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It’s probably the world’s best-known (and loved) newsletter tool, and for a small business, MailChimp is definitely worthy of consideration. It comes with some with useful features, including automations, landing pages, A/B testing, and advanced reporting. You can also choose between a monthly plan, pay-as-you-go credits, or even a free plan (with 12,000 emails per month for up to 2,000 subscribers).
Trent: … So basically when I started in that business, they don’t give you a whole lot of training really and I was really young. I was 21 years old at the time. And so I had two baby food jars and I’d put 120 paper clips in one of the jars and then I would sit the other one beside it and every time I dialed the phone, I could move a paper clip from one jar to the other. And so my entire first like year in [??], I never read the newspaper, I never read research reports, I neverdid anything except show up and by 8:00. Because I was calling on small business owners so I knew they were at their desks at 8:00. I would start dialing at 8:00 and I would not do anything until all those paper clips were moved . . . [SS] . . .
Be sure to look at the tech support offered by each of these companies, as we felt many weren't as available as we would have liked. You'll find that some offer 24/7 phone support, live chat, and email help, while others leave you to rely on online documentation and limited live support hours. The best services offer a combination of self-serve help resources—where you can search FAQs and articles to find your own answers—as well as live support via chat or phone when you can't solve an issue yourself. We cover all of these concerns in our reviews, plus you can get an overview in the feature chart above.
Finding the right online marketing tools can seem like a difficult task. Luckily, the best email platforms offer an unlimited number of messages and progressive pricing packages. This means that your bills depend on the number of subscribers. So, if you are a small business with a few hundred mailing list subscribers, you will only have to pay a small monthly rate. Constant Contact offers great price points for small businesses. You can even find an email platform that offers free plans for those who need only a limited number of features, like Benchmark. If you are unsure what your needs are, you can opt for a pay-as-you-go plan.
These days, it’s very popular to use the Disqus for managing comments on your blog. I believe a better way to go about it though is just a plain old form like what I have at the bottom of this page. No only is it better to do it this way for SEO (Disqus loads comment text dynamically so you don’t get that extra text indexed by Google), but you can use the form where people are required to put in their email address as an opportunity to capture a new subscriber. Brian Dean over on BackLinko does this in the most transparent way on his blog comments section (see below)
Where they can improve: The automation editor lacks a workflow view, so isn’t the most intuitive to use. List management isn’t the best, either – it doesn’t remove duplicates and lists are kept isolated from another. It also has one of the strictest acceptable use policies, and isn’t ideal if your business deals with affiliate marketing, healthcare products, real estate or novelty products. And it’s certainly not the cheapest provider out there – surprising, given its popularity (which just goes to show the power of great marketing!). Note – we’ve noticed that emails from MailChimp tend to go to Gmail’s Promotions folder.
Yes, when you log out of Ark, your body stays exactly where you left it in a perilous state of purgatory. If you have not used your survival building games know-how to put together a smartly designed base and protect yourself from the elements, prepare to see your progress swiftly eaten up. That counts for your food, farming supplies, and crafting equipment, too.
Prices for the unlimited-sending plans are as low as $13.99 for 600 contacts and $21.99 for 1,000 contacts. Prices top off at $239.99 for 45,000 contacts and $254.99 for 50,000. You can view the complete pricing list on the Benchmark website. Larger plans, with caps on the number of emails you can send, range from $286 per month for 55,000 contacts and 770,000 sends to $5,000 per month for 1,215,000 contacts and 17 million sends.
Work as a team from the same Mailjet account. Separate your activities using sub-accounts, invite an unlimited number of users, and control what they can do by defining their roles and advanced permissions. Each team member will be able to work independently, within a well-defined scope of abilities. Maximize your efficiency, maintain full control.
Zapier is also a freeium service like Mailchimp and Wufoo, but it’s focus is on helping you automate tasks between different web apps and sites. The smartest way (little known way) you can use Zapier is to set it up to automatically post Tweets and Facebook posts at regular intervals with a link to a landing page. Followers and fans can click the link to sign-up for your newsletter or autoresponder course.
Figuring out when your visitor is ready to convert depends on your website viewers’ behavior, so you’ll want to conduct A/B testing to determine where you need to place your CTA. Does it work best towards the bottom of a blog page, when it slides out to the right, or does it get higher conversions at the beginning of the page, sliding out from the left?
