What to Think about Before You Hit the Send Button


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Back in
the early 1990s, I evaluated a bunch of marketing automation
systems, which have morphed into merchandising, ecommerce systems.
One of the features that most of the early software included was
called Touch Control. Touch Control kept track of how often
you “touched” a customer through any of your channels:
phone, email, snail mail, etc. Common wisdom encouraged
companies to make sure they weren’t touching customers too
often for fear that they will feel pressured into
action—making a purchase, responding to a survey, etc.

Today, with the ease and low expense of email marketing,
etailers are touching us daily, with offers that are often
indistinguishable from each other. The sales and specials stop
having meaning when they come at you relentlessly.

In my article, Sending Clear and Appropriate Messages: Do’s and
Don’t for Communicating with Customers via Email
, I look at some
common mistakes that companies are making, including:

• Over-communicating

• Under-communicating

• Sending misleading messages

• Sending messages that induce stress in customers

Remember that every one of your email messages represent your
brand and your company. Misusing the channel can turn customers
off and negate the value of this touchpoint.

Read article here.

Republished with author's permission from original post.

Ronni Marshak
Patricia Seybold Group
Ronni Marshak co-developed Patricia Seybold Group's Customer Scenario® Mapping (CSM) methodology with Patricia Seybold and PSGroup's customers. She runs the CSM methodology practice, including training, certification, and licensing. She identifies, codifies, and updates the recurring patterns in customers' ideal scenarios, customers' moments of truth, and customer metrics that she discovers across hundreds of customer co-design sessions.


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