How To Increase Conversions Of Your Inbound SEO Leads

Earlier this year, I conducted a survey of around 120 digital marketing consultants to understand the kind of leads they were seeking for their business. Not surprisingly, nearly 70% of the respondents had more than 25% of their leads coming from online search. Beyond these organic leads, Adwords, word of mouth referrals and content marketing were all extremely popular marketing channels to secure inbound leads for business.

Inbound lead generation is often regarded a better alternative to cold calling and cold-emailing. This is because the leads that you receive are from targeted prospects who are looking to hire a marketing agency. On the other hand, cold calling requires experience with sales and is often a numbers’ game.

However, such inbound leads are not as easy to convert as they appear to be. For one, prospects looking to hire a consultant seldom send out feelers to just one company. They often fill out enquiry forms on multiple websites that they come across on Google. This way, it is not only easy to evaluate the various bidders, but thanks to competitive bidding, they can often extract a sweet deal. As a marketing agency, you have to hence compete with other providers for the client, although it is technically an inbound query.

So how do you convert these leads better? Here are a few tips to remember.

Always capture phone numbers

Your customers are spoiled for choice today thanks to the internet. But even today, a number of marketing agencies do not bother displaying a lead generation form on their website and simply wait for the prospect to call them for appointment. Prospects do not call up agencies as much as they used to. The onus is on the agency to call the prospect and fix an appointment. So the first thing to do is display an enquiry form and gathering the prospect’s phone number.

Call back immediately

Think of this from the perspective of the prospect. They have just realized that their website needs work and they are spending a lot of time evaluating various providers to identify good agencies to work with. If you call them back the instant you received an enquiry, you are likely to catch them at the very moment they are seeking an agency. Waiting for it to be business hours or getting back “within 24-48 hours” is not really something that a prospect wants.

Set up appointments to discuss audit reports

One reason why agencies take the cliched ‘2-4 working days’ to respond to enquiries is in order to thoroughly study the prospect’s website and provide them with useful inputs while talking to them. While this is noble by intent, it does not help converting clients. Instead, the strategy that works is to call the prospect immediately after receiving an enquiry and asking for an appointment date. This way, you can demonstrate to the lead that you can be trusted and is “always available”. Also, setting up an appointment ensures that the prospect does not go ahead and finalize another agency before they talk to you.

Discuss face-to-face whenever possible

The points mentioned above are not “strategies’ in the sense that they are the bare-minimum that an agency must do in order to be seen at least as qualifiable as the rest of the agencies that the prospect is talking to. For higher conversions, you must however walk the extra mile and see if you can set up a face-to-face meeting. Nothing establishes credibility and trust like a physical meeting does. In doing so, you shall be able to establish a personal rapport with the prospect; something that other agencies may not have. This typically helps with raising your conversion rates. However, do realize that this is only helpful if the expenses in meeting prospects justifies the project costs.

Do you rely on inbound leads for your SEO business? What tips do you have for fellow marketers looking to increase their lead conversion rates?

Video is Everywhere Today

As a small business today, you simply can’t have enough funds to promote your brand, and this is why you need to find inexpensive, yet efficient methods to get more exposure! One way to achieve that is video marketing, and before you navigate away from this page because you think that video marketing is super expensive and only for the chosen few, bear with me for a minute.

Today the costs of video marketing are much lower than you would think, making video marketing an amazing investment into the future of any company. It used to be that you needed fancy cameras and super complicated software that only a rocket scientist could navigate, or sell your soul to the devil so you could afford to hire a video agency. But not anymore, today all of us are walking around with an HD camera in our pockets, and video software is getting more and more powerful and easier and easier to use.

And besides being easier and cheaper than ever to use video marketing, there are a bunch of real, actual rewards to using video marketing. Here are a few of them:

Better SEO

If you didn’t already know it, YouTube is a huge untapped SEO goldmine. In fact, YouTube is the worlds second largest search engine (and often it’s easier to acquire a first page rank with a video than a blog post) and can be a massive traffic driver to your business.

Being first in the search engines will help you drive traffic, and the same happens on YouTube as well. Through video marketing you get better rankings for your keywords, which means more traffic, more customers and a higher revenue margin in the end. Google (and other search engines) place a lot of importance on videos and see them as supporting signals for the quality of your site’s content.

Traffic generation                                                                                                         

Thanks to the ability of ranking higher in search engine results, video marketing simply generates a lot of trafficto your website, traffic that allows you to raise brand awareness and grow as a company in the online world. Every marketing tactic that can create leads is good and you shouldn’t ignore the potential gold mine that is video marketing.

Video can be used in a variety of places, for example social media, websites, as Google AdWords (YouTube pre-roll ads), as case studies, tutorials, testimonials, company culture, explainer videos, special offers, digital signage and a host of other use cases. Good video marketing comes from an understanding of which channels and type of video work for your brand and target audience.

Social benefits

Videos can be seen as the driving force when it comes to online content, and with video marketing you can harness the power of video on social media, something that can lead to some very impressive results.

Users love visual content, and having a strong presence on social with video will surely delight your audience. Big brands have used video on social media for a long time with good results, and you should as well.

