‘Pin’ a Tweet to the Top of Your Twitter Profile to Attract More Traffic

Do you have a Tweet pinned to the top of your profile on Twitter? Wait, wrong social media network, right?

Not really. Twitter will actually let you “pin” a Tweet to the top of our Twitter stream so that people visiting your page will always see that particular Tweet first, as opposed to the default setup in which your most recent posting appears on top.

What are the benefits of this? Well, first you have more control over what visitors see when they land on our Twitter feed (uh, duh!). But that means that you can create whatever kind of image you want to project, something that can be extremely helpful if you use your Twitter feed primarily to support your other Internet marketing platforms or offers.

There’s also a social benefit. For example, if you want to attract members of the opposite sex or people with similar interests to yours, you can “pin” the most appropriate Tweet so that it’s always present at the top of your page – such as the photo where you appear most buff, or something related to your hobby or interests.

If you use Twitter a lot, not everything you post is going to be something you want to represent who you are to other Twitter users. For example, you may Share something you found funny but that other people might find offensive. Or you could Tweet something off the cuff that could be taken out of context later.

This is something that happens to sports starts and celebrities all the time. Who’s to say you are immune to it, especially if you are prone to “Tweeting under the influence”.

Setting It Up

Setting up the Tweet you want to pin to the top of your Twitter feed is super easy. All you go to the Tweet you want pinned, then click on the “…” icon at the bottom right hand corner. (You probably never noticed this before, did you?) Then all you have to do is simply click on the “Pin to your profile page” option and there you go.

Make sure you pick a Tweet that truly represents the image you want to project. In other words, don’t just arbitrarily pick some Tweet you think is pretty funny or an okay picture of you. Remember, you only get one chance to make a good impression. Twitter is worldwide and your profile could potentially be visited by thousands of different people, so you want to make sure you get it right the first time.

And if you don’t, well, you can always change it later anytime you want!

The Downside

The biggest drawback to this is the pinned Tweets on your profile can’t be seen by people who access the social media site from their smart phones. And, let’s face it, Twitter and mobile phones were made for each other. When was the last time you accessed Twitter from your PC or laptop? It was probably at least a couple of years ago.

So will posting your best Tweet to the top of your Twitter profile actually make a difference? Let’s put it this way: It couldn’t hurt. You can’t control how people what kind of devices people use to access your Twitter profile. If someone does happen to stumble upon (oops! Wrong site again) your Twitter feed from their laptop or PC and they do happen to like your great Tweet enough to re-Tweet it, well, then that’s bonus!

The bottom line is that if you want to increase your popularity on Twitter and do a better job of managing your reputation, why not pin the best Tweet possible to the top of your profile?

How To Bring Your Email Subscribers Back From The DEAD

How To Bring Your Email Subscribers Back From The DEAD

Have you been building email lists for more than six months? Then you’ve got some ‘dead’ subscribers on your list.

They’re not opening your emails. They’re not paying attention to you. Frankly, they don’t even remember who you are.

So now you’ve got two choices… …either remove them from your autoresponder… …or win them back.

I don’t advocate removing subscribers until you’ve done everything in your power to get them back in your fold, opening your emails and hopefully buying your offers. After all, getting subscribers isn’t all that easy. It takes either work, money or both.

So why not put a little effort into winning those subscribers back?

Done correctly, it can pay off BIG time. First, we’re going to start off by re-engaging them. If that doesn’t work, we’ll try winning them back. And finally, when they act on one of our emails, we’ll send them a welcome back email.

Let’s get started: How To Bring Your Email Subscribers Back From The DEAD

Your Re-Engagement Email Series

You decide when to initiate this series – after they haven’t opened an email from you in 30 days? 60? 90? 180?

It’s up to you.

For purposes of our example, we’ll use 30 days.

Re-Engagement Email #1

This email is subtle and doesn’t harp on the fact that they haven’t opened an email from you in over 30 days. And we’ll place  something in the P.S. to encourage their re-engagement.

