6 Ways To Convert Leads Into Sales
In my previous article, I have talked about some of the ways that you can generate leads through Influencers. In this article, I want to look at some of the ways that you can convert leads into sales. Follow me as we are going to look at that together in this article.
How to increase leads and boost your sales….
The very first thing you need to do is to find the lead close-to-ratio for a period of at least eight months. You also need to calculate the total leads to closed sales during those eight months in percentage. You need to divide the number of leads by the number of closed sales that you have. You also need to turn that number into percentage out of 100 to estimate just how many leads you need to close a sales.
#2 Act Quickly
You need to develop a system, set time and date when you have to follow up with the leads. You also need to get assistance of your sales team to follow up on a lead.
There is a need for you to also invest in CRM such as Salesforce.com to organize all your works. CRM does not allow you to lose a lead, it will track every sales and every moment in the sales process.
You need to set automated response to the queries sent through email by your prospects.
There is a need for you to segregate the responsibilities among the sales teams such as replying to online queries, emails, and phone calls among others.
You need to put effort and money on the sources that yields you better results. The CRM system can also help in finding sources that gives you more sales.
Converting leads to sales…
#1 Determine your personae
First and foremost, in order to make more sales and convert leads for your organization, you need to identify the type of people that are using your products and services. Having this understanding will assist you to package your product in such a way that it will attract the interest of your desired audience.
For developing your buyer personae, you should know ideal buyer, your customer needs, how to fix problems, your unique selling proposition among others.
You need to get your current sales and customers to interact with each other to find out buyer personae who can turn into your prospects, leads and customer.
#2 Content mapping
When it comes to content marketing and lead conversion, you need to know where a prospect is on the ladder. The reason being that the content that works for someone on the top of the funnel will not work for someone at the bottom of the funnel.
Top of the funnel
These are visitors who are unaware of your products and services. They may likely be prospect who have started researching your products or services.
Middle of the funnel
These are customers who are interested in your products and services but they do not necessarily want to buy from you.
Bottom of the funnel
These are prospects or customers who are ready to buy your products and believes that you have every solution to their problem.
The content mapping chart will help your sales and your marketing team to understand the right type of content to introduce to each type of prospects that you have in your sales funnel.
You have to develop the chart and understand the type of content that you can introduce to each prospects on the sales funnel.
#3 Segment lead nurturing campaigns
As part of your effort to nurture your leads, you need to segment your campaigns and your leads based on the characteristics that the leads have in common. Some of the characteristics that can be used in segmenting leads include: geographical location, area of interest in contents, industry and roles and brand advocates as well as customer behavior among others.
#4 Make use of workflows
You also have to make use of workflows when you are trying to nurture your leads and convert leads to customers. You need to make use of email workflow which will help you to send email to specified group of users at a particular times.
Some of the specified email workflow used by you include:
- Subject line workflow: content download
- Eye catching offers.
- Leads that are ready for Sales workflow.
- Get dead lead to engage again
- Event workflow allowing visitors to register or attending the webinars
- Lifecycle workflows , welcoming a new customers to a new business
- Upsell workflow, based on purchases made by customers in the past.
#5 Enforce Lead Scoring Methodology
Segregating is one of the best means of separating a good lead from a bad lead. This process always gives point based on information that you already have about the lead. This will allow you to determine whether a particular lead is profitable or not.
It help in increasing sales efficiency and effectiveness, increasing marketing effectiveness, tightening marketing and sales alignment for the organization.
It also help the sales team to avoid spending their time on bad leads and to concentrate on leads that are ready for sales.
I know you might agree with some of the points that I have raised in this article. You might not agree with some of the issues raised. Let me know your views about the topic discussed. We will appreciate it if you can drop your comment. Thanks in anticipation.
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