To move a prospect through the stages of a buying cycle, you’ll need to create different content designed to satisfy their needs at each of the three stages. You’ll also have to remove all the steps on this journey that could cause friction by understanding your audience and providing them with answers in the form of well-matched content, before they even ask their questions.
On MailChimp’s pricing page, the focus is on getting you signed up for free, with an email, username, and password. They want to get you up and running and start using the product as soon as possible. They hope you will help them market themselves by using their products and spreading MailChimp further. Email marketing is often a one-too-many communication platform. The more you use it, the more likely you are to upgrade.

When I first wrote this article in 2011, I mentioned how the marketing copy for Crazy Egg’s heat-mapping feature could have been stronger by better explaining how the tool helps customers to increase conversions. While this information is clearer now thanks to the detailed visuals and simple copy layout that allows the reader to skim and scan — it could be better by explaining a bit more.

Netflix changes its background image based on what movies and shows are being promoted. Their site is very simple. There’s a risk reversal right off the bat. You can cancel any time and not be locked into anything. You can try it free for a month. They’re not saying, “Hey, this is movies streaming online.” They’re relying on the power of their brand.

A marketer focuses to tap the entire set of potential customers in the beginning. This involves making them aware of the product by the use of effective advertising, marketing, public relations, and other communication strategies. Awareness is followed by generating a lead by acquiring customer information in some sort. This information is then pulled into a  lead management system to nurture further down the funnel.
Make it as easy as possible for mobile visitors to buy whatever you’re selling. This may involve an extensive overhaul of your checkout process (see tip #18), or the design and launch of an entirely separate mobile site. Amazon’s mobile site is an excellent example of how mobile ecommerce can (and arguably should) be done, but you don’t need Amazon’s resources to create a compelling, user-friendly experience for visitors on mobile.

You must know by now that the sales funnel defies gravity. Not every lead who enters your funnel finds their way to the bottom. Sometimes, even all the qualified leads don’t reach the bottom of the funnel. This can be due to the negligence of sales reps to engage with the lead, or simply because the lead is not ready to take the next step. It’s important for sales reps not to perceive a qualified lead leaving the funnel at any point as a lost opportunity. CRM helps you win back lost opportunities through lead nurturing.
There's a really fun example of this type of content at a chocolate factory here in Seattle called Theo. They sell chocolate (in a great many varieties), but they're perhaps better known for their factory tour, during which they teach people about where chocolate comes from, how it's grown, and how the beans from the odd-shaped cocoa pod are converted into the chocolate bars we all know. Visitors leave feeling like they've become relative experts, and from that point forward, they think of the Theo brand as one that not only knows exactly what it's doing, but is also quite generous with that information and is just as concerned with developing an appreciation for chocolate as it is with simply selling it (it doesn't hurt that they're also quite generous with samples). Those feelings go quite a long way toward creating the brand loyalty we're all striving for.
Creating a clothing line or new brand can seem easy. They’re just clothes. But there is a lot more to a clothing brand than design. factories can be hard to source. Many of them won’t take large orders. Then you have to pay for samples over and over again to get each sample right. Then how do you sell it? Where do you sell it? What should my logo be? What about packaging…… the list goes on and on and it’s a daunting, long process.

Many consumers respond positively to incentives that create a sense of urgency, from time-sensitive special offers to limited-edition products. Although the ways you can accomplish this are as diverse as the products you can buy online, some strategies may be more effective than others. For example, if you don’t (or can’t) make a limited-edition product to entice prospects, maybe you can offer a financial incentive to customers who commit to a purchase right away, such as free shipping or a discount.
In the consideration phase, a consumer starts to associate you with the solution you offer. This is the time when you want to supply them with content that helps them evaluate you and your products. At this stage, we're speaking directly to the people we think our business can help and making sure they know how we can help them. Remember that they may not yet trust you, so don't put on your sales hat just yet. Instead, consideration content is a great opportunity to make sure it's easy for your visitor to browse all the information that might help them differentiate you from your competitors.
Problem: Many travelers (particularly American travelers, whose vacation time is at a premium) want to make sure they have the most authentic experience of a city. They don’t want to stand in line with the other tourists and come back with the same photos and stories. They don’t want to find out later that they got scammed. They definitely don’t want to feel like they missed out.
As your sales reps qualify leads and identify opportunities, they’ll create an opportunity, aka deal in the CRM. Sales managers want to know the value of each deal and total deals by stage to prioritize the team’s efforts on high-value deals. In addition to this data being available in the CRM’s visual sales pipeline, you can also create detailed reports to further analyze deals, and add them to a dashboard to actively monitor their progress.
If a user clicks an ad for a specific product or service, the page they’re taken to should be about that specific product or service – not a related category, not a special offer for another product, but that specific product. Make sure your messaging is relevant across your PPC and paid social campaigns and the pages associated with them, so that ad clicks actually turn into sales.

