April Showers Bring New Customers

April – 2015

Mobile marketing has finally come of age.
Albertideation Small April 7, 2015
What’s Up?

If you want to guarantee that April showers indeed bring in new customers, please join me for one or both of my classes in Portland or meet with me one-on-one to up your on-line marketing game. If you’re wanting to know if your current efforts are on target – please send me your most recent newsletter, or point me to something you’d like me to take a look at. I’d be glad to share my honest feedback with you. The email marketing and social media worlds are changing so rapidly, it’s hard to keep up – and, that’s what I’m here for!

One point I really want to highlight is that everyone should be using a mobile-friendly template for their email marketing. If you are not sure if yours is mobile-friendly, please, let’s talk. 65% of people are checking email on their phones and if your newsletter is not mobile-friendly, you can guess what your customers are doing with your emails.
Here are some articles I’ve found useful, and at the bottom are more details about my upcoming free Portland-area classes!
Have a great Spring! Albert
New Mural on Alberta Street
4 Can't-Miss Mobile Marketing Best Practices

For many brands, mobile marketing remains somewhat vague and difficult to contain in the same way as traditional marketing. Here are a few best practices to help your business launch an exciting, innovative and successful mobile marketing campaign.

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While large businesses may have significant budgets to spend on social commerce and marketing, smaller-size companies too can leverage the new social trends to drive increased revenue. Consider these five strategies to boost sales in 2015.

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Upcoming Events

Social Media Timesavers
Thursday April 16, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM PDT
This session will help you save time at get back to what you love to do running your business or organization. Join me and learn the latest time savers and best practices from Constant Contact Authorized Local Expert, Albert Kaufman., Holladay Park Church of God

Constant Contact Toolkit Demonstration
Monday April 27, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM PDT
Join me and learn how to use the whole Constant Contact Toolkit – from Newsletters to Events to Surveys to Social Campaigns: all from Constant Contact Authorized Local Expert, Albert Kaufman. Holladay Park Church of God

Albert Kaufman
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Re-electing Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley

I’m standing with Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley for another 4 years. We’re lucky to have him. Here are some pumpkins we made for him during the first election! Enjoy

You asked for it, The Eleven, June 2014

The Eleven, June 11, 2014

Hi there, and happy Spring into Summer! Happy 11th!  Happy Happy!
The reason I titled this missive with “You asked for it” is that I want to make sure you want to receive my monthly words o’ wisdom. If at any time you want to head out to greener pastures, please click on the unsubscribe link below.  We’re all overwhelmed by the amount of email that comes to us and other stimulation – so, I won’t be offended at all!  And, if you want to receive my newsletter for Farm My Yard or more on what I share as a business – you can
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With that said, hello!  If you’re just joining me, welcome aboard – this newsletter has been a chance for me to share with you my thinking about things political, spiritual, personal and beyond since 2008. I often have a call to action each month.
Me: things are great. I’ve decided to take the week off and focus on my business. Thanks to Noelani, I spent some time on SEO (search engine optimization) on my website and suddenly more people are contacting me to work together. Speaking of Noelani and SEO – she’s running a special – $99 gets you 1.5 hours with her in a Portland cafe (or, probably via Skype…) to tune up your SEO. Which leads me to my list of tools I’m using that I want to share with you.
Get an SEO Tune-up!

I’m loving working with Richard Powell of HostPond – hosting, WordPress support, fantastic!

I’m having a blast working with Constant Contact – it’s how you’re reading this and is a big part of my livelihood.
Hood River

I’ve been doing some traveling for work in the last couple months. Boise, Idaho; The Dalles, OR; Hood River, OR; and most recently, Seattle – The Emerald City. Here’s a pic of me and my team of Constant Contact Authorized Local Experts (ALEs) in front of the Wall of Gum. We did a presentation for about 100 people last week which was a lot of fun.

Our ALE Team in SEA
I shared my thinking about LinkedIn in a top 10 format. If you’d like to see my presentation, just let me know and I’ll send it to you.
What a time to be alive, eh? There is so much incredible thinking – neat projects to plug into, interesting people to meet and talk to – all matched with so much challenging news, too.
I feel lucky that I have figured out how to not be working my life away. Partially, this is due to my choice to live a frugal life (no car, generally; renting a room in a house; and I don’t shop much). And, partially this is due to my privilege – being a white, middle-class, college-educated person – definitely has helped me out of the rat race, some. I guess I also find that I don’t believe that I need to keep earning more so that I can have more. I have plenty. Just the other night I was sitting with friends on an old farmhouse porch drinking a glass of wine and watching the sunset and feeling so so rich. I hope you can find that feeling, too. If not, perhaps it’s time for you to join me for a chat and a glass of wine and a sunset :)
Life on the farm is kinda laid back…

All righty then! I hope you’re having a great day/week/month and life. I love feedback – please tell me what you think of my newsletter and any thoughts you have about what I’m up to. 

