How to Create a Lead Magnet That Converts (+ Templates)

Learn how to create and design various types of effective lead magnets that will help you capture contact information and generate leads.

A lead magnet is a free asset that you offer to leads in exchange for their contact information. The best lead magnets provide relevant value to your audience and are attractive enough to influence potential leads to opt in to your funnel on their own. To do so, marketers pick which type of lead magnet they want to create and then follow a step-by-step process to build and design it, often with the help of templates or design tools.

How Lead Magnets Work

Marketers create various types of desirable lead magnets to capture information from their target audience. Lead magnets are often downloadable content upgrades like ebooks or checklists, but they can also be opt-ins for discounts, free trials, or newsletter subscriptions. Regardless of type, they are an affordable way to gather email addresses and phone numbers you can use to nurture your leads while also making your audience happy.

A successful lead magnet will satisfy several main requirements that help it convert and leave a good impression. It must be specifically tied to solving one pain point and relevant to your brand so as not to confuse the leads. It also has to be actionable so leads know they’ll get value from it right after getting it. To ensure your leads are happy with the offer, it should also be easily accessible for them and provide tremendous value to their lives or business.

lead magnet example
lead magnet example

There is a process you can follow to create your lead magnet: First, pick a buyer persona to target and select the issue you’re solving for that customer type. From there, choose the type of lead magnet to create, write the first draft, and design it using online tools. Lastly, embed the lead magnet on your website, deliver it to your leads, and promote it like crazy to achieve an ever-growing number of downloads.

There are several design tools on the market that can help you create a quality lead magnet. Many businesses use powerful options like Adobe Photoshop or InDesign, but they can be pricey and hard to use if you don’t have a design background. Another option is to find a template and build your lead magnet from it. Templates are typically cost-effective and easy to use, and they can save busy marketers a lot of time.

Where to Find Lead Magnet Templates

To help design the best lead magnet possible, there are many templates available to use for free. There are templates available for all types of lead magnets, and all of them streamline the creation and design process so you can more quickly start generating leads. If you’d like to create your own template, you have that option as well. Below are some of the best places and ways to find or create lead magnet templates, often for free.

Canva

Beacon

Visme

Flipsnack

Adobe Products

Upwork

Canva offers thousands of customizable templates that you can use to create, design, and download your own lead magnet that looks professionally done. Create ebooks, checklists, infographics, case studies, and more. It also includes images and design elements you can drag and drop onto your lead magnet. The free version is powerful enough for most projects, but you can upgrade to receive access to premium photos and features.

Canva ebook templates

Canva ebook templates

Beacon offers dozens of templates for ebooks, checklists, and other types of content upgrades. They also enable you to customize templates with their drag and drop editor. With it, you can add quotes, images, headlines, buttons, and more to your lead magnet. While there is a free plan, you must upgrade to the Professional version at $49 per user, per month to access their full template library.

Beacon lead magnets

Beacon lead magnets

Visme gives you access to customizable and professional-looking free white paper templates. Create a free account and use their drag-and-drop editor to customize the templates. Add pictures, quotes, charts, and diagrams to highlight your white paper’s statistics and data. You’ll have limited access to their templates in the free version and full access to them in the most affordable paid tier at $12.25 per user, per month.

Visme white paper templates

Visme white paper templates

Flipsnack offers numerous industry-related reports and other lead magnet templates that you can access and customize. Using their Design Studio you can personalize the industry reports to fit your brand’s style. The free version doesn’t include templates, but with the $14 per user, per month Starter plan, you’ll have full access to their template gallery and can also create and save your own templates.

Flipsnack report templates

Flipsnack report templates

For those with design skills, you can also try to use lead magnet templates directly in software like Photoshop using InDesign, which may not be a good option for design novices since it requires a certain level of skill to get right. You can pay $20.99 per month for Photoshop or $52.99 per month for all Adobe apps, including Photoshop and InDesign.

