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Discover the Value of Each Subscriber in Your List

Discover the Value of Each Subscriber in Your List

Beyond • October 22, 2018

Not all email marketing subscribers are created equal. Contact A: Has come to your website after visiting several other competitors. They see your popup signup form that boasts a 20% off discount for new subscribers. They signup just in case, but they haven’t made a decision yet about your business or any other one. After opt-in, they aren’t really paying much attention to your emails. Contact B: Has already done their research. They even have a recommendation or referral about your business. They’re confident you’re the solution for what they seek. They might just be waiting to save some more money, for a holiday bonus or any other number of reasons. They signup, because they want to hear more from you. Emails from you are almost always opened. Do you think it pays to communicate to those two subscribers in the same manner? It’s not rhetorical. The answer is no. If you were to continue on sending to Contact A, the same way you were sending to Contact B, it would eventually affect your deliverability. Inbox clients pay attention to when you’re continually sending to inactive subscribers and will act accordingly. For that reason alone, knowing how important each individual subscriber is to your business has incredible value. Enter Benchmark Email’s brand new Contact Rating system. What is the Contact Ratings System? Contact Rating is a way of telling how engaged your subscribers are with your email campaigns. Aside from seeing who is interacting with the emails you send, contact rating is also beneficial because it allows you to segment your emails based on the subscriber’s rating. Ratings can go from 0 stars, meaning they’re a new subscriber who you haven’t sent to yet, to one star, meaning they’ve received an email, but haven’t clicked or opened, and 2-5, which show how engaged that contact is with your emails. The rating is based off of your previous 90 days of sending. You can improve your email’s deliverability (and do some awesome strategies we’ll get into shortly), with the Contact Rating system. You can segment your emails on the fly using the rating system and separate the low rated contacts (0-2) from the highly rated ones (3-5). To learn more about Contact Rating, you can check out our helpful FAQ. Now that you know how to segment based on Contact Rating, let’s look at how you can put it to use: Create a Loyalty Program for Your Highest Rated Subscribers On average, it costs 5 times more to acquire a new customer than to keep the ones you already have. That’s why a customer loyalty program is a good strategy for any business. Knowing how important customer retention is, making your subscribers feel special with a loyalty program is an essential part of nurturing positive customer relationships with email marketing. How can you do it? Create Special Sales or Events Exclusive to Your Highest Rated Contacts To make your loyal subscribers feel special, creating an heir of exclusivity can go a long ways. It can be a single day or a week-long affair, but the idea is to generate some excitement and to make your loyal contacts feel appreciated. Think about how Amazon handles Prime Day. It’s 24+ hours of new deals occurring throughout the day. It incentives Prime members to return all day and night to see the new deals that have opened up. This Amazon Prime Day email lets you know only a select group gets to enjoy the benefits and it creates a sense of urgency. It’s sure to result in plenty of repeat business. Give Loyal Customers a Say Aside from showing your customers that you appreciate them by giving them discounts and access to special sales, asking for their feedback is another way to show your contacts that they’re valued. I play fantasy football with my friends. I’m in a handful of leagues. Recently, Yahoo emailed me to tell me that as one of their more active users for fantasy football, they wanted to know if I’d be interested in participating in a survey about their services. Of course I was. I wanted to feel like I had a say in what was happening. They even sweetened the deal by offering a gift card as a token of their gratitude. They remind me that it’s only for me, which gives it that level of exclusivity as well. It’s a simple, plain text email. It doesn’t look great. However, it did get me to complete the survey as they requested. Re-engage Your Lowest Rated Contacts Inactive subscribers happen. There are various reasons a subscribe doesn’t engage with your emails. Perhaps they’re traveling or they’re busy. Maybe they already made a purchase and don’t need your emails any more. Or it could be that they just don’t see the value in what you’re sending. It could be any of those reasons or none of them. Why it happens is a topic for another blog. For now, we’ll focus on what you can to to re-engage them when it happens. Tell Them You’re Going to Remove Them Everyone wants what they can’t have. Telling your subscribers that you’re going to remove them from your list, unless they opt back into your list is a good way to re-engage your inactive subscribers. It may make them realize they do want to hear from you, or let you know that they’ve just been too busy to engage. If you do this, it’s important to toe the line of desperation and creepiness and just let them know that you’ll stop dropping by their inbox unless they say otherwise. This re-engagement email from Sidekick, now known as HubSpot Sales Tools, does a really great job of being friendly and understanding, while staying on brand and not over-stepping. Incentivize Re-engagement Sometimes, it just takes a friendly nudge to re-engage an inactive subscriber. Say something like “we miss you” and offer a small discount to get them in the door. There is a lot of competition in most industries these days. If you’re not staying top of mind, you’re going to be forgetting. Giving a little reminder can help you bring back lost business. Pinkberry does a nice job with this re-engagement email for their loyal customers with a Pinkcard who haven’t been around in a while. That they put an expiration on it, creates a sense of urgency and ensures the customer comes back soon. Additional Re-engagement Strategies Much like rewarding your engaged contacts by listening to them, you can ask for feedback from your inactive ones. Give them a chance to tell you what they’d have liked to be receiving from you, rather than the content they’ve been ignoring. Their passion for what they don’t like can be a lesson to you as well. You can also try to throw a hail mary. After all, they’re already inactive. If they decide to unsubscribe at that point, it will make little difference. Has there been an idea for an email campaign you’ve always wanted to do, but have been too nervous to try? Use it as a re-engagement campaign. Do something bold (yet appropriate) to catch their attention and you may even learn a new tactic you can use with your engaged customers. Wrapping Up Whether you have two or two million subscribers, it’s important to know what not all contacts have the same value to your business. Thankfully, the new Contact Rating System from Benchmark makes it easy for you to see which contacts are engaged (and which ones aren’t).


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Inbox Placement Results from 2 Billion Email Messages

Inbox Placement Results from 2 Billion Email Messages

Beyond • October 18, 2018

Return Path announced this year’s annual benchmark report and it is very important to gain perspectives to boost our email deliverability. In this benchmark report more than 2 billion promotional email messages that send between July 2017 and June 2018, have analyzed. Thanks to this research we have now 12 month global, regional, and country inbox placement results, as well as inbox placement rates by industry and the top four mailbox providers. Before sharing the findings of this report, I want to start by describing the email path to the inbox. Email Delivery Through the internet, multiple servers help emails to reach their destination point. Through their journey, there occurs a decision process to determine them as they’re trustable or not. Unfortunately, a lot of emails blocked on the gateway and never reach the spam folder or inbox folder. Also, email open rates are very important. They are calculated by email service providers. ESPs consider the number of people who open the email and dividing it by the number of emails sent that failed to reach the reader. For example, if you sent out 100 emails, 20 bounced, and 10 were opened, you would have an open rate of 12.5%. After passing the gateway, spam filters consider the relevancy of the content, sender reputation, and user engagement to decide whether to send them in the spam folder or inbox. For detailed information about spam folders check out How to Increase Email Open Rates. Measuring the Inbox Placement In this report, Return Path used two different sets of data to calculate inbox placement; Seed Data Panel Data (Consumer Data) First of all, don’t forget that we’re talking about hundreds of mailbox providers around the world. So, numbers are huge! Let’s start by measuring the inbox placement. Well, seed data is used to see if seed addresses are delivered or went into the spam folder or inbox. It’s a good option to measure missing or blocked emails. Also, global or country-specific inbox placement rates are calculated by seed data. Panel data is used for email data and real-world information. The main purpose is to understand subscriber engagement. How about measuring engagement data? Well, the answer is, they have 2 million users in their system! So, mailbox provider and industry-specific inbox placement are calculated with panel data in this research. Global Inbox Placement Average global inbox placement increased by 5% points this year. In the second quarter of 2018, the most significant increase came in with 7% points over the same period last year. Inbox Placement in North America North America deliverability was driven largely by increased inbox placement in the United States. Mails sent to US subscribers reached the inbox an average of 83% of the time. An increase of 6% percentage points over the previous period. The average inbox placement rate to Canadian mailboxes of 89% exceeded the global average. Inbox Placement in Latin America Latin America region dropped 3% percentage points this period for an average of 78%. Only Mexico was able to achieve deliverability above the global average. Inbox Placement in Europe Deliverability to European mailboxes rose slightly to an average inbox placement rate of 86%. Greece, Portugal, and Norway have Europe’s highest inbox placement at 93%. Austrian mailboxes saw the lowest inbox placement of any European country (79%). In Ireland, email deliverability rate increased 15% points for a new average of 92% inbox placement. Denmark and the Czech Republic saw the largest decline in deliverability among European countries with 3% points below the previous period. Inbox Placement in Asia-Pacific In the previous reporting period, Asia-Pacific Region had 79% in inbox placement. This year they saw a slight decline in inbox placement with an average rate of  78%. Senders in mailing to Singapore and New Zealand consumers helped bring up the regional average with inbox placement rates of 90% in both countries. Chinese mailboxes fell far below the global average with an average inbox placement rate of just 57%. Before jumping up the findings I should remind you that this part is calculated using panel data. While reviewing these benchmarks, consider: This data shows accepted emails by the gateway. Blocked or blacklisted messages aren’t included. Panel data shows only the top four webmail providers: Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, and AOL. Global Inbox Placement at the Top Four Mailbox Providers Marketers are successfully reaching mailboxes at AOL, Gmail, and Yahoo, seeing inbox placement rates above 90 every quarter. Outlook was a challenging mailbox for marketers to reach with a period average of just 75%. Inbox Placement By Industry Industry results are based on global panel data consisting of more than 17,000 commercial senders, 2 million consumer panelists, and 2 billion commercial email messages sent to Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, and AOL users in the same time period. Across the board, every industry saw an increase in inbox placement compared to the previous period. Distribution & manufacturing and banking & finance had the highest inbox placement averages for the period at 96%. Education/nonprofit/government had the lowest inbox placement rate at 83%. The automotive industry saw the largest increase in inbox placement with %88 of email reaching subscribers’ inboxes—an increase of 11% points over the previous period. Well, we’ve covered the email deliverability benchmark 2018 in this article. I hope you find it useful for your email marketing benefits. I’d be glad if you share your comments or additional information.


