Looking for effective email marketing examples? Take a look at these 30+ best email campaigns and what makes them so effective. Get inspired and apply them to your email program, today.
Looking for effective email marketing examples? Take a look at these 30+ best email campaigns and what makes them so effective. Get inspired and apply them to your email program, today.
Zhuang Zi was a brilliant philosopher who lived in ancient China. He had many abilities and all the rulers would seek him out for his wise advice. One of them, King Wei, sent his workers out to Zhuang Zi’s home to invite him to come to Wei’s court and be his chief counselor at the palace. They found him there fishing by the river bank.
Seeing how poor he was and the meagre lifestyle that he led, they thought Zhuang Zi would jump at the chance for status and financial reward. Yet when they gave him their proposal, he replied with a parable:
“Once upon a time there was a sacred turtle, which was happy living his life in the mud. Yet, because he was sacred, the king’s men found him, took him to the royal palace, killed him and used his shell to foresee the future. Now tell me, would that turtle prefer to have given up his life to be honored at the palace, or would he rather be alive and enjoying himself in the mud?”
The men replied that they believed the turtle would be happier in the mud.
Zhuang Zi smiled and replied, “And so you have my answer to your request. Go home and let me be a happy turtle here in the mud.”
Often, we become Internet Marketers because of financial reward and status. We see a potential life for ourselves that will bring us great success. We can get easily bewitched by advancement, fame, and reward and even often neglect what is truly important.
We can become enthralled by our trade that we often waste our most precious resource, time, to get what we want. We tell ourselves that we need more, that it is for our families and our closest loved ones and that in the long run, it will all be worth it.
This may be true. However, there is just one thing I want you to remember and that’ to not forget while you are spending those hours on the laptop or in cafes or traveling away from home, why you are even building this business in the first place.
Don’t forget to spend time with your family. Don’t forget to kiss your children goodnight. And don’t allocate all of your time without compromise to the business because whilst we can spend many hours and many extra miles getting successful, we must simply keep in mind that taking some regular quality time out to remind your loved ones that this is for them – is worth it all.
I’ve seen many highly successful entrepreneurs lose their family in the process of building their fortune. Don’t become one of them.
You must spend some down time enjoying quality “in the mud” too.
You don’t have to stay in the mud long, but take a dip every so often to keep it real and authentic. Take time for yourself too.
I’m talking to you consistent and brave workers, who devote much of their time online to the great cause of success – just don’t forget the moments that really matter as well.
The true secret to success is balancing all the important areas of your life so they continue to grow throughout your lifetime.
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A good welcome email can start your email marketing off on the right foot. Take a look at these 11 inspiring welcome email examples, tips, and best practices.
During school, our professor gave us a pop quiz. I was a pretty smart student and had gotten through the other questions quite easily, until I read the last one: “What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?” I imagined this to be some kind of joke.
But when I thought about it, I realized I had seen the cleaning woman many times. She was short, dark haired and in her 60’s, but how would I know her name? I didn’t.
I handed in my paper, and just left the last question blank. Just before I left I asked the teacher if the last question would count towards our grade. “Absolutely,” said the professor.
“No matter what career you choose in life, you will meet many people. All are important. They deserve your attention and care, even if just by a smile and greeting.”
I’ve never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her name was Clara.
Online, it is not as easy to obtain first names as it is in person but at least we have a better way to store them when our memories fail.
The professor was right, in fact, as it turns out, our names are so important to us that hearing them lights up entirely different part of our brain than any other words, scientists tell us.
Using your customer’s name makes them like you more, also using your own name makes the interaction feel more personal, too.
For example, who would you rather get an email from, “John” or “The Support Team”?
Personal names make a shopping experience much more enjoyable as does hanging out with people who know your name in real life, it just feels more respectful, more engaging and friendly.
Firstly, when sending emails, avoid the lazy trap of ‘Dear Customer’. Use their first name every time.
