5 Reasons to use a Generic Business Email Address

If you’re at an office and still using your personal email, it may be time for a rethink. There are many reasons to switch to a generic email address and making a change is always going to be hard, so if you recognize it should be done one day, then today is as good a day as any.

Here we look at a few reasons why it’s a good idea.

  1. Staff turnover

Employees at some time move on to another job or to retirement. As a business, you don’t want to lose leads which are no longer channeling into your office, and as an individual if you are no longer working at that job, you don’t need the overhead of deleting then or forwarding them back. On the same theme, once a member of staff does leave, it would be nice to still have access to the historical record and ongoing email interactions.

 

  1. Staff Vacation

It’s good to know that you can go away on vacation without always checking the inbox. It’s just as nice to keep staff time off (sick or planned) transparent to the client. It should never be the customer’s problem if a member of staff is unavailable.

 

  1. It looks professional

With so many businesses using generic email accounts like info@mybusiness or customersupport@wherewework, it is more or less expected and a personal account looks like perhaps a temporary workaround until a better solution is found.

 

  1. It is easier to spell!

No matter how easy you think it is to spell your name, when you are reading out an email address over the telephone or you want someone to remember the contact info easily, a generic name is always going to be easier, especially if the company name is part of it – that further reinforces your brand and helps it stick in the mind of your client or colleague.

 

  1. No personal clutter and better organization

A strictly business account is easier to keep streamlined with little (or preferably no) personal communication and a tried and tested filing system within the inbox for projects or delegation. When a new member of staff ‘inherits’ the account to manage, they can take over an ‘online filing cabinet’ which has already been developed. Things can always evolve over time, but it’s great not to have to reinvent the wheel and start from scratch.

There are no real cost implications so if you’ve been wondering about making the switch, why not move forwards now? The sooner you start, the sooner the new contact info will spread. Likewise, if you’re launching new business cards or new brochures shortly, that would be a great time to launch a new contact address. You don’t have to lose the emails you’re using now, over time they will naturally phase out as  the new one propagates. Encourage staff to use the generic contact with new customers and commit to your new policy.

If you’re looking to reinvent your online identity with website design or website redesign, contact us today to start planning.

 

 

Website Design and Call to Action Buttons

Every marketing website is designed to provide pertinent information and to promote the products or services being offered. The ultimate aim of this online storefront is to convert interested site visitors into customers. The most obvious and easily measurable success is a direct ‘buy’ button on the site although for the companies which don’t have the desire or ability to process online payments or for businesses where sales are converted later in the process, just encouraging viewers to take that ‘next step’ is a positive move forwards in the right direction.

It may be ‘call now’ or ‘get directions’. All of these types of buttons are CTAs or Calls To Action.

 

Why have a CTA?

The purpose of a CTA is to keep the customer interaction with your website, steering the visit closer towards the next level – finding out more information, calling a sales representative, making a purchase etc. Without any Call To Action, your potential client could be more likely to leave your site and shop around.

 

A variation on the theme

If someone is wondering whether or not to buy, they may be more willing to click on a button that doesn’t commit immediately like ‘save for my wishlist’ or ‘save for later’. If the site is set up with this design feature, this action can enable the site to flag the saved item and remind the customer next time they login.

 

Think Color

Red buttons can scare customers away as it looks more like a warning than an invitation to make a purchase.

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Green is generally thought to be the most inviting (sending a subconscious ‘go’). Think carefully what color you want:

  • stand out
  • fit in with your overall site color scheme
  • contrast with the text so it is clear
  • when in doubt, scan around popular websites that you like to shop from and take their design as inspiration for your own unique design
  • try a few colors out and see which you prefer
  • ask colleagues for their opinions
  • if you are using a picture, make sure it is clear on all devices, not just laptops. Using a picture instead of text can overcome language barriers

The Details matter

The buttons themselves can look totally different with tiny style changes. As well as color, consider:

  • button size
  • round edges or straight
  • shadows

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Use CTAs sparingly

The more buttons and CTAs there are, the less eye catching they will be as they will take up too much of your online shopfront. This can also appear too pushy. One clever way to use your website design is to hover or float your call to action button as the page is scrolled. Beware that it doesn’t detract from the page text – especially on mobile handheld devices.

