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7 Ways to Increase Your Conversion Rate NOW

1,000 prospects come to your site or sales page. 1% of them buy a $50 product. You’ve made $500.

7 Ways to Increase Your Conversion Rate NOW

You invest 2 days trying a few different ways to increase your conversions, and 3 are successful. You only increased your conversions by 1%, yet you’ve doubled your income, selling 2% of the prospects who come to your sales page.

Now for every 1,000 prospects, you make $1,000.

And you send 1,000 prospects a day, meaning…

Well, I’ll let you play with the numbers. The point is, even a 1% bump in conversions can mean a significant pay raise for you.

Yet so many marketers never bother to do any of the things I’m about to suggest.

Why? I suppose it’s one of those things they’ll “get around to” but they never do.

So here’s what I recommend: If you don’t want to do any of the following, then OUTSOURCE it.

Let’s get started on boosting your conversions:

1: Create a compelling and clear value proposition.

Your value proposition can be the #1 element that determines if people will bother to read more on your page.

And it’s also the main thing you need to test.

The less known your company is, the better your value proposition needs to be.

In a nutshell, your value proposition clearly states:

  • How your product solves the customers’ problem or improves their situation (relevancy)
  • Delivers specific benefits (quantified value)

Tell why they should buy from you instead of your competition (unique differentiation)

Here’s an example from Prey: https://www.preyproject.com/

Rest Safe – We’ve Got Your Back

Prey lets you track and find your phone, laptop or tablet.

Protect what you care for and it’s free.

I could do an entire article on creating a compelling value proposition – and I’ll do exactly that next month for you.

2: Do A/B testing

You create two alternative versions of your page, each with a different headline / color scheme / call to action, etc.

You do a split test to see which one works better. When you find out what converts better, then you test something else.

Generally you only want to test one element at a time – otherwise, it just gets confusing.

The more elements you test, the higher you can boost your conversions.

Things to test: Headline, page layout and navigation, the offer itself, using different media (such as a video) and even a radical change if you think you might want to start over.

You can use Google Optimize if you’re looking for a free A/B tester, or Optimizely if you want more options.

3: Set up a Proper Sales Funnel

Sometimes your conversions are taking a hit because you’re asking for the signup or the sale too soon in the process.

If people are still in ‘browsing’ mode, they might not be psychologically ready to subscribe or buy.

The general rule is, the more expensive or complicated the product is, the more time people need before they are ready to commit.

If you’re looking to improve conversions on a squeeze page that only asks for their email address, your focus should be on improving the reason why they would want to sign up. Making your offer more compelling – something that will immediately spark their desire – should do it.

But if you’re selling a product, it’s possible that you need to do more to build trust, develop a relationship and prove your expertise.

Remember, the longer and deeper the relationship with the prospect, the more likely they are to buy from you.

4: Address Objections before They Arise

No matter what you’re selling or how much you’re selling it for, there will be objections.

If I tried to sell $100 bills for $1, there would be objections (and you know what they are.)

Of course, since you can’t hear prospects speak their objections, you’ve got to know in advance what can kill your sale so you can make what you might call, ‘preemptive strikes’ on the objections.

Make a list of all the possible concerns your prospects might have.

And then address each one of those in your presentation / webpage / sales funnel.

5: Build Trust

People won’t buy from you if they have no need for your product, if they have no money to buy your product, if they’re not in a hurry, and if they don’t trust you.

There’s not a lot you can do about the first 2 items on that list.

You can create urgency by limiting the number of products to be sold or the duration of your sale.

But trust is a big factor you can definitely use to increase conversions.

So what makes people trust your website?

Several things:

  • You’ve got citations and testimonials clearly visible.
  • You’re endorsed by well-known people in your niche.
  • You’ve got a physical address and maybe even a photo of your office.
  • If you or your business has relevant credentials, you’ve got them displayed.
  • You’ve got clear, easy to find contact information that includes a phone number.
  • Your site looks professional – not something a kid whipped up on his Intel 486 in the 1990’s.
  • Your site contains plenty of useful information.
  • You update your site’s content often. If your latest blogpost is from 2016, you’ve got a problem.
  • You show restraint with hype, blinking banners (please don’t!) ads, popups and such.
  • You have zero or nearly zero errors (when it comes to trustworthiness, one error is forgivable, two aren’t.)

6: Stop Trying to Sound Smart

If I were to give you a value proposition that reads like this…

“Revenue-focused sales automation and marketing effectiveness solutions unleash collaboration throughout the revenue cycle,”

…would you have a clue what I was talking about?

Because I sure don’t. It’s not useful to the person reading it, unless your goal is to chase them off of your page. Then I suspect it’s highly effective.

Don’t use fancy or complicated language – instead, write the way people speak.

Just remember, clarity if key. If they don’t understand exactly what you’re saying, they’re not going to convert.

7: Remove Distraction

Your goal is to get people to focus solely on the action you want them to take and nothing else.

Take a look at your page for anything that might divert the visitor away from what you want them to do.

Minimize distraction, unnecessary product options, links and extraneous information.

