What is a marketing funnel?

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Before we go in to discuss how to plan your Marketing Funnel, there is a need to define it.

3.1 What is a marketing funnel?

It is an overall plan to channel new prospects into your business with the aim of developing a relationship, a sale, repeat sales and finally turning them to become not only your clients, but also your raving Fans for life.

It has also been defined by other authorities as a simple marketing system that you set up to collect email addresses of your prospects in such a way that you can market to them automatically.

There are two types namely: a lead-driven and a sales-driven marketing funnel.

After securing a purchase from your prospect, the former puts the customer in your list, your control for further marketing while the later puts them in the affiliate merchants’ control, gone forever out of your hands.

For beginners I recommend lead-driven marketing funnel as it is very useful for affiliate marketing, but sales-driven marketing funnel is good if you have your own product as a merchant in ClickBank etc. where other affiliate are selling for you. At the end you get the money and the list for further marketing.

When you are setting up your lead-driven marketing funnel, you need 2 things namely: a free offer and an autoresponder. I will deliberate on them in other parts how to get clickfunnels discount of this eCourse.

However, strategically, a marketing Funnel is usually depicted as an inverted pyramid (or funnel), with 5 connected parts:

  1. The top broad inverted base =>
  2. The middle small part =>
  3. The smaller underneath vertex =>
  4. The smallest tip that opens into the funnel channel =>
  5. The channel.

The inverted Pyramid (or Funnel) portions described above can then be labelled in that order as listed:

  1. Awareness
  2. Consideration
  3. Conversion
  4. Loyalty
  5. Advocacy

3.2 Awareness

The top broad zenith (in the inverted pyramid) represents all the ways you attempt to create awareness for your brand, product or website; to attract and lead the people to your website. This include over 5-10 free and paid ways that you will regularly use to attract prospects to your website and finally to your products.

Top and easiest among them are the Social Media – Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Google+, Squidoo Lens, Classified Ads, Press Releases, HubPages, Answer Sites, Forum, etc.

There are simple ways of placing ads on those sites – those kind of ads you often see on sites like Facebook and Yahoo Answers, etc.

The major aim is to create public/market awareness of your brand, products and services.

3.3 Consideration

The middle portion called consideration. It is where you offer to them valuable goods and services as baits and pecks to get them involved in doing business with you.

The goal here is to make a calculated attempt to convince them to join your list.

Thus, whatever you are offering must be very relevant to your market niche, but quite different from what you are putting up for sale.

If you are selling Affiliate products, the vendor will more often than not provide you with products that will serve as Free Offers which you can use here as baits to get people into your lists. If they don’t, you can create them by yourself using free but relevant downloads or free products from other sources.

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