Top 7 Email Template Designs for 2019

Digital marketing has evolved and stretched its fingers across nearly every digital platform imaginable. From the paid ads you see on Instagram, to the web pages that have fostered their SEO strategy enough to land on the first page of Google, your opportunities for reaching prospects are broader than ever. Despite the surplus of opportunity in the digital landscape, email marketing remains the most effective method of marketing to your customers. Before launching your next email marketing campaign, take a look at the top email template designs for 2019. Pardot HTML email templates have a broad range of capabilities, and between these 7 examples, you’ll be able to pick and choose ideas to adopt in your own emails based on your marketing goals.

1. Call to Action: InVision

Starting off our list of email designs is a template curated by an agency well-known for its design prowess. While we must give credit to the clean overall design of the email, we would like to highlight the use of a single call-to-action after the email’s body of content. Using only one CTA has proven to improve conversion rates since it erases any doubt about which path is intended to be taken upon review of your email.

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2. Mobile-responsiveness: Yesler

You’ll notice that many of the templates we are recognizing here utilize a single-column layout, and this is no coincidence. Your customers continue to rely more and more on their mobile devices for both their personal lives and work, especially when it comes to having email access both in and out of the office. A single-column layout can easily be optimized for mobile viewing, and Yesler provides an excellent example of how a content-heavy email can still be designed with mobile in mind.

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3. Personalization: Drift

Drift did not curate this email with the intention of creating an eye-catching marketing asset. This is a simple text email that is personalized but transparent. You’re not fooling anyone into thinking your automated emails were individually crafted by a member of your team, and Drift comes right out and acknowledges it. Through a combination of automated personalized content and transparency, the team at Drift presents themselves as friends who seek to provide tailored assistance via their messaging software.

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4. Customer Testimonies: Grammarly

Grammarly demonstrates the value of their service, in perhaps the simplest of ways. The company, known for its AI-powered grammar tool uses customer testimonies as the foundation for its marketing campaigns and their emails are no exception. In this email template, Grammarly embeds a customer Twitter testimony and lets a satisfied customer speak on behalf of the company. The lighthearted nature of the testimony itself lends to its authenticity presenting a memorable and reliable opinion about the product in question.

Pardot HTML email templates

5. Relevant: Lumi

In contrast to the single call-to-action strategy, you may not know what your prospects want yet. Creating the opportunity for choice can become your strategy for identifying prospect interests. Lumi takes advantage of this method by embedding links and pieces of their blog content so that prospects can decide what they think is relevant. Navigation based on relevancy ensures that your prospects are accessing the kind of information they need and provides your team with insights through traceable links in your emails.

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6. Informative: Adweek

Not all of your marketing emails need to promote your products or services. You can use thought leadership to nurture your accounts and build trust with your prospects. Adweek does so by keeping their prospects informed of upcoming webinars. The call to action in this email is not intended to gain more subscribers directly. Offering this webinar allows Adweek to demonstrate their ability to effectively communicate information with their prospects which later encourages these prospects to subscribe.

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7. Re-Engagement: Campaign Monitor

Inactive prospects are not necessarily lost opportunities. Campaign Monitor uses a re-engagement campaign to keep growing their business without the need for collecting entirely new emails. As inboxes continue to be filled with more and more marketing content, the value of each of your contacts continues to grow. Don’t miss out on re-engaging with prospects who are already in your database. Instead, provide new and relevant content to address their needs or interests.

Pardot HTML email templates

How Corrao Group Can Help:

Now that you have some email template inspiration, you’ll need to decide which model best suits your business goals. Fortunately for you, you don’t have to restrict your template to just one of these 7 concepts. Just as you have seen overlap between these templates, any combination of these template tactics can be used to elevate your email marketing strategy. Our team at Corrao Group can assist you in achieving these goals from Pardot HTML email template creation, to a start to finish marketing strategy. A successful email campaign relies on more than just your email templates. From the best B2B subject lines to learning your way around Pardot HTML email templates, we’ve got you covered. Corrao Group can help your team identify the best email strategy for your unique goals.

