As much as I hate to admit it, I’ve been known be a little late to the party.
Whether it’s that great new TV show everyone’s talking about, the hot new song everyone somehow already knows the words to, or the latest app on everyone’s phone, there’s a fair chance I need to be brought up to speed.
For me it’s no problem. Sure, I’m a little behind but I get caught up eventually.
But when it comes to your email contacts, feeling like they need to play “catch up,” isn’t the best way to kick off a new relationship with your business.
This is where Autoresponder comes in.
Autoresponder is a tool that lets you create a series of personalized, automated emails that are sent to a contact after they are added to a list.
You choose the order, frequency, and targeted content of the message. Once the sequence is set up, it will send all on its own, on autopilot.
For new contacts, your email series might look something like this:
- An overview of your business or organization
- Some of the key values that separate you from others in your field
- Information on how to stay connected (company hours, contacts, and social media channels)
The biggest benefit of Autoresponder is that you’re building a relationship with personalized content.
Now, someone who may have signed up with a brief understanding of your business and what you offer, will have the same knowledge as someone who has been receiving your emails and interacting with your business for years!
But Autoresponder isn’t just about building relationships with new contacts.
It can also be used in a variety of other ways to improve relationships with existing contacts and drive more meaningful results for your business.
Here are a few more examples of how Autoresponder can work for you:
Build trust through education
One of the best ways to win your contacts over quickly is by showing your expertise. Offer them information that’s useful to them and they’ll begin to know, like, and trust you.
Here are some examples:
- A health food store might send weekly healthy recipes for contacts to try out
- A mentoring organization could offer 7 proven benefits of having a mentor
- A marketing consultant could offer a list of social media “don’ts” to avoid
Build credibility by showcasing your success
Case studies allow you to paint a picture of what life will look like with your help. Giving concrete examples of problems you’ve tackled and solutions you’ve created will help them imagine their own possibilities in working with you.
You can try:
- Highlighting customers individually and showing your step-by step approach to delivering a great experience
- Focusing on a new problem in each message and offering a couple stories of how you creatively and effectively came up with multiple solutions
Humanize your business with staff profiles
The most effective way to gain trust is to let your audience connect with you on a personal level. Every member of your company has a unique area of expertise, point of view, and personality that can make for engaging and relatable content.
You can humanize your business by:
- Interviewing a different member of your staff in each message
- Creating a series of videos introducing different departments
- Having a different staff member contribute the content for each message
Make a series of your very best content
If you’ve been updating your company blog regularly, you may have a lot of great, timeless content out there that doesn’t get the views it once did. Consider repurposing this content in an autoresponder series for newer customers who haven’t seen this content yet.
This is a great way to get more from the content you create, while also building stronger relationships with the customers and prospects.
Some ideas to keep in mind:
- Go through and make sure your posts are still relevant and up-to-date
- Make sure the sequence builds upon ideas and that there’s enough variety to be as engaging as possible
Turn customers into repeat buyers
If you have a contact that has been involved with you for a while, you might want to convince them to take an even bigger step. Make an autoresponder series for your most loyal audience members and give them some special attention.
Here are some examples:
- A yoga studio could send tips for mastering new poses, with information about registering for an advanced level class
- A marketing consultant could send ideas for taking their marketing to the next level, with details for scheduling a call
- A lawn care business could send information about new services, with special offers for returning customers
Build enthusiasm for an event
Anyone who’s put on a successful event knows how much time, energy, and planning is involved. Make things a little easier for yourself by creating a series of emails to engage registrants, so you can focus on other things.
- A thank you for registering email
- An email with a profile of your speakers and presenters
- A preview of the items that will be part of your silent auction
These are just a few ways you can use Autoresponder to reach out to your contacts in a way that’s personal and easy.
Of course, no one knows your contacts as well as you do, so spend some time thinking about what different people need to know and how you can send emails that are valuable to them.
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