What was the last purchase you made? Let's take a minute and look at the last purchase that you made online...

  • Where did you start and where did you end up?
  • Did you purchase the same day that you started looking, and why or why not?
  • Were you exposed to positive or negative advertising about a product?
  • Did you see the product/service in a magazine or on TV before you saw it online?
  • Was the price an issue for you, why or why not?
  • What was the last phase in the analysis process before you actually purchased the product?
  • Did you go on Facebook or Twitter for some purchasing guidance?
There are many things that you can learn from taking a look at how you purchase something online. You probably follow many of the steps that your visitors take when purchasing. You will find that you may research things slightly differently from others in the early stages, however the last few steps in the process before you make the purchase, will probably reflect that of all customers.
By reverse engineering your own customer activity, you will get a lot of insight as to how people become customers. This personal dissection exercise is good practice and is something that you can do if you are having a tough time converting. Walk through a "fake" transaction from the very initial research phase all the way to the action phase and you will be surprised as to how much insight this actually gives you.

YOU are a customer, leverage that!


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KimAbuschin1 Premium
Great information. I learned about this customer or audience concept in college and after using it in my IT Career, the feedback I got was amazing. I also found it helpful as a Mom of 3 children, who are now grown. Understanding the audience is critical to meeting them where they are and not wasting their time and this is true regardless of what industry you are in or what you are trying to sell them.
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RHayduk1954 Premium
These 7 pages - wow. All laid out start to finish with minimal wordage. Very clear - thanks!

One of my main purchasing procedures, probably belongs in this last, long-term customer category: I have something I liked, it broke after years of faithful service, and now I need to replace it.

Makes me think.

Thanks again
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Kyle Premium Plus
Awesome, glad this offered clarity. When I create content, I try to avoid bloat or fluff (stuff that doesn't need to be there). :)
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Natalia777 Premium
Very informative, this training gave me a much better understanding of the process.

I have a question though, for new brand websites, is that ok to use keywords that are for the second (Decision) and third (Purchase) phase ?

Or firstly, there should be written some posts targeting people in the first page (Research) in order to offer information and gain trust (does it have to take a couple of months?), and only after that, write posts targeting people that are in the second and third phase ?
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JohnCrossley Premium
You want to include posts that target all stages. If you only included the early stages, they may like what you have said and decide to buy it, but they will buy it elsewhere.

The other factor to consider is most of our website visitors will only be on your website once. So that is why you need to target them all.
They may read your (research post), and follow your link through to your review (purchase stage) and buy it then and there.

A good mixture of posts is best. hope that makes sense?

John
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littlemama Premium Plus
Hi Natalia,

I'll PM you my keyword advice :)

Grace
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Nelcea1 Premium
Just to see if I am on the right tract.
This was my actual purchase a few days ago.

I saw something I liked and wanted a pair so I ask the person where they got them from. With that information of the website I went there and figure , hey I could get this cheaper on eBay.

So I went there and searched
first prices
then colors
then colors and sizes
and shipping

This is what I do every time right before I purchase scroll down to the reviews on product and the seller.

Once I was satisfied with a seller I purchased.

I think I got it! The customer purchase life cycle!

I wrote it down because I tend to forget sometimes.
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Guayacan Premium
I remember once I was selling led light bulbs, solar panels and similar products. Other employees asked me how do you make so many sales? I have always liked to help others so I explained that When I started at the company I asked myself, What would be the best way to approach people to win there attention and convince them to buy. Suddenly I saw that a person that I wanted to offer my product had an electric bill on top of the table. I decided to tell him I see that you received your electric bill? I can only think how high it must be. This gave me the best approach to make the sale. Sometimes selecting the proper words can help you more than you think.
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