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Boost Your Open Rates: The Building Blocks of a Great Sales Email image

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It’s every brand’s email nightmare: you work hard on crafting the perfect pitch, but when that email hits your prospects’ inbox, they hit the delete button without even opening the message. How do you craft an email worth opening? And how do you close the sale once you have your prospects’ attention? Step 1 | Choose a Catchy Subject Line Good subject lines: Are short. You want people to be able to read the whole thing, whether they’re on desktop or mobile! So keep your subject line to 40 characters or less. Don’t contain “spammy” words. Avoid phrases like “buy now” or “free,” which could land you in spam filters. Include a call to action. What is it you’re asking people ...

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Branded Content, Thought Leadership, Advertorial — How They’re Different and Why It Matters image

Thought Leadership, Native Advertising, Advertorial, Sponsored Posts, Content Marketing, Branded Content

It’s never been easier to get in touch with your audience. Gone are the days when you were limited to print ads or even email marketing blasts. Today, savvy brands choose to reach out to customers and prospects via content they’ve created themselves (or paid someone to create for them). But it’s also never been more confusing to choose the right strategy for your brand. There are so many different kinds of content, and each of them serves a different purpose. Here is a short introduction to some of the most common terms, what they mean, and how they help your brand in different ways. Thought Leadership As a general rule, this kind of content comes from the top of your organization ...

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Beware These Advertising No-Nos image

Whether digital or in print, ads are one of the best ways to get your brand in front of consumers. But given the sheer amount of information competing for your targets’ attention every day, how can you stand out? Here are ways not to do it: Write a novel. Ad space is pricey, so it’s tempting to fill that space with everything you want your target audience to know. Resist that temptation. People’s eyes will slide right over an ad that is too heavy on the text. Anything more than two sentences and a couple of bullet points is probably excessive. Combine messages. One of the fastest ways to lose someone’s attention is by throwing too many different pieces of information at them, so ...

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5 Reasons Why Journalists Make the Best Content Marketers image

Your brand is your most valuable asset. So when you trust somebody to tell your brand story for you, you want to make sure it’s the right kind of person. Someone who can write copy that’s engaging and easy to process and, most importantly, get to the heart of what your brand is about. In other words, a journalist. Why a journalist, you say? Seems like a marketer or ad copywriter would be a better choice. And sure, we get it. Marketers and salespeople know how to craft an appealing message and broadcast it. But so do journalists, and they have a few other skills in their repertoire too. Here are five reasons why journalists make the best content marketers: 1 | They can distill ...

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5 Ways to Stay in Touch with Customers and Prospects Right Now image

Maybe you can’t meet your customers face to face these days, but that doesn’t mean you have to be disconnected. Now is the time to take a look at your digital marketing toolbox and add a few new arrows to your quiver. (Yes, it’s a mixed metaphor, but you know what we mean.) Consider these steps to keep your customers engaged and grow your pool of prospects: 1 | Send out email updates about your operations.What are you doing right now to keep serving customers? Let them know with an email blast that includes a link to your website. Once you’ve got their eyeballs on the page, they just might browse and discover new services they didn’t even know you offered. 2 | ...

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