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July 26th, 2018

4 Main Stages for Your Sales Funnel

by Rahimah Sultan

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A sales funnel is the buying process that you use to lead customers or prospective clients through to purchase a product. It is a series of steps within a particular sales model. These steps can consist of landing pages, blog pages, re-targeting ads for bringing people back into the loop if they’ve left, and email follow ups.

 

Simply put, a sales funnel is the journey you take your website visitors through when trying to sell your products and services to them.

 

The top of the funnel works to attract people, the middle of the funnel is a kind of nurturing process such as getting people on your email list, and in the bottom you’re doing additional follow up.

 

Here are four main stages for your sales funnel:

 

Read magnet
Lead magnet
Introductory offer
Core offer

 

One strategy you can use to create sales funnel opportunities is to send an email to your list asking them what they need help with, a kind of survey. Your subject line can be, “Can I ask you a question?” Then ask the question.

 

As people respond, track the common issues or problems that are most popular and use them to create a funnel based on those core needs. You can also incentivize responses by saying you’ll pick a certain number of people to receive a one-on-one 15-minute consultation or whatever else you choose. Now you have a way to address their needs and concerns and a way to get to know and better understand them.

 

Your Read Magnet makes it all about the reader, before ever asking for the opt-in.

 

Now that you’ve got your funnel, it’s time to warm up your reader. This can be done by using the survey results to start mapping out a blog post that hits on the one struggle most of your audience is plagued with. Go in-depth with the information.

 

It doesn’t have to be a blog post. It could be a video, podcast or a Facebook live broadcast that you transcribe and turn into a blog post. Make sure this is all related to the overall purpose of your sales funnel. This should link to your lead magnet which has been included throughout the post.

 

Your Lead Magnet
Now you want people to see your lead magnet. You can do so by emailing your list with a link to the post, posting the link inside your Facebook group, placing it on your social media channels, and driving some paid traffic, among other things.

 

You want people on your page consuming content and opting in for your lead magnet, which can be:

 

1) Cheat sheets
2) Checklists
3) Swipe files
4) Buyer’s guides
5) Email courses
6) A recording of a talk you gave
7) Step-by-step blueprints

 

This is by no means an all-inclusive list. Be creative.

 

Introductory Offer
Once people have opted in, it’s time for an intro offer that is a relevant low-cost offer you make to a new subscriber once they have joined your list. Offer something that is relevant to your funnel and that is hard to say no to, while you “have their attention.”

 

Each step feeds into the next without any disruptions to the flow. This avoids losing anyone who might otherwise close the window or delete your email.

 

A few tips…

 

1) Keep intro offer below $50
2) The offer should be relevant to your read magnet, lead magnet and core offer
3) It should be 10x the value they’ve received in your read magnet and lead magnet
4) It should be offered on the Thank You page once someone opts in for your lead magnet
5) It should not be used as a money-maker, instead use it to change the relationship from subscriber to customer

 

A few things to offer, among many:

 

A video course
Done-for-you graphics
Audio course
Mini group coaching calls
$1 trial for your product or software

 

Now you sell your intro offer through another blog post. Once someone opts in for your lead magnet, they’re redirected to the post that contains something of real value, while they wait for the lead magnet email to arrive. They can only get this by following the instructions and clicking the link to the new post.

 

You want to keep the reader engaged while moving them down the page to where you present the intro offer for the first time. Now you’re building trust.

 

Core Offer
Your core offer has to be a great one. It has to be detailed, value-packed and help your customer achieve a specific outcome, goal or result.

 

Your core offer can be an online course, high-ticket coaching, done-for-you services, some software, mentorship, a physical product, etc. It’s your call.

 

A sales funnel gives you leverage and puts you in control to be able to do what you want whether it’s more travel, to stress less about generating leads if you’re selling services or digital products, and growing your business.

 

You can use these four main stages for your sales funnel to move your business forward.

 

Source: How To Create a Dangerously Effective Automated Sales Funnel

 

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January 25th, 2018

Basic Internet Marketing Tips

by Rahimah Sultan

 

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Your business has unlimited potential to grow when it targets the internet as its market. You need to have a blog, make sure your website meets your prospects expectations, and don’t stop with just a website.

 

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December 31st, 2017

Some Internet Marketing Solutions

by Rahimah Sultan

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In the online business world there are three key things needed to grow your business. These Internet Marketing Solutions include targeted traffic, something to sell, and a marketing funnel. These key factors are needed for all products and services sold online.

 

Targeted Traffic

 

The first element you need to grow your online business is a steady flow of targeted customers visiting your website and online sales pages. These are people who are…

 

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December 10th, 2017

Email Marketing Trends for 2018

by Rahimah Sultan

 

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Email marketing is all about building trust and relationships so people will buy from you and maybe become a repeat customer.

