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11 Thank You Page Tips That Move Leads Down Your Funnel [Infographic]

Posted by Bob Carver on Aug 16, 2017 4:25:00 PM

You spend time and effort creating content offers like ebooks, presentations, whitepapers, and more. If you create great personas, do your marketing correctly, and create a great offer, your prospects will share their contact information with you to get it. In the process, they become leads in your funnel. Then what?

There has been some debate about what to do once your leads have signed up. Should you send a Thank You message, or should you use a Thank You page? Inbound marketing organizations from Aweber to Hubspot agree, Thank You pages are the way to go. Why? From the Aweber article:

"At no other point will your subscribers be more engaged than in the seconds after they sign up."

Simply put, the best time to engage your prospects is right after they've signed up. Thank you pages give you the real estate to engage your leads in a variety of creative ways and begin moving them further down your sales funnel. We've documented many thank you page tips in our conversion tips strategy guide, and we've built this infographic to share 11 thank you page tips that move leads down your funnel. 

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Topics: Inbound Marketing, conversion tips, Thank You Pages

6 Tips to Make Landing Page Forms Get More Clicks [Infographic]

Posted by Bob Carver on Aug 14, 2017 6:20:31 PM

Landing pages are essential to inbound marketing and online sales. They're how you get prospects to opt-in or buy. Everything on a landing page, the images, the messaging, the colors, are designed to be compelling. To entice the prospect to give you their email or money. The only component on a landing page that causes friction is the form. For prospects, the form is work. Ask for too much, and they might leave without downloading or buying. Ask for too little, and your sales team can't follow up effectively.

As I said before, the information captured on landing page forms is essential. The Lead's decision to opt-in starts them on their buyer's journey. It's the beginning of a relationship, and you need the information captured on that form to build that relationship. 

Fortunately, there's a lot of great data out there on landing page forms, and how prospects use them. We've compiled some best practices in our conversion tips strategy guide. In the infographic below we show you some compelling stats on landing page forms, and give you 6 tips to make landing page forms get more clicks. 

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Topics: conversion tips, landing page forms

50 Conversion Optimization Tips to Ignite Lead Generation

Posted by Bob Carver on Aug 7, 2017 8:10:04 PM

Most of our clients want more traffic and more leads. One of the main reasons we get hired is to either put in place an inbound marketing structure and process or to optimize marketing processes that are already in place. Clients ask what they can do, what small tweaks they can make in content, in landing pages, in forms, to get more clients, and more conversions. In response, we've created a new strategy guide: 50 Conversion Tips to Ignite Lead Generation. In it, we provide insights that will help your content, website, and other online channels start generating high-quality leads right away. At every step, we give you tips and examples from our own experience and from industry experts to optimize content, calls-to-action, landing pages, opt-in forms, and thank you pages. This strategy guide can help you increase both the number and quality of leads you capture!

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Topics: lead generation, conversion tips

How Website Design can Assist Content Marketing [Video]

Posted by Bob Carver on Aug 2, 2017 7:14:20 PM

Your website is a critical component in your inbound marketing strategy. It's where visitors come to consumer blog and web content, and where they will find your landing pages, calls-to-action, and content offers. You want them to click on those calls to action and download those content offers so that you can capture their email, and build a relationship that turns prospects into leads, and leads into customers. When you create or update your website, there are lots of decisions to be made. Should the site have more pages or fewer? Should it be an interactive experience for anyone who visits? How much menu navigation should there be versus on page navigation? Beyond the look and feel, there are four key design choices you can make to aid your inbound marketing - by helping people find you, explaining how you can help them, and helping turn those visitors into leads and customers. We've made a video to show how website design can assist content marketing. For more information, read our article where we lay out the design steps in detail. 

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Topics: content marketing, website design

Buyer Personas are Essential to Getting Clicks and Conversions [Video]

Posted by Bob Carver on Jul 13, 2017 9:17:21 AM

We spend a lot of time with our clients helping them define their target audience, and building detailed buyer personas so that their marketing content and messaging will resonate. Because, when content and messages resonate, they fill the inbound sales funnel with more high-quality leads, that turn into more customers. To increase the success of your  inbound marketing, you've got to spend the time to build great buyer personas. We've created the video that tells you what personas do, what you need to create great ones, and how they can help your business. We've also put our knowledge and experience into a comprehensive ebook that contains resources, templates, and our process -- everything you need to easily organize your research to create your detailed buyer personas that enable your inbound marketing campaigns to achieve real results. 

