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How is Email Marketing a Lot Like Dating? standard

A lot of small business owners shy away from email marketing and marketing automation out of a lack of understanding. Email marketing automation is a lot like dating, like a person seeking a mate. Now, hear me out and you’ll see the correlation in a minute. Attract A person seeks a mate, so they go through whatever rituals they believe will attract what they believe to be the right “type” they envision to be ideal. So, they go on this crusade of finding the right candidates. The more the person knows who is really an ideal suitor, the better the results, right? In email marketing automation there is a lot attraction work that occurs once the ideal audience is determined so ...

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Why Automate Your Email Marketing? Let Me Count the Ways standard

Automate your email marketing, and marketing automation in general, are two of those terms that are often a intertwined mistaken notion, depending on who is shouting it and who is the receiver. If a MA sales person speaks to a Fortune 1000 company, it means one thing. To a small, local store owner it may mean something completely different. So, let me share with you what Forrester Research says about the definition of Marketing Automation. “Marketing Automation is defined as processes that help generate new business opportunities, manage volumes of business inquiries, improve potential buyers’ propensity to purchase, and increase alignment between marketing activities and sales results.” That means that not only email is automated, but a CRM system is integrated into ...

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Bad marketing can hurt you standard

In my own new business development process, I come across businesses all too often that simply don’t understand good marketing vs. bad marketing. And while that’s a good thing for me, I suppose, I nonetheless want to share some tips for how to avoid bad marketing pitfalls and instead use good marketing tactics and better understand good marketing strategies. Because bad marketing can hurt you. Using the “Spaghetti” Approach Are your marketing efforts akin to throwing a handful of spaghetti at the wall and seeing what sticks? Are you strategically mapping out your marketing approach or tossing your money behind the first strand of pasta that comes along? Once you’ve cooked up the right strategy, are you spending time and money ...

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