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FEATURED ARTICLE — July 7th, 2015

Five Tips for Getting Rid of Unnecessary Touchpoints on the Social Media Conversion Funnel

Conventional wisdom says to add as many touchpoints as possible to your customers’ buying journey — but what about the touchpoints that get in the way? There is a long road to travel between discovery and retention, and along the way, buyers often run into touchpoints that hurt more than they help. Leaky social conversion funnels are much easier to plug when they aren’t littered with clumsy, unnecessary touchpoints.

1. Skip Affinity Groups and Target Influencers Instead

Affinity groups can act as top-of-the-funnel roadblocks. Buyers visit and join affinity groups at the point in their purchasing journey when they’ve already decided to buy a product, but just want some extra confirmation and advice. Let’s say someone wants to buy crystal Champagne flutes
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