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4 Phases To A Six Figure Sales Funnel: What Is A Sales Funnel and How To Build One
So there you are...building your online business like a busy bee. Hacking and fracking your way to a list building empire. Traffic mechanisms and cost per impressions running out your ears.
Hours of "laptop labor" trying to push the ball further down the field.
Then at the end of the month, you look up and realize that you didn't make enough money with your "business".
You created some revenue. However, you aren't able to ring the freedom bell any time soon.
Been there? Done that? I have and it makes me want to lay in the middle of a busy interstate.
You have a product or idea. Check. You know who needs to buy it. Check.
What the heck is going on then? Why isn't the money rolling in like raging tides?
That why we are entrepreneurs! We got in this for French Revolution stuff. We set up the barricades on the 9 to 5 world and said, just like our friend Gandalf, "YOU. SHALL. NOT. PASS!"
Nope. Leave your boss and corporate grind at the gates of hell where they belong. We're in this to create our own destiny.
Yet, here we are. Month after month it's like trying to sprint up a muddy hill with our profits.
What the hell do we do? How can we proceed toward our dreams of wall street yachts and Tai Lopez lambos?
In all seriousness, how to do we create the gross/net profit necessary to live the dream...
...how do we create predictable results to underwrite what WE want for our families?
You build a sales funnel you crazy animal. A high converting sales funnel that cranks out cash.
"What's a funnel?"...I get that all the time when people ask me what I do for a living. I tell them its a weird item you can find in the gas station and move on.
What the Heck is a Sales Funnel?
The above graphic is a simple way of looking at the four sales funnel phases I'll be covering.
Before I dive in here, it's important to know that everyone has a sales funnel. You may not call it that. That's part of the problem.
You see, a sales funnel a the journey...
- Human eyeball sees your "stuff" on Facebook, Twitter, email or website somewhere. We call this an impression.
- Impression turns into a click because they want to go a little deeper and discover what value you bring.
- They keep clicking.
- They buy something or they don't.
- They just experienced your sales funnel.
There are LOTS of funnels out there. Lots of different "structures".
I've got a pretty strong opinion on what your funnel structure should be, based on my experience.
I have my own 7-figure business. I've been in masterminds with many successful business owners who have sales funnels.
"Far and away, the simple funnels make the most money."
Here's the simple sales funnel structure you need to wake up with and go to sleep with...simple as A.B.C. :
Build The List
I'm going to fill in the gaps and get you closer to the pin...don't worry.
But, before you go running into the OK Corral with guns ablazin'...
...always remember that this sales funnel framework will be what you need to cling to.
Attract Traffic. Build The List. Convert Sales. Rinse. Repeat.
Know Thy Sales Funnel Purpose - How To Reverse Engineer Your Sales Funnel To Ensure Success
Before you start building, you need to know what your sales funnel should be about in the first place.
One of the worst feelings in the world is spending hours on a sales funnel only to find that it doesn't convert.
You can build a gorgeous sales funnel, but miss the mark on what the customer actually wants. This is what's called having a "marketing slot machine". I'll touch on this more in a moment.
Good news is that you can funnel hack your way to freedom and clarity. What's funnel hacking? I wrote a detailed post here sometime back. Russell Brunson also walks you through funnel hacking on his webinar here.
In short, you need to reverse engineer what is already working. Model the masters.
This doesn't mean to copy a competitor. Rather, you need not recreate the wheel.
But you do need to save yourself from yourself...
...what I mean is that often times we think we know what the customer wants.
We rarely do.
You need to survey people. Literally.
Get on the phone with them. Offer them free coaching calls. Whatever you gotta do.
In the last 6 months, my team and I have conducted 3000 phone calls. Those calls have allowed us to reverse engineer offers that now allow us to NOT leave money on the table.
Our sales funnels are FULL of relevant product offers.
By starting with the end in mind, you win. Start with the customer's "bleeding neck pain" and back your way all the way out.
That's where we start with TOF activity.