Here's another great example from Litmus of animation being used to create more interesting email marketing design. Unlike static text, the swipe motion used to provide recipients with a look "under the hood" of their email tool is eye-catching and encourages you to take a deeper dive into the rest of the content. Not to mention the header does an excellent job of explicitly stating what this email is about.
Closed BIM is an environment where everyone involved in the project uses the exact same kind of software and exports files in the exact same format, eliminating the need for conversions. With open BIM, project members may use different kinds of BIM software with neutral file formats. This process has led to a number of open standards that have been developed to further the industry.
Elastic Email – Elastic Email provides a comprehensive set of tools for handling any size of email campaign. With Elastic Email, businesses can create and edit emails using predesigned templates, drag-and-drop editors and raw HTML editors. Features of the service include email client and spam testing, A/X split testing, contact management tools, segmentation, triggered emails, detailed activity reports, private IP addresses, and custom branding. elasticemail.com
Offline events like trade shows are highly anticipated growth opportunities for professionals in your industry. Demo your latest product at an appropriate conference and collect signups in-person. Once you're back at the office, import these signups into your contact database. Be sure to send these contacts a welcome email that confirms their opt-in to your list. (See #8 in this blog post for tips on sending welcome emails.)
What about Webydo? I’ve seen other blogs that recommend them as cloud based website software, but it doesn’t even seem to make your list. Could you at least write a review to help us understand why it isn’t included in this list. I’ve heard very good things about it. It is a bit expensive, but I’m sure that you can justify/disprove that price very easily.
“We are very pleased not only with the end result, but also with the entire process of working with Blue Corona. The amount of patience, guidance, and knowledge that they displayed throughout the whole process made them a very easy and enjoyable partner to work with. We are thrilled with our new website, mobile site, and content management system. We would recommend Blue Corona for any website development or redesign project.” With 25 retail stores and six dealer locations throughout...”
IF YOU HAVE NO OR VERY LITTLE CONTENT — use something called “success surveillance” as Andy Jenkins calls it, to spy on your competitors and other industry players. BuzzSumo, a free tool, allows you to do this. Simply type in a topic or URL of a website it and it will show you the top, most shared content. You want to look at which the headlines and topics that perform the best and then write something similar (but better).
It’s important to note how a number of growing trends revolve around content of value – not promotional content. Things like personalization and subscriber lifetime value, bite-sized content that’s easy to digest, stronger narratives and storytelling, richer experiences… that’s all key to crafting highly engaging emails that will grow your open and engagement rates.
I don’t have any quantitative data to back this up but many list building experts believe that on average each subscriber on your list is worth $1 per month in income potential. This may or may not be true, and I’m sure the value swings wildly from niche to niche, but there’s no denying the fact that a subscriber who likes and trusts you is more likely to buy from you. That’s just common sense.
Next up is building an email newsletter. The best services offer several ways to do this; you can import your own HTML, start from scratch, or use a pre-designed template. Most of these services have drag-and-drop UIs that let you choose exactly the elements you want to include, as well as image libraries in which you can store assets such as your logo or company photos. Tools that let you test your emails for spam are also essential since there are some seemingly innocuous terms that may send up red flags and drop all of your hard work into your subscribers' junk folders or, worse, get your emails banned before they ever reach their recipients.
“This has by far been the best return on investment I’ve ever seen. This has opened up another door for revenue to come in. My website has turned into my best sales rep. The company markets itself! My account manager presents all the information in a way that I can understand. She always takes my calls. She responds to my emails in a timely fashion. She helps me come up with new ideas. She is outstanding! Blue Corona provides results....”
No matter how effective the subject line you’ll always have subscribers who don’t open it for a variety of reasons. Send your email again specifically targeting a list segment of those who didn’t open the first time around. Not only is this a second chance in case they just missed the first email, it’s another opportunity to further split test subject lines as well as send times.
While ConvertKit starts as one of the more expensive options on our list, this platform offers one special pricing feature that may save you big bucks in the long run: Unlike most other platforms on our list, in ConvertKit, each of your subscribers only counts once, no matter how many different lists they’re subscribed to. No more paying double (or more!) for highly engaged followers who sign up for multiple content upgrades!
