The Anatomy of the Perfect Prospecting Email

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The ability to deliver an effective email is critical in today’s selling scene. Phone calls are proving ineffective, taking an average of 22.5 dials before meaningful contact is made. The voicemail is on it way out too, with companies such as Coca-Cola and JP Morgan eliminating it from their communication entirely. This tells us that connecting through email is more important than ever. But thanks to marketing automation, buyers are being inundated with hundreds of emails a day. And although it’s tempting to spray and pray, we all know that method is ineffective. It’s not sending emails, whether it be 10 or 100, that matters. What matters is getting a response- and a meaningful one at that. Because if you can start a conversation, you’ve successfully broken through, meaning your chance of closing that deal increase exponentially.  

As we’ve said before, if you’re unable to break through the noise, your emails are being ignored. And if you’re going to stand a chance, you need to be different and offer real value. So how? Incorporating video into your email outreach is the solution, but there’s more too it than throwing a YouTube link in  the body of an existing email template. We’re here to help you get started by building the perfect prospecting email- from subject to signature line.

 

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Subject Line

Shorter email subject lines directly correlate to an increase in open rates, with six to ten-liners finding the most success. This is tied to mobile, since more than half of emails are read on mobile devices. Most mobile screens and email service providers such as Gmail and Outlook only display the first four to seven words of the subject on mobile, so keep it short and sweet.

Include the words Videomail, Video Message, or just Video and the recipient’s first name in  your subject. This will catch your recipient’s attention and help you stand out from the 100+ emails that land in their inbox every day- because emails with personalized subject lines are 22.2% more likely to be opened. Here are a few examples:

  • Personal Videomail for John
  • New Video Message for Heather
  • [Video] Salesforce/OneMob Meeting Recap

 

 Email Body

When using video, keep the text portion of your email body brief as well.  Use this space to initiate the conversation and lead into your video. Whether you’re breaking in or following up after a cold call, remind prospects why it’s worth their time to speak to you. The body should lead the recipient to watch the video, driving more watches and getting your message both seen and heard. No need to repeat the content of the text and video twice. Keep it down to 1-3 lines, then let your video do the talking- literally.

 

Video Content

Your video should obviously be the star of your email. If it’s your first break in attempt, then all the more important to make a good first impression. There are 3 key things to include in your video- the introduction, trigger event and call to action. What’s the reason for contacting them? Did they download a piece of your content? Were you referred to them? Or did you notice a certain commonality? The real engagement comes from your call to action. With OneMob’s built in response form right on the Engagement Page, you can tell your recipient where to reply to you or set up a time to talk if they want to continue the conversation. For prospecting new leads, keep the video around 30 seconds. Once you’ve engaged, length can go into 60 seconds with more detail

 

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What Next?

When you send a video through the OneMob platform, you’ll know who opens, watches and responds to your videos. With all this information tracked in your Salesforce account, you’ll gain actionable insights to help you determine the next steps in pursuing your prospect. You’ll also be able to tell which type of videos drive the best results for you- whether they be personal or product focused. Remember that the goal is quality, not quantity. With OneMob, our aim is to help you deliver a unique email experience to your prospects, and in turn receive quality responses that ultimately lead to quicker closed deals and increased revenue. To learn more and start engaging your prospects through video, sign up for a free trial. 

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Did You Know? Educate your Employees with Video

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You know that video is a powerful medium when it comes to connecting with prospects and customers. While you’re using it to think outside the box, consider using it inside the box – that box being your business. Thanks to video’s visual nature, it serves as an effective medium for communicating large amounts of information that is better absorbed and retained. This makes it a great training resource for any department- saving time, maximizing efficiency and eliminating the need for long drawn trainings. Here are a few examples of how you can keep continually educate and empower your employees with the help of video.

 
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 Employee On Boarding 

Shorten on boarding time and quickly get new hires up to speed on policies, procedures and product. With OneMob’s video and voice messaging platform, new hires can quickly access a library of video assets that cover everything they need to know from corporate policies to benefit programs and more. Managers also can ensure that employees watch the videos and comply with on boarding procedures by tracking viewer statistics for each new team member.