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Why Your Content Marketing Needs and Inbound Marketing Process [Video]

Posted by Bob Carver on Jun 28, 2017 7:32:23 AM

CarverTC is an inbound marketing company. People often ask, "what's the difference between inbound and content marketing? Don't you do content marketing?" Yes, in fact, we do content marketing, but the terms inbound marketing and content marketing are not interchangeable. Content marketing is a component of inbound marketing. Inbound marketing is so much more than content marketing. Inbound marketing is a set of tools, technologies, and processes that work together to generate traffic to your website, and from that traffic leads, that you will eventually convert into customers. Stated another way, inbound marketing is the way you make your website earn money for you. But, in my opinion, inbound marketing is the best and most accessible process-driven methodology that can consistently help you sell your products and services online. We wrote an article and made an infographic to explain the difference. It's been very popular so we thought we'd summarize the key points in this video. Enjoy!

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Topics: Inbound Marketing

5 Tips to Make Lead Magnets Perform Better [Infographic]

Posted by Bob Carver on Jun 22, 2017 8:31:49 AM

Lead Magnets are content offers that entice your visitors to share their contact info to download them. We recently wrote an article how to create lead magnets that win clicks and influence customers. In that article, we covered how to make lead magnets that valuable to your target audience. But we got many good questions about the supporting structure that lead magnets require, and they require a lot of supporting structure. They need calls to action that compel visitors to click your offer. They need landing pages that have nice images, but are clean, crisp, and get to the point. They need forms that capture the right information without being pushy, and they need thank you pages that entice downloaders to continue to engage. With these things in mind, we thought we'd share five tips to make lead magnets perform better. Enjoy!

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Topics: lead magnets

7 Tips that Make Maintaining Evergreen Content Easier

Posted by Bob Carver on Jun 13, 2017 3:00:00 PM

Evergreen content is defined differently by many different content experts. Wordstream even wrote a blog post about what evergreen content is where they covered many different definitions. The one we like the best is this one, "continues to be relevant long past its publication."

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Topics: content marketing, Inbound Marketing

7 Secrets to Creating Great LinkedIn Showcase Pages

Posted by Bob Carver on Jun 7, 2017 7:45:30 AM

This article was updated June 2nd, 2017 to reflect changes in features and LinkedIn's User Interface. 

LinkedIn designed showcase pages as a way for brands with multiple products and services to create pages dedicated to those diverse offerings. Showcase pages are much more functional than that. They can be used to target any customer or client segment. But there are some rules and some limitations. For example, you can only create showcase page names that aren’t taken. Many people have written about showcase pages. In this article, I’m going to share seven tips we’ve found help our clients create focused, and compelling pages that gain followers, drive traffic and increase conversions. 

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Topics: LinkedIn, showcase pages, content marketing

How to Increase Social Selling Success Using LinkedIn Sales Navigator

Posted by Bob Carver on May 11, 2017 11:23:36 AM

This post was updated in May of 2107 to address changes in UI and features in both LinkedIn and Sales Navigator.

LinkedIn Sales Navigator is LinkedIn’s sales tool. It’s a different subscription and experience than LinkedIn that’s designed specifically for social selling giving salespeople access to LinkedIn’s mountain of B2B data.

You can still do social selling with both the free and premium versions of LinkedIn, and many people do. We wrote the first version of this article in 2015, because, our clients didn't understand the value of Sales Navigator compared to the free and premium versions of LinkedIn. Lots of articles explained that the tool was “worth it, if you had the right process.” That really didn't answer the questions about the value, or what it takes to get the most out of it. 

Since we first published this article LinkedIn and Sales Navigator have gone through major user interface changes, and some features that were available in both the free and premium versions are now only available in Sales Navigator. Moreover, LinkedIn has added some nice features to the tool, which make it easier to use, and the platform's B2B data more accessible.

In this article, I’ll compare Sales Navigator to regular LinkedIn. I’ll show you the experience, tell you what's changed, show you how to use the new features, and show you examples of what we consider the killer features. Finally, I’ll walk you through a couple of social selling “Wow” scenarios that illustrate how Sales Navigator can be a powerful social selling tool.

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Topics: b2b, LinkedIn Sales Navigator, SocialSelling, sales

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