B2B Email Marketing Guide for 2019 | B2B Digital Marketing


In this 50th episode of the Vlog, I’m wearing
a new shirt, and we’re going to talk about email marketing in 2019 and how to make it
effective for your strategy. Stay tuned. (singing) All right. First, we’re going to start with the purpose. What is the purpose of your email marketing
campaign? Whether you’re B2B or B2C, the purpose is
typically going to be the same. You’re going to want some sort of engagement
back from whoever you’re sending it to, whether or not you got these people from subscribing
on your website to a newsletter, or you purchased their name through a list, or you got their
name through a list. Either way, the purpose is typically some
sort of engagement back. Now, the level of engagement that you’re looking
for, that’s where it comes down to how you’re going to create your email and how you’re
going to do the creative behind it. But the purpose is sending out something and
in 2019, 2018 too, and it’s going to continue to be like this. The trends are down as far as open rate, click
rate, and things like that because email marketing is losing its effectiveness because marketers
like me and possibly you have just ruined it over the past 10 years. With it being less effective, you want to
try and get straight to the point which is going to change some of the creative side. What email system are you using? There’s tons of CRM systems out there. You can be using a free one, like constant
contact or MailChimp. Those have their limitations, especially if
they’re free. Even the paid ones have limitations too. We’re just doing one off blast. You can’t really control the format too much,
which we’ll get into next, but CRM systems out there. HubSpot is a very popular. I’m personally not a fan of it because of
the cost and because of how they lock you into a multi year contract. It also has its limitations from a design
standpoint. Infusionsoft is something that we used years
ago and used for many years. That is a great system because not only does
it have the plain text, email marketing format that will go into next, but then it also has
a ton of back end automation to put people through campaigns and nurture them and build
all that out. Infusionsoft is a great option. Right now, we’re using SharpSpring and we’re
certified partner with SharpSpring. Sharpspring is great because it does some
advanced tracking and some advanced list building and things like that and it searches out on
the Internet and social platforms and things like that and pulls information back in. SharpSpring is great for it, whether it uses
Zoho, Sugar, CRM, anything like that, you have to have some sort of system in place. You do not want this to just be a one off
blast. You have to keep on going back in and set
it up. You want to build out a campaign to where
you’re sending micro pieces of content, let’s say over eight weeks and you’re hitting everybody
either once a week or once every two weeks and you’re building out so that when somebody
new gets put in your funnel, you know that they’re going to get these six emails right
ma’am, emails over eight weeks, 10 weeks, 12 weeks, whatever it is, but building out
that automation first is going to be critical to make it efficient. But if you’re just antsy to get something
out there and see some sites sort of response like I was initially, you can just send out
a broadcast email to say, “I’m sending something out to everybody on the list and then this
is what you want to call to action to be, to at least get some sort of engagement.” But either way, put a system in place. Do not try and do this, preferably, with a
constant contact or MailChimp. Do not try and do with that. Spend a little bit of money. There’s a bunch of CRM systems that’ll do
month among plans like SharpSpring, Infusionsoft, and others. Just for a small amount of money just put
it in there and you’ll be much better off. The format. This is the biggest change that has happened
over probably the last two years. Some people are picking up to it now, and
I’ve been saying this for a couple of years and we implemented it years ago, is you cannot
make your email marketing look like a home depot ad. You need to remove the images, you need to
remove the band of text at the top that says, “View this in a browser.” Remove your headline, remove your logo, remove
stuff embedded inside of the body, remove as many images as possible and you want this
just to be in simple plain text and you want to still have it be an HTML. I’m not saying go to a rich text format. You still want the HTML because you still
want to embed the code and the tracking code so that way, you can track what they’re clicking
and what they aren’t clicking in the opens, but you got to stop making it look like an
ad where you’ve got images all over the place and click here and watch this and it just
looks like an ad that you’ll see. One thing is that depending on what type of
email system this is going to, whether it’s corporate one or it’s a Gmail system or something
like that, they will automatically flag it and throw it into the junk or spam or with
Gmail they’ll put into promotions, if you have too many images or too many links. The format needs to be simpler to where you’re
just saying, essentially, you’re trying to make it look like you just type this email. You can say some sort of intro and then go
straight into some text. Make sure that it’s not a big paragraph of
text. You want it to be broken out to where you’ve
got separation between your thoughts and your lines, putting a link in there because you
want to be able to track this with your CRM system that you’re sending it through. Putting a link which is your main call to
action or maybe two that’s all I would say is the max because otherwise this stuff is
going to get flagged as spam. When you lay it out, make sure it’s very clear,
very straight to the point, keep it simple and short because people are not going to
want to scroll through emails like they used to and putting maybe max two links in there
and then driving that creative throughout your entire email marketing campaign is going
to be a must have because you want to make it look like it’s a sequence that’s consistent
with the creativity behind it. But biggest point here is stop using images
that flag spam. Nobody likes looking at them and especially
if you’re doing B2B, this just looks really cheesy these days. The center line content is the other side
