By Jon Allo
A time-honored way to increase the price point of each transaction is to offer an upsell. Another time-honored way to ensure you don’t lose a sale entirely, is to offer a downsell to people who may have reasons for not needing or purchasing the main offer (usually a lack of funds).
1. Know Your Customers Until you know your customers, it will be very hard to run any successful offers at all. Knowing your audience inside and out enables you to ensure that every offer you make solves problems for your customers. It will also assist you in knowing just the right upsell or downsell to make and when to make it.
2. Ensure Your Upsell Is Related to Your Original Offer When you choose either an upsell or a downsell, they need to be closely related to the first offer. If not, it will be confusing. An example of this practice might be offering a “How to Lose Weight and Get Healthy” eBook and as an upsell offer you could add a “30-Day Menu Plan with Grocery List, Recipes, and Cooking Instructions”.
3. Keep Your Upsell and Downsell Offers Limited One danger about upselling and downselling is the temptation to keep adding offers when people turn down the offer you have given them first. However, you don’t want to confuse your customers with too many choices. Plus, you want to ensure that the upsells or downsells aren’t giant price decreases or increases. Consider 20-25% up or down either way.
4. Try Creating a Bundled Offer One way to offer an upsell that looks amazing is to make the upsell a bundle offer. For example, you’re selling this eBook, and you also have the grocery shopping list, recipes, and instructions to help them follow the book. Plus, you even have group coaching. You can put all that into a bundle right in the shopping cart and let them pick that instead of their original choice.
5. Test Everything When you want to offer anything, it’s important to consider different price points, various upsells, and different downsells. Conducting some A/B testing can show you, for example, whether your audience would convert more to the bundle offers or to a more direct upsell or downsell opportunity. You can’t know what they like without testing. Adding upsell and downsell opportunities to your original offers will increase the price point of initial purchases – thus ensuring that you make even more money. Plus, downsells will keep customers who may not be ready to commit to the higher-priced offer. This will get them on your email list and show them the quality of your work, and still be related to your first offer.
An effective sales funnel can put your upsells and downsells on autopilot and consistently convert leads into customers if you structure it the right way. To help you set up an effective funnel for your business, download my free Sales Funnel Checklist at https://jonallo.com/salesfunnel