Sales Funnel Phase #1: Top of Funnel Activity
TOF includes Attracting traffic...or better explained as getting attention.
Attracting traffic is your initial step to a high converting sales funnel. Actually, someone who does it well is Gary Vaynerchuck. He translates it as "attention arbitrage".
Here's a great youtube video he put out on Attention:
You need to disrupt your audience and snap them out of their zombie like brain patterns.
One of my favorite mediums right now is Facebook Advertising. I liken Facebook Ads to the dog that runs out into the interstate highway.
You either hit it...
...swerve around it...or stop and let it get into your car. Regardless, of the outcome, it got your attention.
And EVERYONE is on the Facebook highway.
There are dozens and dozens of attention mediums, like Facebook, where you can animate your Top of Funnel activity.
Some of the core traffic mediums used to disrupt and convert attention might include:
Search Engine Optimization
Email List Marketing
Facebook Messenger Bots
The list goes on and on...
NOTE: You CANNOT scale a profitable business without cold traffic advertising.
That is to say, the world of sales funnels is a pay to play world.
You need to identify the the three "R's" of your sales funnel and put money behind it:
The RIGHT Audience
The RIGHT Medium
The RIGHT Offer
Once you have those three, any of the above listed ad channels can suffice as your Medium. Then scale(volumize) by buying that media with paid ads.
This is how to grow beyond your warm circles of friends, family and peripheral audiences.
Paid "TOF" activity is what allows you to go deeper into your industry market and mine the gold from "them thar hills".
Why? Because the most important asset in your business is your distribution channels. These are what develop AFTER you've proven that you can get leads and customers.
Defining which mediums your audience lives in is half the battle. You have a marketing slot machine until you know what it takes to buy a customer.
PRO TIP: Most (not all) audiences can be targeted via Facebook Ads or Google Ads. Your sales funnel can almost always get fuel from one of these two advertising platforms.
Sales Funnel Phase #1.B - What Do I Show Them?
The RIGHT Audience
The RIGHT Medium
The RIGHT Offer
The sales funnel offer should begin with value you offer to your audience. This is something they will read, watch or consume.
You don't need to go for the sale at first. You need to build TRUST and AUTHORITY in the mind of your prospect.
Sales Funnel Magnets
Warm 'em up! Woo the reader with a blog post. Something that is all about THEM.
Don't try and get their info yet. Let them read something that you reverse engineered around the research that you did. If you did what I said to do above, you'll know EXACTLY what to write.
That content will be the whirlpool you trap them in. Muahahahahaahaha.
It's a tango that you need to dance and it needs to circle around them. It's helpful to them and moves them toward their goal.
ATTACK one of their many problems.
Go deep and be super helpful.
Don't hold back.
Pull the kimono open and let them see how the sausage is made.
Give them the clarity they are so desperate for.
The way you deliver your top of funnel content is up to your comfort level. It doesn't always have to be a blog post. It could be a Facebook Live broadcast...a Youtube Video post...an infographic...any "non-gated" (doesn't require optin) information you can give them will work.
What kind of posts should you offer?
The ones I use the most that get people super fired up are How To Posts, Lists, Case Studies and Success Stories.
After your top of funnel "read magnet" is in place, start thinking of the next layer of value you can deliver. This is where we start pulling people deeper into your sales funnel toward a lead magnet.
One thing to never forget is that your TOF magnets are related to overall reason your sales funnel exists. Congruency is a massive weapon to keep in mind.
Keep this in mind when creating your top of funnel assets.
Then, you'll be linking to your lead magnets inside your TOF material. This is where the magic begins. You'll start converting a percentage of your website traffic into actual leads.
Make sure you graffiti your blog post(or TOF magnet) with your lead magnet link. Your lead magnet could be any of the following:
A recording of a talk you gave
A replay of a workshop you hosted
The key is to provide bite-sized, easy to consume assets that help them cheat time.
Now its time to get TONS of eyeballs on your post.
