Simple Trick To Get Visitors To Use Chat Feature

We’ve all seen website chat boxes that nudge you to ask a question. Sometimes a sales person is standing by to talk to you if you have a query, sometimes the box will inform that the person is unavailble for chat.

How do you make sure that visitors who are browing your site engage with you better?

Here is a lovely example of that.

I was doing research on visitor analytics and landed on Bizible’s website. The chat box popped up with a very relevant question for me:

“Would you like to know what Bizible tracked for your visit today?”

Live Chat Engagement

Live Chat Engagement

I got into a conversation with Taylor and later on he did send me the screenshot of the image that captured my visit details.

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The ABC Of Digital Marketing For B2B

Digital marketing for B2B is an involved process. Here is a presentation – a 30,000 feet view of the strategy behind B2B digital marketing.


Inbox Zero to Inbox Hero

(Re-posted from my iMediaConnection blog post)

Email has been around for the longest time — about 40 or more years. Born before the Internet, it’s loathed by some; indeed from time to time we keep hearing “Email is dead!”, like when email address was launched.

We’ve tried to replace email with other tools, but it’s still a firm fixture of our lives. Our various social media accounts and purchase receipts are all linked to our email. Most Project Management tools unravel into email chains. Email has survived the dot-com boom and bust and the email marketing deluge.

While Facebook stream and chats, Twitter feeds and DMs co-exist with WhatsApp and SnapChat and other instant messengers, the volume of email still continues to grow. This interesting article argues that perhaps email is now becoming just another stream.

However, email is more than just a stream. The apps around email are helping it evolve into something far more potent. Some of these apps are a delight, some a little unnerving.

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Interesting Apps Around Email

Did you know that applications around email got $25 Million funding in 2011 alone?

A year ago I mentioned some interesting apps like Yesware,, Spanning, Perkville, AwayFind, ShortMail, FanBridge, ActivePath, Rapportive, CloudMagic and LiveIntent.

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Likes, #Fails and Emails

Changing Times – The Rise of the Marketing Technologist

Your brand speaks through all channels at once. What was once a simple Awareness to Action funnel is now a complex mix.

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Will you send emails 5 years from now? 10 tips to tackle change

I read this tweet on my timeline this week,

“Neil Armstrong may well be the only human being of our time to be remembered 50,000 years from now”

and wondered about the change the Apollo and Curiosity generation has seen. We marketers have been especially affected by this change.

In 1984, ‘Neuromancer’ – a book by William Gibson made the word ‘Cyberspace’ popular. In 1996 Hotmail was born. Google came into existence in 1998. 2004 & 2005 saw Facebook and YouTube. In 2007 a small app called Twitter debuted at a conference. Today Pinterest which started out in 2010, is the new hot thing.

What will change in the future? Will your customers use email in the next 5 years?

If the change-makers of technology – the inventors and entrepreneurs are the cogs in a futuristic ship, we marketers are the lucky ones to watch this change with one sweep from our decks.

We watch the brands ride this change, see the consumers interact with them, and while this process evolves, we help catalyze it. It’s fascinating to be a Digital Marketer today but it’s changing our role in many ways.


Rise of the Chief Marketing Technologist

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5 Key Questions and Focus Areas in Email Marketing for Small Businesses

Social, local and mobile marketing are changing the way content is delivered to consumers. With animated images, countdown timers, live social media content and rendering for different screens, email marketing has become fancy too.

While small businesses usually find it easier to adapt to the changing digital marketing landscape,  they also need to balance speed with limited budgets and do not always have the insights from bigger agency partners.

With the limited budget and resources, might it be sensible for small business to re-evaluate where to focus on some of the key email marketing areas?

Here’s looking at the 5 key areas in email marketing – D.E.L.T.A.:

1 Design
2 Email Content
3 List
4 Testing
5 Analytics

1. Design
More and more emails are being viewed on mobiles and smartphones. Coding your emails for mobiles and tablets is already becoming a norm.

There are various posts and articles on how-to code the emails for mobiles, one of my favorite one is here.

Key Questions: What percentage of your email views are from mobiles? How has that changed in the last 6 months?
Focus Areas: Can your brand communication make do with skinny email templates? Could a good mobile ready email template, that has room for small images serve your purpose?

Here is how the twitter emails look:

But you might say, that’s twitter, it’s inherently a 140-characters content, isn’t it? Which brings us to the next point.

2. Email Content
Content is  the heart of your emails and often the most time consuming activity that gets completed only near the deadline.

Key Questions: What is the reason your emails exist? What type of email communication can suffice your need?
Focus Areas: Emails are scanned not read. At best you have 2 to 5 seconds for you to grab the reader’s attention. Can your brand communication make do with a twitter-like email that has highlighted words, bold headings, links that readers can quickly click-through if interested and large call-to-action buttons?

For example, CopyBlogger sends very short emails for their Internet Marketing for Smart People series. The email itself is pure text; it’s four to eight sentences long, with one link that takes you to a post, that’s all.

3. List
Every email marketer will tell you that you should segment the lists and send personalized content.

An event marketing company, for example,  may carve out a slice of data and create a list of past delegates who have opened the email last 3 times so that a special discount email can be sent to them.

While this is a great practice, unless this data is fed back into the central repository, it might remain as a hanging piece of knowledge in the email marketing vendor’s system.

Key Questions: How will your campaign data feed into your central CRM repository? What percentage of your email readers also are on your social media?
Focus Areas: Personalize emails with data from social media, past email and website behavior. More importantly, get readers to reply, irrespective of the list, or segmentation.

In most cases replying to an email gets you in the safe senders or contacts list and improves email delivery. If one of the metrics to measure readers’ engagement with your brand is email click rate, then replying is an even bigger sign of it.

4. Testing
Do you know which words in the subject line were “hot” last quarter? Is A/B testing a regular part of your email sending process?

Most standard email marketing systems have subject line and content testing features at no extra cost. This is one feature that should be your BFF.

Many marketers want to reach the inbox at a certain time, expecting that their marketing messages will be read at that time or near about the time the email lands in the inbox. However, readers’ habits are changing.

Since the time I have started recording TV programs I have hardly watched anything “live”. I record the ones I want and watch them at leisure. More and more people want to read emails at a time convenient to them and not necessarily when the email arrives in the inbox.  Some “star” it in the priority inbox, others “flag” it  while many, like me, file it in folders for later reading.

Key Questions: What time are your readers reading the emails? What words in the subject line are “hot” for your business?
Focus Areas: Is the frequency of email more important for your business than the time it was read? How often should your messages reach your audience so that it serves your brand better?

5. Analytics
Time spent on site, and number of pages seen by the visitors are not the typical benchmarks one sees in Email marketing.

My experience, in a B2B environment has been that readers who take the trouble to open the email in an increasingly cluttered inbox, click the links and visit the website, are highly engaged. I have seen them spend more time on the website than social media visitors. But this could be different for your business.

Key Questions: What are my key email marketing metrics? What email marketing benchmarks can I measure my campaign against?
Focus Areas: What percentage of your email list has never opened your emails? What does this mean for your business and how can you get these people interested?

As a digital marketer I understand the need of rendering the email in 10 different mobile email clients, but as a consumer I  very happily read the eight sentence text emails of CopyBlogger as well as the simple email feed of the long blog posts of Avinash Kaushik.

Sometimes the mere fact that so many options are available can overwhelm digital marketers. It’s important to step back and re-evaluate how best you can use the new opportunities and at what point they are needed for your business.

(This article was published on iMediaConnection.)