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Email marketing is strange

email marketingEmail is consistently ranked as the No 1 marketing ROI (return on investment) activity.

However, 95% of the small business owners that I speak to are not doing it, 4% are doing it badly and 1% are making a fortune from it.

Typically business owners tell me:

  • We email our list every now and then
  • I don’t know what to say …
  • I don’t want to spam people
  • People will get mad if I email too often
  • Email marketing is dying

In my world there is nothing boring about doubling your business.  Personally, I rarely send out an email without making money – and I send out lots of emails every week.

I believe that there is no faster, easier or more cost-effective way to generate sales than email marketing.

But how do you join the 1%?

Here are my top seven tips for effective email marketing:

  1. Keep in touch on a regular basis
  2. Be happy for people to unsubscribe from your list (they are not interested)
  3. Don’t sell most of the time.  Rather, educate and position yourself or your business as the ‘go to’ expert in your niche
  4. Write effective copy
  5. Make sure you test different formats, including plain text and plain text using html
  6. Try video email marketing
  7. Be consistent

The added bonus tip …

And this one is the BIG ONE!

Don’t give up.  So many people that I speak to tell me: “I have tried email marketing and it didn’t work.  We sent out an email in January, another in February and again in March and we have won no business.”  This is like meeting a man or woman in a bar and hoping to build that relationship by sending out a monthly email.  It simply doesn’t work.

Rather, is it best practice to keep in touch at least weekly, to phone these people and to arrange to meet them at events etc.

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Are you the best at what you do?

Marketing TrainingI have a client who is one of the best at what they do – but before they worked with me they used to see others making more money than they did and having more success.

They were not happy!

When they started out in business they knew that their business was going to be a success. They were skilled at what they did – so surely the business was guaranteed to be a booming success?

Wrong.

They had one vital skill missing.  I’ve seen it time and time again – vastly skilled people missing out because they’re not good at selling and marketing themselves.  Maybe they thought it was enough to simply be really good at what you do and that would bring you all the business you needed.

But even if you’re the best at what you do, it’s often not enough to rely on referrals and repeat business.

You will get left behind by others who are simply better at creating and converting leads; they will make more money and have a more successful business than you.

However – The Prudent Marketing Company has got something that can help you.  Find Out More …

What Prudent Marketing is – and why you need to use it …

Marketing trainingPrudent Marketing is a unique approach to marketing.  The Prudent Marketing System was developed over a period of 20 years and is based upon seven ‘Raise your Game skills:

The Seven Skills of Prudent Marketing Success

Position – The positioning of your business in the minds of your clients and prospects

Results – The development and improvement in your sales and marketing efforts and return on investment

Understanding – The real key focus of Prudent Marketing is getting an understanding of your marketing numbers, or Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

Development – The next step is embracing the new income streams that you are not currently using.  For example, if you do not currently use at least four referral marketing systems, then you may be losing out on income from referral

Education – of clients to understand and appreciate the full range of products and services that you provide and to get them to buy those products from you

New – Development of the level of relationships that you currently have with your clients, your database, your LinkedIn contacts and your Twitter followers, etc

Time – One of the biggest mistakes we have seen, based on over 20 years’ experience, is small business owners FTI-ing.  In other words – Failing To Implement.  Prudent Marketing is about taking action and making sure that things get done!

In short, if you are serious about growing your business, you MUST devote TIME AND MONEY to your marketing or, more specifically, to lead generation.  So, what are you going to do?

Well you could give Prudent Marketing a try for only £69.  Why not take a look and see if Prudent Marketing is for you on 5th May 2016, from 9.00am to 1.30pm.  Click here for details.

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