Perhaps you’ve been doing “okay” with your lead generation efforts, but you really want to know how to tap into those valuable resources. You could generate so much more leads within your business niche if you just knew how. Consider the following helpful advice as you think about how your plans should change.

If you are using digital advertising, develop landing pages for your potential leads. Landing pages that get targeted to exact ads that lend them are more effective for traffic generation that a standard website. This is the most effective way to keep them at your site. You can generate leads better if you include a contact form.

Know going in that lead generation is a time consuming and ongoing process. It’s not a set it and forget it situation. You need to work at it. It takes building trust and thought leadership in the markets in which you sell. Be patient and work hard and you’ll really reap the rewards.

Analyze the numbers surrounding your lead generation. Are you finding it takes lots of hours to discover potential leads? Are these leads qualified or rather weak? Measure the time you have in versus the conversion rate. This will help you decipher which tactics give you the best return on your investment.

Find out if any local publications available for free fit within your niche. For example, real estate agents can get into the local “New Homes” guides found in boxes around the city. If you are a dentist, you could get an ad in a free kids’ magazine which details local attractions.

Team up with other companies to cross-promote and generate more leads. For example, if your website sells nails, join forces with a site that sells hammers. The mutually beneficial relationship should gather more leads and most likely sales for both of you. Just make sure the partner you choose is closely related to your industry and highly reputable.

Look at your competitors to see what tactics they use to generate leads. You don’t need to reinvent the wheel when you are going to market. Oftentimes, your competitors have already done the hard work for you. If you see them using certain tactics heavily, there’s a good chance they are doing so because it works.

Consider giving a yearly gift to those who bring you the most referrals. It doesn’t have to be something big, even a bottle of nice wine will do, but it shows them you care. Be sure to deliver it by hand and personally so you can tell them how much you appreciate their help.

Target your lead gathering to those who want your product or service. Building a base of generic leads is okay if you do not have designs on narrowing your focus. However, gathering leads that are already interested in what you have to say or sell will produce better results.

Well, what do you think you’re going to do different now after reading this advice? Surely, you’re going to make some changes, and it’s now time to put those changes into effect. If you want your business to survive, it takes generating new leads, and you’re about to surprise yourself by following what you read.

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