them from bad things
If you can't answer "What's in
it for me?" then you will have a problem developing and designing an e-mail campaign
that works effectively. True, it's sometimes harder to apply this exercise to
one product/service versus another, but if you can't answer this question, no
one is going to buy.
this concept to real-world offerings, here are some examples of why people click
buy more memory for their computers so they can run important software or fun
games that won't work well without the extra memory. (They don't just want to
brag they have it.)
buy courses on making money to fulfill their dreams of vacations, cars, houses,
and so on. (It's not because they look like fun.)
purchase the latest vacuum cleaners because keeping their houses clean will be
easier or faster. (It's not about all the gizmos it has.)
purchase insurance to protect against a future disaster. (It's not because it
has an immediate value.)
moment and think about advertising you've seen for these and other products. Don't
the most memorable ads quickly zero in on the real benefit to the consumer and
always answer the question, "What's in it for me?" Of course they do.
becoming increasingly harder to employ effectively, now is a good time to review
your messages and make sure they answer that critical question. In most cases,
talking about the features of your product is not going to motivate consumers
to buy, but presenting a strong value proposition that explains how the features
of your product will benefit them will work.
simple, but I see so many e-mails that miss the target. For example, though it's
easiest to write, "Buy the whizmotron vacuum cleaner because it has the same space-age
technology NASA uses," the much better approach is to write, "Buy the whizmotron
vacuum because you can clean your house in half the time."
this: Selling cosmetics at a discount isn't as motivating a message as saying
you could buy an entire wardrobe with the money you save on these cosmetics. Clearly,
answering this key question is the basis for creating a compelling consumer offer.
Sometimes it takes time to come up with the right answer to the question -- I
constantly improve the success of my e-mail ads by continually doodling headlines
that present the value proposition in a powerful, provocative way. Time and again,
I've turned ads that produced $0.40 CPMs into ads that produced $4 CPMs. Keep
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Setting up an email follow-up campaign.
professional marketer will confirm that follow up action on previous prospects
is very inexpensive in comparison with seeking new prospects. It is also common
knowledge that it usually takes at least five or six emails to each prospect before
they respond in an affirmative manner.
business owners also know that marketing isn't over once you've made the sale,
for it costs much more to sell something to a new customer than to an existing
reasons, if you are not following up customers' enquiries and purchases, you are
guaranteed of losing many sales. There is no excuse for that, now that email marketing
software has made follow up inexpensive and, through automation, almost no time
consuming at all.
tips to be applied when following up on a prospect or customer:
Set your "Thank You" letter to be sent immediately to the prospect after they
have asked for information. It is critical to follow up with customers while the
offer is still fresh in their mind. Set your follow-up letters to be sent on day
4, day 14, day 30 and then every 30 days after that or until the prospect unsubscribes.
2- Some days
before a Special Price deadline, send a brief e-mail message reminding the prospect
that the Special Price Offer is about to expire. The reminder can include an offer
to send another copy of the original message if the prospect doesn't have it.
3- When a sale
is made, the customer should receive a follow-up thank-you note within 48 hours.
to send auto follow up with Mail Communicator?
Mail Communicator includes a powerful feature that allows you to manage your follow
up campaign automatically. simply follow the following steps (you can download
Mail Communicator and try it for free at http://www.apexpacific.com/mailcomm.html
a "Send Rule" by clicking the "New / Send Rule" button from the toolbar.
Give a name to the follow up project
Specify when the follow up message should be sent as a number of days after the
[date] field included in your mailing list.
your mailing list must contain a date field as [Date].
[Name], [Date], [Company]
Peter, 12/05/2003, Umbrellas Inc.......
You can then choose between three actions to happen when the specified day comes:
- Send message
- Remove email
address from the mailing list - this action will be used if you don't want to
send message from this mailing list again.
Move email address to another mailing list.
2. Attach the
"send rule" you have just created to the follow up email. On the "Send Mail" window,
click the "Send _____ message this session" drop down list and choose the "Send
Rules" option, then select the "Send Rule" you want to attach with the mail. Once
you click the "Send" button, the email will STAY in the "Outbox" folder, and check
the "Send Rule" every day to send the message automatically when the condition
more information about Dynamic Mail Communicator capabilities and download a free
trial version visit http://www.apexpacific.com/mailcomm.html
Website Ranking Competition at CeBIT Australia
May 12, 2003,
Sydney, NSW--How well do Australians promote their websites?
At this year's
CeBIT, Apex Pacific has been running a competition on Website Promotion: all visitors
attending the exhibition were able to demonstrate at the Apex stand how well their
or their company’s WebSites ranked on Australian search engines using Dynamic
As we expected,
we saw many interesting and varied websites tested, large companies such as Ninemsn,
Telstra, Canon or Webcentral entered the competition along with more than a hundred
medium to small sized companies. Representatives from each company were able to
choose three keyword phrases and points were awarded for those ranked in the top
20 positions of the search engine results for every keyword.
ranking in search engines depends on a number of factors; one of the most important
being page optimization for the right keywords. At the competition we found that
large companies need to actively promote their websites in order to achieve a
high ranking. Even for Telstra it was difficult to achieve a high rank for “data
network” (Optus does though!), and surprisingly, Telstra is not listed in the
first position for “phone Australia”. Eventually, smaller websites that had been
optimized for more specific keywords and narrower markets obtained better results:
www.congressrentals.com.au achieved impressive results for “simultaneous interpretation”
and “conference microphones”, and www.datasonics.com.au for “music master”. www.netvantage.com.au
and www.webcentral.com.au also performed very well considering the difficulty
of achieving a high ranking for keywords like “web hosting Sydney” and “web hosting
winner was www.congressrental.com.au with its remarkable results for “simultaneous
interpretation” and “congress products”. The prize consisted of an eMarketing
software pack valued at AUD$1,300.
Drive More Traffic to Your Website for Free
many of you already now, a couple of months ago we released the version 7.0 of
Dynamic Submission which includes many new features and improvements that our
customers had requested, such as
Pacific recently released the version 7.0 of Dynamic Submission, including many
new features and improvements that our customers had requested, such as
tool, to easily submit your web site to all the engines that are not accepted
for auto submission, including Free manual search engines(such as AltaVista, DMOZ
etc), Pay-Per-Inclusion engines(AltaVista, Yahoo, LookSmart etc) and Pay-Per-Click
engines(Overture, FindWhat, Espotting etc)
which allows you to schedule your submission task to run the submission automatically
at specific time with specific intervals.
Submission reports via email automatically which is a powerfule feature especially
for those who provide submission service to their own clients (this feature is
available for Enterprise edition only)
Library, which allows you to manage your collection of keywords easily
you'll find improvements that have made more user-friendly and helpful the interface,
help file and the rest of features of Dynamic Submission.
is easy to upgrade from version 6.0 to version 7.0. When you install the new version
7.0 for the first time, the program will automatically detect whether you have
installed Version 6.0 on the same PC. If yes, it will prompt you with the option
to convert the web profiles from Version 6 to new Version 7.0 automatically.
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