Oh, are you hungry for salmon? My friend, Clint, is off in Alaska fishing now and has a CSF – Community Supported Fishery! Get in on an amazingly tasty deal, here

And, if you’re in Portlandia on Thursday night, June 12th – please come by Marino’s Adriatic Cafe @ 4129 SE Division to hear me play with my friend, Natalie Staggs. We’ll start at 8pm. Save room for desert! 

That’s it from me. 

Take care,

Albert

Upcoming Events

Campaigns That Drive Action: Feedback & Surveys and Danielle Ross on How to Attract Great Clients

Thursday June 26, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM PDT

Join us and learn some great new strategies to help develop your next survey and get the feedback and insights you need from your customers, donors, clients or supporters. And, Danielle Ross “How to Attract a Never-Ending Stream of Ideal Clients”

Holladay Park Church of God

3 Great Reasons to have a Personal Newsletter for Friends and Family

friendsandfamilyI’ve been using Constant Contact to send out a newsletter to my friends and family for the past 5 years. The response has been fantastic and it’s made me a believer in taking the time to send word to your personal network on a regular basis. Here are my three top reasons that I think this makes sense.

1. You have a personal life and telling people that care about you what is going on for you leads to their having a greater understanding of your life, hopes and dreams.  Once friends and family know more about what you’re up to – they can get behind any efforts you’re making.  For instance, I had an idea a couple years ago called Farm My Yard. It’s an effort to match up homeowners and urban farmers who live nearby. I’ve been mentioning this idea and dreaming it into existence for the past couple years, and now that it’s starting to take off (I got word from a woman in Australia yesterday, Houston, we have lift off!) the people I’ve told about it are some of the effort’s greatest boosters.  And, of course, Farm My Yard has a newsletter sign up form on the website :)

2. The feedback. We all want to know how we’re doing. When I send my newsletter out, I always ask for feedback and over the years it almost feels like people are taking turns and writing back with their thoughts, suggestions and mentions of how they might be facing the same challenges and their solutions for making their way through.  Sometimes it’s just an “atta boy”, but some friends have deepened our relationship by sharing their thinking and real offers of help. For example, I have considered running for Portland City Council and used Constant Contact’s survey tool to ask my personal list who would be willing to support me and how. The response was fantastic – offers of money, time, and other types of support filled in my survey and has encouraged me to keep this idea milling rather than forgetting about it.

3. Referrals.  By telling my friends and family some of what I’m up to in my business life, they then know something of how I spend my time making money – teaching email marketing, social media and helping small businesses boost their marketing efforts. I have become known in my personal world as THE guy who does that. This has led to friends introducing me to their friends who need business support. I generally don’t ask my friends and family directly for support, but their knowledge of my business helps me in various ways. For instance, when we come together for various gatherings, the conversations often start at a greater depth because they’ve been following my life and are somewhat caught up with my progress. Instead of “what’s new“, the conversations more often start with “hey, I remember you mentioning that you lead street tree planting efforts” – any idea of how we can get that going in my neck of the woods?”

As with any email newsletter, you want to follow the basic rules of thumb – keeping the newsletter brief; having a great subject line; putting the call to action towards the top (if there is one); and using graphics and links sparingly.  If you invite your friends and family to write back about what has moved them about what you’ve written, they sometimes will – and, I promise, this feedback will often tickle you.

If you ever need encouragement on trying this out, feel free to get in touch and I’ll give you some encouragement. If you’d like to receive my friends & family monthly email (The Eleven), you can sign up for it @ http://albertideation.com

You can do this, and I truly believe it will lead to great things!

New Promotional Video

Thanks to Deb Rodney and Nolan Calisch of Flying Point Moving Pictures for my new promotional video!

Deb is offering a Free, one-hour consultation to anyone who is interested in having a video done for their business.  Contact her @ debrodney@gmail.com for more information.