Every digital marketer tracks CTR (Click-Through-Rate) and focuses on improving this metric. In this article, we will give you a short introduction to CTR and share with you a few tips on how to improve it in different channels. 

What is CTR and how to calculate it?

Click-Through-Rate (CTR) is a metric that indicates the percentage of users that actually saw your advertisement and ended up clicking on it. 

You can easily calculate your CTR by using this formula:

(clicks/impressions) x 100

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Why is it important to track CTR?

CTR is probably one of the most important metrics to track and analyse since it indicates how attractive your content is for your target group. In other words, by tracking this metric you can easily understand what type of ads, meta titles and descriptions, videos and content on social media work the best for your target audience. By analysing your CTRs you can gain insights about your customer personas and optimize your performance by providing highly-personalized content.

Every digital marketer aims for high CTRs because those indicate the relevance of the landing page content and ads towards the target audience. Having low CTRs can be alarming for marketers since it is a signal that the content does not fulfil the user expectations or does not provide value for them. 

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Nevertheless, it is important to mention that average CTRs differ from industry to industry. Knowing your industry average CTR will help you to have a solid understanding of your content’s relevancy.  Aiming to reach high CTRs is one of the top priorities for every digital marketer. It is especially important for advertisers since a higher CTR also boosts the ad rank.

Tips for CTR optimization

CTR optimization is crucial and the optimization of it differs depending on the marketing channel. When starting with a CTR optimization, have a look at the reports of your landing page, ad or email performances. Categorize the landing pages with high CTRs and those with low CTRs. By analysing the major differences between landing pages with high CTRs and those with low, you might find out possible reasons behind why some of the pages perform better than others.

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CTR optimization tips for SEO and content marketing

This can be best reached by evaluating your meta titles and descriptions for search engines. Moreover, rankings have a huge impact on CTRs. Generally, top 5 ranking websites have the highest CTRs on search engines. Therefore, SEO optimization of your landing page can eventually increase CTR.

Tip for CTR optimization: Have a look at the positionings of your landing pages and check their CTRs. Highly ranked landing pages should correlate with higher CTRs as well, check the low CTR landing pages as well. Have a look at the search results for landing pages that have low CTRs and analyse how pages with high CTRs differ from pages with lower CTRs. Check other rankings for the same keywords and your competitors. Inspect the top-ranking pages and their meta tags as well as the landing page contents, brand names etc and see what you could do better. Make sure you provide a catchy and engaging meta description so the user can already see the value of the information you share.

Try to optimize your landing pages for long-tail keywords. These types of keywords are more descriptive and have more potential to reach relevant users and as well as increase CTR.

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CTR optimization tips for ads

CTR analysis is highly important for advertisers since a higher CTR boosts quality scores (google ads) as well. Therefore, improving your quality score would be the first step forward. Take a look that the targeted keywords, landing page content and meta tags are all connected and will be relevant for the user. 

When it comes to advertisements with images and videos. A first and most important way to improve CTR is to test different ad copies to see which ones work the best and improve CTR. 

Tip: Try to improve the ad content to be as relevant as possible. Include as much as needed information that can help to convince the user to click on your ad. Include discount, special deal information or anything that could increase the chance for a click.

CTR optimization tips for emails

Let us start first with the email open rates. This is a metric that marketers track and consider to be one of the most important metrics in email marketing. Increasing email open rates is crucial and therefore reducing your emails ending up in receivers spam folders would be crucial. Read more about the reasons why emails end up in spam folders and how to reduce that phenomenon here. Low open rates for emails are mostly dependent on the title and short description as well as the sender name. Test variations of titles and see which perform the best.

Nevertheless, Email Click-through-rate is not less important.

Email CTRs are the clicks that users make within your email campaign after opening the email. Tracking email CTRs help to understand if the content of the email was appealing and interesting enough that the user wanted to click. This is not an easy task. Convincing a user to click on your email link often requires:

  • Good design.  Easy to read, appealing design with a user-friendly approach.
  • Brilliant content and messaging that is interesting for the user and matches the email title and description.
  • Mobile optimization. Before sending an email to your customers, make sure that they are mobile-friendly. The text and images are easy to read and view.
  • Email personalization. Add user name, greet him/her in the email and talk to them in a friendly and familiar way. Add relevant images to your email. Images are very powerful since this is what the user sees when he opens an email even before reading the first line of the email content. Therefore, choose the images for your emails carefully. Take care that the images match the target audience expectations.

Hopefully, you found these tips useful and can maybe implement some of them into your CTR optimization strategy. 

Check out an article where we list 7 most common mistakes while tracking KPIs.