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Email Marketing Changing – But It Still Works

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Email Marketing Changing – But It Still Works


The role of email marketing in the internet marketing world is a subject that has been up to some debate in the last few years. Every now and then, you are bound to see reports that claim that email marketing is “dead” or that it’s usefulness is going to be significantly reduced in the nest few months. But as of now, none of these scenarios have truly manifested themselves, and it looks unlikely that it will happen any time soon.

 

Those who advanced the theory that email marketing is going to lose its efficiency soon say that more and more users are using the social networking channel and are paying less attention to commercial email messages. But this is something that affects mainly the younger users and even then there are some very good ways around the problem, which will let you capture your subscribers attention a whole lot better.

 

It is true that people are increasingly using social networks to communicate with personal contacts. If you ask the average internet user how many non business related emails they’ve sent during the last year, the number would be quite low and in many cases it would simply be zero. When they use email, it is either for work related reasons, or to communicate with commercial entities. This is often the case when they check up on an order status, or check their inbox for a validation link to a website that they’ve signed up for.

 

But in general, users aren’t losing interest in promotional messages sent by email, as long as the email marketing campaign has been well done. Marketers need to check up on their efforts more often to see if what they’re doing is working and optimize their campaigns when necessary.

 

One of the key elements of a successful email marketing campaign, which has been recently discussed in various online news reports, is proper segmentation. Sending the same email message to everyone on your list may work if you have a really small business that only has a dozen or so subscribers on its list. But if you have thousands of them, then it’s not the brightest idea.

 

Content of email messages needs to be relevant to the user and geared towards them. Marketers need to get an understanding of who their email subscribers are and what differences exist between them. For example, some of these subscribers may be frequent visitors to their site and have repeatedly bought products and services from them. Others may just have signed up for the newsletter, but haven’t bought anything from the company yet. For the first group, simply presenting information on new products may be enough. But the second group would need a bit more convincing if a marketer hopes to turn some into paying clients.

 

No matter what is said about it, one fact still remains strong. Properly done email marketing results in very good click through and conversion rates. And for now, it just isn’t going anywhere for a while.

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Planning Your Email Campaigns the Right Way

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Planning Your Email Campaigns the Right Way


We all know that in order for an email marketing campaign to work, it needs to be properly optimized and carefully tailored to both the needs of your organization, as well as to those who will be on the receiving end of your email messages. When you look online, you will see plenty of tips aimed at product creators, small business owners, as well as affiliate marketers that sell to consumers. But these may not always cover topics related to business to business email marketing. While there are some similarities, there are some differences as well between the B2C and B2B worlds of email marketing.

 

Let’s take a look at some of the things you need to do in order to put together a highly successful business to business email marketing campaign:

 

  • Plan Your Strategy in Advance

 

Email marketing isn’t something that you would want to rush if you expect to get some results from your efforts. You will need to take some time to set up your campaigns, think of the content of the messages that you’re going to send, as well as prepare any landing pages that will be specific to your email campaigns.

 

  • Be Sure to Segment Your Email List Accordingly

 

This would probably depend on how many subscribers you have, how you got their email and which products they have expressed an interest in. It has been shown that if your email messages are highly targeted to a specific audience, then the recipients are more likely to find them relevant and therefore take whatever action you want them to take. For this reason you should seriously look into maintaining several different email lists at the same time.

 

  • Set Up a Tracking System

 

When you send out emails, you would need to see how many of your messages were opened, as well as what your click through rate is for the emails you send out. This will let you optimize your campaigns better in the future, as you would know what impact your emails are having on their recipients. There are plenty of free tracking scripts that you can embed in your email messages and on your landing page, so there isn’t really any reason as to why you shouldn’t be using one.

 

  • Be Prepared to Test and Make Some Changes

 

It is by testing that you will be able to see just how well your campaign is going. You can then look at the information you’ve got regarding your open rates, CTR and conversions. If things are all going as you intended, then there is obviously no need to change anything. But if you don’t get the results you wanted, or you would just like to try something else, then you can always optimize your messages on your next mailing. Remember that you need to vary the type of content that you send out in your messages as well. Otherwise, this could bore the recipients and just cause them to lose interest in emails coming from your company.