Here are some ideas for that:
Email your list
Post it on your Facebook page and run an ad with it
Get influencers on social media to share it for you
Do a Facebook Live Broadcast
Guest blog on other popular blogs and get them to link to your post
Bottom line, get people to your TOF so they will click on your link and download your lead magnet.
Then, they are officially in your Sales Funnel.
A Word About Lead Magnets
Check this out about sales funnel lead magnets.
Lots of people are more protective of their email addresses these days.
You gotta deliver true value rather than just giving them the honor of being on your newsletter.
This means you need to build on what they've read in your TOF...
...then take it up a notch.
You’ll want to deliver this all via email.
Want to know how I develop sales funnels with fantastic lead magnets in them?
See what I did there?
This is the funnel in action.
I did the research, I surveyed my audience and produced a lead magnet that I know will help them grow their business.
Then, I sprinkled it all over the top of funnel phase of my sales funnel.
Once they've opted in, they have triggered the rest of the sales funnel.
Now its time to start creating customers...
Sales Funnel Phase #2 - Middle of Funnel
"The first dollar is the hardest dollar to get, the second dollar is the easiest dollar to get."
Not sure who said that, but it's a damn good quote. It happens to pan out to truth more times than not.
That's why the middle of your sales funnel needs to have a low cost, value based offer that you can create customers with.
This offer needs to tie in with your TOF magnets too. This is how we create life long customers with sales funnels.
My middle of funnel offer is my Sales Funnel Madness course.
So far, I've been guiding you through how to structure a high converting sales funnel. The MOF is the halfway point that is super powerful.
You've had a chance to also download the emails I use to convert people in my most successful sales funnels.
If you decide, you'll move further into our sales funnels by opting into the MOF offer...
...Sales Funnel Madness.
This will present you with a one time offer discount of 70% off.
Notice the level of intense congruency this funnel holds. The only topic of business that my TOF and MOF activity have are about sales funnels.
This is the funnel within the funnel. Mind-bending?
Every step of the funnel is important. They each feed each other to keep the prospect moving in the direction you want. That is, to create a customer.
Remember: The first dollar is the hardest to get, the second dollar is the easiest.
So, let's make sure our top of funnel slides fast and sure directly into the introductory offer.
"But wait, why is congruency so important?"
Glad you asked.
If you haven't realized it yet, the human psychology is very distracted. I liken it to Harry Houdini looking for escape hatches.
If you don't have the sales funnel water tight, your traffic will delete the email, close the web browser or forget you altogether.
This will not increase your income. It will only stall out your confidence. That's NOT what you signed up for, so DO WHAT I SAY...CONGRUENCY.
PRO TIP: I use Hotjar.com to record my sales funnel visitors so I can see where they are acting like "Houdini" and disappearing...
MORE PRO TIPS:
Price your MOF offer under $50
Keep the offer 100% congruent with your top of funnel.
The value they receive in your MOF offer should be ten times what they received in your TOF.
Promote this offer on your Thank You page of your lead magnet too.
This is not the offer to get rich on. Rather, this is the offer you create customers with. This gets you to the "second dollar is the easiest to get" phase.
Here are some ideas for your MOF offer:
A tutorial/video course
A customized business plan
Lists of equipment necessary for certain systems
Graphics that are done-for-you
An audio course
Short group coaching calls
Bottom line: you need to drop massive value on the customer. Challenge the way they are doing things. The best way to do that is to show them how you do things successfully.
Now it's time to sell your MOF Offer. Wondering how you might go about that?
Offer it RIGHT after people opt in to your lead magnet. Where might this be?
Your "Thank You Page".
On your thank you page you should have a one time offer. Also known as your OTO.
This page is going to be the value driven one time offer.
Sales Funnel Phase #3: The One Time Offer
After someone opts in for your lead magnet, they will land on a new page. This is your confirmation or Thank You page, as mentioned above.
At the top of the page you should display a headline message that states "Congrats! You're (insert name of lead magnet) is on the way."
