We are going to talk about lead funnels and basically generating leads online. We’re going to cap off everything we’ve learned up until this point.

  • Monday we talked about pay traffic, free traffic, lead generation, lead generation systems, and scenarios.
  • Tuesday, we talked about lead magnets.
  • Wednesday we went through some lead generation strategies that are some paid traffic stuff, some free traffic stuff, some affordable stuff.
  • Thursday, we walked through some plugins that you would be able to use on your WordPress site to generate said leads.

Today, what we’re going to do is we’re going to wrap everything up. We’re basically going to walk through a lead funnel and walk through how it’s built out. If there are any questions you have, you can just go ahead, go to DoneForYou.com/start. Fill out the little form and book a call on our calendar and we will help you walk through this. We will figure out what you need for your business, for your offer, to start generating leads online and start generating sales online. Now if we go over to the blog post, basically a lead funnel.

A lead funnel is a system that generates leads to demand for your company, for your organization.

Two Scenarios of Lead Funnel

1. Email Lead

If all you need is an email address to build your list, then you can set up your lead funnel specifically for just building your list.

2. Fully Qualified Lead (FQL)

If, however, you need a more complete record, a more complete lead, to call them back, to send them direct mail, then it’s called a fully qualified lead. In our world, it’s FQL. What we have is we have these channels, these traffic channels, over on the left-hand side, and this is just who works with the most frequently.

These traffic channels are your verticals, your sources of traffic. Depending on your offer, you’re going to pick Facebook or you’re going to pick Google or you’re going to pick LinkedIn or Pinterest or email lists, or retargeting. You’re going to pick the channels where your prospects live, where your people go and hang out, where they check in on their kids, photos, where they search for stuff.

Interruption-based Traffic or Search-based Traffic

Now, we have talked a lot this week and in previous weeks about this idea between interruption-based traffic or search-based traffic. Facebook is a great example of interruption-based traffic. Somebody is scrolling through their newsfeed, and then they’re like, bam, this ad shows up on my newsfeed because I’m interested in something that the advertiser thought I should be interested in to see that ad.

Your search traffic, however, is when somebody goes to Google, types something into the search bar, and then your ad pops up. You know about search traffic because you see it all the time. Also, you see Facebook traffic, you see interruption-based ads, you see both these scenarios.

You just have to think, “How are my prospects going to find me the quickest and how are they looking for a solution to their problem?” For instance, if somebody is looking for custom contract manufacturing within Pennsylvania, let’s say, they are going to Google to look for contract manufacturing. Do you know what I mean? They are not waiting for a video to show up in their Facebook newsfeed, because one never will.

On the other hand, if you were selling a direct to consumer, let’s say a T-shirt, if you’re selling a T-shirt, you’re probably not going to go to Google and type funny T-shirt to wear to my aunt’s birthday party because you know the results of that are going to be shit. If you see a funny T-shirt pop up in your newsfeed, you, chances are, are going to buy it. Do you know what I mean? The scenarios are different. The contexts are different in both of those platforms.

Extend that to LinkedIn or Pinterest or Twitter or any of these other traffic channels. That’s what makes up the left-hand side here. Now, the reason it’s important to understand that is that, depending on how somebody finds you, that will dictate the conversion on the lead magnet. Right here is our trivial, quintessential lead magnet. We’ve talked a lot about lead magnets. Tuesday was entirely about lead magnets.

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Fully Qualified Lead VSL

The other thing that we’ll do here is a fully qualified lead VSL, basically a video sales letter or sales video that is two minutes, three minutes. Then during that video, underneath you say, “Click the button below” or “Apply,” “Fill in the form below and schedule a call on our calendar.” Now that is going to give you a fully qualified lead.

They watched the video, like what you have to say, and they fill out the form. Then they become a fully qualified lead in your world. It gets sent to a sales guy; it gets sent to you. You get a text message, however, you have the automation set up. You’ll get that lead coming in your door. You may call them back and say, “Hey, I noticed you just filled out a form on my website. Thank you so much, blah, blah, blah.” Or you wait for them to schedule a call on your calendar. That’s an FQL. That’s a fully qualified lead sales video.

