NEW YORK, Jan. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Your small business marketing content has less than 15 seconds to capture the attention of your readers, according to Chartbeat CEO Tony Haile's article on TIME.com. Because of this, optimizing the calls to action in your content has never been more important for small business marketers.
A call to action - or "CTA" - guides your audience to the next phase of the buyer's journey and is an essential component of your inbound marketing strategy. In his latest post on PR Newswire's Small Business PR Toolkit, Interact Media founder Steve Lazuka details four ways to create CTAs that deliver results.
- Personable. Lazuka suggests that your CTAs should set expectations and also speak directly to your readers.
- Include clear and concrete directions. Your readers are likely multi-tasking while on your company website, so ensure all CTAs are clearly defined and they provide actionable steps (if necessary).
- Eye candy. The easiest way to catch the eye of your reader is to create a CTA that stands out from the rest of the content. Create a button to display alongside your content so it won't be missed by readers who are skimming the page.
- Short and simple. Provide your readers enough of the story to pique their interest and then follow up with an actionable demand. Keep the CTAs to a line or two in length to avoid a salesy feel.
For a discussion on CTA best practices, read Lazuka's complete article here.
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