Posts Tagged Communication
Don’t Forget Your Mobile Users – or Why I Still Have Bangs
If you are driving customers to your online presence to make a purchase, pay a bill or just to learn more about your product/service, don’t forget that many of these people will be viewing on their mobile devices.
At Strahm we view our messages on every device available to us. How does it look on an iPhone, android, tablet? Do all the images appear? Do links work? If there is personalization, is it correct? Does it take forever to load?
You can ask for more information from your respondent, but keep it very short and very simple. They won’t stay on your page to fill out form after form.
An example is a website I would love to browse – they have great content that I’m just dying to read – but as I navigate to every page, I get a pop up requesting that I sign up for their newsletter.
Although I already receive their newsletter, I don’t mind that their request appears as soon as I hit their home page. The annoyance is as I click through to articles I want to read, I get the same message over and over. And I close their page and go somewhere else for my daily dose of fashion advice.
I have tried access on my tablet, phone, through the link in their newsletter and twitter. Each format had the same result of the never ending pop up. (It’s so bad that I sent them a tweet. I do really want advice how to grow out my bangs.)
What are the takeaways?
• Design with mobile users in mind
• View on every device you can get your hands on
• Make adjustments as needed and view again
• Test, test, test download time, links, etc.
• Keep it as simple and easy-to-use as possible.
My Direct Marketing Program Was a Success! Now What?
Your marketing program was successful – people are redeeming coupons, visiting your store, signing up for your service. Are you capturing more data about them to use for future campaigns?
First, determine what you want to know. You can get pretty deep here, but below are a few data points you may want to consider.
- Email address?
- Product or service purchased?
- Geographical area?
- What and how did they respond to your marketing – email, in-store purchase, etc?
Try to keep your requests for more information simple. No one wants to answer 20 questions. It can come off as intrusive and really, the easier you make it, the better.
Look at it this way, I can go to ABC’s website to purchase a widget but I have to fill out a bunch of forms. Or I can go to Amazon and buy with one click. Even if Amazon charges me a little more for the widget, the ease of use has won me over.
You can see where we’re going with this. You can use this “beefed up” data to more effectively target your market, just don’t be creepy about it.
Using Effective Marketing to Increase Customer Touch Points
On average, it now takes nine touch points of communication to build a sales relationship. Most sales people give up after three.
The best way to lose a customer is to lose touch with him or her. Some data indicates that 60% of customer loss is due to lack of communication.
Every prospect and customer should hear from your company at least every 90 days. Savvy marketers reduce this cycle to every 30 days.
Sales force effectiveness increases by as much as 40% when supported by an effective marketing campaign.
Direct mail as part of an ongoing campaign can reinforce your brand again and again. Mail is effective for creating and building brand awareness.
Use strong, targeted messages when “talking” to your customers. How will your product or service help them? Customers are looking for one of two things – reducing or eliminating their pain or increasing their pleasure. It’s a simple as that.
- Direct mail – especially personalized, interactive pieces
- Email or PURL campaigns
- Open Houses
- Phone Calls! When was the last time you just said hello?
So how are you going to step out and communicate with your customers and prospects?