Mobile App Landing Page:
20 Responsive Tips
For Conversions

Aaron Packard
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If you’re not already familiar with what a mobile app landing page is, you’re a mobile landing page guru, or maybe somewhere in between, you’ve come to the right place.
With more and more eyeballs staring at mobile screens, making your landing pages optimized for mobile is key for superb conversion rate optimization. In fact, it’s more than likely that over a quarter of the people reading this article are reading on their phones -- That’s a big piece of pie.

Do you like pie? We do too.
Do you like pie? We do too. - image source

With all of that said, simply shrinking sizes and shifting content around on your desktop landing page to be mobile-friendly is not the only answer to killing your mobile conversion game, but we’ll get to that later.
First let’s get some basic definitions out of the way…

What’s a Mobile Responsive Landing Page?

In the simplest of definitions, a mobile responsive landing page is easy to navigate on desktop, mobile, and tablet.
A landing page (or any website for that matter) that uses incoming information on browsers, screen resolution, the operating system you’re using, among other things to create a customized presentation -- Be it for desktop, tablet or mobile. The developer codes with aligned text, resized images, and shuffled tables to create a visually friendly layout.

What’s a Non-Mobile Landing Page?

These are static pages set with fixed borders, image sizes, location of text on the page, margins, and other fixed elements. These are the typical websites or landing pages where you are scrolling across the page and pinching in and out to accomplish a task on your phone.

What’s a Mobile App Landing Page?

A mobile app landing page promotes an app. Whether the app has been launched for 5 years on the iOS or Android store, or is still in the process of beta testing, you should always have a page to promote your app for potential users, similar to musx’s website.
Mobile app landing pages must also take mobile optimization into account, especially considering these pages allow users to download directly from the landing page on to their mobile device.

5 Reasons Why You Should Care

It’s been a long work day. 5:00 PM and you just finished designing your last, perfect, optimized landing page for the day and you’re ready to wrap up, go home, and crack open a cold one with the boys.

I personally prefer stouts.
I personally prefer stouts. - image source

But forgot to design for mobile.
It’s not a big of a deal right? Actually, it’s a VERY big deal. There are many reasons why you should put down your cold one, and start optimizing for mobile:

It's growing and it's growing fast

Mobile will be the main driver of digital’s growth in 2017, accounting for over 70% of digital and more than one-quarter of total media outlays. According to an article on eMarketer, growth will remain in double digits through the end of the forecast, with mobile ad spending expected to surpass TV in 2019.

Business Insider was nice enough to make this beautiful graph.
Business Insider was nice enough to make this beautiful graph. - image source

It's a large market

In the U.S., Mobile usage time is now significantly higher than desktop -- Mobile being 51% and desktop being 42%. The other 7% consists of other devices such as tablets. Also, it’s important to keep in mind that 90% of time in mobile is spent in apps while the other 10% is spent on browsers. This means mobile ads are a key component for bringing traffic to a mobile app landing page.

A graph showing how often you and your friends are on the Internet  
A graph showing how often you and your friends are on the Internet  - image source

Mobile is more competitive than desktop

The average session duration on mobile is 72 seconds, whereas for desktop, it’s more than double at 150 seconds. With less time to grab visitors’ attention on mobile, it’s absolutely vital you ensure their experience with your mobile app landing page is effortless.

Top of the funnel conversions

70% of mobile searches lead to online action within an hour while 74% of people use their mobile phones to help them while shopping.

We’ve all fallen down this rabbit hole.
We’ve all fallen down this rabbit hole. - image source

It’s easy and it’s cheap

With the availability of free, easy-to-use frameworks such as Bootstrap or even Skeleton CSS Boilerplate, there’s no excuse for having non-responsive landing pages or websites. If you’re willing to spend cash and/or coding isn’t your forte, Unbounce, Instapages, or Leadpages work great.

The reason why we use this kind of software is because it allows us to:

  • Lower costs associated with creating individual landing pages
  • Allow developers to work on other projects
  • And most importantly, create landing pages that convert both in desktop and mobile.

