• Orit Wittenberg

4 Ways to create a GREAT hero headline (+ examples)—the ‘Write Your Own Homepage’ Series

When someone lands on your site, they enter into a conversation with you. Question is: will they engage?

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What happens when someone visits your site?

Do they engage, or do they—literally—bounce?

That depends a whole lot on your hero section (= the welcome screen of your homepage, before users have to scroll).

The hero section alone will not usually make a sale or convert users. But it should:

✅ State your unique value proposition

✅ Clarify what problem you are solving for whom

✅ Entice users to continue reading

Of course, the headline has “helpers,” like a sub-headline, bullets, a CTA, a click trigger. (More on those in my next post.) Together, they give a full picture of your key differentiators.

Still, the headline itself is critical.

Opening with a wishy-washy headline is like starting your conversation with a big ole “buh bye.”

Instead, you want to lead with a headline that does one or more of the following:

1️⃣ Provides clarity

2️⃣ Invites curiosity

3️⃣ Grabs attention

4️⃣ Names a pain

Here are 10 websites with hero headlines that fit nicely into one of these 4 categories.

Let’s have a look at what they’re doing, and why it works.

1. Clarity-driven headlines

These headlines are simple. They’re clear. And they never leave your visitors guessing. This can mean spelling out what you do, or what solution you offer.

- Spell out what you do:


- Spell out the solution you offer:

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2. Curiosity-driven headlines

These headlines cause visitors to engage almost automatically. Posing a question or having them fill in implied information is like challenging your visitor to an intellectual duel. Will they accept?

- Ask a direct question:


- Make users fill in gaps (with their minds 🧠):

Acuity Scheduling

3. Attention-driven headlines

Attention-Interest-Desire-Action. That’s AIDA, a classic copywriting formula often applied to homepages because it works. There are so many ways to grab attention. Here are just 2 examples.

- Lead with a pattern interrupt or unexpected statement:

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Liba Lurie

- Say it in a word. Or two:


4. Pain-driven headlines

These types of headlines are less common, since homepages are a catch-all for visitors with different levels of awareness and different pains. Still, when feasible, a pain-driven headline can be extremely effective.

- Lead with a pain point:

Simon McCade

There you have it, folks

Four different directions to take your headline in.

Give it a try. For bonus points, see if you can come up with 4 variations of your headline—1 for each category.

And here’s a secret 🤫: You don’t need to nail it in one go.

You can test and re-test how various headline options perform until you hit on the one that seems to leave your visitors saying, “Yes, yes, yes!”

Happy headlining!

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