OK, in the previous post we talked about the first step in the process of attracting leads to your business, namely the automation system, so you should’ve picked your autoresponder or CRM of choice and been experimenting with it.
Step Two: The Offer
Once you have chosen your automation system and set up your initial campaign, it’s time to think about creating your offer, which many people refer to as your “lead magnet”. It’s kind of like fishing, where your leads are the fish, and your lead magnet is the bait that lures them in.
Remember, this offer should appeal directly to your chosen demographic. You can’t expect to catch a catfish with a flashy lure meant for bass. While it’s possible, it’s not likely, and you’d stand a much better chance of catching a catfish with something that is known to appeal to them—such as chicken livers, or earthworms, or stink bait.
Most people create a special report as their lead magnet. It’s usually 10-20 pages, but may be up to 50 or so, depending on how much you want to say. Longer reports are more appropriate when you have a complex subject and aren’t selling information on the topic.
For example, if you’re in real estate and selling houses, you can give away a 50-page guide on how to find the perfect house, including information about stuff like zoning regulations, homeowners’ associations, utilities, road frontage, home inspections, etc.
But if you’re selling a course on SEO, a shorter report, say 20 pages, on a small segment of the topic would be much more appropriate, because you don’t want to give away all your information for free.
If you are in the Internet marketing or B2B (business-to-business) fields, you might be interested in checking out these great PLR providers:
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Just be careful when using PLR as there is a lot of rubbish out there. If you stick with the vendors above you won’t go wrong. They aren’t the cheapest but they are the best and many of them have some great offers and sales from time to time so sign up for their emails to get notified of any specials they may be doing and grab a bargain 😊
You might also consider just offering a hefty discount coupon to leads, especially if you have a product that is in demand in your niche. This is especially useful if you have a recurring business model or a sales funnel with upsells that will allow you to use the initial sale as a loss leader and make more money on the back end later.
Although we mentioned special reports earlier, if you want to stand out you can be really creative when developing your lead magnet.
Checklists, cheat sheets and resource guides are popular as they are short and quick to consume.
What about turning that report into a short video or audiobook instead? This will make your lead magnet have a much higher perceived value and in turn this will encourage more readers to part with their valuable email address.
Another good lead magnet idea is a case study if you have access to any or you have any of your own. These are powerful because it shows people that what you are teaching actually works!
This also works if you have written a long blog post or a series like this one, and yes, you can opt-in to get the full series in a handy report here! See, I practice what I preach! 😊
Once you have your lead magnet ready, you will need to upload it to your website so your subscribers can download it. If you are using WordPress as your site builder/CMS (Content Management System) you can simply login and go to ‘Add Media’ and drag and drop files from your PC to your website.
Alternatively, you can host your lead magnets elsewhere with something like Amazon S3 which is super cheap and really quick.
Once you have done this, you will now have your lead magnet live online and a link to access it.
Copy that link and add it to your autoresponder service as a follow-up after people opt-in. You don’t want to have to send all those freebies out manually! This will be the first email that they receive immediately after they have opted in.
Check your autoresponder’s help files to find out how to set up a follow-up email that contains a link to your lead magnet. The process will be slightly different for each service, but it’s not difficult. It’s about as easy as sending an email.
Once you have their genuine email address you can send them regular emails which will educate them, entertain them and offer them value. Doing this will make them trust you and when you do make them offers to buy either your products or an affiliate product they will be much more likely to take a look.
OK, you now have your email automation ready to go and a sexy new lead magnet to entice readers to sign up for it.
Now it’s time to create the squeeze page to promote it and we’ll look at that in part 3…
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