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How to generate leads online

lead generation

There’s no one right way to generate sales leads online. Some businesses swear by using Facebook ads, while others have found more success by hosting webinars. Each business has a different target market and communication style. So your lead generation strategy should uniquely reflect those aspects of your business.

Luckily, there are countless different methods for generating those sales leads online. The list below includes different methods you might consider for inclusion in your own strategy.

Create a Destination Website

While other methods can provide a more active approach to generating leads, having a website is still essential. And having the right features set up can help the right people find you, instead of you having to seek them out.

Offer Free Downloads

One of the features a good lead-generating website can have is some sort of free download. This can be an ebook, template, or other helpful resource that people can fill out a simple form to download. The digital product should relate to your paid offerings in such a way that those who download them are likely to be interested in your other services. But it should still be a quality piece that is helpful to users and can stand on its own. Once people have downloaded it, you have their information from the form. So, you can follow up with them about your other offerings.

Drive Traffic with Targeted Ads

Aside from your existing network, you’ll need to find people who might be interested in your free downloads and thus, your other products or services. Online advertising tools like Google AdWords and Facebook ads provide you with opportunities to target the specific audience that might fit that description. For instance, if you wrote an ebook about DIY SEO, you might choose to target people on Google who have searched for SEO services. Or, on Facebook, a local business that sells clothing and accessories could choose to target people within that geographic area who have listed fashion as one of their interests.

Create Content for a Specific Audience

Just as you should target your ads to a specific audience, so should you tailor your other content. Whether it’s a free download or your weekly blog, you need to create some kind of content with a clear voice and a defined audience. The more specific you get, the more the people who visit are actually going to be interested in what you have to offer.

Send Out a Newsletter

Sending out a newsletter is an essential part of any online lead building strategy. While books and blogs are nice, newsletters actually catch people in a place they’re more likely to check — their inbox. Plus, those who are interested enough to sign up to receive your helpful content are also more likely to be interested when you update them about that new product or service you just launched.

Create Multi-Purpose Content

However, while creating a newsletter might be one essential part of your strategy, it never hurts to repurpose some of that content. Some of your potential customers might just be more likely to read blogs. So, you should still update those readers. And luckily, it shouldn’t take much extra time to do so.

Host a Webinar

Like free downloads, webinars should offer real value to participants. But in order to sign up, they should have to provide some information that would allow you to follow up with them afterward. To make use of this method, decide on a topic that would be helpful to your potential customers and then promote it on social media or online advertising.

Build Genuine Relationships on Social Platforms

Social platforms are also great sources for potential leads. But you’ll really have to work to create those bonds. Building a network of relevant social connections doesn’t happen overnight. One way to find potential leads on Twitter is by participating in Twitter chats that are relevant to your industry or target customers. Once you make those initial connections, you still have to work hard at building those relationships and eventually converting them into real leads. But chats can help you make those initial connections with influencers and others relevant to your industry.

Reach Out to People in Groups

Some social networks such as LinkedIn and Facebook have groups that can help you connect with others in your industry or people with similar interests. These groups can be a great source for potential leads, if you approach members in an effective way.

Partner with Others and Cross-Promote

You’ve worked hard at building up a network of loyal customers. And others in your industry have done the same. But your customer lists are likely to be a bit different. So, by collaborating on a project with another industry influencer, preferably one whose offerings are slightly different than your own, you both can potentially gain some new leads.

Implement gradually the above cross promotion methods to your strategy. You might connect with someone to host a webinar, contribute to an ebook or host a Twitter chat. Any of those methods can help get your brand in front of some new faces.

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