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How to Sell Sales Funnel Websites to Local Businesses

Have you ever noticed that most websites are just plain awful?

And I don’t even mean from an aesthetics point of view, but rather they just don’t convey what the business is really about or what they offer (products or services).

Sometimes keeping things extremely simple and straight to the point is far better than having the latest and greatest bells and whistles.

Most local businesses suffer from not connecting with their intended audiences.

You know the old saying, “people must know, like and trust you.”

To be perfectly honest most websites miss out on two of those three things.

Local businesses fail to capitalize on building trust and when you build trust then they typically like you.

The only thing about 99% of all local business websites do is let you know what they do.

That presents a problem because now they’re just like their competitors.

Sometimes your best unique value proposition comes from something as simple as allowing your audience to connect with you.

So how do you get your audience to connect with you?

You can achieve this by simply having a page, typically the home page, that shares your client’s story.

The client’s story can be comprised of a hero (the business owner), photos and bios of the staff, photos of the office (inside and out), testimonials, location, and hours of operation.

All call to actions should direct them to sales page that removes all distractions and overcomes objections ultimately leading to phone call or to purchase a product/service.

Then I also recommend setting up a separate blog site where I post relevant articles and advertorials featuring the client’s products/services.

This is a great way to drive traffic organically through SEO and when running Facebook ads by providing a ton of value to prospective consumers.

I typically refer to this type of website as a “3-page sales funnel”.  The advertorial is our bait with links to the home (story) page.  From there once a person clicks on any of the call to actions they’re sent to the sales page.

I hope this post has inspired you to offer sales funnel websites to your clients.  If so, please leave a comment below and let me know what you think about sales funnel websites.

What is Native Advertising and How is it Different from Traditional Ads?

We will define what native advertising is in second…

But first…

Let’s define what native advertising is NOT…

It’s not ad banners, pop-up ads, social ads, etc. which present a clear offer.

But rather it’s form and function matches that of the platform it’s being presented on.

It’s still created with the intent to be an advertisement with the goal of presenting an offer, however it’s more subtle and is less direct.

Disguised if you will…

By the way there’s absolutely nothing wrong with a direct ad which contains a clear offer.

However most people prefer to not be bombarded with in your face ads.

Actually there is, it’s the fact that the click through rates are not very good and have been on the decline since 2008…

So there’s a clear benefit to using native ads because they usually will deliver some sort of value before selling you something.

Native ads just don’t get ignored like traditional ads because they don’t look like ads.

They provide content that everyone is seeking out, stuff that informs, inspires, and entertains.

Basically native ads are a hybrid of traditional ads and content marketing mashed up.

There’s services like Outbrain and Taboola that specialize in delivering native ads on large sites like CNN, NBC News, etc.

However you can get started on your own by utilizing social media networks like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and YouTube.

The trick is to make your ad look like it’s simply sharing some good content of value which is what we all expect to see in our social accounts.

25% of consumers are more likely to view a native ad and 18% of consumers will convert better from a native ad than from a traditional ad.

So I think it’s pretty clear how much of an advantage you gain from running native ads over traditional ads which present a clear offer.

How are you using native advertising in your business?

 

The Key To Success Is Developing Multiple Income Streams

One of the most important factors to building an online business is to have multiple income streams.

This is the one mistake almost all Internet Marketers make.  They put all of their proverbial eggs in one basket and then when the rules change and what once worked is no longer working they’re, please pardon my French, up shit creek without a paddle.

Believe it…It’s 100% true, I’ve been there done that.

It was not too long ago I was in that exact same boat.  I had started up a highly successful t-shirt business back in 2014 and in fact did so well that I dropped everything else I was doing even though I knew better and told myself that this was not going to last and be there for the long haul.

You’re probably asking yourself, but why or how did you know that it wouldn’t last…Good question!

Because anything predicated on someone else’s platform, system, and/or rules is volatile.   My entire t-shirt business was built upon Facebook news feed ads.  And at the time it was like printing money…Regularly getting 500-800% ROI, just ridiculous numbers.  But I knew if anything changed within the Facebook ads platform then my business would fail.   And I was right!

By summer of 2016 Facebook had some many “t-shirt advertisers” that they decided to not show everyone’s ads throughout the day to all of your targeted audiences.  This was proven by Teespring.com itself.  They had tested various URLs and noticed that their ads were not showing up even though Facebook was still charging them as if their ads were showing.  This happened to me and my business as well, thus effectively killing my business.

The same can be said for any business that is co-dependent on any other 3rd party platform that you can’t control.

For instance Amazon is now a great resource to sell your products, however how long do you think that will last?  With everyone doing the exact same thing it will eventually become over-saturated if it’s not already.

Do you see just how vulnerable your business truly is unless your smart enough to diversity your income streams.

So how do you diversify?

It’s easier said than done…However hard work and dedication is the key.  Learn to be open-minded and keep your ear to the ground about what’s working now and try to get in before everyone else.

Here’s a rundown of all the income streams I’ve created since my t-shirt business:

[+] T-shirts – I still do this, but in much more passive role from my 65,000 buyer email list and utilizing some other viral tactics to add new leads/customers to my list

[+] Physical Products (Necklaces, Mugs, etc.) – eCommerce through: Shopify, Amazon Sellers Central, Merch by Amazon – selling physical goods drop shipped as well as POD (print on demand)

[+] Offline Consulting – I work with local businesses to help them utilize all aspects of the Internet to grow their business

[+] Digital Products – I create digital products about the systems I’ve created in my own business similar to the products I have on this review site.

[+] Affiliate Marketing – I promote other people’s products through this website as well as I promote other more commercial products I personally use within my businesses

[+] Blogging – I have this site, DigitalProductReview.Site, and most recently started a blog, DiaBEASTes.com, for my 5 year-old daughter, Casteel, who is a Type 1 Diabetic

[+] Local Media Sites – I have created a couple media based websites along with social properties to build large audiences I use to promote the local businesses I work with

Besides all of the aforementioned businesses I am also about to start up a local Photo Booth business and Youth Flag Football league.

With all of these sites bringing in income even if one or more stops producing due to the game changing I’ll be just fine.

I hope this has opened up your mind to see how important it is to develop multiple income streams.

So the question is how are you going to create multiple income streams?