InDesign example

InDesign example

Hire a designer to create a lead magnet template for you through a freelancer marketplace like Upwork. There are hundreds if not thousands of capable designers on the platform, and many specialize in one type of lead magnet. According to Upwork, graphic designers on the platform often charge anywhere from $15–$150 per hour, with an average of $25 per hour. Some designers charge a fixed rate rather than an hourly price.

Upwork example designers

Upwork example designers

A template will help you create a valuable, appealing lead magnet that leads will love receiving for free. For more places to find lead magnet templates, check out Copy Goals' articles on 100+ free lead magnet templates. Aside from having access to templates, it's helpful to see what creations are possible by looking at examples from other businesses.

Top 9 Types of Lead Magnets With Examples

There are many types of lead magnet types that convert, ranging from a simple newsletter to a complex hour-long training webinar. However, rather than creating multiple lead magnets, focus on testing one or a few high-quality options. Low-quality and low-effort lead magnets can actually hurt your lead generation efforts, so make sure they’re something you can be proud of.

1. Industry-Relevant Study

Industry-relevant study example lead magnet
Industry-relevant study example

Who It’s Right For: B2B companies looking to attract executives and decision makers in a specific industry, especially finance, marketing, and other industries hungry for analytics.

An industry-relevant study is a downloadable resource that teaches a lead something they want to know through data-derived insights and facts. They range from 2-50 pages and include white papers, industry reports, trends, or forecasts. For example, if you sell to marketers, you may create a study on the best ways to drive sales using event-based marketing, the results being based on data you’ve gathered from research.

The main challenges with industry studies include gathering data and conducting research. If you don’t have a partnership or agreement to use someone’s independent research, you may get in trouble using their proprietary data. You can get around this by conducting your own research using experiments, observation, aggregating existing research, or by collecting your own internal information (through surveys or existing data) and compiling it into a report.

Business professionals, especially executives, find this information valuable because it helps them make data-driven decisions without having to do the frontline research and number-crunching themselves. So advertise them to these decision makers on LinkedIn and host them on your blog posts that relate to the study’s data points.

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2. Checklists or Cheat Sheets

Canva checklist template example lead magnet
Canva checklist template example

Who It’s Right For: Consulting or service-based sellers who offer a process for solving customer pain points or companies that need to create a quick and easy lead magnet that converts.

Checklists or cheat sheets are 1- to 3-page downloadable resources that list out the steps of a process or the items needed to achieve a goal. It could outline the steps of starting a blog or the essentials for a backpacking trip in the woods. Regardless, its goal is to help a lead stay organized and on track as they execute a tedious process. Cheat sheets are also shorter than content like ebooks and guides, making them easier to create and iterate on.

An easy way to create a checklist of your own is to outline the steps involved in addressing a problem, or part of a problem, that your business directly solves. For example, a home inspection company may create a content upgrade cheat sheet like "Home Inspection Cheat Sheet for Buyers." They’d write down what needs to be done to effectively inspect a home.

Marketers can then transform the process checklist into a simple lead magnet that is organized and easy to digest using templates. You don’t have to do anything fancy with the design. The value comes from being able to save the checklist and use it whenever they do the process. Checking it off as they do it is also helpful, so offer it in a printable format. Checklists are great lead generators for those on a time crunch. Advertise them everywhere your audience goes.

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3. Industry-Specific Email Newsletter

Email newsletter sign-up example lead magnet
Email newsletter sign-up example

Who It’s Right For: Online businesses that create consistent content to share with their audience.

Email newsletters that are niche-focused are one of the top-performing lead magnets and one of the best community-building tools. Businesses use an email newsletter to share and repurpose existing content in a way that adds value to their readers. This includes things like sharing internal blog posts as well as relevant third-party content and information. Readers subscribe to stay on top of trends, get insights, and learn more about an interest.

Starting an industry-specific newsletter doesn’t have to be complicated. Send 2-3 emails per week to your audience and provide value-adding content. Usually, this takes the form of an article roundup with as many as 3-5 article features, but it can also be a single-post send if your business isn’t big enough to generate that much content. Still, it’s not a bad idea to share other people’s content as well as your own, thereby maximizing the value of the newsletter.

