Email marketing is not just sending out email blasts in the hope that you’ll get a bite. Here, we take a look at how email can help e-tailers capture every sale possible by cultivating email marketing lists and employing clever use of “abandoned cart” emails. Abandoned Cart Emails Abandoned cart emails are considered a “triggered”... Read More
Daily we all receive solicited and unsolicited emails marketing goods and services we may or may not need. What causes us to open one and discard so many others? And for those who create these marketing messages, how do they measure success? What return on investment (ROI) prompts them to produce more and if so, how often?
So often I am asked why email marketing campaigns are not well received. The content of an individual email can produce a short term drop, but a poor overall strategy contributes more heavily to slumping statistics. Four mistakes are quite serious (and often quite common) and, if not addressed, can lead to the death of your email marketing campaigns.
Before jumping right into email marketing and trying to sell to your email list you should know some tried and true tenets that work for the vast majority of marketers. By following some simple rules you can ensure the biggest return on your email marketing investment. I call these tenets my golden three and they are Trust, Surprise and Listen.
Email marketing can benefit all sizes and types of companies. But, like all types of marketing, certain types of businesses have a real advantage when email marketing as compared to others. Your email marketing strategy still plays the biggest role in how well your email marketing performs, but certain types of companies do have an inherent advantage.
Marketing should never be looked at as an expense. Over time, if marketing is costing your company money, then you need to rework your strategy. Marketing, by definition, is the action or business of promoting and selling products or services. This definition is not ambiguous. So often, small business owners seem to not fully understand the value of marketing. The vast majority of big businesses get it and in many cases, good marketing strategy is part of what made them big in the first place.
As a standard rule of thumb, you have to assume that over 80% of people find what they are looking for on the first page of Google. 20% of all searches usually get sucked up by PPC advertisements, and the other 80 % is scattered on the rest of the page, with the obvious first three spots being the most coveted. Knowing this, it’s very important to understand and completely embrace the fact that being on the first page of major search engines
Creativity is the most obvious of the three, but possibly the hardest to implement. Each email campaign needs to throw away the old palette and start with fresh, new paint and colors.
Email marketing will need to combine with elements of social media in this new year. The Facebook email platform will make the merger of social media and email marketing easier this year. Email vendors are also offering social tools and ISPs are making inboxes more social. However, there are ways that marketers can effectively blend the different platforms.
Mobile marketing will continue to grow in 2011. The success of Foursquare and use of Facebook Places indicates that mobile marketing and offline marketing will integrate to provide customer reward programs. The increasing use of mobile devices, inexpensive RFID chips and credit card integration will make this process easier to manage.