Q: I know from my Google Analytics that I get a large amount of traffic to my form page, but nobody is submitting the form. How can I create a form that people will submit?
A: First, congratulations are in order! You have a good amount of traffic to your website; people are getting to your form page; and you have an excellent tracking program in place! So before you get to work on improving your conversions, be sure to pat yourself on the back for getting this far.
Now you need to figure out why your audience isn’t taking the next step. Ask yourself a few questions to see if you might be guilty of some common form errors we’ve observed:
- Does the form submittal work? Be sure to run a test submittal periodically to be sure.
- Are you asking too much? Your form should require only the minimum amount of information that you absolutely need. If an email address is sufficient, please don’t require a phone number, home address, and first-born child as well.
- Does your website establish trust? Filling out a form and submitting it is to some extent an act of faith. If your website lacks an identity or clear brand, is built from a generic template, or jumps between multiple domains or designs, it is unlikely to garner the necessary trust for a form submittal. Think of it this way: are you more likely to hand your phone number over to a stranger on the bus or a trusted acquaintance? We believe that blogs are a fabulous way of building trust and relationships – the more personal, the better.
- Have you explained the purpose of the form? Most importantly, let folks know exactly what will happen after they submit the form. Will they get a call? An email? Or access to a different part of the website? Make sure that there is a clear and (preferably) compelling reason for someone to move forward with a submittal.
Work on improving the above problems, and keep a close eye on your Google Analytics information, and we think you’ll see some excellent results. And if none of the above is a problem for you, then it’s time for some A/B page design testing. But that’s another article, another day. Good luck!