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5 Steps to Brainstorming a Great Free Offer to Generate Leads

Posted by Allison Semancik

Giving away something of value on your website to capture people's contact information is a great way to generate leads. In fact, some might say that it's the best online marketing advice.

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Tags: Online Lead Generation, Free Offer to Generate Leads, Increase Online Leads

How to Generate Leads from Your Blogging Efforts

Posted by Allison Semancik

Writing blog articles and getting involved in social media is a fantastic way to start generating more leads for your business.  But a lot of times, it doesn't work as well as people expected.  More times than not, it's because people are missing an important piece that would help them generate more leads. 

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Tags: Online Lead Generation, Business Blogging, Increase Online Leads

Considering Adding a Forum to your Website? 9 Do’s and Don’ts

Posted by Allison Semancik

Adding a forum to your website is a great way to attract traffic.

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Tags: Attract Traffic, Increase Online Leads

Get the Most Out of Your Google AdWords Budget

Posted by Allison Semancik

A recent report found that U.S. Internet advertising revenue hit a record $26 billion in 2010.  The most popular format of online advertising continues to be search advertising, which means that it's more than likely that your business was or is one of the companies paying to run Google AdWords or other search advertising. 

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Tags: PPC Tips, AdWords Budget, Increase Online Leads

5 Elements of a Great Landing Page

Posted by Allison Semancik
Over the holidays, I visited my hometown of Pittsburgh and spent one day exploring the Heinz History Center.  It's a great museum housing all kinds of exhibits on the history of Western Pennsylvania. 

One exhibit that I thoroughly enjoyed was the history of glass making in the region.  I snapped a few shots of advertisements run by Pittsburgh Plate Glass (PPG) in the 1930s to promote their brand Carrara Glass as an alternative to the white marble from the Carrara region of Italy.

As soon as I saw the ads, I recognized many of the elements of a good landing page on the 80 year old ads.

One of the reasons that landing pages today are laid out very similarly to these old print ads is because these ads worked!

Here are 5 elements of these old ads that can apply to any good landing page found online today.

1. Compelling Headline

From this ad, you can see that the headline is targeting people who are considering a remodel.
When you write a headline for your landing page, you want to ensure that it sums up exactly what the page and offer is all about.  This is how you are going to draw in your visitor to read more and take advantage of the offer you are laying out for them.

2. Graphics

In the PPG ad, they used a bright and shiny picture of a new bathroom using Carrara Glass.  Wouldn't that make someone who is thinking of remodeling their bathroom just imagine that new bathroom in their house? 

On your landing page, use images or videos of your product or service in action.  Or consider using testimonials - written or video.  Then website visitors can envision themselves having the same kind of results or experience. 

3. Benefits

The picture of the ad above is too small to read ( view larger image), but the paragraph in the ad lists the many benefits of Carrara Glass.

A landing page should have some bulleted points about the contents and benefits of your offer.  If it's an ebook, list some of the highlights of the book - highlights that solve your target market's problems or pain points.

4. Simple Form

On the ad, you can see that they only asked for the person's name and address. They could have asked for more information like what type of renovation the person was interested or how soon the renovation would happen.  But asking for more details can make people shy away from taking advantage of an offer.

The form on your landing page should have just the right amount of fields.  This is something you will need to test to make sure you don't scare people away by asking for too much information.  On the other hand, you don't want to ask too little and get leads that aren't relevant.  Start with the minimum amount of fields and add more if you feel the form is generating less than stellar leads.

5. Call to Action

On the vintage ad, the call to action starts with "Please send me, without obligation, your new book." The person who fills out that form knew exactly what they were getting. 

On your landing page, you want to make it clear what the person gets when click the button.  That means the button should not read "Submit." It should be something like "Download the ebook!" or "Email me the report now."

Timeless Techniques

Over the past century, the means for reaching your target market may have evolved, but good marketing tactics still live on!  Make sure you include these 5 elements in your next landing page design to improve your conversion rate.  

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Tags: Landing Page Design, Increase Online Leads

How Website Design Can Increase Online Leads

Posted by Allison Semancik

There are many factors that contribute to a good online lead generation campaign.  You need to get traffic to your website, have compelling content to engage that traffic and an enticing offer that gets visitors to give you their email address.  But one important factor that is often overlooked is good website design.
I'm not talking about over the top, flashy, fancy website design.  I'm referring to clean and clear design and layout that makes sense to the person who is visiting your website.  As if it were a clearly marked map with directions on where you need to go - not a maze where visitors get lost.

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Tags: Online Lead Generation, Increase Online Leads