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PERSONALIZE FOR BETTER RESPONSE RATE

Let’s start with a few data points. Aberdeen reports that personalized emails can enhance the click-through and conversion rates by 14% and 10% respectively while Campaign Monitor says that personalized subject lines have 26% more chance of receiving a click.

PERSONALIZATION MISTAKES - AUTOMATED/BULK EMAILS

Have you ever seen a message like this in your inbox?

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 Perhaps you’ve received something of this sort-

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          These are classic examples of personalization gone wrong, and it occurs because the database looks something like this:

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So how are you going to get it right? This is clearly an issue with data hygiene. A brief overview of this database could have discovered apparent mistakes – from empty fields to inconsistent data formatting.

Get habituated to regular updating and scrubbing of your data prior to taking any of the more complex measures described below.                Utilizing fallbacks (that is, field values which may be subbed in if information is lost or improperly formatted) is also of great help.

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PERSONALIZATION- BEST PRACTICES

Maintaining a clean list is just one very small portion of the struggle. Beyond this, it is your choice to use the potential of personalization in clever, savvy manner.

MOVE BEYOND PERSONALIZING JUST THE ‘FIRST NAME’
Inserting a first-name field is not personalization . The most successful cold emailers understand that you could do a lot more to personalize your messages even if you are still having a mass email sender.

We suggests 2-3 personalizations per message as a “sweet spot.”

Restrict each email to 2 or 3 personalizations. You do not want to look creepy to your prospects

So beyond ‘First Name’ replacements, what are a few of the best choices?

Compliment the prospect on a post he/she shared
Start looking for guest articles, LinkedIn posts or other pieces of content created by the folks that you’ll be reaching out to. Then, personalize your cold mails using a compliment on the particular content piece.

PERSONALIZE THE SENDER 
If you are a solo entrepreneur, you’re ship out of yourself. But if you are a part of a bigger company with several sales reps, among the greatest things you can do to customize your messages would be to make sure they come from the ideal individual.

Take among Hubspot’s lead magnet followup mails for instance. At first, the click-through speed for the mail in the firm was 0.73 percent.

However, once the email was changed so that it had been sent from somebody on HubSpot’s advertising group, the fixed-rate speed jumped to 0.96 percent, making 292 clicks.

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RESEARCH IS IMPORTANT

The more advanced kinds of personalization explained above are only possible when you’ve got detailed information on your own prospects. Your success, therefore, comes down to your own research and your own ability to gather data.

A few areas you must get details about are:

  • Location
  • Birthday
  • Favorite Color (or animal, or some other favorite)
  • Interests (products, or any thing that you can email about, )
  • What they have purchased
  • What they have searched for
  • Title
  • Company Name
  • Time at current position
  • Decision-maker standing
  • Social profiles
  • Content publishing history

For even more ideas, check out the VentureBeat picture below describing the information points most Widely Used for email personalization.

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SEGMENT PROSPECTS INTO GROUPS

Cold emails are usually sent on personal, case-by-case basis. But it is possible to scale outreach by bulk mailing prospects – if you do your segmentation right.

The trick to appropriate cold email segmentation would be to select groups of prospects which are big enough to justify the amount of time you spend in setting up bulk email campaigns, yet small enough that prospects are not alienated by a generic message. It is of significant importance, since 74 percent of individuals get frustrated when they get content that doesn’t have anything to do with their interests.

Listed here are a couple of segmentation alternatives to get you started. Add others based on data gleaned from previous campaigns and from continuing research to your prospects’ backgrounds.

SEGMENT YOUR COLD EMAILS BY:

  • CONTENT: What topics and media are they engaged with (if any)? What media formats do they favor? How have they selected to get content?
  • PRODUCT: Which of your goods have they shown interest in? Have they previously purchased other products from you? Have they seen your site’s pricing page?
  • PERSONA: What should you understand about their perspectives/ attitude, goals, and needs.
  • LIFECYCLE STAGE: Have they heard of your company? Are they a startup, young company, mid-stage enterprise or established firm?

Let us walk through an example of what this may look like in practice. Putting this together with all the strategies described above , you can:

  1. Utilize Hunter.io’s Tech Lookup tool to find firms using your competitors
  2. Utilize FullContact’s Company API to return crucial contacts based on business name or URL
  3. Segment this information using FullContact’s business size or founded date information
  4. Import your closing section into Closify to send personalized mass emails

If you set your segment to simply include contacts in companies that were established within the previous two years which have less than 10 employees, you might be pretty confident you would be reaching early-stage startups (manual research could confirm that).

Further, as you know they are utilizing your competitors’ product, you can get directly to the point explaining the particular differentiators connected with your product.

Tailor the messaging on your cold mail templates as carefully as you can to what you think that your prospects will need to hear. After that, refine as necessary, paying attention to how big your segment and how closely linked the prospects on it are.

WARM UP YOUR PROSPECTS

In the end, you are going to discover personalization and segmentation simpler if the people that you’re cold emailing are not really cold in any way.

 

  • Follow them on Social networking sites
  • Share their posts
  • Join the LinkedIn, Slack or Facebook Groups they are Part of
  • Comment on their blog or social media posts
  • Share their blog or posts
  • Mention them in one of your blogs or posts
  • Email their articles to your list (and alert them to this fact)
  • Email with a compliment (without a sales pitch)
  • Leverage a connection for an introduction
  • Congratulate them on a recent promotion

Now, not only will you have all this information you want to make your sales mails as personalized as possible, the prospects are no longer ‘cold.’ Your prospects are more inclined to open your messages, because they know and have a relationship with you.

Evidently, engaging broadly with every one of your prospects prior to sending a sales message does not make sense in each circumstance. Do not pay for a seminar ticket or blow money on clarity.fm calls for each long-shot prospect you may consider. Rather, save your energy to opportunities which are likely to bring about long-term or sales partnerships.

MAKE IT MATTER TO YOUR PROSPECTS

Now not only would you have all this information you want to make your sales mails as personalized as possible, they are not actually “cold” anymore. Your prospects are more inclined to open your messages, only because they know and have a relationship with you.

Evidently, engaging broadly with every one your prospects prior to sending a sales message will not make sense in each circumstance. Do not pay for a seminar ticket or blow money on clarity.fm calls for each long-shot prospect you may consider. Rather, save your energy to the big-ticket opportunities which are likely to bring about long-term or sales partnerships.

In the end, keep in mind that you are not only sending to sales prospects, but are emailing people. Hence, what you say should matter to them.

Flash and glamour will not create a difference. You do not need expensive tools to make cold emailing work.

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