We’ll assume there is no need to explain the impact of content (and by that I mean not just any kind of content) in a content marketing funnel, and also that content marketing isn’t just writing blog posts. This is the misconception many business owners, even some marketers, still have. Claiming that content marketing is just another word for blogging is, well, wrong. Blogging is definitely a part of content marketing, but there is much more involved.
Since the book's publication it has sold over 1.5 million copies worldwide.[19] On the year of its publication, it was on the New York Times Bestseller List.[1] The book was reviewed in media including the Huffington Post,[20] The Guardian,[21] The New York Times,[3] The Financial Times,[22] The Independent,[23] Bloomberg[9] and The New York Review of Books.[24]
Imagine any online shopping portal, for instance. Several hundreds of people like you visit the website every day, rather every hour. You view products and choose among innumerable options. This is followed by adding items of your choice to their virtual shopping carts. Not all visitors to the site buy the products from here. Some might make inquiries; some might browse through a different site and land up buying the product somewhere else. The platform which was open to act as a magnet for millions now gradually funnels its way through different steps into achieving profits from few by selling its items away.

Supercoloring.com is a super fun for all ages: for boys and girls, kids and adults, teenagers and toddlers, preschoolers and older kids at school. Take your imagination to a new realistic level! Choose a coloring page that best fits your aspiration. You can find here hard and detailed patterns, advanced animal drawings, simple colorings or easy outlines.
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.
For us non-developers, AMP HTML is essentially a modified version of standard HTML, preventing us from creating pages that load slowly. Marketers can sometimes be guilty of designing beautiful pages with crisp, high-res images, parallax elements, and every tracking script under the sun. We love it, but that person looking for the closest place to fix their flat tire? Not so much.

Solution: funbooth sessions. A professional quality photo booth session. Casual, easy, FAST, and fun. Intended to be relaxed, fun, and candid like a photo booth. Pictures are only from the waist up so only your shirts matter, and if you print them in black and white, your outfits don’t even need to color coordinate. Family pictures without the Xanax.
I can see that Optimizely is using a simple landing page with a 15-minute demo for the conversion. I could model this for my campaign. You can also set up alerts in SEMrush to get notified when a competitor changes the landing page. If you see a competitor using the same page for extended periods of time, it could indicate a high-converting template you should be replicating. Eliminate the guesswork 🙂

Make the Sale. No one likes filling in forms. The more information you have about your customers, the more precisely you can retarget them for later sales, yes. But this info can always be collected at a later stage. The most important thing you can do once your buyer clicks to check out is to make your payment gateway form as quick, comfortable, and painless as possible. This means not asking for too much information, providing a multiplicity of options for common (Visa/Mastercard) as well as alternative payment preferences (such as Paypal and Bitcoin).

Problem: Many travelers (particularly American travelers, whose vacation time is at a premium) want to make sure they have the most authentic experience of a city. They don’t want to stand in line with the other tourists and come back with the same photos and stories. They don’t want to find out later that they got scammed. They definitely don’t want to feel like they missed out.

