[Q&A] Your LeadBoxes™ Questions Answered

By Kat Von Rohr, Writer for LeadPages

Wow. We JUST launched LeadBoxes 48 hours ago.

Already, we have gotten some amazing feedback from customers.

Here’s a quick glimpse at what our ecstatic customers are saying…

  • “YESSS!!! WOW!! Incredible, it is EXACTLY a feature that I was looking for. LeadPages #1.” – Valerio
  • “This is freaking brilliant!!! Logging into my LP account now to implement immediately!! 🙂 You have just made my life sooooooo much easier and the work I do for my clients will be that much better!”- Karen
  • “This is just so fantastic!!! You all have such great products and an incredible team! Is is awesome how you also how you listen to your community as well. This all makes for a great company!!! Thanks!!!!!!” – Scott

But along with this incredible feedback, our customers also have plenty of questions about the best way to use this new innovation in their businesses.

So we want to take just a moment and answer as many of your questions about LeadBoxes as we can right here.

Let’s start with the most basic…

What Are LeadBoxes and How Do They Work?

There’s a good reason why we call LeadBoxes “the evolution of lead generation.”

For the first time, you can use LeadBoxes to grow your email list from any html site — without using a landing page. Simply post your LeadBox code on any html site, and you can start building your list from anywhere.

So for example, you could add a LeadBox to your latest post. To do that, you need to go inside LeadPages and create your first LeadBox. (It only takes minutes. For a step-by-step tutorial on how to create your first LeadBox, see the video below:

Once your LeadBox is ready to go, grab the LeadBox code and drop it into the html version of your post. And you’re done! Your prospects will see a link inside your post that says: “Click here to join my list.”

When your prospects click on that link, a LeadBox will appear on their screen just like below…

Here's what your prospects will see when they click on your LeadBox link.
LeadBoxes in action: Here’s what your prospects will see when they click on your LeadBox link.

It’s as simple as that.

You can use LeadBoxes like this inside of WordPress, outside of WordPress, on html pages or anywhere else you can post an html link. (You can see below for more details on exactly how to do that!)

Why Do You Say LeadBoxes Are a “Two-Step Opt-in?”
(And Why Is That a Good Thing?)

In case you missed Wednesday’s blog post, the inspiration for LeadBoxes came from the fantastic success we have had with two-step opt-in processes.

A two-step opt-in process asks your prospects to click on a link before they see your opt-in box to opt-in to your list.

Over the last few years, we have found that two-step opt-in processes crushed it in our split tests. In fact, in several instances we found that switching from a one-step opt-in process to a two-step process increased conversions around 30%.

Now with LeadBoxes, you have another two-step process you can use to grow your list. Think about it. Your prospects have to click on your LeadBox link to show they’re interested, before they see a LeadBox that allows them to opt-in to your list.

So in effect, you’re asking your prospects to take two steps – click a link, and then opt-in to your list through your LeadBox. If our previous research is any indication, LeadBoxes is going to crush it with a two-step opt-in for your list once again.

Are LeadBoxes mobile-friendly?

YES! Absolutely, LeadBoxes are mobile-friendly.

However, when you use a LeadBox on mobile devices, your LeadBox will open as a new page. That means that your LeadBox will not appear over your prospect’s screen, like on a desktop site.

This is normal and 100% intentional on our part, because we want to ensure that your prospects can easily see your LeadBoxes on any mobile device.

As an extra feature, if your prospects try to exit your LeadBox browser page on a mobile device — it will automatically return your prospects to the previous page.

Can I Track the Analytics for my LeadBoxes? 

Yes! No problem.

Inside of our app we provides native analytics data for all of your LeadBoxes.  This is a service that all customers get free of charge.

However, if you want to use a 3rd party analytics service, simply click on the “tracking code” link in the sidebar. Then paste any tracking code from Google Analytics or any other 3rd tracking service you might be using into the tracking code box itself.

Can I Use Multiple Form Fields in my LeadBoxes?

Yes! Easily.

You use an unlimited number of form fields on any LeadBox. That means you can ask for your prospects’ names, email addresses, phone numbers or any other data you would like to collect.

In addition to adding multiple form fields, you can also change the order of your form fields. For example, you can decide to put “email address” first in your form fields. Or you might decide to ask for your prospects’ first names first. It’s entirely up to you.

You can add any form fields you'd like and even change the order of your form fields with a few clicks.
You can add any form fields you’d like to LeadBoxes and even change the order of your form fields with a few clicks.

Can I add a LeadBox to my Facebook page?

Yes! Absolutely.

One of the awesome features of LeadBoxes is it lets you grow your list from literally any site that you can post an html link on. That includes social media (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Linkedin, Pinterest, etc. etc.).

Here’s how you do it…

To post your LeadBoxes link, go into LeadPages and create your LeadBox like usual. Once you get to this screen below, simply copy the URL from your LeadBox code. Then you can post this LeadBox URL link anywhere.

