As we were talking about promotional strategies, Brian brought up the idea of using a pop-over to promote sign ups to the NorthIQ Smarter Business Newsletter (which in my incredibly biased opinion, is the best free marketing information you’ll find on the internet today).
I immediately shot him down and told him that was the single worst idea he had ever had.
Back in the “good old days” we would see the occasional in-page popup. They were usually designed to be useful, maybe to let you log in, or to show you some features you didn’t know were there.
They were useful, so we tended to pay attention to them.
Then, there were more.
Now, in true marketing-ruins-everything fashion they are absolutely everywhere.
And they need to go away. Be put down. Eliminated. Burned at the stake. Continue reading “Stop Using Popups”
I remember when I was young, whenever my cousins and I were being unruly and especially uncivil to each other, my grandma used to tell us “You should treat others as you’d want to be treated yourself.” It seemed awfully naggy, especially with the finger wagging thrown in. At the time I always thought it was ridiculous advice, why would I care how others were treated as long I was treated just fine? People HAD to treat me well.
Maybe there was something to that small piece of advice after all. Maybe this simple advice is why some companies prosper while others struggle. I’ve found that the long term payoff of taking the time to provide a high level of value on every interaction is difficult and time consuming but ultimately pays off. Continue reading “Customer Service: Maybe your Grandma’s Advice was Right”
Sorry were you looking for content about quitting your job and/or Super Mario Bros? My bad…
Ever click on a link and the resulting content is not at all about what you clicked on or it wasn’t exactly what they promised? Find it annoying and frustrating?
The term for this tactic is “click bait”, and this is where the internet seems to be moving. More and more marketers are using this same methodology to maximize clicks to their free downloads. Promise something big to encourage form completes, meanwhile the actual content is a shadow of what was promised.
It’s annoying. It’s frustrating. And it’s not sustainable for building a business. Continue reading “I Quit My Job. The Reason Why Will Surprise You.”
Years ago, I was fresh out of school and the company I worked for, a small and growing company sent me to a marketing conference (DMA). This was maybe 2001, 2002. The company I worked for was small and spent a fair bit of budget to send me, a young graphic designer to this marketing conference. It was held by a reputable marketing organization at the time and the topic was direct marketing. In retrospect it was an industry that was about to suffer setbacks. But they were branching out into digital. Continue reading “Why I Am Not A Marketer Anymore”
So many companies out there take their precious email lists and abuse it. Those lists only grow because of a ridiculous “content trickery” strategy where you give away a near-useless piece of content for the right to spam folks. Usually they shrink because prospects who register are really only interested in a free download.
Short term sales at the cost of high unsub rates rule the day and too many companies make this sacrifice. Too many companies are okay with taking their list of names and hammering all the blood (money) out of it they can.
I know the allure of looking at it purely from a numbers standpoint. Open rates. Clicks. Unsubscribes. Revenue. On the short term it’s easy to say that frequent mailing of revenue-generating content that is poorly crafted but sells can help meet quarterly goals. But that is not a plan that sets your business up for long term success. That is not a plan that most companies should be proud of. Continue reading “Stop Abusing Your Email List”
I implore you, from my heart, I implore marketers to understand how most of us are functioning in a negative way and to get to a point where we are moving forward.
There are two important ways that marketers are not performing.
- Marketers are not aligned with business goals.
- Marketers are lazy about measuring their efforts.
In 2016 and into ‘17, ‘18, in-house marketers and digital agencies need to align to business goals, they need to measure their efforts in terms of revenue, and they need to ditch the old fashioned advertising values. Values that use soft metrics to measure success. Continue reading “Marketers Need to Improve; They are Not Pulling Their Weight”
Automation is a marketing trick that can seem like magic, but just like anything, there is a very simple recipe you can follow to make it happen. Automation reduces the amount of work that you have to do in order to reach out to every new lead, and it helps to create an instant connection to your brand, because you are immediately reaching back.
One of the most valuable things you can do is offer compelling content that provides insane value. We do this with our How to Make Your Business Smarter guide, and by following these simple steps, you can do the same thing we do! Continue reading “How to Create an Autoresponder That Delivers a Download…for Free”