Last Untapped Profit Stream

By: markvurnum
Lead generation is fast becoming the new trendy term amongst internet marketers and business owners. In fact lead generation is nothing new. It's been around for years, it
has been used successfully in direct marketing channels before such as direct mail, direct advertising and even on product launches.

So why now the sudden hype around lead generation? Well, one reason is that online lead generation is a cost effective way of generating an income for websites that make them profitable to run.

If your are currently not using lead generation on your website then you are missing out on generating new business or sales leads that can become very profitable for your web business.

With advertising costs increasing and competition getting smarter it is important that you get the highest possible visitor value for your traffic. If you are only presenting your visitors with Adsense or affiliate ads then you are missing out on much higher revenues if you don't include a lead generation form on the primary page of your site.

So what websites can you use this method of revenue generation on? Well most websites, particularly niche websites are a potential great lead generation source. By capturing all the information about a visitor by offering them a special report or free e course on the product or service your website covers, you will be then able to sell on the lead to a local or national business for a small fee.

By selling on your data too, is another great way to increase your profits. If you have a large set of data then you can easily approach another related business and offer them to do a mailing share to promote both their products and yours. This works very well in increasing their customer base, sharing the cost of a mailing to your customers and also earns some income along the way.

Online lead generation and in particular using email broadcasts in the auto responder service it is also possible to do a similar thing. You can offer to promote a related product or service to your list and via versa. Again this is increasing your customer exposure and if you agree on a small fee to do this you will also earn a small income before you have even sold anything.

In all in lead generation can work both offline and online very effectively for your business. It will allow you to grow your business and eliminate the issues of slack times as you will have a complete data set of your customers that you can contact via direct mail, email or telemarketing to increase your sales. This will deliver sales if you adopt a consistent strategy and perform at least one contact a week with your database.

By keeping contact with your customers in this manner increases your brand awareness and will deliver you sales in the long term, this means you can cut the risk out of advertising. By ensuring you have any new potential customer put into a systematic marketing system for lead generation, you will be able to spend more on advertising as you know that the system will produce a steady supply of sales leads into your business.

Using email is the most cost effect method to keep constant contact with you sales lead. Email is free and you can contact your customers in minutes informing them of new offers, events and special discounts. This method of marketing means you can future proof your business using lead generation. Email marketing though does have some drawbacks, it can sometimes be difficult to get your message through Spam filters and once you have there is no guarantee that it will get read by your customer.

The best method of lead generation marketing is to ensure you use all the fields of data you captured. By sending an email and then a direct mail piece means that there is a much greater chance of your customer taking action and contacting you to buy your product or service.

If you need to increase your sales and profits then lead generation is the answer for you. It's a simple method that has benefits to your business. It can deliver you sales but also build you a potential database of customers that you can contact in the future to sell more or other related products and services.

There is no doubt that lead generation will become recognized as the primary function for many sites as it can deliver an income, build a list or prospects and also give your website the edge over its competitors. Start your lead generation now and un tap the last profit stream on the internet.
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