Tips for an effective online chat: II

1. Transfer chat sessions when required:

Since individual agents may have different areas of expertise, so, provide them with a list of other agents and their levels of expertise. This helps in cases where a chat agent is involved in a conversation that has got to do nothing with his current level of expertise. Such that, without much ado, he quickly transfers the chat to another agent ensuring that the customer is aware of the transfer.

Chat transfer
Chat transfer

2. Make use of typing indicators:

Your live chat software should include typing indicators. It should enable the agents to see a customer’s words as they type, and issue an alert when the customer has hit the “send” button. This feature gives the agents insight to what the customers are thinking as they type and also allows the respective chat agent to respond quickly without making the customer wait for long time periods. The alert should be audible, visible, or both such that it lets the agent know that a customer is awaiting a response.

Typing indicator
Typing indicator

3. Program targetted pages to raise chat offer:

As a matter of fact, just raising the offer to chat is enough to convey a sense of goodwill. Allow customers to browse on your site for a time before raising the offer to chat. Identify a list of target pages where you want to increase the conversion rate, and program them to automatically raise the chat offer after a period of 30 – 60 seconds such that the customers get enough time to be oriented for the chat.

Targeted chat
Targeted chat

4. Create a set of professionally designed canned messages:

Customers should be greeted professionally when they arrive within a live chat conversation. Professionally designed canned messages can be employed for this purpose. Carefully worded standardized canned messages can be used to automate parts of the conversation and augment your professional profile in order to greet the customers with courtesy.

Canned message
Canned message

5. Employ CRM tool along with online chat:

All your chat agents should have access to customer sales records. Integrating online chat with CRM tool allows them to update the CRM records at the end of a chat session.

CRM tool
CRM tool

 

 

Lead generation strategies: Part II

1. Special events and promotion:

Events are a very powerful way of boosting your lead generation efforts and offering prospects a chance to be educated about the benefits and results of your products. Make doing business with you a memorable experience for the people. The more enjoyable, fascinating, informative, and knowledgeable you can make the experience, the more business you will do. Also, the stronger and more meaningful bond you will form with your customers.

2. Leverage your competitors’ resources:

Making use of the relationships that your competitors do not properly or fully develop or appreciate, is quite a clever thing to do! You can simply make arrangements to obtain details from them of all their unconverted leads, unsold prospects and unconverted inquiries are like them handing you the keys to their own customer list.

3. Franchising:

It is an arrangement for the lead generation where the franchiser (one firm) allows the franchisee ( another firm) to use its business model along with its trademark. This helps produce and market a good or service according to certain specifications. The franchisee has to pay one-time franchise fee plus a percentage of its sales revenue and gains in return:

i) immediate name recognition

ii) detailed and guaranteed techniques of running a full-fledged business.

iii) training of employees

iv) ongoing help in promoting and upgrading of products that are tied and tested.

4. Telemarketing and direct mailing:

Telemarketing is a method of direct marketing in which a salesperson solicits prospective customers to buy products or services, either over the phone or through a subsequent face to face or web conference appointment. It can also include recorded sales pitches programmed to be played over the phone through automatic dialing. Telemarketing is flexible in scope, message, and the things it can achieve.

It works especially well in collaboration with direct mail because it allows you to identify prospects and reach them directly through two media.

Telemarketing

5. Blogs:

Blogs are yet another effective means for lead generation. Blog posts that educate your customers on your products or services help your customers in a much better manner.

As a matter of fact, the more exciting and fascinating pages you publish, the more favorably search engines like Google look at your website. As a result, you’ll attract more visitors via search which in turn leads to increased sales.

Benefits of co- browse technology: I

By now all of you are quite familiar with co- browse technology. Apart from being a great tool for the success of a website, it offers a number of benefits to the companies and sites inculcating this technology. Some of those benefits have been mentioned below:

1. It improves support accuracy:

Co- browse technology helps to improve support accuracy by seeing exactly what the customer is seeing. Through screen sharing you can actually see what steps he is taking, what errors he is getting, reasons responsible for that error and more. Co- browsing helps ensure complete resolution as you’ll be solving the issue together with your customer.

Query resolution through co-browsing
Query resolution through co-browsing

2. Higher conversion rate:

Co-browsing lets the agents have a look at the customer’s browser tab to guide them through your website and support them with the buying process. Resolving purchase related queries during this process helps clarify their purchasing decision which results in higher conversion rates and thus higher revenue per call.

High conversion rate
High conversion rate

3. Increased customer contentment:

The attention span of visitors is very short and so is their patience level when they are online. So, they appreciate being helped quickly and efficiently, and having their issues resolved instantly. Most communications channels available show that customers demand fast fixes for their problems. Co- browsing is one such technology that can be used to provide quick fixes to customers’ problems. Companies can successfully meet their customers’ expectations by using such services that provide fast customer service.

