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8 Powerful Tips to Dramatically Increase Email Open Rate

8 Simple Ways To Improve Your Email Open Rates

Email has been announced dead for multiple times over the last decade. However, as we’ve seen in an earlier post, email marketing should be an essential part of your marketing mix. According to a 2011 study by eMarketer an astonishing 97% of small business use email marketing to connect with their customers.

When it comes to email marketing, the first hurdle to overcome is email open rate. Because if you can increase your open rates, you’ll be able to boost your email conversion rate too. Makes sense, right? Even if you give away the most beautiful vacation to your subscribers, if they don’t open the email they will never find out.

A deep understanding of your customers as well as their needs and habits, their tone of voice and everything else that is part of their unique personality is key in creating an effective email marketing strategy.

One of the first step to always ask yourself if: “If I received this email from another company, would I open it?” But what if you want more? A weak open rate can be the sign of many different things. Let’s look at them and see how you can improve the open rates for your company.

Average open rate

Before diving into improving your individual open rates, let’s first look quickly at some averages. While an average open rate depends on different industries and email providers. As soon as you start diving below 15% it should be setting off some alarm bells. A lot of email providers give you the option to provide the industry you’re operating in and helps you to give the average numbers per industry. If you don’t know where you need to look, the amazing folks over at Constant Contact have a great overview that is regularly updated.

As you can see from the table the worst performing industry to be in concerning open rates is the insurance one with an average open rate of 6.95%. The biggest open rates come from the child care services industry with a whopping 40.25%. If you score even higher with your newsletter, there is time right now for high-fiving your colleagues 😉 but nevertheless you should always try to improve!

So what are the things to look at when improving?

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6 Marketing Tips for Bootstrapped Startups

The Ultimate Guide to Marketing Your Startup Online Without a Big Budget

Startup marketing is a whole different science.

“Build and they will come” doesn’t work.

Those overnight success stories are often the result of years of hard work. Startup marketing is challenging because of limited resources (time, money, or even talent). Every effort, no matter how small, must be flawlessly executed. Traditional strategies don’t always work. So what can you do when you just don’t have the budget for a big marketing campaign?

Let’s go over six things that can get your marketing moving in the right direction, without having to spend much besides sweat equity.

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The 9 Most Common Startup Marketing Mistakes

The Most Common Marketing Mistakes Made By Startups

As a startup founder, you have to wear many different hats within your organisation. Most times the teams are still very small so everyone needs to wear different hats in to get the company of the ground.

Startups face a number of unique challenges when it comes to marketing. With restricted budgets, limited resources, and a desperate need to get their name visible to the public, it puts entrepreneurs in a tight spot. Nine times out of ten, marketing is not even the founder’s speciality! And that’s why we tend to see the majority of startups making the same avoidable mistakes.

After working with startup founding teams for the last couple of years, we found the evidence is clear: You can have the best product or service in the world but if you don’t have a solid go-to-market plan, your business will fail. (assuming, of course, your startup is fixing a real problem).

In addition to laying out the vision, establishing a growth strategy, and building and supporting their team – in most cases they’re also doing (or managing) all of the marketing efforts. Nine times out of ten, marketing is not the founder’s specialty. As the founder of your company, knowing when and how to invest in marketing your business may just be the key ingredient to success.

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13 Tips For Successful Email Marketing Campaigns

13 Tips For Successful Email Marketing Campaigns

We already wrote about the importance of Email Marketing for your business in the past and have given you “6 Reasons Why Email Marketing Is Important For Your Internet Marketing”. Emails can help and build relationships with your leads, it can help you gather important data and help boost your marketing Return On Investment (ROI). While these reasons should already convince you enough about the importance of running email campaigns, many marketers end up falling short and missing their goals on the campaign’s returns in the end.

As a marketer, you need to pay close attention to your audience and your message to be able to build, execute and maintain a continuous effective email marketing campaign. You need to avoid the most common mistake of all: just simply blast your self-promotional message out there in the world. Continuing blasting that self-promotional message to your audience will only end up with your recipients hitting that delete button more than opening your message, or even worse unsubscribing from your mailing list.

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33 Promotion Tactics To Include In Your Content Marketing Strategy

Content Promotion Strategies: 33 Ways to Get Traffic

“If you write great content, people will find it.” While that’s certainly a nice dream of a world in which marketers can just focus on creating outstanding content, it’s just not accurate anymore.