One of the best places to host your newsletter is front and center on your homepage, as we’ve done at Selling Signals in the example image above. For these lead magnets, all you need to do is write an eye-catching title and a subtitle explaining what type of information subscribers will receive. Make sure it’s something they’re interested in learning more about. Under the subtitle, host a lead capture form for users to type in their email address.

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4. Free Trial Offering

Free trial example lead magnet
Free trial example

Who It’s Right For: Subscription or membership-based businesses that want to get their users hooked on their service or product. This is especially effective for software tools or apps.

A free trial of your product or service is a great lead magnet for those selling subscription-based services because it gives the lead a chance to test drive your offering. The key to using a free trial offer successfully as a content upgrade is by making it limited. This could mean a time constraint, a cap on available features, or some combination thereof. We recommend a week-long trial with access to all features so the user can really experience ownership and get hooked.

Businesses often advertise the lead magnet right on their homepage to capture visitors or on their product page to give shoppers a way to get up close and personal with the product. Above is an example of Moz Pro’s free trial offering. Users who click the button are taken to a landing page where they can submit their contact information and get a month-long free trial.

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5. Free Templates

Free template example lead magnet
Free template example

Who It’s Right For: Marketers targeting an audience that’s consistently creating something digital and needs a way to streamline its production.

Templates are 1-10 page downloadable resources used as a customizable foundation for some digital creation, whether that be a sales deck, a cold email, or even a lead magnet. They can make the creation process faster for your leads and enable them to create professional-looking digital products. Leads can also use the template directly; for example, our readers can use our objection handling template to easily prepare for objections from their leads throughout the sales process.

Anything that’s frequently performed or very repetitive is something you can create a template around. For example, a B2B salesperson may want a template for business proposals so they don’t have to start from scratch every time they need to send one out. If they come across a business that's offering one, they’ll happily submit their contact information for it.

Often, the best place to host a free template lead magnet is in an article or blog post that’s teaching your audience how to perform a specific process. Simply create a section titled “Free {Process} Template,” describe the template, and include a picture of it. Below the picture, include a CTA button they can click to open up a form they’ll fill with their contact information.

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6. Free Ebook

Free ebook example lead magnet
Free ebook example

Who It’s Right For: Businesses that want to be seen as an expert in their field and provide in-depth information to quality leads.

Ebooks are typically 2,000- to 2,500-word downloadable resources that teach a topic your leads want to learn more about. They’re usually broken into 6-10 chapters and include visuals, quotes, and in-depth research. The most effective ebooks to use as lead magnets are typically ultimate guides or how-to guides on a niche topic, which can help your audience solve a problem or achieve a goal with more comprehensive information than with other lead magnets.

If you already create great content via engaging blog posts or something similar, you can combine or repurpose multiple blog posts within a single topic into a high-value ebook that contains more depth on a subject than they'd get reading your individual blog posts. Ebooks also serve as a way to position yourself as an expert on a subject, building trust and credibility with your leads.

Many businesses promote their ebooks on social media through paid ads or organic content posting. However, one of the best places to promote these ebooks is on blog posts related to or foundational to the ebook’s topic. You might plug the below marketing ebook into an article about how to write nurturing emails. The reader is already keen on learning more, so there’s a good chance they’ll find your ebook offer intriguing and trade their contact information for it.

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7. Case Studies

Case study example lead magnet
Case study example

Who It’s Right For: Businesses with big wins to share and an audience that likes to evaluate products and services on their own time.

Case studies are documents explaining how your company helped a specific client achieve their goals. They are valuable because they combine the educational aspects of industry studies with the social proof of customer success into a single content upgrade. The best case studies focus on one specific story that highlights customer success and uses things like testimonials and data to prove the value-add of your product or service through a real-world example.

The basic format of a case study includes the overview, the challenge, the approach, the solution, and the results. Use customer interviews and data points to highlight tangible numbers you were able to achieve, and show specifically how they were accomplished. Case studies can be branded or anonymous. Branded case studies have much higher value, but make sure you get permission from your customer first.

