Tag Archives: Marketing Basics

The *Best* Way to Do Email Resends

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I see a lot of marketers doing email resends — but I rarely find anyone doing them the way I do them with my clients. Here’s the very *best* way to extend reach, relevance, and revenue with resends, without the potential pitfalls of most resend strategies. In email jargon, a resend is sending an email to someone a second time within 7 to 10 days…

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#TBT: Do Not Reply to This Email

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This article written by Jeanne Jennings was first published by ClickZ on September 1, 2014. A full half of the transactional messages I recently reviewed in my inbox asked me not to reply to the email. In this age when most companies are actively trying to engage them in social media, why don’t they want email replies? Here are some reasons – along with ways, if…

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#TBT: Do Not Reply to This Email

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A full half of the transactional messages I recently reviewed in my inbox asked me not to reply to the email. In this age when most companies are actively trying to engage them in social media, why don’t they want email replies? Here are some reasons – along with ways, if you must, to make “Do not reply to this email” more reader-friendly. First off, I…

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#TBT: Is Living Social Overly Dependent on Email?

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This article written by Jeanne Jennings was first published by ClickZ on December 22, 2014. This is one of three articles I’ve written this week on Living Social, the daily deals industry and email marketing; here I present information from eDataSource on inbox placement, read/open rates, and send quantities for Amazon, Groupon, and Living Social. Back in early November, Living Social announced a reorganization; not surprising for…

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#TBT: Is Living Social Overly Dependent on Email?

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This is one of three articles I wrote in 2014 on Living Social, the daily deals industry and email marketing; here I present information from eDataSource on inbox placement, read/open rates, and send quantities for Amazon, Groupon, and Living Social. Back in early November 2014, Living Social announced a reorganization; not surprising for a company that has been struggling, but what jumped out to me in the…

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#TBT: Hockey, Email, and Content: Turning Prospects and Customers into Fans

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Extremely successful organizations don’t just serve their customers – they wow them. Their goal isn’t just to turn email subscribers into customers or customers into repeat customers, it’s to turn them into fans. Fans who value the relationship they have with the brand – and who are vocal advocates both on- and off-line to influence their family members, friends, and colleagues to feel the same. Email…

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#TBT: Hockey, Email, and Content: Turning Prospects and Customers into Fans

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Extremely successful organizations don’t just serve their customers – they wow them. Their goal isn’t just to turn email subscribers into customers or customers into repeat customers, it’s to turn them into fans. Fans who value the relationship they have with the brand – and who are vocal advocates both on- and off-line to influence their family members, friends, and colleagues to feel the same. Email…

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5 Tips for Making Your Migration to a New MAP or ESP as Painless as Possible

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You’ve done your research, vetted the solutions, decided on your vendor of choice and signed the contract. Now you have a new marketing automation platform (MAP) or email service provider (ESP) at your disposal. But here comes the difficult part: migrating to your new platform. Not to scare you, but anyone who’s gone through this once thinks twice before changing vendors. It takes time, effort, and…

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5 Tips for Making Your Migration to a New MAP or ESP as Painless as Possible

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You’ve done your research, vetted the solutions, decided on your vendor of choice and signed the contract. Now you have a new marketing automation platform (MAP) or email service provider (ESP) at your disposal. But here comes the difficult part: migrating to your new platform. Not to scare you, but anyone who’s gone through this once thinks twice before changing vendors. It takes time, effort, and…

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Case Study: Big Boost from Subject Line Testing

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Lots of email marketers test subject lines, but the key to long-term success is testing formulas rather than specific copy. In this case study, the winning subject line formula generated an open rate lift of 70% and a lift of 56% in click-through rate. Best of all, because we tested formulas instead of copy, they’ll be able to roll this out to all future daily…

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Case Study: Big Boost from Subject Line Testing

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Lots of email marketers test subject lines, but the key to long-term success is testing formulas rather than specific copy. In this case study, the winning subject line formula generated an open rate lift of 70% and a lift of 56% in click-through rate. Best of all, because we tested formulas instead of copy, they’ll be able to roll this out to all future daily…

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Effective Drip Series Message Maps

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In the last couple of months, I’ve had the privilege of helping a number of companies improve the performance of their email drip series, or multi-effort email campaigns, as they are also called. One consistent weak spot: the message map that drives these campaigns. Here are a few tips… It’s so nice to see email marketers take the leap from single sends to automated drip…

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Effective Drip Series Message Maps

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In the last couple of months, I’ve had the privilege of helping a number of companies improve the performance of their email drip series, or multi-effort email campaigns, as they are also called. One consistent weak spot: the message map that drives these campaigns. Here are a few tips… It’s so nice to see email marketers take the leap from single sends to automated drip…

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#TBT: The real value of loyalty programs: data

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I wrote this column back in 2015 and it was published by ClickZ; it’s based on a casual discussion with my Mom. We were having lunch at a Subway (Mom’s go-to order: Black Forest Ham; I’m an Italian B.M.T.(R) fan myself) and discussing their new loyalty program. As a marketer I knew there was value in loyalty programs, but I’d never thought about them in…

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#TBT: The real value of loyalty programs: data

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I wrote this column back in 2015 and it was published by ClickZ; it’s based on a casual discussion with my Mom. We were having lunch at a Subway (Mom’s go-to order: Black Forest Ham; I’m an Italian B.M.T.(R) fan myself) and discussing their new loyalty program. As a marketer I knew there was value in loyalty programs, but I’d never thought about them in…

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Tips for Driving More Leads from Your Blog Posts

“Our blog just doesn’t drive leads.” I hear this a lot. And I get it. The best blog posts aren’t hard-sell pieces, they provide value without a purchase and are intended to education, nurture and persuade — not to drive someone to buy right now. But sometimes the issue is with the blog post page wireframe, not with the content. Read on for some simple…

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Tips for Driving More Leads from Your Blog Posts

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“Our blog just doesn’t drive leads.” I hear this a lot. And I get it. The best blog posts aren’t hard-sell pieces, they provide value without a purchase and are intended to education, nurture and persuade — not to drive someone to buy right now. But sometimes the issue is with the blog post page wireframe, not with the content. Read on for some simple…

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From My Inbox: Gentle Critique with Simple Fixes

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Most of my consulting work is with large organizations, but I really love when I see smaller companies doing big things with the channel. And it also makes me sad when I see smaller companies trying, but not quite hitting the mark. This post is about the latter, with constructive advice for this company (I plan to visit soon so maybe I’ll share it with…

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5 Tips to Optimize Your Email Nurture Series

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There is a place for email nurture series at all stages of the prospect journey. This post is based on work I recently did for a few clients; in one case the nurture series was the first outreach to people with little or no relationship with the sender (yes, the list was not opt-in; we talk about that!). These five recommendations address the biggest problems…

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Blast, Harvesting, Purchased Opt-in, Engagement, and Click Rate: Email Vocabulary

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For some reason, a lot of the people I’ve been communicating with lately are using the term ‘blast’ to describe sending to their email list. It reminded me of this article, which I originally wrote for my ClickZ column in 2011. Enjoy! My mother taught me, from the time I was small, that words matter. In my family, saying “I’ve got to pee” wasn’t an…

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