Over 2 million blog posts are published to the web each day. Making it much harder than ever to build an audience and get people to notice you. According to an older blog post by Neil Patel, content creation is only half the battle – the rest is gaining notice.

no traffic = no conversions
So while it’s tempting to celebrate after you finished publishing your newly created content for lead generation, you’re not done just yet. You can’t just put a piece of content up on your website and hope that people will find it, you’ve got to actively promote it to your audience.

But that’s where a lot of us get stuck. What else can we do to get people to notice, and hopefully convert on, that new piece of content you created?

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The 4-Step Formula For More Persuasive Copy

AIDA: A Formula That Will Make You And Everyone In Your Company Write Better

Do you ever wish that there was an easy formula for writing persuasive (web) copy?

What if you could just follow a few rules to writing copy that converts visitors into buyers?

Or just drop a few words into a machine and your seductive copy rolls out at the other side?

Well, at Inbound Rocket we don’t have a robot that automatically generates copy that sells. But we have a formula that will help you write more persuasive copy.

You’ll increase your chances of success if you follow a century-old formula that marketers and salespeople have been using since the 1900s, and it’s still being taught and applied today. It’s been used for various selling situations, from face-to-face sales presentations to printed sales letters, and now, social media.

That’s how good it is.

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6 Reasons Why Email Marketing Is Important For Your Internet Marketing

 

6 Reasons Why Email Marketing Is Important For Your Internet Marketing

“If you’re running a real business, email is still the most effective way to universally reach people who have expressed interest in your product or site. For that, it really can’t be beat.” – Colin Nederkoorn (founder Customer.IO)

“More than 34% of the people worldwide use email. That’s about 2.5 billion people. It’s predicted to increase to 2.8 billion email users in the next 2 years. Yup, email’s popular. The Radicati Group, who came up with that info, also reckon that the world sends about 196 billion emails daily. Out of this 196 billion emails the majority, 109 billion, is business email.

Let’s put it simply. Email marketing is a vibrant and powerful way to connect with people. Bringing it home, think about your own experiences. Do you even know anyone who doesn’t have an email address? You probably receive a number of HTML emails each week (I sure do). You read them, get inspired by them and even look forward to the next one. Email is a big part of our lives. A very big part.

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Why Use WordPress For Building Your (Inbound) Marketing Platform?

Inbound Marketing

With the rise of Inbound Marketing and Email Marketing, your company website is quickly becoming an essential part of doing your business online. WordPress might have started as a blogging platform when it got first released, but it’s become much, much more. Over the years, it’s evolved into an easy-to-use and popular content management system that allows business owners to market their products and services online.

Inbound Marketing

Inbound Marketing is vital to the success of a business online. It used to be that companies could market their products through outbound marketing tactics like advertising and buying email lists. With 86% of the people skipping TV ads and 44% of direct mail never being opened, these methods are now viewed as non-authentic. Outbound Marketing is, therefore, unlikely to attract large numbers of customers or help you increase your conversion rates.

Instead, the most successful companies rely on inbound marketing and focus on creating content to attract users. Companies who use WordPress are better equipped to promote their products and products and services through the usage of blog posts, landing pages and email marketing. By using WordPress, you can make your website the platform for all your marketing efforts by taking advantage of the large community, well-designed themes and the valuable plugins.
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Inbound Marketing for Beginners

What is Inbound Marketing

Trying to get customers?

Frustrated trying to get new customers?

 

Whether you’re ready or not, marketing has been disrupted. People’s behaviours have changed. They’re turning out traditional marketing tactics. The old marketing playbook is broken. Did you know for example that:

  • 86% skip TV ads?
  • 91% unsubscribe from email?
  • 44% of direct mail is never opened

In order to keep on attracting customers, marketers have to provide them with something they will love. This is where Inbound Marketing comes in.

Inbound Marketing is a holistic, data-driven approach to marketing that attracts individuals to your brand and converts them into lasting customer.

What makes Inbound Marketing different?

Traditional “outbound” marketing pushes messages to prospects via billboards, television, direct mail, telemarketing, and trade shows, which disrupt your prospects daily schedule. While Inbound Marketing on the other hand primarily uses the Internet to distribute compelling content that attracts prospects and builds trust with clients within your sales funnel. In other words, when you use inbound marketing, customers come to you! Read more…

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