Creative and Clever Ways to Grow Your Marketing Lists


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Did you know that your marketing database degrades by about 25% every year? Whether your contacts change jobs or they opt-out of your lists, as a marketer it's your job to make sure you’re constantly adding fresh contacts to your marketing campaigns so you can keep your numbers going in the right direction. If you're not working to grow your lists or you've run out of fresh ideas to do so, view this presentation and learn some creative and clever ways to build up your marketing lists quickly and easily.

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Creative and Clever Ways to Grow Your Marketing Lists

  1. 1. Don’t Take the 25% Hit: Creative and Clever Tips to Grow and Manage Marketing Lists Jennifer Culbertson | Looking Glass Marketing October 2013
  2. 2. What We’ll Cover Today  Types of lists  Tips for building in-house lists  Tips for acquiring external lists  List maintenance  Resources Q & A
  3. 3. Importance of Lists • Target Campaigns - reach the right prospects • Building Relationships and Following – By updating your lists, you can identify your real customers from the ones who are not • New Leads = New Business = $$$
  4. 4. Importance of Lists Important Elements to Campaign Success 20% 50% 30% Mailing List Marketing Offer Creative
  5. 5. Types of Lists In-House Lists • In House List (Best List!) External Lists • – – – – Customers/Clients Partners Vendors Individuals who responded to call to action – Individuals who have optedin (email) – Professional organizations/people have relationship with • Purchased Lists – Contact list who you’ve purchased with unlimited use – You own list Rented Lists – Contact list you have rented to use XX number of times. – Don’t own the list
  6. 6. In-House Lists
  7. 7. Benefits of In-House Lists • Less costly • Contains contacts who want to hear from you • Better deliverability and response rates because they know and trust you • Less complaints because compliance with CAN-SPAM Act – Expressed, written or verbal permission – Already have relationship with contact
  8. 8. Typical Issues with In-House Lists • Slow process and take time to build • Smaller lists • May not have all the data you’d like i.e. phone number, title, etc. • Time and resources to build the list
  9. 9. List Building Sources – In-House Lists • • Your Website – Sign-up form – Registration form Social Media – LinkedIn – Face Book – Twitter – YouTube – Blogging – Sharing buttons • • Lead Generation – Trade Shows – Events/Webinars – PPC – Direct mail – Telemarketing – Newsletters Partners/Referral Sources – Non-competitive technology companies (hardware, software) – Bankers, Accountants, Attorneys, Consultants
  10. 10. Tips to Growing Your Lists
  11. 11. Top Tactics to Grow Lists • Web registration page • Social media sharing buttons • Offline events • Registration during purchase • Online events
  12. 12. Using Your Website Capture website traffic • Include sign-up box on website – Place in multiple locations – top 15 pages – Make visible – above fold • Use inviting call to action – “Sign up for our newsletter to get latest on XX” – “Sign up for helpful tips & tricks” – “Get our special offers or incentives”
  13. 13. Sign Up Forms • What do you really need? – Only ask what’s needed – Don’t require too many fields – Name and email get highest number of sign-ups
  14. 14. Include Sample Archives • Show visitors what they will get by providing a preview of archives to capture new contacts
  15. 15. Driving Traffic to Sign-up Form • Drive traffic to your form through marketing efforts: – Events, trade shows, presentations, newsletters, link on email signature – Pay-per-click ads – Add a QR code (Quick Response Code) to your print marketing collateral that people can scan to opt in to your database
  16. 16. Using Social Media to Build Lists
  17. 17. Social Media Tips Twitter: • Tweet your website and link to free email news and tips • Tweet a special offer if you signup • Tweet newsletter and provide link to sign-up LinkedIn: • Add link to “websites” section – Sign up for free tips
  18. 18. Social Media Tips • Blog: – Add a sign-up form on your blog. – Republish newsletter content on your blog and link to sign-up for future issues. – Guest write for other blogs and publications – Include links to your website and sign-up forms part of your bio and in all articles. – Add sign-up link to signature line. • YouTube: Include links in your video – call to action for offer – Ask your viewers to subscribe to your YouTube Channel – Add a link to your YouTube landing page (YouTube Channel) to signup under the video clip description • Google+ – Promote offers and email signup through your Google+ business page by making use of your Google+ updates and your Google+ about section.
