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Tuesday, September 06 2022
7 Reasons Why Your Business Needs A Drip Marketing System

7 Reasons Why Your Business
Needs A Drip Marketing System

(Print And Share At Your Next Sales Meeting)
By Glenn Fallavollita, President - Drip Marketing, Inc.

  • Word count: 228
  • Approximate time to read: 1.0 minutes (at 250 words per minute)

Look at your database of prospects/past clients and tell me the ones who will buy from you in the next 90 days. In all reality, you and/or your salespeople will be off by 90% (YES, 90%) or more. Do you know why? People buy when they are ready and not when you or your salespeople want them to.

Here’s Why You Need An e-Mail Drip Marketing System.

The benefits of an e-mail drip marketing system are numerous. In fact, it is the fastest, simplest, and most economical way to build your sales pipeline. Here's how:

  1. Builds trust, credibility, and brand recognition in your business.
  2. Maintains consistent contact with prospective buyers as they travel the sales cycle.
  3. Help find sales opportunities in your database of prospects, clients, and referral partners.
  4. Encourages referrals from your database of clients & referral partners.
  5. Finds cross-selling opportunities.
  6. Shows someone the value you bring to the marketplace.
  7. Creates an EXCELLENT reason to follow up with someone.

Here are the most important reasons: 

  • Business "situations" change all the time; from your competition falling short with their customer service efforts, product or service performance, a vendor taking their client's business for granted, to a vendor increasing their prices. 
  • New decision-makers enter into the buying cycle.

Staggering Stats About Salespeople.

Fact: 50% of all salespeople stop contacting a prospective buyer and/or referral partner after their first unsuccessful attempt at moving the sales process forward.  A number that skyrockets to 95+% after their third unsuccessful attempt.  A lead nurturing process (drip marketing system) is designed to solve this issue.

It’s Your Job To Stay In Contact With Someone. 

People buy from people/businesses they like, know and trust. And the first time someone hears about your business, there's a good chance they won't understand why they should buy from you. So if you are letting your salespeople people your “drip marketing” system, it is a mistake that’s costing you a small fortune.

Executive Summary: A well-articulated drip marketing system will show your database of prospects, referral partners, and clients the value you bring to the marketplace.  More importantly, it stays in consistent contact even when you and your salespeople give up. So tell me, what’s stopping you from installing a lead-nurturing system at your business?

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Tuesday, September 06 2022

6 Ways To Shake The Prospect Tree
(Print And Share At Your Next Sales Meeting)
By Glenn Fallavollita, President - Drip Marketing, Inc.

  • Word count: 477
  • Time to read: 1.9 minutes @ 250 words per minute

Do you want to jump-start your sales?  If you do, I have listed a number of tips below for all owners, sales leaders, and sales pros to read.   

#1: Build A Massive e-Mail Database - If you want to see an immediate increase in sales, work on building a massive e-mail database of clients, prospects, and referral partners. If you don’t have enough e-mail addresses, you should consider our e-mail address acquisition service.

#2: Engage Your Clients With More Proactive Campaigns - Satisfied clients are the lifeblood of any business. That said, here are a few ideas to help keep your clients engaged:

  • Say "thank you" to your clients for being a customer.
  • Ask your clients to recommend your business to someone they know.
  • Survey your database of clients to determine how well you are performing (see point #5 below). 

#3: Sell On Value - Some companies do well as "the cheapest option available." However, for businesses delivering a high-quality service, this is not an attractive selling point. Therefore, your salespeople need to know what sets your business apart from its competition.

#4: Employ A Drip Marketing Strategy - To market your business on a cost-effective basis, I recommend sending a series of bite-size marketing campaigns over a consistent time period versus taking the fire-hose approach of information. Remember, segmented marketing campaigns (by target audience) are the way to go.  

#5: Pick Up The Phone More Often - Once a drip marketing campaign has been sent, make sure your salespeople call to follow up a campaign (this is the best way to shake the prospect tree). To help you sound more professional on the phone, I have outlined two voicemail scripts to consider:

  • Hi _______this is ______ from ______________. I’m just quickly following up on an e-mail we sent to you about our free HR assessment offer.  If you would like to find out how our HR assessment can reduce your exposure to an employee lawsuit, call me at (800) 555-1212, again, (800) 555-1212.
  • Hi _______this is ______ from ______________. I’m just quickly following up on an e-mail we sent you about our free ________ demo.  If you would like to find out how we can increase/reduce your ______ sales/costs by 33% next week, call me at (800) 555-1212, again, (800) 555-1212.

#6: Survey Your Clients - A client survey can provide you with a tremendous amount of feedback. Specifically:

  • How well your business is performing.
  • Generate more referrals (we show our clients this all the time).
  • New products/services a client may need.

Executive Summary: Bringing on new clients is the lifeblood of any business. And if you want to see an increase in new business, you need to TAKE ACTION today; not tomorrow. 

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Tuesday, September 06 2022

7 Elements To A Great Company e-Newsletter
(Print And Share With Your Marketing Team)

By Glenn Fallavollita - President, Drip Marketing, Inc.

  • Word count: 467
  • Time to read: 1.9 minutes @ 250 words per minute

Due to low distribution costs, e-newsletters are an excellent tool for your lead nurturing efforts. Unfortunately, few e-newsletters contain anything worth reading.

If you want more people to read your next e-newsletter, I have listed below a few ideas based on my experience of sending 70 million (yes, million) e-mail campaigns on behalf of our clients.

1. Provide Something Of Value To The Reader: Your e-newsletter must contain information your target audience will like to read. Some ideas are:

  • Alert your audience to problems/solutions, scams, and/or safety hazards.
  • Educate readers with important how-to articles.
  • Give the reader a chance to win something from you.
  • Hot industry news, trends, mergers, etc. in your market.