Get rid of sidebars and big headers if they’re not helping your prospect take the desired action.

Remove irrelevant images, or replace them with images that help you make the sale.

And ask yourself if there is anything else you can remove that is not contributing to the conversion.

Increasing your conversion rate isn’t hard, but it does take effort…

Effort that will be well-rewarded in increased sales and revenues long after you’re done making the necessary changes.

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7 Ways to Increase Your Conversion Rate NOW

1,000 prospects come to your site or sales page. 1% of them buy a $50 product. You’ve made $500.

7 Ways to Increase Your Conversion Rate NOW

You invest 2 days trying a few different ways to increase your conversions, and 3 are successful. You only increased your conversions by 1%, yet you’ve doubled your income, selling 2% of the prospects who come to your sales page.

Now for every 1,000 prospects, you make $1,000.

And you send 1,000 prospects a day, meaning…

Well, I’ll let you play with the numbers. The point is, even a 1% bump in conversions can mean a significant pay raise for you.

Yet so many marketers never bother to do any of the things I’m about to suggest.

Why? I suppose it’s one of those things they’ll “get around to” but they never do.

So here’s what I recommend: If you don’t want to do any of the following, then OUTSOURCE it.

Let’s get started on boosting your conversions:

1: Create a compelling and clear value proposition.

Your value proposition can be the #1 element that determines if people will bother to read more on your page.

And it’s also the main thing you need to test.

The less known your company is, the better your value proposition needs to be.

In a nutshell, your value proposition clearly states:

  • How your product solves the customers’ problem or improves their situation (relevancy)
  • Delivers specific benefits (quantified value)

Tell why they should buy from you instead of your competition (unique differentiation)

Here’s an example from Prey: https://www.preyproject.com/

Rest Safe – We’ve Got Your Back

Prey lets you track and find your phone, laptop or tablet.

Protect what you care for and it’s free.

I could do an entire article on creating a compelling value proposition – and I’ll do exactly that next month for you.

2: Do A/B testing

You create two alternative versions of your page, each with a different headline / color scheme / call to action, etc.

You do a split test to see which one works better. When you find out what converts better, then you test something else.

Generally you only want to test one element at a time – otherwise, it just gets confusing.

The more elements you test, the higher you can boost your conversions.

Things to test: Headline, page layout and navigation, the offer itself, using different media (such as a video) and even a radical change if you think you might want to start over.

You can use Google Optimize if you’re looking for a free A/B tester, or Optimizely if you want more options.

3: Set up a Proper Sales Funnel

Sometimes your conversions are taking a hit because you’re asking for the signup or the sale too soon in the process.

If people are still in ‘browsing’ mode, they might not be psychologically ready to subscribe or buy.

The general rule is, the more expensive or complicated the product is, the more time people need before they are ready to commit.

If you’re looking to improve conversions on a squeeze page that only asks for their email address, your focus should be on improving the reason why they would want to sign up. Making your offer more compelling – something that will immediately spark their desire – should do it.

But if you’re selling a product, it’s possible that you need to do more to build trust, develop a relationship and prove your expertise.

Remember, the longer and deeper the relationship with the prospect, the more likely they are to buy from you.

4: Address Objections before They Arise

No matter what you’re selling or how much you’re selling it for, there will be objections.

If I tried to sell $100 bills for $1, there would be objections (and you know what they are.)

Of course, since you can’t hear prospects speak their objections, you’ve got to know in advance what can kill your sale so you can make what you might call, ‘preemptive strikes’ on the objections.

Make a list of all the possible concerns your prospects might have.

And then address each one of those in your presentation / webpage / sales funnel.

5: Build Trust

People won’t buy from you if they have no need for your product, if they have no money to buy your product, if they’re not in a hurry, and if they don’t trust you.

There’s not a lot you can do about the first 2 items on that list.

You can create urgency by limiting the number of products to be sold or the duration of your sale.

But trust is a big factor you can definitely use to increase conversions.

So what makes people trust your website?

Several things:

  • You’ve got citations and testimonials clearly visible.
  • You’re endorsed by well-known people in your niche.
  • You’ve got a physical address and maybe even a photo of your office.
  • If you or your business has relevant credentials, you’ve got them displayed.
  • You’ve got clear, easy to find contact information that includes a phone number.
  • Your site looks professional – not something a kid whipped up on his Intel 486 in the 1990’s.
  • Your site contains plenty of useful information.
  • You update your site’s content often. If your latest blogpost is from 2016, you’ve got a problem.
  • You show restraint with hype, blinking banners (please don’t!) ads, popups and such.
  • You have zero or nearly zero errors (when it comes to trustworthiness, one error is forgivable, two aren’t.)

6: Stop Trying to Sound Smart

If I were to give you a value proposition that reads like this…

“Revenue-focused sales automation and marketing effectiveness solutions unleash collaboration throughout the revenue cycle,”

…would you have a clue what I was talking about?

Because I sure don’t. It’s not useful to the person reading it, unless your goal is to chase them off of your page. Then I suspect it’s highly effective.

Don’t use fancy or complicated language – instead, write the way people speak.

