No matter how great it is, an assessment can only be effective if people take it! Luckily, we’re here to give you some of the best tips and tricks for making your online assessment irresistible. Start pulling people in and getting them to click by sharing your assessment where people are likely to see it. Are you trying to engage your current audience, or maybe you’d like to bring in a set number of new clients this month? A targeted assessment plan can help you reach your goals in a truly unique way.
Where do I share my assessment?
It’s extremely important to be conscious of where to put your assessment. Is it a pop-up on your homepage? Is it a link you share? There’s no right or wrong answer, but there are many different options based on what information you’re looking to collect with an assessment and who you’re hoping to reach. Let’s dive a little deeper into some scenarios below:
- Homepage Popup: This tactic works well if you already have a solid customer base that frequently visits your website. This could also be a good option if you’re directing new clients to your website from another channel. The important thing is, how do you make it so someone WANTS to click on your assessment vs. just closing out the window? One place to start is by thinking about what your current or potential customers want and need at the moment – and highlighting that in the pop-up. Have you been selling out of a current type of product or service lately? Maybe you’re getting a lot of questions or inquiries about something specific (or heck, maybe YOU want to try something new and specific as an offering!) Highlight that in your pop-up and see what happens. Being specific and direct in your messaging will draw in the people who want what you’re selling.
- Email Signature: If you have a strong email list and want the people to take a certain assessment… bingo, this could be a great option! Assessment links can be included in your email signature, allowing you to personalize the hyperlink text. Like the pop-up scenario, aim for something you know your email base will be interested in knowing. Maybe you’re teasing a new coaching program- you could entice people to click through to take an assessment and see how it would benefit them firsthand.
- Blog Post: Not to get too meta here, but blog posts are a great way to continue engaging with an (already interested) audience. If you could click through to take an assessment right now about what kind of assessment would work best for your business, wouldn’t you? If you’re someone who hasn’t created an assessment before, we’d hope so! Blog posts are a great way to reach current clients who see your shared content and new clients who may be finding you and your business via SEO or another channel.
- Social Media: Social media channels like Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook can provide a large reach for your assessments. If someone finds you on Facebook and wants to engage, how great would it be if your story was linked to an assessment? This lets you get more creative with your content while also allowing for a place to include your assessment link.
Other assessment-sharing strategies
If you’re feeling a bit stuck or frustrated with assessment engagement from your marketing and content, here are some other options to kickstart those clicks:
- Partnering with a fellow business owner: Partnering in this way can be a great win-win scenario for you both. Check-in with some of your entrepreneur friends or network and see if anyone would be open to highlighting your work (and assessment) on their website, newsletter, social media, etc. If you’re unsure who to reach out to, think about who has clients that may also benefit from your offerings. A mutually beneficial partnership like this puts you in front of new yet already engaged people and is sure to bring in some extra clicks.
- Webinars: Webinars are a great tool to showcase assessments, and you can guarantee an assessment will get taken if you include it as part of your webinar. You can share an assessment with attendees before, during, or after your webinar, and by building it into your webinar, it may seem less intimidating for respondents to take it. This tactic almost formalizes the assessment-taking process, adding it into your webinar curriculum as just another step in the process (though a crucial one!)
- Be Creative: You know your strengths and goals. What do you want to get out of this assessment process? What are you excited about? What are your clients excited about? Use all of these things to your advantage, and create a strategy that you are excited about and think will work. Remember – you can always make changes along the way. Don’t be afraid to try new ways of engaging clients and getting their attention because that is what will get them excited to direct their attention to you… and your assessments!
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Cindy Sideris is a NY-based writer passionate about engagement marketing and an expert on online assessment strategy. She spent 8+ years writing and managing events at NYU, currently helps startups at 43North, and loves to tweet about tech and theater at https://twitter.com/cindys13.