For lead generation to work, one thing needs to be true.
Your audience needs to trust you’ll provide something valuable.
Think of this trust as a bank account. You earn trust — get deposits — by demonstrating your expertise, providing social proof, or showing people what value they’ll derive by giving you their contact info.
You can then spend your hard-earned Trust Bucks to ask your audience to act. Every time you ask your audience to do something, you’re withdrawing from your account.
It’s a simple concept but marketers seem to forget it easily.
This past weekend, I was going through the presentations from BrightonSEO. If you’re not familiar with the event – it’s one of the biggest SEO conferences in the world. All the big names are there. And they come equipped with their big ideas.
Thanks to the amazing work of SEO expert Lino Uruñuela, all BrightonSEO slide decks are collected to the benefit of mere mortals like me who didn’t attend the event.
Most decks are uploaded to a platform with free access, but some speakers go a step further. They create a dedicated page where the deck can be downloaded – if you leave your email address, that is.
This can work great for a visitor of Brighton SEO who watched the talk live.
But when I go there, I’m met with a withdrawal request from a trust account no one has put a deposit in.
I see a link in a list of links. I see the title of the presentation and the speaker’s name.
But I don’t really know what the talk is about. Or who the speaker is. Or if there’s anything valuable in the deck.
How can you make this experience better for all visitors?
Put a visible download form for the event visitors who already know you. But add some info for the people who come through a recap link. Or, even better, leave the deck visible for everyone and add some additional downloadable materials related to the talk.
Putting some effort into trust deposits means visitors are that much more likely to give you the information you want.
This same idea works in all kinds of situations.
When building a landing page for your product asking visitors to sign up for a free trial.
When creating a piece of content asking readers to subscribe to your newsletter.
When your sales team reaches out to a prospect asking for their time for a demo.
It’s all a balance between trust deposits and withdrawals. And you need to get it right to succeed.
⚖️ P.S. What do you do to build trust with your target audience? And what obstacles do you see in finding the balance between trust deposits and withdrawals? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
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🎂 A celebration
1 year ago today (according to my iPhone), we did the first screen tests for what became the “Strategic Content & Messaging” online video course. If I had known the amount of effort this enterprise would take, I probably would have postponed it for another indefinite amount of time.
And thank God I didn’t know what I was getting into! It’s been a great journey!
To celebrate, I set up the biggest discount the course has seen since its launch. If you’re curious, check out the curriculum and see if it’s the right fit for you.
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