Email Marketing for Success

We all know that when it comes to internet marketing for your business, one area of focus is driving traffic to your website. Additionally, most marketers and website owners want to keep track of how many unique visitors and hopefully new customers they are receiving. However, one thing most people don’t think about is following up with the customers and site visitors they already have. Many people don’t realize how beneficial follow-up/email marketing can be long-term. In fact, follow-up marketing can be fundamental to your business’s success. Studies show that email marketing can increase revenue and prevent the loss of 64% of your sales. You see, it is generally easier to sell to existing customers than it is to find new customers. That being said, email marketing becomes a hugely powerful marketing tool for business owners.Over the years, email marketing has often been abused by spammers. However, despite such abuse, email is still very much valuable and valued by subscribers. Email marketing serves as a medium to notify former customers of timely deals, offers, and opportunities. Once subscribers to your website make a purchase, they are more apt to purchase again through a follow-up email. Follow-up or email marketing is based on having credibility with your customers and building trust with them. Now with email marketing, many people opt to use an auto-responder and have an auto-responder account. Auto-responders allow for quick, consistent, and personalized email follow-ups. Most newbie marketers don’t realize it takes around 7 times of contacting potential customers to generate a sale. Guru and pro marketers are aware of this and understand that follow-up/email marketing is fundamental to any website’s success. The beauty of auto-responders is that they allow you to put your email marketing campaign on auto-pilot, saving you both time and money. The whole process becomes automatic and you can market with structure and ease. When you want to send out information to your previous customers and subscribers, an auto-responder allows you to create your email content, send out the message, and schedule your delivery dates or times. Additionally, once you have your email marketing campaign set in motion, you can add new messages at any time or promote limited time offers. Auto-responders allow you to touch base with your subscribers, reminding them of your existence and your services.Building your email marketing list for your auto-responder is not difficult if you have a decent amount of website traffic. Additionally, if your site is informative and your offer various free bonuses or offers you can easily get individuals to subscribe to your list. Remember, if
done right email marketing can be a very successful tool for business owners. But the key is doing it right. You want to offer valuable content and not be too sales pitchy with your marketing emails. Your list will remain loyal to your site as long as you don’t abuse their trust. So when using email marketing, be honest, and only offer products or services you believe in or have tried yourself. As long as your subscribers remain on your email marketing list, you can use follow-up marketing to contact them. Your general profit stems from the multiple sales you make from your re-occurring customers. After your first sale to an individual, you should stay in contact and offer them new products or services of value to them. So you simply, set up your email marketing campaign and reach out to your list consistently, on auto-pilot.With all email marketing, the content of your emails is very important. There are a few key things to remember when writing your emails. When it comes to the content of your emails, you want to make sure your emails are distinguished from spam and junk-mail. One of the best ways to do that is to make your emails personalized. Some auto-responders offer a personalizing feature for email marketing campaigns. People are more open to an email that calls them by their name. No one wants to feel like you just see them as one in a herd or like a nameless number. People want to feel special and thus, I always suggest addressing email recipients by their name with email marketing. Also, make the email content as personal to their needs as possible. Secondly, you may want to consider avoiding email marketing campaigns during the holidays. People receive so many emails during the holidays that some just delete them without a glance. Therefore, I suggest you avoid later November and most of December. You can start up your email marketing campaign again around mid to late January. Overall, avoid all major national holidays when you do email marketing. Thirdly, the subject line of your emails is very important. This is where you hook the email recipient and get them to open the email. Make sure your subject line is a brief sentence summarizing your email’s content. People love the phrases “free” and “free trial” so if either can be used for the email marketing offer you are sending them try to use these terms in the subject line. These are typical words that sale and generate consumer interest. You may also want to try teasers like “A personal message for…” or “Members-only discount”. With email marketing, you want to grab their attention, make them sit up and notice.Now, when it comes to your email’s content layout, remember to maintain consistency with email marketing. Your emails should reflect the design of your business or corporation. You want to be sure the email recipients connect the emails they receive with your particular business.
