Where’s the line between “tried and true” and “been there, done that”?
As marketers, we can easily become desensitized to our own techniques. For example, a headline formula that seems overfamiliar to someone who’s written hundreds of headlines might seem fresh and compelling to someone who encounters it in the wild.
Or it might seem familiar to them, too. One way to find out: run an A/B test. That’s what entrepreneurs Matt Bacak and John Cornetta did with this webinar page headline. Version A used time-tested persuasive copywriting techniques such as building suspense with an ellipsis, prioritizing the word “free,” and suggesting exclusivity with talk of a “secret revealed.”
Version B was much more straightforward, presenting the webinar as a simple how-to:
- Version A: “Free Webinar Reveals… “Secret to Sell Over $1,800,000 of T-Shirts on Facebook”
- Version B: “How to Make 6 Figures per Month Selling T-Shirts on Facebook”
Which version do you think increased opt-ins for this LeadPage® by 273.80%?
Go down to the comments and tell us which one you’d choose and why—then vote below to see if you were right!
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How People Voted
If you chose Version A you are correct!
Version A, with a 100% probability of outperforming Version B, increased opt-ins by 273.80%.
Although we can’t say with total certainty why this change caused the increase, here are a few of my speculations:
- The headline in Version A clearly indicated to the visitor that the webinar was free, and who doesn’t like free?
- Version A’s headline sums up what you’ll get in one neat package, the “secret to sell.”
- “Over $1,800,000” may have seemed like a larger, more compelling sum to visitors than “six figures per month.”
Why do you think Version A outperformed Version B? Let us know in the comments!
Not all visitors are the same, but A/B testing your headlines may be something to consider for your own landing pages.
What Do You Think?
Did this test’s results surprise you? Why do you think Version B increased conversions so dramatically? Leave a comment below and let us know your thoughts.
If you’re new to LeadPages, you should know that all Pro and Advanced users can run any A/B test inside LeadPages in just five clicks.
Do you have a LeadPage® like this one that you would like to test? If so, you can set up the exact same type of test in under a minute. You can also A/B test your images, calls-to-action, body copy, and just about any other change you can think of.
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More About A/B Testing Headlines
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For another example of the power of A/B testing headlines, check out this LeadPage® test.
A/B Test: Did a Low Price or a High Value Increase Opt-Ins by 150.93%?Low price or high value, which sub-headline strategy do you think resulted in a 151% lift? Check out this A/B test and vote to see which one won!