Corporate greeting cards can be used in many ways to promote your business and to show appreciation to supportive clients; some traditional and some a bit more creative. However, there are some rules and tips you should keep in mind to get the best return on your investment of sending out a Business Christmas card:
1. Procedure/mailing list
Make sure you keep your company contact information up-to-date on a regular basis and take your time to add new contacts you gain throughout the year.
A good way to control if your contact details are up to date is by including your return address so that the post office will return the card if the address is no longer valid. It will also serve a dual purpose by providing your contact information to your recipients.
2. Timing is everything
Don’t send your cards late, set yourself a deadline. December 15th is a convenient cut-off date for having your cards in the mail. If you’re sending business Christmas cards internationally, they’ll have to be in the mail much sooner. Here are some helpful links for recommended Christmas mailing deadlines: NZ Post, AUS Post, Royal Mail, USPS, Canada Post. If your Christmas card arrives after the holidays, you have just sent the wrong message to your customers. Read more
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Want to use cold emails as part of your customer acquisition? We get dozens of approaches by digital media agencies usually picked up by our clients’ spam filters.
Today we’re publishing one of the better ones as a crib for you to copy for your own use if you want to buy email lists and try to start working cold call emails for your B2B brand.
Here’s the copy
Subject: Oneupweb would like to work with you
Cold Email example text
What do you think?
A short, neat message. Starts with reassurance – do what you’ve always done. But we all know how that sentence ends…. “and you’ll get what you’ve always got.”
Nice use of the word “earn” in the second sentence – they are going to work for you to gain trust. I like that.
The words for the services list are all hotlinks with custom tracking codes – good practice to see where your campaign is working. I clicked on the link and it took me to a standard page… no special landing site after the page had rendered using the tracking code.
A neat filtering tool is used here. By quoting fees or likely media costs for services, they filter out any brands who can’t afford to pay $2,000 per month for Search Marketing or $15k for social media campaigns.
Be attracted by the big names they’ve worked for but be put off by the fees = you are not my target customer.
Interesting that it came in to my private email address. It’s a dot com so maybe the list buyer figured I must be in USA and it’s a long-registered domain (2001 approx) and short so again, it maybe didn’t filter me out for being a person not a business.
Call to action
A question as a call to action is a subtle approach. Do I think next week is a good time to talk?
Enough time to get into my diary and a question that can be easily answered. Interestingly, no easy-call buttons for direct line phone numbers added here. Wonder why?
Footer has company contact information and the usual range of social media links plus an unsubscribe.
What happens next?
We sent a reply – will let you know what happens next.
I am a fan of email auto responders that send a pre-determined email reply out from your address. They can be very helpful for new business development as an information tool for prospective customers.
As ever, there are good and bad examples of automatic emails. Here are four examples we have received recently that can show you the best and worst examples. Most are from marketing and sales agencies / organisations and so the bad examples make me cry with shame….. there’s so much to improve.
Let’s get to work.
Example 1 – failure message
We got this after trying to email J Walter Thompson in Houston, TX. Their website didn’t list the office contacts so we used a directory called MacRae’s Blue Book. This is what came back from our email:
Directory Listings fail message
A request for contact that failed.
Check all the free listings services that have your company and office.
Update your details if needed
Create a unique email address so you can track effectiveness e.g. [email protected] would have worked here.
Contact yourselves through them as a mystery shopping exercise at least once a year, preferably 6 monthly
Where do email enquiries go? which phone number do they list and who answers it?
Email effectiveness 4/10
Example 2 -zero information
Membership organisation NYAMA (New York American Marketing Association) whose membership-based services are surely the profit engine for the organisation. But hey, send them a membership enquiry on their auto form and one week later [hardly an automatic response] this comes in:
Thank you for submitting this form
“Thank you for submitting this form.” Great – send me what I already know I sent you
What happens next? No mention of next steps towards becoming a member
Timeliness – this reply came back 5 days after we completed the online form
Email effectiveness 2/10
Example 3 – Inbound emails
When you send an enquiry in to a company’s ‘general’ email whether by form on the website or direct, what happens to that email?
Everyone knows that spammers and malcontents will be using it too – so what reassurance can you give people that their message has got through?
Great information auto-response
This one came from a retail marketing agency fronted by a TV celebrity.
