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5 Incredible Lead Generation Ideas

Ideas for capturing new leads and converting prospects into customers

As an expert in your field, you’ve got a ton of really important information in your
head. But you’ve got to get it out of your head and into some useful format for
lead generation. Information is the heart and soul of marketing, so you’ve got
to have some idea about the products you want to develop as part of your
overall strategy. Let’s talk about the top five.

1. White Papers
“White paper” is the corporate, fancy-pants term for an online article. A white paper
usually ranges from two to three pages and stands alone as an item customers or
prospects can download. White papers work great as a lead generation tool when
you ask prospects to provide their email address in exchange for your
valuable””yet free””information.

2. Free Reports
A free report is like a white paper, just a bit bigger. From a lead generation
standpoint, it holds more value than a white paper and is usually several pages
long. Free reports are great products to use as an add-on to online purchases.
“Buy Product X and receive three Free Reports!” You can also use them like
white papers and offer them as free downloads in exchange for contact
information.

3. E-Books
E-books are the killer product that can create a lead generation bonanza! Like a real book, an e-book is going to be long…at least 50 pages. The fact that it’s a real book makes the perceived value huge. If the copy inviting prospects to download your e-book is well-written and compelling, you can generate several thousand new
leads from this one lead generation tool alone.

4. Audio Reports
An audio report helps prospects get a feel for what you and your company are all about. It’s a way for prospects to talk to you about doing business without really
taking to you. Using audio reports as part of your campaign can boost brand
loyalty and help you prospects commit to a sale. If you are well known in your
industry – or if you can hire someone who is – you have the power to generate a
LOT of leads using audio reports.

5. Webinars
No joke. Webinars can drive an endless stream of customers to your business. Like audio reports, they give customers a feed for your company. But webinars go way beyond teaser information. The power-punch of the webinar is that it lets you cover the entire sales pitch AND close the deal. Another bonus is that webinars can be recorded. That lets you leverage your time by making the pitch once and then playing the presentation again and again for new groups of prospects. Talk
about a time saver!

How Does It Work?
Here’s the way it works, in a nutshell.

  • Develop information products.
  • Make the available on your site in exchange for contact information.
  • Send out an announcement to your email list that also creates a sense of urgency.
  • Put tools in place to track downloads and capture new leads.
  • Follow-up with leads to convert them into customers.

Bingo!
You’ve got your very own lead-generation machine!

To check out some real lead generation products, download a free
report about Email Marketing 2.0.

The Global Phenomenon of Twitter

Twitter StrategiesThe global phenomenon of Twitter has spread into every imaginable market, with more tools and uses becoming available all the time. Despite this, new users often pose the same question:

What in the heck am I supposed to tweet about?
Veteran Twitter users would find it difficult at best to answer this question with any amount of brevity (despite the 140 character restriction) – but, for business users, there is at least one universally applicable subject matter that you can start with, namely, your frequently asked questions, or FAQs.

Why Tweet Your FAQs?
Suppose you have a product that generates lots of user questions – whether it is assembly questions, installation, technical support, maintenance, accessory orders or the like, there are bound to be some questions that you receive on a regular basis. You’re already answering them on your website, (you ARE doing this, right?), so why not consider a quick tweet with the link to help direct Twitter users who may be in need of this information?

Some Other Examples:

* Link to the directory of local sales/maintenance representatives
* Link to short training videos you are hosting on your site, or at YouTube
* Link to your newsletter subscription page
* Link to welcome videos
* Link to free technical manual downloads, ebooks, coupons or other offers
* Link to event calendar with upcoming events and appearances

We all know that there “is no such thing as a stupid question,” but we’ve all felt reluctant to ask one at some point or another. Help make relevant information readily available, even to the shyest of customers by offering this information as tweets.

In addition, you can build customer loyalty and goodwill by encouraging them to send you their questions, and you can answer them in a public twitter “shout out.” Everyone loves to be made to feel special – consider offering a special discount or freebie to the best question each month in order to increase submissions.search.twitter.com
Many Twitter users that may not have previously been aware of your company will be able to find you by way ofthe”search” tool on the Twitter website – think of your tweets as a 24/7 sales tool that serves double-duty as product information.

Twitter is a viable, free tool that can provide your company with immeasurable value. With just a small investment of your time, you can provide customer goodwill, product information and advertise – all with just 140 characters.

