Matt Ackerson founded AutoGrow (Petovera Inc.) in 2010 as a conversion-focused web design agency. The company has since worked one-on-one with over 500 customers and clients to create their sales funnels. Matt is a graduate of Cornell University. He and AutoGrow have been featured in Techcrunch, Forbes, Inc, Venture Beat, Mashable, and Popular Science among others. He and the team write in-depth articles on digital marketing, sales funnel design, and also offer an advanced funnel training course here on AutoGrow.co
If a sales opportunity does not move down the funnel, the sale will not happen and the opportunity should be removed, hence the “leaky” funnel. A leaky funnel is not necessarily bad; as a salesperson, you want to focus on opportunities that are likely to yield results. It is the nature of sales to have to remove an opportunity from your funnel. It does not mean that you will not sell to that account (a positive action by the customer can put them back into the funnel), but for the time being, you should centre your attention on opportunities that remain in the funnel.
Testing can be conducted sequentially or in parallel. In sequential testing, often the easiest to implement, the various versions of the webpages are made available online for a specified time period. In parallel (split) testing, both versions are made available, and the traffic is divided between the two. The results of sequential split testing can be skewed by differing time periods and traffic patterns in which the different tests are run.
Behind the Scenes Tour of My Office? - Yeah, it's nothing exciting but I want to tell you something....2 years ago, I was flying Southwest Airlines flights at 1am trying to get home in the corporate grind. And I am very grateful for my time there. I crushed it. But, I always wanted to own a business and control my destiny. One year ago, I bought this old doctor's office and made it my own. I have a team of 9 that work for me now. Yep, we built the whole business on ClickFunnels basic pricing plan at $97.
Full disclosure: IMPACT is a HubSpot partner -- but that's not why they're included here. IMPACT's landing pages have long been a source of design inspiration. I love the simple layout of the page, from the large headline copy and detailed featured image, to the outline that surrounds the form, to the colors and fonts that are very pleasing to the eye.
Great article Matt! I have a product-based business (skincare to be precise) and I’ve been doing a lot of research on sales funnels over the past few days but only ever come across examples for service-based businesses and struggle to apply those to my business. I do offer a free skincare guide at opt in but can’t think of anything else for the follow up emails to create trust as well as a limited time offer. Would you have any suggestions?
How Many Individual Pages Can I Have Within My Funnels? - This is a great question. Remember, you get 20 funnels for the $97 ClickFunnels Cost. So a good follow up question is how many individual pages can you have within those 20 funnels? The answer is 100! Similar to my comments about it being very unlikely you need more than 20 funnels for a while, it is also unlikely you would use more than 100 pages. For example, the page you are viewing right now is only "one page"...you would have another 99 before you ran out! Click Here to Start the Process on a FREE 14 Day ClickFunnels Trial
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