Not all sales strategies are created equal nor lead conversion strategies.
Getting to the top of Google requires great lead conversion strategies. And we’ve got them for you here.
When you’re selling a high-cost product to a high-end buyer, you need a system that is unmistakably yours and that increases your lead conversion in the middle-of-the-funnel.
Because here’s the truth:
Buyer behavior has changed.
It’s changed dramatically. What got you your success today in 2019 isn’t going to cut it as we move into the 2020s.
Today’s leads know more about your competition than you do. And for high-end products and services more than any other, you need to know how to win and keep the hearts and minds of the ultra-informed buyer.
We’ve compiled a list of key questions to help you run an objective diagnostic on your high-end sales system, whatever that looks like for you. By the time you’re through answering these questions, you’ll know exactly what steps to take to strengthen your sales efficacy and close twice as many deals this year.
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Make The Complex Sale Simple with Better Lead Conversion Strategies
Everyone wants the prestige (and of course, payout) that comes from closing a million-dollar transaction. But few understand how hard they’ll have to work for it.
Because the days of “I got a guy” are over.
Today, there are 6.8 buying influences involved in a single complex sale, and that doesn’t count all the other peers and “experts” whispering in your buyer’s ears. You need to take the time to get to know, understand and educate each one of them about how your product makes life better for everyone.
Start by taking a hard look at your current pitch to see:
Break The Team Silos
Alright, it’s clear—the higher the ticket, the more people you need to sell to.
So why do you still have one rep managing the entire transaction?
Preston Guy, CEO of Myrtle Beach real estate company CRG went from $27 million in 2016 to $47 million in 2017 with one simple addition to his team: a dedicated Client Care Coordinator.
Here’s how he did it:
Whether you’re selling a luxury home or a premium software product, you need to not only know who is involved in the decision-making process on the client’s side—you also need to take stock of who you have on your team that can deliver the right information to the right people and make your offer a true must-have.
Here are the questions to think about:
Don’t Automate What Doesn’t Work (and Yes, We Mean Email)
Remember the days before automated email campaigns? It used to work great for lead conversion downstream. Not any more.
We know, it’s tough. But think back. You probably had a handful of emails from friends and family with fun little quips and updates about work, life, etc.
Yeah, the good old days…they’re over. It’s predicted that by 2021, we’ll be sending and receiving a whopping 320 billion emails per day.
While the “spray and pray” approach to email automation may have worked well enough in 2015, today’s high-end consumers require much more convincing.
On the flip-side, personalization does work.
In fact, according to a widely cited 2014 Experian study, personalized emails generate up to 6X more revenue than non-personalized emails. But many marketers have over-corrected so much in this direction that we’re now segmented to the point where we’re only sending emails to leads who are red-headed Geminis at exactly 1 pm on their 35th birthday.
It’s getting out of control.
If you want to double your conversions, how you budget your time and energy is everything.
Today, true personalization is turning left when everyone else goes right. Here’s how the Graham Seeby Group grew a list of just 279 contacts into $90 million in just 4 years using a simple four-part follow-up campaign while everyone else was busy over-automating.
- On the 15th of every month, the team sent a postcard to everyone in the database
- On the 7th of every month, they sent a short 90-second video email
- On the 21st of every month, an email
- Once a quarter, all contacts on the list would get a phone call
No matter what line of work you’re in, these questions will help you avoid the trap of over-automation:
Do More of What Works
Great. You’ve freed yourself from the automation straightjacket and committed to delivering value-driven touch points with your prospects.
Unfortunately, there’s no one answer to that. In these days of
But there are only so many hours in the day and we’ve all got our quotas to crush. You need a system that will let you see at a glance which methods work best with which leads so your team can act on that information.
“When you check inside your CRM and you can see if an email has been opened or not, you realize maybe email just isn’t this customer’s thing,” points out Jeffrey Funk of The Funk Collection real estate team.