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Piecing Together a Conversion-Driven Case Study

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Getting Started

Determine objective of the case study

The extent of your offerings cannot be summarized in a single case study, so you’ll need to select a targeted focus for each one. While one case study could serve to highlight how your services had a direct impact on rebuilding your client’s strategy from the ground up, another may emphasize an instance when your team introduced a client to an additional process that contributed to their further success on an already effective system. However, all of your case studies should be curated to convert and engage, helping you to fill up your lead funnels and retain accounts.

Obtain permission from your candidate

You don’t want your clients to browse your website only to find an unfamiliar case study with their name attached to it. Obtaining consent from you candidate is necessary in order to build a case study that is verified by both parties and will open up the opportunity for direct quotes to add further validation to your case study.

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Improving your Case Studies

Target the Right Industry

When your prospects can relate to your case study candidate, they are far more likely to see how your products or services could, in turn, benefit them as well. This familiarity can be easily fostered by conducting your case study on a client within a particular target industry.

Choose an excited client

You can facilitate the promotion of your case study by selecting a candidate who is excited about your offerings and your business as a whole. This also opens up the opportunity to engage leads with references.

Show real statistics

Real objective numbers will do a better job of demonstrating the actual effect your involvement has had on the success of your candidate. Simplify the delivery of information with real statistics from the project you choose to build your case study around.

Start at the beginning, finish at the end

With each case study you develop, you should be telling a story. No two stories will be quite the same, but, just like any other type of story, they should all start at the beginning and finish at the end. By capturing the project from start to finish, your readers should be able to establish a more cohesive understanding of how your business boosted the business of your candidate.

Make them easy to read

All of the information in your case study will be useless if your prospects never read it. Present your case study in an easy-to-read format with straightforward subheadings and bullet points.

Promote your Case Study

On the topic of writing your case studies for the sake of being read, you’ll need to promote your case study for it to be effective. This goes beyond adding it to your case study sub-tab on your company website. Take advantage of your newsletters and your blog to convert and engage prospects via case studies.

Tailor to different learning types

Even if your case study candidate cannot be in all of your target industries all at once, your method for presenting information within the case study can be re-purposed into different formats such as an infographic, blog, or video.

Include a CTA

Why waste the opportunity for a conversion? Add a call-to-action to your case study to convert engaged prospects.

 

Need help putting together your own case studies? See how our digital agency can help you turn 1 happy customer into 40!

Our Favorite Salesforce ’19 Spring Release Updates

We’ve attended the webinars, we’ve read through the release notes, and we’ve actually used the features. With our customers in mind, we trained our team on these new features to improve our Salesforce consulting services. In addition to the full release notes found at the bottom, here are some of our favorites.

Sales Cloud

Accelerate Sales with Cadences and Work Queues

  • Description: Cadences are custom sales processes that guide reps through handling prospects of all types. Create consistently scheduled cadences of outreach activities that alerts and helps reps nurture their prospects. Work queues prioritize the next steps reps should take with their prospects. The app provides them with approved email templates and call scripts to help close the deal.
  • Benefits: Shows which prospects are ready for each outreach in your sales cycle. Handle prospects in half the time than it took before. Ensure company-wide uniformity of sales best practices.

Pinning Feature

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  • Description: With 5,000 votes on the Appexchange, this Salesforce update allows users to pin certain filters on modules. Have a custom filter on tasks for past due tasks only? When you navigate to the Tasks object, it may default to recently viewed tasks, but now you can pin custom filters to default to.
  • Benefits: Saves time navigating across multiple objects. Increases customization of the platform.

Custom Training Programs

  • Description: This Salesforce feature gives companies the power to set up custom programs with certain training links, per user. Links can include Salesforce articles as well as external links.
  • Benefits: Uniformity on training new and existing users with the ability for tracking. Maximizes the use of the Salesforce platform, users don’t need a separate system for training.

Visit our Sales Cloud services page to learn how we can optimize your sales processes.

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Salesforce for Project Management

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Corrao Group uses Salesforce for everything from client profiles, internal & external project management, and everything in between; we’ve deployed the Salesforce platform company wide. We implement Salesforce integration best practices in order to make sure we get the most out of our Salesforce organization. Our project management team utilizes Salesforce as a tool to track projects, assess our budgets, and bill employee time for maximum optimization of the platform.