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Take it one step further and break your marketing improvements down into stages. Perhaps your first stage of improvements is to enhance the conversion path on your website by offering a free eBook or free consultation to your site visitors. Once you feel confident that you can capture lead information, you might be ready to invest in additional marketing efforts to attract new visitors to your site.
Fortunately, there are dozens of ways you can make more sales online, many of which you can implement right away. Some of these tips focus on specific strategies you can implement, whereas others are more generalized. In this post, we’ll be looking at 25 such strategies, so whether you sell physical goods or run a service-based business, here are 25 actionable techniques you can use to increase online sales performance.
Hi Matt, a really great article which pulls out many strengths. I’m a wedding photographer and I’m researching new ways to funnel visitors by their current; challenges, position in planning their wedding and then addressing short term buyers vs longer cycle buyers who are researching etc. Do you have any advice or examples which could be useful even if a different industry? Thanks Pete
In my case the problem I focus on wellness. More specifically, I work with people who want to feel good and to do it without excessive dependence on medication. I used to be that overly medicated person before I learned new habits that helped me wean off my medication, so I feel a lot of empathy for others suffering from similar conditions and I offer solutions. Right now I offer personal coaching and I teach cooking classes in person or online. I am currently building an online curriculum that includes Skype consultations and a community forum. The online classes make it available to more people who would like to learn the information at their own pace and from anywhere. The personal coaching I received was paramount to my success and it empowered me to keep going and to learn more and to feel more in charge of my personal health. That’s what I offer others through coaching and classes. I’m slowly building a following on my website and different social media platforms. I really want to build a community that feels supported and that supports each other. I appreciate this article and have taken notes going forward.
Workflow automation tools can help you manage prospects through a sales funnel by helping you complete repetitive tasks in your sales process that are triggered by certain actions. For instance, in the Awareness stage, you may want your prospect to feel important after you’ve first met, so you send a “Nice to Meet You” email. You can automate this task in your CRM. For email template ideas, see our article on Sales Email Templates.

Problem: Artists think that they have to cut off an ear and starve in order to be “real artists.” They equate suffering with talent. They stubbornly cling to their failure and make excuses such as “selling art is selling out.” But at the bottom of it is fear, fear that they aren’t good enough, and fear because they don’t understand how the art business works.
Other times, you’re appealing to customers’ desires, which sometimes are not clarified in their own minds. If you can identify what a person is really after, you can gear your selling toward meeting that desire... and can often make a larger sale, as well as make the customer happy by finding additional products that will make their purchase easier, faster, more stylish or complete.
When you NURTURE prospects, you give them what they need to grow strong and healthy. Obviously not every prospect will grow into a “Lifetime Customer” regardless of what you do. That’s just the nature of lists, email marketing, and all the rest. Still, it’s so important to remember that a list of 100,000 weak and “under nurtured” prospects will never stand up against a list of just 100 “strong and healthy” prospects.

Use GZIP compression – You’ll want to ask your web host if they use GZIP compression and deflation on their servers. These are two techniques that can significantly speed up a site, reducing file size by as much as 70% without degrading the quality of the images, video or the site at all. To see if your site is already GZIPPED, click here to run a simple test.
Using Facebook Live as a promotional tool is another proven way to get in front of your audience candidly and add a more humanized approach to your marketing strategy. Many companies are using Facebook Live as a way to promote new products or launches, share stories with their audience, and hold Q&A sessions to create more transparency and close the communication gap between themselves and their users.
Highlight the benefits (rather than the features) of your product/service. When pitching, too many people tend to focus on the cool features of their products or services instead of the benefits. A feature is how your product or service creates the result.  A benefit is what changes after the result is accomplished. Customers make purchasing decisions based on the emotions they associate with the benefits. 
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I’ve always believed in keeping a strong relationship with the web developers at your company. They do amazing things and are typically working with a long backlog of website updates, some that you’ve probably requested yourself. And just like we don’t think you should be bugging developers for landing pages at all, we also want you to save them the headache of building AMP versions of all of your landing pages.
If a user clicks an ad for a specific product or service, the page they’re taken to should be about that specific product or service – not a related category, not a special offer for another product, but that specific product. Make sure your messaging is relevant across your PPC and paid social campaigns and the pages associated with them, so that ad clicks actually turn into sales.
If you’re running an accounting business, at this stage, your customers would be evaluating different potential service providers. They might need resources like pricing guides (so they know what ballpark rates are), how to evaluate the landscape of accounting services (i.e. whether to hire a solo accountant, an agency, etc), or how to choose an accountant.
Your server response time is affected by the amount of traffic you receive, the resources each page uses, the software your server uses, and the hosting solution you use. To improve your server response time, look for performance bottlenecks like slow database queries, slow routing, or a lack of adequate memory and fix them. The optimal server response time is under 200ms. Learn more about optimizing your time to first byte.
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