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  • Latest List-Growing Strategies
    In cooperation with Ball State University and the Email Marketers Club, ExactTarget studied 18 methods used by marketers to build an email list. Among the results published in its 2009 Email List Growth Study are these conclusions: The best method for email list growth is onsite registration; ... more
  • Get Them to Give a Hoot
    "Very few executives give a hoot about opens and clicks," says Stephanie Miller in a post at the Daily Fix blog. "In fact, very few marketers even look at their email system reports (I can't make this stuff up!)." The problem, she argues, is that these types of data cannot ... more
  • You Talkin' to Me?
    Once in a while, a digital ad grabs you just like that. And one thing that really boosts its impact is if the person featured in it is—you. Read on:  Last year, to sell tickets to its women's basketball games, Gonzaga University released a video of a coach calling the ONE person whose attendance would ... more
  • Where Did They Go?!
    If you've noticed an unusual drop in open rates for messages sent to Gmail accounts—and for B2C companies, this could represent a large percentage of subscribers—it's probably not your fault. "There's growing evidence that Gmail is disabling images for senders that users had previously whitelisted and enabled images for. Near-term, ... more
  • You Too Can Tweet, Part II
    In last week's installment, we offered step-by-step tips to get you tweeting on Twitter. This week, we offer a few more advanced steps to take, based on Jim Sterne's advice in a MarketingProfs article. Incorporate these into your tweeting habits, and you'll be well on the way to becoming a Twitter ... more
  • In a Tough Economy, Go to Battle for Your Customers
    by J. Mark Carr, Karl Gustafson
    Decision-makers who are worried over the stability of their company's finances should remember one simple truth: The source of your business's cash flow is your customer base. What all of this boils down to is the need to make smart, informed investment and cost-cutting decisions that have both a short-term and ... more
  • Easy There, Mr. Popular
    "Social media is cool!" proclaims Chris Brogan in a Pro article at MarketingProfs. "Blogging and podcasts are cool! We're so cutting edge! Twitter is like the future here today, and no one knows about it!" If you've noticed a certain facetious quality to his enthusiasm, his next line makes clear ... more
  • That Is So Yesterday
    Important Notice: Your Customer Behavior newsletter will continue to bring you the kinds of articles you've come to expect and enjoy—but now, with a new name! Beginning with this edition, we've renamed it Customer Insight, to better reflect its broad intent and scope. See you next week. Seeking to grab ... more
  • The Easy Way to Slice and Dice
    Even a small company can benefit from email messages tailored to a recipient's specific wants and needs. "Using segmentation," says Michael Clark in an article at MarketingProfs, "customers only get notified of new products, specials, and offers based on past buying patterns, knowledge of the customer and what they've clicked ... more
  • Improve Your Email Marketing Through Segmentation
    by Michael Clark
    Not all customers are alike, and what appeals to one may not interest another. Therefore, it is important that you connect the message you are sending to your customers' differing interests. Email messages that are segmented, targeted, and relevant to the recipient are much more likely to be opened and acted ... more
  • This Space For Rent
    Your e-newsletter is an excellent tool for maintaining customer relationships. But it can also generate income if you offer cool ad space in it.  In a recent article at MarketingProfs, Drew Adams explains how to make it more appealing to select advertisers: Make it relevant. Adams offers an example: "For a newsletter ... more
  • How Hyundai Uses Behavioral Segmentation to Take the Bull by the Horns and Send the Bear Packing
    by Michael Barr
    Hyundai took the bull by the horns in this bear market and scored big. It used behavioral segmentation to identify what was keeping prospects from buying and then developed a strategy that made it easier for customers to part with their hard-earned dollars. What can you learn from its example? In ... more
  • Como Se Dice 'Brand Loyalty'?
