We are told content is King, but it is really? We are told high value content delivered to clients and prospect on a regular basis will:
While I believe that is true, there are problems with getting the content to the intended parties. Articles and studies say your client’s attention is your scarcest resource. Why is that?
Across all industries, the average open rate for the second quarter of 2016 was 25%, according to Experian’s benchmark report. The average open and click rates of MailChimp customers in Business and Finance is reported to be lower at 20.98%. This along with several other factors indicates much content is often ignored.
The rational for a drip campaign is to keep you “top of mind” and engaged with clients, prospects and COIs. You do want them to know “I am thinking about you” and “You are important to me.” As you may be sharing important but not likely critical information in most cases, you will probably not including a “call to action” unless you are seeking an email address or informational update.
Many Advisors send good and sometimes curated content as part of their drip campaigns to their clients, prospects, suspects and others. It is a marketing tactic worth executing. There are excellent companies that make it easy for advisors to implement such services but new tactics are needed.
Given the data and personal experience, it is very difficult to get through to clients and prospects with written content and even when we do, it is often unread. Therefore, you must be relevant to the recipient as well as quite different. I also believe your process must include personal follow up. Your message MUST be followed up by personal contact, e.g., phone call or meeting. Note that it is also reported that over 40% of salespeople said their phone is the most effective sales tool at their disposal. I agree and believe it is higher when you are calling clients as you do in our business.
A Better Drip Campaign
My thesis is that more personalization is needed in a more effective drip campaign. To do this with efficiency and effectiveness an advisor needs to focus their attention on their best opportunities.
Developing the Content
You get lots of content from outside providers, your firm, industry publications, newspapers, etc. You and your entire team should identify one informational piece a week. If you think it is a meaningful, high value content piece that would be of interest to some or all of your clients write a short summary. Twice a month as stated, you will “personalize” an email to clients and prospects like the sample above.
The piece may be about any number of topics though I suggest it not be investment specific. Sample categories nay include:
The piece will include a closing comment such as “let’s talk about this.” You should include the source of the piece or a URL where appropriate. All you need to do is select one of 2 pieces for each of your 60 or so names and email them the piece that fits them. After two months, you will have eight choices to select from and after a year, you will have 96 choices to email to 60 recipients.
Given what you know about your best clients and prospects this is another example of value that a Robo advisor will not likely be able to replicate in the short term.
David I. Leo
David Leo is Founder of Street Smart Research Group LLC. He is an author, speaker, coach, consultant and trainer to financial professionals. David is an experienced business manager who works solely with Financial Advisors, Planners and firms who want to organize, structure & grow their businesses by attracting, servicing, and retaining affluent clients.
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