Customer engagement

Videos engage people more than other content, which helps you build a community! That video engages people are a fact, with Diode Digital reporting that video promotion is 600% more effective than print and direct mail combined. As well as that, the report states that before reading any text, 60% of website visitors will watch a video if available.

And these figures are consistent if you look at B2B as well. Compared to text, 59%of senior executives favor video, 75% view videos whilst at work, and 65% visit a website after viewing a related YouTube video. Videos are a wonderful way to generate a name for your business, and at the same time you can get real, valuable customer engagement.

Press and exposure

Videos also help your business when it comes to connecting with the press, since you can engage with the press much faster and at the same time in more of an interactive manner. Well produced video give you credibility and authenticity.

Through video marketing you can, at the same time, obtain the much-needed exposure you need, because publications can link to your videos immediately and share information with their readers a lot faster.

Inexpensive

Many people believe that video marketing isn’t for them because it’s so expensive and complicated to get started with. But fact is that it’s a very efficient marketing tactic while at the same time it doesn’t cost that much to begin with.

Unlike other marketing methods that require a lot of investment, video marketing is nothing like that, because even with just a small amount of money you can easily obtain the exposure and help you need at any given time! Today it’s easy to make great video, either by yourself and your smartphone camera, editing in free tools like iMove or using video templates from services such as Shakr.

In conclusion, video marketing is a very efficient, inexpensive and engaging way to promote your content online. With the help of video marketing, any small business can obtain astounding results by successfully promoting their brand in the online world.

Video marketing has started a new era in the promotional world, and with its help, any business can achieve success. At the same time videos always have the capability to become viral, so video marketing is definitely the way to consider if you want a to promote your business online!

7 Apps to Run Your SEO or PPC From Your Phone

Thanks to mobile apps it’s now easier than ever to to run your SEO, PPC, AdWords and Social Media campaigns directly from your phone. That’s definitely a big deal when you’re traveling or if in an industry that requires a lot of time out of the office.

While that makes your professional life a whole lot easier, it can be a challenge to narrow down the most useful apps. According to Statista, there were 1.3 million mobile apps in the Apple App Store alone in September, 2014. To help save you an endless amount of time scouring through Google Play or the App Store, here are seven incredible apps that you need to use for SEO, PPC, AdWords and Social Media campaigns.

Note, before using 3rd party apps, make sure things are approved with your employer (if you are in-house) or your client (if you list tools that you utilize in your agreements). 86% of apps used for business were not sanctioned in 2014, and the last thing you’ll want to do is add to that number and the amount of Shadow IT issues occurring with third party apps.

MarginWeb Website & SEO Toolbox

This free app is absolutely essentially if you own a website. It runs tests that check your social media presence, Google ranking and the amount of backlinks. It also provides suggestions on how to optimize your website, such as the proper length of titles and description. It also notifies you of any broken links and even comes equipped with keyword suggestions so that you can optimize blog posts and ad campaigns.

Serps.com

SERPs provides a powerful app for Android and iOS users that delivers daily SEO data, like ranking, link metrics and monitoring of organic traffic. It even integrates with Google Analytics so that you can discover which keywords are most effective. Other features include being able to spy on your competitor’s backlinks, local rank tracking and having the power to run test which techniques are working for your business.

You can install the SERPs.com app for free, but you’ll need a login to continue. This means that you’ll have to purchase a plan. The Starter plan begins at $999/month.

Google Analytics App (Android) / Analytics App for Google Analytics (iPhone)

Google Analytics remains a necessity for SEO. With the Google Analytics app you’ll have real-time reports that highlight your page’s traffic, visitor information, how long people stayed on your site, which content is performing best  and your AdWords campaign is performing. That’s a lot of information at your fingertips for free – there is a premium version if you need something more robust.

Google AdWords Express App (Android / iPhone)

Speaking of Google, there’s also the AdWords Express Apps that you should also download if you want to reach more customers. Through this app you’ll be able to create an ad in under 15 minutes, which will appear in Google search results, Google Maps and select partner sites. Once your ad is up and running you can then view how many calls or clicks it is generating. You can also adjust your budget accordingly. It’s a great solution for both online and offline businesses.

HubSpot

Why is HubSpot such a popular tool for marketers? Because it pretty does everything you want and need when it comes to your marketing campaign. Whether it’s scheduling social media posts/emails, monitoring what others are saying about you online, review effectiveness of marketing campaigns and connect with leads with through Contact Records. Now you have access to all of this information through the HubSpot App – available for both Android and iPhone. After your 30-day free trial, you’ll have to select a plan which starts at $200/month.

Hootsuite

Hootsuite is another tool that is often discussed among online marketers because it’s one of the best social media tools available. Not only can you plan Facebook posts or Tweets, you can assign tasks to team members and review analytics reports. You can also target audience by location, listen to the online conversations involving your business, locate better leads, create a social media marketing campaign and provide customer service. Hootsuite has a Free plan, but the Pro Plan starts at only $10/month.

Feedly

If you’re looking to curate potential content ideas, stay up-to-date with the latest industry news or see what your competitors are sharing, then look no further than Feedly. If you haven’t heard of Feedly, then just know that it’s a news aggregator application which allows you to select the feeds that interest you the most. It’s a free service that can run on Android and iOS devices, which means that you can keep check your feed whenever and wherever you want.

What are some of your favorite SEO / SEM mobile apps?