How to Integrate Mobile Marketing and Email

More than half of the world’s population has a mobile device, and guess what they use it most for? To read their emails! To check their text messages! (Well, straight after playing Angry Bird and other games for hours). So, it’s time for you to enter into this escalating market and take into consideration mobile email marketing!

If the worldwide number of sales of smartphones, all the free apps and utilities are not enough to convince you of the explosive new growth in the mobile market and the business opportunities they open up to you, then I’m sure these text-messaging facts will:

• Globally, there are more mobile phones than computers. In fact, there are more mobile phones than televisions and computers combined!
• Over 2.5 billion text messages are sent each day in America alone.
• 94% of text messages are read within 4 minutes of receipt.

Making use of bulk SMS marketing and email simultaneously has many combined benefits:

-Mobile devices are pretty much always switched on; they enable us to be constantly connected and to get info on the go, in real time. So targeting your buyers and subscribers via mobile devices are the way to go if you want to deliver permission-based, targeted and branded communication to your (potential) clients.

-Bulk SMS marketing is a powerful direct marketing tool, mainly because of its high response rate and because it is easy to set up. Combine bulk SMS marketing with your email marketing strategy, and see your direct marketing campaigns extend to new heights.

-You can effortlessly combine your direct marketing strategy with your SMS sweeps, by sending out quick updates via SMS, and saving your newsletters for more lengthy information.

-It’s quick and easy to send and manage bulk SMS messages from the internet to mobile phones. Use an email marketing company to upload your list of mobile numbers (from Excel or a text file), type your message, and blast it off.

-Use the API provided by your email marketing solution which gives you easy-to-use API calls, and lets you build your own texting services on top of your messaging gateway.

Now that you’re convinced about the powerful platform that can be created by integrating mobile marketing and email, I will let you in on what to do with this knowledge:

• As with email marketing newsletters, only send text messages to people who have actually opted in (permission based).

• Make it quick and easy for subscribers to opt-out from receiving SMS’s.

• Increase brand awareness via text messages.

• Encourage an interactive response via text messaging.

• Save SMS messages for important updates and events. The key to success is to know what to send via SMS, and what to send via email.

• Competitions, coupons, giveaways, and once-off offers are best sent via SMS. Then, further details and prompts can be sent via email. Save money by combining both methods! Send the message once by choosing the appropriate medium.

Therefore, when sending SMS’s, you can exclude the recipients you’ve already emailed; thus saving you money by using the more cost-effective email route for sends.

• Send SMS campaigns from the mobile number of your choice, thus allowing recipients to send feedback directly to you.

• Sign up with an email marketing solution to receive statistics for your bulk SMS sends; this way, you can see who received your message and at what time.

In an increasingly digital world, you need to consider the best option for reaching consumers anytime and anywhere. Consider what they have on them all the time: car keys, a wallet, and a mobile phone!

All your customers have gone mobile, so why haven’t you? Shape your brand image with a mobile-friendly experience. The potential for success with using mobile marketing platforms and email is incredible!

Some easy gin cocktails to try while you’re stuck at home

Craft Gin is the quintessential spirit of summer. Cool, refreshing, and often paired with tonic water or citrusy flavours like lemon or lime, gin is a favourite among many people throughout the world. Gin cocktails are also easy to make at home; just grab your gin-based spirit of choice like Old Bakery Gin, some ice cubes, and flavourings like cucumber slices for an easy gin cocktail that’s perfect for warm weather entertaining!

Some easy craft gin cocktails to try at home include:

- Gin and tonic: one of the most popular gin cocktails in the world, a simple gin and tonic is perfect for when you want something easy but still refreshing. It’s also great to serve at parties! To make it yourself, add two ounces of a good quality gin with three ounces club soda over ice cubes. Top off your glass with half an ounce of lime juice (or lemon if that’s what you prefer) and enjoy!

- The Aviation cocktail: this classic drink was created by Hugo Ensslin back in 1916. He called it This recipe calls for equal quantities of gin and maraschino liqueur with a few dashes of Crème de Violette, but you can use less or more to suit your tastes.

- Gin Rickey: this is another great drink for summertime and was created in the 19th century by Ted Saucier who worked at The Players Club in New York. All you need are two ounces of gin, four ounces of freshly squeezed lime juice (strained), one-ounce simple syrup, ice cubes and soda water to top off. Add everything into a highball glass over ice except for the soda then stir before topping off with some cold fizzy water. You will love sipping this cocktail in the evenings or with some friends on the weekend.

- Tom Collins: this is another common cocktail served up in bars across the world and it was even voted as one of the top five cocktails you should try before you die! This drink uses two ounces of gin, four ounces of freshly squeezed lemon juice (strained), half an ounce simple syrup, ice cubes and soda water to top off. Add everything into a shaker then shake hard before pouring over some fresh ice into a highball glass!

How Dentists Can Profit From Direct Mail

Direct Mail is a powerful tool when used properly, but beware sloppy direct mail can do more harm than good. Dentists don’t use direct mail as effectively as they could in many cases. There are a few essential rules for successful direct mail. Below I have listed some action points to ensure your direct mail campaigns work effectively.

1) Set up a good database

There are some very cost effective pieces of software around these days which are easy to use for managing databases, many practices have complete client management systems, but do make sure you have a system where by you can update and target specific groups of people.

Not having a decent database is criminal in any business. This is the most cost effective and personal way of marketing to your clients and prospects.

Without it your business will also be worth a lot less if you ever want to sell.

2) Test and measure everything

This is the only way to determine whether your campaigns are successful and should be rolled out on a larger scale. You should start testing a new Direct Mail campaign with a small number. Depending on the size of your business this may be a few hundred or several thousand.

3) Mail your existing clients

These people are important, keep in contact with them. Use their names and make the letter feel personal maybe even mention the last treatment they had so they feel you know them.

4) Always include a letter with a brochure

Statistically a letter with a brochure has been shown to improve the response, but follow the sales letter principles below to ensure a good response.

5) Talk about your clients needs

The first thing people will read in your letter is the headline so don’t make this about you, make it about them and fulfilling their needs.

6) Benefits

Which brings us on to – Make sure that your mailings focus on the benefits that your clients will get from buying your product. You can include the features but tell them what they will get out of your service.

7) P.S and Coupons

Test P.S and coupons in your mailings both have been shown to give higher response rates, but remember don’t change other aspects of the mailing at the same time or it will skew your results

8) Don’t just mail once

If you get a good response from a mailing repeat it, people are likely to respond again.

9) The Value of a client

Look at the life time value of a client – If you target new clients and your average client spends £1,000 over their lifetime with you, a mailing costs you £500 and get’s you 2 new clients the average you’re likely to generate from those 2 clients is £2000 this is a 400% return on your investment, not bad!

10) Use mailings to build relationships

A mailing does not have to sell something directly it can be a Thank you letter or a Client Satisfaction Questionnaire but make sure it builds your credibility with your client.