Before Salesforce

Before using Salesforce, Corrao Group used to run on a lot of spreadsheets and constant overseeing. We had to set up our internal projects differently than external projects to bill time, and it was difficult to determine how much time was needed to complete each task in a project. When we adopted Salesforce in 2008, we became both a customer and a partner in the same day. Our mission with Salesforce was to maximize not only our investment with the platform, but our clients’ as well.

Once we switched to Salesforce for our project management, we had to evolve with our clients and learn how to utilize Salesforce integration best practices for our business consultations. Larger projects required more technical knowledge, and as power users of the platform, we took it into our own hands to figure out a way to make Salesforce work for us.

With Salesforce

Salesforce has provided visibility into our entire business process and has allowed our Project Management team to work more efficiently. We have tailored Salesforce to work with our own management tools from sales to kickoff, and now have both internal and external projects set up the same way. A popular feature we created was the automation of project communications to both the Salesforce Account Executive and the customer themselves. Without having to track down their Project Manager, automatic updates are sent out with timestamps regarding how the consulting project is tracking.

The customization of Salesforce is endless. We are able to add important details into each project such as files, quip documents, or even chatter threads. We have also implemented advanced dashboards such as Skuid in order to prioritize tasks and streamline management by utilizing Salesforce integration best practices. It is now easier to help project managers reassess how to work efficiently with the wide visibility into their projects, as well the ability to optimize Salesforce to see each individual’s skill-sets.

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Project Notes & Additions in Salesforce

Moving over to Salesforce for project management did not come easily without the education about how Salesforce would work in our favor. Our whole company has to work together to learn how to manage our projects and prioritize the most important ones. From internal to external projects, we have been able to utilize Salesforce throughout all of our business processes, and with every new feature added is another way for us to maximize our investment with the platform.

Future of PM

The future of using Salesforce for our project management is ever-evolving. We have experienced the infinite customization of Salesforce, and the perks of better visibility so that we can spend less time overseeing, and more time helping our customers. We have ongoing conversations about ways we can continue to optimize our processes, as well as reassessing how we budget out our time.

With integration tools, we are not only able to streamline our own processes, but we can help our customers do the same. Our mission is to maximize our customers’ Salesforce investment, but in the process of doing so, we have continued to maximize ours. The advantages of Salesforce are endless, and we will continue to evolve our project management as Salesforce evolves with us.

Where’s my Account-Based Marketing ROI?

ABM ROI

87% of B2B marketers agree that Account-Based Marketing (ABM) delivers a higher ROI than other marketing activities (ITSMA). If you’ve never executed ABM, your patience is usually tested when starting out. We’re used to semi-quick, yet small results with traditional marketing methods. A generic email blast goes out to a purchased list, and form submissions flood in. Boom, leads. Your Sales teams then engage with these leads and become upset to learn they’re not qualified. You realize that while you have hundreds of new leads, they’re not the right leads for your business. ABM saves your company time and allows Sales to focus on extremely qualified leads. In fact, Sales will only focus on leads that are your ideal customer, based on research of your existing customers. The result? Higher ROI, customers for life, and established personal connections.

Account-Based Marketing Tactics: Identifying Target Accounts

The first step in ABM is for “Smarketing”, Sales and Marketing, to come together and choose the target accounts you will go after. If you’re just starting out, we recommend selecting a few accounts, show the ROI, and expand from there. A three-tiered approach is recommended so Smarketing knows how much time to devote to an account. Tier ones are your highest valued accounts that meet your Ideal Client Profile (ICP). An ICP is a representation of your best-fit clients based on data and research.  These should receive most of Smarketing’s attention, meeting face to face and establishing the greatest connection. Tier twos meeting most of your ICP, but aren’t as valuable as tier ones. Tier threes are your general leads that come in through lead magnets and your website. Adopting an ABM strategy doesn’t mean giving up on traditional marketing entirely, as that strategy will populate your tier threes. Tier threes can also move up the ranks too and become a tier one if they meet the ICP.

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Building your Salesforce Analytics Foundation

New users can be so overwhelmed with Salesforce Einstein Analytic’s features that it could take up to one year to use the application. Unfortunately, a year is too long to see an ROI for on such a tool. The solutions to this are Templates, out of the box sets of dashboards and reports for new users. Templates provide an expedited start to users starting out with Einstein Analytics. Up and running within twenty minutes, they contain best practice KPI’s and are available to customize.

