Mobile Marketing The New Frontier

October 9, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Smartphone and tablet use are on the rise and growing very rapidly and request for SMS lists and opt-in cell phone lists is also rising.

Mobile is proving to be the best way to reach customers and get them to take action. Plus, since most consumers are using smartphone and tablets, they’re able to gain more information while on the go, allowing them to make smarter purchasing decisions.

If your business has still not implemented a mobile advertising campaign, maybe the following statistics will help change your mind. These facts we’re recently published by Target Marketing online.

1. More than half of a person’s mobile phone usage is spent on apps.

2. Adults spend more time accessing media through a mobile device than they do with magazines and newspapers combined.

3. The average response time to an email is 90 minutes. The average response time to a text message is 90 seconds.

4. 61% of people said that if they tried to access a website on their mobile device but couldn’t because the site isn’t optimized for mobile, they would visit the website of a competitor.

5. 1 out of every 8 smartphone users will search for better pricing on a product or service while at the store.

6. 1 out of every 6 smartphone users will scan a barcode to learn more information.

7. In 2011, the use of QR codes increased by 300%.

8. 61% of smartphone users use their smartphone to make local searches.

9. By 2015, more people will access the Internet through a smartphone or tablet than a PC.

10. In 2011, the use of mobile devices to read emails increased by 34% while the use of desktop PCs to read emails went down by 11%.

11. 13.4% of a person’s smartphone usage is spent reading or sending text messages.

12. In 2012, there was a 55% increase in smartphone subscriptions.

13. 79% of people use their phone to make or influence a purchasing decision.

14. The mobile ad market is expected to grow to $22 billion by 2016.

15. In 2011, 17.7 billion apps were downloaded. By 2015, that number should grow to 108 billion.

16. In 2011, 33% of people accessed Facebook through a mobile device.

17. In 2011, 7.8 trillion text messages were sent.

18. Mobile coupons are 10x more likely to be used than traditional paper coupons.

19. 91% of smartphone owners have their phone within 3 feet at all times.

20. People who access Facebook with their mobile device use the social network on a more regular basis.

21. The average person will wait 26 hours before reporting a lost wallet. The average person will wait 68 minutes before reporting a lost phone.

22. 62% of smartphone owners will use a search engine at least once every day.

23. 61% of smartphone users will only look at the first page of a search engine results page.

24. 59% of consumers have been influenced by a mobile advertisement.

25. In the past 3 years, more than 300,000 apps have been developed.

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Direct Mail Tracking

September 19, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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There is a great  free e-book entitled “Pitney Bowes Small Business Survey” compares the different marketing strategies run by small businesses.

In this free e-book is a shocking truth about direct mail is that 80 percent of the participants do not track down the results produced by their direct mail campaigns. Any direct mail marketer can tell

There is still a sizable number of businesses that primarily employ direct mail for marketing purposes (22 percent), a segment that values customer response as a metric to determine the success of their direct mail campaign.

The biggest advantage to using direct mail is how simple it is to measure the results and testing lists, creative, envelopes and premiums and this is only the start of the analysis. This study indicates only a few measure or test the usefulness of direct mail.

How to Measure Direct Mail

The number of respondents to your call to action featured on your direct mail campaign is what matters. This can be measured by foot traffic of customers that enter your store, or responses to a mailing for a paid subscription.

Below are the kinds of mearurement tools for your direct mail campaign:

If you have an e-commerce website you can mail direct mail lists that leads them to a page on your site using s short URL. Coupons can be used for holding s sale, print out brochures or postcards to be sent through the mail each piece can be tracked by a unique code. Toll free numbers on.

How do define success and how to measure it Revenue, Income or ROI

  • Revenue – Sum of the total earnings of your campaign
  • Income – Difference of revenue and cost of goods or profits after expenses
  • Rate of Investment (ROI) – Difference of gains and cost of goods divided by the gain.

The higher the better!

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Email Prospecting With Social Media

September 13, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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The biggest benefit of direct response advertising is the ability to laser target your message to your acquired list or active customer database.

Blasting a one size fits all to your current customer database or to a randomly selected list, or to a targeted list based on demographics alone, could lead to a high opt out-rate, eliminating future communications with important consumers. This could also get you banned from your email service provider, if you don’t properly use the opt-out feature in acquired email lists.

Social media is greatly overlooked by email marketers and can be found within social media sites like Twitter and even blogs.

Most social media marketing efforts focus on image advertising since many many people on the social networks are turned off by traditional advertising methods.

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The social media platforms claim their influence rankings or number of friends may provide lift. A key to the social networks like Facebook is the complexities of identifying true influencers is difficult to identify and measure.

A strategy that leverages social media channels, is to go with the flow of traditional advertising where brands already have robust platforms, experience and measurement tools.

The reason for the platforms are established where consumers are already comfortable being marketed to, Think of social media is a magnet that brings you to your customers and prospects, allowing you to offer timely and relevant offers based on life stage events, hobbies and interests that consumers openly share.

You can blend traditional data elements to qualify the signals acquired from social media to ensure you are messaging to people who fit your best target audience profile. Facebook offers great demographic targeting by gender, age, political beliefs and interests.

