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How to Validate Ideas for Your Next Marketing Campaign Using Landing Pages

Landing pages aren’t just for lead gen and acquisition – they can also help you collect feedback for your next marketing campaign. Image by Citizen Brick via Flickr.

Launching a marketing campaign can be stressful. Sometimes it’s hard to gauge whether your launch will resonate with prospects or if all your hard work will go to waste with a colossal campaign flop.

But it doesn’t have to be a shot in the dark.

Your followers, leads and current customers are all invaluable resources. They can help you determine your product roadmap or the direction of your next marketing campaign.

All you have to do is ask.

Here are three ways you can use landing pages to help generate and validate ideas for future marketing campaigns – for bigger impact and more conversions.

1. Generate ideas with community involvement and gamification

If you want to launch a new campaign, why not swim with the current and create something that the majority of your audience actually wants and needs?

When CSSHat set out to add new features to their product, they asked users to vote for their most wanted feature on a simple landing page.

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CSS Hat asked customers to “upvote” their most wanted feature on a simple landing page.

Their approach added a level of gamification and collaboration to the ideation process of product development, and got their customers involved and invested in the process.

How you can use landing pages to generate ideas for your next marketing campaign

Have a few different marketing campaign ideas and not sure which will be most effective? Go straight to the source and get your community involved.

Like CSS Hat, you could build a landing page that allows visitors to submit and vote on others’ submissions for crowd-sourced results. That way, you’re sure that you’re catering to the majority.

Alternatively, you could create a landing page with an embedded or pop-up survey (with a service like Qualaroo), asking what your visitors want hear about. Try framing the survey like this:

We’re working on our next ebook/whitepaper. What are you more interested in?

  • 10 Ways to Get More Mentions Online
  • Your Sure-Fire Guide to Delivering Your Content to People Who Need It
  • 5 Steps to Creating Landing Pages that Convert

Because it can be difficult to encourage people to take surveys, it’s often necessary to offer an incentive.

Consider offering a smaller piece of content – such as a checklist or exclusive access to an academy – as a bonus for those who complete the survey.

2. Validate interest in planned campaigns and feature launches

When Mention’s mobile lead, Guillaume Sempe, started working on a new feature concept for the Mention iOS app called Pull to React, the mobile team launched a dedicated landing page to validate that there was sufficient interest in the feature.

Before development begins, ask your audience if they’re interested in your concept. Image via Mention.

Mention sent the landing page to their mailing list and saw a conversion rate of 15.61% – translating to roughly 250 people signing up to learn more about the development process. This indicated that there was high enough interest to continue on with the campaign.

And there were other benefits:

  • Guillaume was also able to reach out to his new list of iOS enthusiasts to encourage volunteer developers to directly contribute to the GitHub repo for the project – resulting in 43 volunteer developers tinkering with, adapting and perfecting the code alongside Mention’s mobile team.
  • Following Pull to React’s successful launch, the Mention team was able to reach back out to everyone on the list and thank them personally for taking part. This served to close the feedback loop and announce the launch to prospects who had self-selected as being interested.

Though this was effective for Mention for a product feature launch, the same approach applies to any other type of marketing campaign.

Want to launch a new content piece? A new social campaign? Validating your ideas first can help you save time and effort and give you the type of feedback you need to make future campaigns more successful.

How you can use landing pages to validate your next marketing campaign

Have a marketing campaign idea and not sure if it’ll be a hit with your audience?

  • Create a landing page describing a piece of content you’re thinking of publishing, and see how many emails you collect. Your headline and supporting copy should be as specific as possible and clearly state the value that readers will receive.
  • Promote your page with social media, earned distribution channels, Twitter cards, and perhaps even paid channels such as Facebook ads or promoted tweets.
  • Keep in mind that if your page isn’t clear or if a form is difficult to fill out, people are likely to bounce. Optimize your landing page before you give up on the campaign entirely.
  • Send progress updates to those who converted. Ask for thoughts and feedback — why they’re interested and what about your campaign got them most excited. This can give you valuable clues into how you should be framing your campaign messaging.
  • After you launch your campaign, follow up with those who gave feedback. They’re likely to feel invested and want to consume and share what you’ve created. Congratulations, you have your newest brand ambassadors.

