Email Marketing – Introduced

The online market place used to be an area where anyone can get lost. When potential buyers disappear in this neighborhood after browsing through the online retailer’s site, it’s an automatic loss for the latter. The loss is a major issue with these online retailers because the chances of having their customers back would be close to impossible. Thus, direct email marketing was born.

Direct email marketing, when incorporated with the retailer’s own business techniques, is expected to make your consumers patronize your products. Having them contacted constantly would give the customers updates about the latest presented merchandises available at the online retailer’s site. This, of course, can be achieved after several stages.

It can take 6 touch points for a retailer to establish trust among customers. The points would mean a lot for merchants as it gives them an overview of their buyer’s interest in purchasing their products. However, it would take several visits to reach this level. Adding up a sign box to your website from any major email marketing company and collecting visitor’s addresses can easily increase the retailer’s chances of achieving the 6 touch points. The online seller will get points from the buyer’s first visit, but in order to get to the maximum goal level, the same merchant should visit the site constantly.

This is where email marketing comes in. After gaining permission from their customers to contact them, retailers can now create flashy email marketing promotions to lure them back to their site. It is, however, highly necessary not to be sending spam to these contact persons to protect the integrity of the business. This marketing strategy will still be effective even after several weeks from the customer’s last visit. The key is finding the market’s demand and answering them by providing the products they need.

As per every business, the first step of every retailer is to know the needs of his market. This will serve as the foundation of the business. In online retailing, however, the retailer has to find a product that provides the needs of the majority of the online consumers. Nonetheless, if the service is already available in the area, it is then the merchant’s initiative to find a way to better the service or the quality of the product so as to go beyond the check. This will give the establishment an edge among the other businesses who offer the same products to the market.

By combining the retailer’s techniques in direct marketing with email marketing, the success of the business won’t be too far.

Selling in America – Avoiding the Carnage of Direct Marketing

Does this person really think I’m interesting? Does he truly like my work? Does he honestly believe I have a beautiful family?

Having your ego stroked felt good, but now as you lie in bed late at night, a dark feeling creeps into your awareness and the primal instincts that have protected human beings for eons gradually convinces you that you’re under attack. Not by a hungry saber-toothed tiger or velociraptor, but by something much more insidious – one of your own.

Soon, you begin to realize that the person manipulating your ego was vying to achieve a goal, and that his entire persona was nothing more than a meticulously crafted sales presentation – from his fine clothes, to his quick laugh and easy smile. And then that sinking feeling arrives, plummeting you ever deeper into your fears and insecurities – Am I interesting? Am I good at my work? Am I a successful parent?

Typically one can gauge an organization’s priorities by how it utilizes its resources. The same goes for America. By far, the highest paid jobs in America belong to sales professionals, which makes sense since we are participating in a consumer driven economy. America rewards those that keep products and services moving, but as we have recently learned the hard way, lapses in oversight, particularly when it involves sales incentives, can have a crushing effect on society. The benefits of a consumer driven economy are obvious – it’s made America the wealthiest nation on the planet, but the culture of “get rich” seems to have eroded the principles of what America was built upon, and sales professionals are getting the blame.

Is it truly the American way to reward individuals and measure success by one’s ability to push products and services by any means necessary? Utilizing well crafted sales tactics designed to manipulate the human ego, or by outright attacking the fears and insecurities of sensitive and well mannered consumers?

Good marketing organizations know this is not the case, but they are also acutely aware of the fine line between selling the benefits of a product or service and exploiting the egos and insecurities of consumers.

The smooth skills of sales representatives are expected to a degree, but what happens when the pitch comes from a friend?

Blurring the line between family, friendship and building your Multi Level Marketing network.

In the late 1980′s, Tonight Show host Johnny Carson asked his guest, Donald Trump, what he would do if he lost all his fortune. Donald replied “I’d join Amway.” Even though the crowd booed, mainstream America was introduced to the possibility that direct marketing might be a viable way to generate income.

Since then, a barrage of direct marketing programs have been unleashed on society incorporating a variety of products and services. As a result, individuals have been tapping into personal relationships in order to expedite growth and income, which bids the question:

Is Multi Level Marketing a channel for average citizens to gain financial freedom and independence, or an insidious attack poisoning the very fabric that good community is built upon? Are consumer based “relationships” infiltrating the foundation of openness and trust of family and friendship?

