The Importance Of Keeping Your Email Subscribers In The Loop

Communicate with your clients to keep them on your list!

Communicate with your clients to keep them on your list!

Email subscribers are an important asset to your marketing and sales team. They are the ones that are likely to purchase products and expand the reach of your brand. However, the effectiveness of your email marketing campaigns can be greatly reduced if you don’t have the right welcome email. This email, the first they receive, should have a lot of information contained within it, yet still be concise.

There are numerous benefits to having a proper welcome email for your subscription list. It can reduce unsubscribe rates, encourage higher interaction rates and the chance to reduce the time to sale. So what should you include in your welcome email? Here are a few suggestions:

Why They Are Receiving This Email

Sometimes, your subscribers won’t remember that they signed-up for your email list. This can make it awkward when you send your first email to them, and they then unsubscribe citing spam or that they hadn’t subscribed. Instead, by reminding them that they gave permission to receive your commercial email, you are reducing that risk.

A Thank You

A good first impression is not just important; it is essential. The right impression will help you generate a strong bond with your audience and encourage them to see you in a positive light. By saying thank you, you show that you are courteous and have manners.

Demonstrate Your Importance

People want to know why they should be reading your content. Therefore, give them some examples of why your content is important. There are several ways that you can achieve this:

  • Direct them to previous campaigns containing useful information.
  • Demonstrate the benefits of your products/services.
  • Demonstrate content on your blog that might be useful.
  • Include testimonials from others.

Set Email Expectations

Email expectations are an often forgotten but necessary element for retaining the trust of your audience. If you can demonstrate that you won’t just randomly email them whenever there is an offer but will only email them a specific number of times, then you can be sure they’ll stick around for longer. Of course, you have to keep that promise and not forget the level that you first set.

Ask For Feedback

Another key component of your welcome email should be asking for feedback. This can be taken in many different ways, either by the audience directly replying to you, or by setting up a survey online and taking the results from there. This opportunity can generate useful information, like where the subscriber found out about your brand, what content they would like to read and more personal details that can help segment them.

Website And Social Media Links

Don’t forget to place links to your website and social media profiles onto the email itself. This helps to build up a following over a wider set of communication channels and convert the prospect into a brand advocate.

Opt-Out Information

Remember to keep all the necessary, and legal information within your welcome message. This includes how the subscriber can opt-out of your mailing list, which should be an easy and quick (immediate) process, like clicking through on a link.

Reward Your Subscribers

The subscriber is an important asset to your company, show this by offering the new prospect a reward for subscribing. This could be a discount, free download or a humorous video that is visible only to subscribers.

Conclusion

Your subscription welcome email is a valuable marketing tool for your business. It helps to please prospects that you might not have met and can help to keep them engaged with your brand and more receptive to your marketing messages. By using the tips above, you can generate a highly engaging welcome message to entice audiences to consider your products or services.

How do you keep email subscribers? Do you send a welcome email?

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How To Get More Email Sign Ups By Making It Easier

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A giveaway could be the key to easily sign up new members to your email list

Your email marketing list should not look the same after a year. Old contacts will unsubscribe, others will become dead, and some will need to be removed to keep your list clean. The problem is, if you constantly have people exit your list, there will be a time when it will become very sparse.

To combat diminishing list numbers, you need to consider how to attract more subscribers to your list. Your task would be smoother if you made it easier for your potential subscribers as this will decrease abandonment. So how can you make it easier to subscribe to your mailing list?

1. Place A Sign Up Box On Your Facebook Page

Facebook Fan pages can be used as a portal to your list subscription. Many apps can be installed or used on Facebook that directly link to email marketing software. All a new subscriber has to do, is click on the button and enter in their details.

By placing the subscription link on social media, you have the opportunity to really entice audiences by building trust through social media content, making it easier to fully convert them in the long run.

2. Pop-up Subscription Boxes On The Website

Who wants to have the trouble of finding the signup box on your website? After reading your blog, whitepaper or about us page, a visitor will want to sign up for your mailing list or leave – whichever is easier for them and often, just leaving is easier.

