Expert RoundUp Vol. 1 – Conversational Marketing: Can it Boost Sales?

Lately, I’ve spent some time observing new trends in sales and marketing. I couldn’t help but be drawn to “conversational marketing”, a novel idea introduced by Drift, a platform that offers all-round solutions for staying in touch with customers and leads.

The term itself seemed really interesting to me. After all, cold emailing is a form of starting a conversation, so if something like “conversational marketing” gets blog coverage, it’s even better for cold emailing and similar technology that enables brands to stay in touch with their leads.

So I popped into a chat with Mark Kilens from Drift who’s worked extremely hard on Drift’s Conversational Framework. I also reached out to lead generation experts and asked them to say a few words about the rise of chatbots and conversational marketing.

Let’s see what they had to say about it.

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We’ve Examined Best Subject Lines, Here’s What We Discovered

We always say that the cold email subject line is like a key to a door. Today, I present to you examples of high-performing subject lines to get you inspired. Those are not here for you to copy and paste into the cold email campaign that you’re creating. But there is something for you. We analyzed those subject lines at Woodpecker and uncovered a really interesting thing that may help you.

Keep on reading to find out what it is.

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7 Cold Email Writing Services to Use, and When You Need Their Help

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Cold email writing is a skill and like any other skill, you need to hone it before you can call yourself an expert. But what if you cannot devote enough time to master that skill? What to do then? You can search for ready-made email templates in Google, and use the one you like. Yet, it’s a risky maneuver. Your prospect may have already received the exact email template from somebody else. I wrote some time ago that it’s not a good solution.

Fortunately for you, there is yet another option – using one of the services that specialize in cold email writing. Such a service can cost a bit, but there are two scenarios when a cold email writing service is a godsend.

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What is the Risk of Embedding an Image/Video into B2B Email?

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I’m sure you’ve read somewhere on the web that putting personalized visuals into cold email copy is the next big thing in email outreach. There are a lot of case studies that vouch for their effectiveness in increasing reply rates. Even here at Woodpecker blog, we have a guest post about including GIF into B2B emails. But is it worth the effort? What could go wrong? How to do that? Let’s see.

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A Pain of Cold Emailing in Finance/Real Estate, and How to Overcome it

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What differentiates cold emailing from other types of 1-to-1 outbound practices is that a huge chunk of a cold emailing process can be automated. You just come up with an email copy, insert a few snippets, add your prospects, and there you have it. A campaign is ready to be sent. You don’t need to send it manually. Still, outreach by email may quickly backfire when you riddle your copy with words that trigger SPAM filters.

Words such as ‘insurance’, ‘financial’, ‘medicine’, ‘mortgage’ all alarm SPAM filters. But what if that is a vocabulary you use constantly in your profession? What to do then?

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