the immense cluster of websites being born every day we are constantly bombarded with things to buy, see, try out, register to. I am asking, who really is Mr “Call to Action” and why is it so important to have him in the online crowd today. As a regular internet user, I come across websites that are searching or have clearly lost their Mr “Call to Action.” Others have found him and today they are probably quoted as the most popular web pages out there. I am here to tell you my observations on what grabs the attention of the user, what makes the user perform an action by clicking on a specific button and how you can find your Mr “Call to Action.” To break it down for you, I will start by specifying the term “Call to action.” In web design terms – it is a name used for an element that seeks an action from a user. It usually is in the form of a clickable button and when clicked it performs an action, such as “Register.”
1. Mr “Call to Action” is seductive
When landing on some web page you should be seduced by the call to action. This should be valid even after having a few drinks. This means that your statement should be large in size, with a great contrast, different from all other elements and very special. I made a little experiment, which I tested among a small focus group. I sent out a web page and asked them to define their Mr “Call to Action” for me. Results showed that the most seductive element when landing on oreilly.com is the cute animal on the left side of the page. This is a good example in which the action button gets lost in the mist of cuteness.
2. Your Mr “Call to Action” should be loud and screaming
Despite the popular belief that talking out loud is not polite in public, your Mr “Call to Action” should be screaming in your face once you land on a page. For the most part, you should have your action in a large size, in a visible position on the page and should be inviting you to click. If you open the new Nexus 5 promotional landing page, you will instantly get seduced and screamed at by the “Buy now” button, which stands so distinctively on the right side corner. See how the image points exactly towards the action button? This is no coincidence, visuals can play a big role in pointing you towards the right direction.
3. Give an attractive name to your Mr Action
Think about all the popular names that you come across very often. To give you an example, I will start my asking you how many times you have been acquainted to Maria? Now think about how many times have you seen an action button, which tells you to “Buy now.” How would you react if the button told you to “Buy now, it will make you smile?” This will surely make you think about smiling, since it is not something that you usually see. Although, I think that the name of your Mister should be cool and very different, I am afraid that most users will sticks to familiar call to actions. Your Mr “Call to Action” should not bewilder users, in fact it should create a sense of urgency.Give a name that will create a sense of urgency, which will encourage users to click.
4. Your Mr “Call to Action” should always tell the truth
Speaking about bewildering the public I took a walk on a landing page, which advertises Pinterest’s new feature “Place Boards.” I was wondering why I didn’t come across this new functionality beforehand and found out that I seldom click on the menu bar in Pinterest. Since I get my dose of fresh pins every time I open the web page, I never actually felt the need to look for new boards from the main menu. Moreover, landing on the page where you can read the story behind this new feature, I got even more puzzled. It took me some time to understand that this is a recruitment page for Pinterest creatives and that the call to action, which says “Careers in creatives” asks me to join their team. So, if you are on a journey of finding your Mr “Call to Action,” remember to think about how well you are going to shape him for the public. Don’t forget that he should be seductive, loud and extremely attractive. Also make sure he always tells the truth, since this way you will make others “fall in love” with him instantly.
Let’s talk about something cool today, not visually, but socially and a little about the work live balance. An article that is circulating lately on the web about German efficiency followed by a related article on how to cheat working in an American Company. Truthfully whatever you do, no matter how well you try to do anything (which the Cool will not approve) there is something that goes without saying, when there is work to do, it will have to be done, period. I am pretty sure that all our target audience, is importantly looking forward to us telling you how to specifically have this proper ideal work life balance. Well who are we to tell you how to live your life? On the other hand we can recommend that having a healthy work life balance can be done, or better stated it can be a work in progress.
The most important factor is that this balance is different from one person to the other. Let’s take us at cool and geek. One properly gets out of the office on time, the other just sucks at it. In the end that balancing act is more of a personal goal. Time is relative when it comes to achieving your goals and some goals are time consuming.
Another important factor is identifying with yourself and understanding with yourself your limits. Are you willing to go that extra mile? What will this extra mile do for you? Is it worthy? Depending on how you answer these questions, this relative amount of time, differs from one to the other.
The previous two points did not make a difference? Then get out of work at 5:30, period. No matter how much work you have and no matter what you have to do and if you cannot manage that, quit.
Ok, so now you are close to thinking about quitting and then reasons why you need the job come into consideration. If this is so, start by understanding yourself. Can you? For most of us, doing something that we love, and quitting corporate life, is hard and close to impossible.
5- Why did we go through this process?
Because having a healthy work life balance is not about hours but it’s about understanding what you want from life.
I got you thinking right?