Short Form vs Long Form Sales Pages (Everything You Need to Know)

Chipo   0

Updated on February 22, 2024

Want to know the difference between short form and long form sales page and learn when to use each one?

You've come to the right place!

We're going to break down short form vs long form sales pages and show you when and how to use each one.

Long Form Sales Page: Pros and Cons

If you're looking to create your fist sales page, then you might be wondering whether to go long-form or short-form. So, let's start by taking a look at the advantages and disadvantages of using a short form sales page as part of your marketing strategy:

Long Form Sales Page Pros

We're going to use our Thrive Architect sales page as an example of some of the pros of a long form sales page. 

Plenty of Room to Provide Detailed Information

Long sales pages allow you to provide in-depth information on your offer (e.g. detailed pricing tables, benefits, features, case studies) and address all of your audience's potential pain points, questions, and concerns. This helps to bring all your other digital marketing strategies together, for instance, you can tempt people to your site with your email marketing, and then build on the story with your long-form landing pages.

In the example below, the long form sales page has given us an opportunity to dig deeper into one of our unique selling points: conversion rates. There's nothing fancy happening here. We're just using the opportunity to showcase the importance of maximizing conversion rates. 

Telling a story in long form sales pages

Allows for Comprehensive Storytelling 

On a long sales page, you can share your brand story, part of your own personal story, or customer success stories to make your offer more persuasive while building a deeper connection with your audience. This can be particularly necessary if you're bringing in a lot of cold traffic - visitors who have no previous interactions with your brand, such as people who have clicked a social media ad. 

Connecting with the audience

Again, in this example, we haven't done anything fancy. We're just using the space afforded by the long-form format to craft a story. We simply aim to understand the challenges our audience is facing, show them that we understand, and promise to guide them to the best possible answer. 

It's an opportunity to build a connection that you might not get with a short form sales page. 

Ideal for Including Lots of Social Proof

Long sales pages provide more than enough space to showcase stellar customer reviews, testimonials, and case studies. This is key to winning your audience's trust and proving that your offer is as effective and valuable as you say it is.

Social proof on long form sales pages

If you're constantly cramming social proof into a short-form sales page, it's going to look a little odd, but with the expanded long-form format, you've got many more opportunities to back up your claims. 

More Design Flexibility & Customization

More page space means more room for conversion-focused design elements like call-to-action buttons (CTAs), pricing tables, benefits sections, testimonials, images and videos. 

Design elements in long-form sales pages

Above, we see a very large design element. If this was on a short-form sales page, it would be the dominant feature of the entire page, but in this format, it becomes a great way to break up the content, and offer a visual experience. 

Long Form Sales Page Cons

  • Risk of information overload: Presenting your audience with so much information can overwhelm them, leading to confusion and an inability to convert. If your content is not well-organized and doesn't include visual elements to break up the text, you'll lose a lot of potential customers.
  • Time-consuming to create: Since long-form content requires more copy and design elements, they can take a lot of time to build. If you're a small business owner with limited time, this could be a major pain for you.
  • Not as mobile-friendly: Long-form sales copy and visuals may take more time to load, and also require more scrolling. Mobile users may become discouraged by the length of the page and will drop off before taking action.
  • Risk of higher bounce rates: Similar to the previous point, the length of a long sales page and the detailed content can deter site visitors with a short attention span, causing them to leave the page before converting.

Short Form Sales Page: Pros and Cons

Let's take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of using a short form landing page to promote your offer:

Short Form Sales Page Pros

Ok, for this one, we're going to take a look at an Airbnb page that's short and sweet, but totally hits the nail on the head. 

Simple & Easy to Navigate

Short sales pages have a straightforward layout that makes it easy for your site visitors to navigate and quickly understand your offer without getting overwhelmed.

Short format sales page example

One of the first things you'll notice with our example is that it's an incredibly simple design. 

We often think we've got to add all these advanced design elements, but sometimes simple and to-the-point gets the job done. Remember, keeping it simple is one of the most important web design principles!

Sparks Curiosity & Interest

The goal of a short sales page is to entice your audience and encourage them to opt-in (or buy) in order to learn more about your offer. 

Sparking curiosity

There are only 6 elements on this short-form sales page, but Airbnb has dedicated one to sparking curiosity.

This tactic works really well on people who haven't quite been persuaded to sign up as a host yet. Instead, they're given an "oh that looks interesting" feeling and they're encouraged to learn more. It's a fall back action that keeps people engaged and helps Airbnb to drive them to the ultimate goal of getting them to sign up. 

Pro tip: What Action Do You Want People to Take?

Your sales pages will only be successful if they inspire people to take action, but first you've got to have a clear picture of what that action is. Then you can use our Copywriting Tips to earn that action, just like Airbnb has here. 

Easier to Create

Since short sales pages require less content and design elements, you can builder them in less time - compared to building a long-form sales page. This is a major plus for small business owners who have limited time and want to put out their simple offer quickly.

Table in short form sales page

Our example Airbnb page is incredibly easy to make. With a good landing page builder like Thrive Architect you'll find pre-designed templates for all these elements and then you can edit them as you see fit. 

Add in some nice images and a few hundred words of copy and you're good to go!


Short sales pages work well on mobile devices since they require minimal scrolling & get straight to the point on what's being offered.

Just a few flicks of the finger and you can scroll through the entire page. Remember, people's time is precious, so a concise mobile landing page can bring impressive results. 

