Why Your Sales Spiel Will Only Get You So Far

Sylvia Anderson, B2C/B2B Writer

I subscribe to a daily inspirational email newsletter, which doesn’t always spark me as so much “inspirational” but rather a bit preachy. However, from time-to-time, the creator (Jerry Del Colliano) gets me into a light-bulb state of mind. One recent topic was, “People Want to Buy, Not Be Sold.” The writer prefaced his quick snippet of wisdom with the following:

That’s true not only of merchandise and services, but ideas and concepts.

If you have a great idea for your team, spend much of your effort into getting them to buy it from you rather than have you sell it to them. If you have a daughter or son who could benefit from your wisdom, don’t push it, get them to buy it from you.

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Topics: email marketing, marketing strategy

More Than Picking Battles: Why Prioritization Needs Clear Strategy

Bari Cener, Director of Client Services

I’m forced to prioritize daily—and many times throughout the day. My daily routine actually starts the night before when I put my workout clothes next to my bed (wishful thinking!). If I make the girls shower at night, that’s 10 or 15 extra minutes the next morning… so, let’s do that.

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Once they’re on the bus to school, there’s no more hiding from the beastly inbox of things waiting to be addressed. Sometimes that’s not so simple to determine what comes first. The same applies to business and marketing. You know certain pieces of strategy are more pressing than others, but how do you select, definitively, the order in which they rank?

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Topics: email marketing, marketing strategy

Inertia Is The Enemy: How To Overcome Plateaus In Biz And Marketing

Adrianne DelaRaba, Director of Marketing

When you hit a plateau—in business or life—it can mess with your motivation. Oftentimes, it’s even more frustrating than hitting a “wall,” because that would mean there is a clear obstacle in your way and there are defined ways to get around it. With a plateau, there may not be a clear hurdle to get over or anything glaringly negative in terms of performance results. It may just be… boring.

Of course, this happens all the time in business, and many times marketing is leaned on to shoulder the burden and get out of the rut. A campaign levels off, then starts to become ineffective. Budget cuts can create a challenge and often require creativity. Senior leadership isn’t interested in what you have to say, making it easier to stay placated and say, “I guess this is fine…”

It’s anything but fine.

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Topics: email marketing, marketing strategy

Email Marketing Automation: Optimizing The Buyer’s Journey

Jeannette Castañeda

Automating certain marketing tasks is not only a great way to be productive, it’s also an effective strategy to strengthen your company’s brand. With marketing automation, you can guide prospects through your various marketing channels, turn leads into customers, and cultivate those customers to become your brand’s ambassadors.

There are many tools available that include marketing automation features. Before committing to a tool, it’s important to understand what marketing automation is and how it can be incorporated to improve your marketing efforts.  

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Topics: email marketing

The Marketing Tactic Every Control Freak Will Love

Bari Cener, Director of Client Services

We are a marketing agency of email savants. It comes with the territory of being the agency of record for a company that has superior email capabilities. I can tell you the optimal character count of the subject line on an iOS mobile device (55 characters, thank you very much). Jeannette surpasses Hubspot while coding an email that will render well in notoriously-problematic Outlook. Do not even try to stump Shina on the differences between authentication, identification, and validation because you’ll fail and be shamed.

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Topics: email marketing

Your 5-Point Checklist To Avoid Email Rendering Issues

Jeannette Castañeda

We’ve all been there. You open an email on your smartphone and it displays so poorly you get frustrated and tap “delete.” The malfunction can be a button that doesn’t work, email copy that’s cut off because it’s too wide for the screen, or words so small you’d need a magnifying glass to read them.

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Topics: email marketing

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