Case studies are especially effective for service-based industries that want to prove their worth. To make the most out of your case study, share it on social media, your product pages, and directly with potential leads. This will help people interested in your solution get some more information before they make their decision, and they’ll happily provide contact information to see why others like them paid for your offer.

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8. Webinars

Webinar example lead magnet
Webinar example

Who It’s Right For: B2B and B2C brands with audiences that rely on self-development or individual learning.

Webinars typically denote some type of pre-recorded and branded training, education, or thought leadership sessions. Oftentimes you’ll find webinars are focused on a specific type of persona (for example, training for HR professionals) or a specific skill (for example, software coding). They usually run around an hour, but could be shorter or longer depending on the format.

Examples of common webinar content are training materials such as “How To Effectively Build A Sales Pipeline From Scratch.” Make sure your webinar is adding value to people and is authoritative and informative enough to make a strong impact on viewers. Someone who attends a webinar should walk away feeling empowered and equipped.

Webinars have the flexibility of pre-recording them or doing them live. Many webinars are also evergreen content, meaning they can be reused in offers over the long term. However, you could also advertise an option to get a seat at an upcoming live webinar. This is especially useful if you’re hosting an expert or big name from the field as a guest.

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9. Free Consultation

Free consultation ads example lead magnet
Free consultation ads example

Who It’s Right For: Service-based salespeople looking to book phone calls or in-person meetings with leads who want to learn more about the product or service.

A free consultation represents a meeting between a salesperson and a potential lead in which the sales rep listens to the lead’s particular problem and gives them their initial thoughts about how to go about solving it. If the lead is considered a good fit for this business, this solution will likely be the service the salesperson’s business provides. For example, someone with tax challenges might take a free consultation with a tax advisor and end up employing them.

To make your consultation as beneficial as possible, ensure that the right salesperson is speaking with them — the one with expertise in their area of concern. Also, have the sales rep ask them questions like a doctor would to a patient, thereby qualifying them in the process. Also, give multiple resources to check out aside from your business to build trust and win them over.

The best place to offer a free consultation is in PPC Google ads attached to specific search queries related to your business offering. For example, a law firm might run a free consultation ad on the search engine results page for the query “can I sue my landlord?” You could also host the lead magnet on your main page to capture the contact information and land meetings with website visitors. People value time with an expert, especially if it’s free.

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According to GetResponse, 58.6% of marketers said short-form written content like cheat sheets, newsletters, or ebook samples had the highest conversion rates. These are pieces of content that are easier to create, so you can experiment with different versions and see which ones convert the best. Ultimately, the lead magnet you choose to offer should directly relate to your business and your product or service.

How to Create a Lead Magnet in 9 Steps

The process for creating a lead magnet begins with defining your target audience and selecting a single pain point you can resolve for them. From there, you have to create the magnet, either from scratch in a blank document or using a template. After the content is written, filmed, or created, start designing the layout and look of the magnet inside a template or with design tools. And finally, embed it on your site with a lead capture form and start promoting it.

1. Pick a Buyer Persona to Target

Choose or create a buyer persona that represents the people you want to attract with this lead magnet. A buyer persona personifies the characteristics and needs of a segment of your market. Businesses might have multiple buyer personas — e.g. a 50-year-old surfer from Maine and a college surfer in LA.

When offering a lead magnet, go after only one persona. Understanding the people you’re trying to attract helps you tailor the lead magnet to these leads’ specific needs and pains. As for which buyer persona to focus on, start with the one that you can bring the most value to with a free offering. It might be worth focusing first on high-spenders or company decision makers who will more likely buy after converting.

Buyer persona example for lead magnet
Buyer persona example from Survey Monkey

2. Select One Pain Your Lead Magnet Will Solve

After you’ve chosen which buyer persona to go after, select one of their most pressing pain points that you can solve with your lead magnet. Once again, specificity is crucial. A lead who easily comprehends what your lead magnet is solving for them when they see it advertised is more likely to download it. If you focus on solving multiple pain points, the messaging might become confusing. Worse, the content might half-solve two problems and leave them unhappy. 