Subject Line: Knock, knock… [Hello… are you there?]

Did you know it’s been awhile since you opened or clicked on one of my emails?

I thought I’d better check in on you because you’ve sadly missed some really cool stuff in the last 30 days. It’s okay, I made you a list of what’s been happening…Check it out:
[Insert your bulleted list of blog posts, videos and so forth from the past 30 days. Make it ENTICING, with bullets that raise plenty of curiosity.]

I know with how busy you are. It’s hard to stay on top of things, but you subscribed to this newsletter to get the latest news and updates on… [Insert known benefits, desired end results, etc.] …so you will please forgive me if I give you the occasional “poke” just to make sure you haven’t somehow slipped through the cracks. :)

I don’t want to leave anyone behind, especially you.

Talk soon, [NAME]

P.S. I know that [problem, challenge, etc.] is something you and I struggle with, so as an added gift I thought you’d like to see my favorite [problem, challenge, etc.] resources of all time: 
[LINK TO RESOURCES]
 I think you’ll find #4 especially surprising – I know it did [benefit] for me.

 

What’s going on in this email?

You’re letting them know they are MISSING OUT. Then you go on to use some really enticing bullets that make them think, “Holy crap, I’ve missed some good stuff!”

You can add links to each item in your bullets, or add a single link to your blog, or…  It’s up to you.

The goal here is to show them that they need to OPEN your emails or they will be missing out. In the P.S., we’re giving them another reason to click (freebie time!) and we’re enticing them even further with that last sentence.

Raise enough curiosity and they HAVE to click it.

[NOTE: I like to send the above email TWICE to those who did not open it the first time. Send it the first time, wait 12 to 48 hours (your choice) and then send it again to everyone who didn’t open it the first time.]

[Second NOTE: This brings up a good point… if you’re not sending out emails a second time to people who didn’t open your email the first time, you are, in my opinion, BLOWING IT.

People are busy. They don’t see the email the first time, or they don’t have time right then to look at it. 12 hours later, 24 hours later, that email is so far down in their inbox that they don’t even see it anymore.

So go ahead, send an email a second time if they don’t open it the first time. This tip alone can substantially increase your income – bank on it.]

Re-Engagement Email #2

Send this one about 2 days after the previous email but only if they didn’t open the previous email.

Subject Line: Wait… Did I goof?... 

It’s me again and I gotta know… …is this your best email address?

 It’s been over 30 days since you’ve opened or clicked on a link in one of my emails, and I’m starting to think that you’ve moved on... Or I’ve got the wrong address… Or maybe I goofed up… 

I’ve created a BUNCH of awesomeness for you over the last month. In fact, I’ve been thinking about you nearly every day, and how you want to [insert reason they’re on list] 

And I’ve been gathering the latest news, tips, breaking announcements, etc., for you, and now I feel bad... Because you haven’t seen any of it. 

Either this isn’t your best email address, in which case, please take a second to update your contact info to the best and most current address… …you know, the one you actually check every day. :) [

LINK TO UPDATE CONTACT RECORD PAGE] 

Or you’ve simply been too busy to notice what’s happened in the last 30 days… [

List of enticing bullets with links] 

Talk soon, [NAME] 

P.S. Do me a favor… please? Just click on at least one of these links above to show me you’re alive and that you still want to [insert goal] Thanks!

 

What’s going on in this email? Guilt. Lots of guilt, because we are thinking about them and their problem and we’ve done all this work to help them and they aren’t even opening our emails! 😉

Re-Engagement Email #3

Send this one about 2 days after the previous email but only if they didn’t open the previous email.

Subject Line: Are you….. stuck? 

There are lots of things in this [industry/business/world] that can get us stuck… 

So what has you stuck?

 Tell me here: [LINK TO SURVEY] …so I know that I’m delivering the right kind of content to you. 

Seriously, it’ll take less than 30 seconds and it will truly help me to help you. 

It’s literally just one question (one!)… …and if you help me out, I’ll reward you with something cool on the other side. 