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How To Use Interactivity In Your Holiday Email Campaigns To Get Better Engagement

How To Use Interactivity In Your Holiday Email Campaigns To Get Better Engagement

Practical Marketer • October 16, 2018

Do you know the US spends a whopping 3.4 billion dollars on Halloween costumes alone? Now imagine how much you can leverage it through your holiday email campaigns. In fact, not only Halloween but, holidays like Christmas, Thanksgiving, Black Friday Cyber Monday, etc. are also a great way of engaging customers and driving conversions. With 52% of customers checking their email every few hours, well-crafted email campaigns can provide great value to your subscribers and help fuel sales as well. Are you doing enough to engage your customers better this holiday season through your email campaigns? And, whatever holiday email marketing strategies you implement, ask yourself - Is it helping you stand out amidst your competition? Especially when it’s holiday season and chances of accelerating revenues are very high. This is where including interactivity in your holiday email campaigns can come in handy. Yes, it is one of the top email marketing trends doing the rounds of an email campaign. Interactivity in emails wouldn’t only pleasantly surprise your subscribers but also help in their better engagement. Here\'s how you can do it: 1. CSS Animation is the Key Incorporating CSS animation within your holiday email marketing can be a great way of delighting customers and improving their overall user experience. A CSS animation works towards changing the CSS properties of an animation at regular time intervals. These intervals are specified by certain keyframes which decide the style of the elements and work towards facilitating its animation and transition property. Moreover, CSS animations are not only scalable but are also load in quick time. This makes the overall animation experience smooth for customers and works wonders for their engagement. See how EmailMonks makes use of CSS animation for sending its Christmas wishes. To experience the interactivity, click here. 2. Make Way for Videos One of the best ways of capturing the subscriber’s attention is making use of videos within your email campaign. It gives you the opportunity to deliver diverse content to subscribers within a quick span of time. In fact, interactive emails with videos increase conversion rates by 86%. So, include some relevant, creative, compelling and enticing videos within your holiday email campaigns and see how it takes your interaction with subscribers a level up. Look how Rentalcars.com wishes its customers with a creative video in email: 3. Say Hello to GIFs GIFs (Graphics Interchange Format) are a powerful way of engaging customers.  Since it is somewhere between static images and videos, it manages to give subscribers a unique experience by grabbing their attention instantly. It is lightweight, so it does not hamper the loading speed of the email. Try including GIFs in your holiday email campaigns to make it stand out amidst competition and ultimately drive more sales and revenue. 1973’s Christmas email is a great example of using GIFs creatively. 4. Incorporate Add To Calendar Option Add to calendar option is a great way to enhance your click-through rates and engagement. After all, subscribers will go ahead with your email campaign only when you will give them something enticing enough to click on. So, while designing your holiday email campaign, don’t forget to include an add to calendar option. This way, when you send your customer a holiday specific email, it will give the customer an option to add it to their calendar. This, in turn, will remind the customer not only of the holiday but will also encourage to do holiday shopping with your brand. Simple yet effective – that’s how an option to add to the calendar can help you scale your business in the holiday season. 5. Make Use of Scratch Cards Scratch cards help increase the curiosity level of subscribers. It is an impeccable tool to increase engagement. The customers have no idea what they are going to get. So, naturally, it will encourage them to click through your email and discover your offer or any kind of promotion that you have included in your holiday campaign. It is a great way of separating yourself from competition and enhancing customer interaction. See how Forever 21 makes use of a cool scratch card for its Black Friday email campaign. 6. Incorporate Countdown Timers Countdown timers can work a great deal in making holiday email campaign more dynamic.  It doesn’t only captivate a customer’s attention with its motion pictures but, also creates a sense of urgency by incorporating strategies like free shipping deadlines, time-sensitive product promotions with messages like “the stock will be over soon”, “the countdown begins” etc. So, try these countdown timer emails and see how it increases the visual interest of your customers while engaging them in a better way.  Remember, countdowns are exciting and make people impatient. Hence, make sure you leverage it this festive season and boost your sales. 
7. Engage with Gamification Gamification is considered to be the ‘in thing’ for millennials, but its admirers go much beyond. Hence, leveraging it for your holiday email campaign can be a smart marketing strategy for you. All you need is an interesting game within your email and enhance customer engagement. Further, you can even include surveys and feedbacks in the form of a game and work towards improving interactivity by giving a world-class gaming experience to your subscribers. Taco Bell makes use of its creative streak with this Christmas gamification email: 8. Give Cinemagraph a Chance GIFs, videos and images work well for customer engagement but, it is cinemagraph that can make your holiday email campaign top-notch in no time. Since a cinemagraph works towards highlighting a single element of an image while keeping the whole of it static, it works wonders in driving the customer\'s attention towards a particularly critical part of the email. 9. Increase Interactivity with Kinetic Emails Kinetic emails which are created by combining GIFs and key frame animation together takes interactivity to an altogether new level. It is a very impactful way of giving a seamless visual experience to customers within the realms of their inbox. All a customer needs to do is click on a call to action and experience your email content visually just the way Wiredmessenger did it for its Halloween email campaign. Imagine including one such email in your holiday campaign too. It would certainly increase your engagement and click-through rates by keeping the customers hooked for a long time. In fact, your interactive and creative approach would not only help retain the existing customers but also attract the new ones as well. Final Thoughts Interactive emails can help you have an edge over competitors and pave new avenues of success for you. It is a creative and innovative way of engaging customers. So, make use of the above-mentioned interactive elements in your holiday email campaigns to give your customers a beautiful and long-lasting experience while escalating your traffic and conversions.


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The Do’s and Don’ts of Engagement Tracking

The Do’s and Don’ts of Engagement Tracking

Practical Marketer • October 12, 2018

You’ve probably been the beneficiary of engagement tracking before and didn’t even realize it. Have you ever been doing some late night online shopping, but avoid the impulse purchase and go to bed only to wake up the next morning with an email for a discount on the product you were viewing the night before? That’s engagement tracking at work! Email marketing is all about nurturing relationships with your most valuable marketing asset: your contact list. For many of those contacts on your email list, that relationship began at the moment they opted-in through one of your signup forms on your website, social media pages, in-store or at events. It’s important to remember that while you may have a one-size-fits-all signup form on your homepage or elsewhere, that not all subscribers are created equal. There are real people on the other side of those email addresses. Those individuals have their own wants and needs. The problems they seek your products or services to solve will also vary. When it comes to email marketing, relevance is the key to your success. The ability to follow-up with subscribers based on their interests and engagements with your email campaigns and website is how you can achieve relevance and it will help you nurture better relationships. Engagement tracking, that begins at the signup form, will help you follow-up with the right subscriber at the right time, with the right message. When done correctly, engagement tracking will help your subscribers feel seen by you. Their needs will be met. The emails they read will be relevant. Value delivered. However, there are some engagement tracking don’t to add to the mix. Here are the Do’s and Don’ts of engagement tracking, as well as how you can do engagement tracking with Benchmark Email: The Do’s of Engagement Tracking Engagement tracking can help you nurture relationships with your customers when done properly. There are some very simple “do’s” that you can put into action that will help those relationships flourish. Do: Be Transparent Transparency begins directly on the signup form. Tell your subscribers what they can expect from your emails right there on the form. This includes the type of content they should expect and how often they should expect to hear it. Let them know that you’re going to send them information related to their interests. Granted, this example from the New York Times is likely for several different lists, but the points still stand. They tell you what kind of content to expect to receive and how often they will receive it. If that’s too much copy to put on your signup form, which it very well might be, you can continue to set expectations in your Welcome Email. If you’re crystal clear about what you’ll be sending your subscribers from the get-go, they won’t be surprised when they receive an email that speaks to their interests thanks to successful engagement tracking. Do: Send with Consistent Frequency It’s an email marketing best practice to send with enough frequency to stay top of mind with your subscribers. You want your company to be the first thing a subscriber thinks about when they’re in need of the types of goods or services you offer. Additionally, if your subscribers haven’t heard from you in a while, it may be odd if they visit a page and an automated communication is triggered. That’s when engagement tracking can start to feel like Big Brother. Here is a graph from databox that shows how often marketers are sending to their list: Do: Consider Your Subscriber’s Experience It’s important, when doing email marketing, to see things from your subscribers perspective. It’s easy to lose sight of things like the number of emails you’re sending and how having more than one automation created can result in an overflow of emails in your subscribers’ inbox. Sometimes, you’re too close to it to see you’re doing it. That’s why it’s helpful to have a friend or coworker who hasn’t helped create all your emails to signup to receive your emails as if they were new subscribers. Ask them questions to see what kind of experience they had with your emails. A potential email overload isn’t the only thing you should look out for on behalf of your customers. You should also create subscriber personas, to get to know who your subscribers are. Consider things like what their needs and wants are, where else they may be spending time online, the car they drive, etc. This will inform you of how to talk to your subscribers and what type of content you should be sending them. With all this information, you can do successful engagement tracking, because you know that you’re servicing your subscribers’ needs and not just your businesses’ desire to sell more. Do: Tell a Story Storytelling is one of the most effective marketing tactics around. The experience from your signup forms, welcome email, newsletters, website and other email communications to work together to tell one complete story. If the signup form is the “once upon a time” each subsequent email is another breadcrumb that leads your subscribe to their “happily ever after.” Let’s take a look at what that fairytale might look like for your business: A website visitor encounters your signup form. They see your promise to send relevant product updates and offers as well as a 10% off discount in exchange for signing up. They enter their information. An automated Welcome Email hits their inbox shortly thereafter. It should provide a warm greeting to them and continue to set expectations for what email communication from your business will be like. The Welcome Email should also include some resources to help them find their way. Information on various products, tutorials, etc. This is what brings them into the rest of the story. If they clicked through to your website and wound up checking out a specific product, you can follow up a few days later with another email sharing a few customer testimonials. Another chapter in the story you’re telling. If they open that email but have not yet made a purchase, you can follow up again with an email with a video showing how others have put that product to use. It continues to paint the picture of what they’re life will look like with that product. If that email gets opened, but it still didn’t do the trick to get the conversion, you can try sending another email reminding them that they have a 10% off discount to put to use. If they finally make a purchase, it’s the happily ever after you’re seeking. The Don’ts of Engagement Tracking Engagement tracking helps you create a one-to-one feel for your marketing. With engagement tracking, you can ensure you’re always sending timely and relevant communications that help to nurture your relationships with your subscribers. However, there are some “don’ts” that come with engagement tracking. Failure to avoid them will have your subscribers feeling like Big Brother is watching. Don’t: Do One-Size-Fits-All Emailing If you’re simply blasting out the same exact promos to your entire list, you’re not sending relevant emails. That one-size-fits-all approach will net you some sales because there is part of your list that message would be relevant to. However, the rest of your list won’t open, or click, on that email. They’ll go inactive, and if left on your list, will result in bounces and ultimately poor email delivery. According to the DMA, more than half of your subscribers will hit unsubscribe due to irrelevant emails: The good news is that you didn’t even need to let those subscribers become inactive in the first place. Follow the do’s listed above to use engagement tracking to send relevant emails to your subscribers. Don’t: Be Creepy When engagement tracking goes wrong, it can feel a bit creepy. Don’t be creepy. Here are a few things you can do to avoid the creep factor with engagement tracking: Don’t say things like “I noticed you…” and “since you click on…” That goes a little too far. You can send the follow-ups that were triggered by what you noticed or know that they clicked on, but don’t tell them that’s why you’re doing it. Use a send delay. Don’t send the follow-up email based on subscriber engagements immediately. They may start to look for the hidden cameras. Send a day or two later, so that they’ve had time to act without your next email, but not too far away that they’ve lost interest or moved on. Avoid leaving an automation running for too long unchecked. It’s important to check in with any engagement tracking-based automation you create. If it’s running for too long, chances for errors creep in. Your user experience may change on your website, or you may create an email at a different step in the journey that covers a similar topic. Things can go wrong or feel creepy when an automation isn’t working as planned. How to do Engagement Tracking with Benchmark Email With Automation Pro, you can do engagement tracking with ease. The first step is to ensure engagement tracking begins at your signup forms. Here’s a helpful FAQ on how to do it. Next, there is a strategy template waiting for you in Automation Pro called “Promote and Target Opens, Clicks and Website Engagement. This template helps you automate the follow-ups to your subscribers based on whether or not they’re interacting with your emails and what pages they’re viewing on your website. Putting this template to use will help you do engagement tracking with ease. If you have any questions, chat, call or email us!


