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Mautic Now Available In Virtual Office

I am delighted to be able to announce that Mautic is now available as part of my “Virtual Office” product.

I have a demonstration suite available to potential clients. Please contact me for more information.

What is Mautic?

Mautic is a cutting-edge marketing automation platform with an elegant design and a powerful set of features built into an incredibly easy-to-use interface. Mautic is free and open source software. Regardless of the size of your business, or your sales team you can finally have access to a full set of marketing tools with no cost. You have equal opportunity for success and some of the most powerful marketing automation tools available and can compete with any business. Mautic empowers your business and saves you time.

Mautic Features?

  • Automated Marketing Campaigns, create unique campaigns for your segmented lead lists through an easy-to-use drag and drop interface
  • Social Media Listening, see what your leads are saying online across a half-dozen social networks
  • Lead Management, Generation, and Nurturing, along every step of the sales funnel
  • Website Visitor Monitoring and Analytics, learn what’s popular and what’s not, what works and what needs help
  • Landing Page Creation with drag-and-drop builder and fully customizable
  • Asset Management, store your PDF’s, white papers, graphics, videos, and more on your server or in the cloud and track views, and more
  • 1:1 Personalized Marketing, make each lead feel personally contacted, automatically
  • Email Marketing Campaigns send to group lists, segments, real-time triggers, and batch sending
  • Online Behavior Tracking
  • Forms with an easy form builder, and profile building
  • Workflows for lifecycle nurturing
  • CRM integrations to easy convert leads to potential contacts
  • Custom field tracking and mapping
  • Dripflow campaigns and time-delayed contact
  • Full A/B campaigns and landing page testing
  • API and Integrations (26 and counting)
  • Dynamic and configurable mail service providers, use who you want: Mandrill, SendGrid, Mailchimp, AWS, Gmail
  • Point system, assign point values to any activity and easily spot those leads ready for the next step, automatically have leads moved to new lists, or campaigns, or even to your CRM based on point total
  • Mobile optimized.

Please use the form below to contact me if you wish to discuss Mautic or Virtual Office.

Comsumer Electronics As A Marketing Tool. Why It Sucks!

Since starting The Investment Network in 2013 I have had a large number of conversations with start up businesses that are looking for additional assistance with their business or who are looking for funding. This is an interesting part of my work. I am always especially interested to hear of the marketing ideas for these businesses. Or am I? I am beginning to get very irked by business owners who suggest giving away iPad’s, iPhone’s, games consoles and the such like. These devices are ten-a-penny and everyone has them. If you need to give away an iPad then in my opinion you have two problems with your business model. Firstly in my opinion you do not have a product or service that will sell well enough without an incentive that probably costs more than the sale price to the customer. Why would I want an iPad in return for buying what you have to sell when I have three already!? Secondly on the basis of my first point you are probably attracting customers who cannot afford an iPad in the first place, so how are you going to reach your target market if your targets already own three iPad’s and the only people who are interested in your product cannot afford one! If they need to buy your product or service to gain an iPad, how on earth can they afford to become a repeat customer? I have been in and out of the mobile phone business since 2004. In the early years, consumer electronics along with cash back were a massive lure in the sale of mobile phone contracts. PlayStation’s, Laptops, iPods and flat screen televisions as an incentive to sign a contract were all the rage, until Christmas 2007. This is where it all went wrong. You see parents were signing up to mobile contracts in order to get the expensive toys and games consoles for their kids to give to them as presents. That Christmas I saw some of the largest number of rejections for mobile contracts ever in a one month period. Its clear they wanted an expensive gadget but could not afford it. My mobile phone business was without its knowledge or desire becoming a sub-prime games console and iPod shop! My advice to the small businesses I speak to now is to not bother with consumer electronics as a gimmick but to think of your target market and think of something unique that your competitors will have difficulty copying and that your target market will enjoy and appreciate. Remember your target customer already owns three iPads, a flat screen TV, a games console and an iPhone! Dial in a relevant product or service with a good ongoing sales and marketing plan and for God’s sake do not forget magnificent customer service and the mathematics says you have a good, viable business on your hands. However if I hear another business wanting give away consumer electronics as a gimmick I will probably scream so loudly that the residents of Munich will probably hear me 🙂 Anyway that’s all for now folks, please enjoy the rest of the festive season!