Some things keep coming back faster than you expected them to. As soon as the summer heat starts to fade, stores magically become filled with Halloween and holiday decorations… and suddenly, you’re thinking to yourself, “oh, right, it’s that time of the year again…”. Yep, now’s the time to take your brushes and your tools out to craft your Black Friday and Cyber Monday email marketing campaigns.
Raise up, email marketers: it’s time to design the perfect Black Friday and Cyber Monday emails. Just follow our steps and check out all the amazing Black Friday email examples we’ve picked out for you, and you’ll create a masterpiece.
Email marketing, not unlike most direct marketing efforts, will only work if you put some thought behind it. Not doing so will ensure whatever time and effort you did put in is wasted.
Think about the email you’ve received today. Chances are, there were a few that missed the mark. Maybe they got your name or industry wrong or they mentioned tradeshow season in July, when for you it starts in September. Untargeted email campaigns are, unfortunately, very common.
There’s good news: targeting your email campaigns is easier than ever because of the technology available. With some assistance and a good plan you can target your emails and get a better response rate.
So yet another person has told you your company needs to use social media as another contact point with your B2B clients. You’ve even studied up some on what B2B social media marketing is and begun to gather a pretty good pool of friends and contacts on Facebook and Twitter. But you may find those contacts tend to be individuals interested in your company rather than other companies looking to do business with you. What now?
The difference in social media solutions for B2B as opposed to B2C is not a matter or reinventing the wheel, but rather of refining your focus. By observing some established principles of effective social media combined with focusing on the social media tools best suited to your type of business, you can make social media work for your company. Here are some general observations and principles that will help make your B2B social media marketing efforts successful.
It’s Still About People – Companies don’t communicate; people do. Generally, the way another company becomes connected to yours through social media begins with one person in that company following yours. Learn to watch who has requested friendship on Facebook or is following your Tweets. Look for decision makers and focus on communicating back with them like you would a human being, not a “fan” or “follower”.
Be a Giver, Not a Taker – Social media is about joining in a conversation, not grabbing a bully pulpit. If the manager of another company requests to follow you don’t immediately start spamming him or her with sales information. Monitor what is going on with companies you want to do business with and join their conversation. This takes some time and doesn’t show the immediate results some would like, but over the long haul it works
Say Something Worth Hearing – Busy people don’t read blogs and tweets for recreation. They are looking for worthwhile information. David Armano, Senior Vice President of digital marketing firm Edelman Digital puts it this way; “The key is to provide value through thought leadership.” Executives, hard pressed for time, often don’t have time to plow through a 30 page white paper, but a four minute informative video clip or presentation they can link to from a Tweet may be just the ticket to elevate you to expert status in their mind.
Make Friends with LinkedIn – Many professionals and companies are missing the point of a targeted social media tool like LinkedIn. Make use of the Q&A section where members from different companies are already looking for answers to their industry questions. Those asking these questions are a built-in audience for those who can answer their questions. Join groups that a relevant to the type of business you are in. Start a topic on your own and thus build an audience of businesses managers who need the information and service your company can offer. Spend as much time on your LinkedIn profile as you would an ad in the paper, if not more. The ad will be yesterday’s news before long, but nothing ever truly goes away in the cyber-world.
I'm constantly reading that email marketing is now not worth it, it is dead as well as controversial theories.
Legend: B2B (Business-to-Business), B2C (Business-to-Consumer), ROI (Return on Investment)
Email communication is still essential as of 2020 and it will be at least until 2040 !
As we all know everyone working in an office has an Email. That is why B2B emails have solid ground. There is no alternative so far, at least nothing professional as Email is.
B2C emails are the ones where most concern is. But as a marketer you can focus on B2B or B2C emails depending on your niche.
Consumers/Customers won't have alternative to email as well.
Why do I think like this? Well, all email pessimist are based on the fact that email exists since 1971 and because technology evolves really fast it is logical that it will be replaced by something else.
But hey... Ever received a Viber message for a product? I did !
Is that an alternative ? - Yes.
Is it good alternative ? - No! Just no way!