From there, proceed to give them another step or deeper level of free content while they wait.
Why do we do this?
We do this because we are still building trust and authority in their minds. The slip-n-slide from the top of the funnel to where we are now in the middle is still happening.
Further down the page, you present your one time offer. Remember, EVERYTHING needs to maintain strong congruency with the top of the funnel.
And to make this bad boy purr like a kitten you HAVE to involve urgency.
This happens through automation and evergreen tactics. Limited availability is one of the strongest sales funnel features.
FOMO (fear of missing out) is one of the strongest psychological forces known to man. By leveraging FOMO properly, you can increase conversion rates.
But don't forget to be adding value all the way. Relate with them.
Matter of fact, I've developed a single page cheatsheet inside this funnel that shows you how to structure your OTO sales page.
Bottom line: To get the sale, you have to get serious about your sales funnel game.
If you're curious, at this point, how to go about doing all this sales funnel building without going crazy...
I've made it lego blocks simple for you inside my Sales Funnel Mastermind Course.
I layout all the "secrets" and identify all the blind spots, so that you don't have to be the crash test dummy.
Nope, you follow my course recipe and you'll be proficient in Sales Funnel ninja tricks.
You get a sales funnel coach without paying 4-figures for the consulting fee.
Pretty cool little opportunity, right?
I think so too.
"But wait...what they don't buy my one time offer?"
Glad you asked. This is absolutely normal.
That's where marketing automation via email comes in. 80% of all sales happens between the 5th and the 12th touch.
True story. Look it up.
Basically, just because they didn't buy it right then and there doesn't mean they won't. Remember, you are in the middle of the funnel still. You're still moving them toward trust and conversion.
And don't worry. You are NOT going to come across pushy, desperate of salesy if you keep making the offer via email.
The congruency, from the TOF till now, is why it will feel normal to your prospects.
If you have the solution, flaunt it, shake it...sell it! That's what a sales funnel is for!
Selling your product or service is an act of meritocracy. It's not a crime or immoral. It would be immoral NOT to sell your product to someone who needs to exchange their currency for your value. Otherwise, they may never reach their potential or solve their problem.
Plus, you can always include more resources and offers that may help them get even further toward their goals.
Now time for Phase #4.
Sales Funnel Phase #4: The Main Product Offer
This is the main show. This is what your TOF and MOF was created for.
Selling your main offer to your customer is your chance to increase:
- Gross Revenue
- Gross Profit
These two things must increase to grow any company or business.
Your sales funnel is the vehicle for your main product offer at the end of the day.
See my Sales Funnel Madness course for a full, step-by-step sales funnel blueprint so you can get your main product offer crankin'.
Your main product offer is your best in show. This is where you drop all the knowledge you can on a single product or service.
Give them your best offer.
What can/should you offer?
An online course
Tickets to your premium live event
A certification program
A monthly membership community (like we do with Screw U)
Group coaching programs
Monthly consulting sessions
A physical product
For me, it's high ticket coaching. Why? Because I enjoy the high gross profit on a singular sale. This provides tons of cash and "oxygen"
So I use the simple 4 phase sales funnel outline to create customers over and over again who pay me 4-figures per transaction.
You can too!
One great strategy is to create sub-topics around your main offer and use them as entry points into your TOF.
Then, reverse engineer sales funnels that lead to your main product offer.
Always start with your main offer in mind. Once you have one TOF entry point that works, repeat that with another sub-topic.
Lead magnets, read magnets, one time offer, main product offer.
Over and over.
Top of funnel, middle of funnel, one time offer, main product offer.
For example, let's say you have a woodworking training program. It teaches people how to create side money with their woodworking hobby.
Let's say it has 10 training modules that customers get over 10 weeks.
You could segment each module and use them as separate TOF entry points.
You could have lead magnets and one time offers built from "Module #2: How To Select The Correct Woodworking Tools".
Another could be how to plan out a woodworking project.
