New data from Constant Contact®, Inc. shows that the vast majority of small businesses and nonprofits (82%) have adopted multi-channel marketing programs, leading to increased customer engagement, new customers, and more revenue. At the same time, their top two marketing concerns are making their marketing dollars go further (59%) and selecting the best marketing campaigns to run (56%).
The findings validate the strategy behind the company’s launch of the Constant Contact Toolkit™, an all-in-one online marketing platform that simplifies small business marketing by bringing together the tools needed to drive repeat customers and reach new ones through a wide array of campaign types distributed via a set of proven, high-return channels: email, social, mobile, and web.
“The survey demonstrates that small business owners are becoming more active marketers and are taking advantage of the array of online marketing tools available to them,” said Gail Goodman, CEO of Constant Contact. “On a practical level, the survey shows why small organizations can benefit from an all-in-one marketing platform like Toolkit. Not only is it more cost-effective than working with a variety of vendors, but Toolkit makes it easy to discover and use all the different campaigns that deliver the best results – everything from newsletters and events to trackable coupons and social fan promotions.”
According to Goodman, Toolkit represents a major milestone in the evolution of Constant Contact from an email marketing company.
“Once again, we’re leveling the playing field for small businesses by bringing them a technology solution previously only available to larger enterprises,” said Goodman. “Toolkit acts like a customer engine, helping small organizations direct, drive, and accelerate the marketing activities that deliver the best results, so they spend less time on their marketing and focus more energy on their real passion – their business. It’s a true game changer.”
Single Login, Shared Content, Contacts, and Reporting Tie Everything Together
Toolkit combines new and existing elements of the Constant Contact product set into an integrated online marketing platform that makes it easy for small organizations to find and engage with current and new customers across all of the marketing channels that matter: email, social, mobile, and web. With 15 campaign types to choose from, small businesses can map their marketing to their specific business goals.
Toolkit’s real-time reporting on campaign metrics, like opens, clicks, likes, and coupon claims, easily shows what did and did not work with each campaign and provides insights on how to approach the next one for even better results. Contact management makes it simple to segment customer lists and track every interaction, ensuring that the right people get the right message. Further, a vast set of product integrations lets small businesses plug the other business tools they use into Toolkit – everything from Google Analytics™ to Salesforce®.
“We’re seeing small businesses run 3-4 marketing campaigns a month. Yet, it’s not only about marketing more; it’s also about marketing smarter. That’s why we’ve built Toolkit to support the unique marketing needs of each small business, whether they are just getting started with marketing or are ready to take their marketing to the next level,” says Goodman.
Packages Designed to Support the Unique Needs of Each Small Organization
Toolkit is designed to provide an all-in-one experience, offering access to 15 marketing campaign types, including newsletters, announcements, trackable coupons, event registration, local deals, and a brand new donation campaign, as well as a customized design template, contact management tools, and reporting. The Essential Package starts at $45 a month and comes with everything a small business or nonprofit needs to market easily and effectively.
For those looking to ramp up more slowly, the Basic Package, starting at $20 a month, includes access to the eight most-used campaigns, including newsletters and announcements, coupled with contact management tools and reporting, and the option to purchase additional campaign types on a per-use basis.
And for those who want to turbocharge their marketing efforts, the Ultimate Package features everything in the Essential Package plus a Personal Marketing Coach, a single point of contact dedicated to knowing a customer’s business inside and out. The Personal Marketing Coach can build a marketing calendar, develop a list growth and segmentation strategy, help choose the best campaign to run, and so much more. The Ultimate Package starts at $195 per month.
About the Data
This Constant Contact data was compiled from a survey administered in March 2014 to 1,305 participants in the Constant Contact Small Biz Council – a research panel of US small businesses and nonprofits recruited from the Constant Contact customer base. The survey is part of an ongoing series about the state of small businesses and the ways they connect with, and grow, their audiences.