If customers call you, try and use their name in the first sentence as an instant rapport builder. This is especially helpful in calming an irate customer down quite quickly by seeming more authentic and familiar.
For some of you, when booking a callback, arranging a meeting or getting people to leave their names and numbers, ensure you have their names written in your diary on that date and any other bits of information you can get in that first interaction.
Then when you recall accurately the words of the last conversation you had with them or ask them a more familiar question using their name, you’ll instantly make the customer feel like you know them and so they relax with you.
Another trick of the name remembering trade is to create stories or rhymes in your head associated with the person’s name you want to remember and genuinely try to use it when you bump into them. It’s a great way to build connections and friends in person that may one day be useful to your company or idea, on or offline.
People like their name being used, and it will be a boost to your business and relationships in general if you make the effort to use them every chance you get.
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Thinking about sending an email blast? Or maybe an email campaign? Not sure what the difference is? In this post, we’ll talk about email blasts, when to send them, and how do it effectively.
I recently asked a group of marketers this question: “When you send an email to your list, what’s your #1 goal?” The answers I received were revealing.
Some of the answers I got were…
– To get readers to open it
– To get readers to READ it
– To give some useful info
– To build rapport
– To sell a product
Those are all good answers…
But they’re also all WRONG answers.
Of course you want them to open the email, read the email, build some rapport, maybe give some useful info, but none of these are your primary objective.
So what is?
To get the CLICK.
Everything else is simply in support of that #1 goal, getting them to click the link you send to them.
Ideally, you want to train your list to click your links like (pardon me here) mind-numb robots.
You want them to click automatically – without thinking – because it’s what they always do when they open your emails.
You don’t need to sell the product – the sales page or video you send them to should do that for you.
You don’t need to tell them everything about the blog post you’re sending them to – the post will do that for you.
Your job is simply to get the click.
So how can you improve your click-through rate?
1. Give great information. People will like you and TRUST you if you give them great info that helps them. Clicking the link is just a natural extension of that.
2. Show them the ‘what’ but not the ‘how.’ You might give them a really useful tip on what drives super targeted traffic, but to learn how to do it they need to click the link. And yes, that link goes to a product you want them to buy. You haven’t sold the product in the email, but you have sold them on the method. The product is simply an easy shortcut to using that method to get the result.
3. Don’t always send them to sales letters; send them to fun stuff, too. Show them your blog posts, your videos and even other people’s stuff now and then. Did you see a video on YouTube that taught you something really valuable or made you laugh out loud? Try sharing it with your list. Remember, you want to get them in the habit of automatically clicking your links. And giving them rewards when they do, like useful information or a good laugh, will teach them to do just that.
4. Now and then surprise them with a free product. Your email tells them a method to list build using Facebook. Then you send them to a link that will give them 5 more list building methods. And when they click the link, they see a very short sales page offering the product for FREE. How much do you think they love you right now? And what are the odds they will click more of your links in the future, just in case there’s another free product on the other side?
Of course, your list and your niche may call for slightly different methods. But bottom line, your primary, number one goal of email marketing is ALWAYS to get the click.
Because the more trained your list is to click, the more money you will make in the long run.
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It’s nearly time for Thanksgiving… Hopefully, most of us will be able to spend that time with those who we care about the most, like family, friends, or our best office buddies. Before that happens though – and we’re keeping our fingers crossed for it to happen – we can use this time to craft […]
This one is so simple, yet diabolically effective… When you first introduce a new product to your list or your blog readers, do you simply pop a link on there with a line of text and hope they click? Of course not. You introduce the product. You tell them what’s good about it, how you use it, why it can change their business or help them achieve their goal, etc.
In other words, you’re introducing the product and warming up your readers BEFORE you send them to the sales page.
Now here’s the mistake I see marketers making all the time…
… when they first introduce the product, they take the time to do everything we just said.
And they make sales.
Then later they decide to promote the product again, only this time they forget a crucial step.
They slap that affiliate link or product link up on social media and figure people will click it and buy the product.
But they don’t click.
