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If you have been around Direct Marketing or Internet Marketing for any time at all you have probably already heard how personalizing your sales message can increase your response rates and conversion rates.

One simple way to personalize your sales message is to use your prospect’s name. Just check your snail mail and see how often Your Name is used in the sales letters directed to you. There is a reason direct mail companies do this… it works!

It is a common and well known technique in email marketing to personalize the subject line and the body of the message with your prospect’s name. This technique is easy to implement with most list servers, such as AWeber and GetResponse, and results in increased open and response rates when marketing via email. It offers a more personalized experience allowing the sender to connect on a more personal level using what can be a very impersonal “one size fits all” medium.

Personalization and interactivity are not new things on the Internet. In fact, it started very early and has increased rapidly. You can hardly visit a site anymore where they don’t have some sort of feature that is meant to personalize the experience for you.

A more recent example is Web 2.0 such as Blogging, Social Bookmarking, and Social Networking. It is all about making the experience even more personalized for the users.

In the end that personalization is meant to increase that site’s stickiness or improve the delivery of the sales message and ultimately increase the bottom-line profits.

However, there is one area of personalization that some players in Internet Marketing totally miss the boat on when promoting their products… Personalized Sales Letters.

Personalized sales letters can come in many forms. One form is advanced personalization based on a squeeze page form where several data fields are gathered and then used to personalize the resulting sales letter. Another form, which is a much simpler and easier to implement technique, is personalization using the prospect’s name.

Personalizing your sales letters with your prospect’s name, which is easily passed from your list server or a form submission (opt-in, contact, etc), will get you the most bang for your buck compared to trying to implement more complex techniques. You can even take it a step further and personalize other important pages on your sites such as squeeze pages, order pages, thank you pages, and OTO pages.

So, why aren’t more Internet marketers using this technique yet?

They probably just don’t realize the surprising effectiveness of this simple technique or how simple an easy it can be to implement. Regardless, it is effective and will result in increased response rates, conversion rates, and profits.

Don’t get me wrong, there are some big names in Internet Marketing that know this technique works… they just aren’t yelling it from the roof-tops!

Implementing personalization is just like improving your headline, sub-headlines, copywriting, bullet points, testimonials, opt-in process… it is just another tool in your arsenal to plug in your sales process and raise your conversions up as high as possible.

It is simple to decide if this technique is for you by asking yourself just one question…

How much more money will you leave on the table by not personalizing your sales letters?

About the Author

Michael Chris has been marketing on the Internet for 10 years and has experience in many areas of Internet Marketing. To discover how to Personalize Your Sales Letters, please visit Personalized Sales Letters. For the most up to date version of this article, please visit Increased Response & Conversion Rates

Copyright © – Michael Chris – Personalized-Sales-Letters.com – All Rights Reserved Worldwide!

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Importance of Direct Email Marketing!

One of the most popular and cost effective strategy of internet marketing is direct email marketing. With instant feedback from your customers, you are able to frequently monitor your web site’s performance too. If you are into an online business, then your quest for newer forms of internet marketing or advertising grows.

Direct email marketing outsmarts the traditional forms of advertising like the printed newsletter, brochure and pamphlets. It’s simple yet effective form of Internet marketing, reaches out to bulk at the same time.

Use direct marketing post or presale. Utilize this form of Internet marketing to promote products, provide news, and to send confirmations and thank-you notes. If you don’t have time to send the emails yourself, you may choose to use email auto responders. Email auto responders are triggered when an email is sent to you. If you are unavailable, email auto responders can contact the customer for you, providing order confirmations, etc.

Every time you correspond with your clients, prospects, vendors and other key audiences by email, include a convenient way for them to opt-in to your list, giving you their permission to market to them more regularly.

Things you need to follow while you send out a mail for your business or marketing purpose:

A professional signature along with your email: This is a must as it offers a professional look to your email. Include a professional signature at the bottom of your business email, do not forget that, as it’s a vital part of direct email marketing. It usually includes your name, business name, and full web address.

Need to search an affiliate: A signature buddy acts as an affiliate to your internet business. He/she can help you step up your Internet marketing campaign and allow you to reach more customers. Ask someone to include your web address below their own signature every time they send an email. And have a reciprocal link of their web address below your signature too.

E-Newsletter – this should be your next Internet marketing strategy, it is an effective form of email marketing and can be used to promote your products or services.

Send coupons: send complimentary coupons to your customers once in a while.

After sale service: This would be a thank you note, set it in your auto responder, which is a polite way of thanking them after the sale. Read extensively before you venture out your marketing skills.

