Today I am going to explain how you can use Facebook pixels to target visitors who leave your website and show them specific advertisement on their news feed. Before reading further I would like to explain that this tutorial is geared towards people who are somewhat familiar with Facebook advertising or Google Adwords tag marketing. Facebook pixel is a technology that lets you play with browser cookies and is somewhat similar to Google Remarketing. [Read more…]
Today I am going to share some of the best tips and tricks that you can implement on your landing page to skyrocket conversions. Before I dive right in I would like to cover the importance of conversion optimization a bit.
Landing Pages are the key ingredient for getting potential leads for any business. Sometimes we refer to them as squeeze pages since their soul purpose is to squeeze information for anyone viewing them. Some of the most common ways a business can use an optimized landing page are:
- Email opt-ins
- Free Downloads
- Webinar Registrations
- Lead Generation
A lot of you have asked me how you can optimize your pages to get better conversion so I finally decided to share some of the tips and tricks I personally use with my own landing pages for various clients. These tips and tricks will vary from changing the very subtle of things to something that you should try entirely different. Over the course of this blog post I will show you relevant examples of landing pages but unfortunately I cannot disclose the actual pages that I have been using due to various non-disclosure agreements between me and the people I work for. [Read more…]
Today I am going to share my complete list of tools that I have been using to churn out high quality (at least that’s what I think) articles on my blog. Whether you are an aspiring blogger or a small business owner, a large part of your online success story will depend on the content you have to offer to your audience.
The internet is evolving fast but if there is one thing that remains unchanged it’s the power of informative quality content. Generating content for your business takes time as well as a lot of brainstorming. It’s an entire process, often ignored by many without realizing the true potential. However, creating high quality content is time consuming and there are no shortcuts available. It involves researching, coming up with a plan and finally putting everything together to generate something that will be of use to others. Without further due here are the tools that I use for generating content.
Remarketing or retargeting is one of the most effective ways of converting existing visitors to your website into customers. I have met many businesses owners who are proactively using Adwords but have not invested a single penny on remarketing campaigns.
Remarketing or tag marketing as some people like to refer is one of the most cost effective way to convert abandoning visitors into leads. Here is how it works:
- Someone visits your website and Google Adwords uses a cookie in their browser to tag them.
- When they are surfing the web they see your advertisement pop up which might initiate them to take some action.
- Once they are ready, they click on your advertisement that probably leads to a landing page and you get another chance of converting the prospect into a real lead.
The key towards getting a steady steam of online leads is to build high converting attractive landing pages. No matter which website you visit you will most likely come across an opt-in page that throws in a form which you need to fill out in exchange for something you want. There are many landing page softwares out there on the internet and today I am going to review Instapage, something that I personally use for a lot of my own clients. Before jumping right into the in depth review of Instapage I wanna throw in a quick review disclaimer to make a few things clear. [Read more…]
Today I am going to teach you how you can effectively generate leads for your small business using Google Adwords. This is going to be a long guide so I suggest you get a pen and paper and start taking notes. I am going to cover all the basic steps of setting your Adwords account, doing research, Best ad types for various campaigns, video ads and more.
Before I begin this guide I would like to inform you that this is a basic getting started with Adwords tutorial for small business owners looking to get high quality leads. Having said that, getting leads involves multiple steps and Adwords is just one of them. I will assume that you already have the following setup for your business:
- Your Google My Business Account
- Your Website
- A Landing Page Software like Instapage, Unbounce or LeadPages (not mandatory but highly recommended).
Now that you are all set to use online marketing for generating real world business revenue it’s time to setup everything right the first time so that you don’t have to go through the nightmare of sorting everything later when your campaign is live. [Read more…]
Landing pages are key to any successful online campaign. Whether you are promoting a new offer for your business or trying to get leads for your new loyalty card program, you can overlook the importance of landing pages on your website. As a matter of fact landing pages are a key part of the inbound methodology process. Today I am going to share some of the recent landing pages that I found quite interesting on the internet. I will go through a brief overview of each one of them and ensure that you have a understand of why they are using certain things and how it leads to better conversion rate. [Read more…]
Assuming that your website is getting some organic traffic it’s only beneficial if some of them actually convert into potential leads for your business. Getting website traffic and converting them are two different things. While your blog may be well optimized for the search engines but have you ever wondered why most of the visitors abandon your site without subscribing to your blog. Perhaps your new restaurant loyalty program is getting lots of views but none of them are signing up for it.
If these are some of the common problems that you are facing then today I will tell you how you can skyrocket your conversion rates. By giving the reasons why your visitors are not converting I am potentially telling you the steps you should take that helps boost lead conversion.
Marketing has evolved quite a lot in recent years. With the explosion of social media and changing consumer behaviours it’s important that you keep up with the latest marketing strategy in order to effectively promote your product or business. Today I am going to talk about Inbound Marketing and how you can get started in the world of inbound if you are completely new in this domain. Before jumping right into the details let me explain how inbound marketing evolved into an effective strategy that all major companies use these days to promote their products.
Before the dot com revolution and the explosion of social media marketing used be quite different. A day to day job for any marketer was to do consumer survey, create cold calling scripts, spend lots of money on trade shows, banners, billboards and more. We have been using billboards to promote stuff for eternity. This approach to marketing is broadly categorized as outbound marketing.
What’s the problem with Outbound?
Don’t get me wrong. Almost all companies still use outbound marketing for their promotions and they are likely going to use them in the future. Having said that, there is a fundamental flaw in outbound marketing that has bugged marketers for years. With all the banners, billboards, flyers etc. a marketer is trying to chase their target audience by getting their word out there. It’s like standing in the middle of a carnival with a loudspeaker hoping that your target audience will somehow hear what you have to say.