With mobile growing faster and faster while user attention spans are only getting shorter, it makes sense why designing landing pages with mobile in mind is essential for successful conversion rates.

If more people listened to Buzz, the world would be a better place.
If more people listened to Buzz, the world would be a better place. - image source

5 Ways To Win Your Conversion Game

Mobile users want immediate access to key data. Remember how we talked about how mobile users tend to be top of the conversion funnel?
This means we need to gently (yet briefly) guide our visitors to the task they’re wanting to complete -- Be it making a call to get more information, or signing up for a newsletter to receive a notification when an item is in stock, to name a few examples.


42% of searchers have used click-to-call to contact a business; 70% have needed to call a business directly from Google.

Make it easy for visitors to access your business.
Make it easy for visitors to access your business. - image source 
As you can see, more and more users are looking to make calls when searching on Google using their mobile devices.
As you can see, more and more users are looking to make calls when searching on Google using their mobile devices. - image source


Instead of forcing the user to scroll for that data (or more likely, bounce) adding a Click-to-Scroll button allows them to navigate directly to their desired point on the landing page. Adding two of these buttons can reduce a page’s bounce rate up to 37%.

Don’t make users struggle getting to where they want.
Don’t make users struggle getting to where they want. - image source

Sticky Headers & Footers

A study conducted by Smashing Magazine showed that sticky navigation bars allowed users to find what they were looking for 22% faster. The same study found that 100% of participants preferred sites with sticky navigation bars, despite often not knowing why.

This is important, because you want to utilize the time your visitors spend on your mobile app landing page wisely, which is an average of about 15 seconds.

Mobile optimized from head to toe
Mobile optimized from head to toe - image source

Mobile Popups

For visitors looking to make a purchase, including a popup that displays a Click-to-Call button can have a significant increase in conversions.

Exit-intent survey pop-ups using optimization products such as Hotjar are also great tools to help you analyze why visitors may be abandoning your mobile app landing page.

Make sure your pop-ups are clear and concise.
Make sure your pop-ups are clear and concise. - image source

Overall Form & Functionality

This could could be an entire article of its own, but I’ll try to keep it short and sweet. As far as typography and font size goes, fonts should be legible and applicable to your brand.

Also, if you choose to have a form, make sure to include as few fields as possible, especially in the first step in a 2-step form. Depending on your industry, the average visit to a landing page can be less than 15 seconds. It’s important to ensure the visitor’s decision-making process is as simple as possible. This is the true foundation of conversion rate optimization.

You tell them, Willy Wonka.
You tell them, Willy Wonka. - image source

10 “Do’s” for Mobile Landing Pages

Although there are formulas and methodologies to building a perfect mobile app landing page, the best way to figure out if you’re doing it right is periodic A/B testing.
What I mean by that is, make sure you are taking feedback from your visitors to ensure your landing page is really doing its best to cater to their needs. Split testing two variations of the same landing page is the best way to ensure conversion rate success.
Here are some rules you should stick to when conducting tests with your mobile landing pages:

Quick load time 

Short action-oriented titles 

Be clear, concise, and leave no room for interpretation. Walls of text won’t get you high conversion rates.

Make the visitor think, “Why not?”
Make the visitor think, “Why not?” - image source

Short, smart landing page copy

As Envato Tuts + mentions:

"Design isn’t the only factor in high conversion rates. Copy plays an enormous part. But the greatest copy in the world won’t help if your visitor is distracted, offended – we all know bad design can be downright offensive – or confused."

A CTA button that works well in touchscreen mode

This means avoid using hovering options for mobile and make sure buttons and form fields are large enough for fingers.

Keeps most relevant information above the fold

This includes your call-to-action, titles, and any information your visitor would want to know before acquiring your product or service.

Looks good in landscape and portrait mode

When designing for mobile, DO NOT forget landscape ratios.

The more distractions on a mobile app landing page, the less likely you are to convert.

