I don’t know if you have seen this video yet – it’s a 14 year old girl from the Caribbean covering the Adele hit “Hello”. Please watch, I will explain why it’s important later:
Today’s post is written by Katy Creates, PR Manager at ContactMonkey, a smart email tracking for Outlook, Gmail and Salesforce, based in Toronto.
How long do you spend on writing the perfect email subject line? 10 seconds? 10 minutes? 10 hours? New research suggests that you are wasting your time.
Email tracking service, ContactMonkey, has analysed over 30 million emails to find out what works best for their users. It is the first time anyone has ever collected this amount of data.
They have now released their research on the best performing email subject lines specifically to help salespeople convert those leads into wins.
1. When in doubt, worry less
Time spent thinking about the perfect subject line is time wasted. There is no perfect subject line. Just a simple Re: got a 92% open rate according to the research.
2. Be direct
Longwinded marketing speak fared very badly. It might work for a blog post but your subject line should act as a taster, not the main course. As an example, a long subject line like: “10 secrets for accelerating business results” achieved only a 10.92% email open rate. [Read more…]
Years ago I was in charge of marketing and demand generation for an online media company. We were publishers whose main product was leads. We would generate leads on our clients’ behalf via content syndication, webinars, etc. We had one client that bought as many leads as they could from us. They had metrics and conversion rates that they would present to us each quarter, a team of marketers working on demand generation and an agency, and an inside sales team dedicating to qualifying leads for sales. Their game was tight. We revered them. [Read more…]
Last month I was fortunate enough to sell the internet phone company I co-founded to Vonage. As Vocalocity rebrands itself as Vonage Small Business, Vonage will increasingly come to realize how it has acquired a sales machine.
Funnily enough though I do not attribute our success to developing fancy online phone technology (which we did) but instead from a very early stage we built a killer lead nurturing process and coupled it with a highly efficient inside sales process that closed business hand over fist. Major props must go to Mr @funnelholic, Craig Rosenberg, who helped us pull together our sales funnel from day-one.
So, what does all this have to do with the sometimes non-sexy subject of email marketing?
Well, having built something in Vocalocity where a core mantra was to sell-sell-close this has somewhat changed with my latest venture Flashissue. Instead, I find myself preaching an unlikely message: stop selling. In turn, I could have easily titled this post
“How to stop selling and still win business in 5 easy steps”
I wanted to do something very simple with Flashissue, make it mind blowingly easy and fast to create a sales email newsletter. My goal was to build it for me, the individual – aka the sales person – and not the full-time marketing manager. [Read more…]
Have I mentioned that we are hosting a lead nurturing webinar on December 4 at 10AM pacific with Mary Firme from Reachforce and Justin Gray from LeadMD? With lead nurturing, we are well past the “why” and are all ready for the “how”…join us to learn: 7 Steps to Put your Lead Nurturing on Steroids.
No, but really. I love when I go bonkers on a topic for a couple weeks. It lets my sink my teeth into it. We have recently had a couple great posts on the topic:
- Lead Nurturing Lessons from the Street: What Jill Konrath taught me and didn’t even know it.
- How to Create a Lead Nurturing Campaign Guaranteed Not to Deliver Results
I have been dwelling on the topic and I need a break from other content so I am live streaming the things in my head. But first an image. I wanted something related to point #5 below, and found this image from Tom Henrich.