May 14

Improving Lead Capture: 201% increase in leads with a better value proposition

Lead Generation


Imagine doubling your lead conversion rate by doing one thing.

What’s that one thing?

Creating a better value proposition on your landing page.

In the case study, you’ll learn how one company clarified the landing page’s value proposition for a 201% increase in captured leads.

Here are the details of that case study:

The Background:

The company in the case study was a B2B company (anonymized for its protection) selling data and mailing lists to other businesses. The goal of the page was to capture a lead.

The Control:

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The Treatment:

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The Results:

And here are the results.

The winning treatment generated a 201% increase in captured leads by clarifying the page’s value proposition.

So, how can you, a B2B marketer, replicate the success of this case study?

Here are steps you can take for your own landing pages.

Frame your value proposition with a customer’s perspective

The value proposition must be framed with customer logic rather than company logic.

The primary question we must answer to determine the value proposition of a page is in the first person: “If I am the ideal customer, why should I purchase from you rather than any of your competitors?”

By answering this question in the first person, we can view the message through the customer’s eyes. This is helpful because we most often see the messaging through our own “marketing” eyes.

Determine the necessary derivative value propositions

“Customer logic demands an obvious connection between the company, its various products, and its different prospects.”

While your company likely has a primary value proposition, your landing page may not be the best place for it. A landing page may have its own value proposition, while a PPC (pay-per-click) ad may have another one. All of these, however, are derived from the primary value proposition.

Dr. McGlaughlin grouped these derivative value propositions into four main categories:

  • Primary Level: the overall value proposition of a company
  • Product Level: the value proposition of an individual product
  • Prospect Level: the value proposition for an individual prospect type
  • Process Level: the value proposition for a specific step in a process


Map the micro-yes path for each product and prospect-level value proposition

“For every product value prop, and for every prospect value prop, there is a micro-yes pathway up the side of the inverted funnel.”

When you determine the product- or prospect-level value proposition, you must understand that your customer must make a series of micro-yeses before you can get to the ultimate yes, which is the conversion you are after. These yeses occur on the side of an imaginary inverted funnel.

To effectively communicate the value proposition on our lead capture pages, we must map every micro-yes on the inverted funnel.

Use the process-level value proposition to achieve each micro-yes

” For every micro-yes pathway, there are a series of process-level value props.”

The last principle ties everything together. To achieve the necessary series of micro-yeses, you must use process-level value propositions at each step.

In other words, every step in the process must answer this critical question:

“If I am the ideal customer, why should I take this next step rather than end the process?”

Related Resources:

4 Perspectives That Should Shape Your View of Value Propositions

Conversion Rate Optimization: Building to the Ultimate Yes

Value Proposition: What motivates prospects to buy from you?

Differentiation, Segmentation Plus Value Proposition


About the author 

Brian Carroll

Brian Carroll is the CEO and founder of markempa, helping companies to convert more customers with empathy-based marketing.

He is the author of the bestseller, Lead Generation for the Complex Sale and founded B2B Lead Roundtable LinkedIn Group with 20,301+ members.

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