Asks for minimum information on forms

Mobile users want information and they want it quick (much quicker than visitors on desktop). This means don’t waste their time and only ask information that is absolutely necessary, but also make them feel like the services or product you’re offering them is personalized and will cater to their specific needs. Make sure you absolutely need their phone number and email AND address before adding that to any form.

Possibly uses a “click-to-call” button vs. a CTA button

As we discussed earlier, many visitors on a mobile page are looking to call a business. It’s important to not play hard-to-get and allow them to call whenever possible.


Use clean designs that are easy to digest for visitors. Too little white space can prevent visitors from making decisions you want them to make (AKA converting).

Here are some examples of fantastic, optimized, mobile landing pages:

Simple layout with a clear call-to-action
Simple layout with a clear call-to-action - image source
I don’t know about you, but I want that watch.
I don’t know about you, but I want that watch. - image source


Squarespace’ website on desktop
Squarespace’ website on desktop - image source
Now the elements are stacked in a way that’s easy to navigate.
Now the elements are stacked in a way that’s easy to navigate. - image source

5 “Dont’s” for Mobile Landing Pages

No matter what you’re testing for your mobile app landing page, these are rules that you should always follow:

One size fits all landing pages

Ignoring mobile all-together is a big mistake and ignores a large market share.

Slow-loading heavy imagery

A great, free resource we use for this problem is Tiny PNG.

Below the fold call-to-action

You want the product or service you’re offering to be the first thing visitors see. If you try to make them work for it, they most likely won’t.

Being too wordy

A great solution to this could be using bulleted or numbered lists, iconography, and imagery instead of long paragraphs.

Who wants to read all of that text? Not me.
Who wants to read all of that text? Not me. - image source

File downloads

Although this is fine for landing pages on desktop, most mobile devices aren’t able to download large, hefty files.

Stick to these rules, and your conversion game will definitely benefit and you will see results - we certainly do.

3 Examples of Poor Landing Pages

Here are some examples of sad landing pages you should avoid (no offense).
We could go on and on with what’s problematic about this page. Text is small, unreadable, buttons and links are too small to press with a finger and in order to see the whole page on your phone screen, you have to pinch outward:

Your worst nightmare - image source
Your worst nightmare - image source

However, it is important to make the distinction that this is a website, not a landing page. Even so, website and landing pages alike should always have mobile in mind.
Not sure what is with these government pages, but they show great examples of what not to do -- small buttons (or even worse, links instead of using buttons), tiny hero shot, and an unclear direction on where to navigate depending on the user’s purpose for visiting the page:

They’ve recently updated their website (thank goodness).
They’ve recently updated their website (thank goodness). - image source

Yes, there’s such a thing as having too many deals. Instead of gently guiding your visitor to sign up or buy something, you’re bombarding them with choices and decisions they don’t want to make. This is poor practice for both mobile AND desktop:

They have also changed their site recently. Looks like they learned their lesson.
They have also changed their site recently. Looks like they learned their lesson. - image source

Kissmetrics explains this phenomenon perfectly:

"Too many discounts on several products gives the impression of a shotgun approach to marketing instead of a calculated campaign.:

Mobile App Landing Page Final Thoughts

With up to 60% of users browsing the web on their mobile devices, forgetting about your mobile users means neglecting potential leads. If your UVP (Unique Value Proposition) isn’t the first thing you see on your mobile app landing page, you’re doing something wrong.
No matter what business you’re in, optimizing your landing page for mobile is the staple to getting the conversions to help you grow.
Leave a comment below and let us know what you think makes a bomb mobile app landing page.

Chapter 3:
Landing Page Types & Examples

What You’ll Learn: There are a gazillion different types of landing pages that all serve a unique purpose. Learn about each type and see the best examples that you’ll want to copy ASAP.

Chapter 4:
Landing Page Tips

What You’ll Learn: There are landing pages that work and then there are landing pages that blow the roof off all your past conversion rates. Follow these tips to get more conversions that you know what to do with.

Chapter 5:
Landing Page Optimization

What You’ll Learn: Get a read on what’s working and what isn’t with these landing page optimization strategies. By following these strategies, you’ll learn how to fine-tune every element for the most conversions possible.