Posted by: Kristen Beireis, Trust Marketing Expert

computerwiresI’m a huge fan of automation because it creates consistency which is one of the 4 pillars of trust-building in marketing.  Automation can make life easy.  It allows you to set things and forget about them.  It’s particularly helpful for keeping the marketing calendar on track.  I love getting a pile of marketing materials from my client way in advance.  Then we can spread it out using automated processes over several months…sometimes a year.  It’s done and we can focus our energies elsewhere.

There is a time and place for automation.  There are also some major mistakes I’ve seen that can create distrust…which will turn people away fast.  So, it’s important to use automation wisely and where it makes the most sense.   What’s wise and where does it make the most sense?  Well, here are some guidelines to follow when setting automated marketing.

  1. Think about the future - If you are setting a repeated automation (like an automated welcome e-mail for a list), then think about how it will be used today as well as how it will be used in a year.   Make sure your message isn’t date sensitive.  Make sure it applies no matter what time of day, what day of the week, what month or year it is.  Make sure there’s no reference to a particular news event that’s going on currently.  This seems like common sense, but you’d be surprised how many e-mails I’ve received after signing up for a freebie that are completely outdated.  It makes me wonder whether this person is on top of things and whether they are even still active in their business.  Do you want that going through your potential clients minds?  I doubt it.
  2. Think about who will be seeing it - This is extremely important particularly on social networks.  You aren’t necessarily just talking to your potential client.  You could be talking to potential referral or joint venture partners as well.  So, when you set up that automated “Thank you for joining my community” message, think about who will see that.  Please, please, please…do NOT sell a service/product, get them to sign up for your freebie, or anything else like that.  That’s a huge turn off.  They don’t even know you yet…why would they buy or sign up?  Set your automation to welcome anyone and ask them to tell you more about them.  That will get them into conversation.  Later, through your public communications, you can invite them to buy or sign up for something.
  3. Only automate conversation starters, not interactions - There’s a difference between a conversation starter (a topic, thought for the day, or information) and an interaction (a response to your conversation starter).   Consider which you are creating and only automate if it’s a conversation starter.  Otherwise, you are bound to not be “in conversation” and it will feel “off” to the person reading it.  That “off” feeling is the seedling for distrust, so it’s the last thing you want to do.

So, the next time you go to automate, make sure you are creating trust with your automation instead of repelling people away.

What do you think?  Is there too much automation going on?

Kristen Beireis, Trust Marketing Expert

Kristen Beireis, Trust Marketing Expert



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