So why not place a popup on your website that displays when the visitor is about to leave the site? This popup will prompt the visitor to subscribe to your email list and fill in the required fields there and then. This can then populate your list.

Ensure you are tailoring your popup box to match your brand image, so it integrates seamlessly with your website.

3. Run A Giveaway

This is one of the most widely used tactics for collecting email addresses. A giveaway is fairly useful. Not only does it provide the prospect with something tangible for their details, but it can also help you segment the incoming emails into what interests them. For instance, if they’ve downloaded the children’s toys catalogue, you know that you should be sending them emails about children toys and not living room furniture.

Giveaways can also be an excellent way to gain more exposure for your brand. You could have a raffle and offer a limited number of prizes. By using gamification techniques, you can attract subscribers to your mailing list by asking them to share details about the raffle in exchange for an extra ticket for themselves.

4. Top Or Side Bar

Don’t hide your signup box. Make it stand out on your homepage so that visitors are drawn to it. The best location for the signup box would be in the top left corner as this is where the eye is naturally drawn to and has the greater reader engagement. However, this is a prime location, and therefore, you might need that for another piece of content.

If that is the case, place the signup element in the menu bar at the top or in the sidebar, close to the top of the page. If it is above the fold, then more people will see the subscription tool and use it.

Conclusion

Your email list will lose some subscribers over time, so it is important to replenish them with new subscribers. It should be easy for the target audience to see the signup for your mailing list and take action. Otherwise, list growth will be slow or even negative.

Where do you have your signup forms? Do you use social media sign up forms?

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Short Subject Lines Or Long Subject Lines? What The Data Says…

spider-monkey-637065_1920Email marketing is all about getting the attention of your audience. The first part of your message anyone will see is the subject line, and getting that right is paramount. Many articles give advice on the words you need to use in your subject line, but they often fail to mention the length.

Having all the power words within your content may do you no good if you have a subject line that is too long to read. So what is best: short or long subject lines?

Not All Data Suggests The Same

The biggest problem with determining the ideal subject line length, is that not all the data is the same. It is all dependent on what campaigns are measured and the audience who received those campaigns.

For instance, those sending messages to the B2B sector will find that messages with subject lines of between six and ten words will get more open rates, but click through rates aren’t great. When there are more than 130 characters, the open rates drop significantly but the click through rates increase substantially. Finally, anything over 16 words sees a significant return on both clicks and opens.

Madhu Gulati

The president of ShowMeLeads has claimed that she has found a definitive answer for the length of an email. Research that analysed 260 million emails from 540 campaigns has led her to believe that there is a very specific word count that businesses should aim for.

According to the research:

  • Subject lines with between six and ten words generated a 21% open rate.
  • Subject lines with fewer than five words were opened on average 16% of the time.
  • More than half of emails had between 11 and 15 words in the subject line and generated a 14% open rate.

Marketing Sherpa

Marketing Sherpa conducted research to find out whether or not longer subject lines were better than shorter messages. They looked at 9,313,885 emails for their research. Their results were different than those of ShowMeLeads.

Their results were as follows:

  • The most popular length for subject lines was between 41 and 50 characters, yet it performed the first worst for open rates.
  • Only 6% of emails had a subject line of between 61 and 70 characters, but these had the best open rates (17%).
  • Email messages with between 51 and 60, or 91 and 100 characters performed the second best achieving 15% open rates.

Return Path

Finally, Return Path studied over 2 million emails to evaluate the correlation between subject line length and open rate. Their research also looked at the Pearson’s Correlation value, which suggested that there was no correlation between the length of the subject line and open rate.

However, they still advise keeping an eye on your subject line length. Their research demonstrated that:

  • 25% of subject lines were between 41 and 50 characters.
  • Open rates were greater when subject lines were between 61 and 70 characters.
  • Only when there were more than 100 characters in a subject line did the open rate drop (down to 9%).

Desktop Versus Mobile

One of the important considerations is the device that your email is being read on. Desktop inboxes display approximately 60 characters whereas mobile devices show between 25 or 30 characters. Therefore, if your audience is mainly on mobile devices, then you need to shorten your subject lines, so the call to action or important message is at the beginning.

