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Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010 at 7:50 am

Can Conversion Rate Optimization Improve Lead Quality?

February 3rd, 2010

There was a question posed in the comments section of my last post on Pay Per Click optimization that I thought I’d try to address: “What are your thoughts on using CRO to improve the quality of leads?”

Good question!  Many people assume that optimizing for higher conversion rates in the Business to Business (B2B) environment always ends up decreasing lead quality.  We at FutureNow don’t believe that for one minute, though.  If you’re responsible for a B2B lead generation…

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Monday, Feb. 1, 2010 at 9:25 am

Avoid Asking for the Lead Too Early

February 1st, 2010

My best girlfriend, Brittany was searching online for an apartment in Salt Lake City last week. She told me about her frustrating experience with Rent.com. I want to share her experience with you, to show you what NOT do on your site. This is a perfect example of a reputable company, getting a boat load of qualified traffic, who may be losing out on a lot of leads because some visitors are hesitant to enter personal information, as the first…

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Friday, Jan. 22, 2010

Graduating Prospects: Getting the Most Out of Your Customer Information Form

January 22nd, 2010

graduation-cap-300x242.jpg (JPEG Image, 300x242 pixels)_1264022543574The core of FutureNow’s service offering is helping clients persuade their visitors to move from one stage in their buying process to the next, to ultimately convert more visitors into customers.  One common question we get from B2B marketers is how to design marketing efforts that “graduate” their prospects from one stage of their buying process to the next.

If you’re familiar with FutureNow’s process or are a frequent grok reader, you’ll already know that our process involves not only designing…

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Friday, Jan. 8, 2010

Creating a Website: Something from Nothing (and Where to Begin) Part I

January 8th, 2010

poof_logo.jpg (JPEG Image, 300x300 pixels)_1262725637962Last week, I ran into an old high school friend while I was out to dinner with my parents.  As we got to chatting, he told me that he was interested in starting a website for his future photography business.  Since he’s still in school, and doesn’t have a lot of capital to put forward, he asked me for advice on where to begin in creating his website, and how he can get started in a way that…

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Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009 at 8:07 am

B2B Marketing Book Review and Commentary, Part 2

December 9th, 2009

digbodlangLast week, I posted Part 1 of my book review of Steven Wood’s Digital Body Language book.  It covered how the landscape of B2B, complex sales, and marketing has changed because of rapid developments in the Online world, and what the Digital Body Language (DBL) concept is.

In this post, I’ll wrap up by covering some of the benefits you can get if you learn to observe and leverage DBL, as well as some of the author’s ideas about the future of…

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Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009

B2B Marketing Book Review and Commentary, Part 1

December 2nd, 2009

digbodlangI recently finished up a darn good book on B2B marketing called Digital Body Language: Deciphering Customer Intentions in an Online World. It was written by Steven Woods, who co-founded the ‘marketing automation platform’ vendor, Eloqua, in 1999.

I’m going to attempt to summarize, review, and add some commentary as it pertains to how we at FutureNow use this concept of ‘digital body language’ to increase the marketing effectiveness of lead generation sites.

First off, I would say that the title of…

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Monday, Nov. 2, 2009 at 9:00 am

All Aces: Overlapping your Marketing Efforts for Better Results

November 2nd, 2009

acesGenerating targeted traffic and conducting website optimization are critical to increasing online sales. Ok, yeah, you already know that ;)

But did you know that traffic generation and website optimization aren’t mutually exclusive? There are tactics that will help you accomplish both goals at the same time, and one FutureNow Partner recently spoke to me about a tactic that’s working well.

Our Partner is a software development firm that specializes in web-based applications and good old web development and design. They are currently gaining leads…

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Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009 at 2:37 pm

Low Hanging Fruit: Cherry Picker or Lettuce Picker?

August 20th, 2009

shutterstock_cherry_pickingWhen you think of a cherry picker, do you conjure up images of someone who only picks the easiest or ripest fruit? Or does it perhaps have some artisanal connotation, waiting until only the proper time before action is taken?   Is that how you go about optimizing your web site?

Or are you a lettuce picker? The sort of person that toils for long hours in the field and accomplishes a long day’s back-breaking labor of work that most…

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Thursday, Jun. 11, 2009 at 11:07 am

How to Optimize Your Conversion Rate(s)

June 11th, 2009

Conversion rate = The number of people who take the action you want them to take divided by the total number of potential people who could have taken that action.

When you break that sentence down, you start to understand how to optimize your conversion rate.

Step 1 – Let’s understand “number of people

Who are these people? Are they all the same? Do they have different characteristics, needs, questions? Do all these people have the same amount of product/service knowledge that you do? Are they…

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Tuesday, Apr. 21, 2009

Can your Website Handle the Complexity of your Sale?

April 21st, 2009

As weird as it sounds, it’s the norm for businesses with sales cycles that might be as long as several months to a year and that might involve multiple decision makers and influencers to utterly fail to take these factors into consideration when constructing their website or selecting an analytics package.

In fact, whenever I work with B2B and complex sales clients it’s a sure bet their website won’t:

1) Adequately address the multiple decision-makers and influencers involved in securing the lead…

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