10 Ways to Use Your Website to Upsell

There is an art to using your website as a sales tool. Some companies are creative in the way they offer their products or services so that they can upsell seamlessly. There are many strategies employed and perhaps the best way to hone in on what might work for you is looking at the techniques that have worked for you already as a consumer. Here we explore a few options.

 

1. Make the product look like a bargain
Every shopper likes to think they are getting a great deal so if your original price appears to be slashed, this makes it look more attractive.

 

2. Make the mid-priced option the default
By making a mid-priced option the default, your buyer may not notice (or may not care) that there is actually a cheaper alternative if they looked around. An analogy with a hotel room would be making a ‘pool view’ room as standard and if the visitor clicked for a view of the car park, they may save $20 per night.

 

3.  Make the mid-priced option visually more appealing
By presenting a variety of options online, it is relatively easy to make one package stand out over the others. This could be with a different color background or border, it could be with a different size of text or it could be with a ‘ribbon’ or ‘badge’ proclaiming the most popular or best value for money.

 

4. Bulk selling
Set up your online marketing and cart to offer a discount for buying multiple items or bulk packages. If a customer is looking to buy a gift, they may be more tempted if they can get a perceived bargain. Ironically, it can be easier to sell 3 products for $30 versus 1 for $13. This same theory works in offering a discount for an annual subscription versus a monthly renewal.

 

5. Offer free shipping and handling
Customers are often frustrated when the ticket price is not the eventual cost. Additional charges (like shipping and handling or expedited shipping) being dropped can make the difference between making a sale or deciding to choose one company over another.

 

6. The name game
Offering an ‘ultimate package’ or a platinum service automatically infers a hefty price tag. By naming the tiers cleverly, it may be easier to upsell without raising apprehension. An example would be using a term like ‘premium economy’ which still carries the impression of being priced like an economy brand.
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7. Time sensitive pricing
Order within the next 24 hours to lock in this price … or similar! Giving the impression that it will be raised may give the impetus needed to make a sale.

 

8. Cool off period/cancellation policy
If you offer the option to edit or cancel the order within a period of time (even if that is 30 minutes), that may be all it takes to entice a consumer to click on ‘buy’.

 

9. Show the upgrades on your main image
If someone is drawn to your site because they saw your product in an ad then use that image to showcase the best you have to offer, the upgraded version which will encourage them to take the upgrades available to mimic the style that captivated them in the first place.

 

10. Offer a store credit for a future purchase
A business goal is to get return clientele and one way to promote loyalty to your brand is to offer an incentive to return. An upgraded sale which also includes a promotional voucher not only makes that sale more attractive, it encourages your customer to check back for another transaction.

 

If you are looking for a new website design to optimize your Website Upselling, Trulium has the experience to help find your niche and connect with new clients. Contact us today.

Is It Time To Review Your SEO Keywords?

In the SEO world, there is always a lot of buzz around tools used to help identify keywords and key phrases. However the list was created, here we explore reasons why they should be revisited periodically to make the most of an effective SEO campaign.

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Popular can search strings change over time

New terms are being coined all the time. Month on month, the difference in your leading key phrases may only display a subtle shift. Over time this can compound so that your original ‘heavy hitters’ which attracted the most matches are no longer the terms you should be focusing on.
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Seasonal Phrases

There are two angles to having a business with keywords that change over the seasons. The first is that unless you review the search strings across the year, there is a chance you could be losing the opportunity to optimize your SEO. The second is that if keyword research was done at one of the times when time sensitive searches skewed normal data, you could be honing in on a term which isn’t relevant year round. Chances are it is very clear within your business if you are affected by seasonally popular terms.
An example would be a nursery selling evergreen wreaths over the holiday season. Search strings related to the wreaths may have represented a high percentage of interest and consequently sales over the winter but could be virtually nonexistent in the spring. That’s an extreme example to illustrate the point but depending on your particular business, an SEO model where keywords are rotated may provide a better strategy.

