GMass – a secret weapon for high open rates

How does a 70% open rate sound like? Pretty sexy right?

Would you like to achieve the same kind of result?

It’s pretty simple, you just send it through your personal email to hundreds of people.

Wait, dude, you’re not telling me to send it one by one, right?

 

time consuming

You don’t have to.

I have been using this neat little Gmail tool called GMass. GMass is a brainchild by Ajay Goel, the man behind Wordzen – a neat email editing service for Gmail.

Tell me straight – you usually open emails from gmail.com domains right? Why?

I open them because I believe the email has been sent from a personal email address. In a way, I feel special. I wasn’t just one name of the hundreds of contacts on the email list. Someone took the time to craft the wording especially for me. I feel compelled to at least open that email.

If you’re an early stage startup this is a perfect tool to reach a lot of important contacts. On one way, you don’t have a budget to use expensive email marketing services. I like Mailchimp but I hate their design templates. No matter how I try to make them plain and default-looking, like they are coming from a gmail account, I’m never satisfied with the end design.

mailchimp design

This email will be extremely obvious that has been sent from Mailchimp

 

And that’s exactly why I chose to send massive emails to potential partners on behalf of my growing startup – Viar360. And I urge you to try it yourself. If you’re a startup in early stage you need to hustle.

Noah Kagan, a growth superstar has said that first 1000 users are acquired manually. One after another. Instead of writing 1000 emails, you can use GMass and break it up.

What can you do with GMass?

GMass sends mass email from your Gmail account. How appropriately named app right?

I love this tool for a number of reasons.

  1. Integration with Google Spreadsheets

    If you’re guarding your emails subscribers or cold lists like me, you might have it on a number of locations, but for sure you’re having it on a spreadsheet in your google drive. What GMass can do is to connect with your google sheet and take First Name and email directly from that database. Voila, you have a way to personalize your email already and you have the entire list at your disposal for mass emailing.

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2. Batch email sending

Google engineers are smart people. If they will see unusual activity from your gmail account – like emailing hundreds of people at once, they will think you’re a spammer. This is unlikely to happen but they do control how many emails you send per day. But they will shut you down if people will start complaining.

However, with GMass you can break emailing to small batches and send them periodically. I usually send emails with batches of 20. Schedule it.

3. Auto Follow-up

This is my favorite feature of all. If your recipient didn’t open your email message, GMass can send a follow-up email. Simply, write another copy and schedule it to send after two days if you don’t get a reply. And another email if you don’t get a new reply.

Auto Follow-up is dope

Auto Follow-up is dope

 

4. Track Open Emails

Every campaign you sent will be tracked inside your Gmail account under GMass Reports. You can brag to your marketing manager or pat yourself on the back for all those high open rates you are getting.

5. Have emails sent as replies

This is another sweet feature I haven’t been using it, but the theory is absolutely coconuts. When your recipient answers your email, he or she can get a pre-composed reply back.

With Viar, we also supply business with branded virtual reality cardboards. For the last three months, we have been actively looking for affiliate partners.

I’ve come together with a list of potential leads.

Each one of them has been addressed from a personal Gmail account with call-to-action to reply if he or she is interested.

As a reply, I encouraged them to send me an idea on how we can be a good fit with a time interval I’ll be making the decision within next 48 hours.

This helped me in  two ways. First I got new ideas from potential partners and secondly, my email recipient has become more engaged and involved in my business. Viarbox is now having 80% of the profits from these partners. (By the way, let me know if you’re interested in becoming one.)

GMass has become my primal tool for outreach and if you also believe that personal emails are the way to go, go try it too.

 

Activation – a measurable first experience on your website

The Second A in AARRR

So you have been able to attract people to your website? Awesome! How did you do it? Tell me all your secrets.

But now, we have to activate them. How do we do that? By giving them value, of course.

You’re selling swimming pools. Give them some sort of content, that will be super useful to them. Could it be “10min Swimming Pool maintenance” ebook? How about 1-day family try-out in one of your swimming pools? Give them as much value as you can. Serving your customers is always and forever a good choice.

Here is the place where you can use a bunch of A/B tests. Take leverage on them. Build landing pages and keep changing copy, imaging, headlines and see what works. Once you see what captures your clients, that’s what you can use.

Effective Frequency – The Key to Your Customer Growth

remarketing idea

How can you get people respond to marketing?

The ye olde rule of seven. The rule is one of the oldest concepts in marketing. Although it is old, it doesn’t mean that it is outdated. It is all about the frequency

More times a person is exposed to a message more likely is to person to buy. Hence the term effective frequency.

In other words – effective frequency is the number of times a person must be exposed to a brand or marketing message before taking action on it.

Find the sweet spot. Too little exposure won’t tickle their pickle. Too much exposure and you’ll be wasting pesos.

In general, smaller purchases need less exposure than big ones. It makes sense. You didn’t buy a car, after seeing a tv commercial for the first time. Well, except you’re from 1% and you bathe in it. You bought it, because you saw it many times, read the brochure, check the stats, google reliability value and talk to your peers and car dealer.

Most small business and start-ups spend their time and money trying to reach to the masses. Throw enough shit against the wall, and something will stick, right?

Would this be an effective strategy, though?  Well, it depends.

If they spend a lot of money with an ad that reaches a lot of people once, it would be a big mistake. But if they use multiple channels, the result will be much better.

Take a look at successful companies. You see the same ads on the TV. Do you remember my previous post about retargeting ads stalking you on every step of your browser journey for the day. Smart companies will use as many channels as possible.

In 1920’s they came up with a rule of 7, which meant that a potential customer must be exposed to the ad at least seven times before taking an action.

Implementing the rule of 7

So what would be better? Reaching 70 customers 1 time or 10 customer 7 times? Inn marketing it’s better to go in depth instead of breadth. Reach fever people in a deeper way.