 

Product Education

Upload your existing product update videos or tutorials. This type of content will educate and enable your reps to knowledgeably discuss your product and better communicate those benefits in sales or customer calls, meetings or on the trade show floor. For companies with wide spread teams or a growing product with changing offers, frequent and current video content will keep everyone on the same page. Keep them brief, easy to digest and varied in topics. When stored in the OneMob cloud, reps can quickly access videos for quick refreshers whenever they need, from the web app or their mobile devices.

 

Professional Development

Once employees are transitioned and trained, the improvement doesn’t stop there. Through video, managers can easily share knowledge with multiple people at once, and educate new and existing reps on current market trends, best practices and further professional development practices. When it comes to improving tactics, OneMob is a great tool for reps to practice with. Reps can record their practice pitches, mock conversations or sample voicemails and send to managers, who can then reply with feedback, all in one loop. This gives managers insight into how their reps are pitching to prospects or addressing customer needs and allows them to gauge performance, address problems and adjust trainings- with greater efficiently and impact.

The possibilities of getting creative with video training are endless. To get inspired by our video examples, see our support page. If you’re not already training your employees with video, get started with OneMob today.

 

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Break Through the Noise with Video – Feat. Jacco Van Der Kooij [Video]

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What’s one of the biggest problems in sales outreach? According to Winning by Design’s founder Jacco Van Der Kooij and OneMob’s Devin Reed, it’s breaking through the noise.

Today’s buyers are overwhelmed with the spamming of meaningless information by unskilled “professionals” faking that they know you, faking that they care and faking that they can offer valuable insights.  The result of this email onslaught is that your prospects have become accustomed to ignoring you. But not all hope is lost. In this video, Devin and Jacco show how you can incorporate insightful video into your outreach approach to stand out both professionally and personally, all the while having fun.

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This video originally appeared in a post on LinkedIn by Dan Smith from Winning by Design. The article, which names video as the singular tool that reps wish they’d known about earlier to break through, also includes:

  • How to put the human element back in the relationship and start having real conversations
  • Tips on how to train your no. 1 asset, your sales team, to effectively reach out to prospects through video 
  • Use cases for Sales Development Reps, Account Executives and  Customer Success Managers
  • A live demo where Jacco and Devin show how record and send videos through OneMob

You can read the full article here to learn more sales strategies from Winning by Design, which helps design, build and scale sales teams for SaaS organizations. Together with OneMob’s video messaging platform, the two have made a powerful case with video to improve your outreach. Contact us to get started with video messaging today.

 

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Watch Me OneMob – Pt. 2, Customer Success

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You learned how to engage and win over prospects in Part 1 of Watch Me OneMob, but don’t let the ball stop there. In the second part of our series, learn how video messaging can help you engage, educate and keep customers coming back for more; over and over again.

 

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Guiding the Purchase Path

Kick off the trial period on a strong note.

  • Welcome new trial participants: Make the next phase of the experience just as sincere as the first by continuing the warmth and support.
  • Schedule activation and/or training: Get them excited by hyping up the kickoff and training dates.
  • Offer your support: Let them know you’re there for them to address any questions or concerns.
  • Gather feedback: Don’t just tell, but show that their opinion matters to you.

 

Making the Transition

Guide them through the early stages to ensure they’re successful.

  • Handoff from the Account Executive: Seamlessly introduce the next character in the relationship, the Customer Success Manager.
  • Outline upcoming support: Rather than sending over bulleted lists, quickly describe your support plan.
  • Answer support issues: Provide a clear explanation to any questions and show that you’re there for them every step of the way.
  • Provide training: Give them the guidance they need to get started and be successful.
  • Show new or underutilized features: Help customers make the most of your product to ensure they get maximum results.

 

Carrying the Relationship

Lead into the renewal period and reduce chances of churn.