Templates give users the power to package and distribute their apps to others in your company, partners, and even customers. Apps give you ready-made dashboards automatically populated with Salesforce data to show KPIs. If you’d like to show Marketing’s influence on the Sales pipeline, “there’s an app for that.” Templates will allow you to package multiple apps and share them with the team and others to view real-time information from your system.

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Key Elements of Templates:

– Quick Start: A configurable wizard helps you adjust analytical assets in your system.
– Intelligent KPIs: Templates will adjust and recommend best practice KPIs based on your company type.
– Advanced Data: Have data spread across the entire system? Templates automatically combine data from Opportunities, Accounts, Products and more in one view.

Salesforce Analytics Templates to Watch For in Spring ’19:

– Lead trending
– Financial service cloud products
– Trailhead and learning map

Take Salesforce Analytics Further:

Templates are a great way to start out simple and quick, but you’ll soon need more as your business grows. Professional help is always recommended. Experts who have completed hundreds of Salesforce analytics implementations can take your experience to the next level. Corrao Group has been implementing Salesforce since 2008, completing over 2,000 implementations. Check out our Salesforce implementation services here to see how we can help your company with Einstein Analytics.

How to Build a Structured Content Calendar

Is your content creation team struggling with staying on top of marketing content? If so, you need a comprehensive digital content calendar. Every company, from start-ups to Fortune 500s, can benefit from the structure of a content calendar, so if you’re not using one, you can start to fall behind. Making sure you have planned content posts in advance is one of the best ways to make sure you are providing the consumer with current and relevant information.

Here are our top 5 tips for creating your digital marketing content calendar!

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1. Decide what you want to post

When your content creation team begins to build the calendar, they need to decide what kind of content your company would like to post. If you want to post pictures, social media sites such as Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter would be your best options. If you would like to share information about your company’s services, blogs and emails may be best. Do your research on the times that are best to post for each outlet, as you don’t want your posts to get lost in the abyss of social algorithms.

Another question you need to think about is who your ideal audience is going to be. Your content creation team will want to target the content to your audience, so you need to make sure it’s relevant and interesting to get them coming back for more.

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Salesforce Optimization Checklist

If your company has already set up Salesforce or plans to, we’ve put together a checklist to get the most out of your CRM. With Salesforce being the robust platform that it is, it’s crucial to have a strong foundation to help with the return on investment. We’ll take a look at a few of the requirements here, with the opportunity to view the rest by downloading our guide.

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Executive Level Support

Employees follow the business processes taught to them by executives when first coming onboard with a new company. When companies adopt new technology, the executives are the ones leading the way in adoption and there’s a reason for this. Executives are leaders and anyone with hopes to become one must learn from them. So when these executives show interest in new technology, it proves to the company that this tech is here to stay. After all, they purchased it for a reason. It’s very important that your executives show the daily use of Salesforce to ensure their teams do so as well.

A Phased Implementation

A common mistake that companies make when implementing Salesforce is trying to do it all at once. Trying to onboard all business processes at once spreads your company’s resources thin, and we’ve seen this lead to the abandonment of implementation due to it taking a long time. Instead, start onboarding one department onto Salesforce, get them trained, and start with the next department. When the second department starts their onboarding, the first department should already show signs of ROI, making for a promising company-wide implementation.

Hire A Salesforce Partner

Not sure which department to start implementing first to show quick success? No one company is identical to another, so it takes years of implementation experience to speak with a company and find out the best implementation route. If your company wants the greatest ROI on their Salesforce investment, we recommend hiring an implementation expert. These experts become a part of your company by learning how it operates and then transfers these processes onto the Salesforce platform, helping each department along the way. Corrao Group not only offers these services, but we’ve been implementing Salesforce for over 10 years with over 850 customers currently. Visit our Salesforce offerings page to learn more.

Download The Full Checklist

Don’t miss out on the other steps in our Salesforce Optimization Checklist. Fill out our form below to ensure the best implementation for your company and to maximize your Salesforce investment. If you’d like to speak with Corrao Group to start your implementation process, fill out our contact us form.

