Secrets for Creating Effective Email Marketing

On November 24, 2009, wrote:

So you’re thinking of implementing an E-mail campaign. The challenge is obvious: what can you really do to make sure that those E-mails get opened and read before they’re sent to trash? Cool, sleek graphics? A hard-to-resist subject line? Persuasive copy?

Email Marketing for Small Business

Below we explore more tips and strategies for creating a successful E-mail campaign. Of course, these extend beyond hiring the best graphic artist in the world, or waxing poetic on the sales pitch contained in your E-mail.

Use A/B split testing

Success often comes after lots of trial and error. Better, of course, if it’s trial instead of error. So try A/B split tests. These entail experimenting with E-mail campaigns by using different headlines and content. Find out from these tests the answers to questions like: Which subject line gets me better open rates? What time and what day works best for my E-mail campaign? Are times and dates even factors in my click rate?

There’s lots of A/B split testing software products out there that you can run; your choice depends really on what your needs are. But the key is this: test, test, test. If you don’t test, you won’t know which succeeds. And which doesn’t work.

Segment your Subscribers

The reason why some people automatically delete e-mails from marketing campaigns is because it’s not really relevant to them. So segment your readers. Send targeted E-mails to people who will actually find your content relevant. Segment them according to specific interest, or subscription date, or geographic location, or even type of client.

Boost Response from your Subscribers

The first step is getting people to subscribe to your e-mail campaign. But the most important step is getting them to actually read your e-mail. And keep reading, for when you send the next ones. The solution? Quality content.

Always have something unique, creative, interesting, and response-provoking to say; if you don’t, then wait until you do. After all, people simply won’t continue reading if they find the content boring. Turn them off the first time and they may not even bother opening the e-mail the next time. Your e-mail campaign or newsletter doesn’t have to be long. It has to be a can’t-miss.

Review your stats

Find a way to monitor the effectiveness of your previous or your test e-mail campaigns. Some of the useful stats include: open rates, click rates, soft bounces, hard bounces, and even abuse complaint rates. Once you find out what your averages are in these, you can benchmark them according to your industry or business size.

You can even use the data to determine how you will segment your readers. Remember: information is power. Your e-mail marketing stats will help you make informed decisions that can inspire the success of your next e-mail campaign. Call Lakeshore Branding today to learn how we can help you build and manage your e-mail marketing!

Email Marketing has a $43 ROI on $1 investment

*The Power of Direct Marketing: ROI, Sales, Expenditures and Employment in the US, 2008-2009 Edition. Published October 2008 by the Direct Marketing Association.


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6 responses to “Secrets for Creating Effective Email Marketing”

  1. Peter says:

    Good article.

    Spread – email marketing software and service, a professional web-based Email marketing platform. Inside report can see opens, clicks immediately.

    I used it to maintain good relationship with clients. It’s also works for explore new customers.

  2. Zakk says:

    Nice article Chris.

    What about special email marketing software? What kind of software do you use? Have you ever tried Atomic Email Studio? It covers email harvesting, verifying, sending, tracking… Works good for me.

    Have a nice day!

  3. Chris Campbell says:

    Zakk, Thanks for the feedback. It really depends on the clients needs but we like to use MailChimp for many of our clients. I will be sure to check them out.

  4. Sharron says:

    Nice post..Keep them coming 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

  5. Mike says:

    We use Bronto for our email marketing and absolutely love it. Deliverability is the key; A/B testing, segmentation, behavioral targeting, etc are irrelevant if you never get to the inbox in the first place. I would seriously consider Bronto if someone is looking at email platforms.

    Keep up the good work Chris you put together some great content here!

  6. Sam says:

    I’ve been reviewing for resourceful online marketing info, this is a good start. Thanks!

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