Here’s the scoop cowboy: They came. They saw. They didn’t care. Sad, and perhaps a little painful – if you take these types of thing personally.
Maybe they weren’t ready? Unprepared even.
I’m not here to instill false hope about your business model or promise you a golden chalice of optimized redemption. Really I’m not. That would be silly. If you want to improve your conversions you need to figure out why the horse bolted, and whose fault it was.
There are a few reasons why your wannabe customers skedaddled without paying the toll. If you can analyze them, you might get a second chance at conversion:
I started writing this post while thinking about our friends at ReTargeter, halfway down the left coast in California. Their idea is to serve up banner ads to people who’ve visited your site (as they travel around other sites). The thinking is that by repeatedly exposing visitors to your message, it has a higher chance of sinking in. This is in agreement with the thinking of many email marketers, who suggest that it can take up to 7 instances of communication before the “average” prospect becomes a customer.
It’s a cool concept, and one we’re about to try out for ourselves here at Unbounce. Which brings me back to my inspiration for the post. If you’re going to bring visitors back for another kick at the can, you need to ensure the new experience is better than the first one. This requires focus, clarity and the ability to communicate quickly to people with attention issues.
Another way to bring people back to your site is via email marketing.
This assumes that you have the prospect on an email list – generated via a lead gen campaign. You captured their interest at some level (perhaps by offering a free whitepaper), sent them a follow-up email and they didn’t convert. As I mentioned above, with email marketing you typically need to communicate several times before you hook the customer with the right message. This is equal parts luck, timing and relevance. Even the most targeted of customers has better things to do most of the time and may not be stirred into action until the timing is right.
Luck can’t be helped. Timing can’t be predicted. And relevance comes down to how you generated the lead in the first place!
I know it’s all starting to sound like mission impossible, but given how hard you worked to gain even this small amount of interest from a prospect, the critical lesson here is to maximize your opportunity when it does arise.
If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you should be able to read into all the foreshadowing and predict what I’m about to suggest as a solution: yup, a landing page. Landing pages are fundamentally designed to capitalize on this opportunity.
Here’s a 5-step process you can use to improve your conversion opportunities if you’re re-targeting your customers (via a service like ReTargeter, or via an email campaign) :
Not everyone deserves a second chance – and similarly, your visitors don’t deserve to have to show up twice to be convinced. So if they do happen to come back, you’d better make sure you treat them right.