Social Media trends for 2019 that can improve your business

2019 has arrived, and with a new year comes new trends. Social media has been on the rise as one of the main ways people spend their free time with, so it’s important to stay on top of current trends that can set your business up for success. Social media marketing is crucial for businesses in today’s society, and it’s not hard to figure out why.

Here are the top 4 social media trends you should be thinking about this year, with tips on how to implement each!

Video Content

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Video content has been a major part of social media these last few years, and 2019 will be no different. With Youtube and IGTV on the rise, it’s important to hop on the bandwagon to make sure you are creating content that people want to engage with. Short videos about your company’s products or services are a great way to tell prospects what you can offer them without taking up too much of their time. (Bonus: if you make a fun and compelling video, they will most likely share it with all of their friends).

Vertical videos are huge on social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook, and if you want to target to those consumers, you’ve got to change the way you present your content. Creating vertical videos is actually a lot easier too, as you can just start creating videos on your smartphone!

  • 82% of consumers have been encouraged to take action after watching a business marketing video.
  • 90% of consumers watch videos on their mobile.
  • 74% of consumers said that they have been convinced to buy a product or service after watching a brand’s video. 

(Wyzowl)

E-commerce

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A lot of brands are now looking to social media to sell their products. With sites like Instagram that allow brands to tag their items right on the post, the buying process has become a lot easier and more straight-forward for the consumer.

Buyers are always on their phones, so it makes sense to market to them there. Creating video content and visual ads through your social media can kickstart your e-commerce business.

  • Mobile e-commerce sales were projected to make up 63.5% of total e-commerce sales of 2018.
  • Product videos can increase conversion rates by as much as 144%.

(Social Media Today)

CRM Utilization

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CRM software can improve your sales through tools such as templates, campaign management, and marketing automation.

One way you can utilize a CRM, such as Salesforce, is through social media marketing automation. This tool is great for customer service because it can provide consistency for your posts and responses can be quicker. Consistent content is crucial for keeping customers engaged, so utilizing AI and automated messaging is a great way to stay connected even when you’re sleeping. You can also add personalization through these automated messages, which help your customers feel valued.

  • 74% of businesses using a CRM have acknowledged that they have improved customer relations.
  • CRM software can improve sales by as much as 29%

(Hosting Facts)

User-Generated Content

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Sharing content created by your social media followers is not only a great way to stay engaged, but it’s also an avenue that helps your company stay relevant without having to take the time to research and create content on their own.

Not only will you save time and money, but you will also foster brand loyalty. Sharing user content is also a great way to seem genuine in your marketing approach as you connect with your audience and acknowledge their content. Social channels and blogs are a great place to share user content, and the more you share, the more likely your customers will share!

  • 68% of millennials are receptive to information shared through social media
  • 86% say that user-generated content is representative of brand quality.

(TINT)

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Social media is always changing, but acknowledging these trends will help your business have a successful year. Videos are a great way to have interesting and digestible content and allow creative freedom. With videos and user-generated content, you will be able to keep customers engaged and willing to purchase your product. A lot of companies don’t have the time to leverage digital marketing experts, such as us at Corrao Group, but we have a full-service digital agency to get you started.

Utilizing a CRM can make this all easier through automation and organization of customer data, and with 10+ years of experience in this realm, we can help!

Get the most out of Salesforce Workflows

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Every company has those tedious tasks that slow down their employees’ day. These tasks include high-priority case notification, updating shipment statuses if they’re delayed, and notifying an account owner of updates made by others. These are just some of the thousands of tedious processes that can be streamlined through Salesforce Process Builder. Ultimately, Salesforce workflows automate your business processes continuously in the background so your employees can work on other projects. We’re going to highlight some of the most widely-used processes below.

Business Processes

1. High-Priority Case Notification – Let’s use the example of your urgency scale ranging from 1 -3 with 1 being extremely urgent. Currently, a level 1 case is submitted and it takes hours, maybe even a day, for your team to reach out because they were sifting through level 2 and 3 cases. Set up these workflows to improve your customer service and receive instant notifications when urgent cases are submitted.

2. Delayed Shipment Status Update – In today’s world, people are tracking their packages from when they order it to when it’s delivery. Stay a step ahead with excellent communication to let the recipient know of a delay. No one enjoys their package being delayed, especially if they don’t receive a notification about it. Help alleviate this delayed shipment by being as proactive as possible.

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