If you’re the CEO or marketing director of a B2B company, you might be wondering: What are the most important marketing tactics? 

One of the most common things that people wonder about is what tactic they can use to get more of the right types of clients. At Ajax Union, our CEO and Founder, Joe Apfelbaum, always says, 

“The right strategy will save you a decade.”

 

So in fact, the tactic does not matter as much as the strategy because traffic can come from anywhere as long as it’s the right traffic. 

There are three main tactics that drive traffic: Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Social Media, and Email. 

SEO is beneficial because it brings organic traffic from Google search engines to your site. But what happens when the traffic hits your website? Does your business have a plan? If you don’t have the right messaging and the ability to convert that traffic, your business is in trouble.

The whole reason businesses engage in SEO, social media, and email campaigns is to get one thing: attention. Businesses need attention to thrive. But what if your business is not ready for the attention? What if you get the attention and your business doesn’t have the bandwidth to handle it? What if you get the attention from the right people and you do not have the resources to follow up? What if you get the attention from the wrong people and they waste your time? 

You can avoid all of these scenarios by starting with a strategic goal for the traffic you want to get. 

If you want to get people into your marketing funnel (system for nurturing leads to get them warmed up and want to buy), the three most effective ways are SEO, social media, and email. 

Let’s review the three most important marketing tactics every B2B business should have:

 

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    1. Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

      When you want more information on something, where do you go?  GOOGLE! You Google everything. Want to know when the sunset is in Brooklyn, NY? Google it! Want to know how to create jump cuts on a video editing software, you Google it! Want to find a digital marketing agency that focuses on B2B companies? You Google it and then you ask your friends if they heard of Ajax Union.

      Chances are that if they are B2B and are in NYC, they have heard of us. Why? Because we rank pretty high on Google, both on the ORGANIC side and on the PAID side for the keywords that matter.

      Start with identifying the MOST important keywords you want your business to rank for on search engines like Google and then find out where you are for those keywords. Remember that people have INTENT when they search. Traffic with intent is very valuable.

      What do people want to do when they search that particular keyphrase? Do they want to buy? Do they want to learn? Do they want to have fun? Think of high-intent versus low-intent when creating your keywords. Keep these rules in mind:

      Rule 1: The more generic the keyword, the more traffic there is, but the harder it is to rank highly on and the more expensive it is to advertise to.

      Rule 2: The more specific the keyword is, the easier to rank and the better the lead! So choose your keywords wisely.

    2. Social Media

      When it comes to getting traffic from social media, there is both paid traffic and organic traffic. Both have value but with social media, paid will get you the most bang for your buck, especially on Facebook and Instagram.

      When we say ‘paid traffic,’ we mean advertising on social media. It’s very effective because you can target people based on who they are, what they do, where they live, and how they think. Paid advertising allows you to pick people of a certain income level that have watched certain videos, live in a specific area, and have a specific email address.

      The more targeted your traffic is, the more effective your paid media will be because it will make it more likely that people will take action. People will take action if the message resonates with them.  LinkedIn is a great source to get organic traffic. Businesses can post on LinkedIn, and hundreds, if not thousands of people, can see it in just a few hours and it costs your business nothing but time.
      Your business must have the right strategy and invest time and effort to get it right. When you do get it right, you will win big with social media.

    3. Email Marketing

      Everyone has an email. Everyone checks their email. Everyone also deletes emails. When using email marketing for your business, the key lies in having the right LIST and sending them the right message on a consistent basis.

      Email marketing works really well for businesses because the audience is more clear. Email marketing lists are generally made up of contacts who have already interacted with your business. So when sending an email, your message is more targeted and customized, making it more likely that it will garner engagement or responses.

      When using email marketing, make sure not to send emails to random leads.  Instead, invest in building a relationship with a group of people that are likely to buy and refer business to you.

When you jump into the world of marketing, you’ll find that there are hundreds of other tactics that you can use to get traffic and attention to your business, product, or service. The key is to know where to put your time.  Where focus goes, energy flows, so focus your efforts at one traffic source at a time. 

For example, if you have a product or service that people search for all the time, that’s a great opportunity to use Google Adwords. 

If you need to build an audience and nurture them, use Facebook ads to target people based on who they are. 

If you have a list that you built over the years that you can be sending emails to, work on improving your emails and offer to get more out of your list. 

If you do these three things right, you will be able to have more leads than you can handle.

