Regardless of how much you might hear about spam emails clogging up the Internet and Nigerian scams draining people’s bank accounts, the truth is that email marketing is a proven money maker. It is even perhaps the most affordable of all marketing mediums in terms of costs versus individuals reached. Read on to learn how you can tap into this tool.
What worked for you before might not work for you the next time around. That is why it is vital to always look into new email marketing strategies, and constantly seek new advice. Learn from others in your business niche, and always try out new methods to add to your arsenal of what works for your business.
Inform your customers what happens when they subscribe to your email list. Let them know the frequency of emails and the types of information they will receive. If it is possible, provide an area for them to check how many emails they want to receive each month. An example would be once a week or several times a month.
You may find that it is a good idea to devote a small portion of every marketing email you send out to briefly reviewing what your subscribers can expect from you. By demonstrating that you have a plan for your emails and you are sticking to it, you can encourage your readers’ trust and make them less likely to grow tired of your messages.
It is significantly more effective to build your own e-mail list for e-mail marketing than to purchase a list, or acquire the services of a marketing company that has their own lists. The reason for this is that everyone who submits their e-mail address to be a part of your list is interested in the services or products that you have to offer. These people are far more likely to be receptive to your e-mail.
Follow up with contacts you meet at trade shows. Collect people’s phone numbers when they stop by your table and call them within a couple of weeks of meeting them. Use the follow-up call to check in with your contact and ask him if he would like to receive your marketing newsletter by email.
Use the right font for the right message. Your font should be indicative of your style and email message, and not convey a message that you don’t wish to send. Choose one that is simple and popular, rather than one that you think is really cool, but not everyone may have.
Do not take up permanent residence in your readers inboxes. Remember that they email for a number a reasons, from work to family. You are probably sharing that space with other marketers. Send out messages often enough to stay on their mental radar, but more than once a week is probably going to annoy them and backfire.
Your job is only half finished once you hit the send button for your message. Follow up with any and all available analytic tools you have. Keep an eye out for the effectiveness of your message in terms of response. Follow up on anything that looks like it worked, like tailoring specific offers to sub-segments of your directory.
If you decided to read this article, it was because you were thinking about making money through email marketing. Now that you have read this article, you know a few points about approaching it. Apply the insights and advice provided in the previous paragraphs, and you can find success in email marketing.
Credits: EmailMarketing.net blog
Bootnote: Since publishing this article I got a lot of feedback and valuable ideas regarding the most effective email marketing strategies. I want to thank all of you and let you know I am considering compiling a follow-up article to cover everything we learned on the topic over the past couple of months. One thing stood up though and I thought it was worth adding here – white-label email marketing services. We are all used to the likes of Aweber, ConstantContact or Mailchimp – but for large companies and/or agencies offering their own internet marketing services associating with these public providers is not an easy co-branding decision. The alternative – and why everyone looking for email marketing advice should be aware of it – is that now you can run your email marketing campaign and even offer such services under your own domain name and brand with private label email marketing providers – I’ve been looking at ConstantClicky’s email marketing software offer and I found it an excellent solution, full of features and at a similar price which makes white label software an excellent tool in your brand management chest of tricks. If you ever tried private label software or ran a private email marketing service, I would like to hear from you – hit the contact us form and let me know.