Let me guess what your small business online marketing strategy involves. In three words: blog, Facebook and Twitter. Now there’s nothing wrong with that. In fact, if you had any sense that is exactly what your online marketing strategy should look like. If you play your cards right, this may be all you’ll ever need to effectively promote your small business online.
No matter which marketing automation tool you’ve invested in — Pardot, Marketo, Eloqua, HubSpot — figuring out how to structure and launch your first campaign can seem a little daunting. But a lead nurture campaign is one way that your new tool can really help your sales team keep prospects warm and turn them into opportunities, so understanding how best to make this work for your organization will set you on the road to getting the most out of your marketing automation platform.
Email marketing has proven to be an effective strategy for maintaining relationships with leads and encouraging clients to become repeat clients. This list of dos and don’ts will help you break free from the constant "should I?" or "shouldn't I?" questions about email marketing.
Did you know that marketers sent over 838 billion emails last year? According to Marketing Sherpa, 60% of marketers believe email marketing produces one of the best returns on investment. With all of the amazing statistics on the success of an email marketing strategy, businesses often times fail to implement a stellar e-marketing campaign for their very own company.
The year was 1996. I had just signed up for Hotmail – a free email service. I had recently been introduced to email – something I rarely used, but was increasingly relying on it, especially to communicate with friends who were far away. But Hotmail was amazing. It was free.
Often through no fault of your own, some people will unsubscribe from your newsletters. But how many of you can say you have promptly removed these recipients off your mailing list? I personally have been subject to these annoying emails. Even though you have pressed unsubscribe, you continue to receive them. It really makes you despise the company doesn’t it? Why would anyone in their right mind ever want to buy anything from that company again?
Email is still one of marketing’s greatest tactics, but how effective is your email marketing? It’s cost effective (but not free), it’s easy to plan and execute in advance and very few people don’t access their email every single day, which means that in theory, the audience is engaged with the medium. So why do so many efforts fall flat?
One way to get better at social media marketing is to deploy the learnings from email marketing to this medium. The most popular email marketing strategy is what is called the drip campaign. In a drip marketing campaign, businesses send a set of marketing messages at a pre-determined frequency to prospects.