Landing pages have served as a fundamental tool for marketers since the dawn of the modern internet. But landing pages aren't all created equal. In some circumstances, a squeeze page may be the way to go. But what is a squeeze page? And how is it different from a landing page? We've spoken to industry-leading marketers to find out.
The Purpose of Both Landing Page and Squeeze Page
A landing page is a standalone page that aims to achieve a single conversion goal — which could be anything from gaining free trial signups for a new SaaS product, to registering attendance for a webinar, to leading buyers to catalog or product pages. As such, the information requested from the visitor, if any, varies. For example, you might request their email, their full address, their credit card details, or for nothing but a click-through to the next page.
A squeeze page, on the other hand, has one constant goal: to collect the user's name and email address. Squeeze pages can also be used to offer a free ebook, white paper or subscription to a podcast in exchange for the user's email address but the requested information always remains the same.
"Squeeze pages are very similar to landing pages, but more [product] focused. They typically feature just one product and have a very clear call to action in order to get the email. Squeeze pages should be more streamlined, but with less content on the page," said Alex Mauritz, Market Research Analyst at Illinois-based Chicago, IL.-based Magnani
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Squeeze Pages are a Subset of Landing Pages
Both landing pages and squeeze pages have similar designs principles where they both have a header, a call-to-action, appealing visuals and a form. Tammy Duggan-Herd, Marketing Manager at San Diego, Calif.-based Campaign Creators, states the difference between a landing page and a squeeze page is very difficult to distinguish since they serve the same purpose in capturing user information. "People think that a landing page is any page with a call-to-action on it, but in my opinion, a landing page must have a form and exist solely for the purpose of capturing a visitor's information through that form. This is also the mission of a squeeze page, to have someone fill out a form [for] their email address. So really, a squeeze page is a specific type of landing page. Both pages focus on getting a user to fill out a form. Therefore, the same design principles apply to both," explained Duggan-Herd.
To summarize, all squeeze pages are landing pages, but not all landing pages are squeeze pages. It should also be noted that, because of its more focused nature, a squeeze page doesn't always manifest as a standalone page. They can be incorporated into blog posts and even pop-ups to gain email addresses from readers and website visitors from all over the website.
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A Squeeze Page is More Specific
Whilst the purpose of both landing page and squeeze page are both similar, the elements that make up each page is different. A landing page might contain information to educate the user on a specific product. But the information on a squeeze page is much shorter and more direct. Plus, there are fewer distractions on a squeeze page.
Having few distractions, as noted by Keri Lindenmuth, Marketing Manager at Allentown, PA.-based Kyle David Group, allows the users to focus on completing the form. Thus improving chances of generating more leads. "A squeeze page is a lot a like landing page in that it focuses on one call-to-action or topic. However, where it differs is that a squeeze page nearly forces a user to give their name or email address and become a lead. There's no navigation, no links, and very few options other than filling out a form."
Brian Dean of Backlinko shared how his squeeze page converted 21.7 percent of his website visitors into email subscribers on his blog.
Landing Page Vs Squeeze Page: Which Should You Go For?
While landing and squeeze pages are very similar, your objective should dictate which option to run with. If you only want to collect names and emails addresses for future email marketing campaigns, a squeeze page will generally work best. On the other hand, if you have a broader on-site sales or conversion funnel — or, if you want to make a sale right there on the same page — a landing page may be the way to go.