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Email Marketing in Holiday Season: How to Get the Most Out of it?

Email Marketing in Holiday Season: How to Get the Most Out of it?

Beyond • October 9, 2018

Small businesses have a lot of competition around the holiday season and a lot of pressure to make sure that the customers are ready to purchase even when they are reluctant to do so. ‘Big guys’ can afford to wait until the end of November and then spend huge chunks of their marketing budget on TV commercials, billboard advertising, radio jingles, newspaper advertisement, digital marketing channels and sponsorships. However, small businesses may not have multi-million dollar budgets but they do have the power of social media and email marketing! According to a Forbes survey, 82% of the consumers said they’re likely to buy online as compared to 77% people who prefer in-store shopping. Let’s take a look at the 2017 online shopping trends during the holiday season: Desktop beats mobile in terms of purchasing behavior. Amazon’s 72% of sales in December 2017 were made through desktop devices. Amazon is still the king in US eCommerce scenario but other competitors are making huge gains. About two-thirds of total purchases made during the holiday season were made on Amazon. However, Macy’s improved its desktop conversion rates by 7-8 times. It is no longer about a specific day during the holiday season but over an extensive period of time. November 2017 generated $33bn in sales which is 17% more than the previous year according to Adobe. When it comes to marketing, one of the most important things to be aware of is the demographics of your Target Audience. According to a report by Business Insider Intelligence earlier this year, millennials remain the key age demographic for online commerce, spending more money online in a given year than any other age group. Millennial consumers–especially those between ages 18 and 29–are also interested in adopting alternative ways of gift-giving, such as loyalty points/rewards, gift cards, etc. Therefore, as an eCommerce business owner, you must make sure to come up with email marketing strategies that cater to this segment i.e. the infamous millennials! Before we get into the tips and tricks on how to get most of the holiday season, let’s take a look at some of the most important dates in the Holiday season: Nov. 23: Thanksgiving Nov. 24: Black Friday Nov. 25: Small Business Saturday Nov. 27: Cyber Monday Nov. 28: Giving Tuesday Dec. 11: Green Monday Dec. 12: Start of Hanukkah Dec. 15: Free Shipping Day Dec. 24: Christmas Eve Dec. 25: Christmas Day Dec. 26: Start of Kwanzaa Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve Jan. 1: New Year’s Day Now that you’ve memorized the above-mentioned dates, here are a few tips and tricks to use to make sure that you stand out from the ‘big guys’ during the holiday season. 1. Start Early and Maintain Momentum For many customers, the holiday season begins before Black Friday or Cyber Monday and they’re lining up their purchases before that. Most of the customer purchases are now well-researched as customers make the purchases after comparing several offers and products. Making an email marketing strategy and sending out a holiday teaser email is a great way to get the attention of your customers. Sending out an early email makes sure that your email arrives before the major inflow of the marketing emails from other brands and gives you the edge. Teaser emails also build excitement and momentum among the customers for the business. Fulcrum Tech, for example, sent out teaser holiday season emails in 2016 and witnessed a whopping 238% increase in revenue from over the previous year on the Cyber Monday deals. 2. Leverage Urgency Using urgency is a great way to boost your revenues. A limited offer in an email that is sent out to your customers would prompt them to take action now instead of later. Nobody likes to miss out! We’ve all had to deal with heartbreaks where we liked something and when we came back to buy it, it was sold out! You can leverage urgency in the following ways: Promotion of early bird discounts for some of your products and services. Including the cut-off time and dates for the products to ship so that your customers know that they will have to make a purchase before that Displaying countdown timer on your email driving urgency among the customer to buy the product. Sending out emails with a limited product quantity or creating flash sales. Below is a good example of Optinmonster executing the idea of leveraging urgency without a cluttered design: 3. Personalize Your Holiday Email Campaigns A vast usage of predictive analytics can help your business personalize the content of the emails that you are sending out. Customer engagement can be generated through the recommendation of the products similar to the ones that they recently purchased or the ones that they browsed through your website. Businesses can also leverage other demographics such as age and gender to design and send out their email marketing campaigns. This makes the emails more personalized and the customers feel connected to your brand, developing a stronger brand loyalty with it. 4. Pay Attention to What Your Users Want This Year/Season If I ask people what they want for the holiday season in the context of shopping, they are most likely to say nice warm clothes and discounts. Their needs and wants change with every season, and you, as an eCommerce store owner, have to keep a keen eye on their changing needs and wants. If you check Google Trends for the topic of sweaters, you will see: Upon analyzing the graph Google has generated for us, we understand that the trends for Sweaters in the USA in 2017 rose between the colder months (which also include the holiday season) i.e. September to January. Again, in August 2018, the graph has begun to rise. As an eCommerce store, you need to prepare for the rising trends by starting early. When I typed women’s knitwear USA on Google, the first organic link to appear was Boohoo’s, an online fashion store based in the US. This shows that they know exactly what the customers will be wanting and hence searching for around this time and in the upcoming months, and have prepared their eCommerce website accordingly. Also, they have made 7 categories for knitwear to make it easy for the customer to navigate and find exactly the kind of knitwear they are looking for. Upon visiting the website, I am taken directly to the sale section in women’s knitwear, which again shows they are catering to both the things their customers currently want: warm clothes and hot sales. Paying attention to your customer base’s needs can be very helpful. A business needs to deliver content that the customer cares about. The question is, “shouldn’t I always deliver content that my customer cares about?” The answer to this is ‘YES!’ but since the customers are bombarded with content over the holiday season, the best way to get a response from them would be by providing them the content that they really want to see. You can use customer feedback collection forms to get a fair idea of what your customers want and then build your eCommerce website around these insights. The survey would help you in following: Improving the content that you’re sending out in your emails Targeting your messages through segmentation of the email lists. Creating and defining offers/discounts for the holiday season While segmenting the email lists, please take into account the open and click through rate factors. Also the purchase behaviors of the customers and their preferences when they chose to sign up for your email list. 5. Growing the Email List Through Pop-Ups Did you know that a recent Listrak study found that pop-ups help achieve an average email list growth of 20%? In addition to this finding, Listrak also reported that the revenue of the welcome/sign-up email is 23% higher for the new subscribers who join your email lists through pop-ups on your website. Pop-ups are an excellent way to gather email data of the users. An excellent strategy would be to offer a discount on sign-up for the website. Sophie and Trey use pop-ups on the home page of their website and offer 10% off on the next purchase. The cost of acquisition of the customer is 10% of the order but in the long run, it can translate into more sales and remarketing opportunities. Once the user is within your email list, you can reach out to them with the latest products, promotions and offers. 6. Exclusive Content The people in your email list signed up for exclusive content. They became the readers/receivers of your emails in order to get exclusive content. Offer them something extra. Treating the people on your email list the same way as the ones on your social media accounts is not going to help them feel exclusive. Tell your readers about the upcoming holiday deals in advance. Offer them extra discounts or free shipping. Give them early bird deals. Another way of reaching out to them is by making sure that they are the first ones to know when the holiday deals are live. Exclusivity can be a great tool for generating brand loyalty. Providing customers with content that can be helpful for them in the shopping seasons like tips for the busy holiday season or family traditions can help you make a personal connection with your customers. Wrapping Up Remember, improving your sales by improving your website is one of the best things you can do for your brand. With October (hint: Halloween!) and November just around the corner, we’re sure you can make use of some of the tips mentioned above and make your holiday email marketing campaigns a great success. Let me know what techniques you use during holidays in the comments below!


