Email Marketing

Making Email Marketing Work in 2019

By on February 6, 2019

Late last year Europe introduced the general data protection regulation or GDPR meant to curb the amount of spam that people receive in their email accounts.  That left the marketing community wondering if email marketing was still a viable tool for their businesses. Yes it is a viable tool but making email marketing work in 2019 is a little different than it used to be.

Stay Compliant

Privacy is a huge concern today particularly when it comes to marketing.  You have to be careful how you use the data that you collect.  It make be time to update your privacy policy to one that is GDPR compliant, even if Europe isn’t where the bulk of your business comes from.

Make Sure Your Emails are Mobile Friendly

Most people today read email on their phone rather than on a desk top.  Always preview your email first on a mobile device or with a free tool like mobiletest.me.  It will show you exactly what your email looks like on a phone or a tablet.  The same thing applies to different free email services, what looks great on Gmail may not look so great on Outlook.

Don’t Use HTML

HTML allows you to change the look of your email but if you make a mistake it is totally ruined. Some email providers will mark your email as spam if they detect HTML in the body.  If you insist on using HTML then make sure you test it before you send it to your list.

Typos and Other Mistakes

A typo is not the end of the world, they happen but sending someone to the wrong link is a mistake that will cost you money.  Always double check your email to make sure that everything in there is not only spelled correctly but that your links are going to the right place.  Sending out two or three emails because you made a mistake is a good way to kill your list.

Make the Unsubscribe Button Easy to Find

If someone doesn’t want to receive your emails any longer then let them remove themselves from your list.  Make it easy to find otherwise they will start marking your emails as spam and that will get you into trouble.

Don’t Just Sell

If every email you send is a sales letter people are going to get sick of them pretty quick.  Send out newsletter about what is new in your niche, solve a problem for them, tell a story but don’t make every letter salesy.

Email marketing still offers a tremendous ROI if you handle it smartly.  Prospects may get half a dozen or more of your emails before they decide to buy something from you.  Email marketing alongside a good sales funnel can do tremendous things for your business.

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Affiliate Marketing

Choosing the Right Affiliate Offer

By on January 29, 2019
Choosing the Right Affiliate Offer

If you want to make money at affiliate marketing then the first step is finding the right products to promote.  The last thing you want to do is waste your time and money marketing products that don’t pay or that nobody wants.  There are thousands of affiliate products out there, so how do you choose one that will work for  you?  Choosing the right affiliate offer means doing your research ahead of time, here are some of the things to look at when comparing offers.

What Does it Pay

There are tons of affiliate programs and they all come with different levels of commission.  They can be broken down into two basic categories, one time commissions or recurring payouts.  Recurring is always better, that means for the length of time the customer has the product you will get paid.  One time commissions can be okay if the percentage is high enough.

Do You Get Paid on Upsells

Some affiliate offers pay you on everything they sell a customer.  So if the customer buys more than the original product you will get paid a commission on all of it.  That means more money in your pocket.  Be wary though some companies don’t offer upsells, back end offers or one time offers.  Look into the fine print of the affiliate agreement.

Is it a Good Product?

There is a lot of junk on the internet so be cautious in the affiliate offers you promote.  Check the landing pages for the product and make sure it looks good and will convert the traffic you send.  Will the customers you refer get their money’s worth?  The last thing you need are a bunch of chargebacks and customer complaints on the offers that you promote.

Can You Sell the Product?

Most affiliate market places will give you pretty in depth stats on the products that you can promote.  They will show you which products have been selling well, the average cost per click, which products are new and a great deal of information.  You want to take the time and look closely at these numbers it will show you which products are worth your time and which are not.

Do they Offer Promotional Materials?

Companies that are serious about selling their products will have promotional material available for their affiliates.  That could be anything from an email sequence to graphics for you to use.  Find out what is available to help make your campaigns a success.

Affiliate marketing isn’t easy but once you get the fundamentals down then you can earn a decent income from affiliate marketing.

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