So go ahead and click the retweet button at the top of the page. Twitter.com/LisaSaline

3 Secrets to an Effective Inbound Marketing Campaign

3 Secrets to an Effective Inbound Marketing Campaign
Utilizing effective inbound marketing properly is an excellent way for you to build your business, as well as to get traffic by the masses into your website. There are a number of different ways in which this can take place, but as with anything, there are always going to be some secrets which will help you to get more traffic. Here are 3 different ways that you can use inbound marketing in order to ramp up the visitors to your own website, and to increase your bottom line.
Content Syndication – The new buzzword is tribal syndication, but you may be a little bit confused as to how this actually works. With this type of syndication, you are actually part of a network of marketers that are working in a related niche. Because there are many power marketers that are involved with tribal syndication, the amount of traffic that gets pushed around can be overwhelming. At times, this type of syndication can work within the same network, such as twitter to twitter or Facebook to Facebook. At other times, however, you can cross the line and push people from network to network.
Search Engine Marketing – SEO has received a lot of attention over the years, and this is not without good reason. As a matter of fact, many online businesses owe their existence to search engine marketing, regardless of whether it is free traffic that they are getting from the search engines or paid. The big secret to this is to target your keywords properly, and from there you can really expand in almost any direction that you want to go. Because people are very focused with what they are doing online, target what they are searching for and you can grab a piece of that traffic and send pre-warmed leads to your website through the search engines.
Social Media Marketing – Welcome to Web 2.0. Even though social media websites have been around for quite some time, their popularity has just recently hit critical mass. When you take part in social media marketing, such as what can be found on Facebook or twitter, you can really achieve quite a following in a short period of time. Many of these social media networks utilize their own internal search engine frequently, and you can be part of this by optimizing your social media marketing in order to attract those that are interested in what you have to say.

Utilizing effective inbound marketing properly is an excellent way for you to build your business, as well as to get traffic by the masses into your website. There are a number of different ways in which this can take place, but as with anything, there are always going to be some secrets which will help you to get more traffic. Here are 3 different ways that you can use inbound marketing in order to ramp up the visitors to your own website, and to increase your bottom line.

Content Syndication – The new buzzword is tribal syndication, but you may be a little bit confused as tohow this actually works. With this type of syndication, you are actually part of a network of marketers that are working in a related niche. Because there are many power marketers that are involved with tribal syndication, the amount of traffic that gets pushed around can be overwhelming. At times, this type of syndication can work within the same network, such as twitter to twitter or Facebook to Facebook. At other times, however, you can cross the line and push people from network to network.

Search Engine Marketing – SEO has received a lot of attention over the years, and this is not without good reason. As a matter of fact, many online businesses owe their existence to search engine marketing, regardless of whether it is free traffic that they are getting from the search engines or paid. The big secret to this is to target your keywords properly, and from there you can really expand in almost any direction that you want to go. Because people are very focused with what they are doing online, target what they are searching for and you can grab a piece of that traffic and send pre-warmed leads to your website through the search engines.

Social Media Marketing – Welcome to Web 2.0. Even though social media websites have been around for quite some time, their popularity has just recently hit critical mass. When you take part in social media marketing, such as what can be found on Facebook or Twitter, you can really achieve quite a following in a short period of time. Many of these social media networks utilize their own internal search engine frequently, and you can be part of this by optimizing your social media marketing in order to attract those that are interested in what you have to say.

3 Tips to Integrating Social Media into Your Marketing Practices

The Internet has really proven to be a great resource for local business owners, and many of them are just now discovering exactly how many customers it can send in their direction. One of the reasons why this is the case, is because people are now searching online for local businesses by name, or by what they have to offer. Along with that, many of them use social media networks regularly on their cell phones, and you can also use this to drive insane amounts of new and repeat business to your location.
One of the best ways for you to be able to do this is to simply ask your existing customers to follow you on one of the social networks, such as twitter or Facebook. Whenever they do this, it gives you the opportunity to market to them and to send them a message or update about your business. This can be a very powerful tool, and if used properly you can really fill your location with customers very quickly.
Something that you may want to consider, is running specials from time to time and contacting your customers through these social media networks. For example, if you run a small restaurant, you may want to have a special evening that is themed in some way or another in order to attract customers. By sending out a message on the social media networks about this special event, you will not only get visitors that will be attending it, you will also remind people to come by and visit you at any time.
Make sure that you are active on these social media networks, even when you’re not sending out information that is specific to your business. This gives people the opportunity to form a bond with you, and a certain level of trust is also going to be achieved. When this takes place, people will feel as if you are talking to them directly, even if you have hundreds or perhaps thousands of followers.
Finally, try to get people interested and adding into the conversation whenever you are posting messages on Facebook. This helps to build your local network, as their friends who are also part of their network will see what they have to say. This is an excellent promotional tool, and it is one that should not be overlooked by any local business that would like to achieve higher numbers and to get more customers to come in their door regularly.

