As a manufacturer, you most likely know it’s important to have a good website and significant social media presence. But do you really know how to piece together the various elements of online marketing so that they can drive up your building material sales?
Your company’s online presence is capable of providing you with 24/7 sales around the year. However, many manufacturing companies fail to exploit the full potential of their websites either because of a lack of know-how or because of incorrect strategy execution. In this piece, we are going to look at 4 steps that are crucial in driving traffic to your building materials’ website and ultimately converting this traffic into sales.
Step 1: Building the Traffic
Before you can effectively start tapping into the power of your online presence to grow building material sales, you need traffic to your website or social media platforms – and plenty of it for that matter. So, how do you attract a massive audience to your site?
Most successful manufactures employ a mix of strategies including online advertising, search engine optimization, social media marketing, and many other means of gaining traffic. However, it’s often difficult for them to obtain high-quality traffic (that is, visitors who are indeed likely to become customers).
The best way to go about getting quality traffic is by analyzing your website’s performance using tools like Google Analytics to obtain data that shows you what traffic sources offer you the best returns. You should also look at what your competitor is doing on their website – using special online tools for analysis – to determine if their efforts are effective in drawing quality traffic. With these tactics, you can know where you need to focus your resources to receive high-quality traffic.
Step 2: Build the Customer’s Trust in You
The most common mistake that building material manufacturers and marketers make after driving traffic to their site is trying to convert their visitors to customers immediately. That doesn’t work with most customers today.
After you have succeeded in luring potential customers to your website, your objective should be to build their trust in you before trying to convert them. You can do this by answering their queries, solving their problems, and giving them valuable content that keeps them engaged and interested in your brand. If the customers can see the quality of your products without you pushing the idea to them – say by reviewing your previous customer testimonials, videos of the product in use, case studies, or any other relevant content – they will automatically develop some trust in you.
Step 3: Convert them
Once you have built trust with the potential customer and you are now their go-to resource for their specific needs, you can proceed to try and transform them from being a passive visitor to an active potential customer.
You will need to initiate opportunities that persuade them to convert such as offering incredibly valuable content to solve their common problems. This often feels like the last step for most manufacturers because their visitors have converted – but it isn’t.
Step 4: Nurture the Leads
After a successful conversion, you have to nurture that lead and get them to a point where they are ready to make a purchase and become return customers. You nurture leads by giving them additional valuable content and lucrative offers in a way that drives them to want to buy from you.
Nurturing and building great trust with your potential leads makes it easier for them to accept your offers when you ask them to buy your product.
If you focus on the above 4 steps in your journey to grow building material sales, your online presence will deliver massive revenues at the end of the day. But you have to do it strategically for successful results.