  19. 19. Email Subscription Ads • Google Email Subscription Ads - allowing companies to buy ads that automatically fill in a “Subscribe to newsletter” or “Get offers” - even comes pre-filled with your Gmail address if you’re logged in.
  20. 20. Viral Marketing • Add “Forward to Friend” or “Share with Others” link and buttons in email communication • Add “share/tell a friend” links below each newsletter article
  21. 21. Mobile-Friendly Sign-up Forms • Make all of your email marketing and email signup forms mobile-friendly. • Capture and collect email signups across all your devices, thus opening up many potential capture points and opportunities. – Use single column format and put the call to action for your newsletter at the bottom of your content column. – Best Practices 3643/improving-the-usability-of-emailsubscribe-forms-on-mobile-devices
  22. 22. External Lists
  23. 23. Benefits of External Lists • Quickly expand, enhance, augment database • Obtain very targeted list that you might not otherwise be able to build • Ability to expand or update the type of information you may need for contacts i.e. titles
  24. 24. Typical Issues with External Lists • Finding reliable and affordable lists that fit your exact needs • Inability to pick exact criteria including titles, levels, roles, company size, industry, etc. • Lack of visibility into the data being purchased • Having to purchase a set minimum number • No insight into duplicate information already in my system • Can be costly!
  25. 25. Feedback on External Lists • • • • • Who’s acquired external lists? What’s your feedback? What has worked for you? What hasn’t worked? Lessons learned?
  26. 26. List Building Sources – External Lists • • • List Compliers - Large databases populated with information collected from various sources including directories, contacts from trade shows, public records, social sites, credit reports, etc. • Jigsaw • Hoover’s • NetProspex List Brokers - act as a "go-between" matching list owners to those who wish to buy or rent lists, receiving a commission from the list owners. • MeritDirect • IDG • Marketry • B2B Data Group Other Sources • Association lists • Chamber of Commerce, local business groups, etc. • User groups
  27. 27. Questions to Ask Before Acquiring a List What makes your data unique? • It is important to ask what makes the data in the list you are considering unique, and be sure it is not compiled from sources you have already purchased from recently. How often do you refresh your data? • How often your data provider adds names to their database, but it is perhaps even more important to know how often they remove names from their database and what steps they take to prevent “dead” names from being added back to the system. How is your data priced? Is there a minimum purchase? • If you can get a per-contact price of less than $1 per contact (with email), then you are doing very well – but if you are required to spend at least $5K then it might not be such a good deal.
  28. 28. Questions to Ask Before Acquiring a List Do you provide a credit for duplicates or bad contacts? • Make sure your data provider has some sort of system in place to provide credit for duplicate or bad contacts. Do we own the data, or is this a list rental? • Make sure to clarify if the list is a rental or for purchase.
  29. 29. Get The Data You Want Here are 6 simple criteria to define before ordering a list: 1) Geography: Do you want to target any particular state, region or entire U.S.? 2) Industry: Are there any specific industries you want to target? Manufacturing, Distribution, Professional Services, Healthcare, Retail, etc. 3) Job Titles: CEO, President, CFO, COO, Accounting Director, Sales, Marketing, Procurement, Supply Chain, etc. 4) Contact Organization Level: C Level, VP Level, Director Level, or Manager level? 5) Size of the Organizations: Defined in two different ways • Revenue: Companies with revenue of $20 - $500 million • Employee size: Target employee size like "between 50 – 1,000 employees" or "more than 50 employees." 6) End use: Is the list being used for telemarketing, email marketing, a mail campaign, or some combination of the above?
  30. 30. List Search Tool
  31. 31. Other List Tools List Building Resources • – online database • – online database • – online directory • – list broker • – list broker/database • – list broker Sales Prospect List Building – segmented list-building • •
  32. 32. Managing Your Lists
  33. 33. List Cleansing and Management • According to MarketingSherpa: – Data degrades at 2.1% per month – Every year 25-30% of your data is inaccurate – Fueling lead generation programs with incorrect data will result in a decrease in marketing effectiveness and sales conversions.
  34. 34. List Cleansing and Management Why keep a clean list? • • • Saves cost – mail and email Prevents stats from being skewed – need to remove bad data Improves deliverability rates and overall effectiveness Three steps for good list hygiene: 1. 2. 3. Identify contacts and addresses to remove Check for inactivity Try to reactivate the inactive before removing Remember to Clean Up Lists!
