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Does anyone have any insight regarding the use of a Sign Up "Call to Action" (CTA) versus a Learn More CTA? Here's my thinking:

"Sign Up" is ideal in situations where the lead is MOST informed about, or has the MOST confidence in a product. (As much as possible, anyway.) Either the product is decently well-known (it's already popular or the lead has been referred by someone else) or the CTA follows a flow where a lead's been fed a series of strong value props.

"Learn More" is ideal in situations where a lead only has very limited knowledge of a product, ie., in the case of a banner ad where you only have 20 or fewer words to encourage a lead's interest or curiosity. In this case, "Learn More" feels less risky to a user who might not be ready to sign up, therefore increasing conversions/clicks.

Thoughts? Any research out there on this?

  • Welcome to UXSE. Not everyone is familiar with the term CTA or they may mistake it for another abbreviation. You should define the abbreviation at least once in your original question. – RobbyReindeer Jun 29 '18 at 6:42
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Welcome to UXSE!

From a quick Google search on CTAs I found this article that analyzed ~37000 Facebook ads and also made their own A/B/C testing.

They compared "Learn More", "Sign Up" and "Download".

The average click-through rate of call-to-actions was 0.906% for “Learn More,” 1.005% for “Sign Up” and 1.001% for “Download.”

These numbers are almost identical and shows that there is no big difference in terms of click-through-rate.

However,

from a UX perspective you should always aim to use the copy that best describes the action/what the user will get next.

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"Learn More/Find Out More" as such are fine. But if you try to hind behind these actions signing it, this can be bad.

If you use "Learn More/Find Out More" for anything except really immediately providing more details, this can make an impressions that the web site is just trying to hide that user is signing in, that this is kind of trick to engage user to do something that he would otherwise not do. This will make your web site suspicious and you will loose the trust of potential users or clients.

  • Second this. Nothing frustrates me more than a "Learn more" that leads to sign-up page before the site will tell me more. I might not sign up after I've learnt more, but with very few exceptions, I won't sign-up before I've learnt more, so would just go elsewhere. – TripeHound Nov 23 '18 at 16:08
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"Get Started" or "Continue" impose sense of compliting a task. People will feel strange if they dont click those because our nature pushes us to complete things.

Check out Ultimate Guide How to Optimize Registration Form for Higher Conversion for more ideas

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