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  • Writer's pictureJennifer Heppell

The Power Of A Strong Call To Action (CTA)

You craft a compelling message, hit send, and... crickets. The culprit? A weak call to action (CTA). The call to action (CTA) in your email is like the closer in a sales pitch. It's the final nudge that gets your recipient to take the next step, whether it's making a purchase, downloading a report, or subscribing to your channel. But crafting a truly effective CTA requires more than just a generic "Click Here."

In this blog, we'll delve into the best practices for creating CTAs that compel your audience to act.

What is a call to action (CTA)?

A call to action (CTA) is a key marketing term for a word or phrase that specifically prompts your audience to take an action. This action could be anything from signing up for a newsletter to downloading a white paper or making a purchase. CTAs are more than just requests; they're strategically placed buttons, links, or clear directives within marketing materials. 

The power of a well-crafted CTA shouldn't be underestimated. Studies show they can increase conversions by 80% on landing pages and boost revenue by 83% when strategically placed. Furthermore, personalising your CTAs can be even more effective.  Research suggests that personalised CTAs perform 202% better than basic CTAs, highlighting the power of tailoring content to the buyer's journey. In short, CTAs are a powerful tool to engage your audience and drive results, especially when crafted with your audience in mind.

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Types of Email CTAs

Here are some of the most common types of email CTAs:

Transaction-Focused CTAs:

  • Purchase-Driven: These CTAs are all about getting users to buy something. They often use strong action verbs like "Shop Now," "Buy Now," or "Order Today" and might incorporate urgency elements like "Limited Time Offer" or "Don't Miss Out!"

  • Cart Abandonment Recovery: If a user has left items in their shopping cart, you can use a CTA to encourage them to complete their purchase. This might be phrased as "Complete Your Purchase" or "Don't Forget These Items in Your Cart!"

Content Engagement CTAs:

  • "Read More" or "Learn More": Just like website CTAs, these email CTAs can entice users to explore your content further.

  • Download Content: These CTAs encourage users to download valuable resources like ebooks, white papers, or infographics. This might be phrased as "Download Your Free Guide Now" or "Get Your Free Checklist."

Event-Related CTAs:

  • Register Now: If you're hosting a webinar, workshop, or other event, your email CTA should clearly tell users to register.

  • Reserve Your Spot: This CTA creates a sense of scarcity and encourages users to sign up before spots fill up.

Social Engagement CTAs:

  • Share with Friends: Encourage users to spread the word about your brand or content by asking them to share your email with their network.

  • Follow Us on Social Media: Grow your social media following with CTAs that direct users to your social media profiles.

Feedback and Relationship Building CTAs:

  • Leave a Review: Positive customer reviews can build trust and encourage others to buy. Use a CTA like "Share Your Experience" or "Leave a Review."

  • Take a Survey: Gather valuable customer feedback with CTAs like "Take Our Quick Survey" or "Help Us Improve."

Best practices for creating effective CTAs

Clarity and Action:

Crafting clear and concise CTAs is about guiding users towards action. Start with strong verbs that leave no room for doubt. Instead of bland options, consider power verbs like "Unlock," "Discover," or "Conquer" (tailored to your offer) to truly grab attention. Remember, people skim online content, so keep your CTA text short and sweet, ideally between 2-5 words. This ensures it's instantly clear and easy to understand at a first glance.

Highlight the Value Proposition:

Effective CTAs go beyond simply telling users what to do. They entice users by highlighting the value they'll receive.  Speak their language and focus on the benefits.  Instead of a bland "Subscribe,"  use a CTA like "Subscribe for Exclusive Discounts & Save Money."  This clarifies the action and speaks directly to a user's desire to save.  By emphasising the "why" behind the action, you can craft CTAs that are more persuasive and lead to better results.

Design and Placement:

  • Color Psychology Matters: Use contrasting colours to make your CTA button stand out from the background. For instance, a bright orange button might pop on a blue webpage. However, remember to consider brand colour palettes and avoid clashing elements.

  • Strategic Placement is Crucial: Don't just throw your CTA anywhere. Put it where users naturally look after consuming your content. Here's a placement guide:

  • Top of the Page: Great for high-level CTAs like "Get Started" or "Learn More" for new visitors.

  • Mid-Content: Perfect for CTAs related to the specific content, like "Download This Free Guide" after an article.

  • Bottom of the Page: Ideal for strong CTAs after users have engaged with your content, like "Buy Now" or "Schedule a Demo."

  • Mobile-Friendly First: More and more browsing happens on smartphones. Ensure your CTA button is large enough for easy tapping and the text is clearly readable on all devices.

Personalised CTA

Studies reveal a powerful strategy for boosting conversions: personalised calls to action (CTAs).  These CTAs outperform generic ones by a significant margin, converting 42% more visitors into leads.  The key lies in tailoring the message to the individual. Address users directly by name, like "John, get 10% off!", and craft offers that resonate with their buying journey stage. New visitors might be enticed by introductory discounts, while loyal customers could appreciate exclusive rewards. To further enhance relevance, consider segmenting your audience based on demographics or behaviour, ensuring your CTAs are laser-focused and drive maximum conversions.

Testing and Refinement:

Don't be afraid to get creative and experiment with your CTAs (calls to action)! A/B testing is your friend in this process. By using A/B testing tools, you can see which versions resonate best with your audience and drive the most clicks or conversions. Additionally, consider adding a limited-time offer or discount to your CTA. This can create a sense of urgency and encourage people to take action right away, boosting your overall results.Final Thought

Final Thought

By following these tips and understanding the power of CTAs, you can turn email readers into engaged users who take action and contribute to your marketing goals. Remember, a well-crafted CTA is the bridge between awareness and action, so don't underestimate its impact.

At Starchelle Communications, we're not just CTA gurus, we're lead magnet and sales funnel specialists. We'll help you craft CTAs that seamlessly integrate with your broader marketing strategy, turning website visitors and email readers into engaged leads.

Contact Starchelle Communications today for a consultation and unlock the full potential of your email marketing campaigns!



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