7 Reasons why Customers aren’t Opening your Emails

Reaching out to customers via email can be a great way to increase sales and spread the word about new promotions. However, despite the useful information that you are trying to get across, customers may not even be opening your emails, let alone reading them.

Here are seven reasons why customers aren’t opening up your emails….  

There is not an Engaging Subject Line

The first thing a customer sees when looking at their emails are the subject lines, which is why they are arguably the most important part of any email. They act as a first impression and insight into what the content of the email will be. Using an interesting subject line will encourage customers to click on the email and read more. However, when writing your subject line, make sure it is revolved around the content that is actually in the email. Customers do not like false subject baits and will start to assume all your subject headings are non-transparent and will stop opening emails from your company.

There is no Incentive to Open the Email

Offering an incentive to open an email goes hand-in-hand with an engaging subject line. An effective way to incentivize customers to open your email is to include incentives in the subject heading of the email. This way the first thing the customer sees is, “New products in stock!” or “Extra 15% off Sale Items Through Wednesday” which will entice them to open the email and read further.

Emails are Not Personalized

“Emails with personalized subject lines experience a higher open rate of 26 percent” — Campaign Monitor

Instead of sending a generic email to all customers, target the email towards each specific customer the email is sent to. Include their name in the email, as well as information related to their frequent purchases. For example, if someone always orders a specific item, do not send them an email regarding a completely different item. This will not only drastically increase your open rate, but it will increase the effectiveness, in regard to conversion rate, of your emails as well.

Emails are Timed Poorly

The time and frequency that emails are sent at can greatly impact how many customers are reading your emails. If you are sending emails too frequently, customers may not read your emails out of annoyance. If you aren’t sending emails frequently enough, customers may lose interest. Instead, you must find the middle ground: 2-3 emails a week is recommended.

In addition to frequency, the time that emails are sent plays a big role in reader activity. Consider sending emails at times that aren’t super busy for working people. For instance, send emails in the morning or at night after people are done working.

Emails are not reaching the proper audience

Emails are most likely to be opened by active and engaged customers. Customers who have not purchased from your company in years will be less likely to open your emails and read about new promotions. Instead of purchasing an email list, consider sending emails to people who have recently expressed interest in your services. Email promotions should be focused on quality customers, not quantity of customers you’re sending them to.

Emails are not mobile friendly

Most people primarily check their email on their cell phones. Emails that are not mobile friendly can be a nuisance to view, and customers may not even bother to read them.  Make sure that your emails are properly formatted for mobile devices, as well as computers.

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The emails go to the customer’s spam folder

Some emails from businesses go to spam instead of the customer’s primary inbox. Customers are  less likely to view their spam folder, which means that customers may not even know that you sent an email! To solve this issue, make sure that your email is not from “Do not reply.” The “from” line must clearly state your company name, not simply your email address.

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New Sales Trend: Social Selling

What is social selling?  

Social selling is the use of social media to build and maintain positive relationships with potential customers. This technique allows businesses to reach sales goals in a quicker and more effective manner, as well as possibly eliminate the need to cold call customers. Social selling allows businesses to communicate directly with interested buyers and build their network through direct conversations via social media platforms. With social selling, companies and businesses are more accessible to potential customers. According to LinkedIn, 78% of social sellers outsell those who do not use social media as a sales tactic.  

Social selling makes it easier for businesses to connect with potential buyers and reach out for sales opportunities at appropriate times. Many companies are using social selling as a tactic and may not even know it! If companies have a professional Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or LinkedIn, they have already begun the social selling process.

Here are three steps on how to use social selling to improve your business…

Develop a reliable brand:

The first step to social selling is to develop a professional brand image to draw customers in and increase your legitimacy in the industry. Customers want to buy from businesses who are established and well trusted by the public.  First impressions matter to customers, and a well maintained and sophisticated profile will help to attract interest from potential buyers. A key step to developing a professional and reliable brand is to include endorsements from prior customers.  

Build a brand personality:

The second step to social selling is to build a brand personality.  In order to keep customers interested in your social media platforms, it is important to build a consistent voice for each post and individual message.  This voice should portray the values of the company and make the customer feel like they are communicating with the same person every time, and therefore building a stronger relationship.  The personality of the voice in the accounts should be something that a customer could relate to. Posts should be clear and cohesive so that they are easy for the customer to understand.