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Illustrating the Career of His Dreams with Armando Veve

Illustrating the Career of His Dreams with Armando Veve

Beyond • October 5, 2018

You don\'t wind up on Forbes 30 Under 30 list by accident. It takes hard work, determination and talent. All three of which Armando Veve has in spades. Armando is a Philadelphia-based artist and illustrator. His work has been featured in the New York Times, The New Yorker, Wired and many more publications. He\'s also been awarded two gold medals from the Society of Illustrators, which is extra special given that it\'s voted on by his peers. It involves a lot of storytelling. It\'s kind of like I\'m writing. I\'m a writer, but I do it through pictures. We discussed how Armando got his start as an Illustrator, some projects he\'s had along the way and advice he has for wannabe illustrators. We also talked about the opportunities he has for his work to come off the page and into art galleries, which creates a new experience for the viewer. Lastly, Aramando clues us in as to what his future might hold. 2:37 - On what it means to be an illustrator 5:16 - Talking about beginning his career as an illustrator 13:24 - The purpose that print publications still serve 21:30 - When he knew his passion was a viable career option and advice for others looking to do it 27:10 - The New York Times cover story he said no to


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15 Amazing Email Marketing Tips to Try Right Now

15 Amazing Email Marketing Tips to Try Right Now

Practical Marketer • October 4, 2018

Think about those gimmicky emails that are marked as spam, which are mostly deleted or just keeps piling up in your inbox. If your business is also witnessing the same, then you aren’t properly grabbing your audience’s attention. As long as you aren’t bombarding your subscriber lists with spam, email marketing is the best resource that helps to develop a connection with your consumers. Now, let’s enlighten you on some of the best strategies for your email marketing endeavors: 1. Create a list of your subscribers Even when you already have a long list of emails for prospects and clients, you must keep adding more subscribers to it. Particularly when it’s not nearly as cumbersome as it seems. For instance, you should make sure your list is always growing with the help of a signup feature on your website. Subscription forms should be on the homepage of your website, on the blog section, and basically wherever you feel it’s appropriate to include a subscription form, without coming across as too pushy or deviating from the content. The above-mentioned subscription form from the Spoon graphics shows how to incentivize the subscribers with a promise to offer something in return. 2. Consider A/B testing the subject lines No amount of studies or external data point will ever be as effective as the results you derive on your own. Now, one of the ideal ways to gain meaningful insight into what works for your target audience is by conducting A/B tests. Speaking of A/B tests, subject lines are one of the obvious elements that can be explored for split testing, and most email service providers make it easy to undertake. For instance, the following example is from an organization named Wishpond that a/b tested the email subject lines and the result of which is mentioned below Subject line A: “Social Media Stats You Need to Know for 2014” Subject line B: “Social Media Stats for 2014” The winner: Subject line A (11% more opens)! This example highlights how adding a touch of personalization can lead to higher open rates. 3. Make sure to use an actual person’s name in the sender field Receiving an email from an actual person feels more appealing to the audience than the ones coming from a brand. So, make sure to put an actual person’s name in the sender field, instead of using your brand name. For bloggers, your name will double up as your brand. But, comparatively larger retail and B2B brands can equally reap the benefits of this strategy. Majority of email service providers make it fairly simple to edit the sender field. So, you have the option of utilizing the name of the individual sending the email, or the name of someone who’d be the best point of contact if a recipient has queries. For example, if you want to address a grievance of a particular consumer you can start like this- Hi Sylvia, In your last email, you stated about the problem with redeeming your credit points. Let’s suggest you a few ways you can redeem the points you have earned. 4. Adopt a welcome email series When a new consumer chooses to sign up for your services, or a prospect opts for a free trial, you can utilize system triggers to automatically send them a string of welcome emails. You can maintain the following sequence. Welcome them for choosing your services or for taking an interest in your company and mention the contact details in case they wish to get in touch with you. Think about following up a few days later with an email consisting of how-to guides to ensure they are making the most of your products or services. Again send them an email a week later with valuable content (like white papers or eBooks) that will assist them in resolving the issues that they might be encountering. In the image above, Zapier blog has offered a warm welcome email to those subscribing to their website. It tells them what to expect in regards to the type of content and how often they\'ll be sending. 5. Include impactful CTA (possibly on multiple locations) Incorporating a single call-to-action is an excellent advice in the domain of email marketing area. But, have you ever considered applying one CTA in multiple locations? If one item doesn’t initiate any action from the audience’s end, there’s a chance the next one might. You can use phrases like “book it now,” or “grab the deal” etc. in order to urge people to take some action. 6. Make it brief and crisp Regardless of whether you’re composing the subject lines or body of an email, keep them as long as it needs to be, and no more than that. Presented below are some general guidelines you can follow: Keep the sentences within 25 words, and the paragraphs should also consist of not more than three sentences. These are considered general best practices in case of email copywriting. Always follow the 17-24 characters limit while composing the subject lines. There’s no actual “best subject line length,” but shorter subject lines are considered to be more convenient for mobile devices and more likely to avoid getting cut off. Stay on point. Every sentence or word in your email should emanate a clear purpose, and if it doesn’t serve a purpose, then don’t hesitate to remove it. 7. Highlight the benefits instead of focusing on the features This is again a classic piece of copywriting advice and one that is approved by many experts. Normally, consumers care more about the aspect of benefits, instead of the features. For instance, a sharper lawn mower blade isn’t essential because it’s sharper; it’s a better option for the consumers because it means that they can spend less time mowing the lawn. 8. Say no to generic templates It’s common for the beginners to work with a template as a starting point. But, everyone is familiar with the same, drab, plain text email templates. So, if you’ve already come across similar types of templates before, then you better spend a considerable amount of time in the drawing board and create something fresh. 9. Ensure that your emails don’t get stuck in the spam folder If carefully composed emails are landing straight into the spam folders of the subscribers, then the success of your marketing endeavors are self-explanatory. This is why you should begin the process of email marketing after ensuring that your recipients have subscribed to your emails so that you don’t run the risk of breaching any laws related to cyberspace. Other than that, try not to include block letters into the emails. Avoid too many exclamation marks and hyperbolic sentences. Badly formatted HTML in your emails can also have an adverse effect. Also, you need to remember that spam filters tend to work differently, so a specific email that slips through one filter is likely to be flagged by the other. For example, practices like hashbusting (inserting random characters to avoid spam filters), deceptive subject lines, image text, misleading claims should be avoided to get your emails straight to the consumer’s inboxes. 10. Maintain a schedule and be consistent with it You must have gained a clear idea about the ideal day and time for sending your emails to the list of subscribers. You must maintain consistency. Your consumers will also get used to your schedule, and they would expect an email on the same day. So, you should always maintain the schedule for sending the mail. A regular and consistent schedule results in a considerable boost in the CTRs and opening rate. An irregular schedule would have the exact opposite impact. For example, you can opt for an email marketing schedule template like the one available on Hubspot.com. 11. Create a schedule well in advance Identify some dates on the calendar that will be specifically significant for your business. For example, if you’re in the business of providing assignment help to the students, then the time before exams is going to be crucial. You can consider the following aspects. Send emails to every subscriber weeks before their exams with a bunch of special offers. It’s likely that many students are still grappling with their assignments, and are possibly contemplating to seek the help of assignment services. Not creating a schedule for times like these will only result in losing out on some sales opportunities. You can maintain a proper calendar for your email marketing campaign like the one mentioned above. 12. Don\'t forget to keep evaluating the data Never neglect the data you gather from your email marketing procedure. Keep a track of how many email addresses remained undeliverable in a day or at what time most people opened your email. These simple yet crucial details will highlight many insights about the performance of the email you sent. If you’ve adopted Google Analytics on your website to track the data, tagging your emails with custom campaign tracking can indicate how they are driving traffic to your landing pages and how the visitors react once they arrive at your site. Having such essential information will allow you to bring more precision into your email marketing efforts. 13. Make a promise from the very beginning and stick to it Most of the efficient sign-up forms will highlight what an individual signing up for the email should expect. Will they receive a weekly newsletter? Or a notification when you post a new blog? Will they receive information on special discounts or offers? Whatever you promise when a visitor signs up to your newsletter, make sure you stick to it. For example, if you make a promise for a free ebook or an access to the next blog posts, make sure the consumers receive the service. 14. Make it easy for the visitors to unsubscribe Yes, you read that right. You must be thinking, isn’t this post about successful email marketing tips? Now, of course, you wouldn\'t want to lose out on the subscribers, but the fact is, no matter how engaging your emails are, some visitors or subscribers would want to unsubscribe. The reason could be anything; they are probably not using your services. Unsubscribes are part and parcel of nurturing your subscriber list. In this case, what you most definitely wouldn’t want is spam reports. Similar to how Kissmetrics offers one-click unsubscribe option, you should also adopt a similar feature for the convenience of the consumers. 15. Unleash the power of segmentation to send the right message at the right time Segmentation is an extremely potent strategy. But it’s a strategy that is often undermined in the domain of email marketing. The point is, you might be judging the number of subscribers collectively. But you also have to understand that each one of those subscribers is an individual. As individuals, it’s normal for them to have different needs. With the segmentation of your email list, you can prepare your message and campaigns according to individual requirements. For instance, one customer may like the daily newsletter while the other consumer would like to look at a video. Make sure you cater to each of their individual needs Wrapping Up Like any other branches of marketing, email marketing also requires effective planning and evaluation of the data to create a successful campaign. With these tips, your marketing endeavors will hit the bull’s eye every time.


