It’s common knowledge that a solid marketing plan is essential for any business to succeed. Yet while many businesses spend time creating a marketing plan, a small amount actually invest the time to regularly update it according to marketing trends, advances in technology and changes in the customer journey. There is no better time to do this than the New Year, so we’ve asked some of the leading marketers what the trends we can expect for 2018, so you can apply them to your existing plan for a successful and profitable year.
Master the Art of the Micro Moment
It’s no surprise just how much smart phones play a crucial role in the buyer’s journey. Yet statistics show that smartphone use and research is on the increase year after year. Whether a customer is choosing to purchase something small like a lipstick or a pair or shoes, to something that a huge investment such as a house or a car, they are now expecting to have answers to their questions at their fingertips. One study shows that a whopping 96% of all smartphone owners will reach for their phone to do research on their purchase before committing to buy. This …
Email marketing is a unique branch of advertising in that nearly all companies, from a single person start up to a multinational corporation, will use it in some manner. The versatility and ease of access mean that every business should have a focused approach to email. Not convinced? Here are ten of the top benefits email marketing can offer.
In terms of return for investments, its hard to beat email marketing. Email lists can be set up for free and potentially reach thousands of interested consumers. The lack of traditional overheads like paper or delivery mean email is top dog in terms of price.
2. Targeted delivery
People rarely ask to receive advertisements, but by signing up to stay connected with your brand they do just that.
With easy to use tools, emails can be directed to certain subgroups while avoiding others. This is a great way to target specific individuals, such as residents of a country. Advertisers often pay a premium for this type of service which email marketing offers at the click of a button.
4. Calls to Action
A tempting email can be a real boon to impulse purchases. No other medium can …
Everyone has been on the receiving end of an unwanted email from a marketer, but from the senders point of view, if you know why people delete without reading, you can avoid the 3 main pitfalls and create a great email campaign.
1. Irrelevant Content
The classic marketing email is written without much thought towards the end user, and whilst they may look like works of art and be stuffed full of links to products and services, potential clients won’t click through if they don’t think it has relevance to them. To avoid this pitfall:
• Only contact people who have reached out to you – purchasing lists of emails will dramatically reduce your hit rate.
• Make your content interesting – make it clear as to why they should look at your site or click on a particular link
2. Content is Too General
The next pitfall of marketing email campaigns is to send the same email to every recipient, regardless of whether they’re a new client or an old faithful. It saves time for you, but means that people will be much more dismissive. To create more personalised emails:
• Group your mailing lists – this will allow …