Consistently connect with new and old customers:

The third step to social selling is to engage and connect with new and old customers. Social media platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn allow businesses to easily reach out to potential buyers with new information via posts and individual messaging.  Social media can keep new and old customers up to date with the happenings of a business, as well as promote new sales opportunities. Some advice for reaching out to new customers is to use a customizable message to try to build a relationship before trying to sell anything.  After initially reaching out to the customer, a social seller must continue to follow up in order to build a stronger relationship. By building a strong relationship, customers are more likely to purchase from the business.

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“What Is Social Selling?” LinkedIn, LinkedIn Corporation, 2019, business.linkedin.com/sales-solutions/social-selling/what-is-social-selling#.

How to: Align your Marketing and Sales Teams

Your company’s sales and marketing teams are separate and have separate responsibilities and objectives, however in order to be successful, they must be aligned with each other. The main responsibility of the marketing team is to determine your company’s target market and attract that target market to your company through promotional materials. The main responsibility of the sales team is to take those attracted by the marketing team and turn them into customers, or, in other words, finalize their purchases.

“Researchers have found that sales and marketing team alignment results in 32% annual revenue growth.”


Forrester Research

There are three main steps to aligning your sales and marketing teams…

Align Goals and Objectives

The first is aligning the goals and objectives of both the sales team and the marketing team. For example, if the goal is to increase the conversion rate of prospective customers to actual customers, the marketing team will improve the specification of their target market consumers and sales will improve their tactics for selling to consumers to increase their sales stats (ie. sales/day). With both teams aimed at accomplishing the same goal, they will both improve their functions simultaneously and therefore accomplish the goals faster and more effectively.

Communicate Consistently

Communication between the marketing and sales team is essential in any company. With the same goals in mind, both teams need to be aware of the progress each team has made and what that means in terms of the other team’s next steps or reaction. For example, if the marketing team has started promoting the product towards a slightly different market segment, the sales team needs to be aware because they need to alter how they sell the product to the customers. For example, if the marketing team decides to market towards a slightly younger demographic, the sales team would need to alter the type of language they use when speaking with customers and accent on qualities of the product that appeal to the younger demographic.

Collaboration is KEY

Lastly, collaboration is of the utmost importance when aligning the marketing and sales teams in your company. Seeing as both teams are aimed at accomplishing the same goal, the marketing team can be an extremely effective resource for new ideas or tactics for the sales team, and vice versa. Collaboration between teams will not only allow for improved strategy and innovation of ideas, but will also improve the alignment of each team’s individual strategies. Both of these teams are extremely familiar with the market segment they are marketing and selling to as well as their universal goals in marketing and selling to them. This allows both teams to be knowledgeable enough to develop innovative ideas for both teams and improve the overall effectiveness of both teams’ strategies.
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Why Small Business is Best

Operating a small business is not something to try to sneak past your customers, but rather something to accent on throughout your marketing strategy. There are so many benefits to purchasing from small businesses as opposed to large businesses. Accenting on the personalized customer service, increased customer value, and high quality products and services your small business offers, will greatly increase the effectiveness of your company’s marketing. Below are three tips in how to effectively market your small business…

Inbound Marketing

Considering that small businesses tend to do less business and therefore generate lower profits than larger businesses, there is less money to be allocated towards the marketing budget. Inbound marketing is extremely helpful in allowing small businesses to compete with larger businesses who can afford to spend more on marketing. TV advertisements, print advertising, and radio ads have become extremely ineffective in recent years as customers are now using social media and music and tv streaming services. Inbound marketing includes blogs, websites, and social media marketing. Inbound marketing revolves around attracting the customer to your business, rather than simply marketing a product or service to them. It’s about creating a need for your customer so they come to you as opposed to the other way around.

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Customer Service

One of the best parts about working with a small business is that you actually get to know the people you are working with. Instead of being stuck on a customer service number, customers are able to reach out directly to the employee they work with. This improved customer service as compared to large companies gives customers a peace of mind that if they are not satisfied with the service, and so on, they have someone they can contact directly regarding their concerns. If you are operating a small business, make sure your customer service surpasses expectations through employee training and business norms. The better the customer service, the happier the customer.

