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Posted on 22/11/2022 by Melanie Comerford
How To Convert Your Leads Into Sales
So your marketing channels are performing nicely, and you’re now generating a sustainable stream of leads to keep your sales team busy. That means your job as a marketer is done, right? Wrong! Your prospects may have transitioned from visitor to lead but they’re yet to become a customer of your business.
Traditionally at this point, the marketer’s role would end here, but it shouldn’t. There are still a number of opportunities we, as marketers, can seize to influence your leads along to purchase. This will help move users along their buyer’s journey more efficiently, as well as provide an extra layer of support for businesses with more intimate teams.
Now, we appreciate that the buyer’s journey can be a complicated beast in its entirety, but it doesn’t need to be. Breaking down the buyer’s journey into smaller milestones will help you understand the process your users travel through to purchase. By looking at each milestone individually you’ll be better equipped to identify bottlenecks and recognise solutions for a seamless experience.
Specifically in this article, we’re looking at bridging the gap between lead to customer with some great digital marketing tools. If you’re struggling to find new and effective ways to convert your leads into paying customers, then this blog is likely for you. In this guide, we’re going to outline 5-steps to achieving successful lead conversion as well as explore five of the top digital marketing strategies.
What is Effective Lead Conversion?
Lead conversion is the process of transitioning your users from leads to sales. The lead in this instance has already expressed an interest in your business by submitting a form or via a sign-up. Your lead conversion strategy is what follows, it should outline the steps required to influence your lead towards a purchasing decision.
Lead conversion, as outlined above, is traditionally the responsibility of your sales team. However, we’re in the realm of modern commerce, where sales and marketing teams work stronger together.
For many forward-thinking businesses, effective lead conversion strategies involve utilising marketing material to help stimulate a desire to purchase. Your sales and marketing departments often deliver these via various channels. Together, you can build an effective lead nurturing programme that will generate a sustainable stream of customers for your business.
Why Does Lead Conversion Matter?
The long and short of it is, if your leads didn’t convert then your business would not have any customers. Arguably a lead conversion strategy is more principal for B2B businesses which are often subject to lengthy buyer’s journeys. However, the truth is, both B2B and B2C businesses can uncover the benefits of a solid lead conversion programme. This approach isn’t exclusive to a particular industry or niche either, brands across different markets can benefit.
The purpose of lead conversion is to support your business’s sales team in closing more deals. By understanding how your company can improve lead conversion, you can create a more effective sales funnel and accompanying marketing strategy. Both of which will be centred around increasing your brand’s revenue.
With a more efficient sales funnel, you can move your leads through your sales pipeline faster and with less legwork. Helping to keep your leads warm and nurture them with content when they’re ready.
5-Steps To Sustainable Lead Conversion
1. Understanding Your Target Market
The first step to achieving sustainable lead conversion more or less goes without saying; you must have a strong understanding of your target market. The key to securing new leads and ultimately sales for your business lies in defining exactly who it is your business is targeting and why.
By conducting comprehensive research into your target market, user segments and buyer personas your marketing strategy will commonly follow. Your market research should uncover unique insights about your target buyers which will form the foundation of their buyer’s journey.
In addition to plotting the buyer’s journey, you should also build a bigger picture surrounding the consumer’s needs, challenges and goals. You can then use these insights to craft high-impact marketing messages that can help seal the deal.
2. Establish & Build Trust
Now more than ever brands are required to work hard in order to win the consumer’s trust. Without this trust, it’ll be next to impossible to influence your users to make a purchasing decision.
By this stage in the buyer’s journey, your business should have already instilled a level of trust in your lead, otherwise, they wouldn’t be there. At this crucial stage, it’s all about tipping your user into a sale, a moment that rests on a knife edge. Depending on the scale or monetary value of the purchase, your user will require reassurance that they are making the best possible decision.
As a marketer, you need to think about what types of content and trust signals would help influence your purchasing decision. Do you scour reviews, read testimonials or download trials? Consider which channels and tactics can help push that final vote of confidence to your lead.
3. Communicate With Your Audience
This one is predominantly relevant for your sales team, but there are some takeaways for marketers. Consumers don’t wish to be spoken at, we as people generally like to converse with others. Depending on your market, leads can be hard to come by, making them a commodity for your business.
The way in which both your marketing and sales departments communicate with these leads will be the make or break of the sale. You want your leads to know you are there when they are ready, not to push them into being ready. Any hard-sell techniques will likely have your leads signing the dotted line with a competitor.
Both your sales and marketing communications should address your lead’s concerns and queries, helping to alleviate any potential barriers to purchase. In summary, you want to show your leads that you care and that you’re willing to work to get them onboard.