Customer contentment
Customer contentment

4. Reduction in call handling time:

Another advantage or benefit that co- browsing offers is the reduction in call-handling time. This further increases agent utilization and reduces costs. Co- browsing involves sharing screen space online and being able to have a look at the customer’s screen which results in more involved and motivated agents. In other words, this technology actually helps to shave off all the time spent articulating what is on the screen, what the customer did previously, and what the customer should do next as it makes chats and calls more efficacious.

Reduced handling time
Reduced handling time

 

Tips to increase conversion rate: VI

1.Add comparison pages to your website:

This is a clever strategy for increasing your conversion rate. According to a research, people compare among providers before purchasing. So, you can benefit your site by adding product comparison pages to it. This will help increase peoples’ attention span and keep people from leaving your website. The most common way of doing this is using comparison tables. Spec based comparisons can be made using these tables or by employing other creative ideas. In case some of the specs related to your products are lower than that of your competitors’, do not hesitate to admit it. It may be possible that your support is way better or you provide personal consulting or something else. Admitting your shortcomings makes it easy for the people to trust you.

Comparison page
Comparison page

2. Slow down the persuasion process:

The biggest mistake one can make to hinder the conversion rate is asking for the sale too fast. There is a possibility that people might be just browsing and won’t be in a hurry to buy right now. So, what you need to do is, slow down. You can offer value and results in advance, way before asking for the sale. Become their trusted advisor and give them a compelling reason to sign up to your email list.

Persuasion
Persuasion

3. Strive for risk reduction:

There’s always a risk related to a transaction and if the risk seems to be big, the purchase won’t take place. In order to eliminate the risk involved in a purchase, offer guarantees to your consumers. There are a number of ways risk reduction can be achieved. 30-day money-back guarantee is one of the industry standards that you should offer. You can even offer something better than that.

Risk reduction
Close up of a yellow pencil erasing the word, ‘Risk.’ Isolated on white.

 

Tips to increase conversion rate: V

1.Exemption of customer hesitation:

It is very important to exempt ay kind of consumer hesitation related to the offers you provide in order to increase your conversion rate. People will have conscious and subconscious objections to what you’re saying about your products and offers. You need to address all their concerns and convince them as to why they should avail your services or buy your products. The most suitable technique is to prevent all those hesitations by addressing all the possible issues in your sales copy right away. For this, you have to create a list of all the possible hesitations and objections your potential customers might have and then add information to your sales copy to eliminate those concerns. You can convince people to buy from you by explaining the problems solved by your products, showing off your credentials and proving the value your product offers.

Exemption of customer hesitation
Exemption of customer hesitation

2. Provide clarity in your content:

Your content should have clarity in the sense that it should be understandable not only to the people related to the marketplace you deal in but also to other people. The basic idea is that you shouldn’t aim to write for companies but for people. While creating content or explaining about the products and services that you provide, imagine that you are explaining it to your close friend. This is the best method to inculcate clarity in your content.

Content clarity
Content clarity

3. Craft proper value proposition:

A value proposition is the primary reason for a prospect buying from you. It actually requires you to showcase what is unique about your company, your products, and services. Moreover, it must be communicated effectively to achieve optimal results. All you need to do is to refine your value proposition until you can articulate it in a single, instantly credible sentence. Conversion rate optimization can be enhanced further by optimizing value proposition that involves identifying, expressing, and testing/measuring. This can be achieved using A/B testing.

Value proposition
Value proposition

 

 

 

Tips to increase conversion rate: IV

1. Provide proper product description:

A proper product description includes a bunch of bullet points with features along with the price. It means adding as much information about them as possible. The best kind of product descriptions includes adding pictures, videos, reviews to all of your products.

Proper product description
Proper product description

2. Ease down your process of buying from you:

An easy buying process is very crucial to increase conversion rate.  The basic idea is to make sure that people should not try to figure out how to buy from you or where to click. It should include as few clicks as possible. Always guide the user towards the action you want them to take. In case you have a lot of products, build better filters, so your prospects could identify the right one for them without spending too much time. In order to ease down the process further, ask to fill as few fields as possible and avoid asking irrelevant questions. Most importantly, do not force users to sign up in order to buy. According to the story of the “300 million dollar button” the main point for increasing conversion rate is to avoid forcing people to sign up as a user in order to buy from you. Let them check out as a guest and you will notice that it will make a world of difference.

Easy buying process
Easy buying process

3. Make the most of videos:

As a matter of fact, videos can improve conversions when used properly. But you also need to know that not all site visitors will have access to your videos as certain video players are not licensed on Apple devices, so, Flash video content won’t normally load for users with an iPhone or iPad. Moreover, depending on your industry and target demographic, the exact number of visitors could be more or less, with increased mobile use among younger consumers.