Social Media MarketingThe Internet has really proven to be a great resource for local business owners, and many of them are just now discovering exactly how many customers it can send in their direction. One of the reasons why this is the case, is because people are now searching online for local businesses by name, or by what they have to offer. Along with that, many of them use social media networks regularly on their cell phones, and you can also use this to drive insane amounts of new and repeat business to your location.

One of the best ways for you to be able to do this is to simply ask your existing customers to follow you on one of the social networks, such as twitter or Facebook. Whenever they do this, it gives you the opportunity to market to them and to send them a message or update about your business. This can be a very powerful tool, and if used properly you can really fill your location with customers very quickly.

Something that you may want to consider, is running specials from time to time and contacting your customers through these social media networks. For example, if you run a small restaurant, you may want to have a special evening that is themed in some way or another in order to attract customers. By sending out a message on the social media networks about this special event, you will not only get visitors that will be attending it, you will also remind people to come by and visit you at any time.

Make sure that you are active on these social media networks, even when you’re not sending out information that is specific to your business. This gives people the opportunity to form a bond with you, and a certain level of trust is also going to be achieved. When this takes place, people will feel as if you are talking to them directly, even if you have hundreds or perhaps thousands of followers.

Finally, try to get people interested and adding into the conversation whenever you are posting messages on Facebook. This helps to build your local network, as their friends who are also part of their network will see what they have to say. This is an excellent promotional tool, and it is one that should not be overlooked by any local business that would like to achieve higher numbers and to get more customers to come in their door regularly.

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Please leave your comments regarding how you use social media in your business and feel free to invite others to do the same.

A Better Faster Way to Grow Your Business

If you are like most entrepreneurs, you are looking for a better, faster way to grow your business. And sometimes that can seem like an endless search.

Well, I have something new I want to introduce to you. It is from Infusionsoft (the leaders in marketing automation software). They call it the Double Your Sales Success Path and it is their proven path to growing a business quickly and profitably. The entrepreneurs who have adopted the path have easily:

  • Reconnected with all of their prospects and past customers
  • Generated tons of new sales
  • Created long-term, profitable relationships with their contacts
  • Automated many of the processes in their business
  • Grown faster than with any other strategy/solution

You are looking for a better way. And I have to say, Infusionsoft has it. So take a minute and sign up for the FREE 15-day trial. During your trial, you will be introduced to the amazing Success Path and have access to the software that puts the path in place.

This is a great opportunity you do not want to miss.

To doubling your sales!

Foursquare is growing faster than Twitter growth in 2010

Will Foursquare will have 1 million members signed up in the next couple of week? You bet. This tweet was just published and they are excited to have 1M Checkins in a single day.

Foursquare Tweet

Why does this matter to you? If you are a business owner you need to be on Foursquare.  People will help you advertise.  The best way to describe the service is to actually quote directly from the Foursquare site:

“People use foursquare to “check-in”, which is a way of telling us your whereabouts. When you check-in someplace, we’ll tell your friends where they can find you and recommend places to go & things to do nearby. People check-in at all kind of places – cafes, bars, restaurants, parks, homes, offices.

You’ll find that as your friends use foursquare to check-in, you’ll start learning more about the places they frequent. Not only is it a great way to meet up with nearby friends, but you’ll also start to learn about their favorite spots and the new places they discover.”

Google Offers Business Photo Shoots for Local Business Owners

Google photographers are available to shoot photos of your business and will appear in a business’ Place Page to help users who are searching for more information about your business. This is an excellent opportunity for you to expose your business and do so with the help of Google.

Interior photographs are a great way to show potential customers how your store or office looks. You have the ability to display your business photos on Google Local and get discovered by your neighbors as well as Google. Go ahead and stand out from the competition. Who wouldn’t.

