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Your unique selling proposition (USP) is important to your brand, your audience, and your sales. Without a USP, visitors to your site may compare you to your competitors and say that you’re the same, or even worse, that your competition has a better product. So, how do you come up with a USP and what do you offer that makes your product the best?
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If you don’t believe in your product, neither will anyone else. Make sure that you are 100 percent behind what you’re selling. While this doesn’t give you a USP in and of itself, it can help you come up with one. Let’s be honest, it’s unlikely that you’re the only one selling the type of product or service you offer. So, set yourself apart. The best way to start is by believing in what you offer. Read the rest of this entry »
You know your family pretty well, right? How about your customers – do you know them? Like, *really* know them? Understanding who your customers are, and exactly what drives them, is important to increasing your conversion rate. When you make the decision to get to know your customers better, you’re making the decision to better your company and your brand.
1. Understand Your Demographics
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The first thing you need to do to really understand your customers is to take a look at them. Who is buying products from you? Are you mostly getting sales from retired seniors? Is it internet billionaires who find your service irresistible? When you understand the demographics of the people purchasing from you, you’ll be able to take the next steps to truly understanding them. Read the rest of this entry »
A call to action is the section on your website where you tell a visitor exactly what you want them to do. When you’re considering using a call to action, or CTA, it’s important that you understand the differences between different CTAs as well as proper placement.
Use a Strong Call to Action
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You’re trying to get someone to do something specific on your site. Do you want them to buy a product, or just fill out an email capture form? Either way, you need to tell them. Letting people know with both words and visual clues allows them to fully process the call to action. “Buy Now!” is a strong call to action that tells the customer exactly what you want them to do. Read the rest of this entry »
Marketers today are going crazy for new techniques that get people to their landing pages. Facebook, text message ads, and more are constantly being pushed as the best new marketing techniques. However, it’s important to remember the tried and true methods of marketing. While some say that these are dead, it’s easy to see how traditional marketing is not only still alive and working, it can help you get more visitors and conversions. For this Halloween, let’s bring these Zombie techniques back to life!
Word of Mouth is Still Most Valuable
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The best form of marketing has always been, and always will be, word of mouth. When you offer a great product or service, you’re able to have your customers do some of the marketing for you. They tell friends and family about your product or service, and recommend your company. This is a great way to get reliable conversions, no matter what you offer your visitors. Read the rest of this entry »
Your website is converting well. You’re making sales, and things are going great. However, did you know that by simply taking a look at your analytics, you may find that there are things you can do to improve your site’s conversion rate even more?
1. Cart Abandonment
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Why do you need to track cart abandonment? This will help you understand if there is something wrong with your checkout process. If a lot of your customers are not continuing through the checkout process, you may need to take a closer look at this. Is your checkout too long? Is your shipping too high? Tweaking your checkout will help increase your conversion even more. Read the rest of this entry »
What’s a sales funnel? A sales funnel is a basic term to help identify the sales process. Like a funnel, it is wide at the top, with all sorts of leads, including unqualified prospects. These are people who could benefit from your product or service, who you have never talked to. From there, the process filters down the funnel to end at those who have received your product or service and actually paid you for it. However, many sales funnels have gaps and holes. Let’s address a few common mistakes.
1. Bad Lead Generation Forms
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One way you’re probably losing out on sales is simply because of a bad lead generation form. Take a close look at your form. Make sure that you’re not asking for too much information. No one wants to sit and fill out a form for ten minutes. In addition, it’s important that you’re not asking sensitive or information. If you wouldn’t want to give out the information asked on the form, don’t expect others to. Read the rest of this entry »
If you want your landing page to convert, you need good copy. Bad copy isn’t going to inspire anyone to purchase your product and can even drive people away from your site. So, if you really want to make sales and get conversions from your landing page, follow these 10 copywriting commandments that are essential for good landing page optimization.
1. Thou Shalt Call Thy Visitors to Action
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Don’t be wishy-washy. Tell your visitors exactly what you want them to do. One of the most important things about website copy is that your call to action is consistent, strong, and most important, present. Too many website owners don’t want to feel like they are pressuring visitors, so they leave out the Call to Action (CTA). If you do this, your site won’t convert as well. Read the rest of this entry »
Have you ever been in a meeting when everyone started throwing around acronyms? It gets a little confusing. Since many of these acronyms are either interchangeable or similar, that makes it even harder to follow. Let’s try to decode some of the most notorious marketing acronyms.
1. AOV – Average Order Value
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Averages are all the rage in marketing and sales. When you know your average order value, you can state this in marketing letters, inquiries, and more. Of course, knowing your AOV isn’t going to tell you what’s wrong with your site, but if your AOV is low it can help you realize if you have some work to do. Read the rest of this entry »
You have a product or service to sell and you have a website. Now what? Well, now you need to have landing pages. Many new businesses make the fatal mistake of thinking they can save money by creating their own landing page content. Though the upfront cost may be saved, the overall cost can hurt.
The sites mentioned below are all great sites. We do not mean to call them out; they just had the awesome luck of being the first ones we saw that made the mistakes we wanted to point out. Remember, these mistakes are common throughout landing page content creation. We are not bashing these sites – they excel in many areas, however, they could use improvements in the areas mentioned.
Colors – they say a lot about a website. As a society, we’ve been studying colors and the associations behind them for a long time. There have been sociological and psychological studies performed, history studied, and more. No matter what is behind how we perceive colors, there is no denying certain colors evoke certain emotions. What are the colors of your website saying to your customers?
Stay Calm with Blue
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Blue has long been seen as a calm, cool color. In web design it also shows that you are trustworthy. There are a variety of major companies that use cool shades of blue to help portray this in their branding. Take Microsoft for example. Blue works great with any number of products and industries.