A motivational speaker gives her tips on business success

Debbie Mayo-Smith: Two surefire ways to fail in online marketing

It pays to understand how emails are screened, rejected or accepted. Photo / Getty Images
It pays to understand how emails are screened, rejected or accepted. Photo / Getty Images

Last week I wrote about Getting Gold In Database Marketing and the three top elements were:

1. Never let a viable prospect go before asking if they'd like to go on your database.

2. Targeting equals success.

3. Limit the number of times you market a product or service to an individual
This week let's look at a few pointers for your content, what you actually say in the email or social media post.

1. Wiifthem (what's in it for them).

The number one content rule, and unfortunately where 999 out of 1000 businesses fail is not recognising the simple fact their recipients only care about their own world. They're busy. Over messaged. Over inundated. It's as are as a four leaf clover to see business emails that are not written from a me, me, me point of view.

Here's a few examples from my inbox:

a. A consultant: I've just written a new book.

b. A Twitter direct message: We develop easy to use & affordable hosted IT....

c. Speaker: if you missed my webinar

You can see these are written from the businesses' perspective.

A simple mind set change would make all the difference.

What are the problems pains and frustrations of your readers/your audience and which of your solutions would interest them? How can you help them be more successful?

How can you help them money?

Then a simple tweak of your wording will make a huge difference.

a. A consultant: Here's a new book you'll be interested in.

b. A Twitter direct message: Do you need easy to use & affordable hosted IT?

c. Speaker: Do you want to know more about x? Here's a link to my webinar.

2. You must, must, must write for spam filters for email.

It pays to understand how emails are screened, rejected or accepted.

Commercial spam filters intricately examine each email and primarily work on a point scoring system. The filtering criteria, words as well as technical set up is different for every business recipient as their IT department sets the controls.

- NZ Herald

Debbie Mayo-Smith aka Ms Effective, gives speeches, seminars and trains on sales and personal productivity. Debbie helps you get more done in less time and increase profitability. Sign up for her monthly quick tip newsletter at www.successis.co.nz. To have Debbie speak at your next event or train your team call 64 27 575 5359 or visit her www.debbiespeaks.co.nz

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A motivational speaker gives her tips on business success

Debbie is one of the most in-demand speakers in Australasia; in the top 7pc of speakers globally and well-loved for her practical, plain talking technology quick tips. A best-selling author of sixteen books, Debbie has sharpened the activity of over 1 million individuals around the world through her presentations, training, newsletters, books and videos.

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