Email Open Rates Down

Harte-Hanks recently posted report about how emails perform. Open rates are down to 17% in 2010, while the click rate stays the same. According to report these figures are vary for different industries:

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8 steps to re-launch change program

There is an interesting article “Tips on re-launching a stalled change program” posted on Melcrum’s website recently. Helen Coley-Smith of ColeySmith Consulting shares advices on how to beat employee cynicism:

  1. Know your audience
  2. Honesty
  3. Language
  4. Feedback and listening
  5. Attitude towards change
  6. A radical message
  7. Leadership and management communication
  8. Involvement

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Social Media for Internal Communication

There was interesting report published at Melcrum “How to use social media to solve critical internal communication issues”.

Research highlights that that top 3 technologies used over social media:

  • · Video – 52,6%
  • · Blogs – 51,9%
  • · Instant messaging – 47%

And that’s pretty straightforward. Video is the best media for communicating idea. Sometime it’s really hard to explain using static text and imaging, you need motion to explain how to move from point A to point B. Video also is better to inspire people.

Nevertheless with the help of text we can send any message we want very quickly. Of course if we talking about subject our recipient know very well.

And a third. Timeliness. We need to reach our recipient right in time. Here comes instant messaging.

Case Study: Royal Caribbean Desktop Messenger

 How Royal Caribbean boosted sales with a Desktop Messenger

Royal Caribbean is UK cruise line that communicating with travel agents. To improve communication company created Desktop Messenger “Cruise Compass” to push instant messages. “Cruise Compass” sends news, offers, deals and product information to the desktop.

Results:

• 937 downloads March – September 2009
• Passengers booked to September 2009 increased by 26% year on year
• 59% of respondents were very satisfied with the widget; 41% were fairly satisfied
• 65% of respondents used the widget every day; 35% at least a few times a week

Source:  Utalkmarketing “How Royal Caribbean boosted sales with a Desktop Messenger”

Go above just Facebook & Twitter

Facebook and Twitter There is interesting article recently published in BrandWeek “Winging It Does Not Equal A Social Media Strategy”.

Gannon Hall, Brand Week’s digital marketing columnist, says that many companies choose just Facebook and Twitter presence when it comes to social media marketing. And presence mean that they just hanging here without any particular goal or strategy.

Companies are missing digital marketing strategy. It’s not enough to use just Facebook and Twitter. It has to be a part of whole company’s communication strategy.

Companies are not producing qualitative content. Instead of using social media as part of PR activity they need to focus on producing content that will attract new users and will be most likely shared. It’s more important “what”, rather than “where”.

Gannon says:
“Wherever possible, marketers have to focus on delivering more personalized content to customers and website visitors. Tailoring the message helps drive customer engagement and loyalty to your brand, and it’s crucial to building the types of two-way conversations that result in long term relationships with prospects and customers.”