This can be done with the use of visual slogans or company logos. You want the image of your company or business to remain a constant both through your website and email marketing efforts. Additionally, in the body of the email always include your website address, reason for contact, and a call to action. I have learned it is best to be short and to the point with email marketing. No one has time to read long boring emails these days. People’s attention spans are getting shorter and shorter. With this in mind, you may have to tweak your emails from time to time to find out what is effective for your email marketing project. The point is to pull people to your website again and again. Don’t reiterate what can easily be read on your website just stick to the valuable new offer or information you can provide them.The most powerful secret to increasing sales is email marketing. The key is being repetitive, consistent, fast, and personalized. Email marketing can double your web sales. Through follow-up marketing you can tap into your pre-existing customers and generate more sales. An auto-responder simplifies the whole process and puts your email marketing campaign on super auto-pilot. Email marketing is one of the most powerful techniques guru marketers use to optimize their business’ profit potential. Every marketer should try it; it is a proven tool for success.

Email Marketing Campaigns – Robots, Humans And Shoes Slashed Whilst Lions Roared

When you are planning an email marketing campaign, there are two important issues to be addressed. The first issue is ensuring that your email marketing campaign gets delivered and the second is persuading the recipients of the email marketing campaign to open the emails and read them.Email Marketing Campaigns – RobotsDespite the scare headlines about the death of email marketing, it is alive and well and email marketing campaigns are still fighting a running battle with their arch-enemies – the filterbots. These are the poorly trained robots that filter out legitimate marketing emails and correspondence from your relatives but persistently deliver enormous amounts of rubbish right into your mailbox.You have probably had the experience of signing up for an email marketing campaign – you know, the sort that offers a useful training course or a series of interesting articles – and then finding that you only get about half or two thirds of the promised emails. Sometimes a ten part email campaign mysteriously disappears after part seven or you receive all of the email marketing campaign except parts 1, 5 and 9. It always seems random but we are told that the filterbots are trained to seize mail containing certain words, symbols or combinations of words and symbols.The really infuriating thing about the bots is that they seem to be unable to distinguish the difference between a junk email marketing campaign and email from a contact in your personal address book. How dare these bots decide on your behalf that you will not receive email from your excitable friend who uses double and triple exclamation marks in correspondence! Ok, multiple exclamation marks are vulgar but being eaten by robots seems rather a harsh punishment for a mere lapse of taste. The filterbots, although not particularly intelligent, are cunning: they leave no evidence, they devour every scrap of the mail they steal, so you can’t prove they have committed the theft. You can’t fight the bots so you need to weave a cloak of invisibility for your email marketing campaigns.Anyone doing research in the hope of creating a successful email marketing campaign will come across advice on how to get past the filterbots and will discover in advance that certain words and phrases must be avoided. These dangerous words include “money back”, “100% satisfied”, “money-back guarantee” and “order today”. So whilst the author of an email marketing campaign will have this advance warning, such matters will not have come to the attention of your Granny. Granny will wonder why you didn’t reply to her email asking for your advice on her proposed stair lift purchase even though she told you in her email that the company offers a guarantee and she wanted to send off her order today. If Granny is deaf, she won’t be able to sort this out with you by phone, and the filterbots will have created a terrible rift in your relationship.Email Marketing Campaigns – HumansArmed with your knowledge of the bots’ weakness for certain fodder, you can make sure your email marketing campaign contains no tempting words that would turn your campaign into a series of tasty bot snacks. So, you’ve done your research, you know the words to avoid and you have found a neat tool that will read your email and tell you if you have accidentally used a “bad” word in your email marketing campaign. The next thing to consider is getting the emails read by the recipients. Having gone to a lot of trouble to plan you email marketing campaign and robot-proof it, you want to give the emails the best possible chance of being read. With one eye on the banned word list, you need to think of the human beings who will receive your email