Short Form Sales Page Cons

  • Leaves out detailed information: Since short form content has limited space, you can't offer in-depth detail on the product or service you're selling to your audience. This can make it more challenging to convey your value proposition.
  • Doesn't address all concerns: You won't have enough room to address all of your audience's potential questions and concerns, making it harder to convince them to buy into your offer.
  • Not ideal for complex or high commitment offers: If your offer is expensive, requires a high level of commitment, or isn't easy to explain - you'll struggle to communicate your offer's full value on such a short page.
  • Limited space for social proof: Limited space for content also means you can't post as many compelling testimonials to win your audience's trust. 

When to Use Short Form Sales Pages

Short-form sales pages often work best for the following scenarios:

  1. 1
    Low Cost or Low Commitment Offers: If you're promoting an offer that's super affordable or requires a low commitment from your audience, like a low-priced ebook or guide, you can use a short sales page to outline the key benefits of your offer without overwhelming your audience. 
  2. 2
    Simple Products: If your product is easy to understand or only has a couple of benefits, you can use a short sales page to communicate the offer and get your audience to take action fast. 
  3. 3
    A Familiar Audience: Promoting an offer to an engaged mailing list, or subscribers who have followed your brand for more than a few months? A short sales page might be more ideal to sell an offer to them, since they're already interested in your business and products.
  4. 4
    Impulse Purchases: If you're running a one-time offer or a limited-time discount, a short sales page is a great way to create a sense of urgency and push your potential customers to purchase quickly.
  5. 5
    Mobile Users: A lot of mobile users prefer information that is easy to digest and can be read quickly. A short sales page can work in your favor here, if your target audience mainly uses their phones or tablets when making purchase decisions.

Short sales pages and short-form content are ideal for getting straight to the point and work for offers that require quick action. Avoid using sales pages for complicated offers, or offers that require a high investment. We'll discuss this in more detail in the next section.

When to Use Long Form Sales Pages

Long-form sales pages typically work for the following scenarios:

  1. 1
    New or Unfamiliar Audience: If your target audience doesn't know about your business, a long sales page is a great way to connect with them, pique their interest and build trust as well.
  2. 2
    Complex Offers: If your offer has multiple parts, or requires detailed explanation, a long sales page provides space for you to educate your potential customers and clearly communicate the details of your product. This is ideal for software tools (like Thrive Suite) or subscription services with multiple pricing tiers.
  3. 3
    High Commitment Offers: If your offer requires a major time or effort investment, you need to use a long sales page to clearly communicate the benefits they stand to gain and answer any potential concerns they may have. 
  4. 4
    High Cost Offers: Similar to the previous point, if your offer requires a big cash investment from your target audience, a long sales page is key to securing your potential customers' trust and convincing them that your offer is worth the money. Your sales page must include compelling social proof and detailed benefits & features lists to persuade your target audience.

Long sales pages work best for "high stakes" offers, so you should avoid creating unnecessarily elaborate web pages for simple or low cost offers. Save your time (and resources) to build long sales pages for offers that will significantly change your business' revenue.

  • If you have access to Thrive Theme Builder, our conversion-focused WordPress theme builder, you can use our library of smart landing page templates to build stunning, persuasive sales pages in rapid time. Watch the video below to learn more.

Crucial Conversion Focused Elements for Sales Pages

Use this list as a checklist when creating your pages, to confirm that you've included all necessary conversion-focused elements:

Watch the video below to learn more tips on how to create sales pages that convert:

Split Test Your Sales Pages to Increase Conversions

To find the best sales page for your offers, you'll need to run A/B tests.

A/B testing is an important part of optimizing your sales pages for conversions and improving their performance. You can test a variety of elements like visuals vs no visuals, testimonials vs no testimonials, and even a long sales page vs a short sales page.

If you want to make data-driven decisions when creating your sales pages, then A/B testing is a must. With continuous testing, you'll receive data that can help you make the right changes to your sales pages so you can see more conversions.

And who doesn't want more conversions?

If you're struggling to find a simple, straightforward A/B testing tool that you can learn to use with ease in minutes...we recommend Thrive Optimize, our A/B testing plugin.

Thrive Optimize is easy to use, enables you to start A/B testing quickly, and provides you with data that is simple enough for you to understand.

And if you're a Google Optimize user who's looking for an alternative plugin to use when your current A/B testing plugin shuts down, we strongly recommend Thrive Optimize.

Build Your Sales Pages with the Right Tools

The journey to building high converting sales pages starts with your set of tools. If you aren't using the following tools to successfully promote your offers, you're leaving a lot of money on the table:

1. Thrive Architect for stunning, conversion-focused sales pages. Thrive Architect has a variety of features to help you create sales pages that stand out from the competition including drag-and-drop elements for quick building, a library of block templates to build your pages fast, and mobile responsive design to help you build sales pages fit for all device.

Get Thrive Architect

2. AIOSEO to optimize your sales pages for SEO

3. MonsterInsights to receive your pages' analytics in a simple, easy-to-understand format

4. Thrive Optimize to test your sales pages & optimize them for more conversions.

Start Creating Your Short Form and Long Form Sales Pages Today

And that's it. Now you have all the info you need on long sales pages vs short sales pages, and when to use them!

Kickstart your sales page building journey with these resources:

by Chipo  April 17, 2023


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