Inbound Marketing: What is a Lead Magnet?

Inbound Marketing: What is a Lead Magnet

Inbound Marketing or Lead Magnet, literally “magnet to prospect”, are new concepts that we hear more and more about in the marketing world, more specifically in web marketing, that is, say online marketing.  First, to understand these two notions, we must begin by noting that the Lead Magnet is simply a practical method of Inbound Marketing. But, what exactly is a Lead Magnet in Inbound Marketing?


Traditionally or generally speaking, when it comes to marketing, the company that wants to sell its products or services goes to the customer, raises awareness and promotes its products often through advertising spots, media, etc. This method of approaching the customer is called Outbound Marketing.

Innovative companies then adopted a new approach to marketing management called Inbound Marketing. They want to be the opposite of outbound marketing, because unlike going to the customer, their main method is to attract the attention of the customer who will then come to it.

Inbound Marketing can be explained as the marketing technique that consists in captivating the prospect’s attention (potential future client) by publishing on his website or through social networks, quality content, visuals, newsletters so that it is highly identifiable.  As stated above, in the traditional forms, it is better to pick the customer. The goal is to convert visitors into prospects and prospects into customers.

Inbound marketing, which is mostly a form of online marketing, has emerged because other forms of marketing work less and less.  The consumer sometimes feels overwhelmed by a large number of advertisements or too much published content.

If there is too much information overload, then the customer ends up not paying any attention to it or to bring himself an advertising blocker to prevent the visualization of any supposedly uninteresting information.

According to the site The newspaper of the Net “Inbound marketing” is a huge success today because advertising has invaded the media and the non-media, leading the public to a natural saturation.

Inbound Marketing has one main goal: to build customer loyalty and turn it into a brand ambassador.  Thus, it helps to work on the brand image of the company and win new customers.


The company broadcasts quality content through social networks or its site to attract the attention of the user who is still a stranger.

This is the purpose of creating a first contact. The potential customer has judged the relevant content, will consult the site of the company to learn about benefits.

By consulting the site, the user will find the coordinates and contacts of the company that will take into account its requirements and motivations to offer the desired product: it is the conversion of the site visitor, called a “Lead” (commercial contact) to through what will be called Lead Magnets (often digital downloadable content).

After registering the Lead in a database (in a CRM for example), they will be provided with quality information about the product. This is the engagement process that consists of better informing prospects (potential future customers) in order to transform them into customers.

We can later, through the habits of the prospective client, determine if he or she can buy and will buy on the site. The effectiveness of the site can then be deduced after a data analysis of all its visitors .

Since we can not talk about it without referring to Leads Magnet, let’s take a look at how a lead magnet works.


To achieve a good return on investment, the company’s Inbound Marketing needs to be effective in its Magnet leads.  The Lead Magnet is then a crucial tool in inbound marketing.

It can attract the web visitor and encourage the prospect to buy.  It is defined as web content offered to a future customer in return for contact information.

A perfect Lead Magnet can increase the number of visitors to a corporate website, but not necessarily the number of Leads.  The lead magnet, proposed by the Web Entrepreneurs is simply to encourage the visitor to a personal information exchange, which will later facilitate its conversion into a customer .


Lead magnet can take many forms … it is often a high added value content for the user. Some examples include:

  • A Report: This will provide useful information in the form of tables, graphics, etc.  This may be a study or even an infographic. This data can be valuable to a decision maker.
  • A white paper: The white paper is a document, not commercial in the sense that it will not present your products, but of reference. It provides neutral and objective information, detailed answers to specific problems.
  • A checklist: A checklist is a document allowing you to remember the steps of a procedure to follow. It must allow the future customer steps in the resolution of a problem or a task.
  • A template: This will be a document; like a calendar, a form template or a mail, that will allow prospects to save time.

Here are some tips to make your Lead Magnet a success:

  • It is essential to adapt your Lead Magnets to the expectations of your customers to maximize its success;
  • Make proposals for solutions to a problem that a prospect may encounter;
  • The lead magnet must reach the customer easily and quickly while trying to meet his expectations;
  • Ensure protection. That is, lead magnets should not appear directly in the search engines.

We can say in conclusion that the success of a company on the web depends on their adoption of Inbound marketing strategy, which will also depend heavily on its first image given to potential future customers through the Lead Magnet.

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