Email Lead

Now, if you are looking for just an email lead, then you can have a simple lead magnet up, a simple landing page that gives away your lead magnet, your pdf, your checklist, your free software, you’re whatever. This is the page we looked at yesterday. It can be as simple as just a headline and a couple of sub-headlines. Then you can go off and talk through a bullet point or you read the bullet points and then you can opt-in.

It can be an automated webinar landing page. It can be something like this: headline, sub-headline, video. This is an example of an automated webinar, but it’s still a lead magnet because we’re still generating a lead here. All we’re looking for is an email address. There’s a lot of ways that you can generate the lead in your lead funnel. The most important thing is you need traffic, you need your lead magnet.

Then once they opt-in, what’s next?

The best thing to do, once they are opt-in, is to kick them over into a confirmation offer. On the sales page, you have a short video that says thanks so much for your opt-in; thanks so much for downloading the report or grabbing the checklist or whatever. In your email, you will get your download link, but while I have you here, one question that we get asked often is how to X, Y, and Z. That is the perfect transition into your offer. It can be more elegant than that. It can be a little bit better scripted than that, but that is the transition that turns your free lead into a paying buyer.

Somebody comes in. They are opt-in for your lead magnet and sign-in. All of them can download your report. They agree to give you their email address and they are now on your marketing list. Then you pop up with a video and say, “Thank you so much. One of the questions we get asked so often by people who download this report is how to build something out of two by fours,” let’s say. “Well, as luck would have it, we have 27 projects that we will give you the plans for on how to build something out of two by fours, and that, my friend, is only $4.95. Click the button below to download said tutorial.”

Then they download the tutorial. Awesome. $4.95. You just worked a little bit of that ad cost off, meaning you just self-liquidated a little tiny bit of that offer. Now you can throw upsells after that. You can do one-click upsells and down sales. You’ll do so much stuff after that first sale is done.

Importance of Confirmation Offer

In that confirmation offer, that really is where this lead funnel turns into a VSL ascension funnel or a webinar funnel or a self-liquidating offer funnel or any of the other things that you can do. At the end of the day, you want to sell them something quickly so that you are paying for this traffic.

Right now, if you’re generating leads for $3 or $4, an email lead for $3 or $4, you’re doing pretty good. If you’re generating a fully qualified lead, something with a name, address, phone number, all that, for 20 bucks, 30 bucks, 50 bucks, you’re doing pretty good. You want to flip that lead into cash quickly so that you can then reinvest back into more traffic.

That’s why this confirmation offer is important in a lead funnel because we want to self-liquidate this funnel. We want to self-liquidate the traffic. Then after that, you can drop some upsells. You can do some down-sells. You can do automated webinars. That is what turns these little systems, these engines, into something that are doing five times the return on ad spend, or 10 times the return on ad spend, where they’re literally printing money every day.

You’re not paying for your leads. You’re literally getting paid to generate leads and to grow your list. That’s what digital business should be. Right? Traffic channels, you got a lead magnet, then you put a confirmation offer behind that lead magnet. Then after that, you’ve just got to worry about the fulfillment of the thing, make sure that somebody gets the pdf that they just downloaded, or they get the offer that they just downloaded, whether it’s video access or membership access or whatever. Then oftentimes you go through an onboarding scenario.

Now, if you have a high-end offer, let’s say you have a $2,500 a month coaching package. You are going to generate leads right here. You’re going to take Facebook traffic, Google traffic, re-targeted traffic, whatever. Then you are going to send them through your lead magnet, you offer. Maybe you’ve got a book and you can sell your book for $4.95 or $9.95 or $4 or whatever. That can work on your self-liquidating piece.

At the end of the day, if you can qualify your buyer and then you can onboard them into your coaching or you can call them on the phone and say, “Thanks so much for buying the book. What were the specific goals that you had in buying the book because maybe there’s something that I can help you out with pretty quickly.” That conversation will oftentimes turn a book buyer, course buyer, a lower ticket offer buyer, into a client, somebody who is paying you quite a bit of money every single month to transform their lives in a way that not just a book can do.

