The Engel Journal

Personal opinions of Eisaiah Engel, a product marketer in Dallas, TX.

Category: Copywriting

GIF in Udemy email—got my attention

GIF with popsicle melting over Udemy Logo

Animated image from a Udemy email “Last chance to treat yourself to a new skill at 30% off.” Message to Eisaiah Engel on June 17, 2016.

Email is 43 years old. GIF is 29. As much as these two get around and despite the age difference, you’d think they would have found each other… fallen in love… and made animated email babies a lot sooner. At least what’s what I thought when I opened the above email on June 17, 2016.

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My two favorite written portfolio pieces from Review Concierge

My tenure at Review Concierge (2012 – 2015) was a highly educational and (net) rewarding experience. Some of my happiest moments were spent chatting with our nation’s top doctors at all hours of the day and night figuring out how to respond to their online reviews.

While my stories about individual clients are off the record, I did produce quite a few educational stories for the larger community. Many of these portfolio pieces are referenced in the projects section of my LinkedIn profile.

If I were to point to my two favorite written portfolio pieces from my time at Review Concierge, they would be:

  1. Online Review Survival Course
  2. Online Reviews: Leveraging 3 Trends That Brought them Center Stage

These pieces took a great deal of time to distill into written form because they tackle abstract concepts. After spending five hours per night for two weeks (after working full days), I finished the Online Review Survival Course and headed straight to acupuncturist to fix the carpal tunnel that I acquired from writing it. Fortunately, it was fixed in one session.

As I get ready to turn 30, I am upping my commitment to share more of the specialized  knowledge that I regularly invest time acquiring. My hope is that I can share valuable tips that enhance the profitability of  your sales and marketing campaigns.

An efficient writing process for Facebook Pages

Odyz Cards was an experiment run between August and November 2015 to answer the question: What is the most efficient way to author original content for Facebook? 

The concept was to divide the task of writing into three parts:

odyz post example

An example dividing the labor in the writing process.

STEP 1. Odyz Cards asks customers a daily question. The question can be delivered via SMS, email or a sponsored Facebook post (pictured above).

STEP 2. Customers answers the question casually, in their own voices.

STEP 3. Odyz Cards turns customers’ answers into complete Facebook posts.

Customers would get their first experience with the concept via #TellOdyz #Freebies, which were sponsored Facebook posts questions (pictured above). Once they signed up for the $99/mo program, daily questions were sent via text message. The final posts were published on customers’ Facebook pages.
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I’m on a content marketing roll

I’ve been on a content marketing kick lately. It all started when I was scratching my head about how to spice up our “Call Your Concierge ASAP” campaign and an AdAge email for the Going Native: Content Marketing Strategies report came across my desk. Needless to say, I bought it.

Page 14 mentions a Nielsen study, commissioned by Virgin Mobile in 2012, that showed 150% brand lift in consumers who had seen content sponsored by Virgin Mobile. I thought, “that’s exactly what we need.”

And so my fellow concierges and I have begun writing content that answers doctors’ most basic questions. Questions like, “How do I remove a bad review?” When doctors type these questions into Google, we want to provide the answers.

I’d appreciate any comments or insights you might have about content marketing.

What goes into a Review Report Card?

This is an ad that Mark Leggett and I created to illustrate what goes into Review Report Card.

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1 trick to increase B2B email response rates

Here is one trick that will immediately increase your response rates: make your emails look like they’re coming from a detail-oriented person.

These three elements will help you pull it off:

  1. Make the email come from the same IP of the email domain (this will eliminate “sent on behalf of” disclosure that many email programs make)
  2. Suggest a specific call to action, like an appointment
  3. Embed your compliance statements in the signature and footer.

When you incorporate these three elements into your emails, people will be much more likely to respond. Here is an example of an email that got an 8% company level response rate off a list of over 1,200 people at pharmaceutical companies:

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R.E.S.T. Method for Responding to Reviews

Today I published a one sheet that I’m proud of. It covers how a business can respond to negative reviews online.

In this one sheet, I introduce an acronym, R.E.S.T. It reminds you to be relaxed, empathetic, specific and trustworthy when responding to a bad review online. Special thanks to Logan Lidster for contributing your insights about how to respond to a review and to Nicholas MacConnell for encouraging me to develop an acronym.

What I like most about this piece is that so many complicated lessons have been boiled down into a single sheet of paper that’s understandable and catchy. I guess all those years of brain training are paying off, huh Nic?

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I also created a slideshow for the R.E.S.T. method. Hosted by Slideshare.

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Mobile Marketing Association Roundtable Dinner

I’m heading out to the MMA’s Round Table dinner in San Diego right now. These are some questions that Michael Becker, the Managing Director of the MMA, North America, sent before the event for the group to answer. I’m turning it in last minute, but here is my homework:

1. Messaging can take many forms from simple SMS to push notifications and many other forms, so how should marketers prioritize their efforts and build effective mobile engagement strategies?

Start with mobile search. For most marketers, it’s the least expensive and most data-rich place to get your feet wet. I would recommend making a list of questions that customers are typing into Google about your product. Then, choose the top 3 that they are likely searching for on mobile. Build mobile ad words campaigns around that. You’ll get a ton of data that you can use to learn more about your mobile customer, and it doesn’t have to be expensive.

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A product is a friend

A brand is essentially the personality of a product. If your product were human, what would its personality be like?

From early carvings of primitive gods to modern day films, like “Toy Story,” mankind has been relating to products as if they were people–as if they had personalities. (This is called anthropomorphism.) When you define the personality of your product, you are tapping into a central theme of human nature.

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Who is advertising for?

An ad that won a Gold Lion

Camp Nectar Juice’s ad won a gold lion in 2012.

If you just typed this question into Google, you’re probably asking one of two things:

  1. What type of business needs advertising?
  2. What types of customers is a business trying to reach with its ads?

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