Email marketing is the cornerstone of a good content marketing campaign. If it’s done right the ROI is one of the best in the industry. If done wrong it’s a colossal waste of time. Out of all the tips I am giving this week the two most important are to be consistent and to be useful. People should know when your email will be coming and they should know there will be at least one piece of new and useful content. That is how you build your list and how you prevent subscriber drop off. Here is an infographic with more tips for you.
YOU DON’T! Purchasing an email list is a bad idea as well as a waste of money. You don’t have control of how many others have used the same list, who is on it or even how many emails are still valid. A purchased email list can wreck your email marketing campaign before it even gets started. Here are 8 reasons to NEVER purchase and email list.
I have been getting a lot of questions lately about buying email lists so I will give you the same advice I give everyone. DON’T! There is never a good reason to buy an email list. Never. If you are convinced it is the way to go then the email list marketers are doing their job but take it from me you will regret it. The list has likely been used to the point of uselessness, it isn’t targeted the way you need and you won’t get any sales off of it. In one example I witnessed a “Targeted and Clean” list had an 85% bounce rate. Not only did they not get sales, they were banned from their email provider. I could get less of a bounce rate just guessing emails and sending them. I understand the need to have a large email list to send your information to but it is always better to build the list yourself. The bounce rate is lower, the engagement is higher and the likelihood of producing a sale is infinitely higher. Here are 10 ways to start building your email list. If you need more, lets chat.
There are tons of tools out there for you as a small business owner to market your business without spending money. The one thing you need to remember is that this is usually a trade off for time. The less money you spend typically results in more time spent so make sure to use a cost/benefit analysis before you decide it’s cheaper to do it all yourself. That being said, here are some tips to market your small business without spending money.
No matter what business you are in you should always be building your email marketing list. Email marketing has one of the Highest ROI and conversion rates so it is essential to small business. Use a free service to start and upgrade when the email list becomes profitable.
Blogging is the cornerstone of Content Marketing. There are many blogging sites you can use for free. Create your own unique content and publish it yourself and you won’t have to spend a dime.
Use social media platforms to reach your potential audience. Make sure to use only the Social Media channels that make sense for your business and the ones your target audience uses. Don’t waste time on Social Media Channels that don’t make sense. Here is a quick Guide for where your efforts should be.
- Facebook – Best for B2C Products
- Twitter – Good for B2B
- Instagram – Great for visual products
- Google+ – If your customers prefer this platform
- LinkedIn – Excellent for B2B
- Pinterest – Another fantastic option for highly visual products and services
- Tumblr – Short attention span theater
- Flickr – Another visual option
- Quora – Great for finding B2B leads and establishing thought leadership
- Meetup.com – Use this for local marketing
The number one way to get the word out about your business is Networking. It reaches fewer people but has the potential to create a richer client list. People buy from people they trust. Networking builds trust.
Grow your email list by offering a birthday or an anniversary club. People that sign up get something special that month and you get access to a potential customer. People love free things and if they sign up, they probably like what you are giving them. This means that you will have a list rich with people who are your target audience and rich lists produce more sales. Use your email list segmentation (you had better be with a service that has it) to manage those lists. Then you can send out the special promotion to the right people. Make sure what you give is worth them signing up but not so good it breaks your bank.
Want to increase open and response rates? Leave these 6 words out of your subject line. Just, Very, Really, ASAP, Stuff, Things. They do more harm than good and here is why.
Just – I just want to let you know that you should just leave out any word that just really has no place in the subject line. “Just”
is overused and annoying and really doesn’t add to the content of the message. Consider other words if you feel “Just” belongs in the subject line. Example: Just 5 people can participate.vs Only 5 spots available. One is soft, one is urgent. Do yourself a favor, “Just” leave it out.
Very /Really – Overused and doesn’t add any thing. What’s the difference be tween urgent and very urgent? One feels like it’s trying too hard. Every word of your subject line should be deliberate and these two words aren’t. They sound like you didn’t have a better way of expressing yourself.
ASAP – As soon as possible? Who defines soon as possible? Does that mean this minute or next month some time? If you are trying to create urgency this is not the way. Say what you mean. Respond ASAP. vs. Respond by tomorrow. One gets opened, the other gets forgotten.
Stuff/Things – What stuff? What things? Be accurate with your subject line. It is ok to create mystery. “Get a free gift just for opening this email” (though with a line like that it had better be something decent) vs “Get free stuff” “Check out these things”. Ambiguity is not your friend when it comes to email marketing.
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Here are some tips and tricks to get more people to open and read your email. I have seen these work and they do make an impact so take notes!