Some interesting research from the MarketingSherpa 2012 Email Marketing Benchmark Report (free excerpt at that link) shows the popularity and effectiveness of testing different elements in the email marketing funnel:
Share the headline of that chart with everyone on your marketing team – landing pages found to be more effective element to test than subject lines.
“One of the more interesting discoveries was that the most popular testing elements were not always the most effective,” said W. Jeffrey Rice, Senior Research Analyst, MECLABS, and lead author of the report. “In the chart above, two of the least tested elements, landing page and target audience, were found as the most effective elements to test.”
Sure, we all test subject lines (well, 72% of us anyway), because it’s just so darn easy. Yet, only 35% of marketers consider subject line testing to be very effective.
However, only 32% of marketers test landing pages (you mean I have to try to get something through IT?), while 41% of marketers consider landing page optimization to be very effective.
And on the face of it, it makes sense. The deeper you test in your funnel, the more of an impact you tend to have on the metrics that really matter, like revenue. So while subject lines might increase your open rate, landing page optimization helps you increase conversion for more valuable metrics such as lead capture or actual purchases.
So, buy a few pizza pies (or zombie brains or whatever it is they eat) and some Mountain Dew for the nice folks over in IT, and start planning a few landing page tests.
Common Landing Page Mistakes: Too simple of a landing page for a complex sale (via MarketingExperiments Blog)
Landing Page Optimization: 36 articles and resources to help you complete your next LPO project (via MarketingExperiments Blog)