I get the question all the time: “What should we be doing that we aren’t doing?” or “What’s the newest thing that we should be doing?” There are always new answers because there are always new things being developed. But right now and for the foreseeable future, the answer is: Marketing Automation
What is marketing automation, you ask? Well, there’s a graphic below that does a good job of explaining it but honestly, this is one of those things you have to explain through a demo. The basics are this… Marketing automation takes your sales initiatives and makes them about 100% more effective. It’s about tracking, data mining and giving you analytics that allows you to make your ticket sales and fundraising campaigns more targeted and more effective. It’s audience segmentation, directed email campaigns, automated follow-ups, customer relations management, pixel tracking, re-targeting and much more. And it’s something Old Hat is now offering as a service add-on to our web projects.
We’ll be launching a website for a client in November that’s directed at ticket sales. Through marketing automation, we’ll be able to tell them who is spending time on what portions of the website and for how much time they’re in each section. We’ll know if they converted on the sale or not. If they spend 5 minutes on the mini-pack page, they’ll get a follow-up email automatically a few days later telling them more about it. If they spend time looking at renting the terrace suite for their corporate event, we’ll be able to give the client a list of those people so they can give them a call. If a family-pack is purchased, that person will get an automated email a few days later telling them about the family entertainment opportunities on gameday. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
I’ve been working in collegiate athletics for nearly 15 years and I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a more powerful tool in increasing ticket sales and donor relations. Give me a call at (405) 310-2133 and I’ll tell you more about it. And see below… This stuff is amazing.