Another could be woodworking projects that sell.
And so on, and so on.
What’s more is anyone can do this!
So how do we go about actually selling the core offer?
There are various funnels that work great. One of the most popular ways is the webinar funnel.
Or you can sell over the phone.
Or you can sell at a live event.
I suggest live webinars. They sell like hotcakes. If you have the right webinar sales script, you can sell to many and have a crazy high conversion rate.
That means crush sales. I suggest Russell Brunson's Perfect Webinar Script. I have closed up to 65% of my webinar attendees using his blueprint.
If you do anything I say in this entire post, get his webinar script.
Or you could send emails.
To a sales page that breaks it all down for them.
Or you could invite them to get on a call with you.
Or you could follow them around Facebook with some heavy retargeting ads.
Test them all and go with what converts best for you!
Sales Funnel Conclusion
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Today I’m going to tell you my 14 marketing secrets that are going to help you grow your business. Get ready, these are not in perfect crescendo by any means. This is the Indian Jones version of the marketing class you always wanted in college.
Truthfully, there’s only three ways to grow your business:
1. Create new customers
2. Get them to pay more than the average cart value
3. Get customers to order from you again and again
So how do we do this? We have to go back to the basics of human psychology. In order to grow your business you need to know how to make your product appeal to human behavior, basic needs, and desires so you can persuade your prospect to buy your product.
So here goes the secrets. Hold on tight. Some of these you’ve heard. Some you haven’t. Some you haven’t applied.
1. The Right Offer, the Right Medium, and the Right Audience
It sounds crazy, but most people don’t know who their audience is. They may have a vague idea, but can’t exactly write it out or articulate it. Truly, your business needs to revolve around your audience. You cannot start with your offer first. Your audience needs to dictate your offer and your medium, not the other way around. Knowing your audience is going to help your figure out your offer—What is the bleeding neck pain of this demographic that I can create a product to alleviate? This is true of the medium as well— Is my audience more likely to shop online or in retail stores? If you ever get lost in the kudzu of your business, remember to start with your audience and form your offer and medium around the customer.
2. The Anatomy of Good Marketing Starts with the Story You Tell
A story doesn’t always have to be the length of a JR Tolkein classic. It can simply be a picture or even a word.
Here are three types of stories you can share with your customers:
Some people may want to know the history of your business and how it came to be.
Product Origin Story
Some people may want to know why you decided to make your product. What bleeding neck pain inspired your product or service? Some people may also be interested in how your product is made.
Customer Success Story
This story can also be called social proof. Really its’s showing the amazing results that your product has given to your customers. An example could be two pictures side by side showing the before and after. If done well, this will make your customers want to use your product.
The right medium would include the stories in interchanging fashion.
3. People Buy For Different Reasons
If you take any secret from today, take this one! There’s usually 5 to 7 different reasons customers buy your product. Don’t assume they are buying for the same reasons you would. Maybe some people purchase something because it looks cool, some because someone told them about it, and some wanted to buy something they’ve never tried before. Whatever it may be, you need to identify purchasing behavior and psychologies ASAP. You won’t have any predictability otherwise.
If you’re having trouble identifying behaviors, the Maslow Hierarchy of Needs is a great place to start!
The Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs is an illustration of human needs. This is why restaurants will always be in business because food is the most basic need. What’s interesting is that the higher your the higher the need is that your business addresses in this hierarchy, you become less of a commodity and more of a premium. Think about it; people who are asking the question, “What’s my purpose in life?” and looking for self-actualization are going to pay more for that than a meal. However, know that going up higher in this hierarchy also means less customers. If your product addresses a more complex need it, it doesn’t mean that it’s better than a fast food restaurant. Just scale your business around the need you’re addressing, and I assure you you’ll understand your business more and it will grow.
