While many people criticize email as tool for sales prospecting it still remains one of the most effective and commonly used forms of communication for both business and personal use. A study done by the Radicati Group estimates that in 2012 there will be about 2.7 billion active email accounts world-wide, 25% of which are corporate accounts. A more recent Pew Research survey found that 91% of adult internet users in the U.S. send or read email.
The topic of sales prospecting emails is widely discussed in the sales and marketing blogosphere, and I agree with most of the other contributors that email prospecting can be an extremely powerful tool when done right. So if you aren’t doing it already, you should start, because it can significantly improve your prospecting effectiveness. If you are already doing it, like me, you are probably looking for ways to improve.
With all of the people out there commenting on the topic, I thought I would share some of my own experience, favorite posts, and top tips in a series of posts over the coming weeks.
In brief, these are the 5 tips I will cover in more detail over my next five posts on “The Best Tactics for Email Prospecting”:
- Craft an engaging subject line
- Leverage the prospects content everywhere
- Be specific (both as to why you are emailing the prospect and what you are asking for in return)
- Optimize for mobile
- Stay persistent
If you’re interested in reading some additional resources and tips on the topic of email prospecting right now, here is a list of helpful posts and resources to get you started:
I hope this is helpful and invite any comments.
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