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The inbox is a cluttered war zone of mayhem. Open this, click that—how can you get your customer's attention in such a mess? Watch this webinar to learn the latest tips, tricks and techniques in email marketing.
My name is Phillip and I am a marketing programs manager at Marketo where I run email programs as well as manage Marketo’s lead nurturing engine. Today my goal is to provide you with some helpful tips, tools and examples of how you can not only improve your email campaigns, but also effectively use them in nurture to engage your prospects.
Thanks so much for joining us today for our fourth webinar in our Bootcamp Series. Today we’re going to be talking about tips, tricks and best practices around batch emails and nurture. Today’s speaker will be Phillip Chen, who is a Marketing Programs Manager here at Marketo.
Just a few housekeep items before we get started.
With that, I’d like to hand it over to Phillip.
If you’ve been following our boot camp series, we’ve discussed the three different stages of the funnel, which starts with attracting leads, then engaging with those leads through email and lead nurturing, then passing those on to sales to close. In this boot camp, we are going to focus on the middle of the funnel and provide you with practical frameworks and exercises to help you better engage your audience using email and lead nurturing.
Now, because this is a bootcamp style webinar, I’m going to break down lead engagement into 4 manageable focus areas for us to work through. In regards to design, we will go through the basics of what to consider when it comes to well designed emails, then in the content section we will go through the processes of producing great content and subject lines. Third, we will go through the ABCDE’s of things to consider when building your nurture programs and then we will end with resources to help you improve your deliverability metrics as well as make sure you are CASL – Canada’s Anti Spam Legislation compliant
So let’s begin with design, which really come down to the following five. Font, Text Size, Color, Branding and Images and when it comes to email design less is always more.
Because you have a very limited space to work with when it comes to email design it’s incredibly important to make sure your visual message, which consists of image and text, is incredibly clear and concise. To do this make sure that your H1 is bold, legible and decisive. Your H2 is where you can add in pertinent details such as date or location. Balance your text with your image in a way that makes your message pop out more than the image itself. The banner of an email is about attracting a person’s attention to have them want to read the body of the email, but at the end of the day its also about getting them to do the required action you want so including a clear CTA can help that desired behaviour.
Something to take into consideration is that people consume your design on different browsers and now on different screens. Making sure that your email is responsive on a mobile phone is incredibly important in making sure your emails are well-designed. In this case you have even less space to work with so get straight to the point by keeping images to a minimum and make the CTA even more clear.
The image alt tag is also an important element of the email that you shouldn’t over look and is often forgotten – it’s a second chance to promote information in your email. As you can see, the top version was an email sent without any alt tags, and the one below it has the call to action: Download the Social Media Tactical plan, which you can update in the image description.
Image descriptions are also important when the image view is disabled or turned off. Even though the image is what you hope someone sees that’s not always necessarily the case and so make sure at least there are image descriptions for someone to read.
Lastly is HTML vs Text. People forget that not everyone consumes an HTML email and they forget to update the text version of that email which can often make it very messy and very difficult to read. People view on mobile vs computer, they view with images and with alt tags, and they also view HTML vs Text so make sure to update the text to look well formatted.
To recap - the rules of email design come down to the following three: Less is always more Weight the message more than the image Design for how people consume your emails - for example mobile vs desktop, text vs HTML, and images on vs images off
Now that we’ve discussed design, let’s move on to helping you improve your content and subject lines
The first part of great content is making it personal. I always think LinkedIn and Amazon do a really great job of this. They personalize the subject lines by using your name, but they also personalize the email by recommending jobs that you may be interested in. Using personalization of name or company tokens can help you increase your open rates. The power of personalization comes from the accuracy of your data, so if you have the data make sure you are leveraging it to help capture people’s attention.
A great example of a company leveraging data is Lyft. Every month I receive an email from Lyft that lets me know how many rides I’ve taken in a month and how I’ve rated them. They are doing a good job of storing my ridership data and feeding it back to me in my emails. Add in firmagraphic and demographic data to make your messages even more powerful. By segmenting effectively, you can create targeted emails that result in higher engagement. In this case because Lyft knows I am in San Francisco it is showing me events I can attend in my region. Someone from Portland using Lyft will obviously get a different event calendar.