Why not? Because there’s no introduction to entice them to click and learn more.
So here’s what you do…
Take the copy you wrote in that email or post that introduces the product, and give it a page of its own on your site. Add your affiliate link or sales link to the bottom.
Now when you advertise the product on social media and other venues, send visitors to your intro page first.
I’ve seen this simple technique increase conversions 4 fold. Use it!
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You’re familiar with how lead magnets usually work – you offer visitors a report or some other incentive for joining your list. Depending on your traffic source and the strength of your offer, your opt-in rate could be anything from almost non-existent to 30% or more.
Here’s the problem – EVERYONE and their uncle is offering some type of incentive to get people to join their lists. And because of this, visitors have become more and more cautious about giving away their email address.
So what can you do to increase and possibly even DOUBLE your opt-in rate?
Change things up a bit, like this:
Step 1: Create a dynamite lead magnet with great information on how to do something. For example, maybe it’s a case study: “How Janis Smythe made $4,294 in 12 days using XXX technique.”
If you’re just starting out and you need a case study to use, start Googling. Don’t forget to let the person know you’re doing a case study on them, because in this case you really should get permission first.
Or omit the names and fictionalize the personal details. That works, too.
Step 2: Write an excellent sales page. Yes, you’re giving the report away, but you still need to entice people into wanting it.
Step 3: At the bottom of the page, and perhaps to the right as well, put a download button. That’s right – no opt-in form at this point, just a ‘download it now’ button.
Step 4: Split your report into two sections. The first section is the introduction and overview. What they’ll need to do, how much money they can make and the success they can have, and so forth.
Don’t make direct promises, of course. Follow legal guidelines.
The second half of the report is the payoff, the actual technique and how to do it step-by-step.
On the bottom of the first section, tell the readers that the step-by-step blueprint is in Part 2.
It gets better:
Place TWO links on the last page of the first section – one where they pay $17 to buy the second half of the report…
And a second link where they get the report for FREE in exchange for their email address.
Both links go to the same web page.
Step 5: Create the web page for the second half of the report. Give them the option to pay $17 and the option to get it in exchange for their email address.
You should get extremely high opt-ins using this method. Having the payment button there makes it look like they are getting an extremely good deal by giving you their email address.
And oddly enough, once in a while someone will actually pay for the second half of the report.
There you have it… a proven way to supercharge your opt-ins and grow your business online! Now take this knowledge put it to use!
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Treat your business to holiday success with these Halloween Email tips & tricks – Halloween email subject lines, catchy Halloween phrases, and newsletter templates.
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You might think the best way to make sales in the online marketing field is to promise a lot of money for very little effort. After all, we see these products that promise you’ll rake in the dough simply by tapping your toes three times and whispering you want to get rich.
Those kind of pie-in-the-sky promises may make for great fairy tales, but frankly your average Joe isn’t buying it.
You know what people say (and believe)… “If it sounds too good to be true, it generally is.”
The fact is, there are folks who make hundreds of thousands of dollars online each year.
Some do it each month.
A few do it each DAY.
So just because it sounds too good to be true doesn’t make it so. But it will scare away a lot of buyers, because they don’t believe THEY can make a ton of money from home.
And those programs that promise the moon for a few clicks? Their refund rates tend to be in the 50% range. Ouch. Plus you’ve got to wonder how well they sleep at night.
So what’s the counterintuitive approach to increasing your conversions in the make money online / internet marketing field?
It’s simple, really.
Tell them they’re going to have to WORK.
Tell them they’re going to have to put in an EFFORT.
And the results they get will depend on what they actually DO.
Obviously any business is going to take work. But if you don’t TELL them it will take work, they will likely mistake you for a scam.
So be honest and open about how much effort it will take. Doing so, you’ll find your products not only sell well, they will also continue to sell for a long time to come.
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You’re excited about your new product or service. But a question creeps into the back of your mind. Will it sell? If it does, you’re a genius. If not, well… Fortunately, you’ve embraced email — the most profitable form of marketing — and that gives you a head start. Today’s post covers all the basics you need to get your product launch off to a great start.