If you’re unsure of what pains your audience has, do some research via these ways: 

  • Run Polls: Poll your audience on social media about what they want to learn more about this upcoming year. 
  • Ask Your Audience: Ask your audience to comment on a YouTube video or blog post with something they need help with. 
  • Do Keyword Research: Figure out what your audience is asking in Google using a tool like Ahrefs, then see whether they're getting a sufficient answer. For example, you might see that they’re searching for sales proposal templates, but the ones out there are unhelpful.

Once you know which pain point you are solving, you can turn it into a value proposition to use in the title displayed on your lead magnet, its advertisements, and its landing page. For example, if the pain point for your target audience of college students is “I can’t figure out which index funds to buy,'' your value proposition and title could be “Learn the three best index funds for college students.” Anyone struggling with that will likely want to have the lead magnet.

3. Choose Your Lead Magnet Type

You now need to pick the right type of lead magnet to solve that pain point. You have many choices to choose from, including checklists, ebooks, reports, and more. The most important factor is that the type delivers the information to the lead in the best way possible. However, there are other things to consider, like your current resources and what your competitors are using successfully, that will help you determine which lead magnet type is right for you.

Examine the Content Assets You Already Have

Start your process by looking at your existing content. You may already have a newsletter or a free trial offer available that you can use to satisfy your audience’s needs. Or maybe you have a series of blog posts you can package into an ebook or an article about a tricky process you can turn into a more digestible checklist. There’s no point in struggling to create a lead magnet with new content if you already have existing copy you can deploy.

Decide What Content You Can Create

If you don’t already have content you can repurpose into a lead magnet, think about what you can create with the resources you have available. If you’re an individual business owner or solopreneur, you might be limited by your time or knowledge. If you’re a member of an organization, you could work with teammates or across departments to create one. If short on everything except money, you could always outsource its creation to a writer or creative.

Research What Your Competitors Are Offering

One easy way to come up with ideas for your lead magnet is to look at what your top competitors are doing. There’s no need to reinvent the wheel if you identify a system that’s clearly working for similar/competitive brands within your industry. Identify the brands in your space that are the most successful with content marketing and recreate similar content in your own voice. Do some detective work and check their social pages and sign up for their email lists.

If you’re struggling to pick, just begin with one of the lead magnets that takes the least bandwidth and money, namely checklists. Though they’re easy to create with templates, people still love downloading them because of how easy they make processes they hate tracking on their own. After you’ve chosen your lead magnet type, you can start building it.

4. Create Your Lead Magnet’s Text or Content

Now it’s time to create a valuable resource. This usually involves starting from scratch and writing it in a Word document, especially if it’s an ebook, industry report, case study, or any other lead magnet that’s word-based and requires rewriting and peer editing. It’s usually best to write out a basic first draft and then transfer the text into a design tool or template afterward.

This also goes if you’re creating a video course. You have to write the script and then shoot and edit the video before you turn it into a beautiful lead magnet. If you’re creating a quiz, you need to think of and jot down the questions, answers, and results before turning them into an interactive quiz.

While writing or filming, ensure your content is highly valuable, in your brand’s voice, and actionable. A user should be able to derive tremendous value from it immediately after downloading it. Go through edits to make sure the content is also as clearly written as possible. After you’ve finished the final draft, you can enhance and design it further within a dedicated tool or features within the template software.

5. Pick Your Design Tool

There are plenty of design tools to choose from that will make your lead magnet glow and look professional. Most have free templates and design features and offer upgrades if you want to do more to the lead magnet. 

Here are some tools to help you design different types of lead magnets: 

  • Canva: Use templates to quickly create ebooks, guides, checklists, and other lead magnets. 
  • Adobe Spark: Can be a great Canva alternative, especially for videos or web page designs.
  • Teachable: Create beautiful video courses with this video course creation software.  
  • Typeform: Quickly build online quizzes with a wide range of templates. 
  • Visme: Especially good for infographics, reports, and longer-form content.
  • VistaCreate: Easy-to-use with thousands of templates, especially for social media and video.

