ve enjoyed this update, thanks for the feedback.
What’s your take on two-step signup buttons? I’ve heard a lot about them and know that Lead Pages has a tool for them, just wondering if you’ve used them or tested them on your sites?
Hi Jessie, I don’t have any test results for these yet, but from what I’ve seen, they seem to work well. The link to FunnelizerPRO in the comment above (and the sidebar) actually works in the exact same way as a 2-way signup form. The theory goes that since people are clicking on something REQUESTING access, they are much more effective than regular signup forms… I’ll see if I can get some firm data for you by next month.
Thanks for this Aidan. With FunnelizerPRO, is it possible to insert get response code, or does it need to be used with Aweber/MailChimp?
Also, not long ago you recommended Visual Website Optimisation tool. Are you still using this?
Thanks in advance.
Hi Baz, yes, it will work with Get Response, just insert Get Response code where you’d normally put Aweber code, everything else is the same 🙂
As for Visual Website Optimizer, YES, it’s now called VWO.com.
Hola Aidan, excuse my english is not perfect. I am a eformula evolution member and i have some question about thank you page. Would you think it is better to have website ready before using squeeze page, or can start using squeeze page without website finished?
Thanks a lot my friend!
Hola Carlos! If you’re setting up a Thank You page or Squeeze Page, it’s not that important that your website is done. You homepage could just have a “Coming Soon” message on it, or even just the logo (you can do this using the ‘Ultimate Coming Soon Plugin’). As for your Thank You page or Squeeze Page, I recommend you choose a URL that’s simple for people to copy or remember. For example, something like http://yourwebsite.com/special.html could work quite well for a Squeeze Page.
Hi and thanks for a very useful and informative post. The Funnelizer Pro seems to be exactly what I need but although I have entered email etc. I don’t seem to be able to download the plugin.
Hi Evangeline, after you enter your email, you’ll be sent an email with the download link for the plugin 🙂
Hi, Spoke too soon in my previous comment. My download for Funnelizer has arrived in my inbox and thank you so much.
Great, glad you’ve got it!
Thanks bro, really good info & make me more understand how to create good squeeze page.
Glad to help!!!
The sample that you show has the optin in the middle, how do we adjust it to be to the left or right etc? I assume this can be done?
Thanks & great article
Are you talking about when using FunnelizerPRO, or Lead Pages?
With FunnelizerPRO, it’s always in the middle, however you can adjust the look and feel from within your AutoResponder provider. With LeadPages you’ve got LOADS of flexibility to do what you want…
Aidan, thanks for the terrific squeeze page lesson. Really makes the process controlled and easy. Nice to have the Funnelizer tool as well. I will definitely do more split testing as well.
Great Bill, and you’re welcome, thanks for the feedback 🙂
Veey uswful post as usual. Full of content and clear. Form 3 rules. Thanks Aidan for this post!!
Haha – yes, form 3 does rule! I had no idea that would be the winner… I thought all 3 would have converted about the same! Thanks JACK!
Hi, Aidan, thanks for the great content!
I have two questions about it.
1. I think that personalizing messages like “Hi Aidan, today I have a great gift for you” perform better than emails without it. So the advantage that I have a better optin rate without asking for names gets leveled with the fact that I get a lesser response rate. Is that right in your experience? If yes it would be good to have my subscribers name at some point. You mention that I can get it later. Is that not cumbersome for a user if he already gets my emails and now I request that he updates his profile and adds a name? And at what point do I change my autoresponder to incorporate the personalization? How do you go about that?
2. You advice to not ask for double optin. Similar thing. Maybe I get a better optin rate, but If I have more junk emails or less delivery rate, what is the final result on that?
You’ve made two great points, here’s my take on this:
1. It’s DEFINITELY better to customize messages (like “Hi Aidan, today I …”), but initially when you have no relationship with your list, it’s okay not to do that… also, outside the internet marketing niche, people are not as used to getting their names included in emails, so it’s not strange not to have it. What we do (outside the IM niche) is first just focus on getting people on the list, then once they on the list, get them on another list (for example, I’ve done that with the FunnelizerPRO giveaway… people who I may not have had names for previously, I do now).
So I think you can win both ways… initially not ask for the name, but in a followup, give away a free report or something, and ask for the name then. It’s not “make or break” either way, and during my fist 6 years online, I ALWAYS asked for the name and it was fine. But from a pure conversions standpoint (initial conversion only), the no-name seems to work better for us.
