These 10 Landing Pages Will Make You Reevaluate Your Design Approach




  • April 20, 2015


    Ah, the art of the capture.


    Whether it’s user data or a simple clickthrough, nothing can solidify a lead into a conversion like an awesome landing page. Of course, there’s always the question of what works best. Possibilities are endless. Yet in the face of such overwhelming choice, one should feel unencumbered—liberated, in fact, in deciding the best approach.


    This article will dissect 10 landing pages, giving you the pros, cons, and actionable insights of each.


    Let’s get started.


    1. Awesomeweb




    Awesomeweb’s landing page focuses on visibility, and has a very cool fade to white effect upon an initial scroll. All of the typography contrasts nicely and is easily legible as well. On the other hand, the initial typography and encapsulation is so distinct it makes the page look a little too busy.


    Pros: Great legibility. Great use of scrolling effects.


    Cons: Too much contrasting typography and coloring confuses the eye.


    Actionable insight: Be careful with how many different sized colors and fonts you use as, rather than focusing attention it may end up looking overwhelming.


    2. Cherry Framework by TemplateMonster




    The color scheme starts cool and warms up considerably as you scroll down the page, and your consistent flat elements give off a very welcoming impression. The fixed header is great for constant usability as far as navigation goes, and the features for the newest version of the Cherry framework read just as succinctly as one could wish. The copy for the offer above the fold could be a bit more descriptive, but other than that, this is a fantastic introduction to the newest iteration of TM’s WordPress framework.


    Pros: Beautiful use of color, fixed navigation, and flat design.


    Cons: The initial CTA could use a bit more copy to entice the reader.


    Actionable insight: Include flat vectors in your designs when you can, they look fantastic!


    3. Whipple Real Estate




    Whipple Real Estate offers a highly attractive report for potential home-sellers and in return, receives a lead for their agents to follow up with. Because of the attractiveness of the offer, and the simplicity of the funnel design, the user is drawn in with hardly a thought.


    Pros: Clear value proposition and great use of immediacy with both “instant” and “now.”


    Cons: It’s a bit too Spartan. Simple is good, but I could use a small amount of descriptive copy or compelling company info.


    Actionable insight: Offer visitors clear value of engagement and urgency to get them to convert today.


    4. Boulevard




    This landing page does a wonderful job of putting a user at ease with the soft color scheme. It piques interest with simple, legible typography and a compelling message, as well as an easily visible CTA. The page could, however, use a sense of dynamism. The full page background is okay, but a slider with rotating images could be used to further engage user attention.


    Pros: Great color choice, imagery relevant to the offer, and well defined typography/CTA.


    Cons: The page comes off as static,it needs some movement to engage user attention.


    Actionable insight: Strike a balance between subdued imagery and eye-catching elements to highlight your CTA.


    5. Envato




    I have mixed feelings on this one. My initial impulse is always to scroll down but this landing page requires visitors to scroll upward to learn more and then backd own to opt in. It’s feels a bit like trying to driving on the wrong side of the road or writing with your off-hand. Weird.


    On the other hand, scrolling upward is definitely different, and the aesthetics are gorgeous. The way each box seems to pulse into place is really quite elegant, and the bottom bar tracking progress keeps you from wondering how high you’ll have to climb. The social buttons at the side are perfectly placed as well. Easily visible, but not overbearing.


    Pros: Very unique presentation which will increase brand recognition.


    Cons: The CTA placement is something I’d test, rather than implement straight away. Having it at the bottom feels odd.


    Actionable insight: Always direct user flows towards a CTA. If you’re going to be different, test it first.


    6. Zapier




    The appealing comic book style full-page illustration for a background beneath simple and appealing copy puts Zapier’s offer front and center. Details are listed in clean minimalist fashion right below the fold. The offer is explained in sufficient detail, without being too much to take in.


    Pros: Unique color scheme and imagery displays distinctive brand personality. A slider with pictures for testimonial is a really smart touch; it makes the praise of your company seem humanized rather than the usual disembodied text.


    Cons: No matter where you scroll on the page you’re cutting either the top or bottom of an image or message.


    Actionable insight: Make sure your page matches your brand persona and keep your page segmented into easily visible sections.


    7. Impact




    Impact uses video to deliver the content curation company’s USP, and immediately presents a supporting detail for the importance of its offer with an easily trackable statistic, complete with cited source. This is a refreshing break from traditional landing pages that’s completely unique to Impact’s brand persona.


    My one criticism would be that the “Free eBook” CTA could be a little larger. Beneath the logo and above the heading it can be easy to miss.


    Pros: Nontraditional presentation plus awesome video USP, effective use of whitespace, and proper branding techniques.


    Cons: Actual offer is difficult to find or engage with.


    Actionable insight: Make sure your main offer is visible, and don’t be afraid to experiment with the unfamiliar.


    8. Wanderio




    Obviously, ambient video is in full effect, but perhaps more interesting is that this page goes straight for the jugular, asking you to use its service before anything else. Account signups also sit inconspicuously in the upper right corner, help options are likewise immediately visible, and then below the fold you have your copy displayed in short, legible blurbs.


    I think it would benefit them to change the placement of the feedback above the “Available on Wanderio” section, which doesn’t add anything useful to the design.


    Pros: Ambient video, immediate offer, and minimalist navigation cues.


    Cons: Poor order of elements below the fold.


    Actionable insight: The “use first, signup later” tactic is a great way to get people involved with a B2B or SaaS offer.


    9. MilsDev




    One big problem I can see with this page is I can’t read Russian. Other than that, it’s pretty solid. Among other things, the layout and user flows both hang together attractively, and the object of the landing page is never in doubt, nor difficult to provide. Milsdev’s landing page provides an accurate picture of its services in a highly consumable package.


    Pros: Imagery, animations, intuitive user flows, etc.


    Cons: It’s not internationalized.


    Actionable insight: This site should serve as a clear sign of how effective one-pagers can be for user engagement.


    10. Basecamp



    Great use of comic strip-style art, offset by liberal use of whitespace. This gives the page a lighthearted feel. Unfortunately, the white space around the illustration is inconspicuously clickable, which can surprise a user when they suddenly find themselves on a new page inadvertently.


    Pros: Cool art and excellent use of whitespace.


    Cons: Unexpectedly clickable.


    Actionable insight: Be careful with what you decide to make clickable, unexpected navigation can alienate your users.


    Conclusion



    That’s 10 premium landing page examples. Which did you think were most effective and why? Let me know in the comments.

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