  • Survey to assess NPS (Net Promoter Score): Ask customers what worked and what didn’t. They’ll be more likely to reply back when they can see that you really care.
  • Engage before the renewal: Make sure satisfaction is high and address any outstanding concerns.
  • Share success stories: Show them ways other customers use your product to solve similar issues.
  • Product training videos: Provide tutorials and how-to’s to keep customers educated and up to speed.
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Search and Star All Your Favorite Videos

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We’re rolling out many a new feature here at OneMob, and just in time for the holiday season. Here’s a gift that never stops giving –  the ability to search and star.

When you log into your OneMob dashboard from the web app, you’ll notice things look a little different. In addition to creating editable player pagers, users now have the ability to search for videos by title and star their favorite uploads. This way, when you’re ready to send, all your favorite videos are in one place for fast and easy access.

Because we’re more than a just place to create and send personal videos. From training tutorials, marketing materials, product demos and beyond, OneMob is the one-stop shop to host and share all your videos, outside and inside your organization.

 

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To start searching and starring your videos, log into your OneMob account now. To start storing and sending videos with OneMob, contact us.

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Get it – The New Gmail Plugin

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We’re all about giving you choices here at OneMob. Whether it’s in-app, through Salesforce, on social or by email, we let you send your videos however you like. With the addition of our new Gmail plugin, you can send videos to any of your SFDC leads and contacts directly from your Gmail account.

 

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Using other plugins and extensions? No problem. Add videos to your favorite templates and send as usual, with all the viewing activity written back to your Salesforce account.

To start sending your videos through Gmail, download our plugin from the Google Chrome store. Happy video messaging!

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Get (Even More) Personal with the Custom Player Pages

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Following the release of branded URLs, we’re excited to bring you another customizable aspect of your OneMob experience. Meet, the Player Page Editor!

OneMob users are finding success using not only personal video, but all types of video- from customer testimonials to product demos. So we’ve given you the ability to control how your video player pages look and read. Yes, that’s pages with an s, because users can now create multiple layouts for any occasion. The possibilities for customization are endless.

 

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Highlights include:

  • Edit subject line: Write custom greetings and choose how formal you want to be
  • Change body text: Whether it be personal or product, specify your type of video
  • Add a call to action: Direct your viewers to the landing page of your choice with a custom button
  • Hide response form: No reply needed for a certain video? No problem, just toggle it off.

 

OneMob’s Player Page Editor is live and in Beta now. To start customizing your layouts, log into your OneMob account now. To start sending videos with OneMob, contact us.

 

 

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Did You Know? Adding OneMob to Email Signatures

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If you think video messaging is just a sales tool, think again. With a little thought and creativity, the possibilities for implementing video in your everyday business applications are endless. Thankfully, we’ve done all the brainstorming for you. Each week, we’ll bring you fresh ideas on how you can use OneMob everyday, in every way. First up: how incorporating a video improves your email signature. 

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For most, email is the main method of workplace communication. Given its high volume and wide reach, there’s a lot of opportunity for sharing content and increasing brand awareness. Opportunity also lies beyond the message of the email body itself. Maybe the phrase “email signature marketing” rings a bell. You may choose to promote your company’s website, blog, social media channels, upcoming events, new marketing offers, product demo, free consultations, etc. Without making your email signature longer than your actual email message, video is an unexpected but effective medium to share something extra. It’s also beneficial for you as a professional. Adding a video thumbnail makes your signature more attractive and personal, allowing you to really introduce yourself. Most importantly, video helps increase engagement, drive opportunities and promote brand awareness. With OneMob, you have the ability to track this activity, with all the analytics written back to your Salesforce accounts. 

Make the most of all your digital communications with a personal touch, even in your signature line. To learn how you can link your OneMobs to your email signature, see our support page.

 

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“After the Beep, Shoot Me an Email”

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Cold calling. You’ve done it a million times, and will probably do so a million more. But we keep hearing same the questions pop up in trending sales discussions and articles everywhere. Is it effective or is it outdated? Will we ever move away from it? Is there a better method? A practice endangered to extinction, social sellers everywhere are pronouncing cold calling nearly dead. With so much back and forth, what’s a salesperson to do? The answer isn’t to stop cold calling- it’s to stop leaving voicemails.

