When customers first discover your business, they might not be ready to commit. It’s rare for sales to happen straight away. In fact, only 10 per cent of leads convert at the first point of contact. By letting the remainder fall off your radar, you could be missing out on important future customers.
Lead nurturing means keeping in touch with people who are already curious about your wares, and strengthening the relationship to convert them from an interested viewer to loyal customer.
Consider what is most important to your customer in relation to your product or service. For example, a hair salon could provide tips on keeping hair lustrous in winter, while an accountant could offer up information on how to reduce taxes. Identify your ideal customer’s pain points and provide solutions to their problems. The lead will hopefully find the free advice useful and reward you with their loyalty.
Capture their details in your database marketing system (easily done for Bloomtools clients), with a simple sign-up form on your website (reccommended within your websites design).
After capturing customer contact information, be sure to regularly follow up ( with trigger and scheduled emails, sms and phone calls) to stay top of mind and encourage them back again. Differentiate between active customers, hot leads and casual visitors. Continue to offer value – through content, offers and access to insider events. You should be able to gauge how much is enough by noting the response to your email campaigns, such as open rates and clickthroughs. If you use a CRM (Customer Relationship Management system) you could also set this sequence of events up so you could guage each step and results (talk to your Bloomtools consultant about trialing the Bloomtools CRM system).
You can automate much of this process using database marketing. Target your customers based on their individual information to maintain relevance. You can segment your customers by demographic or past behaviour to ensure you are optimising your communications with them.Lead marketing is an important part of any marketing campaign. It ensures you do not waste earlier efforts and, if done in the correct way, can create customers who spread the word about your business.
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Google Authorship was created to increase transparency and credibility of the content on the web. It enables writers to “claim” their own content, meaning they get credited for their original work and the host site gains credibility from the content it publishes.
In time, it will hopefully limit plagiarism on the web, improve the quality of high ranking content and boost search rankings for authors using it correctly.
Google Authorship links original content to the Google+ profile of the writer of that content. Google has suggested that in time, verified content will be rewarded, while anonymous content will get pushed down in the search results. In other words, Google Authorship is likely to become a powerful SEO tool.
It will help to increase transparency on the web and sharply increase the adoption and use of Google+.
For now, the best thing you can do is verify the writers for your site (see below) and keep producing quality, original content.
Ultimately, Google’s algorithm will fish out the top content by the theoretical “Author Rank”, (the term used to describe the search results from Authorship). For example, in the same way back-links from higher traffic sites can improve your SEO, shares from higher-ranking authors can boost your own rank and subsequently, your site’s rank in search results.
The process of getting verified means refreshing or setting up your Google+ profile, including the sites you and your writers contribute to (external and your own), then creating a web of links between your profile and those sites.
It’s easier than it sounds! Bloomtools ‘Blog Manager’ allows you to add Authors to your blog posts. When authors are added, a picture of the author will display in Google’s search results.
As with all things digital and social media, the best thing you can do is aim for high quality, authentic content that will intrigue and engage your community. Be “real” and the rankings will come.
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People will only allow a small window for you to capture their attention. Studies have shown that 32 per cent of consumers will start abandoning slow websites between one and five seconds. The take-away for small businesses? Make your communication relevant.
Relevance is the single most important factor in engaging customers, particularly when so much clutter competes for their attention. You need to personalise your conversations with customers, providing them with the content they need and want.
If this sounds like a lot of work, take heart. Personalisation doesn’t mean you need to have one-on-one conversations with every user who lands on your website or walks in your door. Instead, use technology to efficiently segment and target your customers with the right information.Segmentation can be achieved by examining your customer data – in short, you need to know your customers. What sort of trends are you seeing? It will differ for every business, but typical segmentation goes something like this:
For example, pest removal customers might like to know about the human health side of the products you use, or hear stories about the worst infestations you’ve been able to fix. Gym customers may be looking to lose weight, bulk up or get fit - so they need to read the relevant information on your website as well as in any teasers you email them specifically about what is important to these groups.
It is important to include imagery on your website that will attract a viewer’s attention as soon as they land. Then, take them to pages relating specifically to their needs and concerns, rather than a generic product or service page. This will help improve your conversion rate. Incorporate targeted information into key messages in your design, for example using guarantees or slogans.
In email marketing, if customer segmentation is new to you, start out with small tests such as sending one version to half of your customers/prospects and a different version to the other half. As you learn what works, you will be able to offer more creativity and uniqueness to your customers. And remember the guiding rule: keep it relevant.
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It’s never been easier to create buzz around your business than it is with the internet, but are you maximising your viral potential? As any good PR person knows, third-party endorsement is a powerful tool. Increasing conversations on the web is actually within your control – it’s all about getting the language right.
Web listings are a simple way to get your business on the radar of potential customers. Many consumers make snap decisions, especially when in a rush, so maintaining visibility is hugely important.
Web listings are a simple yet successful way to remain relevant on the web. Craft yours to stand out from the competition and reap the benefits.
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As a small business owner you’re already an expert in your area, but you now also need to become savvy at marketing your business. It can be hard to juggle the workload, especially when much of it is new territory, so here are some tools and tips that can demystify marketing and help you manage the proces
Bring your website up to standard: Every business needs a great website, there’s no questioning that. But when you’re managing it all, co-ordinating to get a website that generates results for your business can fall off the to-do list. Bloomtools can help you launch a website in a manageable format that evolves as your business does. Our accessible content management system means you can keep your website easily updated from any location. And the best part is our websites are search engine friendly. If SEO is new to you, our How to become an SEO Ninja webinar will help explain the world of search - or we can even do that for you too.
Create great customer emails: Emailing customers can be time consuming, especially when working with branded content. Bloomtools can help you come up with a template that integrates seamlessly with your website. It’s an efficient, professional solution that frees up precious time for other important things. For tips on creating killer email campaigns, check out our webinar: The 5 email campaigns that generated the best results.
Manage your customer relationships: When it comes to taking a personal approach with customers, small businesses have the edge. However, it can be exhausting trying to keep all of your customers up to date. Our Database Marketing product allows you to automate a lot of your customer process. You can send Sales warmers to prospective clients, event reminders to customers, surveys to get their feedback or SMS marketing for immediate response.
Morph into a social media maven: Every owner should know about how important social media can be for business, but the best campaigns are built from the grass roots. You can maintain the authenticity of your campaign while increasing its effectiveness using Bloomtools social media tools. Feed articles through to social platforms automatically and increase sharing with social buttons. Our Taking Advantage of Social Media and Content Syndication webinar outlines this process. or we can set that up for you too.
Be seen as the expert: We have all heard the saying 'content is king', and this is so true for many reasons on the internet. The most stongest reasons are to help your business be found, from a SEO and sharing perspective and the other top one is in customer aquisition by helping you stand out from your competitors... Bloomtools has the simple tools to assist you, but if you are time poor or need assistance we can write it for you as well, from your initial website content, through to monthly blog and article entries as well.
If you have a great business and want people to know about it, talk to Bloomtools about how we and our simple marketing tools can help you boost your sales and achieve business success.
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