I am frequently asked how to go about lead generation for online sales. I see a lot of folks going about it all wrong. Sales is not a matter of throwing up an order page and driving traffic to it. Sales starts with lead generation.
Think about this for a minute: You see an ad and it appeals to you. You click the link to learn more. You are greeted with a sales page asking you to order, join, or sign up. Chances are you, you clicked away and went back to whatever you were doing.
Now think about lead generation this way: You see an ad and it appeals to you. You click the link. The page that you see is an offer for more information. It may even have a bribe or two, such as “request our free report and we’ll give you …. “. All you need to do is enter your email address and maybe your name. If you are really interested in learning more, you fill out the form, right?
When they get to your landing page, it needs to capture their attention and make them want to request more information. When they fill out your form, you have just generated a lead. The sales process has just begun.
Your next step is to begin to build rapport with your leads. Your autoresponder should be following up, letting your leads know a bit about you, how you can help them, and why they would want to do business with you. Show them how you can help them solve a problem, improve a situation, etc…
And, of course, include a call to action and a link to your sales page.
And when they are ready to make that purchasing decision, they can choose to do business with you as someone they know, like, and trust.
It all starts with lead generation.
Of course, we all want sales. But our focus needs to be on the lead generation to get things started.
First, we generate the leads. Then, we follow up with the leads. Then, we close the sale. Without lead generation, we have no one to follow up with. Without follow up, we don’t get sales.
No matter what you sell, lead generation is where the process starts.
We highly recommend setting up your web site or blog with a capture page to begin your lead generation. Set up your followup letters to build rapport and close sales. Then drive traffic to your web site, track the results, and tweak the steps for maximum results.