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2021 Inbound Marketing Stats on the Power of Call-to-Action Buttons

2021 CTA Stats that prove the value of CTAs

Inbound marketers are the first to tell you that CTAs are your secret weapon. Whether you’re looking to increase traffic, conversions, leads, or sales - CTAs are the gateways to visitor action on your website. 

It's true, and it makes sense, but you've gotta back up your claims with evidence. In today's blog post, we've provided a convenient list of inbound marketing statistics that will help you convince others of the power of CTAs.

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Why Do I Need CTAs?

  1. More than 90% of visitors who read your headline also read your CTA copy. (Unbounce)

  2. Emails with a single call-to-action increased clicks 371% and sales 1617%. (WordStream)

  3. Adding CTAs to your Facebook page can increase click-through rate by 285%. (AdRoll)

  4. By forcing visitors to watch an informational video on their services before presenting a CTA, Kimberly Snyder increased conversions by 144%. (QuickSprout)

  5. For KISSmetrics, a CTA within a video gets 380% more clicks than their normal sidebar CTAs. (QuickSprout)

  6. Grow & Convert estimates conversion rates for certain CTA locations on a given page:
    1. Sidebar: 0.5 - 1.5%
    2. Generic, end-of-post: 0.5 - 1.5%
    3. Pop-ups: 1 - 8%
    4. Sliders and bars: 1 - 5%
    5. Welcome gates: 10 - 25%
    6. Feature box: 3 - 9%
    7. Navigation bar: varies
  7. Brafton made design changes for a client that focused on relevant, well-placed CTAs.
    1. Adding CTA buttons to article templates increased revenue by 83% in one month. 
    2. E-commerce conversion rate increased 22% quarter over quarter.
    3. Average order value for blog readers increased 49% quarter over quarter.
  8. When Social Times added social media sharing buttons to its emails, the result was a 158% increase in clickthrough rate (CTR). CTR is the number of clicks that your ad receives divided by the number of times your ad is shown.

CTA Optimization Hacks

  1. HubSpot found that anchor text CTAs increased conversion rates by 121%.
    1. Between 47% and 93% of a post's leads ONLY come from anchor text CTAs.
    2. 83% to 93% of each post's leads come from anchor text AND internal link CTAs.
  2. ContentVerve saw a 90% increase in click-through rate by using first-person phrasing: "Start my free 30 day trial" vs. "Start your free 30 day trial."

  3. Helzberg Diamonds saw a 26% increase in clicks by adding an arrow icon to their CTA buttons. (Marketing Tech Blog)

  4. SAP found that orange CTAs boosted their conversion rate over 32.5%. (QuickSprout)

  5. Performable found that red CTAs boosted their conversion rate by 21%. (QuickSprout)

  6. Making CTAs look like buttons created a 45% boost in clicks for CreateDebate. (Copyblogger)

  7. Personalized CTAs convert 42% more visitors into leads than untargeted CTAs. (HubSpot)

  8. Neil Patel found that users prefer to learn about the offer before clicking a CTA - placing his CTA above the fold decreased conversions by 17%. (QuickSprout)

  9. Reducing clutter around their CTA increased Open Mile's conversion rate by 232%. (VWO)

  10. FriendBuy increased signups by 34% by adding anxiety-reducing content and explaining key benefits next to their CTA. (Copyblogger)

  11. At the end of a test where one variant placed the CTA above the fold, and one placed it below the fold, the variant with the CTA below the fold generated a conversion lift of 304%.

  12. Adjusting the cover photo size and placing the CTA button right below the headline can generate a 47% increase in click-through rate to their pricing page.

Putting Your CTA to Work

From your buyer persona to your industry specific standards, only you will truly know what can work best for your business. Developing a successful CTA requires knowledge of what works, A/B testing to determine what works for you, and a willingness to experiment with new techniques. 

The good news is, with these inbound marketing statistics, you now have a wealth of options to try out and see if they generate more leads! 

If you like lists of statistics, you might be interested in these posts on buyer persona statistics or lead nurturing statistics.

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(Editor's Note: this post was originally published on March 10, 2016 and was updated in November 2020.)