Your business has developed

It could be that your business has morphed through the years to find the niche you are in now. Are the clients you want to connect with correlating you ‘now’ with the same goods or services that you served when your keyword research was done?

Regional differences

If you’ve expanded the area you serve or have relocated your business, different key phrases may be more popular than your original list.

Tools used to find keywords evolve

Sometimes looking at the same data through a different lens can bring new keywords into focus. This can result from trying a different analysis package or using the same package in its latest incarnation.

 

At the end of the day, even if a review of your keywords results in no change, that is still a positive step forward in covering all your SEO bases as you know you have done the due diligence. Shifts can be unpredictable and it could be that a competitor has cornered a market share that was once yours. Bounce rate analysis will show if site visitors found your content valuable. Where it is true that content is king, it has to be easily skimmed and instantly recognizable as your competitor’s site is just a click away. Trulium offers SEO, local SEO and PPC services to help identify and then capitalize on the keywords that are right for you – a tailored approach because each business is unique. Contact us today to start attracting new clients online.

5 Reasons to Use Emojis and Emoticons

The acceptance of pictures replacing texts is a bit of a moving target. For some advertising campaigns, this is the new norm and certainly, for a generation of millennials, they are seen as a common part of the digital language. Emoticons tend to convey emotions (like : – ) is a smiley face read sideways – it is a combination of text symbols used together to represent how the author is feeling) whereas emojis portray a wide range of easily recognizable people, expressions,  animals, places, modes of transport, food etc and are actually a picture.

Although a relatively modern concept in communicating, they are now common and widespread, particularly across social media. Here we explore 5 reasons why it’s totally OK and maybe even better to use them than traditional text-only compositions.

They conquer the language barrier and the age barrier

Even a child learning to read can understand the concept behind a smiley face. It makes them feel happy inside. Likewise, even if a reader didn’t know how to say they were feeling sad or angry, happy or tired, a picture is worth its weight in gold in quickly conveying emotion.

Did you know that they also bolster the reach of your posts? As well as using hashtags, viewers also search on emojis. If you’re a bride looking for inspiration, searching on the ‘bride’ emoji will pull up all the posts no matter what language the hashtags are in. Reason enough to take them as a serious part of your marketing toolkit.

They encourage dialog

Especially on social media platforms like facebook and instagram, it’s just as easy to comment with a heart or clapping hands if you like the post or you are posting, especially important if you are marketing promotional images around the world and don’t want to translate text. A palm tree emoji can reinforce a sunny picture of a tropical beach in Florida, a jumping dolphin has us checking out the waves to catch a glimpse.

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It is widely seen as acceptable

There are certainly some professions and forms of official communication where the use of emoticons or emojis could be seen as inappropriate. Generally, they are reserved for more light-hearted, informal representation. If in doubt, look to your own niche market industry leaders, the first step in adopting a more relaxed attitude to their use will probably come across in social media posts first.

Reaching a new and growing generation of customers – especially in a social media marketing campaign

The millennials and youngest generation of IT-savvy consumers will make up larger percentages of the population of consumers as time goes on. If they are reacting to your advertising and social media with emojis and emoticons then you need to be able to reciprocate to seem relevant, mirroring their tone in your response builds a client relationship. You appear more friendly by replying in the manner they also choose.

It’s so quick and easy

Someone else has already done all the hard work for you so there is no need to make up your own set of images.  Starting an email with a long sentence about what has gone wrong so far that day can be said succinctly

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Maybe some of the detail is lost but the general message is conveyed in an instant.

 

You’re just as likely to see your next emoji on a T-shirt as onscreen, they are widespread everywhere you look.  You’ll soon get feedback if you overuse the symbols and a slow and steady approach is best. There is no need to set a goal as to how often you do use them, they are here, they are here to stay and they can truly help you get your message across to make your clients social media marketing campaign

If you’re ready to launch a social media marketing campaign and want some help exploring which platforms would best suit your needs, contact us at Trulium today.