Tips to Help You Brush Up Your Dated Email Newsletter

Tips to Help You Brush Up Your Dated Email Newsletter

When you are sending out an email newsletter and communicating your value in order to generate leads – aesthetics matter. Incorporating email marketing best practices that are artistically pleasing can improve your readership engagement and generate more leads. Here are five strategies that will help you put your best digital impression forward. Adhere To Your Brand Standards – Always One of the single biggest mistakes a marketer can make is to stray too far from the brand voice of your business. Your brand forms a strong impression in your readers’ minds and makes a meaningful statement about your company. Don’t water down the impact of your brand by incorporating colors, images and other visual elements that veer off the standards you have set to communicate your business through your branding. Keep Typography Consistent Your text choices, font styles, and font color choices have more to say than just words. Identify specific color choices and font styles for your headings, subheadings, bullet points, quotations and other call-out text so that your copy remains visually consistent across all your communications (not just email). Make Your Content “Scanable” Most of us know how short attention spans can be when you’re competing for the attention of readers scanning through their emails. Write your articles in such a way that allows readers to easily scan content so that they are able to identify valuable information quickly. Use subheadings, bulleted lists, quotations and other easily scanable formatting to make your content as easily consumable as possible. Another way to make content scanable is by intentionally limiting the length of your article introduction paragraph. Limiting the introduction...
Is Your Business Leveraging Digital Marketing Technology to Gain Competitive Advantage?

Is Your Business Leveraging Digital Marketing Technology to Gain Competitive Advantage?

When it comes to marketing and client retention, email marketing reigns supreme as the best option for viable lead generation, yielding the highest return on investment of virtually any marketing strategy. Firms that are serious about implementing strategic digital marketing initiatives are far more likely to maintain consistent growth than those with a passive approach. Four tips for implementing a strategic digital marketing plan: 1. Use Smart Marketing Content Stay focused on the needs of your target audience when you create your marketing content. Know what is relevant to your clients right now and use that as inspiration to craft meaningful content that generates new opportunities. While you’re nurturing your clients, don’t forget to periodically remind them about your add-on services and offerings. Harness opportunities to increase the value of your existing client engagements. For prospects, create content that has a direct tie-in to your services, and close each article with a call to action and obvious next steps for contacting your firm. 2. Automate Consistent Email Delivery Warm up your prospects and remind your clients you’re there. A consistent content marketing strategy will yield measurable results, and email is the perfect vehicle for delivering trackable content to all your contacts on a regular basis. Hit your readers’ inboxes on a consistent schedule, and you’ll always be positioned as an expert in your field. Most digital marketing platforms allow you to set and schedule content far in advance. Some platforms will even do the hard work for you by automatically setting professionally written content into a regular distribution schedule. Resources like these save your professional staff the time and...
Extending the Life of Your Marketing Content

Extending the Life of Your Marketing Content

If you are trying to make the most out of your content marketing resources, check out these four smart tips for getting the most bang out of the time and effort you invest in your marketing content. If you think of the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle campaign, you’ll have the inspiration you need to take a single marketing article and turn it into an email newsletter article, blog post, social media post and many other online resources. This strategy helps you maximize the exposure of your content while also stretching your resources. Repurpose Existing Content Across Multiple Channels Repurposing content is a logical way to make your content marketing work smarter, not harder. Plus, when you drive social visitors back to your campaigns, and vice versa, you’re creating more opportunities for prospects to find your firm. There are a ton of ways you can maximize the life and exposure of your content. Consider a single email newsletter article, and imagine that it could find new life as: A blog post An infographic Multiple social media posts A call-out quote that becomes a social media graphic A chapter in an e-book A video discussion or podcast The sky is the limit. Be creative, and consider all the ways you can stretch the life of your content to consolidate your resources, be more efficient with your time and maximize the exposure of your key articles. Be Selective When Choosing Social Networks More is not necessarily better when it comes to social media. It pays to be choosy about which social networks your firm decides to use. Consider your target market. What networks are...
Be the First Firm Clients Think of for Referrals