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Get to know 8 advantages of surveys and polls

Get to know 8 advantages of surveys and polls

Practical Marketer • October 2, 2018

Have you ever wondered what your customers think about your service or product? Are you sure which products your followers might see in your shop? Are you looking for ways to engage with your subscribers? If you answered yes to any of those questions, you will love to learn these eight advantages of surveys and polls, which are actually included for free in your email marketing account.    What is a survey? A survey consists of a series of questions asked to an audience (the larger the better) in order to gather data or to detect statistical tendencies in their opinions about a specific issue. A survey can help to get an idea about how happy your customers are with your service or to understand who they are and what exactly they are looking for. What is a poll? A poll is a mini survey of one or two (at most) questions that may be published on a website to quickly measure public opinion about a topic at a specific moment. Both options are the perfect tools for inviting your audience to speak their minds. The answers may help you to make the necessary adjustments to your products and services or to prepare the right content for your segments that you can create with the information provided. What are the 8 advantages of surveys and polls? Starting a conversation: Sending a survey with open questions is the ideal way to engage with your audience and to open a channel of communication with them. People like it when somebody cares about their opinion. Easy and fast: Create your survey in no time and start receiving feedback from the very moment you sent it to your subscribers. Outsourcing this service would require time and money. Innovative ideas: Seeing your service through your clients’ eyes can help you to improve it. They may be experiencing issues that you are not aware of, or give you new ideas you wouldn’t have thought of. No pressure: People will respond to your poll or survey at the time they consider appropriate, without a time limit and without anyone who can distort their response. Satisfaction: Knowing the level of satisfaction of your customers is essential to growing your business and moving in the right direction. A survey will help you to double check if your perception actually matches the opinion of your customers about you. All-in-one solution: We tend to use more and more different tools with separate logins and functionalities, but surveys and polls are actually included for free in your email marketing account, at least with Benchmark Email, and can be sent to your whole database by email with just one click. No extra costs: Polls and surveys are free: they are included in your Benchmark account at no additional cost. Statistical results: The analysis of results will be quick for all but the open questions. Results will be displayed in percentages that will help you to know the preferences of the majority at just one glimpse. Keys to create a good survey Decide for each question if it is mandatory or not. Some question need to be answered by all respondents and some just make sense for a few of them. Surveys should be easy and quick to answer. According to your audience and the aim of  the survey, we recommend not asking more than five questions. Give a benefit in return for the collaboration to respond. People will dedicate some time on answering your questions. They will do this more happily if they receive a little gift (download, discount, etc.) in exchange. Ask closed questions if you want to get specific, quantifiable answers. However, if you need to explore your respondents opinions and feelings a bit more deeply, leave them some space with open questions. For closed questions, make sure you offer all possible answers or include an “others” field if you are not sure. Use the different types of answers strategically: \"One line\" are open but short answers, which allow up to 255 characters. They are ideal to allow the respondent to give a free answer will still be easy to analyze since it’s brief. \"Radio\" responses allow the respondent to select only one of the given options. It is a closed question used for specific and mutually excluding answers. \"Check\" responses look the same as the “Radio” ones but allow several answers. This is useful when more than one option might apply. \"Dropdown\" responses fulfill the same function as the \"radio\" responses, as the respondent will be only able to pick one, but won’t be able to view all answers at once. Dropdowns are mainly used for long lists of choices like “Countries” or “Months”. \"Descriptive text\" responses are similar to “One line” responses but will have no limitation of characters. You can get high quality feedback with these questions, but analyzing the results might take you longer. “Multiple choice” answers allow the respondent to select several options. It is used when the response options are not mutually exclusive. Benchmark Surveys Benchmark surveys are easy and quick to create. You just have to be clear about the goal of the survey and begin to think about the questions. Also if you need a bit of inspiration to get started, at Benchmark we offer you 6 templates for your surveys. Survey Templates Blank Survey: This template is entirely blank. You create all the questions for this survey from scratch. Services Provided: This survey measures customer satisfaction with goods or services and gives participants a chance to suggest improvement. Event Participation: This template gathers opinion on a special event, from prior expectations to whether the event lived up to those expectations. Company Satisfaction: This template measures if customers are pleased with a company or organization, and gathers demographic data from participants. Website Survey: This survey tracks customer opinion on your Website\'s appearance, content and more. In-store purchase: This template not only measures customer opinion on past product purchases, but sets a gauge for future purchases Go ahead and start creating your own polls and surveys and use the information we have shared with you in this post. And… would you allow us to make a small survey with you? How successful was your first survey? It is an open question and you can leave us your experience in the comments section below :-).


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15 Phrases You Should Never Use in Email Marketing

15 Phrases You Should Never Use in Email Marketing

Beyond • October 1, 2018

Email marketing can be complex business. To understand it and effectively leverage it, you should consistently practice and learn from the results. There are a lot of email practices that can boost your performance and a lot of disempowering techniques that will only damage your business. Hannah Digweed, CEO at edugeeksclub.com, had to say: The importance of the wording you use throughout your emails is high, simply because an email is simply a bridge of communication between your brand and your customers. When you send an email, you’ll have to be extremely careful about adding relevant information. On the other hand, you should also pay a great deal of attention to how your message could influence the perception or behavior of your subscribers. Nevertheless, some words should never be pronounced in email marketing. Some words can turn a loyal subscriber into a stranger, while some words can diminish your brand’s reputation. Well, in today’s post, I’ve collected a list of 15 phrases that you should never include in your email marketing campaigns. The reason is obvious: you’re risking decreasing your reputation and trust, making your prospects and customers less interested in what you’ll have to offer next. You can avoid that by simply avoiding these unprofessional phrases. “Hi, [Subscriber name]” Personalizing your subscribers’ experience is one thing and using an outdated strategy that is no longer effective is another. Customizing your user’s experience is now more than adding a “Hi/Hello/Hey/Yo”, followed by a personalization token (their first name), and perhaps, followed by a generic headline. Instead of using “Hi, subscriber name”, you should focus on keywords that actually reflect your subscriber’s intent. This way, you’ll build rapport instantaneously and you’ll build more trust than by simply calling your prospect’s name, letting him know that you’re aware of his existence. Most people have already got it – they understand that what email marketers are doing is automated, and for those that do understand, this email headline or email start will be a turnoff. “Free” Your subscribers probably understand that nothing in this world comes for free. The more you push the word “free” through your email headlines or through the email content, the less trustworthy you’ll look. A lot of spammy emails contain the word “free”, “consultation”, “opportunity”, “promotion”, and so on. Be different and keep this cheap wording away from your email subscribers. Try to find better ways to preserve their attention! “Act Now” Using “Act now” as an email headline is probably a big mistake, especially for those of you who haven’t had enough time or opportunities to strengthen the relationship with your customers. “Act now” is a strong call-to-action, and it should always be used very carefully. It sounds a little pushy, and a little scammy too. Check your spam emails – can you detect it? I tried, and it’s present in 5 different spam emails. “Don’t Delete” Asking your email subscribers (the ones who agreed to follow your emails) not to delete your email is nonsense. First of all, I get why you’d get an impulse to use this phrase. It attracts attention. However, if you think about it, this is a desperate phrase that most of the low-level marketers use to push mediocre offers. The phrase it’s used mostly when an audience is highly skeptical about something, so you should never give your email subscribers the chance to even contemplate on this aspect. Simply avoid it! “Hey there…” “Hey there” could be useful if your relationship with your customers is super tight. They should be your customers, you should have already met in person, and you should share some things in common before using this phrase. Otherwise, even if you believe that it might help you “bond” with your customers, using this phrase might get you a different result. Some readers might see it as “too informal,” so they won’t even bother reading it. “In my opinion” If your prospects have agreed to become your email subscribers, it means that they’re looking for an authoritative figure to teach them how to improve their lives. By constantly using “In my opinion”, you’re showing that your content is not carefully documented, and therefore it won’t be considered trustworthy. Instead of “In my opinion”, you should cite the references or the studies that prove your statements. “To be honest” Your readers are already expecting you to be honest, so why would you remind them that you’re being honest with them? This phrase is truly unnecessary and should be avoided. Sometimes, we keep using this phrase without realizing it. In real life, it might be useful for capturing someone’s attention. In emails? Useless! “Increase sales now” If you wonder why this phrase gets blocked by email providers, here’s the simple answer: it is used too many times, by too many people, in too many niches. Therefore, it is often counted as “spam”, so your email campaign’s performance will suffer consequences. Instead of using “Increase sales” or “Increase sales now” in your headline, try adding it throughout your email copy without overusing it. “Online biz opportunity” First of all, by shortening words in your emails you are proving that you lack self-awareness. Of course, shortening words might get your work done faster and in a more convenient way, but have you stopped a moment to reflect on how these half-words will be perceived by your audience? “Online biz opp” is a highly controversial phrase that screams “scam” to every Internet user who has been around for more than five years. You can bet that no millennial or Gen X or Z user will click on that headline, nor they will follow you again after noticing your “spam” attempt. “While you sleep” Most fake marketers are promising a goldmine opportunity: make money “while you sleep”, lose fat “while you sleep”, become famous “while you sleep”. You can see how absurd this promise looks like, right? It’s one of the phrases that “looks too good to be true”. However, marketers never seem to stop using it, even though it often backfires. My suggestion? Leave it out of your email campaigns and encourage your people to work more and do more to achieve their goals instead of delivering illusions. “Call now” or “Quick call?” Email is a channel of communication that allows businesses to interact with customers. More often than not, these customers have no understanding or knowledge about the businesses they follow, so they’re likely to keep their “shields’ ready. If you encourage your email subscribers to “Call now” or if you ask them whether they’re up for a “Quick call”, you’re stepping some boundaries that your customers surely don’t appreciate. I would always avoid this phrase, especially if you haven’t earned your customers’ full trust already. Misspelled Words Misspelled words are huge turn off, especially when they’re being spotted in emails. Your subscribers have chosen your email campaign because they’re looking for value. Some of these people could lack patience, could be critical, or could be harsh. When they detect misspelled words and poor phrases, their confidence and trust in your business will quickly decline. I’d suggest you always double check your email content using your own eyes, your editor’s skills, and perhaps you should use the help of some grammar and spellchecking digital tools. “Re:” Using “Re:” in a subject line is a cheap tactic that many marketers use to induce their subscribers into error. The strategy’s purpose is to make the subscriber believe that they’ve already had a discussion with the email sender. If the email subscriber falls for it, he’ll pay more attention to the next email. However, if the subscriber doesn’t fall for it, the “unsubscribe” button will often be pushed. “Great Deal” Unless you’re super familiar with your customers (and they’ve already bought many products from you), avoid this phrase by all means. Instead of getting into a real discussion, what you’re clogging your subscribers’ minds with money, equations, possibilities, opportunities, and so on. They’ll keep wanting you to get to the point, which is the “deal” that you’ve promised. Instead of that, focus on providing quality and valuable content and leave the promotional part at the end. “Urgent” or “Buy Now” Encouraging your customers to buy something right now is an action that can backfire and lead to negative consequences. If you choose to use “Urgent”, “Buy now”, “Deal is off tomorrow”, or anything else that creates scarcity and fear of missing out, ensure that your customers trust you with their hearts. Else, you’ll risk being seen as an intrusive marketer who’s there “for the money”. Takeaways Never use these phrases in your email marketing sequence and you should stay out of these unfortunate troubles. You can’t always control what people think about you and your brand. What you can do is ensure that you’re staying updated with the most common “rejected” phrases while keeping your emails clean, relevant, and professional.


