SUBSCRIBE NOW!

SUBSCRIBE NOW!

I bet when you hear the word subscriptions; you may think about magazines, newspapers, and newsletters. But did you think of SaaS? Software as a service.

Netflix? Amazon? Microsoft Office 365?

Today, it means more. So, let us start by redefining what a subscription is.

A subscription is a sales growth tool in which customers and clients pay today for goods, services, programs, or benefits they will receive. If you are in the service business, it is a good customer service tool. Customer retention? You bet. Personalization? Right on.

In terms of your business, subscription marketing could help you create a valuable and predictable future revenue stream. Just think how nice it would be to know that you have money in the bank right now to cover your fixed overhead for six months or more.

The benefits of subscription marketing are that you accelerate your cash flow today at the same time you build customer loyalty and connect your customer to your company and services. In addition, you add value to the products and services you sell, and you develop good will. Both the customer and the business stand to gain from the venture.

Options to use in building your subscription base.

Interestingly, the best way to build a subscription base is using a communication channel you are comfortable with, as well as your target market. It can be social media. Direct mail. Email. A blog. A community you may belong to. Depending on the type of your company, anywhere your customers and prospects hang out.
But why? Historically, look at the previous twentieth century of magazine subscriptions, such as Time, Saturday Evening Post, Life and a variety of men, women, and child’s magazines. They were hot on your trail months — sometimes years — before your subscription was up for renewal.
Service maintenance contracts work extremely well in several industries — both consumer and business-to-business.
For example, an air conditioning or a heating service company would offer an inspection regimen that includes two inspections and free service throughout the year. This type of maintenance contract is really a subscription for services paid for now, to be performed at some future date.
When you use direct mail to sell a subscription of any kind, you are selling prepaid services. You are getting paid today for services you may not have to provide until some future date… if at all. If they never need you, it is money in your pocket.
Subscription marketing connects your customer and clients to you. After all, they have already paid for you. So why would they ever think about calling someone else for their air conditioning? Heating service?

Marketing and selling are a best friend when using a subscription.

There was a time when the world predicted that the postage stamp would follow in the dinosaur’s way, disappearing entirely from the face of the earth to be replaced by an electronic upstart called email.

But the fact remains that email ––and the internet ––are a relevant and powerful ally with direct mail for building customer and client relationships. Opportunities for greater frequency and contact with clients and prospects. Encourages consumers to interact with you, speeding transactions, better personalization with marketing and sales. Plus, everyone has a mailbox.

The key to build a better business is your marketing and selling campaigns should mirror everything:

  1. customer and prospects communication channels,
  2. copywriting,
  3. design,
  4. offers,
  5. content and
  6. your call to action.

The tone of your marketing message should reflect the same tone as your corporate marketing and selling tactics. The best way to accomplish this is to think about your writing and design as a continuation of your corporate message. It’s like a part of an ongoing conversation that you are having with a friend.

 

Second, give the subject lines and titles as much care as you do with direct mail headlines. As in the world of direct mail, the headline, or subject line, can make or break you.
Finally, use body copy that reiterates the benefits you describe in your direct marketing campaign. But keep in mind that website visitors and email readers are scanners. To get your message through, you want to keep copy short and concise. Keep paragraphs short with space between them. Include direct marketing most effective words such as free, guaranteed, and limited time offer.
Email is not going away. Direct mail is not going away. They are many communication channels used with a variety of marketing tactics to reach your customers. Ask them. They each play a vital role in you and your business marketing campaigns.
Reminder-
Subscription payments lower the barrier to entry for products and services and allow more potential customers to purchase your product. While they may pay a larger amount over the long term, they can get immediate access to the product.

I helped thousands of companies build successful marketing and sales. So, when I share my information with a company, I always base it on  experience. So, when you read my articles, I share as much information as possible. You don’t want to be like the direct mail companies of the past. Throwing money against the against the odds of failure is a no-win situation leading to failure.

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How Every Direct Marketing Strategy Will Perform in Your Business…

How Every Direct Marketing Strategy Will Perform in Your Business…

Here's 4 reasons.

Out in the country, nestled between farms, silos and other tall structures, the wind can change direction in a moment’s notice.

Change. Not the kind in your pocket or purse. More like the movement and direction of the wind. Plus, even in your audience and customer contact list.

How do you plan for a change? You have a plan?

You can pick up a book pertaining to your situation. So, if that is your choice, you decided on learning by reading. Depending on the answers you are searching for, that can be a smidgeon of books or thousands of books deemed for your situation.

You might try a search on your browser of choice. If you are lucky and found some interesting reading, you still need to determine if it is right for you. I did not say this would be easy.

 

All good things come in 4's

Check out additional information on proofing by clicking here for a copy of Direct Marketing Success newsletter, Vol 18, No.34, “Four Simple Steps to Sharpen Your Proofing Skills and Keep Your Good Reputation Intact.” In addition, you will find 3 more articles, “Ready to Get Serious About Email,” “The Right Time for Business Growth Starts Today,” and “What’s New in Direct Mail?”

