As an end product, every successful B2B sales funnel sees a prospective lead converted into a customer. Ultimately, increasing sales and business growth are the two main goals every business strives for.
Business leads can come from various marketing channels like email, website, ads, etc. However, what’s even more important is converting these leads into customers.
Converting a lead into a customer isn’t an easy task. It begins the very moment someone shows interest in your products and services by either filling or downloading a form or subscribing to your newsletter. Conversion ends with the lead purchasing your products/services, thereby becoming your customer.
A sales funnel is a strategically planned process that guides a lead through your brand step by step, allowing them to make a decision that ends in a purchase of your product or service.
And to create a sales funnel that converts like crazy, you’ll need the following actions.
Sales Funnel: An Overview
A sales funnel typically has 4 stages where each stage brings the lead a step closer to becoming the customer. Every sales funnel works on the AIDA principle, which stands for Awareness, Interest, Decision, and Action.
This is the first stage of the sales funnel, where the lead interacts with the brand for the first time and gets to learn about the brand’s products/services.
This is the part where the lead starts finding the solution to his/her problems through your services. The lead now has a feeling that your products/services are worth his time and money. Interest propels the lead to start digging further into your brand and offerings.
Once the lead is well aware of your business and has shown interest in it, it’s time to drive him towards making a decision. Creating a FOMO campaign (the acronym stands for the “fear of missing out”) can keep the lead hooked and encourage him to make quick decisions.
Action is the final stage of the sales funnel where the lead who began engaging finally becomes a customer.
Turning Leads Into Customers
A Detailed FAQ Page
Start by featuring a well-organized and updated FAQ page on your website that answers most of the user’s queries around your business.
Whenever prospective leads visit your business website, make sure they are not disappointed and that all the information is at their disposal. Your business website is one of the first ways a prospective lead interacts with your business; therefore, it shouldn’t be short on information.
Everyone enjoys free stuff, so offering incentives, gifts, and discounts can be a great way to attract new customers, as they create an effective ‘FOMO’ effect that an average consumer finds hard to pass on.
Whenever a new lead interacts with your business, either through social media, via email, or a website, and leaves his/her email address, it is advisable to follow up with a thank-you email.
Extending courtesy shows that you value their efforts and would love to develop the relationship even further. You can attach a CTA (call-to-action) alongside the thank-you note.
Make Sure Your Email Marketing Stands Out
For B2B, email marketing is one of the channels with the highest ROI. Using email marketing as a content distribution method is very wise. To convert leads into customers, you’ll need to level up your email marketing game.
At the end of the day, every business wants to turn more leads into customers.
But it takes a well-planned strategy to do so. Simply offering your services without understanding your prospect’s pain points won’t do any good. Address the “why, what, and how” of your business first. You have learned some ways to do so in the text above.
Feel free to drop a comment and share your own go-to strategy to convert more leads!