 

Statistics

Measure the click through rates and interactions with your CTA buttons. Over time if one button location or CTA message proves more popular (and therefore better at converting viewers into customers) then look at trimming away the less popular CTAs.

 

Final Thoughts

Call to Action are a tricky balance of tempting a customer to commit without being too overwhelming. If you need help with your website design and are looking to incorporate CTAs, Trulium has the experience to help take your online presence to the next level. For website design or website redesign, contact us today to get started.

Instagram Business Accounts

Is an Instagram Business Account right for your business?

Have you thought about converting your Instagram account to a business account? Or setting up a new account? Here’s a look at the ‘how to’ and ‘what you get’ so you can assess if the switch is right for you.

Although Instagram can be used to post ‘text only’ content, this brand of social media marketing definitely works best for a visually pleasing product. With so many stunning sunsets, food, scenery, and yes, super cute furry animal pictures and videos out there, you need to bring something exciting to the table to make this campaign worth your time and effort.

The first question that springs to mind is how much will it cost? Well, switching your account to a business profile is free and delivers certain benefits which you may be able to leverage to improve sales, contacts and help you market in a more optimized (and strategically planned) manner.

How does it look different to visitors

The main difference is that when a potential customer sees your feed and likes what they see, instead of having to work at finding how to contact you, the button is right there for them to click on.

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When they click on ‘contact’, they are presented with a choice:

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It’s worth noting at this point that when the business account is setup, instagram pulls contact data from your facebook page (so you need to have your business facebook account up and running first).

 

What are insights?

Instagram then gives you analysis of who is looking at your feed.

‘Nice to have data’

There are some metrics which probably shouldn’t surprise you. If you know your brand appeals to a particular age group or gender, then hopefully the stats will reinforce what you already expect to see. For example:

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Note: Location bar graphs in the same format are also available showing where your audience are located.

 

‘Really nice to have’ data

Other metrics can help you plan your marketing campaign more effectively. These are valuable threads of information to make sure you aren’t posting at off peak times for the audience you are trying to reach. It’s a bit like marketing across time zones, if you’re in the US marketing to an audience in another part of the world, there is less value in posting in the middle of their nighttime. You want to place your posts at a time when they are fresh and you’re not expecting your audience to scroll back through the whole of the last 24 hours to see your content.

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Impressions, Reach & Engagement

Instagram gives the definition of these metrics for you, here is an example of a post. By comparing the statistics and relative popularity for a variety of posts, you will soon figure out which of your posts are more interesting to your viewers.

The impressions will not only be built up from your followers, but will show if you did a good job attracting views from other people (ie potential future clients or collaborators) by perhaps using trending hashtags or location centered hashtags.

A quick study of engagement over reach will show how instantly eye catching your post proved to be. The ultimate aim here is to catch attention and get a reaction. A new follower, a comment giving you feedback or a like showing your post is hitting the mark.

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The post below performed slightly worse than the engagement example above (41/145 = 28%) whereas the post above shows engagement/reach of 39/117 = 33%) even though more people were reached so there were more engagements in total. The details can be tricky to master but the more you look at the data, the clearer the picture becomes.

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The nitty gritty data

Insights shows you how many clicks into your website instagram generates each week. This gives you an indication if the time you are spending on your marketing campaign is paying off. For some businesses, each new client may be worth thousands of dollars, each click could be valuable.

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You can flip between your insights to get an overview

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This data is backed up within google analytics by studying Aquisition -> Social -> Overview which shows traffic generated from your social media feeds

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Obviously, the social media channel that is working best for you should be your main focus, but why limit yourself to one interface if you can benefit from several?

 

Social Media is … Social!

When you get good feedback and comments, have a strategy to deal with them in a timely manner. It’s important to form the connection and trust to start a conversation and present your product.

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So how do you switch?

Within your account options, you’ll see ‘switch to business profile’. Be prepared to also be linked to your facebook page from the device you are accessing.

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Note: Insights will only be available for posts after the transition to a business account. It will take time to build data to study.

 

What if you do want to promote and pay?

Within the business account setup there is the option to promote posts and then metrics on how well each promotion is doing.  When you go to your own ‘home’ feed and see posts from companies other than those you follow, they will be identified by ‘sponsored’ text on the top right of the post.

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You are the expert in your business, if you want some help with your social media marketing campaign, let us help you with a plan. Contact us today  info@trulium.com