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Use Social
Media
to Grow
Your Business
Learn from these two
businesses how you
can combine social
media and email
marketing
A lot has been written about combining
email marketing and social media
to stay top of mind with current
customers, while at the same time
spreading your message to prospective
ones. While this may sound simple
in concept, getting started can be
overwhelming when time and resources
are tight. How do you fill a newsletter
with content and keep Facebook fans
and Twitter followers sated without
pulling your hair out? And how do you
covert all those social media connections
into newsletter subscribers?
In this guide, we’ll share examples of two
businesses that have found success by
combining email and social media. They’ve
found success and have grown their mailing
lists without having to generate a ton of
content on their own.
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Become a Resource for
Your Customers
Red Oak Properties Uses
Content to Woo Renters
Our first example is Red Oak Properties, an apartment
rental company in Manchester, N.H. Red Oak uses
content in a unique way to keep connected with
current tenants and attract new renters. It may seem
odd that an apartment rental company would use any
content beyond its latest listings, but Red Oak excels
at providing its audience with content it can use.
Red Oak uses email marketing to reach current
renters, sharing community happenings, school
start dates, trick or treat times, and other useful
information. Co-owner Gerry Dupont says she knows
her renters are busy, so she wants to provide them
with all the information they need to make their lives
as easy as possible.
Red Oak uses email
marketing to reach
current renters, sharing
community happenings,
school start dates, trick
or treat times, and other
useful information.
Social media sites and Red Oak’s website are the
main vehicles for connecting with prospective renters.
Through the business’ Facebook (http://www.
facebook.com/RedOakLife) and Twitter presence
(http://twitter.com/theredoaklife), Gerry and her staff
preach the “Red Oak Life,” which features community
happenings such as farmers’ markets, festivals, fairs,
and arts and sporting events with the idea of showing
prospective renters the idyllic New Hampshire lifestyle
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they could have if they choose to live in the area.
The hope is that these people will also choose to
rent from Red Oak.
Naturally, Red Oak peppers its Facebook and Twitter
posts with apartment specials and other offerings,
but the majority of the posts contain information
any area resident could use. (Check out this video of
Gerry discussing Red Oak’s social media efforts.)
The takeaway
Share industry-related
articles, local
happenings, or
other news that your
customers and
prospects might
find interesting ...
Red Oak’s content strategy for both email and social
media demonstrates two things: One is that you can
use great content to position yourself as a resource.
Then current and prospective customers will come to
you, instead of going to multiple places, to get their
information.
The other is that you don’t have to create this useful
content from scratch. The company is turning area
happenings and public information into content it
knows its customers and prospects can use. It takes
a little time and some research, but Red Oak is not
reinventing the wheel every time a newsletter goes
out or a new item is posted to Facebook.
You, too, can repackage existing information into
useful nuggets to fuel your email and social media
engine and share them with your customer base.
Share industry-related articles, local happenings, or
other news that your customers and prospects might
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find interesting and help demonstrate your area of
expertise.
A couple ways to gather information without having to
do a lot of manual labor:
> Set up a Twitter search based on keywords
related to your product, service, or industry.
You can do this through the Twitter website
or use tools such as NutshellMail or HootSuite.
With NutshellMail, you get your search
results emailed to you — along with all your
social media updates — on a schedule of
your choosing. With HootSuite, you’ll see a
real-time listing of your search results updated
as new tweets come in. If you’re tracking a
popular keyword, the real-time updates could
be a little overwhelming.
>Use Google Alerts to get email updates with
the latest articles and blog posts related to
a specific phrase or keywords such as your
industry (i.e. “email marketing”) or locale (i.e.
“Waltham, Mass.”)
Red Oak is not
reinventing the
wheel every time a
newsletter goes
out or a new item is
posted to Facebook.
When an interesting article pops up in your inbox or
Twitter search results, share a link to it on Facebook
and Twitter, and include a short synopsis and link in
your newsletters. Voila! Content for your subscribers
and social media followers and you didn’t have to
come up with it on your own.
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#
Link Your Social Media
and Email Marketing List
Building Efforts
Dingo Rawhide Bones Boosts
“Likes” and Subscribers
One company that has excelled at building its email
list and social media following simultaneously is
Dingo Rawhide Bones, a Cincinnati-based pet food
manufacturer that’s passionate about making dog
food and treats that are healthy and fun.
