Saturday, March 9, 2013

Getting Sales Leads from Your Wesite via a Contact From

Getting Sales Leads from Your Website via a Contact From
Think for a minutes about the last 50 visitors to your website.  Will you be able to contact them and try to turn that website visit into a sale?  If you are like most small business websites, the answer is no.  To be able to utilize your website to its fullest potential, you need to get their contact information and turn that website visit into a sale.
There are ways to capture the contact information from your website visitors by adding one more more of these items to your website:
  • Social media login
  • Email newsletter signups
  • Real-time chat
  • Embedded web forms

Collecting sales leads through web forms works great because most people are comfortable typing their information into them. They also require less commitment than account sign-ups and shopping-carts that ask for credit card details.
Savvy business owners use web forms to convert more website visitors into new customers.
Creating your Contact From
Converting more sales leads from your website using web forms is easy when you follow these three steps.
1. Give your Website Visitors a Good Reason to Submit a Form
A lot of businesses will just tie in simple language to their contact us form such as "Please contact us".  How about adding an incentive for website visitors to contact you?  Such incentives could include a coupon or access to an e-book..
A great incentive sentence looks like this:
Request a quote and we’ll send you a 10% off coupon for any products you purchase this month. Complete the form below to get the coupon.
2. Pick a Form Tool That’s Easy to Use and Use it
To collect your users’ contact information, you need a good form builder.  Some great examples include  Gravity Forms for WordPress as well as  WuFoo and FormStack too.
3.  Redirection and Contact after competing the form
After your website visitor has completed your contact form, it is important that you redirect them to either another site on your website or to a page that thanks them.  Then the next, and most important, step is to follow-up with them.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

New Rules for Home Office Deductions

The Internal Revenue Service announced this week it’s introducing a simplified option for claiming the home office deduction, which owners of home-based businesses and some other home-based workers use to write off the expense of using part of their residence for work.
Under the new rules business owners will be able to claim $5 for every square foot of home-office space, up to 300 square feet, for a maximum deduction of $1,500. Under the current more complicated method taxpayers have to complete a 43-line form that involves many calculations utility bills, real estate taxes, home improvement and property depreciation.
The new rules will most likely result in more small business owners taking the deduction due to the simplicity of the new calculation.