So cool. So ULTRA COOL but I can’t tell you what it is, because it is ONLY for people smart enough to click the link and answer the question. People like you. 

Here’s that link again: [LINK TO SURVEY] 

Thanks in advance, [NAME] 

What’s going on in this email? We’ve switched from guilt to a survey to encourage interaction.

Don’t get stressed about what question you’re going to ask. What’s important here is they engage, so please ask them something fun or interesting or both.

Keep it short and simple and easy. On the thank you page following the survey, you can give them a product discount (make it a SIGNIFICANT DISCOUNT) or anything else you like.

I like to give them a choice of 3-5 free reports. They are all on different topics, they all have great headlines, and the subscriber can only choose ONE.

This shows me what else they’re interested in, and puts them on a new mailing list for that topic.

Re-Engagement Email #4

Send this one about 2 days after the previous email but only if they didn’t open the previous email.

Subject line: I need your help…please 

I’m burning the midnight oil to produce a new series for you, but I want to make sure I’m covering the topics that YOU are most interested in. 

Will you go here and let me know if I’m on the right track? 

[LINK TO SURVEY] 

If you do, you’ll not only help shape the content I send you each week… 

I’ll also have a little “thank you gift” waiting for you on the other side. 

I’m hoping you will do it now while it’s fresh on your mind. 

[LINK TO SURVEY] 

It’ll take less than 30 seconds (literally!!) and I will be forever grateful. 

Thanks much, [NAME] 

What’s going on in this email? This is the second email in the survey campaign. As you can see it’s essentially the same offer, just positioned more as an “I need help” message than the first email.

<<<<<>>>>>All subscribers that haven’t clicked on a link through your entire Re-Engagement Series should be placed in the following Win-Back email series. <<<<<>>>>>

Your Win-Back Email Series At this point the re-engagement series has ended, so if your subscriber still hasn’t responded, then it’s time to turn up the heat.

This first email offers a “mystery gift” if they click on the link. You could also tell them what the gift is, if it’s perceived as being highly valuable and sought after.

Your “gift” can be anything… a video… a special report… a product… anything your prospect will see as valuable.

[NOTE: At this point you don’t want to simply offer a discount or a free trial offer, because it’s not seen as highly valuable. There should be no strings attached to the gift you’re offering, or it will lose its power.]

Also, you’ll want to setup a special page where you will deliver this gift.

Don’t send them to some random download page, it’s not personal enough. You want to acknowledge the fact that they took this step. Show them appreciation for re-engaging with you after being “gone” for so long.

When they arrive on the “free gift” page, make them feel loved and appreciated, like they were truly missed. It might sound cheesy but it really works.

NOTE: In the emails below, where ever it says “Click this link” or “click the link”, those words should be clickable.

Win-Back Email #1

Send this email about 3 days after the previous email (but only if they didn’t open the previous email.)

Subject Line: Whoops! …Was it something I said? 

There’s just no easy way to say this… …so I’m going to just come right out with it…

I miss your smiling face, and I loved it when you clicked “open” on my emails.

But that hasn’t happened in a while, and I want you back…

So here’s what I’m willing to do… If you click on the link below:

This one --> LINK TO MYSTERY GIFT PAGE …

I’ll give you a mystery gift worth [INSERT RETAIL VALUE OF GIFT].

More importantly, by clicking on this link you’ll be telling me that you’re still alive and interested in receiving juicy news and hot tips from me. :) And just so you’re aware, I have setup my email system to automatically remove you if I don’t see any activity from your email account in the next few days.

I know that sounds a little harsh, but I just don’t want to send breaking [niche] news out to folks who aren’t reading or getting value from it.

So again… CLICK THIS LINK: LINK TO MYSTERY GIFT PAGE

Not only will you have a cool gift waiting for you on the other side… …you’ll also reactivate your subscription.

That means even more great stuff will be coming to you in the weeks and months to come.

See you on the other side, [NAME]

Win-Back Email #2

Send one day after the previous email – we’re picking up the pace.