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The Challenge

As every salesperson knows, making initial contact is the hardest part. Picking up the phone has long been the first step in this process. If someone answers your call, great. But when you’re sent straight to voicemail, that’s where things start to go downhill. It used to take about three to four calls to reach a prospect. Given our increased mobility and new modes of communication, the number of attempts has doubled. On average, less than 1% of calls get returned and less than 2% of those calls result in booked meetings. So what does this mean? It means that there’s a fundamental hole in the way sales teams are reaching out to prospects.

 

Communication is Broken

Simply put, leaving voicemails is no longer very effective. We’ve all been in the situation where, upon seeing a missed call and voicemail from a friend or relative, you choose to call back without listening to the message. “Did you get my message?” they ask. “No,” you reply, “but I saw that you called.” Unfortunately, the business world doesn’t operate in the same way, and your prospect is not going to call you right back. According to Business Insider only 33% of people listen to voicemails from business contacts daily, and only 18% listen to voicemails from numbers they don’t recognize. Meaning, four out of five of your cold voicemails aren’t even being played. I’m not suggesting that you put down the phone indefinitely. Real-time verbal communication is absolutely essential. But when you do get sent to voicemail dungeon, you need to be more strategic with your follow up.

 

Resolution

As evidenced by text and email, much of our communication has evolved from verbal to visual. InsideSales reported that the top three forms of messaging that people respond to are email, office phone calls and cell phone calls. Clearly, people are choosing their email inboxes over their voicemail boxes. But even those are becoming inundated with mass amounts of generic messaging. As text becomes less compelling, what is the next medium that will catch, and hold, our attention?

It’s time to take a step back and re-examine our methods. Don’t let an unreturned voicemail slow down your sales cycle. Following up with email is still more effective, but even those can get lost in the mix. So how can you ensure your emails are not only being read, but eliciting more and higher quality responses?

 

Personalize Your Outreach

Putting a face to a name goes a long way. When someone sees a smile and hears a voice, a sense of trust and a layer of objectivity is established around that individual and their context. Not like in an email, where a text-based barrier makes it difficult to accurately express yourself in letters, fonts and whitespace. And more often than not, your messages are being misinterpreted. With video, this is unmistakable. You’re essentially unmasking yourself and gaining more credibility with your viewers. People don’t want to be sold to. Buyers want to be engaged on their own time, in a new way that’s more dynamic, less about products and more about their business application. They’ve gathered enough information on their own to form an educated opinion. What they need is an expert, trusted advisor and source of guidance. So how are you going to elevate yourself, get more attention and receive more responses? By personalizing your outreach.

 

Thankfully, we live in an age where new tools and technologies are making communication easier, more engaging and enjoyable. Video messaging allows people to record, send, watch and reply to each other whenever and wherever it’s convenient for them. Technology has advanced enough to the point where we’re not limited to recording videos on our webcams and uploading them to YouTube. Nor are we required to own expensive DSLRs to record high-quality videos. Look no further than to your smartphones. You use it every day, in x amount of ways. The practice of moving the phone from the ear to the front of the face is becoming less of a novelty, and more of a norm.

At OneMob, we practice what we preach. By incorporating video into our email outreach, we’ve seen increases in our open rates, click-through rates and higher quality responses. See how our customers are getting results with video messaging and contact us to learn more.

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Bringing You Branded URLs

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At OneMob, we believe in tailoring every aspect of your outreach to your brand’s liking. That’s why we’ve brought you branded videos, branded player pages and finally, branded URLs! Not only does this let your brand shine, but creates a more secure experience for your customers because now they know they are visiting a destination they can trust. And trust is our top priority!

 

Now when your customers watch your video messages, you can choose to include your company name in the URL, allowing you to truly own your page and the total viewing experience.

 

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Contact us to learn more, or send an email to sales@onemob.com to activate your branded URL today!
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