They have good information about what to expect from the agency, the celebrity and where to get more information free / cheap and also training
But the email came from one general email address – they need to split the contact so people interested in the celebrity and people interested in the agency are directed to different places.
We wrote back to confirm our interest in the agency and received the same auto-response again. Irritating.
Example 4 – the perfect first reply
And finally, a look at a nice, short friendly reponse from a media agency.
Perfect auto response email
The message gives a real person’s name as a point of contact
Sets clear expectations about what the agency will do next
Sounds genuinely friendly
Copy this one.
Autoresponders are a good tool to kick off your online marketing.
Simple. How many emails do you write daily? How many blog posts? You only have to write an autoresponder once. It will then go to as many new recipients as activate the trigger. Forever. It will always go out in the same time format that you set up at the start. It’s easy. You don’t have to think about it. And all the while it keeps up a relationship with your readers. Voilà.
We did a quick survey yesterday among brand managers to answer the question “What are the top three things you need to do to write a good brief for an agency pitch?”
Move the sales needle, Information integration, Content marketing (Josh Stailey)
What’s the problem, why is there a problem and media neutral so the idea leads the solution. (Mark Watkin)
Understanding, belief and passionate solution. (David Noble)
A fee for the pitch would be a good start. (Gabbi Cahane)
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There have been a few good quesitons around recently with Public Relations agencies in particular seeking ideas for competitions that can run on Twitter.
Running a competition is a good way of building new followers for social media communication channels – it also helps for brand awareness. A contest doesn’t need to be expensive, or complex but the prize must fit the audience and be desirable.
Here are a few suggestions for Twitter contests:
Short story – include an opening, middle and end in 140 characters
Announce a photo theme and get uploaded photos on the theme
Trivia question – allow funny, serious and absurd answers
Buy a product and announce the invoice number on Twitter to enter a contest for a free prize
The Social Media Experiment will take place on Friday the 25th June between 1pm & Midnight, and will feature a number of comedians, musicians, performance artists and live shows incorporating social media and interactive web technologies. the prize is the chance to perform live on stage at Glastonbury
In order to win, visitors to the site are asked to join the competition group on Facebook and post a link to prove that they are a in a band, an artists etc. The winning act will then be chosen from the group at random in this ‘flash mob’ style competition.
This question is a great one and was prompted by a reader enquiry (thanks Kate). Many agencies seeking to integrate social channels into their campaigns want to know whether they can charge their clients for the work.
Our view is that this should be a chargeable service that you can provide.
First check a couple of things
Does the client have a PR agency? (they may be better suited to doing the work)
Is there anyone on the client side team who is already an active social media user? (Could you train them up)
And so here are a few things to think about when considering your proposal and pricing
Social media coverage is often time intensive and so a per hour fee may make it look expensive, consider a retainer or success fee combined with per hour billing
Learn how to use as many ‘time saving’ applications as possible (Google alerts, Tweetdeck, TweetLater) so you can cover several client social media brand accounts simultaneously
Offer a strict time-limited service so staff don’t over-do the time spent on social media. Set up alarms so they know when to stop work.
Transfer your skills into the client organisation as ‘training’ – you can charge more for this
Ensure you set the strategy for social media execution and specify this work separately and charge appropriately
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If you are in business development, it’s important to stay connected to the buzz in the marketplace. One of the hard things is to find a single place to gather all your news sources. Biz dev can be written about in marketing magazines, books, industry magazines, online in blogs and forums. It’s a disparate subject and isn’t easy to collate for easy consumption.
I find two main sources helpful – Twitter and RSS feeds. If you aren’t using a feed reader, it is really useful because it gathers all your RSS sources into one place. Consider trying out Google Reader or Feedly.
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This week I got a couple of newsletters from organisations – both happen to be agencies one is in PR and the other is an integrated retail specialist.
HAve a read of these opening statements
Well here we are, more than halfway through the year that was sent to challenge the retail, travel and leisure sectors to their limits. And, you know what? Despite all the economic hurdles we continue to deliver great results for our clients.
In addition, we bring you news of a few new clients, expansion of our digital offering and a couple of weddings. Read on, it'll put a smile on your face!
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I bet you can guess which one I chose to read and which ones hit my delete bin.
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