5 Popular Email Marketing Myths Debunked

    Salesfish b2b digital marketing 5 popular Email Marketing Myths DebunkedWelcome to SalesFish Brand Marketing & Sales, the most strategically biased B2B Marketing Agency, telemarketing services, telemarketing companies (sales agency) and digital marketing companies, serving Orange County, Los Angeles, San Jose, Sacramento and the Pacific Northwest (Bend, Portland, Seattle). We gladly serve California and all 50 United States!

    In 2015, email marketing is still an incredibly effective lead generation strategy. Unfortunately however, there are many myths and misinformation surrounding the practice. Here are some common legends you’ll hear about email marketing and the truth behind them.
     

    1. Young people are the most tech savvy, so you should primarily target them. The myth assumes that young people (18-25) are those who are most likely to use a mobile device, and as mobile devices are taking up such a large market segment, you should therefore be focused on young people. According to a report by Hubspot, the highest use of tablets is the 30 to 44 age group. In fact, for those 25 and under, they often prefer SMS subscriptions to email. Base the demographic you target on your individual market research and don’t be quick to rule out any age group.
    1. Once someone has opted in they are a loyal customer. Just because a reader has opted in it doesn’t mean that they’re loyal enough to purchase watch you’re selling. Nor does it mean that it will prevent them from unsubscribing in the future (sometimes immediately). Email marketing is a long haul game, make sure you are constantly generating value and fostering the relationship in order to ensure brand loyalty amongst your subscriber list.
    1. Be careful with how many emails you send out. There are some people that believe that you need to give your customer space, only sending out emails once or twice a month. Sending out frequent emails, once a week or more, is unlikely to lead to higher unsubscribe rates and can actually significantly increase your revenue. Try to stay in frequent contact and even regularly ask for feedback from your list.
    1. An effective subjective line is key to email marketing success. Whilst a subject line is one of the most important aspects that leads to high open rates, there are other factors that contribute to the success of the overall campaign:
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      Offer
      Introductory paragraph
      Content length
      Content quality

      Take a holistic approach and focus on all of these aspects. I’ll also point out here that there are no golden rules regarding subject lines, an effective length and tone is dependent on your industry.

      1. Informative content is the most effective way to have people opt-in. While this is a reason many people may subscribe to your email least, there are other ways to generate opt-ins. Many readers will only look for discounts or tailored and exclusive offers. Others may be because of brand loyalty or the desire for product or service updates. Offer various incentives for readers to subscribe to your list if you want to cast a wider net and more effectively build your list.
      1. Images are preferable to text. A report by ExactTarget revealed that in fact, more than 60% of email clients have their images blocked by default. In order to craft an effective email, it’s usually safer to just personalise text and save images and video for your other platforms.

      There you have it, 6 common email marketing myths debunk. Let us know if you agree or disagree in the comments and if you have any experience with email marketing campaigns.


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    Key Questions to Ask Yourself for On-Page SEO in 2015

    SalesFish B2B Sales Marketing Digital SEO Key questions to ask yourself for On-Page SEO in 2015Welcome to SalesFish Brand Marketing & Sales, the most strategically biased B2B Marketing Agency, telemarketing services, telemarketing companies (sales agency) and digital marketing companies, serving Orange County, Los Angeles, San Jose, Sacramento and the Pacific Northwest (Bend, Portland, Seattle). We gladly serve California and all 50 United States!

    The last few years have seen huge changes in the Google algorithms. To summarize very briefly a couple of the most notable changes; spammy back-linking practices are no longer effective, nor is keyword stuffing or low quality content.

    However, on-page SEO has actually changed relatively little. See, the point of on-page SEO is to create an experience that is user friendly. Google wants your pages to be easily scannable for the reader, and your content to be engaging enough to keep them on the site.

    How fast is your site speed? Users expect your site to load very quickly. In fact, low speed times are often correlated with low conversation or retention rates. Check out some tips over at Moz for optimizing your site speed.

    Are your title tags effective? Your title tags need to be short, straightforward and user friendly. Ideally you want to strive for 50-60 characters – the Google SERPS will only show the first 60.

    Have you considered your meta-descriptions? This is what will come up as the description under your websites title tag when you are viewed in the SERPs. Focus on latent semantic indexing (LSI) for your primary keyword as opposed to old style keyword stuffing techniques. You only have about 160 characters to get your point across anyway so make it clear. Much like with the title tags, keep it simple, descriptive and easy to follow.

    Is your content optimized?

    • Keep it interesting, in-depth and written with the user in mind
    • Keep it shareable
    • Use effective subheadings
    • Top performing posts in the Google SERPs are usually between 1500 and 2000 words
    • Integrate a table of contents via a plugin such as this one
    • Interlink to other pages on your site

    Have you used proper header tags? You need to use the H1 tag (only once) and make sure it includes your keyword and is before any H2,H3 or H4 tags that you will use later on to highlight any important points or sub-headings. Don’t repeat any H2 or H3 tags too often as this can be considered a detrimental SEO practice.

    Have you included an appropriate keyword density? Matt Cutts suggests that a keyword density of around 1.5% is what you should be striving for. Ensure the main keyword comes up early in the first paragraph as well as in the last paragraph and mix it in with some LSI keywords.

    Have you included a call to action at the end of the post? An effective page should hold the readers hand from top to bottom. What this also means, and what is often forgotten, is that you should then direct the reader at the end of the page with a call to action; whether this is a contact us form or an opt-in button – make is clear and user-friendly.

    On-site SEO is, unlikely offsite SEO, completely in your hands. This should underpin its importance to you and your brand. With these points in mind you should have all the initial bases covered and be on your way to having optimized onsite SEO pages.


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    Call today and our “high-touch” dedicated team will assist you in assessing your strategic sales goals to tailor our marketing and sales tactics to your specific needs.

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    • B2B Direct Sales, Channel Sales and Marketing Strategies
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    • Online Presentations and Webinars
    • Product Awareness and Announcement Calls
    • Primary Research: Quantitative and Qualitative Surveys
    • Experiential Event Marketing
    • Pre and Post-Event Calls
    • Audience Acquisition, Exhibit Sales and Sponsorship Sales