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10 Commandments of Email Copywriting

1. Thou shalt not direct people to “Learn More.” “Learn more” is the worst possible call to action. It means absolutely nothing. Be specific, be tangible. What is it that you’re offering exactly? 2. Thou shalt tell people What, Why, and How. Within the first few sentences of the email… Read More

Help Our Client Choose a Home Page (Poll)

Your opinion is needed! One of our B2C clients, Elegant Clutter, is a boutique furniture and home accessories store in Danville, California. Spear is designing a new Website for the company and the client is having a hard time choosing between two home page designs. Just click on the thumbnails… Read More

Email Marketing: Tips on Open Rates, Offers & Lead Quality

Recently I was invited to participate in a discussion with Sridhar Ramanathan, a 20-year Silicon Valley veteran and General Partner at the Aventi Group, a leading consulting firm specializing in accelerating revenue for technology companies. We discussed the changing role of email marketing, how to choose the best offer, and… Read More

2011 B2B Marketing Outlook, According to Google

Our agency recently developed a report summarizing the results of a B2B marketing survey commissioned by Google and conducted by research company Ipsos OTX. In the survey, more than 600 B2B marketing executives answered questions about their budgets, marketing mix, and key challenges for 2011. You can access a complete… Read More

Top 10 Posts on B2B Lead Gen for 2010

Without further ado, here are the top 10 most popular blog posts from our blog, “The Point” in 2010 (as measured by page views). Normally, a survey like this might indicate something about hot topics or key trends, but here instead the popularity of the top posts has everything to… Read More

3 Reasons to Add Email to Your Lead Follow-Up Process

A client writes: “I notice you recommend both email AND phone follow-up to inbound leads from programs like content syndication. Our inside sales reps are fairly prompt about following up with all leads by phone. Why do I need to set up automated email response as well?” My response: Most… Read More

Gmail Priority Inbox: the Death Knell for Email as Lead Generation?

This month, Google released a new feature called Priority Inbox, designed to help Gmail users better cope with email overload by automatically determining which emails are most important to the recipient. For example, messages sent from people that you typically respond to immediately will receive special attention and preferential placement,… Read More