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smallbizmkter 25th August 2009 08:01 PM

Idea To Generate More Leads From Your Website
 
Just thought I'd share some advice that seems like a no brainer, but almost no websites that I see actually implement. Especially small business websites which are for bricks & mortar type businesses.

Basically, if you can include an opt-in for a free report, or a free coupon download or similar on your site, you will greatly increase the leads that you receive from your site.

We recently looked at the statistics for one of the businesses we are working with and they have 3 methods by which they collect leads from their site:

1. Contact us page
2. Schedule an appointment
3. Download coupon

When we first started working with them, they only had the 1st 2 options. After one year of measuring the stats in Aweber, we have seen the following:

Contact us: 119 leads
Schedule appointment: 110 leads
Coupon: 1645 leads

This means that nearly 88% of his leads are coming from the coupon.

Most websites seem to only include a phone number or email as the only method with which to interact with the business.

The key is to offer something of value to your visitors, that does not cost you much but is attractive to your prospects. Then, you need to collect the name and email of anyone requesting this information. That way you can follow-up with an autoresponder.

To internet marketers generally, this is pretty basic stuff, but I see a lot of websites that don't take advantage of this marketing technique.

Be interested in comments from others, especially any statistics that others can share for this type of idea.

MadAdvice 25th August 2009 09:18 PM

It does sound like a good idea, but you mention that it is not common practice and so I have to wonder why it is not done more often.

One downside I can think of is that you are giving discounts to people who would have made a purchase at the business anyway. You can't really track that lost money unfortunately.

smallbizmkter 25th August 2009 09:28 PM

I see your point about the coupons. It does not have to be a coupon based incentive, it just happened that for this particular industry, coupons are almost expected (bit like pizza industry).

Other ways to do this are downloadable reports, guides, advice, videos, etc. - anything that is of potential value to your prospects.

JLeesCastro 25th August 2009 10:05 PM

Similarly, having an email newsletter (monthly, weekly, whatever) that leads can sign up for on your website is a really a no-brainer. Offer a free report or other give-away to get people to sign up. The newsletter may seem like a lot of work, but it doesn't have to be... could just be product updates, summaries and links to any new content on the site, etc. Not only allows the small business to build a valuable list, but also allows them to maintain an ongoing relationship with those prospects.

Joanna

Marykate 30th August 2009 07:09 PM

Didn't realize that coupons could be such a good incentive - 88%! That's what I'm talkin about!

DebraE 31st August 2009 06:49 PM

I am now going to look at coupons for my site, thanks for sharing the informtion smallbizmkter:)

supplyjerseys12 19th September 2009 01:54 AM

Good idea to generate more leads and more business. I'll try it.

mikedavis 22nd September 2009 06:11 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by supplyjerseys12 (Post 100906)
Good idea to generate more leads and more business. I'll try it.

Yes, give it a try...

Not only this, you can even give away something for free and get leads from them. Most of the people who are searching on the internet look something for free, so you can use this "giving away for free" strategy to build your leads. Still there are many more internet marketing strategies which helps you in getting leads . . .


Cheers:wave2:
Mike.

debbystewart 29th September 2009 12:25 AM

Oh wow. Thanks for the tip. Coupons are an excellent idea.
The Contact Us option is a no brainer. I don't know any website who does not have a Contact Us page.


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