There are design tools for video, image, audio, and written lead magnets. To learn more about the different types of tools and their features, check out ClickyDrip’s article on the 15 best lead magnet design tools.

6. Design Your Lead Magnet

Now it’s time to design your lead magnet and make it as attractive and organized for your target audience as possible. Use your chosen design tool to elevate your current creation. If you started from scratch and are still on a Word document, transfer the content into a design tool or pre-built template that will likely have features to upgrade the font, add visuals, and drag-and-drop other design elements like quotes and diagrams.

Regardless of where you’re designing your lead magnet, there are some practices to follow: 

  • Craft a Cover Page: This will be the first page of the lead magnet. It also might be the photo you advertise, so make it articulate the magnet’s value. In descending order, write your logo, the lead magnet’s title, an eye-catching image, and a supporting subtitle. 
  • Pick a Relevant Font: Choose a style and size that works with the overall design of the lead magnet and your audience. If it’s for a fancy wine coupon, perhaps you use a fancy but legible font. If your audience is older, a larger font might be a good choice.  
  • Use White Space Wisely: Give your words room to breathe on the page and it’ll be easier for your leads to read the content. Also, ensure your text and background colors contrast. And give prominence to messages, quotes, stats, or photos that matter most. 
  • Ensure Correct Formatting: When moving content from Google Docs or Microsoft Word to a template or design tool, some of the formatting might go out the window. Be sure to reformat the magnet and proofread a finished PDF before promoting it. 
  • Include Visuals: Use tools like Uplash and Pixabay to download high-res photos for your lead magnet. Create diagrams and charts with Diagrams.net. Images engage the reader and beautify the asset. To avoid clutter, stick to one image on every other page.  

HubSpot’s ebook template exemplifies each of the best practices mentioned above. The font is easy to read, the words take up just the right amount of the page, it's well-formatted and uses colors to separate sections, and the visuals are engaging. Plus, the cover page is attractive yet simple:

HubSpot ebook example

If designing the magnet sounds like too much to take on, you can outsource it to a freelance designer on freelance marketplaces like Fiverr or Upwork. Either way, by the time the offer is complete, it should be something you’re proud to stamp your company’s name on. And leads should feel amazed that they were able to get their hands on such a valuable asset for free and become more trusting of and interested in your brand.

7. Embed the Lead Magnet on Your Website

Once you've created and designed your magnificent lead magnet, embed it on the most important pages within your lead generation website. Whether you embed it directly on a page or use some type of pop-up across multiple pages, your lead magnet should be easily accessible for your leads to see and download in return for their contact information, which they will submit into a web form facilitated by lead capture software.

You can host your lead magnet on your website with the following options:

  • Pop-up Forms: These forms appear on a specific page on your lead generation website, thereby directing the reader’s attention to the form and offer. Build a pop-up form with tools like OptinMonster
  • A Dedicated Landing Page: A landing page is a dedicated lead magnet sales page where your lead goes after clicking on a lead magnet’s ad. It includes sales language meant to influence leads to get the magnet. Use landing page builders to create it. 
  • A Linked Image on Your Site: Link an image highlighting the lead magnet to your landing page. This is great for content upgrades with cover pages. Leads will click it, head to the landing page, and fill out the form. 
  • An Embedded Download Form: Simply place a lead capture form on a high-traffic page, either in the middle of relevant text, on the sidebar, or at the top of the page. Users can quickly type in their information and receive the offer without going anywhere.  

In all the above cases, you decide what information to capture in the form. Most businesses prioritize email addresses so they can build lists for email nurturing campaigns. Many also collect names, job titles, or other information that will help them personalize their lead nurturing. As a rule, the more fields you have on your form, the higher the likelihood of visitor dropout. So prioritize the field questions that will best help you nurture your leads into closed sales.

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Additional Reading:

One of the primary ways you can embed your lead magnet is by using lead capture software. For more information on this, check out our article on the best lead capture software, including their use cases, features, and pricing.