If they find out a lead signed with the competition, Jeffrey and his team can take a deeper look to see where they went wrong and what to do differently next time. That’s the kind of intel that has taken their team from $0 to $50 million in production in just three years.
The right automation tool can help you put relevant long-term follow up on autopilot while showing you which leads to focus your energy on each and every day in the office.
A good rule of thumb is to use a sales automation tool that alerts you to a few key behavioral factors:
Narrow your focus to the simple things like leads who were on your website in the last 5 days but haven’t had a call, email or text. This way, you and your team can focus your energy on the highest priority leads, without getting distracting by the kind of trivial demographic or historical data that often gets baked into complex lead scores. Watch your lead conversion soar.
Bring Brand Back for Lead Conversions
Before you go rolling your eyes at yet another mention of the words “influencer marketing,” bear with us.
Ron Howard is the owner of Baltimore’s leading real estate team. He closed over 470 homes in 2017, without following the conventional “sales” advice. From the beginning, Ron understood that the concepts of social proof would be crucial in helping him create a bond with prospects.
But for Ron and his team, a great brand isn’t just about the number of stars next to your profile pic. It’s about the community.
60% of Ron’s business comes from his local community events. He also gets a slew of phone calls coming in every day from Zillow, where Ron Howard & Associates have over 700 reviews.
From email to Instagram, it’s easy to get caught up in the instruments of digital marketing. But with modern high-end consumers, your message matters most.
And that means brand.
According to the 2018 Edelman Earned Brand study, 64% of consumers now buy on belief—they will gladly choose, switch, avoid or boycott a brand based on where it stands on the political or social issues they care about.
So before you hit send on a queue of automated emails that look just like everyone else’s, sit down and give some real thought to the following questions.
Choose Your Tech Wisely for Lead C
In order to know where you are going, you need to know where you are. So add your Google analytics track code for tracking conversions, measuring conversion, identifying sales rate conversion rate, landing pages, and helping to improve your sales process.
Yeah, we know. This topic probably doesn’t immediately light your fire.
Most sales CRMs were designed in the days when email automation reigned supreme. By default, many of those features can end up being nothing more than a clunky distraction to your sales team.
But if your team’s logging in and immediately getting hit with 150 to-dos, the wind will be knocked right out of their sales before they even get a chance to pick up the phone.
Sales tech is now a mainstream (if not mundane) part of every business workflow. But because of its history, there are some subtle yet crucial nuances to choosing a tool that actually makes your team more effective.
Here are the questions to think about:
Keep in mind, if your pipeline and revenues aren’t growing one of two things is happening:
- Either there’s a problem with your tool
- Or, there’s a problem with the way you’re using it
In the new game of sales, your team’s time and energy is all they have.
And the stakes are especially high with sophisticated buyers interested in your product.
If you really want to apply proven lead generation strategies to help increase the number of leads, improve your sales lead conversion rate, and have more sales qualified leads. It’s time to give your team everything thing they need to maximize conversions and stand out as stellar sales reps amid a sea of competition.
Dave Lawrence, Head of Marketing @ GrowthHouse by Follow Up Boss
writing about scaling real estate businesses through systems, strategies and CRM’s.
Lead Conversion is the process of converting a lead into an account, contact, and opportunity. Marketing leads are typically generated from SEO, marketing events, inbound marketing, ebook downloads, and other marketing campaigns. Often called marketing qualified leads (MQL) and marketing captured lead (MSL).
What are lead strategies and marketing?
Lead conversion marketing refers to tactics that encourage customers to take a specific action, “converting” a person browsing your website into a purchaser of your product or service.
What is a good lead conversion ratio?
But what is a reasonable conversion rate? Across industries, the average landing page conversion rate was 2.35%. However, some of the top 25% webpages are converting at 5.31% or higher. You want to break into the top 10% — these are the landing pages with conversion rates of 11.45% or higher.