A survey conducted by Constant Contact (Nov 2010) found that small businesses have been favouring their websites (93 percent) and email marketing (92 percent) for marketing their products/services and generating new leads.
The third method of choice to attract new clients was the social media tool – Facebook (62 percent) followed closely by in-person marketing (62 percent).
Here’s a graph that summarises the overall findings. Interesting, yes?
If you are using your website and email marketing to promote your products and services, to ensure you continue to maximize exposure and increase the number of new leads, here are 7 things you must be aware of:
- People do business with brands they know, like and trust, so it’s important to build rapport and solid relationships with your prospects. Just because someone has given you his or her email address doesn’t mean that you can abuse it by constantly bombarding people with sales promotions.
Rather, follow the ‘80/20 principle’ whereby you provide valuable resources, tips and articles 80 per cent of the time and then promote your products/services the other 20 per cent of the time.
- Keep your sales copy conversational. Don’t be tempted to use corporate jargon, as this will only confuse your prospects. And, as I’ve mentioned time and again – a confused prospect says ‘no’ and will likely go and invest with your competitor.
- Get to know your prospect intimately, including the words they use to describe their issues and the solutions they seek. Incorporate these words into both your website and email marketing copy so that you prospect resonates with what you’re saying and feels you are the one to help them reach their goals.
- With the hundreds of emails people typically receive on a daily basis – to ensure your email doesn’t get deleted it’s important to use a great headline that captures the readers curiosity.
- Don’t include your entire sales copy in the body of the email. You don’t want to overwhelm people or make them feel they are being ‘pitched to’. They’ll delete your email or worse yet – unsubscribe from your list.
- Use graphics that are relevant to your demographic in your email (and on your webpage). A picture paints a thousand words and you want a graphic that sparks emotion and ‘speaks’ to the core needs and desires of your target audience.
So, were these helpful? Which strategy are you going to implement within your marketing strategy – let me know by leaving a comment below. Please share this with your friends and colleagues by clicking the Like button below.
Till next time, stay inspired!