Remember, the gift can be a mystery or you can specify what it is.

I’ve found that if it’s a truly high value gift, then telling them gets a better response than saying “mystery gift.” But of course, your results could vary.

(Hint: That means you might want to test it 😊)

Subject Line: Re: Claiming your “mystery gift”…

Did you get the email I sent yesterday about your “mystery gift?”

[LINK TO MYSTERY GIFT PAGE]

Here’s the deal… It’s been A WHILE since you’ve clicked on any of my emails (those are real tears, by the way.) Because I want to see if the email address I have for you is still a valid email address,

I’m attempting something a bit odd… …Bribery.

I’m offering you something extremely valuable for literally just clicking on this link: [LINK TO MYSTERY GIFT PAGE]

That’s it…just click the link! If this is still an active email address (and you’re still interested in [niche]) then I have every hope that you will click the link. If you’re no longer interested, just keep doing nothing and I’ll sadly send your gift to someone else. 

But I hope that’s not the case…  …because I kind of like having you around. 😊 

So let’s stay together… …just click this link: CLICK HERE --> [LINK TO MYSTERY GIFT PAGE] 

And I’ll happily see you on the other side. (I’m the one holding the great big gift wrapped package with your name on it!) 

All the best, [NAME] 

Win-Back Email #3

Send 1 Day After Previous Mail This is more of the same, but note how we’re starting to countdown to unsubscribe in the P.S.

Subject Line: Am I still welcome in your inbox? 

I've noticed you haven't opened any of my emails in a while. This makes me wonder... Am I bothering you? 

Are you not getting the value you expected? Or are you receiving too few messages? Or maybe too many? 

Whatever it is, I hope you still want to hear from me… 

If you want to keep receiving these updates, you need to click the link below: 

LINK TO MYSTERY GIFT PAGE 

It will lead you to a special mystery gift. No purchase, registration or anything like that required. 

I hope you click it. 😊 

All the best, [NAME] 

P.S. If your account doesn’t register a click in the next 48 hours, I’m going to go ahead and unsubscribe you from this list. It’s not that I don’t want you here, but it’s been almost 6 weeks since you’ve shown any interest in the emails I’m sending you. Sooo…. The ball is in your court – click the link and I’ll happily see you on the other side. 

LINK

Win-Back Email #4

Send 1 Days After Previous Mail We’re still offering the mystery bonus, but it’s no longer the emphasis of the email. At this point it’s all about “click or unsubscribe”.

Subject Line: oh-oh… Should we unsubscribe you?

I don’t want to keep bothering you with emails, but I don’t want to completely cut you off, either… CLICK THIS LINK to let me know you want to keep hearing from me… …or click the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom

No hard feelings, either way…I know that interests can change over time.

The last thing I want to do, though, is be another gal cluttering up your inbox, so if you don’t click on this link:

LINK TO MYSTERY GIFT PAGE …

I’ll assume you are no longer interested in hearing from me and remove you from our list.

(Selfishly, I hope you click the link.) T

alk soon, [NAME]

P.S. I almost forgot… If you do click the link you’ll find something pretty cool waiting for you on the other side. Just sayin’ 😊 

Win-Back Email #5

Send 1 Day After Previous Mail This is the final email in this win-back series.

Subject Line: Is this goodbye?

Unfortunately, today is the day… I need you to confirm that you still want to receive emails from me by clicking this link: LINK TO MYSTERY GIFT PAGE

…or you will be removed from our mailing list in 24 hours. (Sorry if that comes off sound harsh, but I really only want to mail people who actually want to hear from me.)

Originally you subscribed to my newsletter because you wanted [insert known benefits and desired end results], but if that’s no longer the case I understand. 

Interests change… Priorities change… People change… 

If your interests and priorities have changed, no hard feelings. Just unsubscribe using the link at the bottom of this email and I won’t bug you anymore. But if you are still interested in [insert known benefits and desired end results] and I simply slipped through the cracks somehow, you need to TAKE ACTION TODAY. 