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Tips for Success in Email Marketing: Part 3

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Tips for Success in Email Marketing: Part 3


The content of your message is obviously an essential part for the success of your overall email marketing campaign. You need to plan what you’re going to be sharing with your readers from the start. Remember that if you bore them or otherwise make your readers uninterested with your message content, then this will reduce the effectiveness of your overall campaign even if you improve your messages later. Once readers stop reading your messages or view them as simply “junk”, they are unlikely to start paying any significant attention to them later on.

Here are some useful tips to deliver powerful content in all the messages that you send to your email marketing list readers:

  • Don’t Simply Repeat What You Already Said

Many online marketers, webmasters and entrepreneurs that use email marketing also use other ways to get content in front of the eyes of prospective buyers. Website updates, blog posts, as well as posts on social media websites are all excellent ways to connect to your targeted audience. But you need to remember that many of those who are on your email list will already be subscribed to your social media page, or reading your blog from time to time. So if your emails are simply a repetition of what you already deliver through other channels, your email subscribers will start viewing your mails as “useless” and stop paying attention to them, even if you later change your practices.

It’s OK to link to your other communication channels, such as inviting a subscriber to read a blog post of yours. But don’t simply make your email messages a “repeater” of what’s on your other channels.

  • Include Special, Email Only Promotions

People like to feel like they’re getting something special. This is why including discount codes, virtual coupons and other advantages that are exclusive to your email list members is great to keep readers interested in what you’re saying. Even if they won’t buy right now, they have a higher chance of opening your next emails just to see if there would be an item of special they would be interested in.

  • Keep Messages Brief

People receive dozens of email daily. They don’t always have time to spend 15 minutes reading each message. If there is a long piece of content that you want to present to them, then include a meaningful description in your email and post the rest of the content on your website or blog, which would be linked to in your message. This allows yours readers to quickly see if they want to continue reading.

  • Include Calls to Action

Just like on landing pages, including a call to action helps guide the reader to do what you want them to do. If you want the reader to check out some of the products on your site, tell them to do so. If you want them to provide more information to get a quote on a service, let them know in addition to providing the link to the relevant page on your site. Including a call to action is a great way to increase your conversion rates.

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Tips for Success in Email Marketing: Part 2

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Tips for Success in Email Marketing: Part 2


There are many things that you can do to have a successful email marketing campaign. Of course, getting good subscribers to your email list is one thing. The more subscribers you have, the more people you can deliver your message to. And the better quality these subscribers are, then the more likely they would be to buy something from your business. However, the quality of the list is only one part of being successful when it comes to using email for online marketing purposes. You also need to take some other elements under consideration.

  • Use Quality List Management and Email Marketing Software

There are plenty of email marketing solutions out there, such as Aweber. These tools allow you to simplify your list management by automatically managing people opting in and out of your email list. Some also allow you to create sub groups within your email list, letting you segment your subscribers according to certain variables. Using software is quite useful if you have a large list, as it will automate many of the tasks and help you save time when you market by email.

  • Choose the Subject Line Carefully

One thing that will determine whether or not a subscriber will actually read your email or not is the subject line. Sometimes, having a standard subject line such as “ACME Products – December Newsletter” will work, especially if your readers are looking forward to each newsletter as you provide them with news and updates that they find useful and relevant. You can also get more creative, of course, but then there are some things you need to keep in mind. Be as descriptive as possible in the subject line. Instead of “Super Promotion for You”, use a line such as “50% Off All Accessories and More”. This increases the chance that the reader will even bother opening your email. In any case, you need to consider the fact that your readers are probably on many other email lists as well, not just yours. So avoid using cheesy or deceptive lines such as “Your $1000 Payment is Waiting for You!”. Anyone who has used email has already seen this and this is a good way to get your mails ignored or marked as junk.

  • The Message Content

Now, you need to focus on the actual content in your message. In order for your campaign to be an effective marketing tool, special attention needs to be paid to the message itself, so that your users will perform the action that you want them to, such as buying a certain product, reading one of the articles posted on your website or blog, requesting a quote or more information, clicking on an affiliate link for a product that you’re promoting, etc. Tomorrow, we will see some more information on how you can make sure that your message content is actually useful for your recipients and will give you a good chance of having the readers perform the action that you want them to do.

