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Email Marketing Techniques That Get Results

It’s no secret that the quickest way to connect with consumers is through email marketing. Over 144.8 billion emails travel between machines everyday, bringing people and businesses together. Yet, with the ease of accessibility inherent to mass mailings comes potential irritation and disconnect from email recipients, tired of sifting through lists of unwanted items that clog the Inbox.

The bottom-line behind smart and effective email marketing is creating that distinguishing feature that sets your email apart from those that end up in the trash.

So, how do you go about creating the perfect email marketing strategy? Strategists rely on feedback from consumers and sometimes science to design content and strategies for long-term marketing programs based on email. Bottom line is that you want to pique consumer interest and maintain loyalty without being overbearing.

There is a fine line between establishing that perfect relationship via emails and becoming an irritation in the Inbox.

Email Marketing Techniques That Get Results

Tips on creating emails that pique interest:

  • Personalize Emails without Using Names – you want the reader to feel special without feeling stalked.
  • Succinctly-Stated Subject Lines – make it short and sweet and catchy; too long and you’ll end up getting dumped.
  • Delivery Time Mattersresearch shows that sending email between 8:00PM and midnight gets the best open rates; second runner up is sending over the weekend.
  • Re-activate Dormant Groups – you may have a hefty list of recipients, but many may be inactive readers. Customize content to reconnect; focus a campaign on them; send a “We miss you” or “Where have you been” to show you care.
  • Create and Grow on a Glowing Reputation – get to a place where your customers look forward to your emails; be the business that delivers with a reputation that shines.
  • Reactive emails –  send an email in reaction to an event triggered on your website. Remind a shopper that they have a shopping cart filled with goodies that they need to “check out”.

Tips on more engaging content:

  • Free Content Speaks Louder than Words – consumers love free stuff. Nothing gets attention better than offering a freebie paired with a purchase.
  • Make it Mobile – almost 47% of emails are opened on mobile devices. Making emails look good on the go is critical, if you want to keep this market.
  • Connect with Content that Matters – customers who relate to a product or provider feel more comfortable; tell a story that speaks to your clientele and creates a relationship and loyalty.
  • Be Current – include content that speaks to what’s happening now. Readers will feel better connected knowing their Inbox is not getting hit with auto-responder type emails.
  • Create Segments – you have a great recipient list, but one email may not fit the bill for all; create groupings per marketing segments and use customized emails for each for better reach.

What to avoid:

  • Sending Too Often – if you think constantly sending an email will get attention, you’re correct; but it won’t be the attention you seek. You’ll end up in the trash, or worse yet, the SPAM folder.
  • Words Speak Louder than Pictures – a picture can say a thousand words, but in email, it can kill a sale. Keep content short, simple and powerful. You’ll have faster downloads and happier readers.
  • Limit the Promo Speech – no one likes to be “sold” to. Sales must happen subliminally to have maximum impact. Act like a car salesman and your email campaign will quickly run out of gas.

Don’t let a poorly designed email or a pushy campaign be the death of your business. Make the most of this powerful marketing tool to maximize consumer response and engagements to create connections and loyalty that feeds future growth.

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A journalist with over 10 years in publishing Khurram Aziz spent most of his career working on magazines in London before relocating to Ontario, Canada. He specialises in IP, technology, business and marketing. Among his interests are mixed martial arts as well as web development.

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  • Thanks for sharing these tips with us Khurram. I especially liked the what not to do – pictures can be a real pain on email slowing everything down. I look forward to your next post.

  • Thanks for the tips Khurram. While I do agree with you that sending too often is generally not a good practice, there are some people/companies that email very frequently and do it effectively. As one example, at one time I subscribed to the Firepole Marketing list and they were sending emails every day. I unsubscribed from the list because it was too much for me, but they had a rabid following of people who appreciated the frequent. If you do take that route you have to understand that it will turn a of people off, but if done well it can create a really responsive following from the people who do stay on your list. And in this example, to Firepole’s credit they made it clear that they sent emails frequently and made it easy to unsubscribe if that isn’t for you.

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