If you read my How To Create Squeeze Pages The Stupidly Simple Way post, you’ll have noticed that I mentioned a landing page builder called Landing Page Monkey. Today, several web-based tools are available for creating landing pages and in this in-depth Landing Page Monkey review I’ll look at this tool from a user’s perspective and how useful it really is.
Creating landing pages / squeeze pages / optins /lead capture pages (the terms are interchangeable) used to be difficult, especially if you wanted a video background behind your optin form.
My Landing Page Monkey Overview
What This Tool Does
It does what it says on the tin – it creates landing pages. This is a web-based tool so there’s nothing to install on your PC or Mac.
You need to learn how to use any new tool and one of the things that makes it more likely that you’ll actually use it is the training that’s provided.
Landing Page Monkey provides 7 basic video tutorials to get you oriented with the tool:
- Step 1 – Page Styling
- Step 2 – Page Content
- Step 3 – Autoresponder Integration
- Links and Codes
- Integrate to WordPress
- Your Dashboard and what the Statistics mean
These are all you need to get started but there are a further 5 advanced training videos on how you can customize your pages further:
- Step 4 – Script Integration
- Advanced Box Design Options
- Advanced Button Design Options
- Advanced SEO Options
- Advanced Video Options
There is also an extensive FAQ section where over 100 common (and not so common) questions are answered.
So there’s still plenty of training on hand.
The software is very intuitive to use, so you probably won’t need to consult the training all that much anyway.
Sometimes, with any product or service, you need to contact the owners for help to resolve an issue you have.
For me, customer support is very important because if a company is willing to put resources into this part of their business, then it means they think highly of their customers and value them and their experience with their product.
Landing Page Monkey uses a Messenger-style support system. An orange button in the bottom right corner of the screen activates it.
Initially, you’re prompted to enter the topic you’re looking for an answer to, and asked to search their knowledge base to see if your answer lies there.
If you need further assistance, you can send a message to the Support team. They will respond as quickly as possible but you will receive an email reply rather than a reply directly in the message box in your back office.
Depending on what time zone you’re in, you may have to wait a bit longer for a reply and I’ve received responses within hours.
Their team are very knowledgeable and you’ll get an informative response rather than a stock reply.
Ease of Use
I have to say that this landing page generator software is very easy to use. It’s the easiest of these types of tool that I’ve used anyway.
Here’s what the Create Page screen looks like:
Squeeze pages have a simple format – a section which advertises the offer and collects names and emails, which floats over a background.
Landing Page Monkey makes it very easy to change your form’s header text, sub-header text and any additional text you want to appear on your page. You can also change font types, styles and colors.
There is also an option to add a video into your form should you wish.
Additional options let you add a video background to your squeeze page and a logo if you have one.
One thing to be aware of is that recent versions of the Chrome browser will no longer autoplay videos with soundtracks. You may have seen the effect of this on websites you’ve recently visited – there’s a video in a prominent position on a page and it’s bottom third is covered by thumbnails of recommended videos.
These are all videos set to autoplay when the page loads and all have a soundtrack. The thinking behind forcing such videos not to play in Chrome is that they’re too annoying for users. Google doesn’t give you the option to allow autoplaying videos in Chrome or not. It’s made the decision for you.
These videos will still autoplay in Internet Explorer, Edge and Firefox (at least currently). I assume they’ll autoplay in other browsers too. But Chrome has become the most popular browser in use today so it’s a good idea to make sure your pages will work as you want in it.
So if you want to use a background video on your landing pages, make sure that you tick the Mute option to the right of the Background Video box. Videos without sound will still autoplay in Chrome.
And if you want to add videos with soundtracks into your landing pages (not as background videos), turn off the autoplay option entirely (see the Step 2 – Page Content section in the screenshot below).
The setup for each of these is different.
If you want to integrate with a different autoresponder, you need to select the Custom option and paste in the code that your autoresponder provides. You’ll have to learn where to find this code in your specific autoresponder.
Why do you need this integration?