The cost of “gaining independence and fulfilling your financial dreams” through direct marketing is often at the risk of losing what is of the highest value to most Americans – the love and respect of family and friends. Not because they disapprove of what you are doing, but because you’ve somehow tainted a personal, trusting relationship – a relationship that may have taken years to build – by reducing them into a consumer.

The claim “word of mouth is the best advertising there is”, which is at the cornerstone of direct marketing, should contain the caveat “unbiased word of mouth”. If someone has something to gain from personally promoting a product or service, it is no longer “word of mouth”, it is simply deceptive advertising. Unless, of course, the salesperson acknowledges the fact that he is benefiting from the sale and perhaps can even offer the same benefits to you. Which leads us back to this – if Multi Level Marketing is presented in an open and honest way that respects and honors the personal relationships it relies upon for its success, does it have the potential of providing significant benefits and rewards for all participants as a viable marketing and income solution? Since my personal experience with direct marketing is limited, I don’t know this to be the case, but I suspect there is a chance it may be true.

Whether they are aware of it or not, most MLM’s operate with some degree of deception. If you want to test this, simply ask a direct marketer (preferably one that has approached you) how much profit he is making. There are many reasons why he may not want to answer, but the fact remains, if someone is trying to enlist your talents, time and effort as a partner into his enterprise he should be prepared to answer all of your questions and concerns to the best of his ability. There are many legitimate “honest” answers to why someone isn’t performing well at the moment in any business, if that indeed is the case.

Hard Selling (see its definition below) has given the sales and marketing industry a bad rap, even as highly targeted and relevant search tools like Google are forcing unscrupulous sellers to clean up their act or be forced into oblivion. While it’s imperative that professional marketers continue to keep the faith and resist the temptation into deceptive advertising, it’s even more critical that the potential carnage of sullied relationships within American communities resulting from unadvised multi marketers be minimized through education, the practice of moral principle and some degree of private regulation.

Hard Selling: (Business Directory.com) “Applying psychological pressure (by appealing to someone’s fears, greed, or vanity) to persuade the prospect to make a quick purchase decision. This approach is justified on the ground that most people are lazy and will postpone making a decision-even if it were in their best interest to make the commitment. This practice is, however, reviled when its sole purpose is the salesperson’s gain at the customer’s detriment.”

Marketing 101: 5 Direct Marketing Tips

Marketing is one of the most complex aspects of any business and getting it right can be tricky. Direct marketing is one of a host of marketing tools that can be very effective if done well but this is often easier said than done. So here are some direct marketing tips to help you get your direct marketing campaign on track.Tip 1 Decide who you are going to target and which media you are going to useKnowing who your ideal customer is means you can target your campaign well. It is also extremely important to decide early on whether your campaign is going to be by direct mail, telephone, newspaper or magazine ad?Tip 2 Always do a test campaignSeasoned marketers advise that a test campaign is a must whether you are just starting out or have done a number of direct marketing campaigns before. This is one of the lesser known direct marketing tips. A test campaign helps you minimize risk but most importantly since you will be keeping records of what you do and the responses you receive it will provide valuable information about your customers allowing you to build a database and fine tune your campaign to generate high responses and get maximum conversions.Tip 3 Develop benchmarksAscertain what the usual response and conversion rates are for the media you are going to use for your direct marketing campaign as they can range from 5% to 40 or 50%. This piece of research can help you make realistic projections and prepare yourself mentally and financially should you not get the amount of responses you wanted. The aim here is to minimize failure. Proper preparation means your campaign may be better than average and may beat the odds.Tip 4 Be civil and politeWhether your campaign is in writing or via telephone always be civil and polite to your potential customers. Being rude and offensive, mispronouncing names or spelling them wrong can alienate customers.Tip 5 Make sure your customers know they are valuedIf you’re operating from a list of clients who have purchased products or services from you before little things like birthday or holiday greetings and special discounts go a long way to letting them know they a valued and can increase the likelihood that they would purchase from you again. They are also more likely to recommend your business to their friends or relatives who may be looking for similar products or services.If you’re operating with a brand new list or cold calling a free gift for responding or placing an order can make a difference between success and failure. This goodwill gesture need not be expensive but it can set you apart from your competitors, after all everyone loves receiving gifts and feeling valued.This is one of the best direct marketing tips that you can incorporate into your campaign strategy and one that could increase response rates considerably and give you maximum conversions for your efforts.