Twist of Lime Offers Online Marketing Classes Through Central Wyoming College

Beginning Wednesday, February 2, 2011, I will be offering 3 consecutive 2-hour classes each Wednesday night through February 16 on online marketing through Central Wyoming College’s continuing education program here in Jackson. If you are interested in attending any of these classes, please contact CWC’s office in the Center for the Arts by calling 307-733-7425.

Here’s a run-down on each of the classes offered. You can also get information about these classes on the Consultation and Seminars page on this site.

Blogging with WordPress; 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., February 2, 2011
Entertainment, lifestyle, politics, real estate, business, sports, technology…bloggers are influencing the decisions we make every day, from what we buy to where we travel to how we vote. A blog gives you the ability to easily express your opinion while adding valuable content to your Web site. It can stand alone, be incorporated into, or become the foundation of your site. Learn why WordPress is the platform of choice for millions of bloggers and how easy it can be to start blogging today!

Introduction to Social Media Marketing; 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., February 9, 2011
Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, blogs… What are these sites and what do they have to do with the success of your business? Find out the importance of establishing social media “outposts,” how to leverage social media to your business’ advantage, and how to interact responsibly in these realms. We may not know where social media is taking us right now, but the world of online interaction is not going away any time soon. The time to establish your presence online is now!

Introduction to Email Marketing; 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., February 16, 2011
Of all the ways to leverage the Internet to your business’s advantage, none has a higher potential return on your investment than email marketing. But email marketing is so much more than just sending a copy of your print brochure or advertisement to your customers. Learn the dos and don’ts of email marketing and how to take advantage of this powerful medium.

Jackson Hole Chamber Marketing Seminar A Success

Twist of Lime's Chris Hansen highlights the finer points of organic vs. paid search.

Twist of Lime's Chris Hansen highlights the finer points of organic vs. paid search.

I have to admit, I was a little nervous about my first seminar presentation. But I had spent a lot of time preparing—I knew my stuff and I’m comfortable in front of an audience. All in all, I have to say it was a success. (I know I should have plugged it here first, but most of my MarketGreener readers are a different audience than the Chamber’s members. Perhaps that will change…)

While the Chamber billed it as a “No/Low Cost Marketing Seminar,” I prefer to refer to it as Online Marketing 101. I covered the following:

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Rocky Mountain Appraisals

item_rocky-mountain-appraisals-300wRocky Mountain Appraisals is a successful real estate appraisal company that has made a name for themselves by simply being the best at what they do here in Jackson Hole. So when it came time to toot their own horn, they turned to Twist of Lime to help get the word out. We launched an email communications campaign to announce owner Andrew Cornish’s receipt of his MAI designation from the Appraisal Institute. You can see it here.

Twist of Lime continues to work with RMA on their ongoing marketing needs.

Twist of Lime Implements Email Marketing Campaign For Rossetti Designs

Rossetti DesignsEmail marketing is on the rise. It’s been around for a while—since, well, since the dawn of email, I would guess. But while it’s taken a while to get many businesses on board, its use is rising. According to a recent survey by Direct, the response from businesses they polled indicated a 10% increase in email marketing over 2007, and fully 55% of those businesses said they planned to increase their email marketing budget in the coming year.

At the same time, it appears that traditional direct mail marketing is on the decline. According to a recent article in MediaPost, reports are that the economy is what is ultimately stemming the tide of the delivery of wasteful and unwanted paper around the country. Much like the general desire to save gas and drive a more economical car, results aren’t forthcoming until rising prices start taking a toll on the pocket-book.

Well, I’ve taken notice as well and am doing my part to help businesses reach out to their clients via email through my business, Twist of Lime. I’ve been doing some research, and the first thing I noticed about email marketing is that not all email service providers (ESPs) are the same. And why would they be? There are many, many needs out there in the business world. But the biggest challenge I’ve come up against is finding ESPs that are affordable to the small business. Most of my clients and potential clients are wary to even get into email marketing, let alone throw a lot of money at it. While it seems that many ESPs are targeting larger businesses with huge lists and big marketing budgets, there are a couple I’ve found that cater more toward the smaller business that just wants to dip its toe in the water. (Watch for a report on my findings of email service providers in an upcoming post.)

One business in particular that I’ve started email marketing for is Rossetti Designs. They are a small business that, among other things, produces and sells greeting cards from original art. In the essence of full disclosure, I must tell you that this is my wife’s business, so I may be a little biased about just how great her cards are. She’s been sending emails to her wholesale clients since she began her business over ten years ago. And she’s been retailing her cards through her Web site since she’s had one, but the business has really increased since she built a new site last year with an improved shopping cart. Now her growing list of online customers has started to become a little unruly, and dealing with the emails and bounce-backs was taking more time than it was worth. Not to mention she just simply didn’t have the time to reach out to her customers as often as she liked.

So just yesterday we launched Rossetti Designs’ first official email campaign to online retail customers using an ESP, and it’s quite rewarding to see how effective it can be. The original investment of $30 to send to this list was recouped in the first hour. (We won’t talk about the man-hours, since I’m a bit of an indentured servant, but suffice it to say that I get paid in other ways.)

Aside from making it easy and cost-effective to reach out to past customers, I’ve convinced her of some of the other advantages of email marketing via an ESP, including:

1. Reinforcing brand identity
2. Simple and effective list management
3. Analyze results
4. Protect your ISP from being labeled as a spammer

So, if you’ve been thinking about starting an email marketing campaign, don’t hesitate. It’s as easy and effective as everyone says. And if you’re in need of some help, drop me a line. I’d be happy to help.

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