Social Login Buttons: Making the link between social and offline consumer data is key to harnessing the vast amount of unstructured data in the world of social media. There are endless approaches to making this link, but the easiest way to start is by enabling consumers to make the link themselves between their email, name and address with a social ID like a Twitter handle. You can leverage the social media platform’s API and build your own buttons, or leverage a product like JanRain’s turnkey offering.

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Four Questions To Qualify Your Prospect

August 9, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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To make sure that you’re speaking with the real prospect that is actually ready to buy and not a tire kicker or someone that is just gathering information to purchase the same service/product from your competition you need to ask four questions.

Does the prospect have a burning need now or just a mild want?

Unless the customer sees you as a solution to their problem, it is unlikely that you will sell something and to set an appointment without finding a current need can be a big waste of time and gas.

Is this a fast tract situation or not?

Find out ahead of time if prospect will need this soon or at a later time. If he doesn’t need it until the end of the year than he doesn’t qualify as a hot prospect and will need to be qualified again at a later date. Maybe there just gathering information and they have no intention of ever buying anything.

What is the status of their current vendor relationship?

Maybe the customer is just getting bids to keep the current vendor from over charging them and want to make sure their getting the best price possible.

Do You Have A Compelling Message?

Have you offered a solution customized to their specific needs? A one size fits well no longer will cut it with customers in this hyper competitive marketplace. You must make yourself unique and set your self apart from the competition. When you customize services that only fits the needs of your customer you force them to only come to your for a solution rather than trying to get a better price from your competitors.

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Planning for Marketing ROI

August 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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The best marketing programs should have measurement strategies planned in advance. So as part of planning any program, you need to answer these questions:

1.What will you measure?
2. When will you measure?
3. How will you measure?

You need to take steps to make your marketing programs measurable. This often includes doing the cumbersome tasks of setting up test and control groups or varying your spending levels across markets to measure relative impact.

Without variance in your marketing, unless you have a large bud get and a technical staff for SAS programming you may not be able to use modeling to tease apart the incremental impact of your marketing programs and improve your marketing precision and mix.

Data Collection

A key part of planning for measurement is simply tracking the appropriate attributes for all your marketing programs (and their variants). This may include target audience, message, channel, offer, investment level, and any other relevant attributes.

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Even if you don’t use the data right away, it will become invaluable down the road when you attempt any of the more sophisticated approaches towards measuring program effectiveness. These attributes can be stored in anything from your marketing automation system to a simple spreadsheet hosted on a share drive – what matters the most is that you start to build the history as early as possible.

You’ll deliver the best ROI and get the best benefits when you move past backward-looking measurement to forwardlooking
decisions.

This is the difference between marketing measurement and marketing management.
It is the difference between data, intelligence, and knowledge.

An integral part of your planning process is identifying up-front what decisions you need to make to drive company profits, and then building your measurements to capture information that facilitates these decisions.

This means you must measure things not just because they are measurable – but because they will guide you towards the decisions you need to make to improve company profitability.

Isn’t it time to swap your over-the-shoulder stance, which prevents you from moving forward efficiently, for strategic, objective.

Each measurement should seek to focus your understanding of how to make the program better and align it with your
company’s strategic objectives.

The reason is  even if you don’t meet all of your program goals, you can still figure out why and how to improve the program.

This is almost always better than launching a new program you don’t yet know anything about.

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Prospecting: Ways to Find the Real Decision Maker

July 19, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Finding the decision maker can be the most important step in closing the sale and the first step is to define the decision makers title.

In a larger company this could be a senior vice president, vice president or director. If you are calling small companies the person you want
to reach is often the owner.

This strategy also works when purchasing lists, once you have identified the appropriate this is a “no brainer” or titles:

1. Check the prospect company’s web site. This is the easiest way to find your prospect’s name. On the Internet, many companies today list executive and/or senior management by name on their web sites.

2. Ask the receptionist or the person picking up the toll free line. Dial the main number and ask the front line person who answers for the name of the person who has the appropriate title. Be prepared to throw out Keep suggesting titles until one sounds familiar to that receptionist.

3. Call the Chief Executive Officer. The theory: Executive assistants know everything. Call the CEO’s office and say, “I’m wondering if you can help me.” The executive assistant will more than likely point you in the right direction.

4. You can type a sequence of numbers until you find reach a human being. When you do, say “I’m wondering if you can help me?” Ask, “Do you have a company directory? I’m looking for Dr. Smith” When asked, most people are happy to help.

5. Ask a salesperson. Sale people are at least friendly and willing to help Call the sales department and speak with a salesperson. Say, “I’m wondering if you can help me.” Salespeople will understand and if they can they will help you. Tell the salesperson exactly who you are trying to reach.

6. Ask Customer Service for help. It’s what they do. Call and say, “I’m wondering if you can help me.” If the Customer Service representative does
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Find The Decision Maker

 

Author Bio: Tim Little – Direct Marketing My marketing process allows me to identify business problems, formulate marketing plans, initiate change, and implement effective solutions that deliver profit and returns on investments, efficiencies, and cost reductions systems.

