As we recently passed midyear 2009, my team thought it would be a great idea to share the links to NewsLever’s “FulcrumTech Top Reads” that you, our subscribers, clicked on most since January. Interestingly, these articles remind us of some of the most important lessons for developing and implementing effective email marketing programs. So here we summarize what you may have missed along the way.
When it comes to achieving a high return-on-investment (ROI) from email campaigns, it’s often a lot more challenging for business-to-business (B2B) versus business-to-consumer (B2C). Why? For B2B, the lists are generally smaller and their products and/or services are typically not sold directly online. Instead, B2B is more about getting referrals and bringing prospects down the “sales funnel.” In this article, we focus on 4 ways you can use email to help drive B2B referrals.
When it comes to email, people typically spend from 0 to a few seconds deciding if they’ll read it. That’s why it’s important to focus on one, primary purpose for each promotional email you send. In other words, decide on the call-to-action you want, and make sure everything works to support that single call-to-action.
Keyword research is fundamental to search engine optimization (SEO). In other words, if you want to help ensure customers will find your site on Web searches, it’s important to incorprate the right keywords in all of your e-marketing content, including email newsletters.
So many businesses – both large and small – put lots of time and money into creating compellingly written and well-designed promotional online marketing campaigns. But then they point prospects to their company’s home page. This is one of the biggest mistakes you can make!
Although there are many elements that go into a successful email marketing campaign, there’s one critical moment during the conversion when your prospect is going from your promotional email (or online ad) to the landing page. Let’s focus on that split second – what I refer to as the "Click-Through Moment" – and specific ways you can drive great conversion rates and maximize your return-on-investment.