So, to help you cut through all the noise on this topic, we’re digging deep into the most effective lead generation tactics we’ve actually used to grow an audience of more than 200,000+ leads over the course of the last four years. Plus we’ll be analyzing some of the other lead generation ideas, strategies and tactics we’re planning to test in the future.
Email marketing is, quite simply, using the tools of email to deliver advertising messages. The vast majority of Internet users have email accounts which allow them to receive an almost unlimited number of messages instantly. According to a survey conducted by Pew Internet, 82% of U.S. adults use the Internet, and email is one of the fastest, cheapest and easiest ways for marketers to connect with customers.
The combination of CRM and email marketing is similar to that of integrating sales with the marketing department. The clear benefits of this combination include improved sales visibility, unified contact list, and actionable triggers. Actionable triggers further help build customer loyalty by sending birthday cards, and holiday wishes using customer data stored in the CRM.
Mailchimp always ranks high on any list of lead capture tools. That’s partly because it’s got an excellent free plan. If you’re sending fewer than 12,000 emails a month or your list is under 2000 subscribers, this is a great starting point. Mailchimp also includes templates, guided newsletter creation, email subject line testing, and a useful knowledge base.
Be sure that your business is using and leveraging the benefits of email marketing effectively. Email is a communication channel that allows your business to speak directly to customers, prospects, partners and suppliers. When utilized as part of an overall web-based marketing strategy it is a powerful tool that provides a wide range of benefits for businesses of all sizes.
Choose whether emails are sent as new messages to each recipient or as replies to your last conversation with each recipient. If you have no prior conversation with a recipient, the email will be sent as a new message. If you do have a prior conversation with the recipient, the email will be sent as a reply, and the Subject of your email campaign will be ignored, since the Subject of the last conversation will be used.
Mass personalization and customization is one of the biggest marketing trends for 2018 across all verticals and media. Email marketing services enable you to hop onto that bandwagon by making it easy to send automated personalized emails that are triggered by a specific action, such as when a customer makes a purchase or opens a customer service ticket. With email marketing services it’s easy to send every client an email with a personalized subject line, which has a 6% higher open rate than emails without personalization.
38. Cornerstone content: What’s the one big thing you have to teach your audience? Turn it into an exceptionally valuable lead magnet and promote it in a prominent place across your website—maybe in the header bar or navigation menu. If writing and graphics aren’t really your thing, how about creating a browser extension? A mini app? A worksheet? An Excel spreadsheet with calculation formulas built in?
Not every lead will turn into your customer on first contact. One thing is for sure, they will likely buy from someone at a future date. It’s important you keep in front of them, so you can have the opportunity to reach them when they are ready to buy. Using a follow up email campaign after your initial consultation will keep your company in front of your prospect on a regular basis. This will in turn lead to some of them converting into sales when they get to a point where they are ready to buy. The fact that the email campaign is automated means that it requires little management from you.
Welcome emails are the first email your subscribers receive after they’ve confirmed their email address. Since this is their first interaction with your brand in their inbox, make it memorable and worth their while. After all, subscribers are highly likely to open and click welcome emails compared to other types of promotional emails, according to a study from Experian.
For example, a local design school could send out emails to let them know about their new design class that has a limited number of seats. Many of their customers and potential leads may have missed out on this opportunity to attend the class, had they not revisited the website in time. The design school then can fill all the seats more quickly, instead of waiting for reservations to trickle in.
Email makes it easy for your subscribers to share your marketing messages. With the click of a button, your subscribers can share your company’s email message, such as a promotional code or details of a special sale, with their friends and colleagues. Check out this recent NewsLever feature for tried-and-true tips to optimize the performance results of your referral email campaigns.
25 awesome tactics straight from the experts! Thanks for putting this together, Mark. Small businesses don’t have to be chained to adapting shady lead generation techniques as these strategies work when done right. There’s a robust CRM out there that won’t break the bank (free, even). You can integrate it with your current phone system using a 3rd party integration tool like Tenfold, as we did. Our CRM, phone system, lead gen tools, and many others work seamlessly together. It provides us access to all the relevant info in a single easy-to-use dashboard.
I have already mentioned this one in the previous paragraph, but this is something that has to be stressed. While many kinds of online promotion and marketing are cheap and do not require a lot of investments, email promotion is by far the cheapest of them all. All you need to do is hire someone to operate your mailing lists and you will have a full marketing campaign at your disposal. Just make sure that you hire someone who knows how to do this in an organized fashion. You can start for $1 initially with Aweber marketing tool.
Offer relevant content. When you send an educational email, you’re trying to build a relationship with your customers. The best way to do that is to teach them something. However, you want to teach them something that has a connection to your business. For instance, Monster.com, the job search site, sends its customers information about life in the workplace. An example is below.
Within these roundup emails, it's a good idea to use an image paired with a headline, a brief summary or introduction, and a CTA for recipients to read more. This simple format will allow you to use visuals to attract the reader to each article while still giving you the ability to feature multiple articles -- without sending a super lengthy email.
Mark Sallows is a writer for Fit Small Business specializing in sales and marketing topics. Before helping other small business owners, Mark was co-founder and CEO of a successful digital publishing start-up called Turtl. Mark has also served as a non-executive director in several early stage media, marketing, and tech businesses. Before this he was an early stage venture capital investor for a global investment business. Mark lives in New Forest, a scenic area in Southern England.
Deciding which customers receive which emails is a way to give marketing messages relevance. Larger companies will use email to push multiple different products, updates and offers. Matching the message to the customer leads to higher sales and greater levels of customer satisfaction. Email marketing software makes it easy for companies to segment their email delivery based on criteria that they establish.
All this time spent not focusing on your business is lost revenue, and a lost opportunity to connect with your customers on a personal level. One of the most significant advantages of email marketing for small businesses is the efficient use of time and budget. Designing a professional email marketing campaign is not complicated, or time-consuming. Sending emails to many subscribers is also still cost-effective.
Next to guest blogging yourself on different sites, try inviting one of your audience influencers to write a guest blog on your site. Just like you guest blogging on another site, you can give them a backlink and a platform to increase their audience. If you really want a famous person on your site, you might even consider paying her or him for writing a guest post. The goal is that you get a quality article and most likely the influencer will share it with their audience.