Keap (formerly known as Infusionsoft) sends emails in primarily two ways – broadcasts, and campaigns. Campaigns are their own thing, they’re powerful, robust, and they can completely revolutionize the way you do business.
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But broadcasts have their benefits too. They’re quick and easy.
If inspiration strikes, and you want to reach out to your peoples, then the last thing you need is a dozen extra steps between you and lovin’ up on your audience.
But broadcasts have one major drawback, and from time to time I see it catch people off guard. (Okay, they might have more than one drawback, but this one is definitely the biggest.)
When you schedule a broadcast, you are scheduling it to the group of people who meet the criteria at the TIME you schedule it. Not at the time it sends.
Yeah, so let’s say you have 670 blog subscribers, right?
And you want to send out a message to those people.
So you hop into Keap all confident like, and you compose a poetic masterpiece that your blog subscribers are gonna share the shiz out of (natch).
But it’s Sunday at 1:00 pm, and Monday’s a holiday, so you don’t want that email to go out until Tuesday at 8:00 am or so. That’s a perfectly normal request, right?
And broadcasts allow you to schedule for a date in the future, so that’s no problem. Right?
You see, if you schedule an email on SUNDAY to go out on TUESDAY, then the people who sign up in between will not get that email.
When you schedule a broadcast it pulls the list of recipients at the time you schedule it. And it locks it down. Static. Stuck. No beuno.
You can see why that might be a problem, right?
Once in a while us entrepreneurs get all motivated like and we line our ducks up and want to schedule three or four emails for the next few weeks – but the problem with broadcasts is anyone new who signs up in that window (between scheduling and sending) won’t get the new hotness.
So, what do we do?
Well, the fix is simple, lemme show ya:
Hey Greg thanks for the great video.
You got it Todd! Thanks for reading/watching. 🙂
I love this idea and have been using successfully for 6+ months to send out a ‘daily inspiration’ … I schedule them 7-14 days in advance and then forget about it until it’s time to schedule a new ‘batch’ – thanks Greg!
THAT’S what I’m talking about Steve! Keep it up man.
This is a subtle but important distinction. You have to realize this so you won’t miss out reaching your total audience.
Right, I agree! I don’t think this is going to stop anyone in their tracks – but the fix is also surprisingly simple! Thanks for reading (and sharing) Jorge!
Thanks Greg. This is terrific. One question: I don’t understand the OptOut tag. What are they opting out of?
Well, in my scenario it is literally a tag that is applied when someone unsubscribes from all my emails – so the tag goal is just to remove contacts from the campaign (because if they opt out, they aren’t receiving my emails anyway).
But you could also build in a “unsubscribe from this list” sort of thing, using this tactic: https://www.monkeypodmarketing.com/single-sequence-opt-out/
Thanks for the question Joan! (Watch out for grapes! 🙂 )
thx greg. so simple, but so good!
noob question: in sequences, what’s the difference between going (start > date timer 11/20 > email > date timer 11/23 > email > etc…) and splitting that into two (start > date timer 11/20 > email) + (start > date timer 11/23 > email) like you have in this video?
Great question. Nada. No difference. You can do whatever makes more sense to you!
I love this, Greg! You always figure out how to take a simple concept, put your Monkeypod spin on it and make it special. This one is getting implemented 🙂
Compliment officially accepted – THANKS, and thanks for reading.
Awesome stuff, Greg. Thanks! Quick question, would this work after 7 days of inactivity? I’m referring to the 7-day-rule.
The 7 Day Rule does not have any effect on DATE or FIELD timers, it only comes into play with delay timers. Oh, and FYI, I hear that they are working on a fix for that rule in the future, so the 7 Day Rule may be finally done with.