1. Change inherently happens to a person who plans for change.

For example, people who work in marketing, advertising, or sales comes to mind. Yes, they understand change can happen at a moment’s notice. I was consulting with a firm, which used company employees to proof marketing and sales materials. An employee in accounting found a mistake but did not turn her copy sheet in on time. Unfortunately, they sent it to a print-shop. I recommended to my contact to call the printer and ask for a proof sheet prior to printing.

2. The best copywriting can capture more sales and customers.

These direct marketing professionals have a very strong motivation gene in their DNA to use specific words go after the consumer tooth and nail to make a purchase. It is the powerful copy and presentation of offers no one can refuse.

Each direct marketing copywriter needs a design that aligns with their copy and pulls the reader into direct and digital marketing copy. All direct marketing and mail specialists know the frequency of messages sent on a schedule is incredibly read. They also know, not every direct marketing method will suit every business.

Every contact in your list needs a variation in parts of the copy to get attention. When it happens, it is like finding a pot of gold. I base some variations in customer segments and their profiles in a database. Especially true if you can do it below budget. Check out my post, “The Art of Copywriting.”

3. Learn by reading, learn by doing.

Seek to understand your unique audience and customer base. Personalization of your audience and customers used with multi-channel or digital marketing may be a double whammy and produce a significant increase in responses. However, do not forget the intricacies of personalization. Today’s direct marketing must be beneficial to your customers. Memorable messages to your audience with your marketing goals in sight is to learn more about them and to please them.

Read any marketing journal or the many advertising service providers’ daily emails you will find across the board, from small business to the largest companies. Marketing copywriters appear to lack understanding when, how, and why using personalization. Or some writers do not want to know. Memorable messages to your audience with your marketing goals in sight is to learn more about them and to please them.

In today’s data driven marketing era, it is important to capture customer information to drive business and future marketing decisions. When you use personalization wisely and appropriately, it is a powerful direct marketing mail tool that attracts attention, increases readership, and invariably boosts the chances for a response.

For additional information on data and personalization, click here for a copy of Direct Marketing Success newsletter, Vol 17, No.32. And on the front page read, “How to Turn your Customer List into A Dream List.” In addition, you will find 3 additional articles of reading and doing.

  • How to Motivate Your Customers into Action,
  • Quantity vs. Quality and,
  • One Word When Not Used Correctly

4. A solution provider mindset works well with a learn by reading and learn by doing skill set.

How can a company know if they stage it for complete success for direct and digital marketing? What is a good way to identify gaps in strategy, to repair mistakes that testing brought about, and what they learned from the last campaign that made your strategy not as effective?

Asking questions in the previous paragraph, need solutions. You may have or may wish you would have created testing points, such as response, communication channel tracking and website traffic.

If you are using direct marketing mail plus digital marketing, there are testing methods available from the USPS and response results from Google Analytics. If you used email and website landing pages, there is data to collect from the email provider to gather information on how your website took part in the analysis.

As the questions add up, a wise person would visit Direct2Customers marketing community to kick start learn by reading. Marketing Doc, the librarian, works with each member of the community to find the right marketing articles or content to start on the right path, free. Which then leads to learn by doing.

Seek to understand your unique audience and customer base and then work hard to find the most effective way to serve them.

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Sum-up

View marketing as a science. Whatever product or service you offer your audience, everyone is different. The larger the audience, you must adjust your data collection and analysis. You will need to adjust or add new segments and customer profiles on a schedule. Change comes and goes differently within your audience. You are always reading and always doing.

 

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Direct marketing copy is like a puzzle.

Sharing my time with you is not over at the end of a post. There are many ideas I experienced in owning a small business. My ideas about using and writing direct marketing and customer-centric copy are intertwined in the marketing, advertising, and selling content, articles, reports based on my philosophy of people learn by reading, then learn by doing.

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How Every Direct Marketing Strategy Will Perform in Your Business…

Another way to use a call-to-action (CTA)

Another Way to Use A Call-to-Action (CTA)

What other words inspire action?

I Love 2 Inspire

Once someone clicks on your CTA they go to your website or landing page. If the marketing term of “call-to-action” sounds like a military term, I like to use “inspire.” Also, call-to-action always reminds me of the word “sale.” Just about everyone loves a sale.

It’s not a sale

But, depending on what you are selling, maybe the word sale is closed in. Simply, it’s not a sale. The mere thought of a sale is not your brand. If you plan to sell your brand to a new segment in your database, the product or service you select must appear less price sensitive,

A bit of motivation

Is the word inspire better than call-to-action? Inspire leaves a positive feeling for a customer by telling them the secrets of how to use your product or service benefits. Just about anything but a sale. If your product works the way you hype it, people will buy it at a fair price.

At all times learning

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Inspiration

My first boss taught me how to make dough. Using fifty pounds of flour at one time. He inspired me to learn.