Videos
Videos

 

Tips to increase conversion rate: III

1. Create urgency through scarcity:

You can employ a number of techniques in order to achieve a high conversion rate. Creating urgency through scarcity is an efficacious tactic of doing so. You can create scarcity in the following two ways:

i) quantity-related scarcity:

This type of scarcity is created by telling visitors that a particular number of seats are left at a mentioned price.

ii) time-related scarcity:

In this type of scarcity, there is a time constraint for buying a particular item, such as the ones titled as ” One day left” and more.

In case of endless product supply, you can give out time-sensitive bonuses, a free gift to first a particular number of buyers or a discount if they complete the purchase within a specified time frame. So, these are the ways of creating urgency through scarcity. All you need to keep in mind is that the reason for scarcity has to be authentic. People will know if it’s a fake scarcity. This can prove to be harmful your reputation.

Creating urgency
Creating urgency

2. Make your call to action prominently visible:

Call to action refers to something that asks users to convert. It may vary from a landing page for your product to a form for users to use to sign up for an email list. Your call to action can be present in any form but the only condition for its success is that it should be prominently visible. You need to make it stand out with an enticing design or use it as a relevant and engaging pop up after a user sits idle on your site. You may actually include it near the top of every page, or link to a call to action on nearly every page of your site.

Call to action
Call to action

3. Minimize everything that is irrelevant:

Once you have made your call to action prominent, you would want people to focus on a single action and not be distracted from it. As a matter of fact, the more visual inputs and action options your visitors has to process, the less likely they tend to convert. Therefore, you should consider minimizing distractions like unnecessary product options, links and extraneous information will increase the conversion rate.

 

Remove distractions
Remove distractions

 

Tips to increase conversion rate: II

1. Provide transparency:

Today’s consumers know when you’re being transparent and when you’re covering up for a defect with colorful or manipulative language. So, if you wish to increase your conversion rate, instead of trying to sugar coat things to sell your product, be straightforward about it. Mention precise, honest bullet points about the uniqueness and advantages of your product. The more honest and upfront you are, the better the transparency that you provide to your customers and higher the level of their trust in you.

Transparency
Transparency

2. Develop trust:

Once you provide transparency to your customers you have already developed some amount trust in your customers. Another means of increasing website credibility is by providing third-party support which includes citations, testimonials, articles in well-known publications, source material etc for the information you present, especially if you link to this evidence. This is a way of showing confidence in your material. Further listing a physical address, posting a photo of your offices or listing a membership with the chamber of commerce, making your contact information clear are some other techniques of increasing website credibility. Moreover, you can make your site easy to use by avoiding ads on your site. If you must have ads, clearly distinguish the sponsored content from your own. Also, try to keep your site fast, up and running.

Building trust
Building trust

3. Keep it simple and enticing at the same time:

Researchers have proved that sight is the strongest sense, so, instead of writing about your product, include a video or image-based demonstration of what it is and how it works. Visuals always make it easier to sell, so, leverage the power of visuals to increase your sales. But you need to avoid aggressive popup ads, flashing lights, or tons of exclamation points to make a good case for conversion. These things may drive the users away. You need to know that the simpler your design and offers are, the more likely your customers will be willing to convert.

Visual demonstration
Visual demonstration

 

 

 

Tips to increase conversion rate: I

In our previous post, we shared the importance of conversion rate optimization and how it affects your value for your partners and affiliates. So, now you know how beneficial CRO is for any business or site. So, here we are with some tips and tricks that can prove to be helpful in increasing your conversion rate:

1. Competitor analysis:

You need to literally monitor your competitors and every time you go to your competitors and you notice something different, memorize it. Simply explore what your competitors are doing that you are not, what strategies they are using that you are missing out. Consistent monitoring will give you some ideas that you can test on your site. In the most favorable condition, it might help you spot a weakness in their product or approach that you can capitalize on.

Competitor analysis
Competitor analysis

2. Target the right keywords:

It becomes quite annoying if people are searching for something and they land on a page that has got nothing to do with their search term. In order to avoid this, you need to make sure you are using support keywords within your content as well that help the search engines to be sure of what your content is about. You can utilize Google keyword tool for this. By setting up the right keywords at the top of your funnel, you ensure the success of your conversion rate optimization technique.

Keywords
Keywords

3. Employ A/B testing:

A/B testing refers to the process of comparing two versions of a web page to see which one performs better. In order to determine the tests, you should be doing, consider the potential revenue each test may bring, and rank tests accordingly. It’s important to test one hypothesis at a time in order to know which change made the difference. Main things to test include headlines, page layout, navigation, radical change and more. You can use tools such as Google Content Experiments, Optimizely etc for this purpose.

AB-Testing
AB-Testing