Today, we’re going to give you a simple, yet powerful tool to add to your senior living sales strategies: personalization.
When we say personalization, we mean exactly that: using a person’s first name, specifically in emails.
Well, as humans, we’re wired to respond positively when we hear and read our first names. It’s all about this concept called “implicit egotism.”
Marketers and advertisers for big companies already know this. It’s why you’ll often see your name in the subject lines of emails from your favorite brands. Subconsciously, we see our name, and our brains think “This was written for me.”
Of course, smart marketers don’t include names simply to stroke people’s egos. We do it because of the results: more opens and clicks. In fact, Campaign Monitor reports personalization increases open rates by 26%.
If you haven’t been using personalization in your prospect emails, it’s time to spruce up your senior living sales strategies with a little first-name magic.
Here’s how to add in personalization when communicating with your senior living leads:
Email subject lines
Typically, when you enter the text for your subject line, you’d enter a series of characters that would indicate to the software to automatically add the person’s first name.
For example, the string of characters might look something like this *|FNAME|*
Or some marketing automation software, like HubSpot, includes a button that says “Personalization” and you can choose how you want to personalize the subject line.
When you’re done, the subject line box of the email might look something like this:
*|FNAME|*, do you have questions about financing senior living?
When the email is sent, the marketing automation software will insert the person’s first name. So, this is what the person would see in her email inbox:
Mary, do you have questions about financing senior living?
Note: In order to personalize using a prospect’s first name, you need to make sure you’re GETTING this info on your online forms. This is why you should have separate FIRST NAME and LAST NAME fields on any online forms, rather than one generic NAME field.
Email body copy
With good automation software, you can do the same thing with your email copy and include the person’s first name.
A caveat: ONLY DO IT IF IT SOUNDS NATURAL.
So, for example, maybe you’ve just described what a lovely Saturday night might be like in your community, with wine on the patio, a scrumptious dinner, and then dancing in the pub. After the description, you might write:
Sounds great, doesn’t it, *|FNAME|*?
When the email is delivered to the recipient, they would see their name in the copy like this:
Sounds great, doesn’t it, Mary?
In the above example, the line sounds natural.
Don’t overdo it! We don’t recommend adding personalization more than one time in the body of the email. And again, ONLY do it if it sounds natural.
Need assistance adding personalization to the emails you deliver to your senior living leads?
We’d be happy to help! Connect with us and let’s talk about your marketing needs.