How To Create Your First Warm Traffic Campaign

In the first part of this series we covered How To Set Up Your First Cold Traffic Campaign, if you haven’t done that already, put the brakes on and head over there now [ I’ll wait 🙂 ] .

*We will use the traffic we have pixelled in the cold traffic campaign above.

You must complete the cold traffic campaign before you can get the maximum benefit out of the warm and hot traffic campaigns.

Consider each campaign set as a building block that will help you make the most out of your next campaign.

We’re going to compound on our successes quickly here, so let’s get started….

You’ve now, successfully, finished your cold traffic campaign and have pixelled plenty of traffic to your site.

Here’s what you need to do next…

Warm Traffic Campaign:

We’ll be using Facebook ads as the example here, but this method will work with virtually any other advertising platform (Google, Bing, YouTube etc.)

What is warm traffic?

Warm traffic can be summed up like this… “They know you, but don’t love you”. They’re familiar with your brand and have shown some interest in what you’re offering. Perhaps they’ve opted in or clicked one of the content pieces you shared in your Cold Traffic Campaign.

BUT they have yet to…

A) Optin (give you their information in exchange for yours)


B) Purchased (or taken your desired action).

Why The Cold Traffic Campaign is Critical Here (Custom Audiences):

Targeting! In our cold traffic campaign we defined our success metric as the Cost Per Pixel. How cheaply can we pixel (track) traffic to our site from people that are interested in our offer and topic? Here’s where we’ll leverage all the success we’ve had from our cold traffic campaign. You should now have an audience of potential customers that you’ve pixelled on Facebook. Your next step is to create a custom audience using this information.

Creating Your Target Audience and Lookalike Audience:

First: Head over to Facebook Ads Manager and go to Assets → Audiences like in the image below.

Second: Click “Create Audience” and select “Custom Audience”

Third: Choose how you want to create the audience. Remember we’re going to be targeting the people that took action in our Cold Traffic Campaign. If you were sending prospects to cornerstone content, like an in depth article or guide, you’d want to use that specific URL for your pitch. What if you were sending them straight to your homepage? Then you would select “All Website Visitors” like in the image…

Fourth: Name your audience and click “Create Audience”. Once you’ve created your audience you’ll also be able to create a lookalike audience.

A lookalike audience is EXACTLY what it sounds like. It will take the traffic you’ve pixelled on your site and find users on facebook similar to the people that have already shown interest in your brand.

It’s a powerful tool you need to be using.

Fifth (optional): Create a lookalike audience. The steps are exactly the same as above, except, instead of clicking “Custom Audience” in the Second Step, you will click “Lookalike Audience”.

That simple.

*NOTE: Here we’ll be focusing mostly on our custom audience. We can send the lookalike audience to our cold traffic campaign. Remember the lookalike audience consists of people that will likely be receptive to your offer. THEY STILL HAVE NOT HEARD OF YOU! Your custom audience HAS heard of you. Do you see the difference?

The Warm Traffic Offer:

Since we know these people are interested in our brand we’ll want to now give them even more value up front, like we did in the Cold Traffic Campaign, but we’ll be requesting something from them in exchange this time. (unless you did a Lead Magnet for your cold traffic campaign which, in most cases, can be totally ok with the right landing page)

Warm Traffic Offer Examples:

  • Lead Magnets (recipes, guides, how-to, checklist)
  • Quizzes/Surveys
  • Flash Sales
  • Low Dollar Offers
  • Branding Videos
  • eBook
  • Free Trials
  • Discounts
  • Contest (low friction only)

Defining Success Metrics:

Cost Per Lead OR Cost Per Acquisition.

Here you’ll want to use Facebook Pixel Events to measure the effectiveness of your ad. If you’re sending prospects to a low dollar offer your success metric would be…

CPA (Cost Per Acquisition)

If you’re sending prospects to a lead magnet where they opt in to get something (ex. eBook, Quiz Results, Guide, Free Icons etc.) you’ll measure success by…

CPL (Cost Per Lead)

Facebook Ads by the Numbers

    • Ad Objective: Website Conversions
    • Content/Offer: Warm Traffic to a lead magnet or low dollar offer
    • Bidding: Most Conversions
    • Budget: $5-$10 per day (as an example)
    • Success Metric(s):

Cost Per Lead (CPL)
Cost Per Acquisition (CPA)

  • Target Audience: Pixel Traffic Custom Audience (if you don’t have enough pixel traffic use Interest targeting in combination with your custom audience, like we did in the Cold Traffic Campaign targeting).

To Break it Down For Ya…

Targeting: Use the traffic you pixelled in your Cold Traffic Campaign to create a custom audience and target those people with your Warm Traffic Campaign offer.

If you find that your pixelled traffic doesn’t create much of an audience you can…

  1. Use Pixelled Traffic + Interest Targeting (what we did in the CTC)
  2. Use Pixelled Traffic + Lookalike Audience
  3. Use Pixelled Traffic + Interest Targeting + Lookalike Audience

Content/Offer: You will be sending your prospects/traffic to high quality lead magnets OR low dollar sales page (that of course offers plenty of value to your potential customers).

Budget: $5 to $10 (as an example) measure results and optimize. If your clicks and targeting are strong then your offer is weak (usually). If your conversion is strong, but your clicks and volume are low, then your ad is weak. These are general principles. Use small budgets to test out what works with several ad sets in the same campaign.

