12 ways to get more donations on your landing pages

The online percentage of people who make it all the way from receiving your email to making a gift in response to it is downright discouraging. If it’s 0.1% — one in a thousand — we’re happy.

If that was happening in direct mail, it would be time to shut down the shop and go into exile.

A lot of the fault is the medium. Email and the web are “cool” (as in not warm), low-emotion media.

But there are things you can do to improve that final step of the online giving process — the step where they fill out the giving form. Here’s a list of conversion-improving things you can do, from the KISSmetrics blog:

12 Proven Ways Your Copy Can Get More Conversions:


  1. Write for an audience of one (know what the donor wants, and focus on that).
  2. Tell a story. A good one.
  3. Test like a madman. But be picky.
  4. Know your weaknesses.
  5. Offer one simple benefit.
  6. Testimonials are gold.
  7. Find a mentor. Ride their coattails.
  8. Help the reader.
  9. Keep writing. No matter how painful.
  10. Write like you talk.
  11. Ride your winners like Secretariat.
  12. Don’t be boring.


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