Just remember, clarity if key. If they don’t understand exactly what you’re saying, they’re not going to convert.

7: Remove Distraction

Your goal is to get people to focus solely on the action you want them to take and nothing else.

Take a look at your page for anything that might divert the visitor away from what you want them to do.

Minimize distraction, unnecessary product options, links and extraneous information.

Get rid of sidebars and big headers if they’re not helping your prospect take the desired action.

Remove irrelevant images, or replace them with images that help you make the sale.

And ask yourself if there is anything else you can remove that is not contributing to the conversion.

Increasing your conversion rate isn’t hard, but it does take effort…

Effort that will be well-rewarded in increased sales and revenues long after you’re done making the necessary changes.

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How to Get Influencers to Send You Traffic

I received an email the other day from someone who asked, “It’s so hard to get influencers to take notice of what I’m doing – got any tips?” Yes.

How to Get Influencers to Send You Traffic

First, change your thinking. Online influencers have a constant need for interesting content to share with their readers.

Create the right content, send it to influencers and I guarantee some of them will take notice and send you traffic.

Here are 9 tips to make that happen:

1: Build Relationships with Influencers – This is the old school method, and frankly also the best method of all.

Rather than trying to find a ‘back door’ route to their audience, you might take the long-term approach of building a relationship.

You can start by supporting the influencer in what they’re currently doing by mentioning them on social media and your blog.

Do round-ups, where you send an interview question to several different influencers and then include them all in a featured post.

Quote them in your blogposts – this is hugely flattering and will get you noticed, especially when you call their attention to it.

Support them and their brand, and you’re well on your way to building a two-way relationship in which they reciprocate and mention you to their audience as well.

2: Actually MEET Them at an Event – Again, this is an old school method that works really, really well.

If you think about it – who are you more likely to support: The stranger who sends you a few emails, or the person you had lunch with at your last conference?

This is the number one reason to attend networking events and look for influencers that you can help, and that can potentially help you.

Always approach them with the attitude of what YOU can do for them and not the other way around.

I say this because 95% of people who approach them at these events are asking for favors.

So, when you offer to HELP them, they will be relieved to have finally encountered a true professional and not someone who is just out to use them.

3: Provide Free Samples – First, you find the industry influencers in your target market.

Next, you reach out and offer them a free product in exchange for their review.

In the beginning, target mid-level influencers. They don’t get approached as often and will likely be more willing to try your product and write a review for you.

And make sure your influencers are following the FTC guidelines for disclosing they received a free product in exchange for their review.

4: Give Free Products to the Influencer’s Audience – Once your influencer shares their review, they can host a product giveaway on their post.

How this works is up to you and your influencer. It could be a contest where people have to enter, such as joining your list, publicizing your contest on social media or submitting a reason why they should get the product for free.

The influencer can be responsible for picking winners and you send out the free products.

Personally, I like to simply ask for their email address to enter the contest, and then I give them the option of sharing the contest on social media to gain themselves several more entries.

This builds my list and makes the influencer happy, especially if I’m giving away several prizes to their readers.

5: Publish Unique Research – According to Sumo, only 20% of visitors will read your entire article.

Worse yet, the average visitor will only read 25% of an article.

Ouch.

Which is why you’ve got to stand apart from the crowd. What’s trending or new in your industry? Can you create a study or poll around it?

You might take polls on social media or your email list, creating unique content for your readers. This will make influencers take notice and possibly even create a viral effect of getting mentioned by others.

6: Niche it Down and Go Deep – Anyone can post about broad topics like, “How to be a better gardener.”

But “How to Grow Miniature Roses indoors in Northern Climates” will stand apart from all the other info in your niche because of its specificity.

Find ways to go beyond the basics and create several pieces of content that cover different angles in depth.

7: Be the Devil’s Advocate – Somewhere inside your niche or industry are controversial topics. This is your chance to find unique perspectives that no one else has covered before.

Tips on how to do this without alienating your core audience:

  • Write from an angle that resonates with your readers
  • Back up what you say with data
  • Write in the tone of, “Have you thought about this…” rather than, “This is how it is, period.”
  • Be open to different views while standing by your own. In other words, believe in what you’re saying and be prepared to defend your stance without acting like a jerk.

8: Sponsor a Post – Some blogs will accept a ‘paid-for’ post that’s written either by you or the influencer herself.

You might do a walk-through of your product, showcasing the value to the audience.

A great way to do this is to explain how to do something step-by-step, and then offer your product as the easy, ‘done-for-you’ solution.

9: Be a Blog Sponsor – Some influencers also accept sponsorships for their website.

You can negotiate what this covers, but it could be a sidebar ad, mentions on specific pages, or even mentions on social media and through email.

As a sponsor you have an easy ‘in’ to talk to the influencer about additional ways your products or website might be featured, as well as potentially doing joint ventures.

No matter which methods you choose, consistent action is key.

Not every blog owner you contact will be open to your proposals, but when you…

  • contact enough of them
  • remain consistent in your efforts
  • always think in terms of what you can do for the influencer first

…then you will get the results you seek.

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