This won’t make you rich, but it can pay the bills. Basically, you’re going to hire two outsourcers and then sell the websites they build for you. This has been done by at least one marketer that I know personally, and I’m sure many others have found similar success with this business model. Here are the details…
Hire two outsourcers, possibly from the Philippines or anywhere you can get excellent full time help for about $500 each per month.
One outsourcer should be versed in all phases of website building and PhotoShop. Things they will need to do: Install WordPress sites, install plugins, install autoresponder forms, use Photoshop to create website graphics as needed, etc.
The second outsourcer is a good writer, preferably a VERY good writer, able to research and write about most any topic.
This is your team.
One thing to know – work expands to fill the time allotted. So if you give your team two weeks to build a site, that’s how long it will take. Instead, see if they can do it in 2 days.
For what you want done, it should only take 2 days. In fact, for the website builder it should only take one day, and two days for the writing.
Now then, the first site your team is going to build will be for you. It should be an authority blog, containing several posts and an embedded YouTube video or two.
You choose the domain name, let them know what you’re looking for, then let them sort out everything else.
This is going to be your example website. Of course, you can continue to build this site out over time, making it a true authority site. And you can use the outsourcers to do this for you. But first and foremost, you want to treat it as your example website.
Now you launch an offer to build authority websites for other people in the niches of their choosing. You can start by notifying your list of your new service, place in the top marketing forums and branch out to Facebook after that.
Charge whatever you like – $300 is a good price but it’s up to you.
The website will be a unique authority blog in whatever niche they choose, with perhaps 5 posts already written, all the plugins in place, basic SEO, a domain of its own… you get the idea.
You’re paying your team $1,000 a month, so you need to make 4 sales to be in profit.
But realistically your team can build 10 sites a month, spending 2 days on each site and working 5 days a week.
10 sales at $300 is $3,000, minus the $1,000 you pay your team leaves you with a $2,000 profit.
Of course, you can charge more, offer different packages and so forth. For example, your deluxe package might contain 15 posts and cost $700, depending on how good your team is and how well you do at selling the sites.
If you find your team has downtime between orders, you can have them create a product for you, or build sites which you then sell pre-made.
There is some work in getting the sales and communicating the desires of the client to your workers. But it shouldn’t take you more than an hour a day to accomplish this.
And once your other ventures are making enough money that you don’t want to be bothered with this endeavor anymore, you can always sell it as a turnkey business. Sweet success!
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Short and sweet: Are you going wide instead of deep? For example, if you’re in online marketing, are you trying to reach every new marketer out there? This is a huge mistake.
If your niche is gardening, are you trying to reach every vegetable gardener on the planet?
And if your niche is dating, are you targeting every single male – period?
Then you’re going too wide. By appealing to everyone, you appeal to no one.
I once coached a woman who wanted to start a newsletter for parents.
Of every age of child, 0-18, who lived anywhere on the planet.
I spent half the coaching session trying to talk her out of this strategy, or rather, lack of strategy.
She could not be dissuaded.
And I never heard from her or her newsletter again. My guess is she’s still stuck working the 9-5 job she was trying so hard to leave.
What should she have done?
Targeted brand new first time parents, or parents of 0-2 year old children, or middle class working parents of annoying teenagers, or adoptive parents, or frustrated foster parents, or…
…you get the idea.
Broad niches will keep you broke and frustrated.
Narrow niches can make you rich.
It’s that simple.
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All marketing funnels are designed to generate leads and sales. See how video sales funnels can help you attract more leads to your business.
You have to admit – the online world is CROWDED with marketing messages. It’s hard to start out and get noticed, and it’s becoming more difficult every day. Ironically, some of the older methods have once again become more effective. As everyone else vies for attention online, consider doing something old school, such as…
When you send an email, it’s easily ignored or deleted. A message on social media carries even less weight.
