Unbounce Answers/Next Steps/Building Your Landing Pages

Adding a File Download (PDF, eBook, White paper etc.)

Oli Gardner
posted this on November 17, 2010 11:38 PM

Unbounce allows you to have file downloads on your lead gen confirmation pages. This lets you easily manage your lead capture campaigns and the files you are giving away when people complete your forms.

To make this happen, follow the steps in the video below:

  1. Choose a template that has a form or add a form to your existing page
  2. Click the Form Confirmation Dialog tab in the top left of the of the editor to edit the form confirmation page
  3. Add a button to your page by dragging the green button icon from the objects palette onto the page
  4. Select the button and change its action to Download File in the properties pane on the right
  5. Choose the file you would like your visitors to download or upload a new file (200mb limit)
  6. Customize your button's appearance and save your page

And you're done!

Now your lead gen landing page is ready to allow your visitors to download a file after completing your form.

Go nuts!

 

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Rob Bartlett

Jason, thank you for pointing me to this article, RB.

November 28, 2010 08:43 AM
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Bert Schiettecatte

great future, but WHY the 75MB limit????

November 28, 2010 03:21 PM
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Carter Gilchrist
Unbounce

Hey Bert - sorry for the delay getting back to you. Curious to know what kind of files you're looking to host that go beyond the current 75mb limit? We realize there are a ton of different use-cases here, and 75mb was a limit we felt could handle the most common (ebooks/whitepapers, etc) until we got some feedback from real users.

December 03, 2010 12:19 PM
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Bert Schiettecatte

Carter- if you want to let people download a video tutorial or some audio content you quickly end up with files that are above 75MB. It would be more convenient if the limit was 200MB and/or if you provided a way to "link" to a file that was stored somewhere, etc. 

December 04, 2010 02:42 AM
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Leonardo FAORO

You can always select the Go to Url option from the drop-down menu and have you file downloaded from wherever you're hosting it.

November 23, 2011 04:30 PM
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Carter Gilchrist
Unbounce

Definitely a good option Leonardo. Also, Bert, sorry for such a long delay on this (I realize it was almost a year ago that you asked,) but we've since upped the limit from 75mb to 200mb for file downloads. Hopefully that helps you more easily provide large video/audio content!

November 25, 2011 11:49 AM
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Stephanie Peterson

The section where the confirmation action can be changed does not appear while I'm trying to edit my landing page form. Any though as to what I'm doing wrong?

February 06, 2012 11:30 AM
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Carter Gilchrist
Unbounce

Hi Stephanie, as long as the form is selected, the properties panel should show you the option to edit the confirmation action. It's possible that your properties panel is collapsed altogether though - if this is the case, click on the thin black bar with the little arrow in it that lines the right side of your browser. Otherwise fire us an email to support@unbounce.com and we'll take a closer look.

February 06, 2012 11:49 AM
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Christopher Leonard Grubb

Hi Carter,  I have been trying to upload a PDF which is 8 MB. However every time I try to upload the PDF unbounce doesn't save it, any thoughts

June 02, 2012 09:13 AM
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Carter Gilchrist
Unbounce

Hey Christopher, fire an email to support@unbounce.com and we'll try to help troubleshoot there.

June 04, 2012 09:16 PM
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Andrew Penn

Once subscriber has downloaded file how do i redirect them to the next page?

December 08, 2012 04:37 PM
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Bondan Rastika

splendid feature! i will definitely use this for my lead gen form. :D

January 23, 2013 09:52 AM
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Jacquelyn Ma
Unbounce

Hi Andrew - if you set the file download using the method in this article, the current window should load the file for downloading so there isn't actually a way to redirect the user since they would have already left the page. You can potentially customize something like this for your pdf, but to be honest I can't guarantee this is possible. 

Alternatively, you can include a second button on your form confirmation dialog which the user can use to redirect to another page. But if they do the download first, again, they will be led away from the Unbounce page so they won't be able to use that button. 

January 23, 2013 12:18 PM
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Alan Lefton

Great tip. Is there any more info on whether or not you can redirect leads to the next page in addition to the download?

June 24, 2013 01:09 PM
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Amie Fithern

Hi - I do not have the option to 'download file'; in the drop down. It only shows goto URL in the drop down. Any idea why ? Thanks

 

April 08, 2014 06:18 AM
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Johnny Opao
Unbounce

Hey Amie! The 'download file' should only appear on your 'form confirmation dialog' and not on the main page itself. If it's still not showing shoot an email to support@unbounce.com and we'll dig in closer!

April 17, 2014 03:51 PM
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Travis Phipps

So, if I am reading this correctly, you CAN'T add a "download file" option to a regular landing page, only the "form confirmation dialog"?  I'm trying to create separate Thank You pages (that aren't form confirmation dialogs), and I would like everyone to be able to download a white paper.

Please advise.

Thanks,

Travis

May 27, 2014 08:40 AM
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Quinn Omori
Unbounce

Hi Travis - That's correct. You aren't able to upload a file to Unbounce and then serve it from a main landing page. If you host the file elsewhere, you can just add a button and link straight to its URL though (just set the link to pop-out into a new window).

May 27, 2014 11:14 AM
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Gijs Van Breugel

So easy to find - so easy to do - I am humbled !

July 25, 2014 07:08 AM
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Deep Red Ink Consulting Pvt Ltd

Hi - I have three pdfs to give away for downloads and hence created three buttons on the thank you page. How can I get a user to open the file in a new tab when the click on it? Else, they would click on one button and then cannot download the other two pdfs. 

August 11, 2014 10:04 AM
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Johnny Opao
Unbounce

Hey there - Unfortunately this isn't something you can target our download pdf feature to do.

You could provide snippet of text instruction users to 'right click and save as' so that they download the PDF's rather than open them directly.

Otherwise, if you upload the PDF's to your own server or hosting service you could use try to force a new tab using the following javascript

window.open('pdf.html');

This will open the link in a new tab for most modern browsers.

I'll pass along your feedback as an improvement we could make to our download feature.

August 11, 2014 02:12 PM
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Ryan Engley
Unbounce

@DeepRed -- another option would be to put all 3 PDFs into a .zip file, and link one button to that .zip. That would help avoid the three button issue and needing to open the links in new windows.

August 12, 2014 01:26 PM
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Travis Phipps

Hi @DeepRed - I posted a similar question earlier in this thread.  I created a standard page, hosted my pdf's on another server, and just linked to the url.  It does have three buttons and three different urls, but that also helps see exactly what people download (I use Google Analytics to see which files people download).

Here is my "thank you" page, where they download the pdf's after they have entered their information.

It isn't perfect or beautiful...but it gets the job done.  The guys at Unbounce gave me the idea, and it has worked perfectly.

Hope this helps :).j

Travis

August 12, 2014 01:37 PM
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Fred Martin

Can I send people to my whitepaper download from my mailchimp automated confirmation email? I would rather just send users to the same download so the experience is the same for everyone.

October 06, 2014 02:18 PM