Is your B2B website a lead generation machine? Your website can be your most powerful marketing tool, delivering a steady stream of new business leads and filling your sales pipeline. Unfortunately, most companies do not optimize their websites for lead generation – offering nothing more than passive online brochures.
What about your website? Find out your website’s lead generation potential now by giving it a lead generation checkup. Review the ten questions below and give yourself one point for each ‘yes’ answer. Good luck!
First impressions count and more people will see your home page than any other page on your website. So, make sure your home page is as welcoming and useful as possible. It should clearly communicate your capabilities and the solutions your B2B company provides. It should be a timely digest of the latest and greatest information you have to offer. Most importantly, it should focus on your prospects’ needs and serve to guide them through your website to find the information that can best help them.
People think their website is designed to serve the thousands of people that will visit it. The reality is that one person will visit your website at a time. Make sure you connect with each visitor by taking a friendly, conversational tone in your copy. Write as though you’re sitting with them over coffee. Demonstrate that you understand the challenges they face and offer a solution.
Don’t just sell — educate. Complement your product and service information with valuable educational information that help your customers do their jobs better. Pack your site with ‘how to’, articles, best practices guides, training videos and other educational content. This will turn your website into more of a resource center that your customers and prospects will trust and visit on a regular basis.
Search engines like Google are your best source for targeted, motivated leads. Your prospects are searching for you. Make it easy for them to find you by boosting your rank in the search engines. To turn your website into a search engine magnet, optimize your website’s content with the keyword phrases your customers use most often. In addition, build a network of quality inbound links to your website from reputable and industry relevant external websites.
Is your latest press release from 2016? Does your copyright notice still say 2018 or earlier? People want to do business with dynamic companies. And, to project your dynamism you need to have a fresh and relevant website. Make it a point to take a critical look at your website at least monthly and add or remove information to improve its value to your customers and prospects.
Don’t make the mistake of relying on your ‘contact us’ page as the sole method for prospects to take action. To turn your website into a lead generation machine, pepper your website with a variety of relevant calls to action inviting prospects to reach out and take the next step.
Not everyone is ready to buy from you today. Some people are kicking tires, others may have a basic early-stage question. Look for ways to compel all prospects to reach out to you by offering tailored ‘calls to action’ that appeal to prospects at each stage of the buying process. Examples include ‘ask the experts’ forms, complimentary consultations, downloadable best practice guides, free trials, etc.
Don’t forget to prominently display your phone number on every page of your website. In our experience, people are at least as likely if not two to three times more likely to pick up the phone when they are browsing a company’s website. And, there is no better time to be talking with this prospect because you can use your website as a presentation tool.
Are your online lead generation forms as long and daunting as a tax return? If so, shorten them. The more fields your forms include the less likely prospects will be to fill them out. Only ask for basic contact information that your sales people need to make an intelligent follow-up. You can program these forms on the back–end to identify the page the person was on so your salesperson can prepare for the call.
How long does it take for your salespeople to follow-up online lead inquiries? If the follow-up is not immediate, you are leaving money on the table. Assign salespeople to follow-up online leads and make sure the inquiries get to them as soon as possible. Tie your website forms into a customer relationship management (CRM) system like Hubspot, SalesForce or SugarCRM to streamline your lead management and follow-up process.
So how did you do?
If you scored a 7 or higher, you’re doing well and your website is a powerful lead generation tool. However, if you scored 6 or below, you have some work to do.
I hope our quiz got you thinking about ways your website can be improved.
Check out our B2B online marketing checklist for an in-depth questionnaire that will show you how to produce huge results.
If you are interested in learning more about how to turn your website into a lead generation machine, request a free online marketing consultation.