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Upselling

So, I learned how to “work” a customer. After the order is complete, I was told to remind them to order product B or C, which go nicely with a pizza.

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Will not fail

I learned a lot from my first boss. He hired me when I was a sophomore in high school. I did not want to fail him.

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Learn by reading and doing

It was another introduction for me to learn by reading, learn by doing. I attended a technical high school that used a similar vocation of learning. I thrived in that environment!

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Know your customer reach

As a marketer or salesperson, help your customers feel they want to do something. Maybe they need more information, a sample of the product or service or “buy this product and you can do this or that or whatever you want to do.” Inspire them.

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Confidence and motivation

The word confidence is another good marketing term to use. Does your product or service provide confidence by the way it works or how to use it. Maybe to fulfill an ego? That works well, it creates great loyalty. Maybe motivate yourself to find more words.

Summary

What other words align with inspiration? Besides, from my first boss.

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You'll Learn By Reading

In the past twenty years, are collection of articles, reports, and white papers were published consistently. Now, we are adding all our publications to our Library of Marketing. Ask to select one or two today.

We'll share our learning by doing ideas and experience

When we send an article or two with you, do not hesitate to contact us. I have a lot of information to share and look forward to the opportunity.to help you take that next step, and it’s usually free. 

MORE READING

It pays to do your research. Here’s how.

It pays to do your research. Here’s how.

Building your marketing and advertising is like building a home. There are many pieces, some equal in use and some are unique.
The result is a very practical home meeting the needs of many people. Our newsletter, blog, papers, and so on, copywriting has the same criteria.
Only the best copywriting can capture more sales and customers.

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Subscription payments lower the barrier to entry for products and services and allow more potential customers to purchase your product. While they may pay a larger amount over the long term, they can get immediate access to the product.

The Six Secrets of No-Surprise Printing

The Six Secrets of No-Surprise Printing

Proofing is also important. It is often tempting to rush when you are working under a deadline, but it is always better (and much cheaper) to correct a mistake before printing begins. Show your last design to several people, include those who have not worked on the project.

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Do YOU Know the Three Important Letters in YOUR Direct Marketing? Mail? Email? Social? Lead Gen?

Do YOU Know the Three Important Letters in YOUR Direct Marketing? Mail? Email? Social? Lead Gen?

Well, I do, and I love to share it with YOU. 

Similar people say as the changes in technology are rapid, but not as fast, words in copywriting, direct marketing, mail, and lead generating, fade and flow in popularity. Some come and go, while others are constants for the immediate future, which is also shrinking.

Such words remain constant for a reason–they never lose their effectiveness. Next time when you develop copy for a direct marketing and advertising promotion, keep in mind the following staples in direct marketing vocabulary.

YOU!

A few old geezers in your past, probably taught you the first word you learn in copywriting. While writing copy for advertising, direct marketing, mail, sales, and so forth, you appear close and personal with your reader, referring to them as you. You speak to them one person at a time about features and benefits, interests, ambitions, and desires.

Like for instance, how many times the word “we,” “us” or “our” appear in direct marketing and sales copywriting, rather than “you.” If you are using these words, they draw away the attention from the reader’s need to you as a seller. Still, when using the word “you,” the message catches the eye directly toward the prospects and customers.

I reassure the folks reading the copy they are important that YOU understand their needs, wants and desires. Altogether, a copywriter’s first aim is to get the copy read. How to use the word “you” grabs the reader’s attention, which is more than likely will attract people to make a purchase.

Copywriters use the effective “you get,” copy focused on the “you.” Right now your offer is “You get two of these, and you get four,” never, “We give two of these and four of those.”

Test drive the “you” on your next copy for marketing and sales prospecting. Believe me, this can make a difference for you.

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A Landing Page

A Landing Page

When You Learn More, You Will Earn More.

This landing web page allows your customers to access web pages that speak directly to them.  It is a great tool for integrating offline, online and email messages to increase the effectiveness of your direct marketing+mail campaigns. 

Include a call-to-action.

Create a sense of urgency or immediacy—give them a reason to buy or act now! Force the action, response, or buy to occur now, rather than later or not at all.

“Use proper design elements. The design of the page can influence the reader’s feeling of the offer’s urgency.”

“Learn by reading, Learn by doing.”

MarketingDoc

Do not request too much information. Put yourself in the reader’s shoes—there is nothing more off-putting than a request for excessive personal information. 

You can have fun with direct marketing in the traditional and digital worlds—combine tricks and tactics, work with benefits, and motivate your readers to consider something new.

Landing pages are quite the accomplice to direct marketing communication channels.

Direct marketing can make a buying experience more pleasant for the customer and measure the effectiveness of different ads, copy or design with a landing page. 

Think direct marketing+mail = 

ABT – Always Be Trying or it is Always Be Testing.  

Either one will work for you, so give ABT a try. 

 

Give the reader a little incentive, or an offer of value. Do not get greedy, just go for one goal and you will capture more later.

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