Nothing is more frustrating for a business owner than to attract countless visitors to their website yet fail to convert those visitors. Thankfully, there are ways to improve your conversion rate.

Of course, the only way to solve a problem is to acknowledge that problem. In the case of low conversion rates, you need to pinpoint what causes a visitor to decide not to press the buy button. Chances are it comes down to one of three reasons.

Reason #1: Trust

It is hard to hear that people don’t trust your brand. However, it should help to know that it is difficult for people to trust a brand until they really get to know that brand. In other words, it takes time to build trust. In order to speed up the process, you need to let prospects get to know you. Testimonials are a great way to do this because they allow people to hear stories from real people on how they benefitted from a product or service you provide.

Reason #2: Value

You know you offer real value but if visitors to your website don’t convert, it’s likely they aren’t getting the message. So, what’s the problem? Chances are you aren’t communicating your true value. Sometimes it can be difficult to take an objective view of your own copy. In such cases, it pays to outsource your writing or editing duties. Remember your copy needs to let readers know why your product or service will make their life easier or more profitable.

Reason #3: Experience

Trust and value are reasons people make purchases from a website. The sad fact it, however, that many times they do trust you and do believe you offer value but your website is just too complicated. If your website is difficult to navigate, few people are going to spend the time to figure it out-no matter how much they want to. In today’s digital world, there is always another place to turn. Ease of checkout, therefore, is one of the key components when it comes to converting customers. Not only do you need to give people the products and services they want, you need to make getting those things a simple process.

If you are seeing a significant number of visitors to your website but few conversions, it’s time to figure out why. After all, you invest a lot in your website so it is important to see a healthy return on that investment!

In the marketing world, it’s all about data. Data is gathered, it’s analyzed, it’s bought and it’s sold. Unfortunately, as important as data is to businesses, few of us are taking advantage of the most important—and accessible—data of all: our internal data.
At GoLeads, we know that a company’s internal customer database is the most valuable list out there. Despite this fact, in many cases, internal lists are some of the most incomplete lists of all. Think about it. How many of your internal files are missing basic facts such as a number of employees or industry type? Now consider how valuable this information would be for securing new business if it was coupled with your internal invoicing, for example.

 

Of course, not all lists are not created equal. There are cold lists, response lists, and everything in between. What you consider to be the most valuable list can (and will) depend on what you are trying to accomplish. Want to saturate consumers or businesses in a particular geographic area? A list with all demographic filters removed is the way to go. Looking to reach only your best prospects? A list with precise demographic, geographic and psychographic filters will help you do just that.

Here is a list of the most common types of lists:

  1. Cold Lists: Prospects who have not expressed an interest in your product nor have they reached out to you.
  2. Warm Lists: Prospects who have purchased similar products and have expressed an interest in a related product.
  3. Response Lists: Businesses or consumers who have responded to an offer from your company.
  4. Customer Lists: Business or consumers who have purchased something from you in the past.
  5. Hot Lists: Prospects that have expressed a strong interest in your product or services.

 

GoLeads is the list expert. We provide B2B and B2C companies general lists, laser-targeted lists and any other type of list they require. Finally, what sets us apart from other list companies, however, is that fact that we do more than provide lists to our clients, we work with them to drive up the value of their internal database.

When it comes to content marketing, maintaining the status quo means you are falling behind. Let’s face it, it can be tiresome pushing out content—especially when you have been doing it for a while. But if you want your business to succeed, you can never take your foot off the content marketing pedal.

The Harvard Business Review’s article, 4 Ways to Improve Your Content Marketing, offers solid insight into the state of content marketing today. It also talks about some of the pitfalls of content marketing and how to avoid them.

Here are some highlights that would enhance your content marketing:

  1. Today’s buyers aren’t moving through the traditional sales funnel as they did in the past. Content must reflect this new journey.
  2. Mobile is important but doesn’t go overboard.
  3. Focusing on specific days and times to send content is a waste of time.
  4. Different prospects prefer different types of content.

If your content marketing could use an overhaul, GoLeads is here to help. We’ll work with you to make sure you are producing the best content out there and ensure that this content gets to the customers and prospects you are trying to reach.

Content marketing is the name of the game these days. One of its many benefits is its versatility. So the question you need to ask yourself is whether you are taking advantage of all that content marketing can do for your business.

7 Ways to Hit Home Runs With Content Marketing for Demand Generation

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Content marketing is becoming more and more popular but that doesn’t mean it is getting any easier. In fact, just the opposite is true. Marketers need to get more savvy at creating content that captures and keeps the attention of their target audience.

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It’s been said (probably millions of times) that if you aren’t moving forward, you are falling behind. This expression is so popular because it is so true. And it goes for almost everything in life and in business-including content marketing.

Even if you are satisfied with your content marketing efforts you need to continue to improve on those efforts or your content’s ability to make an impact will diminish. Of course, this is easier said than done and it can be difficult to know how to continue to up your content game. No worries, we’ve got some ideas to help you do just that!

