When it comes to relationship marketing and building solid business relationships with your audience, a certain amount of communication is vitally important. The big question is always, how often should I be communicating with my list?

Let’s compare a few different scenarios and audiences.

Almost everyone has a long-lost cousin, friend, or acquaintance who you only hear from once a year in the form of a holiday card. Sure, it’s nice that they reached out, but communicating just once a year doesn’t give you a chance to stay up to date with their family news.

Then you have your college roommate, who lives out of state but you only hear from him/her when there’s drama in their life, or they need to vent about something. These are the people who are in touch more frequently than your cousin, but only when they need something – not because they have an interest in what is happening in your life.

And lastly, you have the mother who dropped off her 18-year-old daughter at college for the first time and who texts and/or calls every day, just to check on how things are going. Did she get to class on time? How’s the food at the dining hall? Do you like your roommates? What do you mean your books cost $800? Do you want us to come visit for Parents’ Weekend?

(Side note: I pray I am not that mom to my soon to be college student!)

OK – do you see how each of these real-life scenarios can easily translate to a business situation?

Small business owners or solopreneurs who don’t create a mailing list or use their list to communicate with their past customers more than once a year won’t create name recognition among their customers. They actually run the high risk of getting their emails deleted or marked as spam. The only real possible exceptions here are seasonal businesses.

Business owners who only use their social media accounts or email accounts to promote their products and sales are only focused on making money from their audience. They will appear to not necessarily care about what their followers need at that moment in time.

Internet marketers and companies who email every single day run the risk of annoying their audience and causing people to unsubscribe from their lists. One possible exception to this are those who follow leaders in their industry or who look forward to daily tips and/or affirmations from leaders.

The bottom line is: you must know your market to know how often you should interact with them to build a solid relationship. There are always exceptions to every rule, and even within the same industries, different businesses will experience different responses to their communications tactics. Research your market, understand their pain points and create a solution for them.

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