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Most Websites Don't Convert. Here is How to Boost Success With a Brand Sprint. Brand sprints can turn casual site visors into superfans.

By Simon Severino Edited by Dan Bova

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Most websites don't convert visitors into paying customers. Leads are lost all the time because there are important messages and design elements that are missing from your website. Visitors become confused or disengaged and go find your competitors' sites instead where they easily get their questions answered and sign up. If you're experiencing this challenge, then you're in the right place.

In this article, I will walk you through the five steps of the Brand Sprint as we teach it in the Strategy Sprints® method.

Step 1: Define the hero and the mission

Most websites don't have a hero, or they have defined the wrong hero. If you have 25 testimonials, then you are positioning yourself as the hero. And guess what? The people visiting your website aren't looking for heroes. They want that position for themselves. When a hero sees another hero, they say, "Hey pal, great to see you but see you later. I'm on my own mission to save the princess—or the prince—right now." That's why a good hero isn't your brand.

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A website that has a clear message of the hero and mission converts people who are visitors into people who are interested to work with you. That's our goal. First, let's see why most companies do not massively convert their website traffic and will not survive the "attention" game, in which there are so many offers that marketers are competing for attention from potential customers. In the online world, to win this attention game, you must grab the website visitor's attention in the first seven seconds, or they will click away.

Let's do an exercise now. Take out your phone and go to your website. Look at the top section, called the "hero section" in website design. You're about to see why. In the first seven seconds, what's your first impression? Who are you saying this is for? What are you telling them about how you help them with their mission? Do you help them achieve more freedom, more money, decreased cost, etc.? If it's not clear who the hero is or how you help them with their mission to arrive at their destination, there's room for improvement. You need to create a hero.

Step 2: Pick one villain and a plan to beat them

Pick one villain. The problem with most websites is they have too many villains. Due to fear of leaving something out, you will say, "I help you do this and that and that and that." Those lists make your reader tune out from your message and say, "Goodbye." Another issue that can happen is there is no villain. No villain, no story. In those cases, with no enemies or obstacles, there's no need for a guide, so you are essentially writing yourself out of your own story.

Step 3: Call to action

Then comes your guidance. We know who the hero is and their mission. The villain is clearly defined with external, internal, and philosophical problems, which are personified, and you contrast yourself as the guide with a plan to help the hero achieve the mission. You present your clear plan and quality control, and then the ball is in the hero's court. Do they stay on your site and engage with your lead magnet or schedule a call, or do they leave and check out another site? That depends on your call to action (CTA).

I teach my coaches to create CTAs that move readers first internally and then externally.

Now, let me ask you... pull up your website again. What are your calls to action? Check how you are inviting the hero to act. Is it clear? Is it a warm-up? Do you repeat it at least four times? If not, make those changes and look forward to hotter website leads.

Related: Your Buyer's Journey is Now Online. Is Your Customer Experience Digital-First Too?

Step 4: Describe success

Show the hero what it will look, feel, sound, taste, and smell like to succeed in their mission. What's it like at the destination you'll bring them to when they work with you? That's the picture that you need to paint of how you'll lead them to make positive changes in their lives. Also, paint the opposite picture. What will failure on this mission be like? In these descriptions, you show the hero what they very much do want and don't want, positioning yourself as the guide to ensure success, without whom looms imminent failure to be avoided at all costs.

What does success look like if they use your offerings? You show them:

  • This is how it looks.
  • This is how it feels.
  • This is where it is.
  • This is why you want to be here.
  • These are the numbers.

Make a picture of those answers for your hero in words and in visual. And, you need to tell, tell, tell that story on your website and anywhere else your brand has a presence.

Related: 4 Customer Experience Trends Your Business Needs to Consider

It's up to you to create the visual and copy messages that make it clear how you help your heroes avoid failures and achieve success. When your website clearly conveys these ideals, you will get more clients for your business achieving significant results and mitigating mistakes by working with you.

Step 5: Summarize the hero's transformation

Summarize that shift in a concise and appealing manner, and you have your own transformational offer in which you bring people from point A to point B. The journey you describe shows how you help the hero succeed and avoid failure, and when you do this well, you complete your Brand Sprint.

Simon Severino

CEO of Strategy Sprints

Simon Severino helps business owners double their revenue in 90 days. He created the Strategy Sprints™ Method, the blueprint to run an agile company. Growth Advisor trusted by Google, Amgen, BMW, Roche, AbbVie. His global team of certified Strategy Sprints™ Coaches doubles revenue in 90 days.

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