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November 3rd, 2018

Online Marketing: Be On Top In A World That’s Constantly Changing

 by Rahimah Sultan

 

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The world of online marketing is fast paced and therefore unpredictable. To have success, you must be willing to continually test and refine your campaigns.

 

Most traditional business experts talk about following the money and not your passion. If you’re too attached to a business, then you won’t be able to see clearly what to do when it’s not going well. You won’t be able to tell if you need to scrap it and start over.

 

You need to adapt and don’t be attached, and always test. Read The World Of Online Marketing Is Fast Paced, Which Makes it Unpredictable for the details.

 
 

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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 19th, 2017

Blogging for Business

by Rahimah Sultan

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If you run a small company or are thinking about starting a business, you may find that the world of blogging is something you want to be part of. It’s a great way to get the word out to consumers about your product or service.

 

As a business owner, the key to having a successful blog is keeping your goals clear and concrete at every step of your blogging journey. If you’re just learning about the exciting possibilities of blogging technology, it’s very easy to get sidetracked.

 

If you want your blog to succeed you need to stay focused. Write up a plan that includes how often you will update, how you will promote your blog and retain readers, whether you will feature photographs or video, and other aspects, and then stick to it with the same kind of determination that you used when you first started your business.

 

Blogging is an essential way to get your message out to others. You can incorporate text, pictures, links, short videos, or other media in your posts to make your content more appealing to readers.

 

There are many platforms for blogs that include WordPress.com, WordPress.org, Blogger, and Tumblr. There are pros and cons to consider when choosing a platform. You have to make an assessment and choose the one that best suits your needs for now and in the future.

 

WordPress.com is free but you will not technically own your blog. It can be suspended at any time, and .wordpress is in your domain name. WordPress.org is free, you have control and there are search engine friendly options, although you must pay a host to support it.

 

WordPress.org requires you to have some basic understanding of how the web servers and the installation process works. Although you can set one up in under 5 minutes, WordPress.org requires some technical skill for uploading files to a web server using FTP (file transfer protocol) and such.

 

Blogging for business is a way to showcase your passion and expertise and a way to brand yourself and your products. It allows you to present your knowledge and skills to the public. A good post length can contain as few as 350 to 400 words.

 

If you’re looking for a way to take your business to the next level, consider what starting a blog might be able to do for you.

 

If you have been thinking about blogging for business, now may be the time to start. Once you get your blog up and running and get a few followers your confidence will grow. Just take the first step.

 

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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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June 29th, 2017

Article Marketing: Optimizing Your Squeeze Page

by Rahimah Sultan

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You want to publish your articles in the largest publications that you can, because they get you links when other webmasters use your article on their site, and you want to capture highly-qualified leads in order to build brand recognition and stay on your readers’ minds.

 

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May 12th, 2017

3 Technical Aspects of Setting Up An Internet Sales Funnel

by Rahimah Sultan

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Although there are all kinds of variations, the bottom lines is that a sales funnel gives you a single place to advertise. You only need a single list of prospects, a single blog, a single squeeze page or LCP. You need one place to advertise.

 

If you have twenty-five different products, you don’t need to try advertising each one. You need a funnel with one defined entry point. Once people sign up to your list, in time they will find out about everything you have to offer, and find something they like and become a buyer / client. You may have two lists – one for those who have purchased and the other for those who have not. But, to start you only need one list. Building a list is one of the most important things you need to do.

 

Owning a WordPress dot org blog is the way to get organic (free) traffic. You can place your lead capture form on it and all your products and/or your affiliate merchandise.

 

Here are three technical aspect of setting up an Internet sales funnel. You need a:

 

1) Lead Capture Page (LCP)

 

A lead capture page is a web page you send your traffic to; make your main purpose clear, which is to click on the button and enter their information. Don’t have distractions on the page that keep them from seeing the call to action. You can do an online search for LCP examples to get an idea how they should look. Your LCP will direct prospects to your sales page.

 

2) Sales Page

 

Your sales page will provide a solution to prospects problems. You can use a video (bridge video) for an introduction where they can see you. Introduce yourself, relate to them, introduce them to the solution, and then send them to the sales page. Present a sense of urgency; limited time or limited space to bring them to the call to action. You can use the video before or after the capture page. It depends on what and how you’re promoting.

 

You might be promoting a webinar that shows the benefits of your product or service. In which case, you will have used a LCP to get signups, and then present an offer at the end of the webinar.

 

Make the bridge video short, concise, and to the point. It’s used to build a rapport with the audience. Then send them to a sales video which will be longer and presents the solutions and benefits to problems they may be experiencing. The next step is sending them to the sales page, which offers more details of your offer or product. Show your prospects the advantages of having or using it. Discuss the main points in more detail. Don’t list every little detail or feature or button; just the main points that relate to your audience or prospects. If you’re selling for someone other than yourself, the sales pages are usually already done for you.

 

3) Follow Up

 

You need a way to contact prospects; an email service to send all the information you’re obtaining from the LCP. This is the backbone of your funnel. This is where you send all the information from the capture page. You can search the Internet for such services. You want to continue to build rapport with the list of people you now have. You want to continue to build on your interaction with them. Do this with an email service which provides an autoresponder. This is the backbone of your sales funnel.

 

With an autoresponder you can set up follow-up emails for whatever you wish and for as long as you want. You can set these messages to go out at certain intervals and for whatever period of time you wish. If you have something special to offer at any point, you can send a broadcast just for that.

 

You’ll be well on your way to online business success using these 3 Technical Aspects of Setting Up An Internet Sales Funnel: A lead capture page, a sales page, and an autoresponder.

 

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