2. You REALLY need to watch your open rate and email stats. I haven’t seen a decrease in deliverability or open rate since I started doing single optin… again… this is kind of a grey area, and both methods work… but the original reason I started doing single optin was because we were seeing 20% of people NOT confirming. So, even if our deliverability is 19% lower when going with single optin (which is isn’t), the end result is still better… but again, much like your good point in #1, this is to make or break. For my first 7 years online I ALWAYS used double-optin and it worked fine.
Let me know if you have more Q’s 🙂
Great post Aidan, really clear explanation.
Thanks Aidan. This is timely information for me this week.
Good stuff Dave, let me know how you get on!
Tons of great take-away tips here, especially the single v double opt-in point.
I’m new to IM and trying to understand what the cost of capturing an opt-in from paid traffic is likely to be.
I’ve kinda concluded that getting a visitor to my opt-in page is likely to cost $1US and that – as a novice – I should then only initially expect a 5% (1 in 20) Opt-in Rate.
This would put the cost per opt-in at $20 which seems challenging to recover.
Are you able to say whether $20 Per Opt-in Capture (from Paid Traffic) is a reasonable assumption for a beginner?
Thanks again for a great Post.
Hey Martin, even as a novice you should still aim for 50% optin rate… so 1 out of 2… worst case scenario 1 out of 4… you don’t want each optin to be costing you $20…
Thanks for that.
I notice that a part of your Post details some conversion figures for Opt-in Buttons shows Conversion Rates between 9% (1 in 10) and 19.6% (1 in 5) Opt-ins respectively.
I was therefore assuming that this range of Opt-in Results was representative of your results, and that – while I should aim / aspire to those sorts of results – I would need to work up to them.
I’m delighted to learn that 1 in 4 should be my worse case scenario, as I was under the impression that 5% (1 in 20) to 10% (1 in 10) were typically achieved Opt-in Rates.
Possibly Paid Traffic (which I envisage using) increases Opt-in Percentages?
Also, is it usually better to pay (say) $2US rather than (say) $1US Per Visitor to an Opt-in Page, in order to get a better targeted visitor, and maybe – therefore – a higher opt-in percentage?
The screenshot showing my optin rates as 9%-19% are not typical… those numbers are normally between 30% – 50%, but for the paid traffic I’m using for those forms, the conversion rates are much lower (less targeted traffic). As for the costs, $2/visitor won’t guarantee a better quality lead… it really depends where the traffic is coming from, and how targeted the squeeze page offer is… hope this helps!
Thanks learnt some great info definitely will be using the Funnel system for my kindle book ideas.
Great stuff Aidan. Thank you !
Aidan, Since our product can’t use an insert of any kind with Amazon FBA, is it safe or worth the risk to call the buyer and ask for their email or give them the funnel/site URL? Thinking it would only take one mad customer to get Amazon all up in your face. We see that Amazon frowns on contacting customers by email as well. Just looking for all the options to get a firm contact with an Amazon customer after they purchase there and getting them into our own pipeline without pissing off Amazon.
We do this… we do it as part of our Review process, so yeah, I think you can absolutely do it. The key is to make sure it doesn’t sound like you’re harassing the buyer… you’re trying to offer them value. Maybe do it like this:
1. Call buyer, ask if all is okay with the product etc
2. Tell them you’d like to give them a discount coupon for their next purchase, jet as a way of saying “thanks”
3. Ask for email, as you’ll need this to send the coupon to
4. In the email send them to your squeeze page
That’s the process we use (in a nutshell).
I have OptimizePress… I can use that for creation….just doesn’t have internal stats for A/B testing. Suggestions for that?
Thanks for the info Aidan…it is timely….
Going into detail with this for a What Is Working Now webinar would be great 🙂
I’ve added this Workshop topic suggestion to the BPPro ideas list – thanks!
As for running your A/B test, we use VWO.com and Google Analytics. You could also do it using Clicky, although that’s be a more manual process. If you don’t want to invest in VWO, then just use Google Analytics, this will give you all the info you could possible need 🙂
Best of luck Mike!
Thanks for a fantastically detailed and proven post. You’ve definitely demonstrated how to execute this business work flow with an eye for prospering.
You’re welcome Todd!
I attempted to get the Funnelizer Pro plugin yesterday. As of today, I still haven’t received it.
I would appreciate anything you could do to expedite this issue.
Hi Janet, it’s delivered automatically via email… please try with another email, or perhaps check your spam folder… maybe it landed in their by mistake…
Opt-in pages with videos clearly have something in common that hurts opt-in rate. Maybe videos are long or speak necessary elements or elements that are “common knowledge” to IM community? I think videos should be more like teasers to stimulate viewer’s curiosity.
wow! high learning curve.. like the idea to get first an email address well before their name…I prefer too as a potential customer