and create subject lines that will make them want to read each email. A tall order but not impossible. There are things you should do and things to definitely avoid. Your email subject heading should (a) stand out, (b) engage the recipient’s interest, (c) relate closely to the body of the message and (d) not look like hype.To make your email marketing campaign stand out, you can indent the subject by using “>>>>>>>>” or “__________” or “********” but don’t be tempted to use exclamation marks or all capital letters. These will catch the human eye but they will also attract the scrutiny of the filterbots who will most likely gulp the email down without even bothering to look further than the subject line. Don’t be tempted to put [email protected]@K in the subject heading of a business email, that sort of thing is fine if you are writing to a friend but it does not convey a professional image.To engage the recipient’s interest in your email marketing campaign you can employ one of the following techniques: (a) state a powerful benefit – “xxxxxxx Satisfies Your Need for xxx” (b) pique curiosity – “xxxxxxxx Has Uncovered the Secrets of Success” (c) write your subject line with a news angle – “xxxxxxxx Launches xxxxxxxx For Those Who Want to xxxxxxxxxxx Fast!” (d) offer Immediate Gratification – “With xxxxxxxxxxx, you can start xxxxxxxxxx before the sun goes down tonight”The subject line of your email must be relevant to the body of the message. If you want to annoy people and ensure they never open another email from your marketing campaign, pick an important sounding subject line – eg “Urgent – Re Your Account” for an email that has nothing to do with any account held by the recipient. People do not like to be misled or tricked and will not forgive you if they think you are trying to fool them. Using an irrelevant title to get someone to open an email is tantamount to lying to them. People will remember this behaviour and might even block all future emails from you. Words such as “: time-sensitive, only 3 days left, powerful, offer about to expire, exclusive, limited, secret” are known to attract attention but should only be used in appropriate circumstances, ie when they relate to the contents of the email.Create an email marketing campaign subject line that doesn’t look like hype. This has to be the hardest one of all as it is subjective. What looks like hype to one person will look like a reasonable proposition to another. A perfectly genuine statement will be suspected hype to an overly cynical person. The first thing to do is to avoid anything that you personally think looks like hype. Ask yourself if it would convince you if it turned up in your mailbox or if you would immediately hit the delete button – if you can’t even convince yourself, you will be causing a similar reaction in other people. Never make over-inflated claims in the subject line, make sure you can back up any statements you make. If you can do this and still create an alluring title for your email, you will have a good chance of getting your email marketing campaign read if it gets past the filterbots.Email Marketing Campaigns – “Shoes Slashed Whilst Lions Roared””Shoes Slashed Whilst Lions Roar” is my favourite email subject line of all time. I believe this is an example of a near enough perfect subject line for an email marketing campaign. It has all the elements: the words stand out from the run of the mill titles, it engages the recipient’s interest, it relates closely to the body of the message and it does not look like hype.This subject line was used in an email marketing campaign run by a mail order company I had previously used for purchasing online. I might or might not bother to read emails from the company depending upon how busy I was. I couldn’t resist opening this email because the title intrigued me. Although it was easy to guess that the “Shoes Slashed” would relate to reduced prices on footwear, I couldn’t figure out where roaring lions would come into a clothing and footwear catalogue, so I simply had to read the email. The email carried details of special offers on footwear (as anticipated) and English Lions Rugby shirts, which were apparently a roaring success. The dramatic sounding subject line was, in fact, directly relevant to the body of the mail and nothing about it bears the tell-tale mark of hype.Email Marketing Campaigns – Final Word About The BeginningThe first mails in your email marketing campaign are the most important so should be especially carefully crafted from the aspects of both bot-proofing and engaging human interest. If you can get the first couple of emails delivered and read, people who are interested in what you have to say will recognise your name and will want to read any further emails from you that arrive in their mailbox. It is also a good idea to suggest in the first couple of emails that the recipients should add you to their “white list” to ensure they don’t miss future important mail. All this might not make your email marketing campaigns 100% filterbot proof but it is the best mere humans can do in this particular battle.Copyright 2005 Elaine Currie