Ping, pang, POOM! What’s that? The sound of some exotic Vegas slot machine? No. Sadly, that’s the sound of the gah-bah-gillions (made up number that’s REALLY BIG) of emails hitting my inbox. I spend way too much time dealing with emails. And even though I may moan over the many messages that hit my account on the daily, when I’m doing the sending they’d better be on point. So I’m sharing my awesome-sauce secret (and not-so-secret) tools to help you write better business emails. Ready, set, WRITE!
The numbers have been in for quite some time now – email is the most-opened, most-preferred and highest-ROI way of communicating with your customers and prospects. It comes as no wonder that 51% of marketers surveyed recently by SmartInsights and TFM&A pronounced email marketing as the top digital channel for 2015: Source But email marketing is not “Fill it, shut it, forget it.” It has to work off a high-quality, active list of leads who want to hear from you.
Who doesn’t love a loyal community? Online or offline, they make your business bustle. And being that community is the 2nd ‘C’ in the 5 Cs of Social Media, it’s super important to the fundamental success of your online marketing. Lucky for you last week’s Ready, Set, Podcast episodes cover both community, and how to capture a community worth having. Let’s go!
We’ve all been on the quest for sign ups. Whether it’s for our bootcamp, webinar, event, eBook, or just to get readers on our marketing list, we’ve all tried well-planned (and not-so-well planned) launches. Raise your hand if you know marketers who send out a week-before and week-of email blast, along with a smattering of social media posts (even on sites we haven’t seen you on in months!) to push their event. [Raises hand and waves it around wildly] So you mean to tell me you spent months planning this launch and then mere moments marketing it? Hmmmm. [Silence]
Over the holiday a family member told me that she got in trouble for using readability tactics – specifically bullet points – by her boss. Apparently her boss thought that bullet points were “too aggressive” for the reader. It’s my view that her boss, who ironically works in the media space, has no idea how important readability is to content and email marketing.