The Scoop on Keeping Your Small Business Customers Happy and Engaged
Small business owners and savvy marketers know that in order for your promotions and sales efforts to be most effective, you should know as much as possible about your potential customer; what their habits are both online and off, their income, commute habits, communication preferences, etc.
This all helps paint a picture of their needs, and helps you determine at what point your products or services could be of use to them. This type of personalized data on your customer is incredibly valuable, and one of the reasons why big data is such a rapidly growing market.
Yet for most small businesses, finding the right customer at the right time using snippets of demographic and other consumer behavior data can be time consuming and hit-or-miss. Even the best, most thoroughly researched marketing campaigns only convert a small percentage of their target audience.
By Andrew Hansen, Copywriter
What is a Lead Magnet and Why Every Small Business Needs One
In the digital age where the majority of potential clients are targeted by businesses online, consumers often find their email inboxes bombarded with promotional deals and advertisements from one-time sign-up offers. These attempts by businesses to incentivize potential customers often miss their mark- emails go unread before deletion or are sent straight to the spam folder.
By utilizing lead magnets, small businesses can ensure they get the coveted email subscription of prospective clients by promising relevant information. In essence, lead magnets have a dual-serving purpose: potential buyers can access useful, relevant information from businesses who in turn benefit by securing the contact information of the said prospective clients.
Simply put, lead magnets attract leads. Here's what makes a good lead magnet that attracts customers:
Looking for opportunities to connect with your email subscribers in February 2019?
According to Marketing Sherpa, 61 percent of email subscribers would like to receive promotional emails every week, and 38 percent would like to receive them more frequently.
Although we question if those statistics should be applied to every industry, we do think that small business marketers should be communicating with their customers and subscribers at least once per month. By emailing your communities once a month you'll stay top-of-mind, be able to communicate special offers and sales, and better nurture your customer relationships.
Here are some ideas from Constant Contact on how to spread the love all month long:
Use this list of November holidays, themes, ideas, and stats to inspire your email marketing campaigns all month long.
We're finding that a lot of small business owners are inclined to wait until after Thanksgiving to really promote their holiday activities and events. But did you know that each year about 40 percent of consumers begin their holiday shopping before Halloween.? Yes! And according to the National Retail Federation, this number is growing each year. And likewise, this same retail organization reports that "20 to 40 percent of all sales for small and mid-sized retailers take place within the last two months of the year."
Guest post by Aljaz Fajmut, Nightwatch CEO
5 Reasons Why Your Cross-Channel Promotion is Failing
Cross-channel promotion has become pretty important. It’s totally changed the game when it comes to finding and reaching new customers, and it lets us strengthen our presence and engage with multiple communities.
The problem is that implementing an effective cross-channel promotional campaign isn’t easy. The good news is that, once you know what mistakes you’re making, rectifying them and getting back on track is easy.
Let’s take a look at why your cross-channel promotion is failing — and what you need to do fix it.
Themes and Ideas for September Email Marketing Campaigns
We know it may sound a little crazy, but it's time to start thinking about the holidays and your holiday-related events and promotions. No really. According to the National Retail Federation, "each year about 40 percent of consumers begin their holiday shopping before Halloween." Now that's scary.
But while it's time to start planning your Holiday promotions, it's also time to continue executing on your email campaigns. And to that end Constant Contact has come out with a short list of themes and ideas to keep you engaged with your customers throughout the month of September. We also offer some additional tips and ideas about each theme below the infographic.
There are some amazing new features for small business users in Constant Contact.
Back in April, Constant Contact announced a set of new features that make emailing your customers and contacts easier and faster. The new features also allow your templates and content to be more powerful and provide more value to your recipients. Check out this overview video:
10 Do's and Don'ts for Successful Small Business Email Marketing Campaigns
The success of email marketing is not slowing down, in fact, quite the opposite. In 2015 Constant Contact reported that the return on investment for email marketing was $38.00 for every one dollar spent. In 2018, ESPs are now reporting an increase in ROI to $44.00 per $1.00 spent.
Need more encouragement to focus on email marketing? There's this datapoint to consider: "90% of customers prefer to receive company updates via newsletters over Facebook updates," according to research from Nielsen Norman Group. That same research shows at least 50% of subscribers made a purchase that was influenced by content in an email newsletter.
Understanding best practices and inherent pitfalls is critical to the success of your email marketing campaigns.
Updated January 19, 2020
Need a little inspiration for blogs, email marketing, and social media?
Sometimes you just get stuck. Trying to come up with engaging ideas to wow your blog readers, social media followers, and email recipients can be a challenge - especially for small business marketers!
But with statistics and pundits pointing to the the growing use of social media, you've got to stay on top of your game. Take this quote from Larry Kim, CEO of MobileMonkey, "According to Sprout Social, about 74% of consumers make a purchasing decision based on their social media accounts." 74 percent! So if you're not taking advantage of these social platforms to engage your customers and drive traffic both to your website and to your place of business, well, you may be losing out on sales.
So how do you get unstuck and come up with ideas for great new posts and blog articles? Keep this content idea cheat sheet handy and refer to it for inspiration whenever you need it.
Holidays, themes, and ideas for June email marketing campaigns.
What we love most about our partnership with Constant Contact is they are so good at putting together helpful resources for small business marketers. And now that Summer is finally here, it's a great time to get inspired by these June email marketing themes and topic ideas.
Not convinced about the power of email marketing? A survey by MarketingSherpa found that over 60% of customers prefer to receive emails from brands at least weekly and over 80% wish to receive email communications at least monthly. In fact, this same study found that, "A vast majority of Americans (91%) do in fact want to receive promo emails." Well there you go.
Start with these ideas and be sure to check out the additional tips and resource links below the infographic.