10 Ways to Improve Website Conversion Rates

website conversion ratesRegardless of your ideal mix of demand generation programs, I’m willing to bet that most of them are designed to bring prospects to your website in the hopes of later converting them to a paying customer.  It doesn’t matter if your solution is hardware or software and it doesn’t matter if your sales model is zero touch or requires full-blown field sales reps.  The path to prospect conversion surely passes through your website at least 90% of the time.

If you agree, then also realize that even a perfect mix of demand generation programs can be totally destroyed if your website doesn’t do an effective job of facilitating conversion.  In this context I’m using the word “conversion” in a generic sense because for some companies that might mean the prospect downloads a free trial while for other companies it might mean filling out a contact request form.  But in all cases, I’m referring to the final desired action a prospect could take from the website along their path to becoming a paid customer.

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A Secret to Securing a Strategic Partnership with a Major Player

securing a strategic partnershipMost startups desperately crave a partnership with a big, strategic player that could offer them significant leverage and credibility.  Just think about the giants in your particular industry.  That’s who I’m talking about.  But they are huge and you are tiny, so how do you secure a real partnership in which they actually utilize their size and influence to help you?  Too many startups only think about the benefits they will get from such a partnership when the only way to get the partner to even lift a finger is to provide real value to THEM.

In a previous article I described a way to get a prospective strategic partner’s attention (see “Get the Strategic Alliance Partner to Come After You”).  In this article I’ll describe how to leverage that initial momentum into a real partnership that produces real results.  I’ve secured several such partnerships throughout my professional career and have identified three primary categories of the needed value creation I described.  Let’s dive into each of them further to see what your secret ingredient(s) could be.

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