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Accountability in Coaching and Consulting World

Oftentimes, in the coaching or consulting world, people are looking for accountability. In looking for accountability, that’s where your personal services are valued, whether it’s a mastermind or a coaching program or a digital course or whatever. That is how you flip these lead funnels into revenue generation monsters.

Now what we haven’t covered here is in this middle. As you know, sales funnels, lead funnels, whatever, they’re not just a collection of pages. They are, yes, the pages; they’re the pdfs that you download, but they’re also the emails in the marketing automation that go out, the text messages that go out, the emails that go out as somebody ascends. Oftentimes, we’ll do an exit pop on the lead magnet, so that when somebody hits the lead magnet page and doesn’t opt-in, well, they exit pop into an email sequence that brings them back to the lead magnet.

We want them to come back and say, “Hey, you didn’t download this yet.” Or we want them to come back into the offer. If they download the lead magnet, but they didn’t buy that confirmation offer, we want to send them emails to say, “Hey, come check out this $4.95 book, come check out this digital course,” because then once they’re a buyer, they get put into your fulfillment campaign,  they are now a buyer.

That is the lead funnel. That is how you turn a lead funnel into an offer, a self-liquidating offer funnel. Basically, you can just modularly build on this thing. You don’t need this whole thing upfront. All you need is some Facebook traffic, a landing page and a confirmation page. You can then add this email copy and add some different forms of traffic.

The most important thing is you want to make sure that you put an offer in there as quickly as possible, you’re able to self-liquidate some of that traffic. You have your Facebook traffic and it’s dropping into a lead magnet page. From there, on the confirmation, you’re making an offer. You’re making an offer for the product that you have or the product that you built or an on-demand program or whatever. You make the offer, you fulfill the buyers, and then that’s it.

For Questions and Guide

If you have any questions at all on this, the lead funnel, the scenarios, the creative that you need here, the traffic channels, whatever, go to DoneForYou.com/start, fill out the application on that form and then book a call on our calendar and we will get you all squared away. We’ll put together an action plan and traffic strategy, what you need to have, where you need to have it, all that stuff.

If you have any questions at all, go to DoneForYou.com and there’s a little chatbot in the lower right-hand corner. Just open it up. It’s got a little chatbot, but then you can feed right to a live person, just fill that out and then let us know. I will talk to you soon. All right? Have a fantastic weekend. If you need anything, just reach out. See ya! Bye.

Video Transcript: GSDdaily 004

Today, we’re going to chat about generating leads with a lead magnet, through a lead funnel. It’ll be loosely tied to this article:

The Ultimate Guide to Creating the Perfect Lead Magnet

Hey, what’s up? This is Jason Drohn, welcome to today’s Get Shit Done Daily. We’re going to talk about lead funnels and basically setting up a lead generation system that you’re generating leads for your business, for your enterprise, for your nonprofit, whatever, all the time, 24/7, when you’re working, and when you’re not. That’s the idea, right?

We are actually using a new streaming software today called StreamYard, which is pretty damn cool. Better than the preview. It’s far, nicer than what we were using, Restream, and that I can do some really, really cool stuff. Like I can share my screen like that and I can remove it, which is pretty cool because of that way… I mean, a lot of times this isn’t just riffing, I’m creating content for blog posts, but kind of talking through this stuff, and I already have 400 blog posts that have been written on Done For You, and all the other material and lead funnel stuff. Sometimes it’s easier just to kind of walk through that stuff and then if you want more you can obviously go click the link and do all that. That is kind of some of the low down.

Now for those of you who are new to this every day, 10 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, we stream live and the idea is to help you work through whatever it is kind of is catching you up in the moment. Because many new people are working from home, it’s a unique challenge because you don’t get to bounce anything off of coworkers. There’s a certain level of just masterminding coworking and stuff that happens through this when you’re working together when you’re working in the office and literally I haven’t had that experience in 13 or 14 years, 14 I think now because I’ve been working from home forever and there are unique challenges to pulling it off well.

