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.
Twitter makes it really easy to capture leads right in the activity stream using Lead Generation Cards. It’s the Twitter equivalent to the signup box that you see on most blogs. To get the most out of your Twitter Lead Generation Cards, make sure you create an offer that your potential customers can’t resist (like a free eBook, exclusive membership or a giveaway). Here’s a great article by the WeidertGroup with “10 Tips To Creating Successful Twitter Lead Generation Cards”.
As your email list grows bigger, it gets harder to manage it using a standard personal or business email account. A good ESP helps you assign subscribers to different lists so that you can use segmentation more effectively, and prevents the dreaded possibility of accidentally putting your whole list in the open CC field. It’s also far easier to comply with the CAN-SPAM law (Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing law) that requires that you make it easy for people to unsubscribe and to process their request within 10 days. Email marketing services unsubscribe recipients immediately and automatically.
While social media platforms and PPC ads limit the amount of characters you are allowed to use in your brand messaging, email has no character limits. Now, this doesn’t mean that you should abuse this feature by sending novel-length emails to your customers and leads. However, it does mean that you can take advantage of the opportunity to present a longer and more detailed message when necessary. You should always consider the goal and purpose of your email when crafting the content, but keep in mind that you have a bit more space than other channels might allow.
As part of a marketing degree, you will learn to analyze your customer base, write compelling copy, choose attention grabbing images, and maximize value for your customers. Every company has money and time invested in marketing and it is a field that has been studied intensely. Tapping into this knowledge base is the best way to take the successes of the past and apply them to the technologies of the future.
One element that continues to drive the effectiveness of email marketing is the availability of high quality, relatively low cost tools and service providers. Services such as MailChimp, Get Response, Aweber, iContact, Constant Contact and other quality service providers offer a wide range of email capabilities and pricing options. This is a very competitive market and small businesses are the beneficiaries of a growing list of new features and capabilities offered by email service providers.
Spam - commercial email or 'spam' irritates consumers. If your messages aren’t targeted to the right people, the recipient may delete your email or unsubscribe. You need to make sure that your email marketing complies with privacy and data protection rules, and that it is properly targeted at people who want to receive it. The 'click through rate' for untargeted emails is likely to be very low.
It's Targeted: Studies show that targeted and segmented emails perform better than mass email communications. Lead nurturing enables you to tie a series of emails to a specific activity or conversion event. You can craft your follow-up email based on the action a lead has taken on your website, thus showing that you are aware of their interests in the topic and what they might need next. Based on this information, lead nurturing emails can highlight reconversion opportunities that tie back to their earlier interests.
Analyzing the emails of competing businesses can be a great way for companies to plan their own. This can be done easily by just signing up for their email lists. Competitor's emails reveal what kinds of images, messages and specials they are using to appeal to their customers. Businesses can then tailor their email campaigns to match or beat the offers of their competitors.
Companies often can hire affiliates to convert leads and boost their promotional program. Affiliates can easily bring improved sales numbers too, but if the plan is well targeted. Additionally, the member strategy is a very inexpensive program, as the scheme works on the commission basis. The scheme also prompts the affiliates to work effectively to promote your brand and bring you the leads—as performance only can provide them with their remuneration. It is a win-win situation for the companies.