Jill Konrath is an in-demand speaker at sales conferences and kickoff meetings. Her previous books include Selling to Big Companies (one of Fortune's "Must Reads" for sellers), SNAP Selling, and Agile Selling. Wth over a quarter of a million LinkedIn followers and well over one hundred thousand blog readers, her fresh strategies make a global impact.
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With the release of PHP 7 came huge performance gains! So big in fact, that it should be a priority over a lot of the small optimizations you might play around with on your WordPress site. The following benchmarks demonstrate significant performance improvements with PHP 7 over its previous iterations. PHP 7 allows the system to execute twice as many requests per second in comparison with the PHP 5.6, at almost half of the latency.
To take the same concept and bring it a bit closer to home, most of what we publish on the Moz Blog is an example of the same kind of top-of-funnel marketing. We don't publish blog posts to convince people they should buy our products. We publish them because we want people to level-up their skills and be better marketers. Our hope is that by participating in our community and reading our blog posts, if you ever find yourself in need of tools for your digital marketing efforts, that we'll be top-of-mind as a reliable choice, just as Theo is top-of-mind for many Seattleites (and now you) when seeking chocolate.
The first stage in setting up sales funnel reporting is to understand your sales process fully (perhaps using a technique like flowcharting). While sales processes are often quite similar from company-to-company, there can be points of difference depending, for example, on the size of the order and the consequences to the client of making the wrong purchase decision.
– Prices: we focus on giving the customers fixed price packages (noone in the market does so) and work very hard to make them as low as possible, so they can choose the finishing touches for their future home and know for sure how much it’s going to cost. And we sign a contract with the description of what they are going to receive, and how much it’s going to cost.
The specifics of each stage of qualification aren’t particularly important. What is important is that you assign them in the first place! Not only will this help you to identify the content pieces that are leading to the most new prospects (as well as any additional pieces that should be created), it will ensure that you’re using your salespeople’s time effectively.
Solution: My software, MovieCaptioner, is a fraction of the cost of the leading closed captioning software ($100 as opposed to thousands), and it’s just a 3 step process to caption your videos – load your movie, click the Start button, and type what you hear in the 4 second loop. Once you hit the Return/Enter key, it records the caption and moves on to the next 4 seconds of the movie automatically. When you’re done, there are plenty of export options to choose from depending on how you will be delivering your video.
We take after sales support very seriously. If you ever have a problem using FastEye, all you need to do is hit the Chat bot on your dashboard and our support agent will be there to help you with anything (well as long as it’s related to Fasteye. I mean, you can try discussing your personal problems as well – but I doubt these guys are good at that – trust me…I tired :))

Establish a reason for follow-up. Your customers are busy and multitasking every day.  It’s your job to grab their attention quickly. The best way to do this is to reference a past conversation and mirror the words your potential customer used during your sales call. For example, if you learned that they're struggling to lose 15 pounds before a high school reunion, then you would reference that in the opening of the follow-up after a friendly greeting. 


That was an interesting article. I was looking on your page of scheduled webinars, and what about offering a webinar on segmenting your list? It seems that to use the marketing funnel idea you need to segment subscribers, so you’re not sending new subscribers something that should go to your “Advocates”. I’d love to see a webinar that really goes over how to use the funnel & segmenting together. Thanks.
Web hosting and development companies with a common response to speed optimization concerns that “everyone’s got broadband these days” translates directly into financial losses and damaged brand reputation for online businesses. Attractive website performance is critical to the success of ecommerce businesses since websites taking more than 3 seconds to load immediately lose 40 percent of the traffic. 79 percent of dissatisfied visitors almost never return to slow ecommerce sites!

**Big Problem** It’s 10pm and you’re all settled in for a nice long slumber. The room is the perfect temperature, the bed is just right – not too soft, not too firm, your significant other is in cuddle-mode. All is right with the world as you drift off into dreamland. Two hours later you awake drenched in sweat! You strip down to your birthday suit, turn the thermostat to arctic freeze and push your shivering partner to the other side of the bed. You toss and turn for the next 40 minutes, then finally give up and head for the shower to try to cool down… only to have the entire episode repeat 20 minutes later. You’re dragging, unfocused and grouchy all the next day, as you continue to battle the periodic hot flashes. And you’ve probably been reliving this nightmare for years, with no end in sight!
To better understand the concept of a sales funnel and just how you can implement it in your own business, let's look at the following image from Shutterstock. On the left side of the image, you see a magnet. That magnet is attracting customers, which happens a number of ways. From blogging to social media to paid ads and everything in between, how the visitors arrive to your website has some impact on the success of your funnel. 
Brand management is so important that Reputations Corporation, a Vancouver-based consultancy group, reports that 72 percent of consumers say reputation influences their buying decisions; 80 percent of employees will accept less pay to work with a company with an excellent reputation; while another 89 percent say reputation is a tiebreaker between equal products. Whether you're trying to influence key decision makers or attract and retain top talent, you'll want to consider the following tips on managing your company's brand.
A marketing funnel can be used to narrow down a wide net of prospects into a target audience. Offering articles, e-courses, audio downloads or other free incentives may help to entice your audience to allow you to add them to your database. As you build your target audience, you gain opportunities to demonstrate your expertise and guide them through the funnel for a sale.
Problem: B2B service businesses suffer from a feast / famine cashflow cycles mainly because they’re unable to generate a consistent flow of quality leads. One business owner told me he couldn’t sleep most nights because he was always worried about where his next “big client” would come from and if he’d be able to make payroll. Every day was different, there was no consistency and growth seemed impossible, like he was always “running in place.” He had little budget if any to invest paid ads, so that wasn’t an option.
Advocacy (aka, loyalty and evangelism) - This is often one of the most overlooked stages in the marketing funnel. But brands who work to turn their satisfied customers into advocates often score major rewards for their efforts. Satisfied customers can spread the word to a whole new universe of prospects, including their peers, colleagues, family and friends.  

