Lead Nurturing is dying quickly, and marketers are to blame. People are overwhelmed by massive amounts of email; and even your biggest fans are starting to see “educational” materials as being spam.
If I want to learn, I tend to go to a podcast, blog, or specific website for information. Information has lost its value in today’s “Google world,” in most cases with evergreen content. However, automated messaging has one very important purpose: drawing attention to timely content.
If you are not sending content that is directly tied to the point in time that you are sending it, you are wasting your time and the time of your audience. And, your lead nurturing efforts are going out the window.
Instead, send timely/relevant information to nurture your leads. Examples include:
- Special time sensitive offers (Your $50 coupon is going to expire tomorrow!)
- Seasonal information (Christmas is 1 month away and if you don’t buy your tree right now, you’re going to pay twice as much and get a brown tree!)
- Date specific information (Your check-up is coming up in 3 weeks!)
- Contact your representative and let them know to vote a certain way for our organization
- Your contract is up for renewal
- You are offering a webinar or attending a trade show and would like to include them
If there isn’t a time sensitive reason to open and act upon your message, 92% of all people that read the first line in your email will delete it/push it off with the intention of reading late – or worse, unsubscribe! Of the 8% that do read your entire email, 96% of those readers will not act upon your email.
A few tips to get a higher response rate:
- Reference why you are writing to them at this time. Do so in the first sentence.
- Let them know a consequence of not acting in the next 48 hours.
- If information is not time sensitive, don’t send it, or wait until that information has a time sensitive meaning.
- If your information is “education-only” consider sending a one sentence email letting them know that based on what you knew about that person, that you thought they would find a way to immediately benefit from the information…and send it as a link to a landing page. No proThis will build some level of curiosity, and the brevity of the email isn’t as likely to get 1,000 of your contacts to roll their eyes in unison when they open your email. Also it will give you a much more organic “content garden” which could help SEO and future marketing efforts.
In the case of lead nurturing campaigns, less is best. Your messages should build excitement to the recipient. In doing so, you will be adding to your brand’s emotional value; and increasing response rates by 100% or more.
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