FAQ

I’d be happy to assist any local business owner in the Twin City Metro area (Minneapolis/St Paul) build their online presence and start with the Google Place Page today. Email me at Lisa (at) Lisa Saline.com or call 952-884-3293

3 Secrets to an Effective Inbound Marketing Campaign

Utilizing effective inbound marketing properly is an excellent way for you to build your business, as well as to get traffic by the masses into your website. There are a number of different ways in which this can take place, but as with anything, there are always going to be some secrets which will help you to get more traffic. Here are 3 different ways that you can use inbound marketing in order to ramp up the visitors to your own website, and to increase your bottom line.
Content Syndication – The new buzzword is tribal syndication, but you may be a little bit confused as to how this actually works. With this type of syndication, you are actually part of a network of marketers that are working in a related niche. Because there are many power marketers that are involved with tribal syndication, the amount of traffic that gets pushed around can be overwhelming. At times, this type of syndication can work within the same network, such as twitter to twitter or Facebook to Facebook. At other times, however, you can cross the line and push people from network to network.
Search Engine Marketing – SEO has received a lot of attention over the years, and this is not without good reason. As a matter of fact, many online businesses owe their existence to search engine marketing, regardless of whether it is free traffic that they are getting from the search engines or paid. The big secret to this is to target your keywords properly, and from there you can really expand in almost any direction that you want to go. Because people are very focused with what they are doing online, target what they are searching for and you can grab a piece of that traffic and send pre-warmed leads to your website through the search engines.
Social Media Marketing – Welcome to Web 2.0. Even though social media websites have been around for quite some time, their popularity has just recently hit critical mass. When you take part in social media marketing, such as what can be found on Facebook or twitter, you can really achieve quite a following in a short period of time. Many of these social media networks utilize their own internal search engine frequently, and you can be part of this by optimizing your social media marketing in order to attract those that are interested in what you have to say.

Utilizing effective inbound marketing properly is an excellent way for you to build your business, as well as to get traffic by the masses into your website. There are a number of different ways in which this can take place, but as with anything, there are always going to be some secrets which will help you to get more traffic. Here are 3 different ways that you can use inbound marketing in order to ramp up the visitors to your own website, and to increase your bottom line.

Content SyndicationContent Syndication – The new buzzword is tribal syndication, but you may be a little bit confused as to how this actually works. With this type of syndication, you are actually part of a network of marketers that are working in a related niche. Because there are many power marketers that are involved with tribal syndication, the amount of traffic that gets pushed around can be overwhelming. At times, this type of syndication can work within the same network, such as twitter to twitter or Facebook to Facebook. At other times, however, you can cross the line and push people from network to network.

Search Engine Optimization– SEO has received a lot of attention over the years, and this is not without goodSEO - Search Engine Optimizationreason. As a matter of fact, many online businesses owe their existence to search engine marketing, regardless of whether it is free traffic that they are getting from the search engines or paid. The big secret to this is to target your keywords properly, and from there you can really expand in almost any direction that you want to go. Because people are very focused with what they are doing online, target what they are searching for and you can grab a piece of that traffic and send pre-warmed leads to your website through the search engines.

Social Media Marketing

Social Media Marketing – Welcome to Web 2.0. Even though social media websites have been around for quite some time, their popularity has just recently hit critical mass. When you take part in social media marketing, such as what can be found on Facebook or twitter, you can really achieve quite a following in a short period of time. Many of these social media networks utilize their own internal search engine frequently, and you can be part of this by optimizing your social media marketing in order to attract those that are interested in what you have to say.

I’d love to hear about your favorite form of marketing campaign so please tell me your story below then syndicate it.

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How to Integrate Outbound Marketing with an Inbound Marketing Campaign

