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Lead Generation Mistakes Revealed

Are you struggling to get leads and sales from your website? The marketing team is busy, the budget is spent, the website looks great, but the leads aren’t flying in?

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There could be a lot of problems with your lead generation pipeline — It may be clogged, it might be leaking, or it might be dried up at the source.

Every marketing website should be a free flowing source of prospects. If it’s not, don’t panic, it might not be that hard for you to repair.

Here are five examples of the most common problems based on lead generation best practicesand on fixing for each mistake.

Mistake #1 – No Web Traffic

This is a common issue– there’s no steady stream of visitors flowing in. You may have inspiring videos, insightful research and the world’s most compelling services pages. But if nothing flowing through the pipes and if the marketing team doesn’t know how to promote the website, it really doesn’t matter.

Solution: Remove any obstacles facing the marketing team.

De-emphasize advertising and focus on creating useful content. They should spend at least as much time promoting content as they do creating it. That means email marketing, search engine optimization and social media. Look seriously into paid marketing including Google PPC and Facebook Ads.

Mistake #2: Not Branding Yourself

This one is the equivalent of frozen pipes– there’s no pictures of people. This gives the site a cold, empty feeling. People buy from people and there is no substitute for a human face. If your website doesn’t have a picture of you, your people or company leadership, you’re missing a chance to make a real connection.

Solution: Add professional head shots and personal biographies of key team members.

Give each person their own page and include at least one personal anecdote.

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Mistake #3: No Testimonials

This is a common mistake that lowers the pressure in your lead pipeline– there’s no evidence of results. The internet is full of claims and every website has them, but few sites support their claims with proof.

Testimonials, endorsements, awards, certifications and even association memberships can all add credibility. Statistics and data showing measurable ROI are even stronger.

Solution: Patch up the site by adding a testimonial to the most important product or service pages.

Don’t create a testimonials page, since these rarely get visited. Add testimonials and any other evidence throughout the site. Leverage LinkedIn to get more recommendations.

Mistake #4: No Call to Action

A call to action is an invitation to connect, ask a question, subscribe to a newsletter or even leave a comment. If you want visitors to take action, make sure you ask them to do so.

Solution: At the bottom of every page that describes your services, add a link to your contact page with a quick suggestion.

Say something like, “If you have questions about our repair services, feel free to get in touch”. Consider using banner ads on your blog page for when people are exiting your site.

Mistake #5: No Follow Up System

Research has shown that the majority of leads are ignored by the sales team. It’s true. It’s possible that good leads are going right down the drain.

Solution: Check the connection between sales and marketing departments.

Put a plan in place to report on activity. If all else fails, use a marketing automation tool that scores leads and holds the sales team accountable like Sales Force.

Your lead generation pipeline has lots of little parts. You don’t need to completely overhaul the entire system to increase the flow. Look for places to fix your mistakes and shore things up with small improvements. Every little fix can help.

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Lead Generation For Business Owners Exposed

A lot has been said about lead generation, all the tips and the tricks. One fundamental rule that is often overlooked though is to generate leads, not lists. The leads you find and use must be quality potential clients. Often small businesses try to avoid the hard work of finding new leads by purchasing sales lists. Or rather than following up on customers that would benefit from a product or service, they contact every name in their black book. This is a good way to waste money, time and energy.

Lead generation is more than just a sales tool. It’s an opportunity to build a better relationship with a client or potential client. It’s your chance as a small business to gain a quality customer rather than a one-time shopper. It all starts with the lead. Find leads from people that have once shown interest in your brand. Whether they have submitted questions through your website, called on a price check or filled out a comment card, if they have spent even a few seconds looking at your company, that’s still more than the average name that will show up on a sales list.

Two industries come to mind when comparing lead generation to lead lists: insurance and banking. Both are made up of dozens of options for customers with very similar products. It is very easy for an Insurance company to buy a list of phone numbers and begin selling car insurance. Virtually everyone over the age of 18 will need car insurance at some point in their life. In fact, a large majority of people on the lists likely already have a policy. So an Insurance company calls and offers lower rates. Seems like the list worked just fine instead of putting forth time to reach out to brand loyal patrons.

What about in banking? Same thing can be said about a credit card. Everyone has one, has had one or needs one. Personal bankers spend hours calling on leads just like the insurance agents. What if instead of a list, they generated leads? What if they called on customers that showed an interest in the credit card at the teller line? Or put in inquiries through their website? Calling on 100 people that have possibly never heard of your company will typically lead to less than 10 sales. Calling on 10 people that already know of your brand, use your brand for other products and services or were referred to your brand from a personal reference will potentially lead to 10 sales. Which odds sound better?

In the long run, its best to create your own lead generation system and sales funnel. Use this sales funnel to pre qualify you leads and find laser targeted clients. Make sure to always split test split test your marketing efforts to find the best converting lead generation system.

James Hickey
Internet Marketing Expert and Mentor
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