Because the names and email addresses collected by your squeeze pages have to be saved somewhere so that you can communicate with them at a later date. That’s where the autoresponder service comes in and why you need to tell Landing Page Monkey where to send your subscribers’ info.
If you’re looking for an autoresponder service, check out the mini-reviews I have in my How To Create Squeeze Pages The Stupidly Simple Way post.
The final section of the landing page editor is for script integration. This lets you add your Google Analytics code, for example, or Facebook pixels, etc.
You can also paste in code provided by other PromoteLabs Inc. tools but this isn’t a feature I’ve used myself.
Squeeze pages by their very nature have a standard format – an optin form floating over a background.
Given the limitations of such a page, Landing Page Monkey does offer very good customization options.
You can change text, fonts, colors and styles. You can add a video onto your form and/or add a video as your page’s background. Your opt-in form can be positioned at the left, in the middle or at the right of the page.
There’s no option to position your optin form vertically.
There are 34 animations you can apply to your optin form to grab a visitor’s attention.
One issue to be aware of where text is concerned is that the various text boxes have limited lengths. They should be long enough for your heading and attention grabbing message but if your text is too long, you’ll have to edit it to make it fit.
Pasting text into boxes can be a bit problematic as Ctrl-V doesn’t work on PCs (I don’t know about the equivalent on Macs). Right-clicking on a text box and selecting the Paste option from the popup menu does work.
Advanced Page Customization
When you initially log into LandingPage Monkey, you’re in the Basic Edit Mode. For those who want some extra customization options, there is an Advanced Edit Mode.
This section gives you more control over how your optin box appears on your squeeze page. Options include box transparency, whether it has a shadow, if it has a border, how rounded the corners are and how wide the box is on the page.
You can also set what font is used on the button and how rounded the button corners are.
If you want to improve the SEO of your page, you can add a page title and meta-description.
Lastly, you can set the start position (in seconds) of your background video (if you use one).
If you want full control over a video that appears on your optin form, then you can add code from another of PromoteLabs tools – MonkeyPlayr (you’ll get 10 exclusive bonuses if you order through that link).
Using this tool and the code it provides means that you can add any video from YouTube or Amazon S3 to your optin-form, Website or Blog with all the cool (and usually premium paid) marketing features offered by the big video hosting companies.
This includes being able to set start and end times on videos (so you can clip out start and end sections you don’t want to show) and remove the “YouTube” branding from videos. There’s a ton of other advanced features you can apply to videos too.
To add a video as a background on your page (which MonkeyPlayr has no effect on), all you do is paste in the URL of the video. It couldn’t be more simple.
Getting The Subscriber
Traditional squeeze pages place an optin form with name and email boxes on the squeeze page.
What gets a better response though, is placing a button on the optin page that says Access Now >>>, Download Here, Get It Now!, Give It To Me!, etc. And when they click the button, it’s then that they’re asked to give you their email address and name.
The psychology behind this is that by clicking the button, your visitor has already committed to getting what you have to offer, without having to give up any of their information. Then, when they’re presented with boxes to fill in, they’re much more likely to follow through.
It seems to work.
Tracking Your Results
Your Landing Page Monkey dashboard lists all of the pages you’ve created.
Each page’s stats are listed – how many times it’s been displayed (Imps – impressions), how many times the optin-form has been filled out and submitted (Submits), the percentage of visitors who took action on your landing page (Action %), the number of Tracking Pixel hits (TP Hits) and the percentage of people who triggered your tracking pixel (TP %).
Landing Page Monkey provides a tracking pixel for each page you create that you can add to your Thank you page – the page you send subscribers to once they click the button on your landing page.
This statistic lets you see how many times that thank You page is being accessed. You would expect it to be about the same as the number of submits. perhaps less. Sometimes visitors don’t get redirected to pages as you’d expect. They may shut down their browser before the page loads; there could be power outages or internet outages, etc.
The TP Hits on the first line in the screenshot above is significantly higher than the number of submits (it’s for an offer I’m no longer promoting). That’s because my subscribers repeatedly returned to read the Thank You page.
The Action buttons are pretty self-explanatory. The Clone button allows you to create a copy of the selected page so you can modify it without changing the original.
