Have you ever received an e-mail that piqued your interest? Perhaps it spoke to a relevant business concern or contained an offer that came just in the nick of time. Despite what you might have assumed, this may not have been a coincidence. With segmented or “trip-wire” email marketing, it’s now possible to deliver messages targeted directly to the unique interests and needs of your prospects. Here are a few steps you can follow to develop your lead-nurturing e-marketing campaign.
1. Create offers. Last week, I heard a business mentor’s advice: “If you want people to do something for you, do something for them first.” This is the foundational premise of email marketing. Give your prospects something that is of value to them. But first, get to know a little bit about your target audience. What are they interested in? What do they want to learn about? What are their goals? What problems do they face? Here are some sample offerings:
- An e-book download
- A whitepaper
- A free consultation
- Access to free calculators
- A free weekly newsletter with information of value to them
2. Develop calls-to-action (CTAs). Once you’ve created your offers, you must entice your audience to access them. This is where the CTA comes in. A CTA creates a sense of urgency and direction for your audience. An example of a CTA might be “Download our free retirement e-book for a limited time!” Alongside the CTA should be a form. The form is where a prospect must submit his email address in order to access the offer. (It’s up to you if you want to require more information.) Here are some avenues you may consider for your CTA
- Download buttons (such as the example above)
- Forms on your website
- CTAs on social media
- Landing pages that prompt people to take advantage of your offers.
3. Funnels. Let’s say that Sally, a 55-year-old widow on the brink of retirement, signs up to access a retirement calculator on your website. Once she signs up, her email address should be placed into a drip-email campaign. A drip-email campaign is a sequence of messages that a prospect receives over a fixed period of time. The content should relate to the offer she opted in to. For example, if Sally opts in to access a retirement calculator, she should receive emails pertaining to retirement planning.