8. Deliver Your Lead Magnet

After the contact information is collected, you need to deliver the actual lead magnet to the lead. This is typically done through an automated email response via a tool like Mailchimp that directs the prospect toward the download of the content upgrade via an email with a link. With Mailchimp, you can set up the email to automatically send after a lead fills out the related form.

For example, here’s how you set up lead magnet delivery in Mailchimp:

  1. Build a Landing Page With MailChimp: Through MailChimp’s drag-and-drop landing page builder, you can create a page that describes your lead magnet and collects the email addresses. It comes with templates to make this easy. 
  2. Create the Email Automation That Delivers the Magnet: This is a bit technical, but still simple. Step two in Whitney Baston’s article tells you how to set up email automation that will send leads that opt-in with the form an email with the lead magnet link. 
  3. Write the Thank-You Email: The email should thank the lead and give them the link or button to your lead magnet so they can easily access it. You can also include other information in the email, such as an intro to your business’s services. 

Most other email automation tools will have this same process for setting up email lead magnet delivery. Other popular tools for setting this up are ActiveCampaign ($9 starting price) and ConvertKit ($9 starting price). For those on a budget, there’s also Thrive Leads ($97 starting price), a WordPress lead generation plug-in. WordPress users should check out Rob Powell’s guide on how to set up magnet delivery with Thrive Leads.

Unlike redirecting leads to the magnet’s PDF file, which some marketers still do, this more advanced and effective email method uses double opt-in, which protects you from getting bots on your email list. After opting in, leads have to actually go to their email and click the link you sent, which confirms to you that they’re real people. In the long term, this will save you from spending money email marketing to bots who filled out your lead magnet opt-in form.

Lead magnet on Mailchimp landing page example
Lead magnet on Mailchimp landing page example

9. Consistently Promote Your Lead Magnets

When you’ve properly set up a lead magnet, your active and passive marketing efforts should both contribute to driving more traffic toward it. Leads will find it in your blog posts, product pages, homepage, and other spots that they visit where it’s advertised. You can also direct more targeted traffic toward your lead magnets in your social media posts and email outreach.

Here are the best places to promote your lead magnets: 

  • Homepage: Host the lead magnet right there on your homepage so that you can capture website visitors immediately. Here you’ll often find newsletter signups and other lead magnets that are relevant to almost any member of the company’s audience.  
  • Product Page: Place the magnet on your product, services, or features pages so that curious buyers can learn more. Typically, case studies, demos, consultations, and free trials work best.
  • Social Media Networks: Either post the lead magnet on your newsfeed and into groups, or run social ads promoting it to specific segments of your target audience. You’ll find a lot of checklists, templates, reports, and ebooks posted to LinkedIn.
  • PPC Ads: Run Google ads for your lead magnet on search queries relevant to the lead magnet’s purpose. Free consultations work especially well via this channel.
  • Blog Posts: Include a mention of the lead magnet in blog posts and articles related to the magnet’s topic. Ebooks, webinars, courses, and other educational content work well as elaborations on the article. They’re an easy sell.
  • Email Marketing Campaigns: Promote your lead magnets to your email list via drip or nurture campaigns. Any magnet will do well when marketed through such a personal channel.

There are some content distribution tips you can follow to get the most mileage from your lead magnets. First, try republishing your lead magnet often. Second, repackage your lead magnet you can split up long-form content into short blurbs and combine short-form content to make longer content. Third, repurpose your lead magnet. This is similar to republishing content but framing it in a brand new context or within a new conversation.

The point of a lead magnet is to attract new leads, so continually remarket your lead magnet across different channels to ensure new leads consistently come in. Lead magnets yield the most ROI when you can make them once and distribute them forever.

Bottom Line: Lead Magnet

Lead magnets are one of the most important parts of inbound lead generation. Now that you understand how to create and deploy them, you can go out and get new leads for your business. By taking advantage of content upgrades, you should be able to increase the volume and conversion rates of your lead generation funnels.

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