Want to hit the ground running in 2018? Have you been working in your business, catching up from the busy Christmas period? Have you got a long list of things to do and your own marketing is at the top but unsure where to start. Our quick list may be just the thing you need to help you get started.
1. Social Media
Pick a new social platform that you have never tried and make it your new year goal to become a digital guru for that network and add another string to your bow.
If a picture paints 1000 words what does a moving image do? Create one piece of moving digital media to promote your business. It could be a slideshow, animation, interview, or panoramic video. This can be delivered on your website or shared on social media. Don’t forget to measure the response.
3. Landing Pages
We are all knowledgeable about your products or services, give away some FREE information via a landing page which asks for a potential customers details in exchange for this FREE helpful information.
4. Email Marketing
Be brave and try something you have never done before. Add that video you created, start a referral program, run a competition or celebrate a milestone. Contacting potential customers even once a month may just be enough put you in the forefront of their mind.
5. Existing Customers
We all know it’s easier to get more business from an existing customer rather than finding a new customer. Go through your contact list and find one reason to contact each customer, nothing sales based… ask them how your existing service is working for them, or maybe just to see how their Christmas and new year went and see where the conversation leads.
If you are new to email marketing you may not know there are rules and regulations set out to help you and your customers. The most common question I get asked is who can I send email marketing to and what permission do I need?
There are two kinds of permission. Implied permission and express permission. Implied permission is a little loose and covers anybody who you have an existing business relationship with. Express permission is everyone who has directly given you permission by opting in or subscribing either online or in-store.
You must clearly include a valid postal address for your business in your email campaigns. This can be your street address, a postbox or a registered commercial mail-receiving company that your business uses.
There are no legal rules of engagement, this comes down to common courtesy. Think how often you like to receive emails from a company and what type of business they run. For example… a supermarket marketing email can acts a weekly reminder to do your online shopping but another business thanking you for your visit then promoting their products on day 1, day 3 and day 5 may become a bit much.
Let recipients opt-out easily. You should provide a link somewhere in the email for users to opt-out easily.
Clearly identify that your message is an advertisement. E.g. if there is an offer state what the offer is.
Don’t use misleading header information. This specifically applies to: From name, subject line and reply-to address. Email marketing laws stipulate that you must not include incorrect or misleading information in these fields to try to trick people into opening your email campaigns.
New legislation from the General Data Protection Regulation will come in to force from 25th May 2018. It will require your business to take extra measures to ensure customer data is kept safe and used properly. More info >
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