Selling More Cars Using Conquest Email Marketing Optin Lists
If you’re looking to sell cars this week but don’t want to “hit” your existing customers, you have to try conquest email marketing opt-in lists.
Understanding Conquest Email Marketing
Now don’t freak out if I mentioned conquest and email in the same sentence because the tactic I’m about to share with you is 100% legal and CASL compliant in Canada, CAN-SPAM compliant in the US and GDPR compliant in Europe.
The Legality: CASL, CAN-SPAM, and GDPR Compliant
Conquest email marketing lists are made of people who have opted-in the list and have agreed to receive marketing and promotional offers from advertising partners of the list owner.
In this case, that would be you!
The list owner never shares with you their subscriber's information, but simply sends on your behalf your email marketing message to a segment of his list.
How Conquest Email Lists Work
I say segment because these lists are made of millions of contacts, so it’s important when planning your campaign to target prospects by geography and by interest.
Targeting the Right Audience
I personally like to choose in-market vehicle shoppers and people in a 90-day window for lease or finance renewal and choose prospects living in a radius that correlates to the natural drive time prospects are ready to take to visit your dealership.
That’s the targeting that’s been producing the best results for our dealers.
Now be careful, not all conquest email marketing list providers are made equal.
Choosing the Right Conquest Email Marketing Provider
Some are better than others.
I like to work with partners that will guarantee me exclusivity for the data I’ll be using.
Think about it: you don’t want to be working with somebody that will be emailing your competitor’s offer to the same prospects the week after you sent yours.
I also have a preference for reported data versus predictive data.
The Importance of Data: Reported vs Predictive
Reported data: contacts have reported they are in-market for a new vehicle and they are looking to buy brand X.
Predictive data: contacts have been purchasing brand X for their last two vehicles purchases, so we predict that they might be looking again for a vehicle from brand X.
I think you can see why I prefer reported data.
Now when you decide to move ahead with a conquest email marketing campaign, keep in mind that all the rules of traditional email marketing will apply:
Crafting a Winning Email
You need a strong subject line that will create curiosity and will make people want to open the email. Remember: if they don’t open the email, they will never see your offer.
You need to have a compelling email body that will answer the questions every prospect has on their mind: What’s in it for me?
Make sure you include links pointing to a video or a landing page where the prospects can learn more about your offer. This will also allow you to measure click-through rates for your message.
Use an image in the body of your email to evoke even more curiosity and increase your click-throughs. If you have a video on the landing page, use a video thumbnail as the image. This will give the impression to prospects that they can watch the video from the body of the email and will increase your chance of getting people to click-through to your Website.
Use a lead capture form on the landing page to capture the information of people intrigued by your offer. Remember: once prospects opt-in through your form, you can market to these people without going through the conquest list partner, aka for FREE!
Frequency and consistency is key to any marketing tactic and conquest email marketing is no different. I like to send two broadcasts in a month. I usually like to send the first one on Thursday to give an uptick to the weekend and follow-up the next Tuesday to catch everybody interested but didn’t have time to act. I also like to do these campaigns for a minimum of three months to catch prospects at different stages of their shopping cycle.
The Power of Frequency and Consistency
Once you’re done with a 90-day campaign cycle, ask the conquest email marketing partner to do a match-back using the data from your sold vehicles and the segments that you have emailed offers to.
This will allow you to track all the deals that came from your efforts.
Tracking Success with Match-Back Analysis
Finally, one last but very important thing to remember when launching your conquest email marketing campaign is to make sure everybody at the dealership is aware of the offers and the messaging.
Because this is a conquest effort, and most prospects you will be targeting don’t already know you, love you, and trust you; many will make their first point of contact with your dealership as phone ups.
If your staff is unaware of the offers and fumbles on the phone when intrigued prospects call for more information, you’re wasting your money.
Educating Your Dealership Team
But if everybody at the store is informed and ready, you will fall in love with this tactic and the results it generates.
If you would like help putting together your next conquest email marketing campaign, don’t hesitate to reach out to my team at Turbo Marketing Solutions.
What is conquest email marketing?
Conquest email marketing is a strategy where you target potential customers who have not previously interacted with your brand or dealership. It involves sending promotional emails to a list of prospects who have opted-in to receive marketing communications.
Is conquest email marketing legal?
Yes, conquest email marketing is legal as long as it complies with the regulations in the respective countries. In Canada, it must comply with CASL; in the US, with CAN-SPAM; and in Europe, with GDPR. This generally involves sending emails to individuals who have opted in to receive them.
How are the email lists for conquest email marketing generated?
Conquest email marketing lists are generated through individuals who have opted in to receive marketing communications from the advertising partners of the list owner. The list owner never shares subscribers' information but sends your promotional email to a segment of their list on your behalf.
Can I target specific segments with conquest email marketing?
Yes, conquest email marketing allows you to target specific segments based on geography and interests. For example, you can target in-market vehicle shoppers within a certain radius of your dealership.
What is the difference between reported data and predictive data?
Reported data refers to information that contacts have explicitly stated, such as being in-market for a new vehicle of a certain brand. Predictive data, on the other hand, is based on past behaviors and patterns, such as someone who has purchased a particular brand of car multiple times being predicted to be interested in that brand again.
What are the components of an effective conquest email?
An effective conquest email should have a strong subject line to encourage opens, a compelling body that addresses the recipient’s needs, links to a landing page for more information, images or video thumbnails to generate interest, and a lead capture form on the landing page.
How often should I send conquest emails?
Frequency and consistency are key. It's common to send two broadcasts in a month, such as one on a Thursday to boost weekend traffic and a follow-up the next Tuesday. Running these campaigns for a minimum of three months can be effective to catch prospects at different stages of their shopping cycle.
How can I track the success of my conquest email marketing campaign?
You can ask the conquest email marketing partner to perform a match-back analysis using the data from your sold vehicles and the segments that you have emailed offers to. This will help you track the deals generated from your campaign.
Do I need to inform my dealership team about the conquest email marketing campaign?
Yes, it is crucial that your dealership team is aware of the offers and messaging in the campaign. Since this is a conquest effort and most prospects may not be familiar with your dealership, they might make their first contact through a phone call. If your staff is unaware or unprepared, it could result in missed opportunities.
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Sean Cassy is a seasoned marketing professional with a passion for transforming businesses through powerful marketing strategies. With over 35 years immersed in the world of marketing, and as the co-founder and owner of Turbo Marketing Solutions for the past 17 years, Sean has a rich history in delivering results. He has personally crafted over 2,500 marketing funnels, edited 5,000 videos, and generated leads that have culminated in over $2 billion in sales for clients.
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