  35. 35. How to Handle Unsubscribes Make it Easy, Fast and Flawless: • Should be simple as clicking a linking “unsubscribe” Just Do It: • Unsubscribes should be processed immediately with no exceptions. The CANSPAM law permits you ten days to remove someone from your list.
  36. 36. List Cleansing and Management • No opens or clicks for at least 6 months – Try to re-engage • Try different send days and times • Try different subject lines • Send “can’t refuse” offer or “best of” series with your best content • If no response, send final email letting them know you will be removing them and see if they respond
  37. 37. Email Verification and List Hygiene Providers • • • • • • • BriteVerify – tools you need to remove invalid emails from databases, email marketing campaigns, or online newsletters and keep them out for good. DataValidation – offers an easy-to-use, customizable solution for maintaining a clean and accurate email database. eHygienics - professional email verification company. They remove bounces, threats, protestors, litigators and all other perceivable hazards from subscriber databases. FreshAddress - helps companies that depend on email to drive revenue by building, updating, segmenting, and cleaning their email lists. Impressionwise - data intelligence platform is based on policy-driven rule sets and real-time scanning algorithms that use a multi-layered approach to identify, validate and protect against a wide range of e-mail-based threats. LeadSpend –Whether you have a single list to validate, or many, they provide several secure and easy-to-use list upload options. StrikeIron – Quickly and effortlessly verify and validate email addresses and domains to ensure their accuracy before you spend unnecessary time, energy and money, increasing your message deliverability by 90%.
  38. 38. CAN-SPAM Act for Email • Signed into law in 2003, The CAN-SPAM Act, sets the rules for commercial email, establishes requirements for commercial messages, gives recipients the right to have you stop emailing them, and spells out tough penalties for violations. • Covers all commercial messages, which the law defines as “any electronic mail message the primary purpose of which is the commercial advertisement or promotion of a commercial product or service,” including email that promotes content on commercial websites. The law makes no exception for business-to-business email. • Each separate email in violation of the CAN-SPAM Act is subject to penalties of up to $16,000, so non-compliance can be costly.
  39. 39. CAN-SPAM Act for Email • • • • • • Don’t use false or misleading header information. Your “From,” “To,” “Reply-To,” and routing information – including the originating domain name and email address – must be accurate and identify the person or business who initiated the message. Don’t use deceptive subject lines. The subject line must accurately reflect the content of the message. Tell recipients where you’re located. Your message must include your valid physical postal address. This can be your current street address, a post office box you’ve registered with the U.S. Postal Service, or a private mailbox you’ve registered with a commercial mail receiving agency established under Postal Service regulations. Tell recipients how to opt out of receiving future email from you. Your message must include a clear and conspicuous explanation of how the recipient can opt out of getting email from you in the future. Honor opt-out requests promptly. Any opt-out mechanism you offer must be able to process opt-out requests for at least 30 days after you send your message. You must honor a recipient’s opt-out request within 10 business days. Monitor what others are doing on your behalf. If you hire another company to handle your email marketing, both the company whose product is promoted in the message and the company that actually sends the message may be held legally responsible. For more information:
  40. 40. Privacy Statement on Website When you are collecting information, make sure you have a privacy statement on your website. “XYZ Company recognizes your right to confidentiality and is committed to protecting your privacy. We are not going to sell or share your information…” Better Business Bureau: Direct Marketing Association to help you build a privacy policy: or
  41. 41. Resources • Microsoft Partner Network List Sources: • List Search Tool from the DMA and NextMark: &utm_campaign=betterlists • North American Industry Classification: • SIC Codes: • FTC SPAM Site: • Email Experience Council: - email marketing arm of the Direct Marketing Association
  42. 42. List Brokers
  43. 43. List Compilers
  44. 44. Final Thoughts • Don’t underestimate the importance of your marketing lists • In-house lists are best lists. Build them through your marketing efforts, website and social media • Augment with external lists but ask the right questions to make sure you get what you want • Don’t let data get old - Be sure to clean up and maintain lists regularly • Get up to speed with CAN-SPAM rules • Review your Privacy Policy on your website
  45. 45. Wrap Up • Marketing consulting with expertise working with Microsoft Dynamics partner organizations. • Services include: – Virtual Marketing Director program – On-demand Marketing Resource Desk via Email – Marketing Execution and Project Management – Writing/Content Development (Case Studies, Blogs, Web Content) • Questions? Contact me: • Jennifer Culbertson 614-453-5927
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