3 Inbound Marketing Methods to Convince Leads to Commit
Does your lead need a little nudge to close the deal? Deciding to commit business resources is a considerable step for many business owners, but some owners have an easier time than others. If you’re having difficulty closing leads developed through inbound marketing methods, the following describes a few easy steps that can be taken to encourage them in the right direction.
First, you must consistently provide content that demonstrates your care. You may ask, “How do I demonstrate I care?” Reflect upon your client profile, determine the messages explicitly addressing their concerns and critical areas of interest, and summarize them with an overall theme or vision. The trick is to show you are genuinely interested in building a rock-solid relationship while not being excessively pushy. There is a range of inbound marketing methods that will help you deliver timely, thought-provoking, and relevant information that strikes a balance between showing interest without being annoying.
The following “close” methods are flexible enough to be part of a communication plan or campaign framework. The idea is to send messages that allow leads time to synthesize the information while learning more about you and your firm’s professional services offering.
- Email Messages: Once a site visitor takes steps to respond to your call to action, fill out contact information on a landing page, and download your whitepaper or eBook, the next step is to prove you are a reliable resource and prepared to demonstrate your expertise and results orientation. An email that provides a personable, helpful response and offers additional pertinent information will build trust and further acquaint your lead with your firm’s business practices.
- Marketing Automation Workflows: Marketing automation blends email marketing with a structured lead nurturing stages. Marketing automation is designed to progress leads from the top of the inbound marketing funnel to becoming “sales-ready” leads at the bottom of the funnel. During this progression, leads are rated based on the level of interaction and included in a campaign designed to address their specific information needs. When a lead downloads a whitepaper, eBook, or checklist, a string of other relevant blog posts, eBooks, whitepapers, or case studies may also be helpful to the lead. A series of related emails that links these relevant resources can be sent to the lead to educate further and nurture the lead. Marketing automation workflows best serve professional services firms or longer business-to-business (B2B) business development/sales cycles.
- Lead Scoring and Closed Loop Reporting: Now that you’ve got a lot of leads in your system, how do you know which ones are ready to speak to your sales team? Through marketing automation and monitoring how often and to what extent leads interact with your firm’s content, you can collect information about your clients and refine content to address the needs of each client/market segment more specifically. Using a numerical representation for the level of interaction will help determine a lead's sales readiness and, ultimately, take the guesswork out of the process.
Incorporating these inbound marketing methods will help you continue the conversation and provide the pertinent information needed to develop further lead relationships as well,l as determine when the time is right to close.
The “Close” is the third phase of the inbound marketing workflow. To get a bird’s eye view of the marketing workflow, please refer to the Inbound Marketing Workflow for Professional Services Firms. If you missed the second phase, “Conversion,” please refer to Lock in Attraction by Converting Website Visitors.