Kirthy Shetty, expert author, Platinum status

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Video: Using Summize as a Research Tool

I thought I’d toss together a quick video on using Summize as a research tool as it came in handy when compiling the Personalization Precept.  I hope you enjoy the video and share your comments once you’ve scoped it out.

EMarketing Tips – Personalization

Personalizing your emarketing items, such as newsletters, broadcasts, etc. is not new; most people who use email regularly are used to seeing their first names in email subject lines or within an email newsletter. And, if you regularly send out emails to your subscribers, you probably have remembered the “first name” merge code by heart.

But many of you may be wondering, “What is the effectiveness of personalizing my emails?” “Does it really work?” “What else can I do besides add a name to the subject line?”

According to emailstatcenter.com, “Inserting a person’s name into an email increases open rates by as much as 10%. – Jupiter Research (2006).” So it does seem that personalizing emails does have an impact, even just a little bit. But the trick is to personalize correctly.

I would bet that you have received at least one or two emails that read like the following: “For , free ebook covers this weekend only.”

Um, there should be something before that comma. Yuck.

There are a couple of instances when I recommend NOT personalizing the subject line. 1) You DO NOT require that the name field is a “required” field on your sign-up box on your website, and 2) you already have a cramped subject line slot and adding a first and/or last name or two would just be a bit too much (stick to a subject line of 56 characters or less).

By default, most programs require an email address, but you normally have to manually define other fields, including the name field, as being a “required” field in which a subscriber must enter information or they will get a reminder to input something into that particular field.

If you feel like getting fancy with personalization, there are many personalization fields to choose from and many ways to liven up your broadcasts. You can add merge codes that contain names, dates, geographic location, email address, ad categories, URL where subscriber signed up, to name a few.

Here is one example of one way you can personalize your newsletters:

One of my clients asked that I attach a subscription management reminder at the bottom of her newsletter. Basically it reads something like, “[name], you subscribed to this publication on this [date] using this [email address].” Great idea – lends credibility and reminds your readers that you aren’t spamming them. In fact, I really liked this idea so I tried it out on my own newsletter!

Check with your shopping cart or list management program to see what other merge fields or variables you can add to liven up your publications. You can search the FAQ or support pages or do a search on their site for keywords such as “personalization” or “merge fields.” I bet you’ll get a lot of ideas just by looking!

Copyright 2008 Lisa Wells

Lisa Wells is a Certified eMarketing Associate who partners with coaches, consultants, entrepreneurs, and small business owners, managing their many online marketing needs. Move your business to the next level and up your e-marketing game – sign up for her FREE e-course “e-Marketing Toolbox Essentials” at http://www.emarketingtoolboxessentials.com, where she shares ideas, tips, do’s and don’ts, as well as programs and strategies you need to avoid!

For more information on direct response personalization:

Please visit http://personalizationprecept.com to register to download our complementary special report entitled “The Personalization Precept” that is jam packed with personalization tips and statistics to help you improve your marketing ROI.

When you have signed up as an online affiliate with a merchant, you know that your next action is to start promoting the affiliate product. The promotion campaign is done by driving traffic to your affiliate web page. When you have worked hard to drive traffic to your site, you want to make sure it will convert the visitors into customers. To achieve higher conversion from your internet business web page, you can include some element of interactivity and personalization.

To have a more interactive page, you can add feedback forms as well as email forms that allow your prospective customers to ask you any questions they might have pertaining to your product. Personalization of your web site is another key element that can build a visitor’s trust and increase your sales. Personalization technology provides you the analytic tools to facilitate cross selling and up selling when the customers is buying online.

Personalization can be used to restore the magic of connecting with the visitor. You can use this to match your customer with the right product through either rules based or customer analytic based processing. Thus, as your software stores customers information and preferences, it can help categorize them into different groups.

Observation of your web page visitors over time can suggest products to cross sell and up sell. For example, when a person buys a subscription to a fitness site, exercise equipment is also offered. By having this element in your internet business web site, it has the potential to convert more customers that will lead to bigger commission payout for you.

Looking for more online business facts? Will Yap is an Online Business Marketing enthusiast and has a huge array of internet marketing experience. He runs a website that provides hot affiliate marketing tips. To take advantage of these cool stuffs, be sure to visit Will Yap’s site at http://www.easy-affiliate-marketing.info

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Please visit http://personalizationprecept.com to register to download our complementary special report entitled “The Personalization Precept” that is jam packed with personalization tips and statistics to help you improve your marketing ROI.

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