I know after Charleston and I moved in together there was just… It’s different working from home, it just is. There are certainly some things, some best practices that go along with remote working and stuff. We’ll get into that stuff. I mean, by all means, if you have anything, go ahead and comment on it and I’ll kind of chat below, but at the end of the day, working remotely is in some ways better, in some ways worse than working in an office. I mean, from a better standpoint, there’s all kinds of tools and tech and stuff that you can use and it really puts the priority on getting things done, because in getting things done, that’s what your clients want, that’s what your boss wants, that’s what the company you’re working for wants.

All of the water cooler talk and the looking busy and all of that is literally stripped away. I mean, because your boss, your team, your clients, they don’t see any of that. All they see is what you are actually doing and what you’re delivering and what you’re turning around. That’s probably the biggest change to remote working.

Now today what we’re going to talk about is generating leads through a lead funnel. And there’s a couple of ways, so what I’m going to do is I’m going to pull up a blog post that we wrote on how to create a perfect lead magnet. Now your lead magnet is the thing that is going to… Is the thing that people are going to opt-in for.

Basically your lead magnet, somebody clicks on a banner ad and somebody clicks through a blog post, whatever, they go to your website, and then for the most part they land on a landing page. A great example of a landing page is actually right here. You probably can’t see that. I think you can see this if I open it up into a new tab though. This is an example of a landing page.

Literally, business accelerator toolkit for coaches and creators. Hit the download now button. This is a two-step opt-in. Basically, poop, enter your email address, enter their email address, and then they are off and running. It ends up being pretty cool, right? Now, what we need to do though is we need to give them something in exchange for their email address. That thing is typically what is called a lead magnet.

Now lead funnels take a lot of different shapes, a lot of different forms. At the end of the day, what you want to do is you want to give them something of value that you could pay or you could charge for and will help them in their life. And the best way to think about this is to think of your primary target market, your customer avatar. Like what little tip can you share with them that will get them taking action and will get them to opt-in, join your email marketing list and move them closer to buying. In a lot of markets, a simple PDF is really going to do the trick. A six to eight-page report, you can type up in Apple Pages or Microsoft Word, export it as a PDF, and then give that PDF away for free.

We just want to be really, really specific. Here are some example headlines just… Seven secret persuasion tricks to increase webinar conversion, or seven WordPress plugins that increase visitor engagement without them even realizing it, or seven email templates to re-engage the email subscribers who have already written you off. Every market has those little tips, those little strategies that somebody will opt-in for. And then what you want to do is you want to build a landing page around that market. Now in this example, literally our landing page is the simplest, cleanest looking thing ever. This converts really, really well. In other markets that might not, you might want to have a big background image or whatever, but all in all, works out nicely. There’s another example of a landing page and the survival space and then another landing page.

But down here below we start talking about the different types of lead funnels and lead magnets.

The seven types of Done For You lead magnets, one is a report or guide. Like I said, six to eight-page report that you can type up and you probably already have this thing done. I mean, if you’ve written a couple of blog posts, you can put those blog posts together, give them away for free as a PDF, and then boom, you’re in the game. You can give it away for free. You might not even need to export it as a PDF, you might just be able to literally link them directly to the blog post and call it good. It’s opt-in form and then the blog post and bam, you get their email address, they get the thing that they opted in for, and then you’re good.

The other thing is a cheat sheet or a process map. I actually just recorded a video on giving away one of these things for sales funnels. You will see that in the future, but basically, a flow chart that walks somebody from point A to point B. It might be whatever your market, I mean, whether you are an accountant or whether you are selling digital products or a coach or whatever, is there a process that somebody can go through and then give that thing away for free. Give it in exchange for an email address. A checklist is another great one, the software is another great one. I actually just had a call yesterday with a guy who writes software and he was going to give the software away for free to generate leads, but that was also his offer.