Leadbox Code resized
You can use a LeadBox anywhere by simply copying the URL link from inside the LeadBox code.

However, if you are posting on Facebook, keep in mind that your LeadBox will appear in new browser window.

But regardless, you can still post on Facebook (or any other social media platform) and quickly start growing your list in a matter of minutes.

How does LeadBoxes work with guest posting?

One of the very cool things about LeadBoxes is you can grow your list from any guest blogging that you do.

For example, let’s say I wrote a guest post on our friend, Pat Flynn’s blog.

At the bottom of this guest post, I would include my author bio. Something like: “Kat Von Rohr is a writer for LeadPages and she’s awesome. Click here to join our LeadPages list and hear from Kat all the time! (Just kidding.) 🙂

Seriously though, I could link that “Click here to join our LeadPages list” to a LeadBox and instantly start growing the LeadPages list from our friend, Pat Flynn’s blog. To do that, I would just need to give Pat the code for my LeadBox along with my guest post.

Or if you don’t want to mess with coding, you could also add a LeadBox URL to your guest post if you prefer.

To add a LeadBox URL, simply grab the URL from your LeadBox code and post it inside your guest post. Once you do that, your LeadBox will be rendered as an actual page, rather than just a box. For instructions on how to post a URL, see the Facebook question above.

Can I link a LeadBox to a sidebar on my site?

Yes, absolutely!

In fact, one of the coolest ways to use this feature is to link your sidebar to a LeadBox. Here’s an example of what our readers would see if we linked a LeadPages sidebar to a LeadBox…

See what I mean? Very cool!

This is incredibly easy. Here’s how you do it…

  • Step #1: Go into LeadPages and create your LeadBox like normal.
  • Step #2: Once your LeadBox is ready to go, copy your entire LeadBox code.
  • Step #3: Go into your site and add a text widget to your sidebar.
  • Step #4: Paste your LeadBox html code into that text widget field.
  • Step #5: Save it! Then preview to make sure you like it.

If you have questions about this — or any other technical questions about how to implement LeadBoxes — our amazing support team is standing by to help. If you’re already a customer, you can contact support from inside the members area.

Can I Use a LeadBox as a Quick LeadPage?

Yes! Absolutely.

This is actually one of Clay’s favorite features about LeadBoxes. If you’re pressed for time, you can use a LeadBox as a quick landing page from any site.

Simply grab the URL from your LeadBox code and post it anywhere. Once you do that, your LeadBox will be rendered as an actual page, rather than just a box.

For more details on how to grab the URL and post it on a site, see above in the Facebook question.

Are LeadBoxes Available to All Customers or Just Pro Members?

Great news here! LeadBoxes is a feature that’s available to all LeadPages customers. (Standard and pro members alike!)

If you’re already a customer, you can begin using LeadBoxes right now. Simply go into the members area and click on “LeadBoxes” at the top to get started.

A glimpse inside the members area: Click on “LeadBoxes” to get started.

Tell Us How LeadBoxes Are Working for You

Several of our customers have already reached out to tell us how much they love using LeadBoxes.

But we want to hear from you. Let us know in the comments how LeadBoxes are working in your business. Tell us your story. You may just end up as a “featured customer” here on our blog in the next couple weeks. 🙂

Also, do you have any questions that we didn’t cover in this post? If so, drop your questions in the comments and we’ll do our best to answer them.

  • Clay, it’s like you took the best part of LeadPlayer and integrated it with LeadPages and made it better. I had a dream about this a few weeks ago and I was disappointed when I woke up and realized I was dreaming. So I guess that means you make my dreams come true. Thank you!!

  • Lana Waller

    Love this feature. I am going to be busy working with this new feature.

  • Dr Jessica

    Hi! Adding a box directly (not a link) doesn’t work in Squarespace. It doesn’t recognize the html as legit code. If you’ve got the hack let me know!

    • Haha… yeah, it seems like square space won’t let you embed Javascript on your page. I can’t hack squarespace for your because that would be illegal 🙂

  • dilexaa

    Looks really interesting, does it work with ARPReach?

  • LeadBoxes is AWESOME. I used LeadBoxes the first day it came out in two different places: one, in a guest blog post and my favorite, in my YouTube channel header! As usual, though, I have questions! My two questions are 1) why are MY name and email showing up in the form when it pops up? I did do a test after I published, but shouldn’t they be gone now? I went back in and saved the placeholder text boxes again with the generic text. And 2) why doesn’t my box pop as a shadowbox, but rather open in a new window?

    Thanks for continuing to make my investment worth it – this is AMAZING and my list has grown already and I’ve only just purchased in LeadPages about a week ago!

    • Hi Katie!

      Your name and email are pre-populating in the LeadBox because the system remembers your data and pre-populates the boxes for you the second time.

