The most critical step in marketing any product or service is to produce content that is directly or indirectly associated with it. For the most part, this involves creating content for potential customers to read for free on blogs and within social platforms. The creation and publishing of this content must be continuous, spanning a time of weeks or months. Most established marketers will hire freelance writers to produce this content for this very reason. When lead generation is conducted with highly relevant and engaging content, the results can be long-lasting and highly profitable.
Building a Following
Thinking of every piece of content you create, or have others create, and publish as bait to attract potential buyers to your community. Your niche is your broad community and your blogs, newsletters, social media posts and podcasts are what attract potential buyers to be your nearest community members. It’s up to each marketer what sales techniques they will ultimately use to connect with their community members more directly and to convert them into paying customers.
Capturing Contact Information
The email addresses of potential paying customers are almost as good as gold in internet marketing, and the process of collecting them is called list building. One way of capturing this information is to add a call to action at the end of every blog post or social media post. Urge the readers, viewers or listeners of your content to take some kind of action. Urging them to sign up for your email newsletters or an email subscription to your blog are examples of this technique. Sidebar forms on blogs or well-designed landing pages with sign-up forms are simple and effective ways of collecting email addresses.
It pays to be careful what kinds of devices you use to capture leads, which are mainly email addresses and other contacting information. Pop-ups can become very annoying to some potential buyers and might actually discourage them from becoming paying customers. Remember that you want to be seen as a professional by your community members; someone they can trust. When you make this kind of connection with your potential customers, it’s much easier to use simple sign-up forms as a means to potentially convert them into paying customers.