You Ask, I Answer: Online Lead Generation for Solar Companies?

Megan asks, “My company recently had to layoff their canvassing department so now they are trying anything to get leads for virtual consultations for solar sales. Right now they’re aimlessly boosting Facebook posts, and I was hoping to get some insight to lead them in the right direction. Any suggestions?”

The real question is, who is your audience? Remember that we look at three things with any ad – list, offer, creative. Use Facebook Audience Insights to understand the audience, then look at additional platforms to find similar audiences. Leverage the power of lookalike audiences. Use custom audiences to retarget existing pipeline. There’s a ton to be done.

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In today’s episode, Megan asks, my company recently had to lay off their canvassing department.

So now they’re trying anything to get leads for virtual consultations for solar sails.

Right now.

They’re aimlessly boosting Facebook posts, and I was hoping to get some insight to lead them in the right direction.

Any suggestions? tough time to be doing that.

But I can totally understand with everything going on that some companies have cut back on their door to door physical humans.

And obviously, it’s not a bad way to go because the targeting you have available to you is so much better online.

So a couple of things to think about first, do you have the right audience? When you look at the people who are connected to your Facebook page, how many of them are actual buyers? Do you have a sense of that? You would know that based on your Facebook traffic and how well it converts to people setting up appointments and calls using Google Analytics using goal conversions.

So that would be the first place I would start.

If your audience does convert, if your Facebook audience is representative of your customer base, then you want to look at what does that audience have in common? So you would fire up Facebook Audience Insights, and look at that audience and say, Okay, what are the common demographics, the common interests, the sorts of things that indicate that people are buyers of solar energy? Remember that there’s going to be different segments, right, there’s going to be some folks who are like, the, the off the grid preppers they want to be independent, they want to stick it to the man there’s people who are environmentally conscious and and want to reduce their carbon.

There’s people who want to make money with it, you know, I would buy a system, they’ll pay for itself in five years, and then they’re, they’re making money instead of paying money.

So you’re gonna have all these different segments.

It’s important to have some clarity in your own database as to which segment your company tends to serve, and be able to isolate that based on things like data you can get out of Facebook Audience Insights, somebody who is a prepper is going to like solar energy as as an interest but also like, you know, all sorts of you know, military surplus and, and, and find interests like that.

Somebody who’s super environmental, they’re gonna be looking at, you know, global warming and climate crisis interests, and they’re in that cohort.

So you’ll want to try and tease apart those cohorts and figure out who you serve most from their need to create what are called look alike audiences to find similar audiences, people who have similar profiles as the audience you’re looking at, and that’s who you advertise to.

That way you’re getting the right message to the right people.

Remember that? We use Bob stones 1968 direct marketing framework for a lot of advertising list, offer creative.

Do you have the right list of people right audience Trying to talk to you.

Do you have the right offer for that list? And then do you have the right creative? If you’re advertising to the money making crowd like that wants to use solar energy to make money, the offer had better be about, here’s how fast you can break even, here’s the ROI on the system.

That’s a great offer to that list.

You try that often with the prepper crowd that like I don’t care, I want to be, I want to be ready for when the black helicopters come from me.

And so you have a very different offer for that group.

And then of course, the creative would reflect that offer.

Once you know that information from Facebook, then it’s time to repeat that on systems like Google ads.

repeat that on StackAdapt.

repeat that on on Instagram and Twitter and Pinterest.

There are terrific targeting options on each of these platforms and you’ll find different audiences there.

The crowd on Pinterest is going to be really different than the crowd on Twitter.

Right? Just ask Anecdotally, the crowd on Pinterest tends to lean more heavily female, and tends not to be as much, although there’s a substantial subset of the community, but not as much into the whole, you know, prepper off the grid, preparing for the end of the world kind of thing.

There is some of that.

So, again, you’ll have to look at each of the networks that are available to you for advertising and figure out who’s got my audience? Or can I create different offers and different creatives for those different audiences on each of those platforms.

And again, you’ll want to use the power of lookalike audiences, whatever you can for those individual networks.

Third, you want to do custom audiences, custom audiences is how you retarget your existing pipeline.

Your salespeople should be taking that list of prospects that they have from before the the current crisis.

You take those emails, you encrypt them.

And then you load them into systems like Facebook like Google like Twitter.

And you can show ads just to those people.

And again, if you’ve got that in your CRM and you’ve got it well, segmented, you can say, Okay, this is this is our money making crowd, let’s make sure that we retarget them with messages saying, hey, still paying too much for electricity, and you get them to reengage with you.

All of this stuff is not it’s not easy, but it’s very straightforward.

segment the audience.

advertise the audiences look just like it retarget the existing audience that you already have.

That’s the direction of golden and not just boosting Facebook posts.

Now, here’s the catch, to run all these programs successfully does require effort, and it does require a budget.

If you’ve laid off a bunch of people, you should have some spending money to be able to invest in advertisements so you make sure that you are doing your reallocating funds, you’re not just taking them Money and holding on to it because you’re going to get no growth, you’re not going to get any sales because you’re not building that audience when it comes to Facebook ads.

The other challenge that’s tricky is very often in on Facebook in particular, like warm, warm intro stuff works better than than hard pitches for a lot of people to download a free PDF or in a solar company’s case, because you have or you should have the Department of Energy’s Solar index for at least the United States.

There’s there’s a database down to like the square foot or the square yard of how much solar energy each square foot of the country receives.

You can create a wizard saying analyze your street address and figure out you know, what, what amount of energy Do you get as part of an initial assessment so it’s something free it’s not a hard sell to talk to a salesperson it’s a try out this wizard and see if your your property is a good It can be on a south facing roof for example.

So there’s the creative and the offer and the creative that you have to tune again for each of those audiences.

And making sure that it’s aligned with something that’s easy for people to try and fun for them to try out, as opposed to a hard pitch to talk to a salesperson that will require some patience on the part of sales because they’ll be like, Where’s our leads? Where’s our leads? And like, I’m not ready yet.

Gotta you plant seeds today, you’re not gonna have crops to harvest tomorrow, you gotta be a little bit patient.

So those are some suggestions for this particular industry is it is timely, it there’s a lot of interest in it.

So just having the right list, offer and creative, and segments in those lists is what’s going to make you successful with your digital advertising efforts.

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