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Lead magnet ideas to help you attract new customers

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A good lead magnet can help you attract new customers and subscribers to your email list. The question is, what does a good lead magnet look like? One of the essential elements is to make sure it will only be useful for people who could actually become customers. Beyond that, your lead magnet can be tailored to your business and what works best for your audience. Read on for a few ideas.

Quick and actionable tips

Your lead magnet can help to establish you as an expert, which is particularly important when you offer a service. Offering an eBook, video or webinar that helps people make quick progress (like my free eBook) gives them a taster of the results they could get by working with you. Don’t solve the whole problem; show your subscribers how they could get better results with less effort by becoming customers.

Checklists and templates

A checklist or template might sound too simple to be a good lead magnet, but it can offer your audience real value. A template can give them a structure for anything from a blog post to their CV. Checklists can help someone to plan their wedding, pack for a holiday or sort their legal documents. Having something to refer to so they know they’re on the right track reduces their stress and helps them trust you.

Free samples or trials

Offering either a free trial of a service or a sample of a product lets potential customers try before they buy. It allows them to test your product’s quality and experience your service. A free sample won’t let them see long-term results. However, it will tell them if your skincare gives them spots or if they find your software easy to use.

Discount codes

Discount codes are a great lead magnet option if you can’t offer your audience a free trial or sample, as they can encourage people to take a chance. However, if you choose this option, you’ll need to look at it carefully and consider the potential financial impact on your business. How much of a hit can your profits afford to take as a marketing expense? Will some people only buy if there’s a discount?


A report may seem like a strange option for a lead magnet, but it can be great for B2B services or products with a lot of technical data. You don’t even have to do your own research for this (although you could). Instead, gather statistics or case studies showing your service’s benefits or how much your customers could save to help them understand what they’re buying.

Quizzes and calculators

You might think that a quiz is a fun procrastination tool that’ll let you test how many 80s songs you remember or tell you which ‘Stranger Things’ character you are. However, if you offer a range of products or services, they can help your customers to understand which one is right for them. Another option is providing a calculator that lets customers enter their details and analyse costs. I’ve seen these used for high-cost investments like insurance or software subscriptions.

Ask participants to enter their email address at the end, and you can send them their results and tailor your follow-up emails to suit their results.

Do you want to grab your audience’s attention with a great lead magnet? I can help with that. If you’d like a chat to find out how it works, you can book a call here.

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What are lead magnets, and how do they help you grow your business?

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Building a relationship with your audience means encouraging them to take a step closer to buying from you. How can you do that? With a lead magnet. Read on to learn more about lead magnets and what they can do for your business.

What are lead magnets?

As the name suggests, lead magnets are a way to attract your ideal customers to your business. Your content marketing helps your audience get to know you and what you do. A lead magnet takes it a step further by persuading people to give you their email addresses in exchange for something they want. That means you aren’t at the mercy of a social media algorithm anymore; you can talk to your customer via their inbox.

Keeping you at the front of your customer’s mind

You might think email marketing has had its day, but it hasn’t. If you send marketing emails regularly, you’ll stay at the front of your customers’ minds by reminding them what you do. Then when they’re ready to buy, they’ll remember you. If you get to know your customers, you could even tailor your emails to arrive when they’re thinking about that very thing. Your lead magnet could do the same job if it’s something your customer looks at or refers to regularly.

Offer your audience something useful

One of the most important things about good lead magnets is that they offer your audience something valuable. This helps your business in two different ways. Firstly, it allows you to qualify your leads. If your lead magnet is specific enough, it’ll only appeal to people who might eventually buy from you. Secondly, it helps your audience to understand how you can help them by offering them a sneak preview of the results they could get if they worked with you or bought your product.

Encourage people to try your product

If you have a product-based business, your lead magnet could be a free or low-cost sample. Your potential customers might hesitate because they’re reluctant to spend money and take a risk. By offering them something free or asking them to pay a small amount on P&P, you encourage them to take a chance.

This approach doesn’t just apply to physical products. Many software services offer a free trial so that you can try it out for yourself.

Lead magnets help you share information

If you have a service-based business, you can’t necessarily send someone a free sample of your service. I could write you an opening paragraph for your blog, but it wouldn’t get you very far. So instead, you can create lead magnets with hints and tips that help your audience to take a DIY approach. Helping your audience with your lead magnets shows them your expertise and builds trust. Then, when they’re ready to work with someone, they’ll remember you and how you helped them.

You can also follow up on your lead magnet with emails that teach them more about your services and how you work.

Do you want to grab your audience’s attention with a great lead magnet? I can help with that. If you’d like a chat to find out how it works, you can book a call here.

You can also sign up to receive monthly emails packed with useful content writing and marketing tips using the form below.