Are you afraid of alienating your customer with your marketing? Do you always feel like a stranger in their inbox? Do you have marketing strategies specifically designed to tell you when to keep marketing, and when to stop? Well, stop looking so puzzled.
Why Dennis Was Fuming
Dennis McConnell was going nuts, literally. He sailed merrily into the office this morning only to find seven unsubscribe messages in his inbox. This was in response to an email he sent out marketing his upcoming Power Photoshop workshops. His merriness took instant flight. His mood transmogrified into the colour of winter, and the sunshine outside didn't seem to count for much. (Yes, it's still toasty summer in New Zealand!)
Like most marketers, Dennis spun around 180 degrees. He pulled the plug on his marketing and decided to send even fewer emails to his subscribers. Why anger them, he thought? The longer he thought about it, the deeper he swam into his turgid pool of fear.
Why? Let me paint an alternate scenario for you. Imagine you had to give a speech to a hundred people. Say the speech was at the end of the day, and the participants were now tired. Let's suppose about thirty of them left. Would you give the speech or start crying for mommy, because those thirty walked out?
Why do people complain? Have you even thought about it? The only time people complain is when they DON'T want to leave. Complaining is their way of communicating to you to spruce up your act. (Read my article, Never Trust a Silent Customer.)
Look at mum. When she told you to take the garbage out, you complained. But did you ever unsubscribe? You didn't unsubscribe from mum because she was putting food on your plate. If you knew what was good for that bottomless pit you called your stomach, you'd stick close to home. It's exactly the same with your customers. If you consistently give them information that is useful to them, they will stick with you through all the marketing messages you send them. Heck, they'll even buy!
You see this article. It's not a couple of scraps that fell off the table. It is the full story. Every plot, every twist and turn. That's what has kept you reading so long. If you send out information that's half-baked, you get half-baked subscribers. You've heard the saying, â€˜Pay peanuts and you get monkeys.'
Lots and then when you're done, heap some more on the top. Would you be happy if I left half the questions unanswered in this article? As an expert in your field, you're way ahead of your customer. Knowledge grows in leaps and bounds. Why not give it away? Give away tons of the stuff, and you will find within yourself, an unending reservoir of information. If you give away loads, it means you have a lot more. Inevitably, customers will see that and actually pay to learn more from you.
To market to your customer, you must be a brand in their heads. And to be a brand, you must earn their respect. The only way you can do that is to give them the full dope.
Sales is a transfer of enthusiasm from one person to another. Say that out loud. Most marketing doesn't have enough What's- in- it- for-me factor. Most of it has no enthusiasm, and looks like it was written by someone who speaks Greek as a first language.
If your marketing, advertising or sales pitch is boring, your customer yawns. Several yawns later they leave, unsubscribe or make you a permanent resident on their delete list. If you cannot be enthusiastic in the medium you choose to market, get a professional to do your marketing. This is your bread and butter, don't muck around with it.
Some customers jump ship because you aren't smart enough to use technology. Too many times, right after a client has attended a workshop, you sell them the same workshop again. How dumb is that? And dumber still is the fact that most people will try to work their lists by physically removing the names.
Don't let the unsubscribers worry you. Customers want to improve their lives, their businesses and their careers. If you believe you can do that, tread the intelligent road by educating them in great detail.