You could use this feature to split test your landing pages – changing one thing on a page at a time – the headline, the image, the video, subheadline etc. You can then see from the stats which version of the page is performing better.
And then rinse and repeat. This is how the gurus hone their landing pages until they get very high Action Percentages.
Squeeze Page Examples
Here are a few squeeze page examples I created with LandingPage Monkey:
Kingdom Come Deliverance is Out – this is a video squeeze page with a single button to click to buy the game. No optin information is required. Creating a page like this for a product you’re an affiliate of could be a good way to boost sales!
I used a trailer for the game as the background video. The squeeze page is hosted on PromoteLabs’ server.
Warning: There is some offensive language at the beginning of the video.
Bitcoin Informant – a squeeze page for anyone interested in cryptocurrencies. No freebies are offered. The page uses a Call To Action button (KEEP ME IN THE CRYPTO LOOP >>>) to entice visitors to sign up. After they click the button, they’re asked to sign up by providing their email address.
I found a video of a rotating Bitcoin to use as a video background. This page is also hosted on PromoteLabs’ server.
Internet Marketing Strategies Newsletter – this squeeze page offers 3 gifts to anyone who signs up to my affiliate marketing newsletter. Again, a Call to Action button (CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP!) is used to get the visitor to commit to wanting the gifts. And at that point they’re asked to enter their email address.
For this squeeze page example, I selected a video of waves crashing on a tropical beach. It serves as an inspirational message that affiliate marketing gets you the good life! 🙂
This time I downloaded the file that Landing Page Monkey gave me and uploaded that to my site. I renamed the file as newsletter.html. This means that the web address for this squeeze page appears to be on my domain and has a relevant name. So it should be more appealing to potential subscribers than an ugly link.
Here are two other squeeze page examples created by other users:
Get Over 1,000 Top Secret Recipes – this example uses a static image as a background and puts the promotional video front and center in the optin box. The button below the video takes the visitor directly to the product. No email addresses collected.
Papa Bob’s – this pizza parlor uses this squeeze page to entice customers by offering coupons to anyone who hands over their email address. No videos on this one but because of the selection of the background image and the design of the optin box, it looks very professional.
There’s only one major con I can think of with LandingPage Monkey. And that’s that it can’t add exit popups to the landing pages it creates.
Now popups are a pain for us marketers when we come across them. But for non-marketers they are proven to increase conversions and sales.
So the exclusion of a feature that lets you create these exit pops might be a deal breaker.
If you’re just dipping your toe into the world of landing pages, then you won’t need exit pops and you won’t miss them.
However, if you are more advanced and looking to add exit pops into your sales funnels, then here are some alternative options:
Standalone Squeeze Page Builders
These services require a monthly subscription and are for marketers with more experience and who are familiar with what sales funnels are and why they’re such a good way of getting more sales and leads from the traffic that lands on your squeeze pages.
I hope in this Landing Page Monkey review that I’ve shown you just how easy it is to create effective squeeze pages that will appeal to your visitors.
I’ve shown how to create squeeze pages that look for a visitor’s email address and name, how you can use videos as animated backgrounds or as a sales video to drive people to an offer and how to create landing pages that pre-sell products or services to a visitor.
While Landing Page Monkey isn’t perfect, it’s a fantastic tool for the price. $97 per year is nothing for the amount of pages you can create with this tool (but you can save 50% on fees anyway with the coupon code on the checkout page).
You don’t have to worry about coding or have any website building knowledge to use this online tool. All it takes to build a landing page is some point-and-click with a little bit of copy & paste and typing in text.
And the pages you build are hosted for you. The only thing you need to do is promote your page link!
It’s a great way to start building landing pages and get to learn what works in getting visitor response and what doesn’t.
It’s a tool I’m loving more and more as I use it myself. And it’s the best landing page creator at its very low price point.
Verdict: Highly Recommended
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I hope you’ve found this Landing Page Monkey review helpful and that it’s given you plenty of ideas on what kind of things you can promote and build opt-in pages for. If you have any comments or questions, please have your say below…