This idea of effective segmentation as a way to improve your content is further bolstered by this graph. What you see here is that there is a direct correlation between the size of the send and engagement. The engagement score here is the combination of open rates, click through rates, and click to opens. More to the point, smaller sends are typically more engaging than large ones.
Aside from Personalization - Behavior is an important element to designing successful email campaigns that attract attention. Companies are getting very sophisticated in how they listen for action on a website and then follow up with a relevant email later. This study from MarketingSherpa shows that being relevant and engaging with your audience requires sophisticated targeting that combines online body language (like website traffic and browsing behavior) with lifestyle and demographic data (personas)
When behavioral cues are not used, email can be experienced as an interruption.
This email from west elm is a perfect example of listening for action on a website and responding with a relevant and timely offer. In this case, I had been browsing around on their site but hadn’t put anything in my cart. Clearly West Elm is using an active trigger campaign that probably looks at the length of time someone spends looking at an item, and then sends an email to remind them of it the next day.
It’s important for companies to keep their audience engaged even after they display just slight interest.
In regards to how you can apply this to your own company, when someone downloads one of your assets you can set up a trigger campaign that identifies that behaviour and maybe recommends a similar piece of content they may be interested in . In this example when people visit our website we send them an email of the top 10 sights people visit to make sure they were able to find what they were looking for
Another great way to keep your content at a high standard is to implement peer reviews. At Marketo all of our work is actually reviewed by a peer before being sent to a manager for sign off. This provides a feedback mechanism to your work that can allow you to improve your content and take another reader’s perspective into the mix.
Also developing your own email marketing check list is important. In it you can include company best practices that make your emails consistent and on brand. Here are just a few examples of check list items we have at Marketo.
As humans we are incredibly prone to errors and the errors we make tend to always be the same ones so in your checklist include biases you have in your writing or mistakes you’ve made in the past so that you can catch them early.
It’s also good to have sharing circles with coworkers where you are open about your mistakes so that people are aware of what to do when they are faced with a situation. At Marketo we call this our “Fail of the Week” where someone presents on a pitfall and what can be done in the future to catch these errors.
To recap: Follow these 4 principles for creating great email content Personalized emails allow for higher engagement Leverage data to be more effective Utilize behaviours for your campaigns And create processes that create great content
The third area we are going to focus on is nurture. Nurture - is the automation of email communications over a long period of time. It is the process of building effective relationships with potential customers throughout the buying journey, across multiple channels and touch points
The reason to consider nurture as a part of the way you send emails is because if we look at this compiled data of emails sent at Marketo, what we notice is that when you just send a regular email by itself, indicated by the blue line, the avg click rate and the avg click to open rates are incredibly low. The best performing emails are the ones that are in a nurture and of course the ones that are triggered by a behaviour. So what makes an email in nurture so much more effective than a regular batch and blast email?
The answer is the nurturing is about having a conversation with your audience, whereas batch emails are just sending emails to an audience regardless of who they are and the behaviours they exhibit
So how you do think about building your own nurture or improving the nurtures you have? Here are the ABCDE’s to help you think through your nurturing campaigns. Everything begins with the audience you want to communicate with. Then you need to make sure you have the resources to build the nurtures that you want. Nurture is not just email, but it’s the integration of all your channels. Once you have all these things it’s time to define what experience you want your target market to have and then evaluate what are your success criteria.
The first question you should always ask yourself is WHO you should nurture. It is important to get buy- in from stakeholders and understand where there are opportunities. Bring together your key stakeholders and define exactly who it is you should be marketing to. What data fields do you need, what minimum requirements do they need to meet in order to be a part of the target market. An email best practice tip is to have your marketing operations team build an approved set of mutually and non mutually exclusive segmentations that are easily referenceable. This will greatly help in minimizing issues you have when sending emails.
On some marketing teams, all lead nurturing is managed by one person. In other organizations, it is divided amongst several people.
The key thing to remember is lead nurturing is really a co-existence of two opposing variables: creativity and logic. It’s both an art and a science. Your nurture team needs to produce compelling content, but it also needs to perform complex marketing operations.