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10 Successful Email Marketing Campaigns and Why They Worked

10 Successful Email Marketing Campaigns and Why They Worked

Practical Marketer • September 26, 2018

Email marketing is considered as one of the most cost-effective and online marketing strategies for business owners today, and for good reason. It isn’t only practical, but it’s also a game-changing strategy that can lead to amazing results. Several reasons why email marketing is so popular is because of the plethora of advantages you get, such as: Building relationships with new prospects Attractive new leads; and Encouraging loyalty from old and new customers With that said, it’s crucial to do email marketing right if you want to achieve ‘drool-worthy’ results. But how do you do that? Before we go into how to do email marketing effectively, we’ll need to understand its significance as a part of your marketing mix. A Closer Look at the Statistics A couple of months back, WordStream published a detailed post sharing the figures on email marketing and the crucial part they play in driving your business to success. We’re hoping these numbers will convince you to jump on the email marketing bandwagon:: Email marketing is considered as the number one tool for customer retention according to a poll conducted among retail professionals last 2016. Social media marketing falls at a close second. Compared to other promotional emails, Welcome Emails have shown to create amazing results. They generate at least 320% more revenue, earning your business tons of money with just ONE email. Email subscribers spend 138% more on online purchases than people who don’t get emails. QuickSprout shares how email subscribers are 3 times more likely to share your content on social platforms than leads from other marketing channels. Of course, there are other things that contribute to making your digital presence a success, such as good fast hosting, optimized user experience, and eye-catching web designs. But without including email marketing in that mix, you’re basically saying ‘no’ to getting new leads and increasing conversions. 10 Email Marketing Campaigns That Produce Crazy Results and Why We’re 100% sure you’re subscribed to at least one email newsletter right now. And if you’re a fairly active web surfer, you may even be getting about 5 to 10 different automated emails a day. And we’re also sure you probably delete most of them without a second glance. But every now and then, you get an email that’s so good that you read it, share it, and recommend it to your friends. What they all have in common is their ability to achieve their own unique goals, whether it’s get more sales, attract site visits, or get feedback from you. Below, you’ll find a few examples of the email marketing strategies used by the best in the business, and why they work: 1. Grammarly Why it works: Leveraging on social media proof convinces people that what you have to offer is worth their time and money. Using a limited-time offer (i.e. products with expiration dates) creates a fear of missing out for readers. At the top of our list of email marketing giants is none other than Grammarly. They make use of a unique and effective combination that really gets the results they want. People naturally trust peer reviews more than company sales copies. And paired with their limited-time discount, they end up with a convincing and engaging email marketing strategy. 2. UncommonGoods Why it Works: They use the Urgency Principle to get people to buy from them as soon as possible. Color selection appeals to the reader’s emotional side, which is appropriate because Mother’s Day is a holiday with heavy emotional ties for readers. One brand that really knows how to play the ‘sense of urgency’ card is UncommonGoods. As a popular online destination for customers looking for unique items, they also have an impressive email marketing strategy that compels readers to take action now. A lot of the rational decision-making flies out the window every time we’re faced with anything urgent. This is what makes the Urgency Principle a powerful tool to have in your marketing arsenal. 3. Bonobos Why it Works: Interactive experience encourages people to engage with the email. Discount offer convinces readers they’re getting a deal. It creates a sense of urgency with a text that says ‘Last Day’. Simple and straightforward design. People love anything interactive, so why not offer that in your emails? Bonobos, an online retail brand, sends out emails that encourage engagement and combines it with a sweet deal and a time constraint. It’s a great way of hitting, not just two, but three birds, with one stone. 4. PayPal Another popular brand that specializes in building quality bonds with consumers is PayPal. As one of the largest payment processing companies in the world, they really bring their A-game when it comes to email marketing. Why it Works: Good email structure and design. A great deal of the content and imagery aim to appeal to readers on an emotional level. In Marketing Psychology, blue is often associated with feelings of security and trustworthiness. 5. jetBlue Why it Works: The conversational approach, complete with playful banter, immediately puts you at ease with the brand. Good graphic design that’s straight forward and eye-catching at the same time. Clear Call-to-Action. Having multiple CTAs can be confusing for some readers, discouraging them from engaging with your email. 6. Canva Why it Works: Prompts the reader to take action immediately. Clear Call-to-Action. Simple, straightforward design. Interactive email encourages customer engagement. 7. LinkedIn Why it Works: Highlights a more human connection through a Live Demo, making the email sound personable to readers. Inclusion of an actual picture of an employee builds more trust with the brand. Clear Call-to-Action, which can be seen at the top and middle part of the email. The goal of the email is also clear and written in a short and succinct manner. 8. BuzzFeed   For entertainment websites like BuzzFeed, the main goal is always to catch and keep people’s attentions. Also, knowing who your readers already are helps you to better tailor the content that you send them. Why it Works: The type of content shared is something everyone can relate to. This means the emails have a higher chance of attracting engagement because the content is relevant to readers. Short and simple emails are often a refreshing change for people who are used to getting bombarded with long-form content. Eye-catching headline catches readers’ attentions. 9. Dropbox Here, we’re taking a look at one of Dropbox’s retargeting email. After some time, it’s normal for some customers to forget that you’re brand is there. Retargeting is how you put yourself in front of them again. So, it’s important to be as convincing as possible. Why it Works: Fun graphics paired with soft colors is also a good approach in retargeting emails as opposed to aggressive ‘come back to us’ messages. Reminds customers of what they have to offer, which in this case is ease of use and accessibility. Offers a refresher course for people who may still be interested but aren’t sure if they still know how to navigate around the tool. 10. Twitter The approach Twitter takes in this email is to advertise their social media proof. Sharing content from other people and businesses who are also using their platform accomplishes multiple goals. By showing you content that’s relevant to you and from people you follow makes you more likely to engage with or share that content. Why it Works: Content updates from people your readers are following, or from famous influencers in that field, encourages user engagement. The focus is clearly centered on content, which is appropriate for social media platforms since they deal mainly in content marketing and user experience. Email Marketing is not an option - It’s a necessity Even with all the new marketing technologies available to business owners and digital marketers today, email marketing is still among the most effective tactics we can use. They play a huge role in growing your business and getting you the sales and leads you’ve always wanted. Different emails are used for different reasons. It’s important to know what you want to get out of each email you send out, whether it’s shares, site visits, or sales. The more you clarify the goals of your email marketing campaign, the more you can mold the content and design to meet those goals and reap the most results!


