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sales funnel 101

What is a Sales Funnel? Many people define it differently, and, interestingly, there are various concepts of a Sales Funnel. Traditionally, a Sales Funnel is a process that takes a person in the “Awareness” stage and moves them into the taking “Action” stage. This process is generally not a two-step approach. 

It sometimes requires “massaging” or specific types of incentives and various tactics to drive a person to want to take action, such as making a purchase or even clicking a link. You would be surprised at how much planning and research goes into this overall process, especially as it translates to the internet and social media world.

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Why is a Sales Funnel important to your business? Because if you do not have a clearly defined process to take someone from “cold to warm, and then to hot” when it comes to your products or services, you have a loosely guided approach that is vulnerable to the times and changes. This vulnerability is enormous and hinges on the ability to survive in business. 

Generally, you have a few of the steps already covered if you have clients in business. You may need to define them clearly and articulate how your process and approach align with the traditional sense.

The first step in creating a funnel is to identify who it is you are targeting. Is your audience young, old, both? Male, Female. What are their interests and behaviors? Now you want to start asking some questions to best “Qualify” your audience.

Start asking questions like, “What competitive products do they look for when they search online?”, “What are their budgets?”, “What pains do they have that you can solve?”

Once you begin to apply these principles and answer some of these questions clearly, you can learn what drives their decision-making process and, ultimately, what drives them towards your products and services. With this knowledge in hand, you can then start to build out an online sales funnel.

You may be wondering what goes into an online sales funnel. It’s pretty simple in concept, but the execution is where all the magic happens, and the skill is required.

The ingredients of a successful web funnel are the following:

1. A front-end, prospect-facing landing page

2. A compelling offer to purchase or take action on something (Call to Action)

3. An upselling or upgrading offer

4. A downgrade or deduced offer

5. Testimonials and successes

6. Retargeting and Conversion process

Sometimes landing pages can be used for lead generation and could include a freebie or an eBook, then the “upgrade” could be an actual purchase as they continue through your funnel and turn from a warm lead into a hot one.

What makes them want to buy and take action, you may be wondering? It has a lot to do with human psychology and how the information comes across to different personalities within your audience. For example, some people may only care about your testimonials, while others will care more about things like a “money-back guarantee.” 

The psychological aspect of a Sales funnel can become somewhat complicated and mystical to anyone who isn’t into marketing products or services. In some cases, a powerful headline that is captivating is all you need, while in others, the color of a “Buy Now” button can make a whole world of a difference in the mind of a potential consumer.

If you need more “hands-on” help with setting up a funnel, we offer services to help.

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