Companies that excel at lead nurturing generate 50% more sales ready leads at 33% lower cost (Forrester Research).
Contrast that with a contact. A contact is just a contact. Maybe you get an email or a phone call asking a question. If you answer it and leave it at that, it's not a lead. It's a wasted opportunity.
How do you transition from a contact strategy to a website lead generation strategy?
Resist the urge to try to control the flow of information you provide. Website visitors will decide whether or not they’ve found what they want in only a few fractions of a second. This is part of the reason “splash pages” are such a stupid idea. (See #5 from this random page on the subject.)
Your website visitors have an annoying habit of ignoring what you want them to to do, and finding their own way. So forget about your sales pitch and the set up for the big kill and just focus on proving you are the leading expert in your industry. Don’t even bother trying to sell. Attract website leads through “thought leadership,” a term Internet marketing nerds made up because it sounds better than “smarts.”
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Nuturing Website Leads
Having established that the best way to attract leads is by being generous with your subject matter genius, and further realizing that a lead is a contact with method and purpose, the trick is to keep them moving through your sales funnel.
There is a tool for that called CRM, for client relationship management, or is it customer retention management, or client retention management? Well, it doesn't really matter. The critical point is that you forget about trying to manage leads from your email inbox.
CRM makes it possible to manage every stage of every contact (lead, opportunity, project) and maintain important details like purchase history, note about prior conversations, research, even birthdays and pet names if it help you close the deal.
CRM is part of the deal
When you contract with OCG Creative to manage your Internet Marketing, CRM is a central component. All of your (our) website lead generation efforts feed the CRM. You'll still get email notifications with all the important details, but now those leads will be resting comfortably in your CRM. You'll be able to find them simply by looking, without searching through those 9900 emails you've been marking as "unread," so you won't lose track.