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Top Integrations to Grow Your List

Top Integrations to Grow Your List

Beyond • September 24, 2018

“The money is in the list. Email is the most valuable channel when it comes to marketing.” - Neil Patel As Neil Patel rightly points out, your contact list is the lifeblood of your email marketing efforts. Growing your list is an important part of that, even though it’s not the size of your list that matters. It’s quality over quantity. Certainly, you’ve seen signup forms on every website homepage, blog page or even eCommerce store you’ve visited across the Web. However, that’s not the only way to grow your list. Each tool or app you’re using for your business can be a new opportunity to grow your list thanks to integration. Growing Your Email List Doesn’t Begin or End with Email After all, email likely isn’t the only touch point or interaction you have with your customers. You need to make sure that all your tools and apps work together to create one positive user experience across all platforms, tools and apps. Email is simply the tool that you can send to large segments of a list to communicate your messages. It can also be used when an automation is triggered based on customer actions. Besides, even before you began email marketing, you likely began amassing a list of contacts through one, or many, of your other business tools and apps. You’d be silly not to take advantage of the work you’ve already done! Use Integrations to Grow Your List If you’re using a CRM tool or any other cloud-based SaaS product to manage your list, you can easily import your contacts to your Benchmark Email account. This has been made easier than ever before with Benchmark Email’s partnership with PieSync thanks to the ability to sync up to 2,000 contacts for free. Let’s take a look at some of the tip integrations to grow your list: Contact Repository Integrations Perhaps you’ve previously been keeping a list of contacts somewhere like iCloud or Google Contacts. You can easily integrate those tools with your Benchmark Email account and import those contacts. Taking these steps will help you do things as simple as seeing who opened your emails and what links they clicked on, among many of the other advantages offered by email marketing. Here are the contact repository integrations currently available with PieSync: Contactlab Marketing Cloud iCloud Office 365 Outlook.com FullContact Microsoft Exchange Google Contacts Nimble eCommerce Integrations We’ve already discussed how email marketing is a very good friend of your eCommerce store. Integrating the two will help you create loyal customers and repeat business. There are all sorts of opportunities for marketing automation when you integrate your email marketing and eCommerce. You can trigger purchase confirmations, review requests, cart abandonment emails and more based on the subscriber’s engagements with your email campaigns and website. Here are the eCommerce integrations currently available with PieSync: Shopify Contactlab Marketing Cloud BigCommerce Helpdesk Integrations Your customer support is another touch point that can help you grow your email list. After all, your interactions with your customers shouldn’t solely exist when they’re encountering an issue or have a question. With a helpful integration and the use of marketing automation, you can follow-up with customers to make sure their issues were solved, to request a review of your customer support or offer additional resources. These are the Helpdesk integrations you can put to use thanks to PieSync: Clarabridge CX Social Crisp Desk Freshdesk Front Groove Help Scout Intercom Kustomer Mojo Helpdesk Teamwork Desk Zendesk CRM Integrations Your CRM should be the ultimate tool for growing your email marketing list. It’s the hub of all the data you collect on your customers and opportunities. Use email marketing to help turn those leads into customers and the ones who do convert to make a purchase into return business. Plus, all the data in your CRM can help you easily segment your contacts for targeted marketing campaigns that will deliver sales. Here are all of the CRM tools available for integration thanks to PieSync: 1CRM Cloud Act! 365 Act! Premium Cloud AllClients amoCRM Apptivo Base CRM Batchbook bexio BigContacts Bitrix24 CRM Bpm’online Capsule CompanyHub ConnectWise Manage Contactlab Marketing Cloud Contactually Copper Drip Efficy CRM EspoCRM Follow Up Boss Freshsales Highrise HubSpot Insightly LeadMaster Less Annoying CRM Livespace CRM Membrain Microsoft Dynamics 365 Nimble Nutshell Odoo Online OnePageCRM Pipedrive Pipelinedeals Pipeliner Podio Propeller CRM Salesflare Salesforce Salesforceiq Salesmate SalesSeek Sellf SugarCRM Teamleader Vtiger CRM Weclapp Workbooks Zoho CRM Other Common Business Tools That Can Help Grow Your List There are numerous tools available to you to help build your email list. If you’re getting an email address as a part of the process with any business tool or app, you can be using that to grow your email list. And you should be doing that. Why waste the efforts you’re making in those apps? You’ve already done the work to get the contact. Put it to use! Here are a few other types of tools you may want to consider integrating with for email marketing: Payment Gateways Document signing Website chat More! Wrapping Up Simply put, if you’re not integrating your email marketing account with as many other business tools and apps as possible, you’re missing opportunities to grow your list. Why leave something on the table? Don’t forget, you can sync up to 2,000 contacts for free thanks to our partnership with PieSync. You can learn more about how to integrate your Benchmark Email account with PieSync, in this helpful FAQ. If you’ve put integration to use for the betterment of your email marketing efforts, we want to hear about it! Share your tips and tricks in the comments below.


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Top Integrations for Email Marketing and eCommerce

Top Integrations for Email Marketing and eCommerce

Beyond • September 17, 2018

Email marketing has a lot of friends in our digital world. One of its best friends is eCommerce. After all, your relationship with your customers shouldn’t end when the first purchase is made. Email marketing can help you engage and interact with your customers after that initial conversion in many productive ways for your customers and your business. Let’s take a look at how you should be doing this. Integrate Your Email Marketing and eCommerce Hopefully, you already know about the eCommerce integrations offered by Benchmark. With our PieSync partnership, we’ve added a few more to the mix: Shopify BigCommerce Contactlab Marketing Cloud What Can You Accomplish with Email Marketing & eCommerce Integrations? As we mentioned before, your customer purchasing something is the beginning of a new communication cycle with consumers. By integrating your email marketing account with an eCommerce store, you can keep growing your relationships with your customers. Here’s what you can accomplish by integrating email marketing and eCommerce: Trigger an Automation An individual making a purchase can be the action that initiates an automation. Let’s take a look at what that might look like: Welcome Series Once a customer buys something, you can send out a confirmation email to thank them for making the purchase. You can make them feel good about their purchase by following up a couple of days later with an email boasting customer testimonials. Now that they’re a little more confident with their purchase, you can follow-up with an email promoting some related products they may want to consider. You may even want to inspire them to get more use of your products by sending an email that demonstrates how others have put your goods to use. Then, if it’s a product that will run out, you can send them an email when it’s time to buy more. If they don’t convert after that one, you can follow up with a small discount to encourage the repeat business. Abandoned Cart Reminder On average, the cart abandonment rate in 2017 was 78.65%. That’s a lot of potential sales left sitting in your cart. If you’re not sending an abandoned cart reminder automation, you’re leaving sales on the table. Don’t do that! Those are high-value leads because they had enough interest in your products to get them that far. By integrating your eCommerce store with your email marketing account, you can trigger an automation to send when someone abandons their shopping cart. Give your customers enough time that it doesn’t feel pushy, but when a cart is abandoned, follow-up with a reminder 12-24 hours later. If they still haven’t purchased the 48-hour mark, follow-up with one last email offering a small discount or free shipping. That’s usually enough to seal the deal. Request a Review Social proof in the form of customer reviews goes a long way toward helping others feel confident enough to buy your goods or services. In fact, 84% of consumers trust an online review as much as one of their friends. So, it’s important that you work to get as many positive online reviews as possible. If you’ve integrated your eCommerce store with your email marketing and can identify loyal customers, you can send them a review request. After all, if they keep coming back for more, they’re probably pretty happy with what you’re selling them. Ask them to tell the world about it! Upsell Offers It is far more difficult to acquire a new customer than it is to sell to an existing one. That’s why an upsell campaign can be successful. If your eCommerce store and email marketing account are integrated, you can create a campaign to upsell to your existing customers. Send a follow-up telling them if they’re enjoying their purchase, there are some related products that may be of interest to them. Do It All with Automation Pro For the campaigns outlined above and several others, there are strategy templates available to you with Benchmark Email’s marketing automation tool, Automation Pro. The entry point for any automation can be when someone is added to a list. You can use PieSync to integrate your eCommerce store with your email marketing account and create a special list for that group. When someone is added to that list, it can trigger any one of a number of strategies available to be created with a template. Here are the strategy templates available to you in Automation Pro: Welcome Series Promo Emails Follow-up Series Abandoned Cart Review Request Feedback Request Wrapping Up A customer making a purchase with your company is simply an opportunity for new email marketing campaigns. Being able to easily integrate your eCommerce store and your email marketing account is a powerful way to generate more sales. Don\'t forget, you can sync up to 2,000 contacts for free thanks to our partnership with PieSync. You can learn more about how to integrate your Benchmark Email account with PieSync, in this helpful FAQ. We’ll be co-hosting a webinar with our friends at PieSync. It’s called “How to Save Time And Quickly Grow Your Most Valuable Marketing Asset: Your List.” Register today. Have you successfully integrated your eCommerce and email marketing? Share your tips or success stories in the comments below!  


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Copywriting Techniques to Boost Email Conversions