Outbound and Inbound Marketing

Using outbound marketing in order to get leads and customers has been around for quite some time, but you might be surprised with exactly how easy it is to incorporate some of your outbound marketing into inbound marketing. As a matter of fact, when you do this properly you can have the best of both worlds because you’re going to be getting leads from your outbound efforts, and leads from your inbound efforts as well. Here are a few ways that it can be done.
If you regularly run television or radio ads, you can convert these over a format to be used on the Internet. This is especially beneficial whenever you are using television ads, as online video is such a hot item now. By posting these with related keywords and a well written blurb on websites such as YouTube, you would be surprised with how much traffic you are able to receive. The reason why this is the case, is because YouTube is the second largest search engine, behind its parent company Google.
If you take part in trade shows or off-line seminars, you might want to start inviting your attendees to view an online webinar. Webinars are an excellent way for you to continue contact with an individual, and you may even enjoy switching them over to electronic contact, as it can be more convenient. Not only that, recorded webinars are an excellent way for you to grab additional visitors from the search engines, or from viral traffic campaigns.
If you’re using print ads, make sure that you always include your URL in the ad. Many people that read these ads are connected at all times, either through their computer or through their cell phone. It is perfectly natural for them to type in a URL whenever they see it, and curiosity will often be motivation enough for them to do so.
Whenever you do flip somebody over to your website through a print ad, always make sure that you offer them something free in exchange for their email address or other personal information. In this way, you stop the tire kickers from simply viewing your website and then clicking away. Rather, you now have a new potential customer that you can market to regularly.
There are many other ways that you can use your outbound marketing efforts and change them over to inbound marketing success. By integrating both of these into your business, you will be able to take it to a much higher level.

Using outbound marketing in order to get leads and customers has been around for quite some time, but you might be surprised with exactly how easy it is to incorporate some of your outbound marketing into inbound marketing. As a matter of fact, when you do this properly you can have the best of both worlds because you’re going to be getting leads from your outbound efforts, and leads from your inbound efforts as well. Here are a few ways that it can be done.

If you regularly run television or radio ads, you can convert these over a format to be used on the Internet. This is especially beneficial whenever you are using television ads, as online video is such a hot item now. By posting these with related keywords and a well written blurb on websites such as YouTube, you would be surprised with how much traffic you are able to receive. The reason why this is the case, is because YouTube is the second largest search engine, behind its parent company Google.

If you take part in trade shows or off-line seminars, you might want to start inviting your attendees to view an online webinar. Webinars are an excellent way for you to continue contact with an individual, and you may even enjoy switching them over to electronic contact, as it can be more convenient. Not only that, recorded webinars are an excellent way for you to grab additional visitors from the search engines, or from viral traffic campaigns.

If you’re using print ads, make sure that you always include your URL in the ad. Many people that read these ads are connected at all times, either through their computer or through their cell phone. It is perfectly natural for them to type in a URL whenever they see it, and curiosity will often be motivation enough for them to do so.

Whenever you do flip somebody over to your website through a print ad, always make sure that you offer them something free in exchange for their email address or other personal information. In this way, you stop the tire kickers from simply viewing your website and then clicking away. Rather, you now have a new potential customer that you can market to regularly.

There are many other ways that you can use your outbound marketing efforts and change them over to inbound marketing success. By integrating both of these into your business, you will be able to take it to a much higher level.

Do You Use Experiential Marketing in your Marketing Campaigns?

Experiential Marketing allows customers the opportunity to interact and engage with brands, products, and services by touching, feeling, smelling, and seeing that creates an emotional attachment and allows for intelligent and informed purchasing decisions to happen.

This week I saw two examples of how this actually works not only in creating brand awareness but as an inbound marketing idea as well. The first experience was when I volunteered at the Pacer Benefit.  They had a huge audience and offered a free photo shoot with a mime couple. It was such a unique and fun experience but you had to go to the website on a specific day to see your picture. Do you think they had people waiting at the door ready to find their photos? I sure did.

Experiential Marketing at its finestAnother Experiential Marketing campaign that I am honored to be part of Moms Time Out Twin Cities program that includes the use of a brand new Chevy Traverse for four weeks. Four moms in the Minneapolis area were selected to drive this new vehicle for four weeks and blog about their experience. This is truly customer experience that will help the Chevy brand drive sales and increase brand image and awareness.

Letting active moms drive the Chevy Traverse is the difference between telling them about features of the vehicle and letting them experience the benefits for themselves. When done right, it’s the most powerful tool out there to win brand loyalty. After four weeks of driving the Chevy Traverse I am sure it will be difficult to hand over the keys.Chevy Traverse - Moms Time Out Twin Cities

Keep an eye out for the Mom Squad by joining us at:
Facebook: Like Us
Twitter: Hashtag #mtotwincities
Official Site: Moms Time Out Twin Cities

Those of you who live in the MN metro area… be sure to tune in to the Kare11 Showcase Minnesota on Thursday, May 20th. The Mom Squad will be given our cars live on television. Here is a clip from YouTube on the Chevy Traverse. Chevy Traverse

What are you doing to promote Experiential Marketing in your business? Leave a comment below and share your stories