I'm trying to figure out the best way of sending out an email campaign to alert potential customers about my desktop software application for fostering agencies and organizations.
I have looked at Mail Chimp and that seems easy enough to use and is free for the amount of emails I want to send (approx 200) and I have all the email addresses ready. But that isn't my problem.
My real concern is structuring the email in such a way that I make the content interesting enough to read (content writing is not a strong area of expertise for me) and don't alienate potential customers with a naff campaign that either nobody understands or is worded in a manner that's deemed pushy or too focused on sales. Of course the long term objective is to generate sales, but at the minute I'm more interested in getting people talking about the application and interested enough to want to know more.
As well as alerting customers to my product, another aim of the campaign is to enlist the help of some fostering professionals who can help me with the application. Ideally, I would be looking for someone who is interested in contributing ideas and suggestions without there being a formal process around it. The application is 35% complete, so I can't sell it right now, but my aim is to create a following that will eventually lead to sales when the product is finished. How do I persuade people to be interested in my application enough to want to participate? People who contribute to this website do it freely and passionately. That is what I want to achieve, but it has to be targeted to people who know the fostering profession.
How do I proceed with this?
I know it may sound odd, but if I could sum up the reaction I'm after once the email drops in their in-box, it would be something like "Wow, that looks like a cool application, I can see it's not finished and has a way to go, but it sure would be fun to get involved."
What are the potential pitfalls that I may face and what advice do people have to offer?
I think you're trying to do too much in one move. I'd also say, you're also trying to do the wrong things.
Let' me explain:
Second, most online marketing is basically writing. It pays if you get used to it. So, why not use the initial mail to get started? It's not that complicated.
I'm a member of a mutual and free Copy Writing Feedback group, where you can submit your copy and have it reviewed. You can also review other people's copy which helps you to get better, too.
Subscribe today and you'll have your mail in a week or two. ;-)
Hope this helps.
If you know that content writing isn't a strength of yours, then I would recommend finding someone who is a great content writer and ideally has some in-depth knowledge of the fostering industry and your business. If you can't afford to hire someone, try reaching out to some of your contacts in the industry or family or friends who are good writers.