4. Qualify & Score Your Leads
Ever feel like you have too much to do, so much to focus on, yes? Welcome to the world of marketing! But seriously, there’re a number of steps you can take to minimise your workload and prioritise the best opportunities. Enter lead scoring. The lead scoring tool enables you to identify the value and importance of a lead, the higher the score, the better quality lead.
To effectively lead score, you’ll need to define criteria and allocate points based on these criteria. Consider looking at metrics like budget, company size and level of seniority to build your criteria. Whilst there’re predictive lead scoring tools out there, we recommend defining this yourself. The best part is, you can work in collaboration with your sales team to give both sales and marketing scores.
Your lead quality should help you determine which leads deserve your time and resources. We recognise that so much time and other resources can be wasted by trying to nurture the ‘un-nurtureable’. Again, this is one primarily for your sales team but it will also help you as a marketer, focus your efforts on the right leads.
5. Remain Agile & Evolve Your Processes
Changes and shifts in consumer behaviour happen all of the time. Customer touchpoints, fast-changing competition and technological advances have made it increasingly more difficult to look ahead.
We are in no way suggesting that you shouldn’t plan, but, you do need to cater for some flexibility within your plans. The most successful marketing strategies work by adapting your decisions to adapt to the market, allowing for different eventualities. The same applies to your lead nurturing programme.
To effectively convert your leads into sales, you need to cater and personalise your approach to the individual. You can do this by distributing the right content and sending the right contextual messages.
In our industry, nothing tends to stand still for long so remember to stay on your toes and be ready to adapt your approach as the market develops. As a rule of thumb, we recommend planning at least a quarter ahead.
The Best Strategies For Converting Leads Into Customers
Below we’ve outlined some of the most effective marketing strategies that can help convert your leads into sales.
Offer Demos & Trials
Does your business currently have a ‘try it for free’ system to help encourage your leads to become regular customers? Although this won’t be applicable to all businesses, you may be able to take some good ideas away from it.
Essentially, if you’re not familiar with the concept of demos and trials, it’s one of the best-performing calls-to-actions there are. Freemium models help give your users a taste of what your business can offer. There are various different ways you can configure this to work for your brand. In summary, however, these tools can be very effective in engaging your most qualified leads and converting them into sales.
Do bear in mind, that depending on how you’ve configured your trial, you may want to consider creating a free-to-paid conversion strategy.
Share Case Studies & Testimonials
This strategy links back to what we were saying about building trust and providing trust signals. Recent studies suggest that up to 82% of consumers will read online reviews so don’t underestimate the power of providing social proof. This review could be the selling point for your business.
Case studies can be leveraged as a marketing and sales asset, but we highly recommend creating a dedicated webpage to host all of your case studies. Conditional to how your business operates, you may also want to consider adding a filtering system that helps users find case studies relevant to their business.
You can learn more about creating engaging case studies here.
Implement Marketing Automation
Marketing automation is probably the latest addition to be thrown into the wider marketing mix. This innovation has been rapidly growing in popularity due to its low-cost, high-impact concept.
All businesses across various industries and markets fall victim to wasting time carrying out repetitive tasks. Marketing departments often bare the biggest part of this burden. Amongst other benefits, marketing automation is here to mitigate this.
When it comes to lead conversion, marketing automation can help automate sales processes, create tasks, organise contacts and prioritise activities. For marketing teams, automation helps send personalised messaging to the right leads at the right time. All of this helps to enhance the user experience, ensuring communication is contextual and relevant at all times.
Activate Retargeting Ads
Unlike regular PPC and display advertising, retargeting ads are only served to users who have previously visited your website or are a contact in your database. There are two ways that retargeting ads can be implemented, either by pixel-based targeting or list-based targeting.
If implemented correctly, retargeting ads can be used to move your qualified leads along to complete their buyer’s journey. Using list-based targeting, you can put together a group of highly-qualified leads and send powerful messages about how your business can support them.
A number of channels will enable you to launch retargeting ads, whether it be via search or social media. You should always aim to meet your leads where they choose to spend their time online.
Send Contextual Messages
We’ve noted this one throughout the majority of this article. Contextual messaging refers to several key techniques that are designed to deliver information directed by where the user is in their journey. Consumers now expect personalisation that goes beyond using their first name in an automated email.
Contextual communication can help brands deliver the right message, to the right people at the right time. Cutting through the various digital clutter, and getting your message in front of highly-qualified leads.
Contextual communication can help deliver exceptional customer experiences and provide an edge over your competition. However, do ease into this on the side of caution as brands that get too personal risk making the user uncomfortable. This could cause your lead to duck out of their journey and opt-out.
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At Loop Digital, we’re here to support businesses across the UK to unlock the infinite possibilities of digital marketing. We provide a variety of different digital marketing services that can help build brand awareness, promote engagement and secure sales.
For more information about how our team can support your brand, get in touch today.
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