Copywriting Techniques to Boost Email Conversions

Practical Marketer • September 14, 2018

Email marketing works. In fact, 73% of millennials prefer email for business communications. Even better, when you send out marketing emails, you’re addressing an audience that has already indicated they want to hear from you. Of course, none of this means that email marketing is a guaranteed slam dunk. There are several things you have to get right. Most important is your email copy. If that doesn’t resonate with your audience, your campaigns won’t be effective. The following tips can help you get the results you want. Make it Relevant by Writing in The Second Person Readers respond best to marketing content that has a personalized, conversational, and relevant tone. One of the best ways to accomplish this is to write in the second person. By addressing the reader directly, it helps them to see your message as being one that has been created specifically for them. Obviously, this can be challenging. It flies in the face of what most people have been taught in terms of academic writing. Still, if you pay attention to the advertising copy you see in various formats, you’ll notice that it’s largely directed at ‘you.’ We can help you save money! Don’t let the other guys rip you off. Fill out the order form, and you’ll receive your new camera within 14 days. You can help a child in need. You can make your emails even more engaging by using a relaxed and conversational tone. Think in terms of passing on a helpful message to a friend. Just keep in mind that there are a few exceptions to this. If you’re marketing a product or service that warrants a more formal or serious tone, then adjust accordingly. Also, in cases where you are sharing a personal experience with recipients, you would use the standard first-person voice. Just avoid writing in the third person. It comes off as detached and impersonal. Great Subject Lines Get Readers to Open Emails In many cases, there are two things that people use to determine whether or not they will open your email. These are the preview text and the subject line. If those don’t get their attention, your email will end up in the recycling bin or the spam folder. The biggest challenge of writing a good subject line is finding a balance. You want a compelling headline that catches attention and convinces your audience that your email is worth reading. On the other hand, you don’t want a subject line that is spammy or more fit for a tabloid than a business communication. Remember that ⅓ of email recipients will decide to open an email or not solely based on the subject line. Unfortunately, the news isn’t all good. Of the people who report emails as spam, 69% do so because of the subject line. Here are some tips that have been proven effective: Pique the reader\'s curiosity Make it personal by addressing an interest or concern of your target audience Use a number Keep it short for mobile Don’t mislead with your subject line Preview what’s inside (e.g., 50% Savings!) Communicate limits or scarcity (e.g., 100 spots left or 5 days only!) Jennifer Green, a copywriting specialist at Citatior has this to say about the importance of subject lines, “Writers should spend a significant amount of time on this. The subject line sets the tone for both your email and any interaction going forward from that point. This isn’t something that should be an afterthought.” Here is just a regular email from Kajabi team that they’ve sent recently to their audience. The subject line “The #1 Key To Successful Info-Products” (with the key emoji) attracts the reader’s attention while instantly promising some benefit. The good news is that subject lines are so important that professional writers have spent a lot of time perfecting their headline composing skills. There are also tools that can help you judge the quality of your headlines. Check out Coschedule Headline Analyzer Tool, Get Good Grade, Optimizely, Hot Essay Service, and Kingsumo Headlines. Use these for help editing and writing headlines, and for getting feedback. Remember That Marketing Emails Are Different The email that you send to an audience to get them to visit a landing page or read a blog post is much different than an email that you would send for other business communication. Marketing emails intended to convert should be written and formatted with the goal of being easy to read, and easy to understand. First, marketing emails should be mobile-friendly. When you compose them, imagine reading the email from a smartphone. They should be easy to read at a glance, and they shouldn\'t require a lot of thought to understand. As a matter of fact, effective marketing emails tended to be written at a middle school grade level. One that useful tool to help with that is readable.io. This resource will analyze your writing, give you useful information on the grade level of your writing, and other insights. Before you send out an email, double check for the following: You’ve used short sentences and small paragraphs There\'s plenty of white space in your text You\'ve used lists and bullet points The email is logically segmented with subheadings Your CTA button stands out You’ve added some visuals to make the content more interesting This example from Wanderlust meets readers with a banner image and a clear call to action. And as you scroll down, you see the proposed deals with a brief description and breathtaking photos. You can then go from the email directly to the company’s site and get all the details. Writing for marketing is its skill. Fortunately, there are several professional services and other resources you can use to help. These include Rewarded Essays, The Hemingway App, Supreme Dissertations, PicMonkey, and Flash Essay. Consider Segmenting Your Audience Again, personalization is key. That goes beyond using recipient\'s names. The entire content of the emails you send should be written to be as relevant as possible for your audience. If you have a large customer base or a large potential customer base, using a single email may not be very effective. This is true even if you are promoting the same product or the same offer. Instead, create multiple customer segments with as many details as you can about each one. This includes demographic information, interests, concerns, purchasing history, predicted needs, and any other information that seems relevant to the customer and their interaction with your brand. Once you have that information, you can then compose customized emails to reach customer segment that is truly meaningful to them. For example, imagine that you have a customer segment of people who have abandoned shopping carts. In your email, you could inform of them of a special offer, then add an additional incentive to complete their existing order as well. The key is focusing on the ways in which your product or services can specifically meet the needs of the audience you are addressing. Make an Emotional Plea Effective marketing stirs emotion. That might be creating a fear of missing out, using emotional marketing to create a bond between the customer and your brand, even ramping up negative emotions such as anger can be an effective technique. There are powerful emotional triggers that you can use in your emails to boost conversions. These triggers include vanity, fear, greed, belonging and others. The best strategy is to only focus on one or two of these emotional triggers. Then, don\'t go over the top. The last thing you want to do is come off as manipulative or overbearing. For example, you could trigger a greed response by offering a buy one get one deal in your email. You could then add a fear of missing out by announcing that the offer is limited in number or that it ends by a certain date. This case from Android Central shows how a simple call to action plus customer’s greed exploitation can be an effective trick. And the opening picture teases readers and shows them their main goal in this raffle making it an offer one almost can’t refuse. Another part of emotional marketing is using emotions to connect with your audience. This is something you can do in your emails as well.  Write email content that shares your values with your audience, use storytelling, and share testimonials from satisfied customers. Most importantly, write emails that have personality. You\'ve worked hard to develop your brand, and that should show in your emails. Maintain Your Messaging Throughout The Process The email is just a single part of the customer journey. For example, the subject line leads the customer to open the email. The content of the email motivates the customer to click over to a landing page. The information on the landing page then convinces the customer to place an order or ask for a quote. That\'s just one representation of a long chain of events that happens along a potential customer Journey. One of the most important things along that journey is maintaining consistent messaging. What you communicate in your email copy should very closely match landing pages or any other type of content the customer may encounter. For example, if your landing page is going to focus on a 3-day sale, the related marketing email should focus on that as well. By changing messaging too much, the customer buying process can create a bit of a bait-and-switch feel. This can result customers to drop out of the funnel. Use The Internet For Inspiration What emails have driven you to convert? Which campaigns have your competitors used to great success? There\'s absolutely nothing wrong with driving a bit of inspiration from other email marketing campaigns. Consider subscribing to some for no other reason than to pick up some techniques that you may not have considered before. The internet is also a great place to pick up topics of inspiration. What is your audience talking about? What has them interested at the moment? Who is influencing them? What are they reading? Stay on top of trends and buzzworthy content. Then, find ways to relevantly tie these topics into your emails. Build Emails Around a Single Goal In order to convert, your readers must take a single specific action. Before you sit down to compose any email, you should know exactly what that action is. Are they supposed to subscribe to a newsletter? Are you trying to get them to download something? Is the goal to send them to a landing page? Whatever it is, nail that down to a singular goal, and then structure your email around that single purpose. By doing this, you keep your emails focused and concise. This increases the likelihood that readers will consume enough of your email content to actually get to your call to action Conclusion: Use These Tips to Make Your Email Marketing Campaigns More Effective Email is one of the most effective business communications tools there is today. Your brand using it as a marketing tool only makes sense. It works in both the B2B and B2C sectors. To get the most out of this tool, you have to compose emails that are relevant to your audience and compel them to answer your call to action. The techniques here ensure that your copy will contribute to your goals.  


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Top Business Tools and Apps To Integrate with Your ESP

Top Business Tools and Apps To Integrate with Your ESP

Beyond • September 10, 2018

Your business works best when all the members of your team are working together. Right? Why would it be any different when it comes to your business tools and apps? It’s not! Email marketing is at its most powerful when it’s integrated with all your other cloud-based SaaS products. Connecting your email marketing account with your other business tools and apps has many benefits. Here are a few reasons to integrate your Benchmark Email account: Grow your list faster Use automation to create better engagement Increase efficiency and sales Let’s look at some of the top areas with which you should focus on integrating your email marketing. List Management Integrations Growing your list doesn’t begin or end with email. Even before you began email marketing, you likely began amassing a list of contacts through one, or many, of your other business tools and apps. If you’re using a CRM tool or any other SaaS product to manage your list, you can easily import your contacts to your Benchmark Email account. Here are some tools you can connect with thanks to our partnership with PieSync: CRM If you’re using a CRM to manage your contacts, you should be using email marketing to follow-up with automation that will lead to conversions. PieSync current connects to these CRM tools: 1CRM Cloud Act! 365 Act! Premium Cloud AllClients amoCRM Apptivo Base CRM Batchbook Bexio BigContacts Bitrix24 CRM Bpm’online Capsule CompanyHub ConnectWise Manage Contactlab Marketing Cloud Contactually Copper Drip Efficy CRM EspoCRM Follow Up Boss Freshsales Highrise HubSpot Insightly LeadMaster Less Annoying CRM Livespace CRM Membrain Microsoft Dynamics 365 Nimble Nutshell Odoo Online OnePageCRM Pipedrive Pipelinedeals Pipeliner Podio Propeller CRM Salesflare Salesforce Salesforceiq Salesmate SalesSeek Sellf SugarCRM Teamleader Vtiger CRM Weclapp Workbooks Zoho CRM eCommerce By paying attention to the types of products or services your customers are interested in, you can segment your list based on that information. Here are the eCommerce tools that PieSync connects with: Shopify Contactlab Marketing Cloud BigCommerce Integrate to Sell More Generate more sales with email marketing when you connect your Benchmark Email account to your eCommerce, CRM and accounting tools. You can trigger an automation when someone makes a purchase, follow-up with them on related products, ask for feedback and reviews and keep them in the buying cycle with well-timed promos. Aside from the eCommerce and CRM mentioned above, there are some accounting tools that PieSync connects with that can help you sell more: Apptivo Debitoor EasyBill FastBill FinFolio FreeAgent FreshBooks Classic Invoice Ninja Quickbooks Sage Accounting Sage Financials weclapp Xero Zoho Books Zoho Invoice Maximize Your Administration and Project Management You can save yourself time and increase business efficiency by connecting your email marketing account to your administration, project management and accounting tools. That means that billing reminders, support ticket updates and more can be sent through your email marketing account. Examples of these types of connections in PieSync: Appointment scheduling Billing and invoicing Document signing Helpdesk Payment gateway Project Management Gain Valuable Feedback with Survey Integrations Feedback from your customers and prospects is crucial for your business. You need to be sure that you’re creating products and services that your customers want. Let them tell you! Connect your survey tools to your Benchmark Email account to expand the reach of your surveys and follow-up with respondents. Benchmark has a SurveyMonkey integration, and our PieSync partnership will also let you connect with SurveyGizmo. Wrapping Up Connecting your email marketing account to your other business tools and apps lets you accomplish more than you may have believed was possible. As a reminder, you can sync up to 2,000 contacts for free thanks to our partnership with PieSync. For details on how to integrate your Benchmark Email account with PieSync, we’ve created a helpful FAQ. We’ll be co-hosting a webinar with our friends at PieSync. It’s called “How to Save Time And Quickly Grow Your Most Valuable Marketing Asset: Your List.” Register today. What tools have you integrated your email marketing with? Share your tips and success stories in the comments below!


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