4. Get Outside your Own Assumptions About What the Customer Wants
When creating your business or product, don’t go off your own assumptions. Don’t assume that your potential customer feels and behaves the way as you. You do not represent your customer. Again, know your audience and know their bleeding neck pain. What do I have to do to know my customer? You need to have conversations with them. Do some focus groups. And as soon as you feel like you know your customer, be ok with mutating and accommodating new needs and desires. Learning your customer never stops.
5. Don’t Build Baseball Fields In Cornfields
If you build it they will come is false, false statement. Even if you’ve built the best website, the best blog, you need to market yourself. Even a restaurant in the best location of town still needs advertising! Customers will never show up on their own accord. Attract traffic, build the list, and convert sales.
6. Understand Traffic
I don’t mean go stand on the street and watch cars go by. I mean understand eyeballs and impressions that see your offer. There are three types of traffic:
- Cold Traffic- People who don’t care about you, your logo, and who don’t know your business at all.
- Warm Traffic- Potential customers. People who you’ve had a conversation with or maybe they’ve even given you their email address. They’re interested in your offer, but are still considering.
- Hot Traffic- These are the people with their credit card out asking, “Where do I buy?”
No matter what tier of traffic someone is in, your job everyday needs to be to get them further down the sales funnels and one step closer to closing a sale. Everyday, convert cold traffic into warm traffic. Get their email, get them to shake your hand. Also focus on converting warm traffic into hot traffic. Give warm traffic an offer they can’t refuse.
This statement should inform your marketing decisions everyday: Micro commitments get people closer to closing sales.
7. Think in Funnels, Not in Websites
If you need help understanding the differences between sales funnels and websites, check out this recent post Sales Funnels vs. Websites. It will tell you everything you need to know.
8. Automation Trumps Determination
I stole these next two from Casey Graham, but you need to automate everything you can! You are only you, and you do not have the capacity to do it all. You are going to run out of time.
Create email automations, create delivery automations. Automate everything you can.
9. Nail it, then Scale it
Again, from Casey Graham, don’t try to do something before you nail it. Don’t set up an ice cream shop until you have nailed the flavors and their recipes. You need to be the most credible on opening day, because first impressions are really the only ones that matter.
And don’t outsource your marketing until you’ve nailed your brand. Ad agencies will always be happy to take your money, but you need to crack the code and make decisions about your business before handing over your marketing efforts. If you cut corners, you’re going to lose momentum, and we all know that losing momentum for entrepreneurs is the death of a thousand paper cuts.
10. Leverage the Power of Contrast
This goes back to secret 2, but everyone loves a great success story. Leverage the power of before and after.
11. Find the Villain in Your Industry and Pick on the Incumbent
Have you ever seen those Samsung commercials that passively pick on Apple? The guy with his Samsung phone is walking past the Apple Store and laughing at all the people in line. People love that stuff. Find your villain and only act like it’s you two in the boxing rink. Make them look like a dummy.
12. Model the Masters
Why would you ever try to create anything from scratch these days? Absolutely pick on the incumbent, but also recognize what they’re doing right. Find your top two or three competitors and do what they do. Model their business, model their sales funnel.
Even if your business is online, you don’t need to create your sales funnel from scratch either. I am Clickfunnels affiliate, which is full of sales funnels templates. Click here to start your 14 day free trial.
13. One-One-One Formula
Every business can be energized by this formula. In business, all you need is one skill, one technology and one funnel. What do I mean by this exactly? I was once in a sales funnel for a career coach. Her skill was helping people get their dream job. From this skill, she had designed technology— her own course with information and content people needed to write amazing resumes and nail job interviews. See how that one skill intimately animated a technology? And with her audience of young professionals in mind, she did this all through a webinar funnel.
Attract traffic with the one skill, and close the sales with the technology through one funnel.
14. Hire a Coach
If you want to go to the next level, you need to get coached by someone at the next level.
Don’t get a free coach. Because you need to pay to go to the next level; it’s something you need to invest in and not take for granted.
Those are my 14 Marketing Secrets. Hope this was helpful. Check out the video for more information and a Q and A portion.