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Mashable claims that adding videos to some of your top landing pages can result in an increase in conversions averaging at 86 percent! Our brains process visual information about 60,000 times faster than text, which means that any visitors to your site absorb information in videos better than they would by reading text. Learning about your product or service will be much more effective through video than text.
The idea of using a funnel as a metaphor for Sales & Marketing processes in business really stems from the classic Marketing concept, AIDA. Attention, Interest, Desire, Action. These 4 elements generally describe how you build customer relationships, but they can also describe lots of other things too (like how to structure a really good sales letter or sales pitch).
By now, your customers trust you (as they should!). They’ve received all the benefits from the top of the funnel (the freebie they registered for on your website), and the middle of the funnel (be it emails with great content from you or otherwise), and they have some sense of who you are as a person. This is where you ask for the sale (hello, bottom of your funnel!). You want to continue to engage, of course, but you also want to offer something of even more value to your customers.
There are email warming sequences that include things like personalized value-driven stories, tutorials and even soft pushes to webinars, and of course product suggestions that happen over days or even weeks. The truth is that most prospects won't buy from your website at first glance, especially if they're only just becoming aware of you today. It takes time. Thus, the funnel is a multi-modality process, as there are a variety of relationship-building experiences and "touches" that occur through several stages. 
Measuring how well your sales team is converting leads is imperative to determine the quality of leads and individual sales rep’s performance. With a CRM, you can create reports to know how your leads are converting through different stages by sales reps, and by campaign too. Analyzing which leads are moving down the funnel and converting allows you to plan better conversion strategies.
All variations of the marketing funnel begin with awareness. It is at this stage that a lead becomes aware of your brand or your products. It is essential to develop a digital presence, fostering familiarity with your name, so the people who are most likely to buy your products are aware of your authority in the field. As an online business, your exposure strategy should consist of 4 primary tactics, including:
As a Pedagogical Artist (Yes, “Pedagogy” is an actual word meaning the “Art of Teaching”), I am an expert on learning. I offer two main solutions. As a consultant I appraise Information Products in order to identify what works and what doesn’t. I examine each product on the basis of 3 C’s. Is the product: COHERENT (is the message clear), CONSISTENT (does the message actually come across throughout the product), and COMPELLING (does the product call for action and if so, does it call for the intended action)?.
All variations of the marketing funnel begin with awareness. It is at this stage that a lead becomes aware of your brand or your products. It is essential to develop a digital presence, fostering familiarity with your name, so the people who are most likely to buy your products are aware of your authority in the field. As an online business, your exposure strategy should consist of 4 primary tactics, including:
The strategies used to gather information tend to vary based on the size and scope of the purchase. Recognizing that you’re hungry, for example, might result in a quick Yelp search for restaurants in your area. Deciding which provider to use to place a new in-ground pool at your home might involve calling around, reading company reviews online, visiting showrooms, and talking with salespeople. 
One quick word of caution, though. With every piece of content you create and every stage of your funnel, you’re generating data. Though all of it is useful to your sales process in some way, it’s easy to get bogged down in data and metrics tracking instead of focusing on the few key performance indicators (KPIs) that will actually give you the information needed to make meaningful improvements.
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Measure your most effective TOFU content with first-touch attribution. One of the key takeaways of Rand Fishkin’s video on marketing funnels is that you should set up first touch attribution at a bare minimum.  First touch gives you a clear picture of the top of the funnel by assigning the sale’s credit to the first interaction a lead had with your company. You know what’s bringing in visitors, so you can optimize for demand generation.

