Let’s start right off the bat and make it very clear that we are not encouraging you to spam your customers or trap people with clickbait. Those tactics don’t work out well for anyone.
That being said, there are a few “spammy” website tricks that can help boost conversions. With some subtle but effective methods traditional employed by spam sites, you can actually help boost your website traffic, leads, and sales without annoying your customers.
Here’s how to make three traditional spammy tactics work for you and your customers.
Countdown timers are a great way to push a sense of urgency. If you are running a big sale or have a special offer and put a countdown timer on it, people feel like they have to act or risk losing out. No one wants to lose out.
When a person goes to your website and sees that little timer ticking down, their primitive brain goes into panic mode. Seeing time tick away makes them worry that they are going to lose out on something or that they are going to miss out on something everyone else is getting.
This panic isn’t a conscious response and it can be used to your advantage. Consider putting a countdown timer at the top of your website page when you are having a sale or in the checkout cart to help avoid cart abandoners.
Countdown timers can also be good for autoplay webinars. Delivering a little “webinar starting in 5 minutes” with a countdown timer as a pop-up in the bottom corner of a screen can draw people in. They will see the pop-up and think “Oh! What luck! I came to this page just as they were starting a webinar. Now I have to watch it.”
While countdown timers are great, make sure that you use them sparingly and only where appropriate. If your timers become predictable and expected, they lose their effectiveness. Keep your customers guessing and your countdown timers will work towards your advantage.
Have you ever poked around on a company’s website, landed on a conversion page, and see a little “webinar starting soon” banner with a countdown clock? While it would be nice to believe that you landed on that page at the exact right time for a webinar, this is not usually the case.
Webinars are a great way to drive conversions and get leads; however, they usually don’t convert well when you are doing them live. People may express interest in them and even register for them, but it is more than likely that they will forget about your webinar and never watch it. This is there autopilot webinars came into play.
Autopilot webinars are designed to drive people down the purchase funnel. Someone’s interest in your services or product is highest when they are navigating through your website and registering to get more information.
The idea with autopilot webinars is that you capture those people when their interest is the highest, at the registering for more information stage. Adding an autopilot webinar to the registration confirmation page can make people more likely to actually purchase your product.
Choose a webinar that works well for these first time, exploratory customers. A webinar about the importance of what you do and how it helps others be successful is a great example. Make sure to add a countdown timer here and change the webinar once a quarter. That way you can keep people guessing and capture more customers.
Overlays or “Welcome Mats” are a great way to get leads and push people to take action. Essentially, they are a total screen takeover that pops up when people get to a certain page on your website. Usually, they include some kind of messaging like “Want to become an expert? Sign up for our newsletter now!”
Overlays can be a little annoying to customers, but they work. They work really well, especially when it comes to lead generation.
But when it really comes down to it, putting all of these tactics together gets the best results. Create a pop-up overlay with a lead generation box, an autoplay webinar, and a countdown to the webinar and you are in business. Using “spammy” techniques intelligently can give your digital marketing the boost it needs.