of that. When you look at an email from email marketing
standpoint, when it comes into you, you can see that people have everything center justified
and there’s a box and there’s a border along each side of it that looks like an automation
tool created it and that looks very cheesy and generic, again, like an ad. You can go into the backend of the CSS and
do some code changes there. Or some email systems like Infusionsoft can
make it look just by default, like you want it to be a plain email. You want everything shifted to the left justification. You want it to look just like a normal email
that you signed. You do not want to have borders or images
or banners or anything like that. Just make it look as plain and as simple as
possible, have a simple signature, no big logos, no big images, nothing like that. Then the other side of it, if you want to
a little hack is bury that unsubscribe down below, put some space in between the end of
your email signature and then where that unsubscribe is put 600 pixels, 800 pixels of empty space
because that way people can just easily scroll and click unsubscribe because you want it
to not appear like you’re just sending somebody through automation. Keeping it simple is a biggest factor here
in the email marketing format in 2019, systems are getting smart to it, people are getting
annoyed with it, so you just keep it simple. All right. Now, we’re getting into the email list. Whether you have a list or it’s a couple of
years old, it’s outdated or you want to get some new contacts into your list, this is
going to be the critical step to get quality data. In my experience, I do not use any sort of
list building services that get their information from hoovers or DNB and it’s old and outdated
and they’re going to build a list based on your criteria. We get hit from those companies all the time. I’ve known people that have owned those companies
before. To me, that is not a play to go down because
you have zero control. If you can’t search and query it yourself
and look at the data and then pull more, and more, and more, that’s not an effective way
to build the list. The best way that I’ve ever received a bill
of list is going to be ZoomInfo. Now, ZoomInfo, that’s something we used for
years. We’re currently not using it. This is not endorsed by them, but ZoomInfo,
you can look into their system. I don’t know what the pricing is going to
be when you’re watching this video, but right now it’s about $5,000 a year. You get 5,000 automatic exports, but you get
to access their entire database and you just get to do search queries in it, and keyword
phrases, and cities, and states, and titles, and things like that. You get to go into their system, pull all
that information out, you can copy and paste it into a spreadsheet to not use any of your
credits, or you can just upload it into the system and then download it with one click
to use some of your credits. But either way, for a year, $5,000 if you’re
really looking to build out a list, this is the most effective for anybody that’s bootstrapped
and doing it from the ground up that doesn’t have the marketing spend. You can put the $5,000 in and then just build
a list out by searching, copy, and pasting into a spreadsheet. The other way to do it is to hire a freelancer
or somebody from the outside to strictly do data scraping. From that aspect is you’re going to build
out search queries or you’re going to build a list of search criteria and pay somebody
most likely offshore or overseas, so that when the rate is lower, pay somebody to go
through, do a Google search, find a company name, go to that website, pull the contact
information, and copy that onto the spreadsheet. That’s really the other way to do it. At the end of the day, that’s probably going
to be the least cost behind it, but there is going to be some issues with language barriers. It could be communication issues, the quality
of it, the time of it, things like that. Really at the end of the day, the only two
options that I see for building our list is going to be using ZoomInfo and searching list
yourself or using a freelancer or an agency from the outside that can do offshore list
building because it is going to be ridiculously cheap compared to using somebody in the US
or in Europe, if you can. Ideally, you want to try and have a list built
by having a newsletter then having people subscribe to it and then you can just send
out your newsletter once a week, once a month, things like that. But from the beginning when you have nobody
and you don’t want to wait months and months and or a year to get a newsletter list built
up before you send your first piece, go out there and get that information. The other way you can do it is use your LinkedIn
connections. Now, I try not to have us reach out to people
through LinkedIn using their email addresses because most time it’s their personal email
addresses, but sometimes wires get crossed and they get pulled into our system and they
get blasted. A lot of times people are going to get an
either annoyed by that or they’re going to click the unsubscribe and flag you as spam,
which would cause issues in the future. But just sending people a link on LinkedIn
or posting and saying, “Hey guys, check out my newsletter. Here’s some content we’re producing. Just subscribe so you can be notified. We’ll send it to you every week.” That would be the best way to do it. But if you don’t have that luxury, if you
don’t have the time ZoomInfo or having somebody do data scraping for you outside, you can
go to upwork.com or any sort of freelance site and get them to have somebody that you
can look at reviews and say, “This person has been doing this. Here’s all the reviews. Their cost is maybe three, four, five, six
bucks an hour, 10 bucks an hour or something like that.” Have them build out the list and then they
get that back to you quickly and you can start building slowly over time. But either way, building that list in my recommendation,
do not use any sort of third party group that’s going to say, “I’m going to build your list
for you,” because most of the time they suck. If you guys got value out of this content
about your 2019 email marketing strategy, hit that like button. If you have questions or want me to jump into
anything deeper, leave a comment below and we will see you on the next one.

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