Satisfying your customers not only ensures they continue purchasing from your business, but that they will recommend your company to their friends and possibly even write you a review online! Customer recommendations and reviews go a long way in marketing your small business. Small businesses are typically not well-known and trusted right off the bat because many people have never used or heard of them before. Through customer satisfaction, reviews, and recommendations, your small business expands its customer base and improves its branding.

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Last but not least, the best part about working with, or for, a small business is that everyone within the company has a stake in how the company performs. Smaller businesses have a smaller amount of employees, so each employee they do have, hold various responsibilities for the company and care about the quality of the service they provide to their customers even more. Hiring a small business to do work for you means getting top notch customer service from skilled people who care about their work and the quality of their work everyday.

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New Marketing Trend: Experiential Retail

Although we all tend to think that retail shopping is soon to disappear entirely, our newest consumer generation, Gen Z, begs to differ. Generation Zers, also known as the “Post-Millennial” generation, still love taking trips to the mall or the nearest outlets. They look at retail shopping as an opportunity for an experience. Millennials and Baby Boomers view retail shopping as a hassle or inefficient as compared to online shopping, leading us to believe brick-and-mortar will soon become obsolete.

So how do we take full advantage of this new change in shopping trends Generation Z is bringing? How do we maximize the amount of customers we can get off their laptops, and into our retail stores? The answer is simple. They want an experience, then that’s what we have to give them. Experiential retail.

No matter what type of company you are operating or who your target market is, there is always opportunity to create an experience when customers visit your business. Let’s say you operate a kids hairdressing salon, you can give your customers an experience by offering fun hairstyles after the haircut. Maybe even offer a little something for the parents as well such as sample packets of hair products or refreshments. If you own a restaurant, offer free bread or free small dessert samples to your customers. This will give them something to remember you for, and something to look forward to next time. It’s all about making their in-store experience more enjoyable and more fun. If they wanted simple, easy, and to-the-point, they’d be ordering online.

The key to experiential retail is giving the customer something they cannot get when they order online.

The issue of decreased retail shopping over the years has frustrated many businesses and has even forced some to close their doors and sell solely online. This is nothing to be frustrated about. Consumers are more informed in their decision-making than ever before. They are looking up product ingredients before making a purchase, and searching various sites or stores to find the best deal on a product before deciding where to buy it. This is something to admire and take full advantage of. Why should a customer come to your store if the only difference between that and ordering online is the efficiency?

We need to rethink the way we do retail and the goal we wish to accomplish through our retail. Retail used to simply be about maximizing sales and getting more customers to leave with your products. Now it’s all about the before, during, and after of the sale. How does your company present the product to the consumer? What do you offer the customer while they’re shopping to keep them engaged in the experience? How does your company show their appreciation for the customer as they’re leaving?

I’m not meaning to say you have to give customers something to incentivize them to visit your retail business, this can be done through customer service as well. If you offer them exceptional customer service and professional expertise on the product or service, they will make improved purchasing decisions as opposed to if they purchased alone online, and they will therefore visit your store. Building on and further improving your retail experience for customers will not only increase your retail sales, but your customer loyalty, brand differentiation, and overall customer satisfaction as well.

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The Zero Moment of Truth

Today we go through a concept called the “Zero Moment of Truth.” Learn how your potential customers think in the digital age and the information they consume before they actually decide to do business with you. Whether you are a sandwich shop or a furniture store, your potential customers are comparing your online presence against your competitors.

Do you know your customers birthdays?

Today we go through how you can use Facbook Messenger to automate personalized messages that are sent every year to your customers on their birthdays. They can even include offers or coupons to drive them into your store. The best part is, you don’t have to do any data entry or keep track of a birthday list for email marketing. The system does it all for you.

 

How to Effectively Market your Home Improvement Business

The home improvement industry is an extremely fun one, especially for customers in the target market. Customers love learning about and purchasing home improvements because their home is something they live in and enjoy every day. Accenting on this rather than simply trying to market your business in particular will differentiate your company from other companies in the home improvement industry because you will not only engage and attract customers, but excite them. Below are five social media marketing tips for your home improvement industry…

 

Showcase Customer’s Home Improvement Projects

Customers love seeing what you’ve been able to do for people in renovating and improving their homes. This way, when they see something they like, they’ll hire you and maybe show you a picture from your Instagram and say, “I want to do something like this.” Posting pictures of your previous home improvement projects gives them an idea of what they may want you to do for them in their own home. The customer whose home you are posting about will also love that you recognized their improvement project enough to publish it to your company’s social media. This will enhance your relationship and customer loyalty with them as they feel like they are appreciated and important to your business.