Success Metric: You’ll either be sending leads to a sales page or a lead magnet (landing page). Depending on what you’re doing (low dollar offer OR lead magnet) you will have different success metrics. Cost per Acquisition covers lower dollar sales and Cost Per Lead covers the cost to convert traffic to optins (i.e. they give you their contact info). Can you have other success metrics here? Sure. These are the two that will generally apply to any given business.

Ad Objective: Website Conversions. You’re looking to convert. Period. If you’re not converting, it’s not working. You are going to convert low dollar sales or contact information on a high quality lead magnet.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I know this works?
As a successful marketer I do this everyday. Right now, we are averaging conversions for $1.75 or less, have over an 11% optin rate (on a form where we’re asking for First, Last, Email and Phone Number!) and a cost per pixel of less than $0.10 with over 21,000 views in the last month? How are we achieving these great results? By following to-the-letter the guide I’ve laid out for you here.

What is a lead magnet?
You probably already know, or at least understand the idea, a lead magnet is HIGH quality piece of content, on a landing page, that is designed to do two things….

  1. Establish your expertise and authority in the mind of your prospect
  2. Generate quality leads for your business.

How? Easily. Here’s an example…

I send you to this page (the one you’re on now) from a Facebook Ad.

You want to learn how to generate leads using PPC.

So you’re right in my target market.

I provide you with the Cold and Warm Traffic Campaign guides.

Within the content I offer, in exchange for your first name and email, the “FREE! Complete Guide to PPC for Smart Business Owners”, with the subtext saying…

“Just enter your first name and email and I’ll personally send you The Complete Guide to PPC for Smart Business Owners: an A-Z guide for business people that want to grow their business WITHOUT the learning curve or headaches.”

What is a Landing Page?

Here’s my definition. “A page created around a call to action.”

That simple.

Like in the example above, the lead magnet offer, will be on a “landing page”.

Get it?

If not, don’t worry, you’ll see what I mean soon when we cover the “Hot Traffic Campaign” in the next part.


Warm Traffic Campaign Review

  1. Leverage Your Pixelled Traffic into A) Low Dollar Sales or B) Fresh Leads into Your Business with a Lead Magnet and Landing Page.
  2. Create Custom Audiences and Lookalike Audiences (to fuel your cold traffic campaign and create highly relevant ads for your warm and hot traffic campaigns).
  3. Force Multiply Your Content Offers
  4. Gauge the effectiveness of your low dollar offers (if you have any)
  5. Get paying customers or highly engaged users

Follow the steps in this guide and you’ll be able to create a marketing “funnel” that converts. You may have heard that phrase, “marketing funnel”, before and maybe you weren’t too sure what it meant. This is what we’re building with these guides. A marketing funnel that you can leverage and force multiply. In the next part we’ll cover how to remarket throughout your funnel and turn paying customers into repeat customers.

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Unless you’ve spent most of your career in IT, knowing which technologies are right for supporting your growth can be a huge challenge. According to one study, “understanding changing technology needs and what products and services to use” was the top cited technology challenge among business owners.

So, our list of 10 technologies for growing your business will give you an overview of which essential apps and tools to support growth and help you grow.

Here are 10 kinds of tools which will become the backbone to your company’s growth.

1. Website

Clearly, no serious business today can launch without a website. And nowadays you don’t need to be a web designer to build a half-decent online presence for your company. Platforms like the ever-popular WordPress or Wix provide you with simple building blocks and templates to create a functioning website in no time at all.

2. Content storage

You and your teams will, over time, build up a lot of documents, files and folders. Storing them on your desktop is risky in case it malfunctions, and a server in the corner of your office is expensive. So, we’d recommend cloud-based storage like Dropbox, Box, Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive.

3. Accounting software

Consistent and professional bookkeeping will save you a lot of time when it comes to paying your taxes at the end of the year, and can be a lot cheaper than hiring an accountant. Tools like Xero and QuickBooks are especially popular.

Read our intro to bookkeeping for small business.

4. Email management

When you want to send emails to your mailing list, a plain old message sent from your company Outlook or Gmail account isn’t going to catch anyone’s eye. Modern email management tools let you send thousands of emails without being considered spam, they let you build eye-catching, image-heavy messages and they provide tracking features for you to monitor the success of your campaigns. MailChimp is the king here, but check out alternatives like Get Response too.

5. Team task management

You need to be able to delegate tasks to your colleagues as you grow, and so tools like Asana (read our recent review), Trello or Basecamp allow you to share work on projects and ensure tasks don’t get delayed.

6. Collaborative communications

Email is still the most popular way for teams to work together, yet there’s a range of new tools coming onto the market which facilitate more collaborative communications. Check out Slack or Microsoft Teams which let employees across the company chat from any device and collaborate on documents in real time.

7. Essential office tools

Few businesses can survive without email, word processing and spreadsheets. Microsoft’s Office and Outlook remain the market leaders by a long shot, although Google’s Docs and Gmail are very popular among start-ups.

8. Analytics

For the sake of marketing, you need decent analytics for your website, but also for your social media and other platforms. Google Analytics is the undisputed leader for website analytics, while tools like Audiense are great for social media analytics and Mailchimp has great internal analytics.

9. Collaborative notebooks

Paper is so 1990. Today there are countess powerful, cloud-based note-taking tools which allow you to take notes on any device, as well as photos and screengrabs. Tools like Evernote and OneNote mean you’ll never lose an important idea again!

10. Social media management

The world is more social than ever, so tools like HootSuite or Buffer help you manage your social media marketing more effectively by timing when you’ll send updates and facilitating interaction with your audience.