What is Landing Page Software?
Landing Page software allows marketing users to create web pages that are optimized to capture lead information and improve conversion. Marketers drive their audience to landing pages via email campaigns, paid search campaigns, ads on social media, etc.; the call to action in these campaigns is to click something that takes the person to a landing page. Then on the landing page, the person is asked to enter their contact information to sign up for a webinar, download a gated asset such as an e-book or a white paper, subscribe to a blog, request a demo, or simply join a mailing list. Landing page software serves up this form and tracks how often the form is completed, so that users can analyze the conversion rate and make changes to the landing page with the goal of increasing conversion. Some landing page software includes A/B testing functionality for this purpose.
Contact information from the landing page form is typically uploaded to a database like a CRM, marketing automation or email marketing platform, for use in future marketing campaigns or as sales intelligence. Depending on the type of campaign and the complexity of the landing page software, data about the page visitor (pulled from their IP address, or an existing database record) may be used to personalize the content of the landing page. Not all landing pages are form-based—some may be more complex and interactive. Rather than tracking metrics like form submission or conversion to lead, these tools may track engagement behavior, which will then be saved to their database record and may contribute to things like a lead engagement score in a Marketing Automation system.
Key Considerations for Buyers
The basic components of landing page software are a template library and a drag and drop page builder. Depending on the product, there may be options for deeper customization, or coding the page from scratch rather than using a template. The quality of the visual layouts, responsiveness of the page designs, and ease/depth of integration are all key considerations for buyers. Landing page speed is also a consideration, as it varies among products and may affect conversion rate.
Tools like Unbounce, Leadpages, and Instapage are landing page point solutions, while content marketing tools like ion interactive offer a robust landing page (lead form) builder, but also allow users to build and test other types of content, and are focused more on personalization and measuring engagement. Marketing Automation platforms and all-in-one marketing tools, like HubSpot, Infusionsoft, Marketo, SharpSpring, and others, also tend to include landing page builders as part of their broader and thus more expensive suite. Based on reviewer feedback, the marketing suites usually focus less on ease of use and polished graphic design, which tend to be strengths of the landing page point solutions.