Be the First Firm Clients Think of for Referrals

The real key to success with clients and prospects is mindfulness, or staying “top of mind.” Your goal is to be the first person a client thinks about when making a referral. It sounds simple, but when you are working with current clients and managing your everyday business activities, it’s far more challenging to keep in touch (and stay in touch) with your ever-growing database.   Here are a few tips to consider when you are working to keep your business top of mind: 1. Avoid the Delete Button When you’re competing in a sea of emails, it’s important to avoid being quickly deleted or ignored. Email smart. Include content that interests your target markets, and make sure your subject line is powerful. For newsletters, consider simply copying the title of your lead article into your subject line field. Clients are far more likely to open information that is targeted and relevant to them versus a generic mass email. This extra step will not only prove that you add value but will highlight that you are paying attention to both their needs and interests. 2. Keep Testimonials and Client Success Stories in the Forefront If you haven’t started sharing client testimonials and case studies in your email marketing, on your blog, and on social media, maybe it’s time to start. Begin interviewing clients who have had positive before and after experiences with your company. Turn these real life situations into stories that can be shared as content. Testimonials are a powerful reminder that your business is the go-to company for new prospects or referral opportunities. 3. Maximize Social Media It’s...
How To Post Your Email Newsletter Content To Blogs And Social Media

How To Post Your Email Newsletter Content To Blogs And Social Media

Do you have a great email newsletter article that is just begging to be shared on your social media business pages? Good news! You may be able to easily share your email articles directly from your marketing newsletter. Many email platforms allow you to post your email content with just a few simple clicks. Quick Tip: Create a Guest Record First In order to produce links from your email articles to be used in social media marketing efforts, consider creating a “Guest” contact record in your email marketing database. Use the first name “Guest” and the last name “Contact” (or something similar) with one of your marketing email distributions (such as info@ or contact@) to set this record up. Complete the “Guest” record with your business address, phone number and any additional contact information you would like to share to route interested prospects to your company. This way, any links or articles you use from your email marketing on social media can be tied back to your guest database record and your business contact information. Another benefit of this practice is that any personalization you may have used in your email will simply display as “Hello, Guest!” or a similar generic greeting. This will add a universal appeal to your email messages when you forward your newsletter to interested parties, post the latest edition to your website or share articles with your social fans and followers. Next Step: Start Sharing The social sharing function of an email article varies between platforms, but it is usually a straightforward, simple process to share an email newsletter article or email message to your social...
3 Tips for Attracting and Managing New Leads

3 Tips for Attracting and Managing New Leads

If your company’s leads are being be generated largely by word of mouth and referral source connections, this may mean your strategy is only a passive effort. Implementing a solid plan behind your initiatives can help lead generation efforts gain momentum. Here are three digital marketing strategies that will help you consistently generate new business. 1. Nurture Your website, blog, email campaigns and social media marketing all work together to nurture your clients, prospects and referral sources. These access points help interested onlookers find you and give “tire-kickers” a feel for the benefits of connecting with your business. Take the following steps to move prospects from cold to qualified: Provide relevant and engaging content to your clients and prospects Amplify your content by allowing multiple access points to that content through your website resources, email and social media channels Include calls to action in your messaging Maintain consistent communications to create repetitive touch points Experiment with a fresh approach as needed – be willing to try something new 2. Monitor Set notifications that alert you when prospects click through on content that has a direct tie-in to your products and services. You will also need to keep an eye on the data being captured in your online marketing platforms’ reporting tools. If you don’t monitor the metrics behind your marketing efforts, you’ll never know who is responding to your messaging. You’ll also miss out on determining which content is garnering the most interest. Metrics and reporting pull double-duty by helping you connect with nurtured clients and prospects while also giving you a feel for what’s resonating with your audience....