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How to Create an Effective Sales Funnel

How to Create an Effective Sales Funnel

All businesses require some sort of sales funnel because it helps them understand what’s working, and keep statistics. As the customer goes through the sales funnel, you can see what they have clicked, opened, or what caused them to purchase a product. Online companies and bloggers have been using sales funnels ever since the model became more affordable. Clickfunnel and Unbounce are two companies that provide you an all-in-online solution to build and test your entire sales funnel. However, it still helps to know what elements matter when trying to build effective sales funnel because this will help you avoid some of the common, time-consuming mistakes.

I decided to do some research and put together a list of the most important elements of an effective sales funnel. Let’s get started.

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A Great Product

For you to find out what parts of the funnel are most effective, it’s important people “actually” go through the funnel. One way to keep customers enticed is by offering great content or a great product—if I know that each time I receive an email from you guys I’ll save money or learn something new, then I’ll interact with your messages. To decide what products or content your audience wants to read, you should know more about them. One way to do this is by studying your competition, especially, those that have been around longer. I’m sure they have done all the work and figured out who their audience so learns from them.

Once you determine your audience, you can start building sales funnel around the products, content, and services they want.

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A Landing Page

There needs to be a point in your funnel where you capture the email address of the visitor. Many companies will have two sales funnels, one for returning visitors, and the other for new customers retained through marketing (will discuss later). For new visitors, you need to find a way to contact them after they leave your pages or you’ll have a hard time finding and attracting them later on. For this reason, it’s important to split test different landing pages to see which ones attract the most email addresses. The higher email opt-in rate, the more sales you can get from these new subscribers. Both Clickfunnel and Unbounce have several landing page templates that you can put together and create a split test.

Try different things when creating landing page like – headlines, buttons, text, videos, and images.

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Marketing Channels

A business only grows when you start to attract new customers, so you have to find ways to bring new people into your sales funnel. You should know how to utilize the different marketing methods online like social media, pay-per-click, and banner advertisements. All these marketing campaigns should be tested and optimized so you can continue to drive people into your funnel increasing opt-ins and conversions. You should always start slow and keep an eye on your budget because costs can get very high quickly. Once you find a winning combination, you can increase your marketing budget because by then you’ll have conversions from your funnel too.

Analytics

To really understand what’s working, you’ll need tools to keep track of visitors, landing page statistics, sales, and click-throughs. With high numbers across the board, it’s very easy to determine that you have a winning combination. The good news is that if you’re using a complete funnel solution you’ll have a reporting system built within. The first couple of days of setting up a sales funnel, it’s important you keep a close eye so you can make tweaks when required. However, you need to have actual data collected to find out what’s been working so I would suggest to give it 30 solid days before making any changes.

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Final Thoughts

An effective sales funnel can be huge for business because it automates all the tedious stuff like sending single emails, running manual tests, and collecting data. This can be done easily now, and is affordable at the same time. You should take some time right now to figure out how you can implement a sales funnel to your business.

Featured photo credit: easyautomatedsales.com via easyautomatedsales.com

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Last Updated on November 19, 2019

Work Smarter, Not Harder: 12 Ways to Work Smart

Work Smarter, Not Harder: 12 Ways to Work Smart

I imagine that like me, you say that you never have enough time and that you just cannot cope with 60 dozen things all at once.

How on earth do you get out of that spiral?

Many people never sit down and look at how to work smarter, rather than harder and even longer hours. But not you, you’re smart enough to try to learn effective ways to work.

So how to work smarter not harder? Here are 12 smart ways you should be following:

1. Improve Your Time Management Skills

Easier said than done? Well, no actually, because there are a few simple rules that can really help you to manage time better.

For example, when setting up a top priority task, you need to switch off the phone and ignore your email first. Then you need to abandon any ideas of multitasking as that will slow you down and ruin your focus.

Finally, set a reasonable deadline and do everything in your power to meet it.

“When you’re born, you’re born with 30,000 days. That’s it. The best strategic planning I can give to you is to think about that.” — Sir Ray Avery

2. Speed up Your Typing and Use Shortcuts

These days we’re all keyboard slaves. So why not speed up your typing and try to get rid of the two finger syndrome. In fact, when you save 21 days per year just by typing fast!

This is exactly what I am doing now, so I cannot honestly say I am practicing what I preach!