So consider hiring for the following roles Nurture content manager Nurture operations manager
C is for Channels and in particular the multi-channel experience
For nurture to be effective, you have to think outside of just email. It is most effective when it is aligned to buyer behavior and their communication preferences.
Alright now you’ve got your team together, you’ve defined your target market, you’re able to properly identify and qualify them, its time to think of the story you want to tell them.
The best way to do this is to determine how many emails you want to nurture a particular audience with. Let’s go with 10. The first 2-4 emails tend to be the most important because they either capture the attention of your audience, or they are the ones that people unsubscribe from. This is where you should place your best performing emails. Once a person has unsubscribed from your emails, there goes your ability to tell someone a holistic story about your company.
At Marketo our philosophy is to always start with light and engaging content like infographics or videos, and then move on to meatier pieces of content like eBooks or definitive guides. Finally you can include some product promotions, but do them carefully, sparsely and intermittently. You don’t want people to feel sold to and unsubscribe from your content. Nurture is all about engaging with people over a long period of time. At Marketo we have a rule of thumb called the 4-11 rule. For every four entertainment pieces, we send 1 soft promotion like a research report and 1 hard promotion like attend a demo or visit a pricing page
Also be conscious that even though you create a story arc of emails 1 through 10, doesn’t mean that a person will read and receive all of them
It is very important before you even start on any nurturing project to make sure that the team is aligned on objectives and outcomes. Evaluate what does success actually look like.
Oktopost is a great example of a company that previously had no automated lead nurturing, but after they went through the process of creating a lead nurture, they were able to increase their lead conversion rates by 15% and 80% of their converted leads came through the zero touch nurture campaign
Video link http://www.marketo.com/customers/oktopost/
Company B2B social media management platform 1st solution to establish the ROI of social media
Situation Lack of alignment between Sales and Marketing Marketing had to manually process and run all lead gen activity No automated lead nurturing or prioritization for sales follow up
Solution Zero-touch lead nurture Intelligent lead scoring A/B testing Program level analytics Integration with Salesforce.com and Oktopost social media platform
Results 80% of converted leads coming through ‘zero touch’ nurture program 15% increase in lead conversion rate Acquisition costs decreased significantly Overall Sales & Marketing alignment
Now last but not least is Email Compliance
Your reputation as a sender is crucial. Email deliverability is more and more about your reputation as a sender and less about the actual content of your emails. Be sure to follow this proactive checklist to give your emails the best chance of hitting the inbox: 1) Give your subscribers a good reason to opt in and set clear expectations about what’s to come. 2) Verify all new email addresses before sending your messages, and regularly scrub your contact lists to remove inactive addresses. 3) Make sure the vendor you choose is sophisticated enough to handle bounce codes, feedback loops, and connection optimization. 4) If your email marketing service warns you that complaints made against you are high, take the warning seriously. 5) Get your email reputation score to learn what you need to change about your program in order to improve your reputation and your inbox placement rates. 6) Let your subscribers and potential subscribers know how you’re doing when it comes to complaint rates, bounces rates, and your Sender Score rank.
Hopefully many of you are aware of Canada’s anti spam legislation that has taken into effect.
All electronic commercial messages must meet three primary requirements
The recipient must have given prior consent to receive commercial electronic messages. This can be either expressed or implied. The sender must be identified. Messages must identify the message’s sender and include prescribed contact info. The sender must include an unsubscribe mechanism. A clearly visible “unsubscribe” button should do the trick.
To learn more, here is the cheat sheet to CASL
And that wraps up our email marketing and lead nurturing bootcamp. This is an overview slide of everything we discuss nicely put into one slide
Before we go into questions, connect with me on LinkedIn if your question isn’t answered or if you’d like to continue the conversation
And if you would like to improve more of your marketing our next bootcamp will be on Sales & Marketing Alignment on July 23 which you can sign up for here. http://pages2.marketo.com/Digital-Marketing-Bootcamp-Sales-and-Marketing-Alignment-Registration-Jul2015.html
So let’s finish off with some questions
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