But a real life, physical piece of mail that lands in a prospect’s mailbox is something they will take notice of. And postcards are cheaper to mail than letters.
Here’s what to do: Decide on the goal of your postcard – do you want them to join your list? Attend your webinar event? Go to a sales page?
Once you have your goal, use testing to find just the right slant for your offer. A postcard is a relatively small space, so every word and every image has got to pull its own weight. But once you find the magic mailing piece, you can continue to mail it out for months and even years, as long as it remains effective.
Know the lifetime value of your customer. This will help you determine what kind of conversion rate you need with your postcard mailers to be in profit.
Send the postcards yourself, or use a postcard mailing service.
Simply Google “postcard mailing service” and you’ll find a company to match your needs.
Sending Lumpy Mail
What’s the best way to get your mailing piece to stand out? Make it lumpy.
If you’ve ever received a non-profit solicitation for a donation, you probably know what we’re talking about. They send pennies, pens, calendars, packs of greeting cards and all sorts of things to get you to open their envelope. And of course once you have their free gift, the law of reciprocity kicks in and you want to send them something back.
For our purposes, think of something unusual and cost effective, such as…
– A pebble (because of the rocky time they’ve had, or the rocky time ahead if they don’t get your product)
– Seed packets (to ‘grow’ their business, grow their profits, etc.)
– A compass (so they can find their way)
– A thumb drive loaded with your value-offering promotional materials
– Worry stones (because they’re up at night, worrying about their business or how to pay the bills)
– Poker chips (because they shouldn’t gamble on other products or providers)
– Aspirin in a packet to ease their pain
– A paper wallet because you’ll show them how to fill it with money
– A sand timer for when they’re running out of time
– And so forth.
Again, there are services to help you accomplish this. For example, http://www.gcfrog.com/lumpymail/ is a good starting point.
The trick here is to make your ad look like an article in the magazine or newspaper you’re advertising in. Let’s say you’re advertising in a magazine – get an issue and see how their articles are formatted. Two columns? Three? What font do they use? What about picture placement?
Write your ad as more of an advertorial than a regular ad. You might have to put the words, “Paid advertisement” at the top of your ad, but it will still convert better than if your ad looks like an ad.
Have a great headline and use lots of sub-headlines to keep the reader on the page.
Have a strong call to action for an irresistible offer. The offer should be so good people simply cannot resist it, whatever it is.
Get a Local Column
This is an excellent technique for local business consultants. If you live in a small to medium sized city, your local newspaper might be thrilled if you would volunteer your services to write them a column each week on a topic that interests their readers.
If not, you might consider taking out a weekly ad and making it look like a column. In some respects, this is actually preferable to writing the column for free, since you’ll have more control over your topics.
Be very helpful in what you write. Only the last line or two should promote your business. The bulk of your column should be helpful information that people can use.
This will set you up as the authority and the person people turn to when they need your services.
Here’s something that used to be common and no longer is, which is why it will make you stand out from the crowd of marketers like a beacon on a hill. Send REAL birthday cards through the mail to your best customers.
You might collect their birthday (Month and day, not year) when they check out. You might even tell them WHY you’re collecting it. Let them know it’s optional, but you’d really like to remember them on their birthday.
Most people will be eager to share their birthdate with you. Or you can hop on Facebook and discover their birthday there if they have it listed.
If you don’t want to send the cards yourself, use a service such as postable.com or sendoutcards.com.
Now then – a person might interact with a few hundred people and companies online over the course of a year. But odds are you will be the only one who remembers their birthday. That makes you pretty special.
You might include an offer of a free birthday gift in your card, too. Perhaps a video you recorded for their birthday (you can use the same one for everyone) and a download link for a free product. Guaranteed they will be opening your emails and following you closely on social media after that.
When it comes to things like investing and marketing, doing the opposite of what most people are doing is often the winning course. Now that everyone else is online, be sure to look for offline opportunities to win the hearts, minds and wallets of your customers.
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