Ep 126 – Is Your Lead Magnet Too Coachey?

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Show Notes

This episode is the 3rd in my new series about Lead Magnets.

In all the time I’ve been an entrepreneur, I’ve downloaded hundreds of freebies.

I’ve gone seeking solutions to specific problems, found websites and lead magnets that seem to address my problem.

I give my name and email, somewhat begrudgingly I must say, and faithfully go through the process to download my prize.

I’ll be honest, I can still count on one hand the free offers that have provided real insight, delight or a sense of desire to pay for the services of the person who wrote the freebie. And in each of those cases I did hire them.

But really, 5 out hundreds. That’s not good odds.

Is that your experience too?

So what do you do then? If you’re like me the lead magnet goes quickly into the trash and with the next email I receive from that person, I’m unsubscribing and feeling like I’ve just swept up the messy crumbs of an unsatisfying snack that wasn’t worth the calories.

Obviously, you don’t want THAT to be what happens with the people who opt in for your freebie.

5 Goals Your Coaching Freebie Must Achieve

Look, your goal isn’t just to get the name and email of a person in your target audience. It’s to keep those people on your list long enough to build a sense of trust. You want them to perceive you as a credible solution to their specific problems and desires.

So you have to think this through before you throw any old freebie up on your website.

  1. How will you entice them to opt-in? (More about this in future episode. Clue: It’s partially about titling)
  2. How will you inspire them to at least skim but hopefully read most of your lead magnet?
  3. How will you deliver UNIQUE insights, tips, tools or simple exercises that will impress them?
  4. How will you make them want to read your About copy and make yourself credible?
  5. How will influence them to take a next step with you without being salesy?

In my 5 month VIP Coaching Business Breakthrough program, I collaborate with coaches to help them create a memorable lead magnet that does all 5 of these things. It’s not easy, but it’s absolutely doable and I have a process.

Most Coaches Freebies Miss the Mark

The initial free offers most coaches create early on tend to be too coachey. By this I mean they are on typical coaching topics like:

  • work/life balance
  • values
  • imposter syndrome
  • confidence
  • fulfillment
  • life purpose
  • authenticity
  • boundaries
  • gratitude
  • stress
  • goal setting

These are topics all coaches enjoy coaching about. And while there is no doubt that you could provide value on one of these topics, this information is out there on the internet in millions of hits.

So it might be a good idea before you create your lead magnet content that you Google the topic and see how much there is out there about it.

3 Ways to Increase Uniqueness in Your Coaching Lead Magnet

Now, there really isn’t anything wholly new under the sun. But that doesn’t mean you can put your own spin on a well-worn topic and make it highly relevant to your audience. Here are 3 ways to dial in uniqueness:

  1. Base your lead magnet on your audience’s specific big problems and goals, not what you think they need and want.
  2. Contextualize your freebie by making the language fit with their unique circumstances. (If your target audience and niche are narrow enough this won’t be hard to do.) Use key words.
  3. Develop your own models and simple jargon to illustrate your points.

This last one requires you to tap into your own brilliance and think outside the box. You want to stop regurgitating what you’ve read and learned and instead integrate it into your own concepts and speak.

I’m always deeply gratified when I talk to a prospect interested in my Signature Program and I can tell they’ve actually read my lead magnet and are listening to my podcast episodes because they are using terminology I’ve coined.

Yes, you can coin new terms and concepts!

And that’s how you will pre-qualify and pre-sell people into your own Signature Program. For more about that listen to Episode 59 at prosperouscoach.com/59