The Eleven – June 2015: Summertime

The Eleven

Hello, and welcome to my monthly e-letter, The Eleven. This is where I have shared my latest thinking about the world and my life for the last 8 years. The newsletter goes to about 3,000 people. If this doesn’t interest you, and you’re more interested in my classes and such – please take a moment and update your profile below.

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Albert as Albert Einstein
Me, thanks to Zen Achilles

I want to talk about the classes I teach for a minute. I started by teaching classes in how to use Facebook in my living room. I loved it – I really have taken to teaching. That led to connecting up with Constant Contact 3 years ago. They like how I teach and brought me into their Authorized Local Expert program. I’m provided with content about email marketing and social media to present locally and via webinars. Generally, the ideas are sound and I add in my own special sauce derived from my personal experience and that of my clients. That has led to me knowing a whole lot about newsletters and other on-line marketing tools. Here’s my current thinking on the topic.

Please come join me for one of these classes and send your friends to me. Whether this is your world or not, everyone can use new skills and I think you’ll find my presentation style refreshing. Also, my classes offer a safe and easy opportunity to network – they are filled with small business owners who are often looking for people to hire or collaborate with. So, if you’re looking for opportunities; are considering beginning a new venture; or are curious about small business issues, come on down. Also, I have been inviting some really interesting and cool marketers into the mix. For tomorrow’s class – David Baer of Baer on Marketing will be joining me. He’s a driven and exciting guy – and makes Facebook marketing a lot clearer. Later in the month I’ll be joined by Tshombe Brown, an inspiring coach and speaker.

Music break: Click on the title above for a taste of what the Grateful Dead were doing 50 years ago. And will do again in a few weeks in their fare thee well tour. My dentist is going. My best friend from college is going. Due to climate change and ears that don’t love flying, I didn’t try for tickets, but I hope to watch some of the action via pay-per-view in Portlandia. This may also have to do with my Early Onset Grumpiness.

Life continues to be interesting. The other day my friend, James Curtis, sent me this beautiful mandolin. I’m loving playing it – click on the pic to learn more about this master luthier!

James Curtis Mandolin

Personal News: I’ve been off sugar (mostly) for the past month. That’s led to some weight loss, and Eecole tells me my body is probably a lot happier without the white devil! I’ve been doing a bunch of reading/listening/watching, lately, and I’m especially enjoying Tim Ferris’s podcasts. I’ve noticed feeling jealous when friends tell me they’re in school, so I’m making a point of spending as much time as I can studying – reading, learning Spanish and watching inspirational videos. If you have anything in this realm you’d like to recommend, please let me know. Thanks!

Meanwhile, our sunflowers are growing taller by the day. Oh, and I started teaching a co-counseling class for men. If you’re interested, let me know, we’re just getting started. We’ll meet bi-weekly for now at my place in SE Portland.

The world keeps turning and we all are doing the best we can. Me included :) If you need help with something, please let me know. I could use some more connection in my life so feel free to reach back if you feel moved to. Being car-free, I’d especially love invites to get out and hike in the hills!

Take care and have a great Summer!

touch of gray, kind of suits you anyway :)
oh well a touch of gray, kind of suits you anyway :)

Sincerely,

Albert

What’s happening in the world of email marketing

email marketing report June 4th 2015

As I prepare for my next live class on email marketing in Portlandia on June 11th, I thought I’d share some of what I’m seeing these days in the field. I’ve been using Constant Contact for the past 8 years to send out a monthly e-letter called The Eleven. Originally, this went out to friends and family, and then, eventually, as I got more involved in teaching email marketing, I developed a few lists for people who came to my classes who have shown interest in learning more about marketing practices.  Along the way I became a Constant Contact authorized local expert – offering regular classes on email marketing, event marketing and social media in the Pacific Northwest. By now I’ve probably spoken to about 1,000 people and my list has grown.  Here are some of the changes I’ve seen recently in the marketing world.

First of all, email is not dead, far from it. The more media attention I see social media getting, the more I’m convinced that if you actually want to succeed in reaching people in an easy and affordable manner – you want to be building an email list of interested people.  I hear people constantly talking about building a Twitter following; an Instagram following; or getting more “likes” on their Facebook fan pages. If you’re able to pay for advertising on one or more of these platforms – then, great – you may have a chance to build up your e-mail list.  But, honestly? Unless you either have some amazing content (beautiful photos; fantastic articles; or you’re suddenly in the media limelight for some reason and something you do is going viral) I wouldn’t put that much energy into social media. I tend to think of a fan page as a good Yellow Pages ad. There it sits – if someone searches for your business they can find you. Fantastic! And then they can come to your website, or join your email list or call you. Great!  But when you post something on social media these days and you get 0.01% reach to the people who are your fans or followers – it just doesn’t seem worth it to me.

A peer asked me yesterday whether one of my fan pages, Email Marketing Guru – actually led to any new business?  I said that it used to, but even with some targeted advertising, I don’t think it’s doing me much good.  It looks good – yes, it gives me some sort of credibility that I have over 1,500 fans on a couple fan pages.  That and $1 will buy me a cup of coffee.  If one searches on “Email Marketing Portland” my fan page comes up 3rd on Google. OK, that’s probably worth something.  But honestly, I think being able to send an email out to people who have expressed interest in what I do is so much more powerful that I really shouldn’t be spending as much time on social media as I do.

In terms of email marketing, things are shifting, too. Emails are going to mobile-friendly formats. If you’re doing email marketing and you haven’t moved to a mobile-friendly template, that’s the #1 thing I’d recommend doing. Now.  Word has it that 65% of people are reading their emails (your emails!) on their mobile devices.  So, learn about mobile-friendly templates and move to one ASAP. Second, the formats for newsletters are shrinking.  I’m seeing more and more newsletters that are a banner, a couple sentences, a call to action, and that’s it.  Because these do well on phones. Because peoples’ attention spans are shrinking. So, if you haven’t tried doing a very short newsletter yet, give it a try and see what happens with your open rates and click-through rates (which are way more important, because responses to your call to action is what really counts, right?).

Thanks for reading, I think that’s a good start.  My recommendation? Stop worrying about social media and put more time into getting a robust email marketing program up and running, or strengthening what you’re already doing. If your website doesn’t have an email list sign-up form, get one. And, if you need any assistance with this, let me know. This is what I love to do – check out my Managed Care Program for an idea of the service and encouragement I offer.

Here to help.

Sincerely,

Albert Kaufman

PS – if you’d like a 2-month risk-free Constant Contact trial – click here. That’s what I use. It’s easy to use and is worth every penny.

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April Showers Bring New Customers

April – 2015

Mobile marketing has finally come of age.
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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
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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

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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