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Email Marketing for Beginners

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Email Marketing for Beginners


     The power of email marketing is vastly underappreciated by today’s business owners. It is not a technique that is strictly used by large corporations, on the contrary it can do wonders for small internet based businesses too. Through email marketing you can inform subscribers about upcoming product launches, promotions you are offering, and news related to your niche. This is a great way to advertise to consumers who are already interested in your niche and your products. Here are some considerations to remember when creating an email marketing campaign:

• Create emails that are relative to your niche and products. You can include tips, new technology, and information about your products and what they can do for your consumers.

• Send regular emails. A good rule of thumb is one email at least every 90 days but not more than one in a two week period.

• Add images and graphics that relate to your article topics. There are email templates to use, or you can design your own email marketing pages

• Include a business email and encourage your subscribers to give feedback and ask questions about your business or products. Be sure to give prompt feedback on any emails exchanged.

Email marketing is a free way for you to begin marketing your online business and it doesn’t require an intense amount of technical computer knowledge. Begin your relationship with your clients as repeat consumers are a great way to consistently develop revenue to your business and in your pocket.

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Keys to Successful Email Marketing


     When marking over the internet there is one form of marketing is virtually hand delivered to your previous consumers and subscribers, emails. Setting up a successful email marketing campaign is important for any online business and can help create repeat customers and drive revenues through the roof. In order to make use of email communications consider the following when setting up your marketing campaign:

• Use a reliable autoresponder system that can ensure your emails reach your intended subscribers at the appropriate intervals.

• Create subscriber lists that are appropriate to how you would like your emails sent. You might have a different email for previous buyers as opposed to new subscribers.

• Answer all concerns and questions of subscribers who email you. There is a level of respect that is generated between a consumer and seller, you expect subscribers to read your emails therefore you should do the same.

• Place links to your page in every email you send out that way if a product or idea peaks their interest you can direct them to the location on your site where they can purchase that product or find out more information.

• Keep your emails relevant to your niche or business interests. This will allow you to demonstrate your expertise in your area and can inform others of new and developing ideas related to your products.

     Remember that your emails should be informative and sent out at least once every 90 days to each subscriber. With these basic email marketing tips you can solidify your relationship with all of your subscribers.

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Create A Successful Newsletter

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Create A Successful Newsletter


Starting a successful newsletter is tough, no matter what type of site it’s for. Most people delete the majority of newsletters that hit their inbox without ever even opening them. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t run an email marketing campaign, it just means you have to follow a few important guidelines while doing so.

First, and probably the most important, is don’t buy subscribers. We’ve all seen the ads that promise tens of thousands of subscribers for one low, low price, but it’s still not worth it. The price might be affordable, but you probably don’t want the subscribers they’re tying to sell you. You can’t be certain how they got a hold of those email addresses, so there’s always a chance they were obtained illegally, or at the very least, by underhanded means. If they were all obtained on the up and up, you still have no way of knowing whether or not they’re active email addresses that get checked by someone regularly. Even if they do get checked regularly, you still don’t want them. There’s no way to guarantee that each email address you bought belongs to someone who is likely to be interested in your newsletter. You might be buying subscribers that are likely to flag your newsletter as spam, and hurt the overall reputation of your newsletter, and by proxy, your site.

Instead of paying for subscribers, ask for them. Put an opt in page on your site, and put an opt in box on the sidebar. Also, if you have a store, give your customers the option to sign up for your newsletter during checkout. By asking your customers to sign up, you won’t get as many subscribers as you would by buying them, but you’ll get subscribers with a genuine interest in your site, and your niche.

Once you have the right subscribers, it’s important to start sending them the right things. Don’t just send out sales emails, try to send out entertaining and informative content as well. If you can entertain your subscribers, they’ll be more likely to open and read all of your emails, including your sales emails.

A successful newsletter just comes down to sending the right information to the right subscribers. If you have subscribers that are interested in what you have to say, and you’re sending them meaningful content, your newsletter will perform well.

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