 

Put your customers first by giving them helpful information and tips before referencing your products or services. Email marketing can be a fast way to reach thousands of customers.

 

Despite the false predictions by the so-called experts, email is not dead. Yet it’s only getting stronger and more powerful. The year 2017 proved this to all with 59% of marketers choosing email to be the most effective channel for generating the highest revenue.

 

You can read Syed Balkhi’s discussion on 5 Email Marketing Trends to Watch for in 2018 here.

 
 
 

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December 3rd, 2017

The Truth About Content Marketing

by Rahimah Sultan

 

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Content marketing today appears much different than it used to look. There are new tactics, trends, data, and content tools that have transformed our approach, and it’s easy to forget the core purpose of content. There are several things that all brands, marketers, and industry leaders need to know about content marketing today.

 

It takes effort, you have to be consistent, social media is not the only way to distribute content, plugging your products is not its only function, your blog can’t do it alone, it fuels and offers PR opportunities, and you have to walk before you can run.

 

John Hall details these points in his article The Truth About Content Marketing And What Brands Need To Know

 

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November 26th, 2017

Business Success: 3 Tips

by Rahimah Sultan

 

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There are many online marketing strategies you can use for business success. There is search engine marketing, social media marketing, and e-mail marketing among others.

 

Online marketing involves methods used for promoting products and services on the Internet. It includes a wider range of marketing elements than traditional business marketing

 
 
 

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September 16th, 2017

Aspects Of An Internet Sales Funnel

by Rahimah Sultan

 

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A sales funnel refers to the buying process that customers are led through when purchasing products/services. It is divided into several steps, which differ depending on the particular sales model.

 

The traditional model used marketing to fill the top of the funnel and sales for nurturing leads through to conversion. This model is still used, although customer behavior has changed. This shift is a result of how much research prospective customers do before engaging with you. If you’re selling a product or service, there are different points of contact between you and the buyer. You combine sales with marketing to ensure that qualified leads get personalized attention when necessary.

 

At the top of your funnel are prospective customers who have decided to connect with you through your lead magnet or sign-up form. Once you have their information, which is usually name and email, you can follow up with them. This starts the process of them getting to know, like and trust you. Now you can begin to tell them about your product/service, because they have opted in to receive more information. As a marketer you have to think about the entire purchasing process from the buyer’s perspective.

 

To set up a sales funnel you need a lead capture page (LCP), a sales page, and a way to follow up with prospects.

 

An Internet Sales Funnel is really a marketing framework that represents the stages from your initial contacts to actual sales. It’s basically a way of funneling prospects into your business and building trust. A sales funnel gives you a single place to advertise. Keep in mind these Aspects of An Internet Sales Funnel when setting up your business.

 

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September 1st, 2017

Increase Online Traffic and Revenue with These 4 Internet Marketing Tips

by Rahimah Sultan

 

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First of all, update your site. If your website has been around for a long time you have an SEO advantage which is not the case for newly created sites. On the other hand, it will probably have some outdated information and some bad links.

 

Second, you need to use some PPC and social media ads. Without paid promotion on the internet, it can be slow work getting noticed, and social media can be just as useful as Google in directing traffic to your site.

 

Third, integrate marketing tactics, and

 

Fourth, create more content. Content marketing is a good way to reach audiences while showcasing the knowledge base of your business.

 

Read 4 Internet Marketing Tips to Increase Online Traffic and revenue in 2017.

 

 

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August 25th, 2017

Internet Marketing Information

by Rahimah Sultan
 

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When it comes to internet marketing solutions, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with all the choices. You need to have one that is right for promoting your product or service and works within the resources you have available to you. That may include deciding whether to buy ads, building a better website, creating targeted landing pages, starting a blog, producing a video or something else.

 

Pick something, focus, and stick with it. Don’t jump from one thing to another. That is a recipe for failure.

 

Following is some internet marketing information that I hope will be useful.

 

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August 6th, 2017

Using Email Marketing to Grow Your List

by Rahimah Sultan
 

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When building a business you need a way to keep in touch with people. Using email marketing to grow your list solves that problem.

 

When reading online marketing advice, you’re often bombarded with a lot of “noise” about what tactics to use, what software to use, where to buy leads and ads, tweeting, Instagram and other things that you probably know nothing about.

 

With all this it can be challenging to figure out what to focus on and where to spend your money and time, especially if you’re not a full-time entrepreneur.

 

According to marketing expert Derek Halpern, entrepreneurs need to be thinking about the T.A.P.P. method rather than focusing on metrics.

 

In The Only Technique You Need to Quickly Grow Your Email List, this is discussed in depth.

 

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