It’s simple… Just CLICK HERE and your subscription will automatically be reactivated. 

(There may also be a little gift waiting for you on the other side, but you’ll have to click to see what it is.) 😊 

Talk soon (hopefully), [NAME] 

Welcome Back Email

Send this mail when someone is re-engaged or won back.

Subject Line: Welcome back! 

Thank you for updating your information…

I’m thrilled to have you as an active member again! 

Here’s a link to some of the content you missed while you were on your “hiatus”: 

[Insert bulleted list of most popular blog posts, reports, videos, infographics, etc from the past 30 days…] 

…and here’s a “mystery gift” I want you to have to further welcome you back into the fold: 

LINK TO MYSTERY GIFT PAGE 

Finally, since email is less than perfect, make sure you’re also following us on Facebook and Twitter just to be sure you never miss out again: 

LINK TO FACEBOOK PAGE LINK TO TWITTER PAGE 

Again, it’s good to have you back. :) 

Talk soon, [NAME] 

A couple of last points about this series…

MODIFY it to suit your needs.

Your emails should reflect you, and your personality and that of your company and products, so don’t be afraid to modify these as you see fit.

We used 30 days as an example, but you can use this series anytime you like. Personally, I use a similar series after 60 days of someone not opening my emails. Despite what some marketers will tell you, there are no hard and fast rules of how to word an email.

I’ve given you a good start here, but again you should make these uniquely yours. Or just copy and paste and fill in the blanks – that should work, too.

One last thing – if you win back just 1000 subscribers a year with this series, and just 5% of those go on to make purchases totaling $100 each, that’s $5,000 a year.

Not bad for copying and pasting a handful of emails into your autoresponder.

Are You Retargeting Your Visitors?

Did you know that only about 20% of all first-time visitors to a website will become a conversion on that visit? That means 80% of your site’s visitors are leaving without converting, even if they want to. With shopping cart abandonment making major waves in the eCommerce industry because of how recoverable these consumers are (studies show that about 68% of all abandoned shopping carts can be recovered), it only makes sense that the people who bounce off your site are recoverable as well, even if you don’t run an eCommerce site.

What is Retargeting?

If you don’t know what retargeting is, it’s a simple concept. You place a code in your site’s footer (typically JavaScript) and that code compiles a list of all your site’s visitors. When someone comes to your website, the code implants a cookie into their browser that acts like an “on” switch for advertisements.

Then, as your visitor browses other sites on the internet, as they come to sites that have ads on them, the cookie you left in their browser activates your site’s ad. This helps do a number of things, including keeping you fresh in their minds, reminding them that they might have wanted to make a purchase with you or simply creates another avenue to your website.

The point here is that you are getting advertised across the web to an extremely targeted audience: people that have already expressed interest in your website. Whether they left to look for better offers, they left the stove on or had to run into a business meeting, you get another crack at them by simply adding some code to your website and running a few ads.

But Won’t People Find this Intrusive?

Of course, some places people absolutely hate targeted ads, such as ads that hit on keywords from people’s emails. This is intrusive and likely to backfire unless you’re a fairly large brand. Nobody wants to think that a penis enlargement cream site is filtering through their emails and placing ads on their Gmail account!

But with retargeting, your ads will actually provide people with a better, more individualized browsing experience since the ads will be tailored to their interests. It’s always important to think about how your ads will be perceived by your audience. There’s a fine line between being intrusive and being customized and the best websites walk this line perfectly.

Retargeted Emails

Of course, not every internet marketer’s site lends itself to retargeting code and ads. Some marketers will do better to retarget their visitors through email campaigns. It’s important that you re-contact people who fell out of your sales funnel so you can bring them back in.

As with the shopping cart abandonment, there’s no telling why the person fell out. They could have simply been distracted by a football score and forgot to go back. The power could have went out, any number of things could have happened so assuming that everyone who bounced from your site did so because they didn’t like what they saw is faulty thinking that leads to zero sales.