  1. Engage with those who read your content. Posting content is just the first step in content marketing. The real payoff comes when you are able to engage with the people reading it. If someone leaves a comment, begin a conversation that encourages a back and forth with the person who initially commented on the piece and keep in mind the many others that will be reading the exchange.
  2. Don’t rely on news-based content. Sure, you need to keep up with trends in your industry but don’t neglect to post content that stays relevant for long periods of time, as well. It is this type of content that often pays off the most.
  3. Be a master of reinvention. Just as there is no need to reinvent the wheel, there is no need to reinvent your content. It is a good idea to update and refresh it, though. Some examples would be to write follow-ups or post the same piece of content to different channels.
  4. Always have an objective. Every piece of your content needs to have an objective. Looking to generate leads? Want to be seen as a thought leader? The true definition of great content is that it helps a business reach a particular goal.
  5. Find the answers your audience is looking for. If you get asked a question that there seems to be no answer for, find it. In other words, do your own research. So much of content these days comes from citing research or studies. Make yours stand out by doing some original research of your own.

Content marketing offers endless opportunities to market your business. Unfortunately, it is easy to get into a rut and keep doing things the same way over and over. One of the beauties of content marketing is its versatility. Make an impact by capitalizing on this fact.

Email lists are an outstanding way to grow your business and can lead to sales conversions. Sending emails to prospects also can help to build relationships. But emails can fall flat, as well, leading to a great deal of frustration, not to mention wasted time and resources.

At GoLeads we help you with email and sale leads strategy

If your emails aren’t getting the response you had hoped, you are probably wondering why. An article in Business Insider, 5 Reasons Your Email Didn’t Get a Response-and How to Make Sure It Does, might help to give you some insight. It lists some of the reasons people don’t respond to emails, including these common ones:

  1. They are too vague
  2. They are really long (or too short)
  3. They are generic

If you are looking to send emails that get opened and convert, GoLeads can help. Give us a call at 402-334-1824.

Sending an email to a prospect for the first time can go a long way toward cementing your relationship. Unfortunately, that can mean they think a lot of your business-or not much at all. Worse yet, you may never know what rubbed a prospect the wrong way or caused that prospect to hit the delete button.

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Have a new email list of sales leads you are ready to approach? Great. Email lists are an outstanding way to grow your business. When done correctly, emails can be an incredible boon to your business.

However, before you send any emails out, it is important that you make sure you don’t jeopardize these new relationships (and potential customers) by failing to include some important items in your email. After all, first impressions are often lasting impressions, and this is especially true in the marketing world.

Your first email should set the stage for all of your emails going forward and will play a large role in whether or not individuals will decide to opt into your subscriber list. Keep in mind that the first email an individual receives from a business will be the one most likely to be opened so it really is your best chance to connect with prospects.

So now that you know how important these emails are, it’s time to talk about what they need to include.

  1. A healthy dose of appreciation. No one is forced to open an email so the fact that someone did means they deserve a hefty thank you. And not a generic thank you. You need to thank the individual by name. You may be surprised at how such a simple gesture can have such a huge impact on building a relationship.
  2. Something in return. If you ask someone to agree to receive future emails, make sure that person gets something worthwhile in return, such as a whitepaper or a coupon code. If you don’t offer something of value, a prospect will most likely decide that future emails from you won’t offer anything of value, either.
  3. An opportunity to mine some data. Your first email should allow you to learn something about your target audience. Consider a brief survey that allows people to tell you what they are looking for from your business. You also should include questions that gives you an idea of how often they are comfortable receiving emails. Once you have this information make sure that you use it. Nothing is more frustrating to a prospect than when they tell you what they want and you ignore it.

Your welcome email is one of the most important things you will ever send to prospects. Don’t waste the opportunity by failing to include the things that matter most.

Big data is a huge topic these days but how can it really make an impact on your small business? More specifically, what can big data do to make your business more successful? We’ve all heard the hype about big data-it leads to better customer service and more sales conversions-but is that really true?

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You hear the word data everywhere these days but for many small business owners, it can be a difficult concept. In fact, even those businesses that feel confident in their data collection methods can wonder how they should put that data to work for them.

Of course, this doesn’t mean there is any shortage of advice on the subject. Ask anyone in the business world and they will tell you that data can increase profits, convert more sales, deliver better customer service and almost anything else under the sun. But what are some concrete examples of how the data you have collected (or wish to collect) can impact your business? Read on to learn some specific ways-in straightforward terms-that data can propel your business forward.

  • It gives you specific insights about your customers. The right data will pinpoint your target audience and allow you to understand more about them. What are the products they are most likely to buy? Do they prefer to shop online or in-store? Do they prefer email or direct mail? What do they think of your competitors. To put it another way, data can tell you how and where to connect with your customers.
  • It helps you to price your products. At what price point are your customers most likely to purchase your products? Are their particular pricing strategies or deals that work better at particular times?
  • It lets you know where your business is headed. Data allows you to keep tabs on patterns in your industry. What are your customers likely to want in the short-term and long-term. Does your business plan match these wants? How can you make sure that it does?
  • It allows you to track your competition. What are your competitors doing? Often that is the best way to determine what you should be doing. Are their messages similar to yours? How can you differentiate yourself to drive in more business?
  • It provides you with the ability to adjust your marketing strategies. Is there a surge in interest in something you are selling? Is engagement picking up or dropping off for a particular product you offer? Monitoring these types of things can allow you to jump on opportunity even before it knocks or ditch a strategy that isn’t resonating with customers or prospects.

Data can be an overwhelming prospect. By breaking it down by the specific ways it can benefit your particular business, it makes it a lot less intimidating and a lot moaluable.