Leads are the foundation for sales. While we all wish that everyone we come across as brands would convert right on the spot, that’s not how it works. People need to “think about it”, some need to actually see the benefits of what it is you’re offering, and others just haven’t been convinced yet.
People are in different stages of your conversion funnel, and how they are convinced to ultimately purchase can vary a lot. To convert these individuals, you first need to gather leads, and then impact them time and time over, until they finally buy from you.
Everyone is talking about the importance of collecting leads and then working to get people farther and farther down the conversion funnel, but very few people actually talk about how it is done, and what goes into doing it effectively.
Additionally, there’s a huge misconception about collecting leads that people make. Many people focus on acquiring as many leads as possible, and in doing so, they put zero thought into who those people actually are, which, means neglecting quality for quantity.
Then, when they’ve gathered thousands and thousands of leads, they celebrate and cheer, without realizing that the leads they gathered were completely irrelevant and that the reason for acquiring leads in the first place is not done for the sake of having lots of leads, but to ultimately get people to buy.
In this post, you’ll learn how to build an email list from the people who come to your website, not by increasing the people who come to your site, but by optimizing the lead-generation process to increase your conversion rate of your visitors. And most importantly, you’ll learn how you can improve the quality of the leads you get, and ensure that the ones you do get are laser-targeted to your brand and niche, and thus likely to convert into customers.
1. Create appealing subscription forms :
When working to collect leads, you almost always have some sort of subscription form. Through this form, you collect information about your prospect such as email address, name, profession, etc. You’ve probably come across subscription forms that only ask for your email address and you’ve probably experienced the type of subscription-forms that ask for your name, profession, habits, and so on, where you’re wondering when the number of fields is going to end. We’ll go more into detail about the reasons to why some brands choose to do this further on, but now, we’re going to focus on improving the format of the subscription form to give it a better visual appeal.
When you’re working to collect leads, you need to ensure that the subscription form is inviting and encourages people to sign-up. If the form just looks overwhelming and cluttery, you risk making your visitors confused, and ultimately losing them forever.
As an example, here’s Send pulse subscription form:
As you can see, it is clear, concise, and asks for the most important information without coming off as intrusive or overwhelming. An important part of this is eliminating unnecessary elements of the subscription form which can risk confusing visitors.
A challenge that many marketers face when they are going to set up their lead-generation form to acquire leads is that they have absolutely no expertise in coding or designing, and most importantly, they have no idea how they’re going to create a subscription form to maximize conversions.
The good news is that no longer, you need to have coding experience or be very good at designing in order to create a subscription form that performs well. The reason for this is that tools like Send pulse have done all of that for you. The absolute best part is that Send pulse gives you the option you to choose from their many pre-designed forms and then optimize it according to your brand and style. This means that you don’t have to spend countless hours trying to figure out the format for a successful subscription form.
Because with Sendpulse’s subscription forms, you already have access to tried and true formats right at your fingertips that have proven to drive the best results.
2. Ask for relevant information :
Here comes the answer to the cliffhanger that presented earlier about including lots of fields where you ask for information about your prospects (and why it can actually be a good thing).
You might think that the fewer fields you have that your prospects need to fill in, the better, because obviously, the more people will be willing to invest their time, but that’s actually not always the case. The fact is that while having a few fields can increase the number of registrations, it can also mean that many of the registrations you get are of higher quality.
This is very relevant considering the fact that 61% of B2B marketers struggle to generate high-quality leads.
And remember, ultimately, it’s not about how many leads you can collect, it’s about how many quality leads you can generate. Because ultimately, these are the only individuals who will do what you want them to do in the future, which is, become paying customers.
Now, obviously, there’s a fine balance between simply including too many fields that bring no value and having a high amount of fields that filter away irrelevant people, and to find the ideal length, you simply need to experiment and learn through trial and error, but the best part is that the SendPulse subscription forms allow you to add as many or as few fields as you’d like. Even better, it also allows you to add or remove whichever fields you’d like, whenever you’d like. This allows you to have full control over your lead-generation subscription forms, and at the same time be able to change and optimize them with ease within a matter of seconds.
Since you are after quality leads, not quantity, don’t be afraid of asking for a lot of information about the people signing up. The more relevant questions you ask, the more certain you can be that the leads you generate are very hot.
3. Include images :
Humans are visual creatures, and so I cannot emphasize just how important including visual content in your subscription form is. When it comes to creating appealing subscription forms, visuals play a huge part, and they also play a huge part in people’s first impression of it, and if they decide to complete it or not. Just creating a subscription-form with text can be very overwhelming for your visitors, and this means that you risk losing people in the process. If you do, however, include images in your subscription form, you can grasp your audience’s attention, and convince them to sign up.
Again, if you are designing your lead-gen forms manually, including images, changing formats, and optimizing them can be a full-time job due to its complexity, but using the Send pulse subscription forms allows you to effortlessly upload and store images in any format on their server. The best part? It can be done free of charge!
4.Create responsive subscription forms :
Believe it or not, but people are still using unresponsive lead-gen forms. Some just don’t know how to optimize them for all devices, others just don’t believe or know that it is necessary.
But with the increased usage of mobile devices, making your forms responsive is crucial for increasing the number of leads you generate, because if your form isn’t responsive, you can be sure that almost 100% of the people who experience an unresponsive form will leave without signing up due to a terrible experience (or because they’re just not able to sign up).
Manually creating forms that are responsive can be difficult, to say the least, but when using Sendpulse’s subscription forms, you don’t have to pay a single thought on that, because all forms are responsive.
5. Use subscription formats that are relevant to your needs :
The format of your subscription forms and where they are presented have a huge impact on its performance.
Sendpulse offers four different types of forms that you can use for your sign-ups, all of which support different needs.
Based on how your visitors use and navigate your website, different forms can work differently well. The best part is that using this subscription forms service, you don’t have to guess or ponder what might work the best. Simply put each and every one of these subscription formats into practice, and see for yourself which format works best for you.
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