      Second, the box will popup on a separate window if the page that you’re embedding the LeadBoxes link doesn’t allow you to use Javascript on your page. For example your YouTube channel header will not let you use the Javascript, which is why it pops up in a new window, instead of appearing as a lightbox.

      For additional questions and support please submit a support ticket to http://support.LeadPages.net

      Warm regards,

      • Thank you.

        • Hey Katie

          I was having the same problem with pop up opening in new window instead of shadowbox. It was because I went directly to ‘publish’ instead of hitting ‘save’ first in leadpages.

          Do that and it should fix point 2 for you.

    • donnaandtora

      I managed to find your YouTube channel as I wasn’t sure what you meant. What a GREAT idea, very innovative!

  • Michael

    I love this new feature but I’m have a difficult linking the box to an image. When I did get it to work the pop-up opened below the fold. Any ideas for correcting this? The page is at http://strongcarpetcleaningsystems.com.

  • sadasiva108

    How can I use it without taking people away form my sute on the opt-in.
    I want to open a new window on submit,… not a redirect. How do I do this?
    I even modified the code from my email program and it still would not “target=_Blank”.

    • Hi @sadasiva108:disqus unfortunately, what happens after you submit the form is determined by your auto responder and the form code you use. We can’t control this as it is determined by the your particular integration and auto responder code. If you have additional questions, please submit a support ticket at http://support.LeadPages.net

  • Already changed my three opt-in boxes on my site to leadboxes. This is a sweet idea, because you down turn off users/viewers by having them see the empty “email address” fields and opt-in boxes after they have already joined your list. (Now they just see the equivalent of a visually appealing banner ad, and forget that it’s even there after engaging with it). This idea is sweet for a bunch of different reasons — I think the guest-posting one is the most innovative though.

    • Thanks, Brandon. I’m glad you like the guest posting angle. Our entire team appreciate the kind words and support.

  • Clay – integration with GetResponse360 yet bro? I know personally about 20 other marketers that are hoping your team figures this out for us ;0)

    • Hi Cory, right not there’s just not enough demand for it relative to other integrations. It will come eventually, but there are a number of other integrations that we’ll need to do first.

  • Uri Lederman

    Would Love to see the NON integrated html code implemented sooner rather then later.. for that matter it would be nice for ALL pages..

    • Hi Uri, I’m not sure what it means to implement “NON integrated HTML code.”

      • Uri Lederman

        Hi Clay, thanks for the response. I noticed that within the NEW leadboxes, you WILL able to utilize HTML copy/paste integration..

        Would love to see that feature on all lead pages as well..

        I hope that makes sense??

  • Trent

    Do you plan on tying this into the LeadMagnet delivery system? That’s the only thing this is missing in my opinion. This is an awesome update! We’re using on our site at http://breadwinneracademy.com and so far it was super simple to use.

    • Absolutely. We’ll be adding lead magnet delivery very soon!

  • Branndon

    Is there a plan to allow split testing of the pop up? Like have the same link and anchor text, but variations of the headline and body of the pop up?

    • Yup. We’ll be giving pro accounts the ability to do split testing very very soon.

  • Vish

    I have got some great results through lead box. I am geting 20 new optins a day that would be around 7200 new optins a year that would convert to around 25k USD . Very excited.

    • Kat Von Rohr

      That’s awesome to hear! Thanks Vish!

  • Milbrun Pearson

    Just curious once they provide you with the email address can you personalize the Thank You responseand and input a “like” facebook button for them to give you a like as well.

    • Kat Von Rohr

      Good question. Just like with LeadPages, your LeadBoxes can be integrated with your email service provider. Once you set that up, you can send your new prospects a thank you email from your email service provider (like AWeber, Infusionsoft, MailChimp etc.). Since you’re sending from your email service provider, you should be able to customize the wording in your thank you email anyway you like. Since you control the email, you could also add a link that says “like us on Facebook” to your thank you email and simply link to your fanpage to get more likes. Hope that helps!

  • AWESOME Update guys!! Off and updating my stuff NOW!! Can’t wait to see the impact this will have!! Keep up the great work!!

    • Kat Von Rohr

      That’s so great to hear Libby! Let us know how it’s working for you. 🙂

  • Hey guys – this is an awesome new update!

    On Firefox, it does give me a security warning though. Anyone else getting that?

    Fine on Chrome.


    • Kat Von Rohr

      Thanks for the heads up Denise. I haven’t heard of anyone else seeing that, but you may want to reach out to our customer support team for assistance with this. We have an amazing support team standing by to help right here: https://support.leadpages.net.

  • Sam

    HI clay,

    thanks for the response.
    I have posted the html in the code, and it has the “target-blank” attribute, but it is not redirecting after submission.
    Any ideas why that is happening.

  • Ryan

    Can you use the prepopulate URL function with LeadBoxes?