Monday, March 02, 2009
If you are an established business with a well designed website, you may be wondering what has happened in the last few months. Many websites are seeing less traffic or fewer conversions. No matter what ails you, all websites can benefit from a more granular analysis to determine better ways of keeping website visitors on the page or converting into customers.
I have experimented with a number of methods to better leverage the traffic I receive to my website on a regular basis. Having to do more with a smaller marketing budget, implementing new methods for improving conversions is essential. The techniques I use are simple to implement and can begin working immediately.
Provide an informational giveaway. When visitors enter your website, provide some valuable information in exchange for a name and email. This capture of information is essential for marketing your products to web site visitors. Once they offer their information communicate with them on a regular basis.
Use an automated communication stream. Auto responders are great for moving your prospects through the purchase process. After visitors sign up for free information, you can automate the process of speaking with them on a regular basis and providing information that is timely and relevant.
Create a compelling reason for website visitors to return. One great way of creating a strong reason to visit your site again is the production of a weekly contest, information exchange (like a forum) or some other type of event. Keep things new and you will see more and more repeat visitors.
Lastly, think about starting a newsletter. Newsletters are great for opening up a dialogue with your users and helping them solve problems or issues they may be facing. Create topical articles that are relevant and leverage your list to increase sales. Newsletters are inexpensive to produce and improve relationships with customers.
In a tough economy, you need to do what you can to get more from your website visitors. The only way to do this successfully is to first offer something of value. After you've made the first move, many browsers will be willing to share some information about themselves. Put your thinking cap on and consider new ways to attract website visitors. Once you have found something that works, stick with it.
As you add greater focus and attention on website traffic and conversions, you will find that your marketing budget does more with less. Make the most of what you have and watch your sales increase.
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