We are finally to part 3 of scaling your business. It has been an eye opener thus far and I can’t wait to see what the next 6 months hold. If you haven’t read part one or part two you may want to.
Here are the links:
The other morning I was laying in bed in the twilight zone. I may be a little weird; I’ve had some crazy ideas come to me in the realm between fully awake and asleep. It’s like my brain is firing on all cylinders and the ideas start to flow.
It may sound crazy to some, but it happens to me all the time. One of these days I’ll tell you about the time I did calculus all night in my dreams, which helped be get a 99% on my calculus test.
Anyhow… I jumped out of bed and sketched our marketing blueprint.
As I looked at it, I could see a few holes that need to be filled and where we could adjust our remarketing and banner ad campaigns.
I’ll keep you posted on our results in the coming weeks. But for now, we have a complete online marketing blueprint. Here’s what it looks like:
As you can see, I am not the artist behind Ydraw videos. My chicken scratches will pass for a third grader and are fine for the time being, but I’m having this created professionally.
When I got done drawing I could see why we were generating so many leads. This Online Marketing Blueprint is a system that keeps getting better and better over time. To get the kind of results we are getting, each section has to be mastered. For example…Adwords is a big part of our business. We have put in a lot of time and effort to create the right text ads, keywords campaigns, display campaigns, etc. The same goes for Facebook, emails, and YouTube. Each section needs to be perfected.
It’s a lot of work, but very doable.
If you leave a part out…it may not work.
I just know that we have gone from 100 leads per week to 500 leads per week in a 3-month period. Which brings with it some growing pains, but those are great problems to have.
Here are the numbers from our Adwords accounts:
Cost per lead $99.79
Click To Conversion Rate was 3% to 9%
Cost Per Lead: $54.55
Click to Conversion Rate 13%
The Changes We Made to Adwords
You can see we’ve doubled our leads and cut our cost per lead in half. With the small changes we are making weekly, I can see this getting even better over the next couple of months.
Here are some of the changes:
- We redesigned and simplified the website. I can’t stress the importance of simplification. Cut out steps and cut out the clutter. It made a huge impact on our conversion and I know it will make a huge impact on yours.
- Create one call to action. What do you want the audience to do?
- Google eliminated the right hand ads which gave us a little boost. This may have hurt a lot of other companies. We were always bidding high. It eliminated some of our competition.
- Added more negative keywords.
- Did A/B testing with text ads.
- **added Gmail sponsored ads to the mix**
Gmail Sponsored Ads
I hate giving away secrets like Gmail Sponsored Ads because I know there are other video companies out their watching our every move. It’s a curse, but I want to make sure I give you as much value as possible.
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Gmail sponsored ads have been a big focus of mine for the last couple of weeks. With Gmail sponsored ads you are able to run ads within Gmail.
We can place ads based on the account activity of a personal Gmail account. Think of all Gmail users out there. We are able to run promotions directly in their inbox.
The Gmail advert is set out in two sections in the Gmail inbox – a collapsed ad and an expanded ad, but essentially this is the same advert. The collapsed ad appears as a ‘new message’ in your inbox and when you click on it, this then leads you to another ad – the expanded ad. You pay for the cost per click (CPC) every time somebody clicks on the collapsed ad. The expanded ad then leads the user to your landing page; however, you do not pay for the click from the expanded ad to the landing page (this is free).
Here is what one looks like.
They are simple and have had a big impact on our Adwords account.
I created a simple tutorial video on how to set up Gmail sponsored ads. Watch it so you can see what I am talking about.
Now let’s jump over to Facebook and Instagram.
When we first started…here is what the numbers looked like:
Facebook and Instagram
(30 Day Time Period)
Number of Leads 446
Cost Per Lead: $10.45
Facebook and Instagram March 2016
(30 Day Time Period)
Number of Leads: 1461
Cost Per Lead: $4.77
Yay for Facebook and Instagram! Our leads have gone up drastically and our cost per lead has been cut in half.
Here are the changes we made to our Facebook and Instagram ads to achieve our results:
- We basically had Facebook track anyone who hit our conversion page and created a lookalike audience that matched our conversions. It has been very effective.
- Created a new whiteboard animation video that provided a little better messaging.
- Increased our ad spend budget.
- Allowed our good ads to keep running continuously.
That is exactly how we increased our leads.
Please note that we have created an overall system and you are getting a glimpse into this portion of our marketing campaigns. There are more videos and blogs coming in the near future (and most likely a book).
Now it is your turn.
Let us know if you have any questions. We would love to help implement our whole marketing strategy to your business.