I think what Brian and the testers are missing is that 15k is neither big enough to be impressive nor small enough to be inviting. It’s not a number that works effectively as social proof, and while I can’t test it out myself, I believe, based on evidence for social proof around the web, that DIYthemes would have had much better success with a combined number in the 50k+ range as mentioned above.
Use a reactivation campaign to gauge whether non-responsive subscribers are still reading (just not clicking through or tracking open rates), or if they’ve truly decided to opt out. An example from MarketingProfs is shown here. The language you choose can play a big role in how successful these campaigns are, so be sure to split-test a few versions to maximize response.
Or, you can even create a character that looks just like you, or anyone else from the office; browse through different hairstyles, clothing, eye shapes and so on until you create your own animated twin. Another cool feature from GoAnimate is that you can add voice to your character by recording it directly or importing the file, and they will automatically start lip-syncing it.
The most successful companies online are those that establish themselves as THE authority for what they do in their respective markets. Over an extended period of time, there is no marketing substitute capable of trumping genuine authority. With “traditional media,” big brands have a huge advantage because they can afford to “rent” access to a target audience from the few companies that control it. In the new media world of the web, this is no longer the case.
Do you have an older list that you suspect has mostly decayed? Create an engaging opt-in message and send it to your old list encouraging contacts who wish to re-opt-in -- promising to remove all contacts who don't respond. Though it might seem counterintuitive to remove folks from your email lists in order to grow them, emailing only engaged contacts could improve your deliverability and increase the odds of your email getting shared with those outside your current contacts database.
Offer a reward for customers who buy something from you and show that they checked in at your business on Foursquare using their mobile device. When they do this, they’re telling everyone in their network that they’ve done business with you. Each month, reward the person who gave you the greatest exposure by offering a discount, and asking for their email address.
Pay-Per-Click (PPC) advertising is another consideration for your marketing campaign. If you're new to PPC, stick to places that allow you to set limits on daily expenditures. Google AdWords is a good example. This will also help you to experiment and determine the most effective keywords by paying close attention to the statistics of the PPC campaign.
Wistia is a video hosting service for businesses, which came highly recommended by local SEO expert Greg Gifford in his Brighton SEO presentation on going beyond local SEO. It provides detailed analytics, engagement graphs and heat maps to show exactly how users have interacted with a video. The free option only supports three videos, but you can upgrade from $10/month to one of its paid options.
One review site that provides valuable insights is G2 Crowd. They score products and vendors based on ratings and reviews gathered from the user community, as well as data aggregated from online sources and social networks. They apply a unique, patent-pending algorithm to this data to calculate the customer satisfaction and market presence scores in real time.
First released in 2012, VideoScribe is a software company that lets users create whiteboard-style animations automatically. That may sound too good to be true, but this seemingly difficult task is achieved by letting users select and add the image, text, music, voice over, and canvas which is then converted into a unique whiteboard video. Where there are thousands of royalty-free images and music to choose from, VideoScribe allows for customization by letting users change the background or add content like GIFs. Once the video is created, it can be shared through email, Facebook, or YouTube.
Data Security – You have entrusted your data to a third-party service provider. This data is accessed by your employees with mobile devices everywhere. So, it is important to ensure only the right people get access to the sensitive data. Make sure ex-employees are prevented from accessing the system after leaving the company. Do your homework and a select a vendor that uses the latest data security technology.
The key here is to ask regularly rather than just once or twice. Most of your followers only see a fraction of your posts, and you should be getting new followers every day, so it makes sense to request subscriptions at regular intervals. If you can offer some sort of incentive or even just promise exclusive content within your emails, that helps too.