 

For more insights on your business’s marketing tactics, schedule a FREE strategy session with us and we’ll give you personalized insights on your B2B marketing budget.

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In the world of B2B digital marketing, nothing is more important to get right than your target audience.

Without knowing who you’re serving, your marketing efforts may very well miss the mark. On that note, B2B marketing is completely different from B2C marketing! 

If you’re interested in learning B2B digital marketing best practices, download our guide today!

Did you know that there are around 5.6 billion Google searches a day? Yep, you heard that right, 5.6 billion searches! SEO

In today’s digitally saturated world, anything you need is one search away. And if you want your website to rank high among those searches, you’ll have to play by Google’s rules. To do this you will need to improve your search engine optimization (SEO) efforts. What is SEO? SEO is the process of increasing the quality and quantity of search engine traffic to a website or a web page through organic or unpaid traffic.

By making small adjustments to your website you can start to improve your search engine ranking so people can find you more easily than your competitors.

If you’re interested in improving your site’s ranking, download our guide to learn the 5 ways you can improve your website’s SEO ranking!

What is email automation?

An email automation sequence is a series of emails that are automatically sent to your prospects as they enter new stages of the marketing funnel.

Each email is designed to drive the relationship with your lead forward until they eventually become a customer. So how do you use email marketing automation technology to convert leads into customers?

Here are some tips on how to make your emails amazing:

1. Use engaging subject lines.

What’s the first thing your prospects read? Subject lines!

If you want to get your prospects’ attention, you’re going to have to make the first line they see hard to ignore. Almost half of all emails are opened on the basis of subject lines alone. Consider making your subject lines humorous or urgent. Call out to your lead directly! The possibilities are endless.

2.  Avoid spammy tactics.

It’s best not to use too many exclamation points or all caps in your subject lines or within the body text of your emails. While you want to create a sense of urgency, using all caps online can come off as pushy and gimmicky. Or worse yet: it will lead to unsubscribes or even get you flagged by your newsletter service.

3. Write personable content.

Whether you work B2B or B2C or both,  in reality: it’s all people to people. If you want to increase conversion rates in your email campaigns, make the content of these emails as human as possible. 

After all, no one likes feeling commodified. Opting for a more conversational tone over formal and dry language makes it easier to build a relationship with your lead.

4. Make the content easy to read.

Content inside of a mailbox should still be easily digestible! It’s not an opportunity to dump information haphazardly. You can make your emails scannable by ensuring the content is organized, relatively short-form, and has distinct themes or topics.

5. Know who you’re talking to.

Make sure to personalize the content you’re including in your automation campaigns for your specific buyer persona. Incorporate language that’s appropriate for their age group and reference peoples, places, and things that are a part of their world. Speak to them directly and address their pain points!

6. Target the emails.

The age of general marketing is over! Use marketing tech to ensure your leads are receiving targeted messaging aligned with where they’re at in the customer journey. Your leads are at different stages of the customer journey, so send them marketing materials accordingly.

7. Keep the email focused on the goal

What does your email intend to do? Get more traffic on your website? Sign up for a webinar? Establish rapport? 

When you have a clear goal, make sure your email is focused and not sending your audience in varying directions. This makes it easier for you to achieve the goal, and easier for your lead to take action. 

8. Always have a call to action

Unfortunately, an email being armed with persuasive and quality content isn’t always enough. Make sure your emails have a clear call to action, like “download this article” or “visit our website” or “learn more.” It’s good practice to include only one call-to-action per email.

9. Split test your emails

When writing an email automation campaign with a clear goal in mind, consider using more than one variation of an email to uncover what kinds of language and content your users find more engaging. 

This is the essence of marketing: constantly improving your content to give your leads what they want and need!

10. Draw inspiration from other great email campaigns

First time at the rodeo? Don’t fret. We were all beginners once.

But in today’s age of information, there’s an abundance of examples for you to use when you’re just starting out in your marketing approach. Search online for other excellent marketing campaigns and draw inspiration from brands and agencies whose tactics you know work. It’ll help you hone your marketing efforts and there’s no shame in that!

To learn more about how Ajax Union can help you generate leads and referrals for your business using marketing funnels, click here

Check your inbox. For real, leave this app and check your inbox.

Ok, welcome back.

