The largest pool of leads is always the least qualified, but every one of them is still a potential customer – one that might shop with one of your competitors if you don’t get them first. So, to maximise your marketing funnel conversions and keep your rivals in check, you also want to guide as many of these potential buyers towards the finishing line as possible.

Oftentimes, one of the most powerful factors in a consumer’s decision not to buy something is risk aversion – the desire to avoid a potential loss. Most times, this perceived risk is a financial one. Why should someone buy your products? What if they don’t work, or the customer doesn’t like them? Even small purchases can carry the risk of “buyer’s remorse,” so overcome this objection from the outset by offering a bulletproof money-back guarantee.

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Wrangle Your Javascript and Stylesheets – Have your scripts and CSS load in external files instead of cramping up each and every web pages. This way, the browser only has to load the files one time, rather than every time someone visits each page of your site. Ideally, put your external CSS in theportion of your site, and your external Javascript file as close to the tag as possible. This way, the browser isn’t bogged down wading through all those requests for external files right from the start. The only time you won’t want to do this is if the Javascript needs to load near the top of the page – such as to display a name or load up an image carousel.
Since, in this example, my main business is booking travel, my ultimate goal is to convert newsletter subscribers into travel bookings. But if I develop a more sophisticated sales funnel, I can start to segment my list and target my marketing even more carefully to my “hot leads” and my most active subscribers. This way, I can begin to learn more about my list to offer well targeted new products and services.

The final stage is closing the opportunity in your pipeline. Your prospect either turns into a customer or simply leaves the pipeline as a lost opportunity. If the deal is won, you move the deal to the won stage in the pipeline and begin onboarding your new customer. Some deals may slip through the cracks for reasons that are beyond the control of your sales techniques, like budget constraints. It is important to keep a record of your lost deals too so you can track the reasons why you lost them, and nurture those prospects in the future to win back their business and relationship.
In 2001, Apple introduced the all new iPod in a one-minute TV spot. The product’s features were miles ahead of the competition (keep in mind that this was a time when CD players and inferior MP3 players were leading the market). People had heard rumors about the iPod and were well aware of the Apple brand, but in order to spark interest, Apple needed to respect the level of awareness that their audience had towards the product. Apple’s only statement was: “iPod, a thousand songs in your pocket.” Apple didn’t mention the price because that would assume its viewers were ready to consider making a purchase. Apple didn’t focus on features like battery life, versatility or the technology that was used to develop it. Too much emphasis on the added features and benefits would require the audience to invest in learning about a product that was completely new to them.
If you try to opt-in with the same information to get another video, they ask you to sign up again. I believe that is their process. Like I said, that creates some friction. Yes, you can enter a fake email, but, if you believe in the quality of the content (and it is really good content; Andrew is one of the best interviewers on the Internet), you won’t.
solution: keep it simple! I am her online personal trainer on the go! Personal skype kick off sessions and ongoing support. She’ll get customized workout videos that she can perform in the comfort of her home and nutrition coaching based on her personal needs and goals. The workouts are short & sweet, but most effective. Never longer than 20 minutes & no equipment needed. She gets the liberty to train anytime & everywhere, whichever her agenda allows. This is about getting the independence she’s looking for, but still getting very personal support by me.
When I wanted to create my first videos, I filmed them myself (even if it took me 18 hours, and it sure did). When I wanted headshots, I took them myself (I spent 45 minutes figuring out how to do one of those “delayed photos,” and ran into place and “hoped” for the best). When I needed a new web design, a new ebook design, transcriptions of videos, and more, I did ALL OF THAT myself too. And I couldn’t help but think, “it sure would be nice to hire experts to handle all of this for me.”
Chris Mercer, who typically goes by "Mercer", has a sales and marketing background that stretches over 20 years. He began his online marketing career in 2009 and has become a sought after analytics & conversions expert, helping other top-marketers to improve their own offers and sales funnels. Now decades of real-world experience are brought to you post-by-post as he delivers Seriously Simple Marketing tips that you can use to build your own business!
Oftentimes, one of the most powerful factors in a consumer’s decision not to buy something is risk aversion – the desire to avoid a potential loss. Most times, this perceived risk is a financial one. Why should someone buy your products? What if they don’t work, or the customer doesn’t like them? Even small purchases can carry the risk of “buyer’s remorse,” so overcome this objection from the outset by offering a bulletproof money-back guarantee.
Note: Each of these tools offers its own unique features, reporting, and ways to dissect your results, which means you may receive different page load time results. The geographical distance between test location and the server where your website is hosted also plays a role. In addition, running a tool for the first time may be slower, so it’s best to run tests multiple times and take an average of the results.
About Brian Tracy — Brian is recognized as the top sales training and personal success authority in the world today. He has authored more than 60 books and has produced more than 500 audio and video learning programs on sales, management, business success and personal development, including worldwide bestseller The Psychology of Achievement. Brian's goal is to help you achieve your personal and business goals faster and easier than you ever imagined. You can follow him on Google+, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Linkedin and Youtube.

Producing more video content doesn’t have to be as daunting of a task as it seems. If you’ve written blog posts, designed infographics or done case studies, you already have the material you need to produce more videos. Repurposing existing content into video will expose that content to new audiences. Plus, you can test how that content performs in a different medium. You might find that engagement on your video far exceeds the views or engagement on your blog posts.

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