I analyze competition to find their weaknesses and optimize my strengths. My experience includes finding leads, testing landing pages with Google AdWords, WordPress Web development and offline with list procurement, database marketing and direct mail expertise.

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Is Facebook A Waste Of Time?

July 4, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Is advertising on Facebook a lot of hype and are you wasting your time and money?

Many direct marketers are asking this question. Over the last month came the bad news over disappointing Facebook IPO following the announcement that GM was pulling its Facebook advertising because of its ineffectiveness.

This is the new backlash against social media marketing.

This maybe the new era in social media marketing where email marketing is becoming more popular and social media marketing maybe on it’s way out.

Investing in social media marketing maybe a trend that is on it’s way out at least for a while until you can measure an return on investment, like you can with any other advertising channel.

The current situation with Facebook and advertising maybe a passing trend and many new advertisers may prove that you can indeed make a profit by getting your prospects to hit the like button.

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Up until a few months ago social marketing was the trendy advertising channel that many direct marketers we’re using. The changing technology is effecting direct marketers since the poor economy is making it more difficult to squeeze profits and response rates from the overwhelmed Business to Business prospects.

Author Bio: Tim Little – Direct Marketing My marketing process allows me to identify business problems, formulate marketing plans, initiate change, and implement effective solutions that deliver profit and returns on investments, efficiencies, and cost reductions systems.

I analyze competition to find their weaknesses and optimize my strengths. My experience includes finding leads, testing landing pages with Google AdWords, WordPress Web development and offline with list procurement, database marketing and direct mail expertise.

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List Marketing

June 19, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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The first step in selecting the perfect lists, you need to know who you’re mailing to. They’re your target audience, and they’re the customer segments that you think your product or service.

The real key to unlocking the potential of list marketing is to define your target audience with as many attributes as you can. This ensures that your marketing offers only go to those people who are most likely to buy your product.

The most common mistake that most list marketers make is sending offers to a poorly defined target audience. Once you’ve used a combination of these parameters to define your audience, it’s time to take that information to a list owner, list manager, or list broker. Read more

Email Copy

May 26, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Email is everywhere and here to stay…

The ultimate mission is to open doors and get the appointment or make the sale as a lead generation tool. Many coaches and trainers will tell you that you should make your email message look like a personal letter as a way of standing out from the competition.

Here are three proven ways you can use that will make email seem more personal and more effective as a prospecting tool.

Write a email that you would like to receive. There is something special about receiving a nice email. Your goal is to write one the executive will remember. It doesn’t have to be full of issues that you can solve, it could be a letter of congratulations for an accomplishment that you heard about for example…

Congratulations on the opening of your new location. In today’s competitive market. it’s exciting to see such growth in your city, please think of me for any of your computer support.

You could also tease with an idea you’d like to share:

Congratulations on the success of your practice. I seen you advertisement in Advertising Age magazine and it looks great. I’m sure it will be very successful for you. Your advertisement caused me to go to your website to learn more. I think it could be effective in reaching the top 20% of your highest paying patients.

Integrate your approach

Emails are never easy to respond to as a voicemail, so follow-up with a phone call and than a letter. People respond differently based on their personal preference. Make it easy as possible for prospects to thank you for the nice email message you wrote and show appreciation by setting up an appointment.

Consider to send a fax Fax messages are not nearly as common as they we’re 10 years ago a nicely typed out fax message will get the attention of the decision maker and using a series of faxes will really stand out.

One cold call or email is never enough so always be testing a series of integrated messages that you can test to see which net the highest response level.

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Testing Your “Call To Action”

May 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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If you do not include a solid call to action, than your copy will be weak and the response to your offering will decline.

You need to tell your customers the next step they need to take. And just as important, without a call to action, your marketing materials fail to create a sense of urgency.

Without telling your audience exactly what you want then to do they are  left with no direction and no urgency, you’ll probably receive little or no return on your investment.

Of course, if you have been using direct mail marketing even for a small time, you probably already know the importance of a solid call to action, but you may be wondering how, exactly, to write one that works.

Every call to action must be customized tested and perfected for a specific campaign, you must use your creativity and test several call to actions for every situation.

Keep in mind, though, that to reach “expert” level, you will need to test, test, and test some more before you find that perfect phrase that will generate the highest ROI for each marketing campaign.

The History of “Call To Action”

The first thing to remember when you write a call to action is the introductory verb you will use. The very first word of your call to action should be a action calling verb.

Keep the verb short and to the point, such as read, call, and click. As the video explains. Describe what you want them to do, and do so with confidence.

Give them a good reason for the person do something. Tell her how to accomplish whatever you’re telling her to do. “Call now, then display the phone number at the bottom of the screen. If your call to action is delivered email or Internat link customers to the appropriate page, or, even better, use a fancy call-to-action button. Depending on your market, customers might feel much more excited about clicking on a large, shiny, colorful button than a boring, everyday link.

Only give your customers one option to order with a limited time offer otherwise, they will most certainly talk themselves out of the purchase.

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