Archive for March, 2017

March 30th, 2017

Successful Email Marketing for Beginners

by Rahimah Sultan

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Before the World Wide Web as we know it today, one piece of Internet history was AOL and its “You’ve got mail,” message. That was our introduction to email.

 

Social media has replaced that with tweets, likes, and status updates. But we still love our email.

 

You could say that the inbox has become a place of solitude among the chaos. Here are some tips on successful email marketing for beginners.

 

People are overwhelmed with pitches and advertisements, and your messages look just like all the others. In order to be invited into their inbox you must take the following steps.

 

Phase I: Get permission

 

No email campaign was ever built without permission to start, so you need to begin building a list.

 

There are several ways you can do this. You can give away something for free or offer a newsletter or product updates.

 

You need a clear purpose for asking for an email address. A strong, clear, and concise call to action (CTA) is needed that states what will be received in exchange for the email address. Some of the things people want to know…

 

a) What will I get?
b) Will I be spammed?
c) How often will you email?
d) Will I get relevant offers or more junk?

 

Be specific in your CTA regarding what you’re offering. It could be a free how-to email series, a download such as an ebook or newsletter and product updates and releases.

 

Get Whitelisted

 

While almost all reputable email service providers work very hard to make sure that your emails are not blocked by major ISP’s, they can’t control whether or not your emails hit the inbox or the spam box. Although most will help you by providing a quality score to help you determine availability, getting whitelisted is the most effective way to ensure that your emails get delivered properly.

 

Essentially, getting whitelisted is equivalent to being marked as a friend, and the best way to achieve this is by being added to the recipient’s address book. The best way to do this is by providing instructions to do so at the top of each email, especially on the initial thank you and first follow-up email.

 

Phase II: Follow Up

 

Be consistent and do what you promise. If you say that you’ll be emailing once a week, don’t email daily. You’ll be setting yourself up for failure. The same applies if you tell someone it will be daily and you email once a week.

 

Almost all email service providers give you the option to create an autoresponder sequence, and you must take advantage of it.

 

You should send the initial follow-up email immediately as a way to introduce yourself and detail what you plan on doing with your new subscriber’s email address. It also needs to contain a link to the freebie you are offering. Then use your autoresponder to schedule your follow-up emails.

 

Each business has different needs, and there aren’t any hard and fast rules as to how often you can pitch or provide content, but remember that your email list is a permission asset and it’s best to be cautious in order to keep your subscribers.

 

Use an Autoresponder

 

Use an autoresponder to schedule content to be delivered on a consistent basis over the course of several days, weeks or even several months.

 

The benefit of that is when you do need to announce a new product or sale, you can count on the fact that you’ve already been in touch, having built a relationship over several weeks/months, and are much less likely to annoy your readers.

 

Be sure to schedule your autoresponder sequence on specific days so that you know when you can afford to send an email. Don’t send more than one per day.

 

Phase III: Analytics and Segmentation

 

You want to know the statistics of your campaigns. There are several, although three very important ones are open rate, click through rate (CTR), and unsubscribes.

 

If your open rate is low, it means that people have started to delete upon receipt, and you need to work harder on providing value and/or managing expectations.

 

If the CTR is low, you should focus on your copy.

 

If you have a high unsubscribe rate compared to optin-in rate, there’s a lot of work to do. Determine when people are leaving. If it’s after a certain autoresponder email, then re-work it. If they’re leaving after marketing messages, then change the way you present offers. If they’re leaving early on in your funnel, then you need to fix your original call to action so that it’s in harmony with what you’re sending.

 

Email analytics will give you very specific clues as to what you’re doing wrong. Of course you must be paying attention.

 

Segmentation is splitting your email list into groups of subscribers that have something in common and emailing them separately from the rest of your list.

 

For successful email marketing you must first get permission to email people, follow up with them using your autoresponder, and use analytics to determine what you may need to change for more success. For beginning marketers these successful email marketing for beginners tips will help you get started.

 

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March 22nd, 2017

25 Tips for Content Marketing

by Rahimah Sultan

 

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Content marketing is a type of marketing that involves sharing online material such as videos, blogs, and social media posts. It is the art of communicating with your customers and prospects without selling, and is intended to stimulate interest in products or services.

 

With content marketing you’re delivering information that makes your buyer smarter. Great quality content, for your audience, should be useful and solve problems. The underlying principle is the belief that if we, as businesses, deliver consistent, ongoing valuable information to consumers, they will ultimately make purchases.

 

The 25 tips for content marketing are found in the article 25 Content Marketing Tips Every Marketer Needs To Know.

 

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March 16th, 2017

5 Tips for Business Success

by Rahimah Sultan
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Being successful in life requires a purpose and discipline to pursue that purpose. You must stay focused and avoid distractions. This also applies to business success.

 

You need to imagine yourself as a success. Daily visualize what your life will be like, what you’ll be doing, and how it feels. Decide what you like and are really good at and lay out a plan to get there. This will no doubt involve consulting with someone in your area of interest. Set clear goals and be realistic. Figure out what success looks like for you following these five tips for business success.

 

Focus on Your Main Objective

 

You might want to be a computer programmer or a software engineer. Research the requirements. It probably means attending school and getting certification. Or, you may want to be an Internet marketer. The same principal applies.

 

Write out a plan and begin taking steps toward that end. Don’t procrastinate. Break your goal into smaller goals and begin to work on those smaller goals. Set an overall timetable and times for finishing each smaller goal.

 

Avoid Distractions

 

Keep distractions at a minimum. It’s not possible to stay 100% focused 100% of the time. Just don’t let your goals take a backseat to them.

 

Find a Mentor

 

A mentor is someone who usually has a bit more experience than you, who knows the trade, offers advice, and helps you. A mentor will help you network, trouble shoot, and strategize.

 

Always keep learning. Gather as much information as you can. Take calculated risks.

 

Solve Problems

 

Successful people encourage progress by solving problems and answering questions. Can you make life easier for people in an effective way? Can you create a product or provide a service that fills a crucial gap?

 

Be Persistent

 

If your first attempt doesn’t work, pick yourself up and try again. Don’t make excuses. You will have failures. Failures don’t define you. They are learning experiences. Don’t repeat the same mistake. Don’t give up.

 

So, focus on your main objective, avoid distractions, find a mentor, solve problems, and be persistent.

 

Step out of your comfort zone. Don’t wait for opportunities to fall in your lap. Sniff them out. Successful people make big investments in their careers, in their businesses, in their education and, all investments involve risk. Use these five tips for business success to get started. Study your risks, make sure the odds are in your favor, and take a leap.

 

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March 6th, 2017

Blogging: An Essential Way to Get Your Message Out to Others

by Rahimah Sultan

 

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Blogging has become an essential way to get your message out to others. You can incorporate text, pictures, links, short videos, or other media in your posts that make your content more appealing to readers.

 

The term was originally weblog and then weblog became just blog. The term blog is also used as a verb that means to add information or posts. Since the mid-1990s blogging has become progressively easier with easy-to-use publishing tools and is now the predominate way of self-publishing.

 

If you own a business or home business and want to spread the word about it, blogging can be a method of doing so and a way of branding yourself. You can write articles about your products or services and post them on your blog with a link to those products or services.

 

Blogging is an essential way to get your message out. Read this article for more on blogging.

 
 

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