What do you have to lose by sending out some emails saying, “Hey, we’ve been thinking about you and we want you to come back! Here’s 10% off your next order” or “Did you forget about us because we didn’t forget about you! We figured you might have some questions so let’s set up a time to chat so I can answer them for you!”

The point is, you miss all of the sales that you don’t reach out and grasp, so retargeting visitors can only result in sales, what’s the worse that can happen, they ignore you? Well, right now if you aren’t retargeting, you’re the one ignoring them!

The Demise of Google+ for Your Business

Over the last few years you have probably heard about, or seen Google+. It was touted as the next big thing and backed by Google’s billions of users, you would think they had a decent chance of success.

They even forced their own users to sign up to Google+ before they could interact with some of Googles other more stable platforms ie it gave access to Gmail, Google Drive, and all of Google’s other apps.

The biggest problem was that although millions of people were logging in everyday, hardly any of them were using it as a social platform to interact on.

 

This year it has been confirmed time and again that Google has decided to scale back their Google+ operations and have started to remove it from their more successful apps.

This shows that even the largest companies in the world sometimes just get it wrong.

“We want to formally retire the notion that a Google+ membership is required for anything at Google … other than using Google+ itself,” said Google VP Bradley Horowitz on Google+.

Over the last 4 years, Google+ really has struggled. Google+ was Googles’ attempt to knock over the competition (Facebook and Twitter) that have been continually taking over their search market share.

Perhaps Google+ was made more to help themselves rather than to help the users. 

 

 

Making Your Call To Action More Actionable

The standard call to action has become far too recognizable for the Internet savvy masses who know a hard sell when they see one. They know when they click “Sing Up Here” that they are likely going to receive spam. They know that when they click “Buy Now” they are going to have to spend money. And while these will still work for products and services that customers are actively looking to purchase or sign up for, it becomes a harder sell to pull off when you’re marketing niceties rather than necessities.

 

Writing a More Actionable Call to Actionable

When you have a product or service that you’re marketing which can best be described as “nice to have but not something I can buy on a budget,” you have to really think smarter about your pitch. This all culminates in the call to action, a place where you should be removing the final friction in the prospect’s mind, getting them to click on that button.

 

To illustrate the best way to accomplish this, let’s look at three great strategies:

1. Illustrate Product or Service is Risk Free. If you are offering a service or product that is risk-free to try, show this through your call to action. A great example of this is Crazy Egg who uses the very successful CTA, “Show Me My Heatmap.” The prospect knows that they can get a sample of the service at no cost with no pressure to buy unless they like what they see. This works best with products or services that provide an ongoing report. Seeing your heat map for your website is going to help you, yes, that’s the point. But imagine seeing it constantly and with increased tracking statistics and analytics. That’s the selling point after the CTA.

2. Demonstrate Customization. Another way to really capture a lead with your CTA is to let them have some fun within the system before asking for the sale. For example, Manpacks is a website that allows users to bundle up their own “manpacks” consisting of manly things like razors, condoms, shirts, etc. Their CTA is very simple and very effective: Build Your Manpack. It speaks the language of men, mainly to “building” and the idea of customizing your own “manpack” before you have to part with your money at the POS further engages the prospect.

3. Give Actual Action. Finally, a great way to really get your CTAs more clicks is to actually put the action right into the wording. Perhaps the most widely-known use for this is with the eCard industry. Instead of saying, “Sign Up for an Account” or some other common CTA, the biggest eCard suppliers use some variation of “Send an eCard Now.” The CTA doesn’t bring up the costs or any mailing lists, it simply says to send the card now. This works well with any type of service where you can send a gift to someone, but is translatable across the boards. What is the final action that will take place? “Get Your…Now.”

 

Language and Results

As you can see, the CTA is more about how you word things and less about what the client is actually doing, at least, that’s how the client should perceive things. There should be a tie in with emotions through the language wherever possible. The “Manpacks” CTA does an amazing job with this, build something and feel more manly!

Unfortunately, not enough marketers spend enough time on their CTAs, instead just slapping up the standard “Click Here” bit.