Online advertisers can collect data on their ads' effectiveness, such as the size of the potential audience or actual audience response,:119 how a visitor reached their advertisement, whether the advertisement resulted in a sale, and whether an ad actually loaded within a visitor's view.:59 This helps online advertisers improve their ad campaigns over time.
According to eMarketer, 80% of SMB retail professionals report that email marketing is the best marketing tactic for driving customer acquisition and retention. And the results are similar for small businesses in the B2B market. In fact, one B2B survey shows that email is the 3rd most influential source of information for B2B audiences, following colleague recommendations and industry-specific thought leaders.
This strategy is more controversial. I recommend you consider it only if you’re just starting out and your list is small or non-existent. Otherwise the long term consequences of using this strategy will hurt your brand and your business. Note: It’s not spam if you approach the process from the perspective that you’re just going to be super cool to the people in your market by offering to give away some truly useful information for free, and not try to hard sell anything, AND you’re NOT going to do it on a large scale. Some people will disagree with that statement but that’s ok. Here’s how it works:
Choosing an email marketing platform is a big decision that can have a long-term impact on your business—and for some small business owners, the overwhelming number of choices (not to mention the learning curve of any new software!) can hold them back from building an email list at all. But trust us, that would be the biggest mistake you could make for your business.
Instead, I’m talking about timed pop-up ads, or onsite retargeting. After a user spends a certain amount of time on your page, she can receive a pop-up relevant to the content on that page, or to her behavior. Examples include exit pop-ups, which appear when a user tries to leave the page, or scroll pop-ups, which appear after the user scrolls a certain percentage down the page.
Salesforce – Salesforce offers email marketing services with drag-and-drop content tools, real-time tracking, geographical reporting, A/B testing, automation, and the ability to easily scale campaigns up or down. Salesforce also offers Pardot, a B2B email marketing solution. salesforce.com/products/marketing-cloud/channels/email-marketing-solutions
For many of us, when it comes to wrapping gifts, the struggle is real. J.Crew Factory recognized this problem, and then created this email to serve as a solution for those incapable of pulling off a Pinterest-esque wrap job: gift cards. The email offers up two different says to pick up a gift card -- in store or online -- in an effort to avoid excluding anyone.
At least twice in the article (once in the beginning and once at the end) you should include a call to action to download some sort of bonus / upgrade that goes with the guest post. For example, it can be a checklist, a free report, a template — it can even be a spiced up PDF version of the article. Note: if you have a LeadPages account, this is the perfect opportunity to include links to your offer using Lead Boxes.
Take the email below from Paperless Post, for example. I love the header of this email: It provides a clear CTA that includes a sense of urgency. Then, the subheader asks a question that forces recipients to think to themselves, "Wait, when is Mother's Day again? Did I buy Mom a card?" Below this copy, the simple grid design is both easy to scan and quite visually appealing. Each card picture is a CTA in and of itself -- click on any one of them, and you'll be taken to a purchase page.
Emails triggered by milestones, like anniversaries and birthdays, are fun to get -- who doesn't like to celebrate a special occasion? The beauty of anniversary emails, in particular, is that they don't require subscribers to input any extra data, and they can work for a variety of senders. Plus, the timeframe can be modified based on the business model.
This email from Loft aims to demonstrate their understanding of your crazy, mixed-value inbox. In an effort to provide you with emails that you actually want to open, Loft asks that their recipients update their preferences to help them deliver a more personalized experience. This customer-focused email is super effective in making the recipient feel like their likes, dislikes, and opinions actually matter.
Just like with website copy, you can create a number of variants for your popup, contact form or contest banner, and then test each individual part, like the color of the call-to-action button, text or image, and then see which combination is producing the best results. This way, you can create the most effective forms that will convert many visitors into leads. You can easily set up Optimizely on your website by adding a piece of code to it.
Cobalt – Cobalt's web-based email marketing software allows you to send newsletters, product updates and sales promotions, among other things. It lets you import email addresses by industry, product line, type or any other category you choose. Cobalt's campaign-tracking tools show exactly who opened your emails and who clicked on the URL links in your message. gocobalt.com