Email marketing is a quick, easy and affordable method of reaching potential and existing customers, wherever they are in the world.
Keep your newsletter short and simple, with a strong subject line to maximise the number of people who will feel called to open your email. Targeted, personalised emails generate the best response rate. Send relevant offers to customers according to their profile, position in their company or their purchase history. The easiest way to get quick access to this information is to keep it in an up-to-date database. The receiver is more likely to read and open future emails from your company if they find them of interest. Otherwise, the emails are likely to end up as part of their junk mail.
Make sure you offer a plain text version as well, so the majority of people will be able to read your newsletter in some shape or form.
As mentioned at the beginning of this post, you can’t send mass email communications unless you have clear permission from the recipients.
So how do you get people to sign up to your newsletter?
There are a number of companies out there that specialise in providing email marketing solutions to other companies. Using an email marketing provider, as opposed to using your own email client, is much more appropriate for a business.
Many email clients do not allow you to send to a large number of recipients at once and not only does it look unprofessional if you send an email with a large number of recipients copied in, there are privacy concerns too.
This is why you should use a company like Mailchimp for your email marketing needs. This will allow you to send a large number of emails to different people in a professional manner that doesn’t reveal customer email addresses to other customers.
The added advantage of using an email marketing provider is that they often have sophisticated email templates you can use and great analytics to measure the success of your campaigns.
Most email marketing providers give you analytics relating to your email campaigns, such as open rate, click rate, bounces (emails that don’t reach their destination) and people who have unsubscribed.
You could also monitor you website traffic and sales directly – do they increase after you send an email marketing communication?
Done correctly, email marketing can have a high conversion rate at a relatively low cost – it’s a great way to communicate with customers and generate business