 

Give Ideas for DIY Home Improvement Fixes

Although giving customers quick DIY home improvement fixes is not going to generate profit for you in that fix, it will show the customer you care about them. You are not only showing that your company is knowledgeable in home improvement projects, but that you are willing to help customers with the small stuff that they don’t need to hire a company for. They may use your quick home improvement fixes for the small projects, but they will also be familiarized with your company, and turn to you for the bigger projects they prefer to hire someone for.

 

Post Pictures of Employees

Customer service is extremely important in the home improvement industry. New customers are going to be wary about letting “strangers” into their homes, so be sure to show your employees rather often on your social media. This will build a sense of trust with your customers because they will get to actually see who’s going to be showing up at their door for the project.

 

Be Specific in your Written Content

When customers are looking at doing a home improvement, they do their research. They find out which material is most durable for their wood floors, which tile grout is easier to clean, and what brands of windows are the most secure. Customers familiarize themselves with many of the home improvement materials and terms so being sure to say “mahogany” instead of just “wood floors” will reassure your customer that you know what you are talking about, and that they know what they are purchasing.

Enlist the Help of an Expert

Even though you and your employees know the home improvement industry front and back, marketing your home improvement company is an entirely different battle. This is when it can help to hire an expert on marketing and social media to insure you maximize your online presence and customer following. Marketing experts will post the most effective content, on a regular basis, and allow for your own input as well such as new company images or products you want to showcase.

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Is the customer always right?

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We want to ask local businesses and marketers, what do you think of the phrase “the customer is always right?” Is having the right clients worth more than having a larger volume of clients that aren’t the right fit?

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Small Business Tips: Using Personalized Marketing to Reach Customers

Let’s Get Personal.

As many of us have noticed, companies online have been getting increasingly “personal” with their customers…maybe even so personal that we’re a little creeped out. For instance, when you are online shopping on a clothing website and then you go on Instagram and there’s an ad for the same exact dress you were just looking at a moment ago. Many people can even recall a time when they were discussing let’s say a certain book with their friend and that same book showed up in an Amazon advertisement without them ever having viewed it online. Maybe it’s our phones listening to us, or maybe, it’s the businesses we shop at.

Although some forms of personalized marketing can come off as a bit creepy and are not super effective in boosting sales or customer retention, personalized marketing, when done correctly, can have a significant positive impact on your business. So how do we use personalized marketing correctly?? Here’s how…

 

Get CONSENT!!!

Screen Shot 2018-11-07 at 12.24.08 PMFirst things first, if you’re going to personalize emails, text messages, printed mail, or Facebook messages, you have to get consent from the customer first. This means that the customer has to have given you their Facebook account information, phone number, address, email address, and name. One way many companies do this is at checkout when they ask if the customer would like to receive text or email alerts on upcoming sales, promotions, and company news. This way when they receive the personalized marketing, they don’t think your company is tracking down their information or stalking you online because they gave you the information themselves.

 

Track Purchases

Now that you have the information you need to send them more personalized marketing, you need to figure out what type of message you’re going to be sending them. Seeing as you are operating a small business, you may not have access to softwares that track individual customer purchases, so tracking which products are selling the most currently is an easier alternative.Utilizing your social media can be helpful here too by viewing the posts your company is tagged in by consumers. Keeping track of which inventory is selling, and promoting a related product or service will get you a much better return by boosting sales of that product even more. 

 

Comments, Compliments, & Concerns

ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS write down anything a customer has to say about your business. Whether it’s in regards to a specific product or service, a specific customer experience, or customer service. If you run a restaurant, write down what customers have to say about certain dishes so you can either change up recipes, or promote a popular dish more often. Even viewing customer reviews on Google, Yelp, or Facebook can be extremely helpful in receiving more specific input on your company’s progress.

 

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