Though metrics vary wildly, consider Internet marketing standards:
• Marketing response rates hover around 2%. As an example, for every 1 million impressions, approximately 20,000 visits are generated.
• Of the 20,000 visits, 11.5% opt-in to join a mailing list or receive a free product.
• In addition, 3.5% convert to paying customers within three months. Therefore, for every 20,000 visitors or 1 million impressions:
• 700 customers are secured.
• 2,300 potential clients are added to one’s database.
As indicated, assuming a median cost of $2.52/CPM, a typical expenditure will be $2,520 for one million impressions. Based on the above metrics, the lifetime value of a single customer must be $3.60 to break even ($2,520 per 700 customers). This is certainly a viable proposition if $24.95 books, $97 workshops, and other items are being sold with reasonable profit margins.
However, if the ultimate goal is to sell high-end coaching services (e.g. $300/hour with a 3 hour minimum) or multi-session workshops (e.g. $10,000 for six weeks of training) the metrics look pretty darn appealing.
That said, conversion is a byproduct of multiple tangible and intangible factors and there’s no guarantee things will happen as planned. Further, many Internet marketers simply cannot afford pay-for-placement/performance marketing and must pursue other options. If this is the case, low-cost or free traffic must be generated to sustain one’s operation if online sales are the primary component of revenue.
Providing free, high-value products and driving traffic through synergistic partnerships leads directly to the second step of the equation, bypassing the upfront investment required in step one.
Given no out-of-pocket expense, this equates to an immeasurable ROI as each opt-in costs nothing to secure. Even if less than 1% of the 11.5% of visitors who opt-in become paying customers, the metrics are phenomenal. Best of all, the customer views the relationship as a favorable exchange of value: “For providing my name and email address, I receive valuable content. That’s more than worth it.”
Internet Prophets: The World's Leading Experts Reveal How to Profit Online by Steve Olsher
“We all are learning, modifying, or destroying ideas all the time. Rapid destruction of your ideas when the time is right is one of the most valuable qualities you can acquire. You must force yourself to consider arguments on the other side.
— Charles T. Munger”
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