The problem with this strategy is that the data that you generate from the campaigns are immensely speculative and vague. There is no way you can figure out how people are interacting with your products, which banners are working better than the rest, how your customers are interacting with your brand and most importantly how you can hear and improve upon the customer’s feedback. This is where Inbound Marketing comes into the picture powered by the backbone of the internet.
How is Inbound Marketing Different?
inbound Marketing focuses on attracting your target audience towards your business by providing something valuable to them. While the definition may sound pretty simple inbound marketing consist of a customer acquisition funnel that can be implemented on any business or product. Throughout this guide I will be referring to this funnel and by the end you will have a sound understanding of how things work in the world of inbound.
The Customer Acquisition Funnel
The first stage in the inbound process is to get visitors to your website. The easiest and the most popular way to get more visitors is to produce more content that people would find useful. You can create several pages explaining the different types of services that your business provide or start a blog where you can update your visitors with the latest news in the industry.
In the world of online marketing there is a common phrase called “Content is king”. Even with Google’s new search engine algorithm changes in recent years, the phrase still holds true. Content is truly the most valuable element for a successful website. It not only generates organic visitors but forms as a base to generate notoriety for your business.
I have worked with several bloggers in the past few years and one of the most common problem that business owners face is coming up with new content ideas. Here is a quick checklist that should help you get started with your first few articles:
- Explain your business methodology
- If you are running a blog provide your readers with something useful (a list, a tutorial, a comprehensive guide like this post etc.)
- Write a detailed case study for your business
- Create an industry statistic blog post for your industry
- Create an engaging infographic
These are just some of the ideas for generating more content on your website. Most importantly start taking notes and try to maintain a content publishing calendar.
There is a major difference between getting website visitors and converting them into actual leads for your business. Visitors may or may not be directly interested in your services. The content that you produce on your blog will attract organic visitors from all different background. Your job is to attract your target market from these organic sources and convert them into leads.
The most effective way of converting visitors to leads is to offer them something useful in return for their information. For Example if you have a real estate business then you can offer them a free home evaluation in return for their information. People visiting your real estate blog are likely to opt in to this offer and trade their email for the evaluation. Once you get their email or phone number you have a successful lead for your business.
In order to get higher conversions for your leads I suggest you start with a landing page software like Instapage or LeadPages. These softwares have industry proven conversion rates with their landing page designs and it’s a great source for any inbound marketing newbie.
Converting Leads to Customers
This is probably the most important stage of inbound marketing. As a matter of fact I believe this is the most important stage for any business. As a business owner you only make profit if you can tap into your lead pool and start converting them into customers.
The process through which a lead eventually converts into your customer is called Lead Nurturing. To be honest lead nurturing is different for different types of business but the methodology is somewhat similar in all of them.
Once a visitor is converted into a lead do not jump right off forcing them to be your customers. This is a common mistake that many inbound marketers make and if you appear too pushy then it’s a turn off for your lead. Imagine a car dealer forcing you to buy a car once you enter his dealership instead of allowing you to explore different models and letting you get a feel of what’s best for you.
You have to show you value before your can pitch your product to any lead. Try conducting free webinars, send them case studies and success stories about using your product. Using an email drip campaign is often the best method of connecting to these leads. I will try to cover more on Lead Nurturing in a separate post. Make sure to search through our blog’s inbound section to learn more about lead nurturing.
Generating Loyal Fans
Yes you heard me right. This is the final process of the inbound cycle. If you have followed all the steps mentioned above then you will eventually start getting your first few customers through inbound marketing. However, one thing that every company strives for is loyal fans of their business or product. These are your most happy customers who are willing to share your service in social media or through word of mouth. Once other people start getting the word out there it will lead to more leads and eventually more customers for your business.
There is no single proven method of generating loyal fans. You need to concentrate on giving your customers an amazing experience in order to attract their attention and keep them hooked with your business. Eventually some of these customers will turn into your business evangelist.
Measuring Your Inbound Strategy
One of the best thing about using an inbound strategy is that you can track your visitors through the entire process of becoming your customer and beyond. Based on various factors you are required to constantly tweak the experience for your first time visitors making the entire process more attractive and in turn getting better conversions.
Measuring and improving your landing pages, drip campaigns, content strategy etc. should be something that you focus on from day 1 if you are serious about expanding your business. Some of the common tools that I recommend using for tracing your visitors are as follows:
These three starter platforms should give you enough data to work with and it’s one of the best feeling in the world when you can analyze your customer behaviour while making smarter marketing decision which eventually brings in more revenue for your business.
Don’t be Afraid – Go Inbound
In the beginning of the guide I promised to touch all the areas of inbound marketing and I did. To be honest inbound is evolving every day since it’s a fairly new way to market something to your target audience. The only way you can truly learn and master this field is to constantly experiment and analyze.
Let me know if you need particular insight regarding some of the steps in the comments section below and I will be happy to assist you.
Ever wondered whether building a website is complicated and if you are up for it? Well, let me tell you the truth. Building and maintaining a website used to be complicated but with the advancement of web technology and internet in general you can setup your own website without having to write a single line of HTML code.
As a matter of fact for anyone starting their first online site I highly recommend using WordPress. WordPress is the most popular CMS on the web. A CMS stands for Content Management System. However, WordPress alone is not enough to get your site up and running for the whole world to see. In this guide I am going to go through the step by step process of launching your first website in 10 minutes. Yes, you heard me correct! Just 15 minutes of your regular time is all that it takes to make a first online presence. [Read more…]