The trick is to find out, who your top customers are. Which 10 people will be the victims khm… targets of your sneaky, high-volume marketing campaign?

If you already have good customers, find out what your existing clients have in common. Be as specific as possible. Demographics, age, sex, occupancy…

If you’re fresh from the boat, start with narrowing  yoursearch. Focus on a specific group and test it out.

But first they have to meet one of the pre-requisites: they must have the means. This is crucial. Have you seen a plethora of blogs about frugality, how to save money courses or eating on the cheap. While most of them are an interesting read with even a great advice, the owners don’t see much revenue from it. Of course, the obvious trait of the reader is the unwillingness to spend the coin. That translates into your meagre earnings.

Take into consideration of your customer specific needs and image. What are their pain points? In best case scenario, you will address a specific narrow audience. It’s easier to come up with an image for i.e. senior RV buyers. Pop an image of a serene lake and a happy couple enjoying their free time.

But what if your product is general. One option is to differentiate. If everyone is selling office desks, sell the standing desk. Unfortunately, you might be late for this train, so let’s go to the next thing. You can choose an arbitrary focus. Instead of offering “standing desks” you can offer “standing desks for web developers”.

TL, DR?

Presence in many places that share the same audience + customized message for that audience = Winning at marketing

Now, find them in lead them through the marketing funnel.

 

The first A in AARRR!!!

The primary model of Growth Hacking is AARRR which stand for:

Aarrr

Acquisition – Billy finds you on the internets.

Activation – Billy starts using your product (atta boy, Billy)

Retention – Billy keeps using your product. He must like it.

Referral – Billy loves it so much, he tells his friends.

Revenue – Billy is happy and gives you dollars. We are happy too.

 

These are the six fundamental steps every online business must go through to be successful. In a perfect scenario, your customer will go through each checkpoint and become a happy client. For every step, growth geek will test and measure how it performs.

Let’s cover acquisition part today. Acquiring customers is the first step. You have to make sure you are easy to find. There are buckets of techniques you can use. From guest-posting, podcasting, to paid ads. But I’ve always been frugal and I love cheap bootstrap way. Usually, fresh start-ups will start with them.

1) Imaginative Retargeting

As a Crossfit enthusiast, I’m guilty of desire to own new equipment. Whether its new lifters, belt, speed rope or another sweat shirt, there’s ever enough. So I check for knee sleeves on Amazon, click some products and after a while, move on to Facebook. I didn’t buy anything. But from some sort of sorcery, the knee sleeves appears on my Facebook sidebar. That is retargeting.

In short it works like this. You browsed on a website. The website drops a cookie, remembering you looked at knee sleeves. Anytime you go to a page that displays ads, it will check for that cookie and show you those knee sleeves.

Statistics shows, 96% of visitors do not buy on their first visit. It makes sense to add retargeting tags from day one.

AdRoll, Perfect Audience, Retargeta.

2) Influencer Outreach or in a more fun way – Audience Hijacking

Organic growth can be slow as molasses these days. How about we steal someone else’s audience to speed things up? First, think about who’s got a similar audience that you have. Now all we have to do is divert those peeps into our page. How to do that?

Alright, let’s think of an example. Ramit Sethi  is a well-known influencer in the financial world. I suggest you read his stuff – it’s amazing and he’s got a huge audience.

I could send a tweet to his account:

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Now what I did there. First I gave him credit. As busy as he is, he won’t reply to my tweet, but his team will retweet it. And now your link to your site is exposed to all of his 92,000+ followers. Pretty cool, eh?

3) Perfect Testimonials

Most of the successful companies have testimonials glued right on their homepage. They are usually accompanied with a picture of a smiling person, cheerfully smirking within. Their  product is making him massive success.

What you can do is – study the testimonial, copy the exact same tone the company used, and send it to them. Include a picture of yourself with a link to your website. Chances are, your testimonial will appear on a company website.

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What is growth hacking?

In the last few years, there seems to be a trend to add “hack” to any technical or non-technical job out there. It’s a buzzword. But what does it actually mean?

The phrase “growth hacker” was invented by Sean Ellis in 2010, when he was hiring replacement for himself. He thought it sounded cool and the phrase stick around till today. Sean Ellis is the founder of GrowthHackers.com and the  first marketer of super useful little app called DropBox. You may have heard about it. Back in the day he helped many internet companies achieve incredible growth. He became the guy to go to when you wanted to increase your user base.

At the time, Sean received a lot pf perspective offers from educated marketers. They had years of experience under their belt. But they came from traditional background. Sean didn’t need managers to overlook the team. He didn’t need manage outside vendors nor establish corporate objectives. He needed someone who can achieve one thing only. Growth.

The definition could go like this:

growth hacker (noun) – one who’s passion and focus is growth through use of an empirical and scalable method

Wow, that sounds useful. In fact, growth is number one thing that is going to make or break your product. Most growth hackers live in start-up ecosystem. In start-ups, most resources are used for developing next big thing. But let’s say you have a golden egg product already. What now? You need to scale it and bring it to the point when it generates enough momentum to scale by itself. AirBnB could be an unknown product if there wasn’t a smart growth hacking thing behind it.

“If anyone tells you products sell themselves, they probably want you to fail”, said Phil Libin, co-founder and CEO of Evernote.

What Growth Hackers do?

Aaron Ginn says the product is the cake, and the growth is the icing. Your pastry has to be delicious, but the icing is the thing that will induce heavy salivating. It will make people want it.

Growth Hackers rely on analytics. They will check the numbers, test open rates, PPC, traffic till death.

If they do a good job, the data will show, if they are failing fast, the data will be merciless as well. But in the end of the day, users will decide the fate of your product.