    According to Jorge Aguilar and Andrew Pierce, the Hispanic population in the United States will surpass that of their white non-Hispanic compatriots by 2030. And, argue the pair in an article at MarketingProfs, appealing to this rapidly growing segment is not as simple as hiring a Spanish translator. "[M]arketers ... more
  • Most Super Bowl Ads Aimed at Males; Most Money Spent by Females
    by Gerry Myers
    A few basic thoughts advertisers should consider for the 2010 Super Bowl: Who watches the Super Bowl? Approximately 100 million viewers, with more than 40 percent of them women. Who spends the most money as a consumer? Women spend approximately 85 percent; men spend only 15 percent. Who focuses more ... more
  • Case Study: How a Women's Clothing Retailer Bucked the 2008 Downturn, Upped Revenues via Email
    by Kimberly Smith
    Today's economy has earnest marketers scrambling for consumer attention. As inboxes become inundated with yet more marketing messages, the bar continues to inch higher for those attempting to stand out from the clutter. Here's how one retailer tweaked its email program to grow revenue, even in this market. more
  • Case Study: How a Targeted Lead-Development Program Earned an IT Company 34% Yearly Growth for Five Years (and Counting)
    by Kimberly Smith
    For IT company CenterBeam, sales is indeed a numbers game, but not in the traditional sense. Rather than trying to engage as many leads as possible, the company's sales force instead nurtures a smaller quantity of well-qualified prospects. more
  • Boost That ROI Right Now!
    "The news regarding investment in marketing is not good, with many firms cutting their marketing budgets left and right," reports Neil Anuskiewicz in an article at MarketingProfs. Before taking such drastic steps, you might want to consider his better option: "Instead of taking an axe to your marketing budget … ... more
  • This is Only a Test
    "A great way to capitalize on the democratic medium of email is to put your burning questions, late-night hunches, and out-of-the-box ideas to the test with an A/B split test," says Megan Walsh in a post at the Email Experience Council blog. Here's some of her advice for using split ... more
  • Four Parts to Valuable Personas
    by Angela Quail
    Recent buzz about personas has created some confusion. If you've tried to develop and deploy personas, you may have experienced resistance from other departments because they don't grasp the value that personas purportedly provide. The reason may be that personas (in the form of customer profiles) by themselves don't offer ... more
  • How to Target Your Prospects With Military Precision
    by J. Woody Meachum
    Predicting where your prospects are online is tricky—and often expensive. And it's not always about where they are but also what are the best ways to reach them. How should you decide where to start? The military has utilized a system called CARVER, a mnemonic term for the weighting factors used to ... more
  • Case Study: How Intrigue and Personalization Helped a Marketing Firm Connect With Handpicked Leads
    by Kimberly Smith
    Relationship-marketing firm Babcock & Jenkins didn't tell prospects what it could do, it gave them a taste. Its campaign, launched with a package of brownies from a mystery source, showed how it uses intrigue, personalization, humor, and the soft-sell to establish and advance client relationships. Results: A tasty 50% response ... more
  • Just Send Me the Dry Red Ones
    Back in the days of the Model T, Henry Ford could get away with offering customers any color they wanted—as long as it was black. Ridiculous as that mentality sounds to modern ears, you risk sending customers the same message if you don't tailor your email campaigns to their interests, ... more
  • Boost Email Marketing Response With List Segmenting and Triggered Emails
    by Neil Anuskiewicz
    If you are an email marketer who is doing traditional "batch and blast" email marketing, now's a good time to start segmenting and sending triggered emails. Doing so allows you to send more relevant emails and achieves better response from your subscribers. more
  • Scratch That Niche
    Reaching a niche audience—and only those people—can be tricky. But in a post at his eponymous blog, Seth Godin proposes the inventive approach of piggybacking onto a product that your target market already wants. Say you have a rock band with a quirky sound, and people who like your music also ... more
  • Target Jim and Mary
    Research has uncovered quite an interesting effect that guides customer brand choices. They call it the "name letter branding effect." The NLB effect shows that customers are more likely to choose a brand name that has the same letters as their first name than they are other, equally attractive, brands. ... more

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