email marketing

  • 5 Tips for a Better Outbound Email Campaign

    by Jeremy Unruh | July 31, 2018

    These days, everyone’s phones are always in their pockets buzzing with email alerts, so email marketing can reach even more people than any other type of internet marketing. Because of this increased reach, you’ve decided you want to try an email marketing campaign. Congrats! Now what? Here are some writing tips for marketing emails that will get you the most traction.

    1) Personalize your email – People love feeling special, so make that marketing email special. When you personalize your email, don’t just use Hi . Personalize it with as much information as you can, like congrats on your new position if they were recently promoted or I see just closed another round of funding. It shows you did your homework and your reader will respond by clicking your links.

    2) Have a clear action item – Speaking of what you want your reader to do with your marketing email, have a plan for that. Don’t waste your reader’s time with pointless text. Give them a way to interact with your company, like clicking for a free download, using a new coupon code, or taking a fun survey on your website. Give them something fun and/or useful in exchange for their time.

    3) Be a real person – When you send out a marketing email, make sure the address it comes from contains a person’s name instead of some cold, impersonal business word. You want your reader to connect with you on that individual level, and you can’t do that hiding behind info@yourcompany.com.

    4) Say what you mean and mean what you say – A big part of a successful email marketing campaign is helping your target market to trust you. To build trust with your readers, you need to be up front with them. So be clear when they sign up that they will be receiving marketing emails that are selling something. Just make sure you deliver something else useful along with your sales pitch, like a clever tip or discount.

    5) Use the power of empathy – You want your readers to think of your brand as a friend, so you need to act like a friend. Show your support and empathize with their struggles. Show them that you understand their unique challenges in life, but then tell them how your services or products can help them solve their problems.

    That’s the big secret to writing better email marketing campaigns–be a real person connecting with another real person. Don’t be obvious, cheesy, pushy, or creepy. When you connect with your customers on that personal level, you’ll be surprised how easily success will follow. If you need help crafting the perfect email marketing campaign, don’t be afraid to ask an internet marketing expert for help.

  • 3 Tips For Building The Perfect Post-Subscribe Email Autoresponder

    by Jeremy Unruh | February 15, 2017

    Building the perfect post-subscribe email autoresponder is a step many businesses often overlook when it comes to lead conversion. Email autoresponses are almost an afterthought for many brands, mainly because they forget the power it could potentially wield to turn a browsing prospect into a loyal customer.

    However, following some easy tips when it comes to building the perfect post-subscribe email autoresponder will help turn that around, and ensure that prospects are able to become customers with ease.

    1) Offer valuable content without wasting time

    Many customers lament about the arduous process of subscribing to emails, with many giving up right away if they spend too much time trying to access content. Businesses are able to make the actual process of subscription easier in the moment, but overlook how to keep the efficiency after the customer has given their email address.

    The autoresponse following subscription should offer prospective customers an easy way to access valuable content, while making it easy and fast. Avoid creating confirmation pages, asking detailed personal information and multiple steps all in one fell swoop. Instead, give customers the options and tools to provide this information at a later time for a more customized experience in the autoresponse and use the latter to engage customers within your brand.

    2) Establish trust with your tone of voice

    A well-crafted autoresponse is able to differentiate your brand from the rest among your customer base. Use the autoresponse as one of the first points of contact with your prospective leads, and leverage that to build trust and a relationship. Instead of opting for usual robotic language within the response, craft a message that will resonate with audiences and cement your place in their mind.

    Most people are easily able to differentiate a personal email from an automatic one, and creating a message that conveys that your brand cares about individuals is a fast and creative way to demonstrate your brand personality.

    3) Don’t send an infinite amount of content

    For many businesses, the temptation of having subscribers to send content to is strong. Resist that urge, starting from the autoresponse. Do not clog inboxes, or use email addresses to send staggering amounts of content that do not hold value for the customer. Give them what they want while using the autoresponse as the starting point.

    Often brands use the autoresponder to push content from the start, scaring customers off. Doing so conditions customers to become freeloaders in some ways, as they will ignore sales offers because of all the useless content they may have received in the past.

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  • How to Capture Millennials with Email Marketing

    by Jeremy Unruh | January 19, 2017

    The rapid rise of social media has some marketers questioning what types of marketing appeals to Millennials. Some would even argue that email marketing is a marketing tool that Millennials don’t embrace, choosing to consume marketing material in more visually stimulating formats. However, email marketing has never been more effective in achieving ROI goals for small and medium size businesses. According to eMarketer, email marketing tops the list of digital tactics driving customer acquisition and retention.

    Savvy marketers are likely to counter that although email marketing works now, it simply doesn’t appeal to millennials. A recent study in AdWeek found, however, that 42% of those 25-34 years of age reported opening retailer emails more often over the past six months, compared to just 32% of other age groups, and recommended retailers use increase their email marketing efforts targeted at millennials.

    The challenge for marketers is to ensure they deliver their emails in ways that appeal to the millennial market. Here are 3 tips to improve email markeitng targeted at millennials:

    Go Mobile

    According to one recent study, almost half of all shoppers will delete an email they can’t easily read on their smartphones. That’s especially true of millennials, 9 out of 10 of whom say they are never without their mobile phones. To make email marketing attractive to this age group, make sure your emails work and are optimized on mobile devices.

    Integrate Email and Social Media Marketing

    Millennials live on social media channels like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Your email marketing campaigns should dovetail seamlessly with those you construct for social media. You should also make sure both email and social media posts drive customers to a dedicated landing page.

    Keep Text to a Minimum

    Among the acronyms gaining popularity among millennials is TLDR, or “too long, didn’t read.” More than their older counterparts, millennials like to get in and get out fast. Respond to their quick consumption tendencies by going light on text and using more visual content, like images and infographics.

    Email marketing remains among the most effective strategies retailers can use to increase their customer base and ROI. Maximize the effectiveness of your email marketing campaigns by targeting millennials with content that works on mobile devices, integrates with social media campaigns, and keeps text to a minimum

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