The job of cultivating donors, engaging target audiences, and building personal relationships are all crucial to achieving fundraising success. With each step in the process, it’s easy to lose sight of the single-most important part of increasing fundraising and volunteerism: conveying gratitude. Below are 7 practices to help you focus on the donor experience, as well as develop and strengthen donor relationships by cultivating an attitude of gratitude:
In today’s age of technology, we are constantly bombarded by information. From billboards on the highway to radio advertisements to social media and blog feeds, it seems like the onslaught of information never ends.
For this reason, it’s more important than ever before for a marketer to be able to “hook” their reader. If you don’t have a strong hook that makes a prospect or customer want to read more, there’s little chance of gaining your desired conversion from them.
A properly implemented email marketing campaign works much like a well-oiled machine. It’s effective, only requires a moderate amount of supervision and it produces results. And with little actual effort from its operators beyond its initial setup, no less. When you send out an individual mailing, it’s not this long, drawn out experience. You set things up the one time and it just hits the ground running, pretty much on its own.
By Ken Magill
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission announced last week it fined online dating company Plentyoffish Media $48,000 for allegedly violating Canada’s anti-spam law by failing to provide an unsubscribe mechanism that was prominently placed or easy enough to use.
Make email truly work for you through the power of automation. With it, you can set up and deploy a multitude of microcampaigns comprised of one-off messages sent in response to predetermined triggers like purchases being made, anniversary dates being reached, or sign ups getting generated. No more hovering over the SEND button and waiting for such events to turn up. Nope. The campaigns just run themselves and they hit SEND for you.
When people talk about drip campaigns, they typically refer to those campaigns that are automatically executed over a period of time, very often comprised of a couple different messages sent off every now and again. But, really, email marketing automation is also inclusive of those campaigns that are comprised of a single message made in direct response to a single event. That is to say, drip campaigns of only one message. And, really, it’s the constant firing off of these disparate one-off messages without your having to do so individually that constitutes part of what makes email marketing automation so useful.
Increase engagement through relevant targeted marketing communications driven directly by user behavior, profile or demographics — in real-time. Automating your emails is a great way to increase the success of your email marketing program, improve customer service and strengthen relationships. As compared to other email campaigns, automated event-triggered messages are the most effective at driving revenues because they are immediate.
The Email Engagement Challenge
Email marketing is an extremely valuable tactic for online marketers, and it’s only getting better: according to research firm eConsultancy, revenue from email marketing went up 28% in a single year. The companies who are sending effective messages that build email engagement are finding new prospects and nurturing existing ones down the sales funnel.
Effective email marketing is more complex than simply sending an email blast to your entire list. You can increase performance exponentially by targeting a subset of your subscribers, personalizing the email message, delivering customized campaigns that are sure to prompt a response, and performing remarketing based on their interaction with your campaigns.
Okay, you’ve gotten your content squared away. It looks good and reads right. Congratulations. You’ve even got your list nice and cleaned up. It’s all segmented and everything. Good job. You’re ready for the next step but a niggling doubt prevents you from moving forward: should you hit the send button now?