There are a million different ways you can market your business on and offline. Although that can be a good thing, it’s becoming more and more difficult to be seen and remembered by consumers. Because of this, it’s important to create a clear, concise marketing strategy for the overall success of your business. 

So, what is a marketing strategy? 

A marketing strategy is your business’s overall roadmap. Running a business without a marketing strategy is like driving with a blindfold on. 

Think of it like this: if you don’t know where you’re going, how will you know when you’ve got there?  

Creating a clear plan for your marketing strategy will give you direction in nearly every decision you make in your business. 

The key to a successful marketing strategy is a marketing funnel. Creating a marketing funnel will help you organize and implement your marketing strategy, allowing you to visualize your customer’s purchasing journey from start to finish. 

At Ajax Union, we use a proven 3-step process to create strategies that work.

Step 1: Strategy

Step 2: Assets

Step 3: Execution

Read this article on How Ajax Union Creates B2B Marketing Funnels That Drive Business. to understand how each step plays a vital role in the success of your marketing. 

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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!

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When strategizing a marketing funnel for your business, one of the most in-depth elements of the process is deciding what you want your brand message to be. 

Before you decide on your company’s  brand message, you must answer the following questions about your business:

  1. Who is your audience?
  2. What makes you stand out from the competition?
  3. How can I reach my target audience? 

Who Is Your Audience: Understanding Your Audience Using a Buyer Persona

A buyer persona is a semi-fictional model of your ideal customer. 

There are a number of ways to create a buyer persona using data and research.  At Ajax Union, we identify four core points about our ideal buyer: who they are, what they do, what their environment is, and what their pain points are. 

Using research and other insights, we try to uncover the answers to these questions:    

  • What’s their position? 
  • How old might they be on average? 
  • What are they hearing, seeing, or feeling on the day to day? 
  • What do they struggle within their role? 
  • What are their goals?

By uncovering these insights, you can focus your content and message to your audience in a personalized, targeted way.

What Makes You Stand Out From The Competition: Creating a Unique Value Proposition 

A unique value proposition is exactly what it sounds like: a proposal about what makes your company stand out.

Before you craft your messaging, you have to solidify what it is about your product or service that makes you stand out from the competition. By identifying your unique value, you give your leads the opportunity to gauge their interest in you more decisively.

A clear and effective unique value proposition draws the right leads in, and weeds the wrong leads out.

How Can I Reach My Target audience: Use Targeted Messaging Throughout Your Marketing Funnel

Targeted messaging is all about utilizing the information you have about your target audience in a strategic way in your marketing funnel. Messaging should be tailored accordingly to what step of the sales process they’re in. One of the biggest mistakes people make in marketing is sending the bottom of the funnel messaging to the top of the funnel prospects.

Prospects at different levels of the sales process or funnel are often referred to as “top of funnel” when they are getting to know you, “middle of funnel” when they are interested and learning more, and “bottom of funnel” when they are very engaged and have a need for you. 

For instance, a top of the funnel prospect needs to be alerted of your presence and educated about what you do. Language at this level of the funnel should be more generalized, but use just enough specific content to garner your prospects’ interest.

Prospects in the middle of the funnel have interest in you—but need more information to trust you. Draw them in with examples of your credibility like case studies and testimonials. and The goal is to encourage them to learn more about more intricate parts of your process.

A bottom of the funnel prospect is presumably already interested and has a need for you— they’ve engaged with you enough that they will engage with prompts to reach out and book a call. Your messaging here should be to convert your leads to customers. 

Once you’ve figured out how you will take your leads through your marketing funnel, use data about your target audience to strategically reach them. . For example, older prospects might be best reached through email or phone — while younger prospects frequent social media platforms.

At its core, marketing is all about finding the right way to show your market you’re worth doing business with. You want your brand message to be clear, address your prospects’ needs, explain why your product or service matters, set you apart, and give your prospects the next step!

Need help with your brand message?

Learn how Ajax Union can help you craft targeted messaging that generates leads and referrals for your business using marketing funnels, click here. 

In marketing, the importance of strategy cannot be understated. An excellent tool B2B companies can use to turn leads into sales is the marketing funnel. A funnel is a useful tool that can help you and your business guide your prospects through a sales process that converts them from leads to clients. 

At Ajax Union, we like to visualize our funnel in three parts:

  • TOFU or Top Of Funnel: The top of the funnel process includes building awareness and educating your leads. After sparking interest with landing pages and lead magnets, you prime and educate your prospects using a variety of assets like buyer guides, how-tos, answers to frequently asked questions, industry tips, and so forth.
  • MOFU or Middle of Funnel: Once your leads have generated enough interest, it is key to convert that interest into consideration and trust. Businesses can build trust with their leads by providing case studies, testimonials, infographics, and statistics. Showcasing this credibility is what will take them to the next step. 
  • BOFU or Bottom of Funnel: Here your prospects have garnered enough interest and trust to become clients, and it’s where you continue to keep your current clients engaged with brand personification. B2B marketers build brands with experiential elements, core values, culture, and customer success stories

How To Get Started Building Your Marketing Funnel

Before creating a successful funnel, you first have to identify your target audience. Once you understand your audience’s needs, you can begin to craft the appropriate language needed to engage them.

Once you know who your business’s target audience is, you can begin strategizing. When strategizing, it is important to consider what your business goals and priorities are. 

At Ajax Union, we perform workshops to help businesses design their strategy and marketing funnel. Here are some useful points Ajax Union can clarify for your business:

  1. Buyer Personas: who your target audience is, what they do, and what they need
  2. Brand Messaging: the messages your target audience needs at each stage of the funnel
  3. Brand Experience: the specific attributes your company wants the audience experience
  4. Unique Value Proposition: what makes you stand out from your competitors
  5. Goals: what your business would like to achieve
  6. SWOT Analysis: what your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats are.

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