Dingo offered
customers a $20
coupon if people
both Liked the Dingo
Facebook Page and
joined the company’s
mailing list.
During the summer of 2010, the company wanted
to increase the number of people that “Like” its
Page on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/
dingobones). To do so, it offered customers a $20
coupon if people both Liked the Dingo Facebook
Page and joined the company’s mailing list. Dingo
installed Constant Contact’s Join My Mailing List
application on its Facebook Page, making it easy for
fans to sign up for the company’s email list without
having to leave the Facebook experience.
The company took things a step further by making
the deal contingent on its Facebook Page getting
5,000 Likes. This caveat is similar to those employed
by group discount sites such as Groupon or
TeamBuy.ca, which makes daily deals contingent on
a minimum number of buyers. By adding the 5,000
Likes goal, Dingo encouraged coupon seekers to tell
their friends and share the deal with their own social
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connections in order to help achieve the minimum.
Once the 5,000 number was reached, the coupon
would be emailed to customers (hence part of the
need to provide an email address).
The results: Dingo’s Facebook Page went from a
mere 330 Likes to well over 5,000 in just three days.
More importantly, Dingo’s monthly sales increased
22%, with roughly half of that number attributed to
new customers. “Previously, we were experiencing
12% monthly growth,” says Mike Halloran, online
marketing manager for Dingo. “About 45% of our
volume was trials from new customers and 85% of
those who tried our products said they would buy
from us again.”
The takeaway
Dingo’s Facebook
Page went from a
mere 330 Likes to well
over 5,000 in just
three days. More
importantly, Dingo’s
monthly sales
increased 22%.
Dingo is not just driving people to its Facebook Page
for the one coupon. The company regularly engages
its fans and customers through the site. For instance,
in October 2010, it held a contest that prompted
fans to post pictures to the page that show their
pets in Halloween costumes. And Dingo occasionally
offers other coupons and deals along the way, a
tactic that keeps fans checking in regularly.
Plus, by getting customers to post photos of their
pets and share stories on its Facebook page, Dingo is
having content generated for them that keeps other
customers coming back for more. Like Red Oak,
Dingo does not have to create a bunch of content
from scratch to keep its social media presence active.
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TIPS
Take Your Email Even
Further with Social
Media
If you’re just getting started with social media or are
not quite taking full advantage of it yet, you can use
your newsletter content and subscriber list to help
power your social media marketing efforts. Here are
a few ways to maximize your email and social media
marketing:
Share your newsletters on Facebook and
Twitter: When sending a newsletter to your
audience through Constant Contact, also post it to
Facebook and Twitter. This will get your newsletter
content in front of both your subscribers and all your
social media connections.
When sending a
newsletter to your
audience through
Constant Contact, also
post it to Facebook
and Twitter.
Include a Social Share Bar with all your
outgoing email newsletters: Adding a social
share bar to the top of your email newsletters makes
it easy for recipients to share your message with their
own social media connections. This can help spread
your content and messaging beyond the original
distribution list.
(Note: Obviously you only want to share content
that’s meant for wider public consumption.
Organizations sending out member-only
communications probably shouldn’t add share
features to the newsletters.)
Tell your subscribers you use social media:
If you have a large subscriber list but find that
not many are connecting with you on Facebook,
Twitter, or LinkedIn, send a dedicated email inviting
your subscribers to connect with your business or
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organization on social media. We have a number of
templates ready to go for such notices.
Track your social shares: With Social Stats,
you can track how many subscribers shared your
email with their social media connections and see
how many people clicked to view your message
via social media. It’s a great tool to for seeing how
far your message is reaching beyond your original
distribution list and can be used to see which social
networks are most popular with subscribers.
Remember to tell
your subscribers they
can also connect
with you through
social media and
tell your social media
connections to join
your mailing list.
While there a vast number of channels
available to connect with customers and
members, you don’t need to come up with
content from scratch for each of them.
Re-using existing content and linking to
third party content can be a great way to
feed the content beasts that are email and
social media marketing. And remember to
tell your subscribers they can also connect
with you through social media and tell
your social media connections to join your
mailing list. Those that do both are truly
passionate fans.
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