My advice to him was, look, let’s create a lead funnel that we can give away for free to your prospects, and let’s sell the software because the software is expensive to write and it’s also expensive to maintain. A checklist, another great freebie to give away and we’ve talked about this. I actually just recorded a video for one of these too. Videos, you can record a video and then give it away for free as a lead funnel generation.

We have typically had less luck giving away a video from a lead funnel standpoint in a lead funnel because the video was kind of synonymous with YouTube, people don’t necessarily value video the way they previously did and they don’t necessarily want to wait eight minutes to get the full impact of that video, to actually absorb the content. What they would rather do is download a checklist, download a process map or a flow chart or even a short PDF, skim through it, figure out what the hell you’re talking about, and then they kind of scroll back up to the top and then they watch the rest of it.

With a video, they can scrub of course, but then they miss it. Do you know what I mean? They might miss the payoff that they are hoping for. Oftentimes we don’t see videos work swell from a lead generation standpoint if it’s not highly visual in nature. Now a visual kind of thing, visual in nature, I mean it might be golf, might be fitness, might be even some survival stuff, but those are going to be some niches that video will be a little bit more impactful on when they’re actually learning how to do something.

I was just talking to Chelsea about how I have a couple of DIY Builds videos up and they’re in crazy traffic right now. Not necessarily views, but when somebody watches, they’re watching for a really long time. Like the last couple of weeks we’ve kind of entered into this kind of content consumerism, people are watching videos, they’re staying for longer, click costs are going down, banner impressions are going up. Lead cost is going down because there are just more people online and they’re staying for longer, and they’re doing more things. It’s nice that way. Do you know what I mean? Tutorials always, always, always a great way to generate leads and prospects. It is through a lead funnel is to give tutorials and offer tutorials. Now oftentimes, there was a piece of software called Clarify-it which lets your screenshots and then document the screenshots.

I don’t know of another piece of software out there that does that. I’m sure there is. I know Clarify-it kind of morphed into another brand, but I haven’t done it in a while but screenshot-based tutorials always work really well because they move somebody through like learning… Let’s see, quizzes and surveys, and chatbots, huge for regenerating leads. We actually just implemented a chatbot on the homepage of Done For You to see how it would work.

It’s already sending leads through our lead funnel to people who are already moving through it, which is fantastic. We’re actually using it for what you’ll see in pretty soon. It is a Done For You button that you can add into your membership area or coaching area. Also, an offer done for your services, and get paid a commission. It’s all based on this quiz survey chatbot model. The idea is that if you ask somebody a couple of qualifying questions before you ask somebody for their email address. They are more likely to give you their email address in exchange for results or in exchange for marketing or whatever thing that they want by going through the survey.

Now it can’t necessarily be kind of a weird survey, but you can also segment them into buckets and then send marketing material out based on how they answer. That is also really, really hot. Let’s see. We have some lead magnet ideas for coaches. In setting up lead funnels for coaches, lead generation for coaches, I mean there are some lead magnets you can use. For health coaches for foods, you can buy at the grocery store that they give you instant energy or three steps to changing any habits, no matter how addicted you think you are. Those are just some general kind of lead magnet ideas.

Real estate finding deals, flipping properties, that kind of thing. All in all, your lead funnel has a couple of core components. It has your traffic, you need a traffic source to have a lead funnel of course. You need eyeballs coming to your website, hitting your landing page, and then ultimately opting in or becoming prospects in one way or another for your business, for your thing. You need traffic, you need a lead magnet, you need something to give them for free in exchange for their email address. And then not only do you need to give them that thing, but you also need to market to them tomorrow and the next day and the next day and the next day and for years, I mean this is not open-ended or this is not a closed-loop thing.

You don’t write five days worth of email or seven days’ worth of email and then call it good and hope that they convert because they won’t, the majority of them won’t convert until the end of the first week or second week or month. We have people coming to us that are literally just getting started in some of our services six years later. If we would have stopped marketing to them then, I mean they would not have turned into customers. That’s the point of lead generation. You nurture them again and again, you move them through buying cycles, you nurture them, you send them blog posts, that’s the point of lead generation. It doesn’t just end after five days. You need traffic, you need lead funnels… You need a landing page.

