Creating an Effective Top-of-the-Funnel Lead Magnet

If you want to generate a steady stream of top-of-the-funnel sales leads, you need a dependable, relevant, compelling, worth-sharing-my-contact-info-for lead magnet.

Not simply an offer that gets people to “buy now,” but a strategic content marketing device designed to pull potential customers into an engaging lead nurturing process—so they’ll remember you, know you, “buy when they’re ready,” and keep coming back.

It’s easy to see why an effective lead magnet is the direct response marketer’s best friend. But it’s something that takes considerable effort to create, get up-and-running, and optimized for winning campaign performance. The good news is a well crafted and finely tuned lead magnet can help you meet (and why not exceed?) your top- and bottom-line business goals.

In this first of a series of three posts about top-of-the-funnel lead magnets, we’ll explore the DNA of a great piece of content: what it’s made of, what it needs to come to life, and how it takes shape. Let’s start at its not-so-humble beginnings.Read more


Improve Your Direct Mail Performance with Rapid Data Resources

When your company sends out a direct mail, your goal is recipient conversion, right? Interested customers will open the envelope to learn about your offer, and the most interested ones will take action—visit your offer’s landing page, call the toll-free number, return the reply card—and convert. Success!

But nothing can happen if your customer doesn’t receive your offer in the first place—or if what they do receive makes a bad impression. That’s why regularly putting your mailing lists (house lists and rented lists alike) into the care of a professional mail list and data processing service is essential.

Rapid Data Resources to the Rescue
You may not know about The Weinstein Organization’s Rapid Data Resources, designed to ensure your direct mail campaigns reach their potential. We provide a wide variety of mail processing services to ensure the highest degree of mail deliverability and postage savings for our customers—and in today’s competitive and budget-conscious marketplace, both make a big difference.

Of the more than 155 billion mail pieces processed by the U.S. Postal Service in 2014, 6.6 billion (4.3%) were undeliverable as addressed. What if 4.3% of your direct mail pieces didn’t reach their destination? Any amount of undeliverable mailRead more


The Importance of Design Consistency in Direct Mail...or Not

 

For just a few minutes, forget everything you’ve heard about maintaining design consistency in your marketing. Sometimes inconsistency is exactly what’s required to break through with your offer.

What we generally practice and preach—and what intuitively rings true—is that the components in a direct mail kit (outer envelope, letter, brochure, etc.) should have a consistent, professional design style. But you see, just like there’s an exception to every rule, there’s a time to deviate from a guideline. That is, to stop being so consistent!

Keep reading to find out when inconsistency can really pay off.Read more


How To Nurture Your B2B Sales Leads With Effective Content Marketing

 

Unless they’re shopping for the low-risk basics or making repeat purchases, B2B buyers don’t want to just be “sold to.” If they’re considering a new investment in a higher-ticket item, such as business software or a new insurance product, they’re looking at a longer sales cycle with more at stake. That means they need information and guidance—not a hard sales push—as you nurture them from “lead” to “customer.”

In 3 Types of Marketing Content that Drives B2B Sales Leads, we looked at how content can support your lead generation efforts. But once you get some leads, what’s next? We suggest taking a lead nurturing approach that provides more marketing content to inspire your customers’ winding journey through the sales funnel. In other words, following a content marketing strategy.

Keep reading for insights into providing your B2B sales leads with a remarkable, content-rich lead-to-buyer experience.Read more


Drive Results With These Direct Response Landing Page Tips

The direct response landing page: that digital space where conversions and sales happen. Your teasers, headlines, design, and copy work hard to drive your customers there, with hopes each visitor will complete their mission to convert—to join your mailing list, register for your webinar, make a purchase, or download your white paper. Here, we’ll take a deep dive into “what works” so you can create landing pages that deliver results.Read more