Apart from converting customers, there are other ways to monetize a website. If you have done a good job of persistently creating engaging, highly relevant, SEO enhanced content then it is likely your site will begin appearing on the first page of the search engine results. When this starts happening, advertisers sit up and take note. You might find offers to advertise on certain high ranking pages start trickling and then flooding in.
It is important to regularly analyze how your online business performs and look for areas of improvement. In particular, you will need to implement some form of traffic analytics for your website. Analytics (I recommend the free Google analytics) allows you to see where traffic has come from and what it does on your site. This helps you position your marketing efforts and improve on under-performing areas, while driving home your advantage in areas you are succeeding.
On a series of calls, you should be able to identify if your lead is as involved in this offering as you are. He needs to cross-examine you on various aspects like the size of your business, how many customers use your product, how the product or service will help his business, etc. Questions like these will help you understand if he is interested in your pitch.
Short of time and looking at a quick checklist to ensure you are on the right track to a successful lead generation campaign? Over the years I have consulted for several startups and also deployed lead generation techniques that work. This is our own checklist of ideas and points we follow to either brainstorm and come up with more ideas with the rest of the team. Use this checklist in cases where you have started several campaigns and noticed the results or conversions are not coming through, or if the leads have suddenly stopped, then look also at ensuring you are up to date with newer strategies or techniques that are coming out to market.
Ever find yourself on a trip and just realized you’ve left your sunscreen at home? What about those times when you’ve sat at your desk, got sucked into answering emails, and forgot a report that was due that afternoon? Want to avoid these situations? Use a checklist! It’s amazing how writing things down can help you get better organized and be more efficient–ensuring that you leave no task undone, no chore unfinished and no sunscreen at home.