How many of the emails, that now call your inbox home, will merit even 2 seconds of your attention? Some, you’ll skim mindlessly, pausing mid-swipe to double-take at a cat GIF.
A few may get the trash-tap treatment before even the first “Hey there, gamerboy91!” is revealed. And others will fatally suck, resulting in a frantic jab at the dreaded unsubscribe button with exaggerated fury.

Why do crappy emails make us so MAD?

A wise woman once said, your personal inbox is like your digital foyer. You don’t mind welcoming new people to your home…until they stop knocking before they enter.

In other words, we’re open to receiving emails as long as they’ve provided value in the past and may provide value in the future. But once they start to “make themselves at home” in our inbox, and take their invitation into our personal space for granted, they’ll lost our trust, interest and patience – FAST.

So what does this mean for us, both as email marketers and (hypocritically) serial email deleters? Will email marketing be forever lost to the Wikipedia pages of web practices that have grown obsolete?

Here’s your answer: According to Campaign Monitor, in 2017, email marketing ROI averages to $38 for every $1 spent. That’s 40x more than what Facebook engagement usually brings in.

That’s a revelation. That’s game-changing. That’s a wake-up call to the digital marketing world.

No, email marketing is far from dead. In fact, it’s just getting started. So how can you gain that coveted, proverbial “Welcome Mat” into your customer’s digital foyer? By following three key guidelines:

1: Knock first
2: Bring a hostess gift
3: Be a gracious houseguest

KNOCK FIRST
Even if your host expressly invited you into their home, do you simply barge through the door on your first visit? Of course not. You knock. In email-land, this is equivalent to an opt-in email. These automated emails double-check with the recipient about subscribing to your list, even if they voluntarily subscribed to your newsletter.
You may think this a cumbersome extra step, but it makes all the difference. Tempting as it is to just grab as many email addresses as you can and start blasting those newsletters, you won’t build lasting relationships that bring in real sales that way. Check out the automated opt-in email below. We can assume the recipient has already been getting emails from Archant for a while:

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Archant is showing their valued subscribers that they care about their preferences while SIMULTANEOUSLY ensuring that only those interested in their product are receiving their meticulously crafted emails.

BRING A HOSTESS GIFT
Provide value. Make it worth their while. Make them second guess themselves as their finger hovers over the trash icon: maybe there’s something of value in this email that I’m about to throw away?

This doesn’t mean giving away inventory, or even promo codes. Check out this email for received from Glossier, a fun makeup company with a super-strong brand personality:

 

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The images were perfectly screensaver-sized, and were lusciously visual, brand-consistent and of course: free.

Glossier didn’t charge a penny for these images, and yet, as the recipient, we felt like it was an exclusive gift from the glorious founder herself. What a simple, clever way to deliver value to your email list!

So while offer codes, downloads, and free swag are great “Hostess Gifts”, you don’t have to limit yourself to physical deliverables. You know your target audience better than anyone – you know what they’ll appreciate. Even if it’s just a screensaver.

BE A GRACIOUS HOUSE GUEST
There are some unspoken rules when you’re a guest: use your inside voice, don’t clog the toilet, feet off the coffee table…to name but a few. In order to stay welcome in your audience’s mailbox, you’ve got to be a dream guest.

Pop in only once in awhile: daily emails are a surefire way to get your recipients annoyed at you.

Don’t be too loud: if every subject line is YOU’RE ABOUT TO MISS THE DEAL OF A LIFETIME! and all your offering is another $5 off your order off $500, then you’ll lost trust fast.

Show appreciation: say “Thanks for letting us visit” every so often. It reminds your audience that you appreciate and respect that they’ve invited you in.

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Canva sent out this email when they hit 2 million users on their site. In an effort to show how they still care for every customer individually, they let users know what number user they were. This isn’t earth shattering information, but it made every customer feel like they were a part of something greater and individually relevant.

Start sprinkling these strategies into your emails and pay close attention to your open rate. Remember, even if customers don’t engage with your emails, they could be actively reading, enjoying, or even forwarding them. By establishing your newsletter as one of the few they don’t block, you’ve got more than just a foot in the door: you have a guaranteed seat on their living room couch.

Have any other tips for crafting emails that have staying power? Tell us in the comments below!

Looking to improve your email marketing techniques? Ajax Union is a full service digital marketing agency based in Brooklyn, New York. Our team is here to help you become an amazing company. Contact us so we can walk you through the realm of online marketing. Visit our page to learn more about our new technology product, B2Bx.