2. Create An Engaging Subject Line: More than anything else, your newsletter’s subject line will determine whether it gets deleted, saved, or forwarded. Some examples:

  • 3 Tips To Help Close 50% More Sales Leads
  • 5 Crazy Things People Are Doing With Our Product
  • Prevent Cyber Attacks: 3 Things YOUR Business Needs To Do TODAY
  • How To Do A $49 Oil Change For Only $19
  • This Employee Lawsuit SHOULD Change The Way You Do Business

If you are having doubts about what to use for a subject line, run an A/B test on your top two subject lines.

3. Get It Professional Designed: If you want to give people a better brand experience, consider having your newsletter professionally designed. Remember, a newsletter design is a one-time cost since you can use it again by “copying it.”

4. Your Frequency: Weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly is the ideal frequency for a newsletter (we recommend a bi-weekly frequency).

5. Send Time: I recommend a two-step approach to sending an e-newsletter:

  • Step 1: Send your newsletter on a Tuesday @ 8:30 AM.
  • Step 2: On Thursday night or Friday morning, make a list of the e-mail addresses that “did not open” Tuesday’s e-mail. After this list is created, resend Tuesday's e-mail to this list Friday @ 8:30 AM.

IMPORTANT: I have found Mondays are notoriously the worse day to send a mass e-mail campaign; therefore, avoid this day altogether.  

6. Avoid Writing A Wall Of Text: A reader should be able to “scan” your newsletter. That said, use headlines, sub-headlines, bullet points, and short and snappy sentences. If you need more room to tell a story, give a reader a “Read More” hyperlink to a landing page. 

7. Use This 6-Step Proofing Process: My company’s six-step review process is:

  1. Write 100% of your content in Word.
  2. Run your content through Word AND Grammarly.
  3. Cut and print the copy into your e-newsletter.
  4. Print the campaign for proofing (have multiple people proof it).
  5. Make the necessary changes from step four.
  6. After step five, wait an hour or two and then reproof it.

Executive Summary: Newsletters ARE a great tool; however, you need to create more than an e-mail newsletter to market your business.

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Sunday, September 04 2022

Why Drip Marketing Is A
Critical Sales Strategy

By Glenn Fallavollita, President - Drip Marketing, Inc.

  • Word count: 615
  • Time to read: 2.5 minutes @ 250 words per minute

Since no one can predict the exact moment in time when someone will be ready to buy what you sell, you need to maintain CONSISTENT contact with EVERYONE in your marketing databases. That being said, drip marketing is a great short- AND long-term strategy for any size business. Plus, it will go a long way to building trust, credibility, and brand recognition for you in the marketplace. 

Why Is Drip Marketing A Critical Sales Strategy?

Here are a number of solid reasons:

  • 50% of all salespeople stop calling a prospect after their first unsuccessful attempt at moving the sales process forward - a number that skyrockets to 95% to 98% after a salesperson's third unsuccessful attempt. 
  • It takes anywhere from 7 to 21 personal touches before someone makes a buying/referral decision. 
  • 80% of what you tell a prospective buyer or client in a face-to-face meeting is forgotten within 24- to 48 hours; over the phone, it takes less than 60-minutes for someone to forget 80% of what they were told.
  • People make buying decisions when they are ready; not when you or your salespeople want them to.

Types Of Drip Marketing Tactics/Campaigns.

  • Phone call blitz sessions.
  • e-Mail Marketing Campaigns (e.g., sales intro letter, product or service spotlights, newsletters, press releases, sales promotions, etc.).
  • Direct mail campaigns (e.g. postcards, letters, and lumpy mail campaigns).
  • Prospect drop-off kits (e.g., sales literature, samples, etc.).

Sample Drip Marketing Calendar (For A Database Of Prospects):

  • Day 1:  e-Mail a press release on an upgraded feature, new hire, security upgrade, or service/product promotion.
  • Day 3: e-Mail an educational newsletter.
  • Day 4: A follow-up call is made to gauge interest/set appointments (use a 2/4 call strategy).
  • Day 10: e-Mail an introductory letter.
  • Day 10: Mail a postcard with a special offer.
  • Day 17:  e-Mail newsletter.
  • Day 28: e-Mail a product or service spotlight campaign.
  • Day 42: e-Mail a newsletter.
  • Day 49: e-Mail a product or service spotlight campaign.
  • Day 56: e-Mail e-newsletter.
  • Day 63: A follow-up call is made to gauge interest/set appointments.

The Pros Of A Drip Marketing System:

  • A continuous cycle of well-written marketing messages will go a long way in building trust, credibility, and brand recognition in the marketplace. 
  • It is a great way to position yourself/your business as a thought leader in the industry. 
  • "Situations" change all the time; from your competition falling short with their customer service efforts, product or service performance or taking their business for granted to price increases. 
  • New decision-makers enter into the buying cycle.

The Cons Of A Drip Marketing System:

  • It requires a disciplined person/business to engage in a long-term drip marketing strategy.
  • Your content needs to be written by a skilled copywriter (so your messages resonate with a reader).
  • It requires a salesperson (or you) to formally follow up a campaign with an "oh by the way" call.  
  • Your marketing databases need to be constantly updated to maximize open rates and reduce postage costs when a direct mail campaign is released; however, the ROI is substantial should these steps be taken correctly.

Now The Good News.

A significant percentage of your competitors, even your largest ones, do not have a drip marketing system installed at their business; a mistake that represents a huge sales and marketing opportunity for YOU and YOUR business. Best of all, you don't need to spend a fortune to install one for your business.  

Executive Summary: Sending a consistent series of marketing campaigns will show a client, past client, prospect, and referral partner that you/your business still has an interest in them even when you and your salespeople no longer do.

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