Fast forward to today, I now have a professional video team for my videos, and even though they cost about $1,000 per video to produce, I can still give them away each week because I’ve got a system in place that generates sales. I can also happily hire expert web designers, professional photographers, developers, and more, all because I have the balance sheet to support it.
The problem with this change? 2016 was two full years ago, and even though we were all warned to think mobile-first, advertisers forged ahead, bloating our responsive landing pages with massive high-res images, and animations. We were simply shrinking heavy content for small screen sizes. In turn, everyone’s mobile pages loaded turtle-slow (leaving visitors bouncing).
Facebook is particularly good at capturing these leads, thanks to its targeting options. You can narrow down on users based on their demographic info, interests, online behaviour and previous purchases. AdWords also has a role to play here, letting you target lower-intent searches like “how often should I audit my website?” and getting these users involved with your brand.
Consider this: Mobile sites lag behind desktop sites in key engagement metrics such as average time on site, pages per visit, and bounce rate. For retailers, this can be especially costly since 30% of all online shopping purchases now happen on mobile phones. The average U.S. retail mobile site loaded in 6.9 seconds in July 2016, but, according to the most recent data, 40% of consumers will leave a page that takes longer than three seconds to load. And 79% of shoppers who are dissatisfied with site performance say they're less likely to purchase from the same site again.
Businesses built around one or two customers that aren’t looking expand should focus on building out the loyalty phase of the sales funnel. However, a CRM is best for managing the customer’s journey for businesses that want to create the best possible experience during each stage of the process in order to increase your number of sales, as they provide tools to help you automate and scale your sales funnel activities.
Also, Google has recently gone on record saying that page speed will be a ranking factor in its upcoming mobile-first index. Details on how they will evaluate page speed for mobile and calculate rankings are still unknown. But, what we do know doesn’t change much from what we at Yoast have been saying for some time: make sure your site is responsive, as fast as possible, solidly structured, and full of excellent content.
In our fast-paced world, everyone wants instant results. We want our food prepared faster, we want to communicate with people instantly, and we often get impatient when it takes longer than five seconds for a website to load. The same can be said for those who want to increase the number of sales generated from their website. But as Beverly Sills said, “There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.”
Your site kind of does the same thing, suggesting that a person’s “e-course sucks.” You actually did what Derek said and state a problem there, but same thing, I could be offended that I’m told my e-course sucks or that my art is boring too. I’m not sure I like stating the problem now. I like how people just see my course idea and get enlightened, there’s no “problems” or put-downs, there’s just new ideas that get one happy and thinking about the possibilities.
Here’s an example. To create your prospect experience in the Awareness stage, think about and articulate what you will do or say to your prospects when you first meet them. Then think about how your interaction will make them feel. Consider your prospects and their needs as you’re doing this. Then, document your actions and your prospect’s experience for this stage. Repeat this throughout the entire sales funnel.
Overall, while load time isn’t a significant contributor to Google rankings, it can contribute to the rise and fall of your conversion rate. Remember that for every second you shave off of load time, you’ll tend to boost customer confidence and trust in your site, and sow the seeds that will make them way to tell others about you. In those cases, a few seconds can make all the difference!
Shared hosting providers running thousands of websites on single Apache servers fail to deliver high performance even when the website is well-designed with a clean and speed-optimized code. Performance issues intensify during peak load times when insufficient server computing power fails to process website download requests efficiently. Monitoring server CPU load enables hosting companies and IT staff running locally hosted websites to keep a check on back-end hardware capabilities in handling unpredictable web traffic deluge.
Marketers should tap every opportunity to develop a relationship with the buyer at this stage. This is often done through monitoring reviews of the products, testimonials from previous customers, inbound marketing, having a great graphic interface to draw attention, delivering more information to the customer, etc. This is a crucial stage of the marketing funnel as it is chiefly at this stage that the prospective buyer would want to remain in or leave the funnel.

Time has become a top 3 obstacle to success for sales professionals and anyone trying to grow their business results. This book helped my identify and accept that I am being held back because of my attitude and choices about my time. By the time I got to the Chapter 31 titled "Unclog Your Pipeline" I had so many notes that I had to put the book down and go back to start from the beginning and highlight the areas that were giving me the clarity that I was so clearly lacking.
Facebook is particularly good at capturing these leads, thanks to its targeting options. You can narrow down on users based on their demographic info, interests, online behaviour and previous purchases. AdWords also has a role to play here, letting you target lower-intent searches like “how often should I audit my website?” and getting these users involved with your brand.
Regarding your AMP comment: you can use AMP on any type of website. How you implement it, kind of depends on how you have to add it to your site. If you have to hand-code it into 10.000 pages, it’s best to start with your most important pages. However, if you are a WordPress user, and don’t want to mess around with code too much, you can just install the official plugin and be done with it. Keep in mind that the current version of the plugin only works on posts, not pages.
I don’t think that Ubl’s post today is going to wash away the bad feelings that many have about AMP. There’s just too much wrapped up in it. AMP has served as a vessel for worries about Google’s power over the web, the dicey future of news publishing, and whatever general angst we all feel about the sorry state of most mobile webpages. Most of these concerns have been fair, but there hasn’t been enough momentum for a more open alternative. With this move, Google seems to be trying to create one.
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