A landing page, a great example is this. Nice and simple. We have other landing pages inside of our access CRM. There are landing page builders and all kinds of ways to create landing pages. But the most important part of the landing page is that it converts somebody to going from just traffic, somebody who’s visiting your website to ultimately opting in for your marketing message, and that’s how they become a lead. Your lead funnel is how you scale this thing from 10 leads to 20 leads to 50 leads to 100 leads. And then ultimately it’s how you convert that lead into a paying buyer so that you can then scale faster and stronger and harder and all of that other happy fun stuff. That’s the idea behind lead funnels.

Now if you guys have any questions, I think this question box actually works, the one that Restream didn’t. Go ahead, ask some questions. Let’s see. Otherwise, I’m just going to kind of click around here. It looks like we got some private chat options, which is kind of cool. Let’s see. Got a couple of banners, I’m going to post them… All right, I just chatted out, how are you doing to everybody. Let me know if you see that it would be awesome. All right, I think some of the platforms are coming back. It looks like it hit. All right, cool.

All in all, that’s lead generation. If you’re watching this and you have any questions on lead magnets, let me know. Like this, share it, whatever, that’d be awesome. In terms of lead magnets, some of the most successful lead magnets that we have ever produced are, one of them was the 100 email subject lines, it was nice, simple, quick to get going. And at the time we were generating email leads for about $2 apiece. Now that same lead magnet generates email leads for about $4 apiece.

We have seen very, very specific lead magnets converting for far less. In their survival market right now, we have a lead magnet that is converting for about 40 cents. 40 cents per email lead. It was 80 cents per email lead, but then it kind of… We have now, amiss the coronavirus and the lockdowns or shutdowns and everything else. It has really spurred the survival mentality so that lead magnet is performing really well.

It’s a 30-page ebook or something. It’s quite a bit longer, but checklists and build maps are working tremendously well. It is because they’re just compact and nice and focused. You immediately know what it is you are getting into. Now if your lead funnel starts with something like that, four ways to double the revenue of your business in the next 60 days.

It is generic and general and whatever that people just keep swiping, whatever, whatever, whatever, okay, fine. That’s the problem, that’s why you need to make these things super, super, super-specific.  Even this one, business accelerator toolkit for coaches and creators, this isn’t specific enough, but we don’t… This is very simple just to exit pop traffic. We don’t necessarily need… We are not paying for traffic or paying for leads here. That is the idea. Now, let’s see. All right, we got… That’s good.

All right, if you guys have any questions at all go to consultingsession.com, fill out the little form. Book a call with me and I’m happy to get on the phone and talk about your business.  We can talk about ad campaigns, or anything else, whatever you need. Literally, I am here at 10 o’clock every day, Monday through Friday. I will answer your questions and deliver content. Teach you the things that I know might help move your business forward. If you have any questions at all, go to doneforyou.com/gsd. Let me see if I can throw this in here. Ask questions for the next show at doneforyou.com/gsd.

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If you have any questions at all, go to doneforyou.com/start, sign up for an action plan call, and then we will put together a plan for web design, web optimization, ad management, whatever. As I said, we just want to get your shit figured out and help you move forward, help move your business online, help you get leads in sales and traffic, and all that stuff because literally I mean, I don’t know when this is going to kind of be fixed. I was just reading a business report that could be changed for the next 18 months or whole life could be changed for the next 18 months and we might have this rolling kind of blackout window or something, I don’t know.

All I know is that business will be different after this than it was before. And many people are going to now be turning online to do business because they have had to do it for a couple of months and they’ve gotten accustomed to it, same with remote work. And the companies who shut down, might not call people back or it’s not even they won’t call people back, but I mean, the entire country might go remote. I mean, there’s all kinds of random stuff that could happen. For me, I just want to help you get ahead of it. That’s really the idea. Now, if you have any questions, let me know and I will talk to you soon. All right, thanks. Bye.

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