Quick refresher on the CARE Funnel, my modern marketing funnel to help drive your content strategy. At the top of the funnel is your Clueless but Curious audience. These are people who want to engage with you anonymously. They like to read your blogs or watch your videos but with no deeper connection. They’re researching a problem they’re trying to understand better or solve, and the content – the stuff you share – to reach this audience is intended to bring awareness to you and what you do.

When somebody reaches the Attentive stage of the funnel, they’re looking for something a little more intimate. They’re moving closer to the consideration stage of their buying journey. This is when a lead magnet can be a powerful way to engage them.

“Lead magnet” is a nerdy marketing term. Your audience doesn’t care about the phrase and doesn’t know what it is. Its definition is what the term suggests – something to attract leads to you. Specifically, a lead magnet is something to give away that can help your audience on their search for answers. It’s a how-to guide, a tips and tricks guide, a best practices guide. Maybe it’s a video or an infographic or an ebook. It’s a thing of value that you give away in exchange for contact information like an email address. Once you have an email address, you can start to market more specifically to somebody and personalize their experience with you better. An email address is largely the currency of digital marketing, so consider it valuable. A lead magnet can help you earn it.

An example of a lead magnet that I like a lot is an automated email course. This is education you provide to people who register and enroll. I love these because rather than being as transactional as a download or one-time offer can be (get this free white paper, for instance), an email course let’s you get top of mind for somebody several days in a row. Your audience gets to know you, how you think, what you do in ways that I think are more meaningful. You can see an example of a lead magnet I created, Marketing That Makes Money, here. And of course I invite you to sign up using this form:

Lead magnets don’t have to be difficult to create. When working with clients I’ll often look at their blog posts and look for best practices, tips or linear process posts. These are easy to break down into a quick PDF or infographic that abbreviates the content of the blog post into just the most actionable, practical stuff. Videos can also be powerful lead magnets – have you ever walked a client, customer or prospect through a process or demonstrated something? That’s an easy lead magnet – shoot a video of you explaining the process, pointing out some details, or demonstrating how something works. Lead magnets can be powerful for introducing yourself to others and nurturing new relationships.

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Chris Bintliff

Chris Bintliff helps organizations create marketing that makes money. His Not Really Rocket Science platform helps drive a modern marketing engine that attracts customers, builds relationships and delivers sales opportunities. When he’s not writing, building, designing, delivering, speaking, teaching or strategizing (is that a word?) he enjoys talking about himself in the third person. Learn more about what he does and how he does it.
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