We’ve come a long way since the days of sticking a sign in a yard and hoping against blind hope to get a call. But unfortunately, many realtors still take the old-fashioned approach to their landing pages.
We get it. Digital marketing is rife with complexity and jargon. Headlines, images, retargeting pixels…is all this really necessary?
Yes and no.
As with all things online, some elements are more important than others — your ROI depends on how well you prioritize. We reviewed dozens of real estate landing pages to help you avoid the common pitfalls and create real estate landing pages that actually bring in leads.
A landing page (also known as a squeeze page or lead capture page) is a single web page dedicated to one specific objective: turning passive prospects into live leads.
Remember the famous “reco” scene in Boiler Room? Vin Diesel picks up the phone and closes a skeptical lead without even breaking a sweat.
Your real estate landing page is your digital Vin Diesel. The prospect has found and clicked on your ad — you’ve got their attention. Your landing page needs to come in fast and furious to seal the deal. (See what we did there?)
Most real estate agents think a solid home page is all you need to successfully convert leads online. We wish that were true. In reality, the average person sees between 5,000 and 10,000 ads per day and has an attention span of eight seconds.
You’ve got to cut through the noise.
The beauty of a landing page is it lets you hold your prospect’s attention and speak directly to their specific needs.
Put yourself the prospect’s shoes. Directing a lead to your home page after clicking an ad for the ‘home of your dreams’ is the real estate marketing equivalent of giving your girlfriend diamond earrings for your ten-year anniversary — nice and everything, but NOT what she wanted.
The only way to stand out and grab those leads is to create a landing page that speaks directly to the conversation already happening in your prospect’s head, depending on where they are in their real estate journey.
Eugene Schwartz, author of Breakthrough Advertising and pioneer of conversion-focused marketing, outlined five levels of awareness:
Now that you’ve taken a minute to walk in your prospect’s shoes, it’s time to talk copy.
Top performing content online is at or below ninth-grade reading level. The best-converting real estate landing pages have clear, concise headlines that are easy to read and serve up a ton of value for the prospect.
Use clear, easy language. Never include jargon — your landing page isn’t the place for fine print.
This landing page headline from realtor Jonathan Greene gives potential buyers exactly what they want, confirming that they’re in the right place and making it easy for them to click through.
The best landing page headlines address the deep emotional benefit of doing business with you.
This landing page popped up while reading Nerdwallet’s blog post on Millennials and Homebuying: Myths and Reality. Their readers don’t just want to read about home buying, they want to be seen an authority on the topic.
Home buying is a major milestone and the fear of making such a large purchase is very real. Tackle it head on and your prospect will know you’re on their side.
Remember: Your initial ad, email or blog needs to tie in seamlessly with your landing page headline. A landing page that doesn’t deliver on what was promised creates a message mismatch with the end result feeling like a digital bait-and-switch. Give your prospect what they want and they’ll return the favor.
According to Neil Patel, “If the headline makes the user look, then the subheadline should make them stay. A subhead is part of the one-two punch of a landing page’s power.”
If it doesn’t address a key question, fear or desire, leave it off.
Here’s a great example of a landing page with a simple but powerful follow up. The subhead assures the reader this will be fast and easy, and reminds the prospect what’s in it for them. They’ve eliminated all barriers to make signing up a no-brainer.
Your value proposition spells out in plain language exactly what your prospect gets when they sign up with you. Again, it’s all about what’s in it for them.
Take a look at how Golden Key uses their benefits list to spell out the value leads get in exchange for their contact info.
Top ranked realtor, Paige Martin personalizes her value prop to attract buyers looking to relocate to Houston. She knows exactly who her audience is and how aware they are. This enables her to offer information she knows they want — a move that will put her far ahead of the competition.
One of the most common mistakes realtors make is linking the landing page to their about page. Personal brand and reputation are crucial in the real estate business, but honestly, even solution aware leads who know your name don’t want to read your mission statement — they want to see what people like them think about you.
Here are a few factors to keep in mind when selecting testimonials for your landing page:
Upnest kills it with a powerful combo of compelling customer video and detailed testimonials to let readers know exactly what to expect.
Remember what we said about your real estate landing page being your online deal-closer?
It all comes down to the button.
Here’s the quick and dirty for a clickworthy CTA:
Here’s a beautiful example of a home value estimator landing page that offers killer value to seller leads. (No wonder Bob Lucido’s team ranked #6 in transaction volume in 2016!)
As with all things business, successful landing pages are all about putting the client first.
Done right, they can be a low-cost way to bring in TONS of top quality leads.
Done wrong, they’re the black hole in your marketing funnel.
There’s a ton of opportunity for realtors willing to take a creative approach to the real estate landing page, so feel free to color outside the lines and have fun with it. As long as you’re putting your prospect first, you’re sure to win.
What’s your opinion on real estate landing pages? Are you happy or frustrated with your online ROI?