Most importantly, make sure you’ve clearly mapped out your conversion goals and don’t be afraid to call it quits on a time consuming bit of content if there just isn’t the demand for it.

Bonus tip:

If you’ve nailed down your topic and have lots of interest, you can leverage that when pitching to external publications with a humble brag announcing how many people have already provided their email and are waiting to receive the content.

3. Gather feedback to improve your current campaigns and products

In addition to testing new features and campaigns, you can also use landing pages to gather input on projects already in the works. With this feedback, you can re-launch your campaigns for greater impact.

When CoSchedule was revisiting one of their features, they reached out to their community to gather ideas for potential improvements.

They created a blog post explaining their goals and asking their audience to leave feedback in the comments and on a dedicated landing page:

An excerpt of CoSchedule’s blog post in which they asked their audience for feedback.
The form on CoSchedule’s landing page.

Check out some of the detailed suggestions they got!

Image via CoSchedule.

This allowed CoSchedule to incorporate that feedback into future iterations of their product.

How you can use landing pages to improve upon existing marketing campaigns

  • Share what you’re working on with your audience on a landing page, including a call to action prompting feedback. Ask, “How can we make X better? or “What feature are you missing the most with X?”
  • Link to your landing page in your blog post or email newsletter to drive targeted traffic to it. Your customers and greater audience will be excited to be a part of the building process.

Keep the conversation going

You’ve officially built relationships with a new audience and strengthened existing ones by getting customers involved in generating and validating ideas for your campaigns.

Now, keep the conversation going. Check in with them. Give them time to digest the content you’ve provided, then ask them for feedback. Don’t be afraid to ask them to chime in on future campaigns. They’ll be happy to be considered such an important part of your community.

Now it’s your turn. How have you gathered feedback using landing pages?

— Shannon Byrne


About Shannon Byrne
Shannon Byrne is the Content & PR Manager for Mention where she crafts words, creates strategies, and recruits loyal brand advocates. She's based in New York. Say hi @ShannnonB.
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  1. lisagray304

    This article is truly inspiring for me and I’m looking ahead for more educational of your blog.

  2. Shannon Byrne

    Thank you for the comment, Lisa! Glad you enjoyed it. :)

  3. J.Duncan - Paperless Creations

    This article was a great read. I think unbounce can be used to do a a lot of the suggestions that were mentioned here. And with the web-hook + html features.

  4. Victor Ramirez

    Definitely trying this out on some new products.

  5. Daniel Foster

    I love the idea of involving users in the design and feature development process. But I think using a community platform for this (we use Get Satisfaction: http://feedback.techsmith.com) is a lot more scalable than creating a separate landing page for each “ask.” We get a lot of serendipitous discovery and unsolicited input by maintaining a community.

    • Shannon Byrne

      Hey Daniel! I tend to agree with the effectiveness and value of using a community like Get Satisfaction to gather feedback and especially create super tight feedback loops. However, I think a landing page can help to build that community if you’re still in the member recruitment phase. Thoughts?

  6. Corey Pemberton

    Hey Shannon, thanks so much for your article! It’s always nice when people include plenty of practical examples instead of just theoretical points. If there’s a common theme I got from all your idea validation tips, it’s the importance of asking for (and applying) customer feedback. It’s always helpful when I ask my clients for input; now to make it more of a system! Thanks again, -Corey

    • Shannon Byrne

      Hi Corey! Thanks so much for the comment. Glad you found the post helpful. And yes, it’s all about systems, processes, and remaining agile. :)

  7. StartupCatchup

    Great article Shannon. Your comment on relaunching campaigns is great “With this feedback, you can re-launch your campaigns for greater impact.” – So often people scrap their campaigns completely – build, readjust, pivot, it’s all part of the game!

  8. Dirk

    I like your idea of landing pages. Today, landing pages is very essential to promote products and services. Landing pages with very interesting articles serves as a guide on what the customer should know and which page should they proceed. Visitor always look for more and more information before purchasing and the landing page will lead them for the information they need. After this successful stage, visitors will be your potential customer and eventually purchase the product or services. Thanks for sharing a valuable information here!

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