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But help is at hand. Try some of these apps and games to help you type fast: 8 Most Effective Games and Apps to Learn to Type Fast

Using shortcuts on the keyboard is another time saver and can speed up your work.

For example, press F2 to rename a selected file, while CTRL + I will put selected text in italics.

There are so many of these. If you make the effort to learn them, they really can be helpful.

3. Learn How to Use Productivity Tools

It is well worth downloading all the useful tools and apps that can highly boost your productivity. Take a look at these 18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools and install whatever fits your needs.

Now that is really a great way of working smarter, not harder.

4. Use Your Phone Wisely

Instead of writing emails, sometimes it’s better to pick up the phone and talk to the person responsible. It saves time, especially for important or urgent discussions.

If that colleague works in the same office, it is even better to go and talk to him or her. It gives you a break, you get some exercise and you actually make human contact which is becoming quite rare in this electronic world.

5. Keep a Tab on Your Tabs

If you are like me, you might well find that you have a ton of tabs open at the top of your browser.

In order to find the one you want, you have to search for them as they are off screen. Having all these tabs open slows down your browser too.

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One solution is to use OneTab which can keep a neat list on the screen of all these tabs when you want to quickly get to one of them or you want to remind yourself which ones you have open.

6. Use a “To Don’t” List

We all know about to do lists and I find that they are generally great. They give me a great sense of achievement as I cross off the tasks done.

But often, I find that we are doing non-essential tasks or ones that can easily be postponed. That is why many people recommend the to don’t list.[1]

Some people prefer to savagely prune the to do list while others prefer to have two separate lists, to do and to don’t. You just have to work out what works best for you when you are trying to save precious time to become more productive.

7. Expect Failure and Fight Paranoia

When failure rears its ugly head, some people get a bit paranoid and fear that this may become a trend.

Projects will go wrong and failure should be expected rather than feared. Learning lessons from failure and analyzing what went wrong is the best way forward.

“Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.” — Richard Branson

And here you can find 10 Great Lessons Highly Successful People Have Learned From Failure.

8. Be Concise

Rambling on at meetings, in emails and even when introducing yourself to new clients can waste a lot of people’s time.

One way is to practice and sharpen your “elevator speech,”[2] which tells people in 30 seconds or less why they need your skills and how they can benefit from doing business with you.

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Just think of the many situations where this could be useful:

  • Making new contacts
  • Talking about yourself at a job interview
  • Meeting people at conferences or parties
  • Phone calls to new clients

9. Ask the Right Questions

“You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.” — Naguib Mahfouz

How do you get feedback? The secret is to ask the right questions at the right time.

When you do this, you are gathering the information you need to help in decision making. This will save you time and you will be able to cut meetings to a minimum.

Forbes magazine reports on research that they carried out on asking the right questions.[3] When that happens, the positive effects are increased by 400%. There are also other benefits in staff motivation and a positive impact on the company’s bottom line.

Lifehack’s CEO Leon has shared about how to ask for feedback to learn faster: How to Learn Quickly And Master Any Skill You Want

10. Learn as Much as You Can

You should always be on a steep learning curve. Look at your skills profile and determine where you need to fill a gap. Talk to important connections and network in your niche.

Keep up to date on trends and developments. It is a fact-changing world. When an opportunity arises, you will be the best equipped to seize it because you have never stopped learning. Just another way of working smarter.

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” — Mahatma Gandhi

11. Look After Your Greatest Resource

No, your greatest resource is not time. It is YOU.

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If you do not get enough sleep, exercise and relaxation, you find that you become less and less productive. You begin to work longer and longer hours, which is the exact opposite of what you want.

What you should be doing is making sure you are in the best shape. It is useful to remember that you need a break of 15 minutes after every one and a half hours of work.[4]

Taking breaks and getting fresh air and exercise is one of the best ways of working smarter, not harder.

12. Don’t Fall into the Trap of Working Smarter and Harder

As a society, we are obsessed with doing everything smarter so we are more efficient and we save time all around.[5]

But the most important thing to remember is to accept when we are ready to switch off that computer and not fill up the time with even more work!

The Bottom Line

The key to greater productivity is to work smarter, not harder. Working smarter saves precious time and energy for the things that really matter — your life goals, your personal growth, your health and your relationships.

Stop working for more hours and start working smarter!

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