Later SAAS case study - 100k+ Leads with landing pages

This SaaS Collected 100k+ Leads Using Gated Content & Landing Pages

Taylor Loren knows it better than anyone: SaaS is a tough almond to milk.

It’s not just the complexity of building a valuable product that stands out from your competitors. The nature of the software as a service (SaaS) model is that your customers need to resubscribe every month (or year, depending). And no matter how great your platform is, that’ll inevitably mean churn.

For SaaS marketers, volume is the name of the game. You need to be constantly feeding more leads into the top of the funnel—leads that your team can nurture, demo, and convert.

We marketers know that acquisition is a whole lot easier when you create compelling content that gets people interested in your product. A must-read ebook or can’t-miss webinar (gated on a high-converting, on-brand landing page) is one of your best opportunities to gather more information about your visitors and start moving them down the funnel.

But even if you’ve got amazing, gateable resources at the ready, SaaS products eat up a ton of development resources, regularly leaving marketing teams in the lurch when it comes to front-end dev. Without the capacity to build landing pages and collect leads on your own, it can be a struggle to turn your hard-earned traffic into new subscriptions.

How Can Resource-Strapped SaaS Marketers Put Lead Gen Content to Work?

Just ask Taylor. After taking over as Head of Content Marketing at Later (a leading Instagram marketing platform), she and her small team managed to:

  • Independently create 26+ dedicated landing pages for each of Later’s content assets.
  • Generate 100,000+ leads with the intent to nurture new subscriptions for the platform.
  • Maintain an average conversion rate of roughly 60% across all of Later’s landing pages.
  • Lower the brand’s cost-per-acquisition through their Facebook and Google ads.

How did Taylor and her team pull it off? We got the team on the phone to find out.

The Challenge: Building Landing Pages for Gated Content—Without a Developer

Taylor joined Later near the end of 2015. As the company’s first marketing hire, she made content a core pillar of Later’s acquisition strategy.

Later's squeeze page for their Instagram Influencer Marketing Strategy Guide

From the beginning, Taylor and her team focused on delivering value: deep-dive advice and comprehensive how-tos for executing an effective Instagram marketing strategy. With a steady stream of awesome content (plus promotion on social), Taylor grew monthly blog visitors from thirty thousand to over a million in just two years.

That’s a whole lotta peepers, no doubt—but Later needed a way to turn those visitors into leads.

Taylor knew that pointing blog and social traffic toward landing pages with gated content would help Later collect key information about their visitors and move them onto the nurture track. Like most SaaS businesses, though, they had a small marketing team and developer resources were mostly tied up in the platform. That meant Taylor’s crew had to create landing pages on their own.

We have a small creative team. We needed landing pages for each downloadable asset, but creating and executing on each one took a long time. […] We only had one designer on our team, and web design wasn’t our strongest skill set.

If Taylor was going to realize her vision for acquisition, she needed a fast and easy way to build landing pages—without any help from developers.

The Solution: A Drag-and-Drop Builder & Quick-Start Templates

Once Taylor’s team discovered a way to build landing pages without relying on developers, it was a whole new ball game.

Unbounce’s landing page templates have allowed us to execute a lot faster. We can create tens of landing pages quickly while also maintaining a high conversion rate.

This solution solved a couple of problems for Taylor right away. For one, Unbounce’s drag-and-drop builder and functional templates made it easy for her team to assemble gorgeous, on-brand landing pages in a jiffy. That means Taylor can now launch a dedicated page for every new resource her team puts together, like educational webinars and downloadable icon sets.

Free Instagram Stories Highlight Icons
Roughly 57% of all visitors are converting on this Later landing page for Instagram icons.

By directing visitors to landing pages through calls to action on popular blog posts and across social channels, Taylor and her team can learn more about their readers (like their industry and following size) and get them into the appropriate nurture track.

Here’s an example of how Later turns their blog visitors into leads using gated content:

A call to action from Later
This particular blog post includes a call to action for a product launch checklist.
A landing page to accompany the call to action
The corresponding landing page captures key information and is converting over 65% of all visitors.

Unbounce has also made life way easier for Later’s Lead Communication Designer, Chin Tan.

The best thing about Unbounce is that I can quickly see what’s working and what isn’t working, and tweak it on the spot instead of having to write another line of code or planning something completely different.

Love Later’s incredible landing page designs? Us too. Check out our huge library of landing page templates and see how easy it is to build something beautiful.

The Results: 100k+ New Leads and 60%+ Conversion Rates

With landing pages built in Unbounce, Later has collected more than 100,000 leads (and counting) from their gated resources. That probably has something to do with their conversion rates, which average around 60%—well over any industry benchmark.

And because landing pages have made Later’s Google and Facebook ads more effective, Taylor says that she’s reduced the cost of nabbing those leads, too.

Our designers have created a lot of ad-specific landing pages in Unbounce, which has helped us lower the cost-per-acquisition of new leads.

Check out this recent example of Later converting on their huge social following with a simple (but valuable) gated asset:

Later promotes downloadable calendar on Facebook
Later promoted a downloadable holiday calendar across their social channels, including Facebook.
A landing page for the holiday calendar
With tens of thousands of visitors, Later’s campaign landing page is converting at a rate of almost 65%.

That’s not all. Unbounce has given Taylor’s team way more insight into the effectiveness of their landing pages, helping them keep a pulse on their campaign performance.

The dashboard to see conversions is one of the biggest improvements we’ve seen since implementing Unbounce. Now, we can easily A/B test two pages and see at a glance which is performing better.

SaaS Brands Grow with Unbounce

In just a few short years, Taylor built a content ecosystem that established Later as an industry thought leader with a monster online following. By adding landing pages built with Unbounce, she kicked her content strategy into overdrive and collected tens of thousands of new leads for the SaaS platform.

(Wipe your mouths, fellow SaaS marketers. You’re drooling.)

If we’ve learned one thing from Taylor, it’s that having the freedom to execute on your marketing initiatives is key. Because they’ve removed the need for a front-end developer and taken control of the building process, Taylor and her team are able to launch new landing pages faster. That means every new piece of content they create is another opportunity to generate leads.

Want the same kind of results for your business? The first step is to produce some truly awesome content. Then you’re going to need a great landing page.

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About Garrett Hughes
Garrett was formerly the head of Unbounce’s content team. When he’s not tap-tappin' on his keyboard, you might catch him out on the slopes, poking around fantasy hockey forums, or on a low-key adventure with his very-good-boy, Benson.
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