Conclusion

Email subject length might be an important factor in the success of your campaigns, but there is little evidence to suggest that a longer or shorter one will have a major impact. It might be all too dependent on your primary audience. Therefore, you should consider A/B testing your emails when deciding what works best for your audience.

What subject line length do you use? Have you ever tested it?

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How The Psychology Of Colour Affects Email Response

How can colours affect your readers?

How can colours affect your readers?

Colour is critical when it comes to the success of your marketing and branding. Email can be particularly affected by colour and you can see the results in click-throughs and conversions. So why is colour so important and how can you improve your results by using it in your marketing?

What Impact Does Colour Have On The Reader?

Colour has long been associated with emotions. Different emotions and meanings are evoked depending on the primary colours used. Four main colours are used to illicit emotions from an audience: red, blue, yellow and green.

Each colour will have a different meaning for your audience and to make matters more complicated when choosing colours within your marketing, each colour has both positive and negative emotions, which can make it difficult to choose.

To understand how to use colour, you must first know what each colour means. So here is a quick guide:

Red

Red is seen as a physical colour and is often used for warning signs and danger. However, it can also be used for strength, warmth, energy, stimulation and excitement. Of the negative side of the colour, people can perceive aggression, strain and defiance.

Red can seem closer than it is, which is why it often grabs the attention of the audience earlier than other colours. At the same time, readers respond physically to the colour with a quickening pulse rate and the perception that time is passing faster than it is.

Because it evokes the fight or flight survival instinct within humans, it often doesn’t have the subtlety of other colours and sometimes can have an adverse impact on your marketing. It all depends on whether you want quick actions and to demonstrate power, or if you want to be more calm and relaxed.

Blue

Blue is the colour of intelligence. Often when viewed, the colour communicates intellect, communication, trust, efficiency, serenity duty, logic, coolness, reflection and calm. However, it is not always positive. Blue is often associated with a lack of emotion, unfriendliness, aloofness and cold.

Unlike red there is no physical reaction to the colour but rather a change in our mental state. Blue is often used in relaxing areas as it seems to calm the mind. However, it does depend on the shade of blue. Stronger blues will stimulate clear thoughts, while lighter, softer blues will calm the audience and help with their concentration.

Interestingly, despite being perceived across the world as being cold and unfriendly, blue is most often chosen as a favourite colour.

Yellow

If you want to be emotional, yellow is the colour to choose. It is often seen to reflect optimism, confidence, emotional strength and creativity. On the flipside, it can also evoke fear, irrationality, emotional fragility, depression and anxiety. So it has to be used very carefully.

Yellow is very stimulating, so it will have a greater effect on the audience’s mood compared to blue or red. But you have to ensure that you have the right shade as some shades will lift spirits, provide confidence and optimism while others will reduce the audience’s self-esteem and lead to fear and anxiety.

Green

Green is all about being balanced and nature. Those who display green in their marketing are not surprisingly connected to rest, restoration, the environment and peace. It can also be reassuring to the audience.

However, green also has negative aspects. It can be seen as bland, boring and stagnant – which makes it a poor choice for those who want to be seen as the next big thing.

When the eye sees green, it doesn’t react as it would with the other colours. Therefore, we often see this as a relaxing and restful colour. Being at the centre of the colour spectrum, we also see green as a balance.

Conclusion

When using the right colours within your marketing, you can evoke the emotions that you want to generate the right reaction. Whether you wish to develop a trusting relationship with your audience or get them to take quick action, you need to know what the right colour for your email is as well as the right text.

What colours do you use in your email copy? Does it get you the results you want?

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7 Simple Ways To Build a Quality Email Marketing List

What tools will you use to build your email marketing list?

What tools will you use to build your email marketing list?

Building a quality email list is an essential task if you are looking to generate significant income from this marketing channel. A quality list will provide a better return on your investment than one that is just bought or produced by securing the details of random visitors to your website.

So how can you build a quality email marketing list for your small business? Here are seven, very simple ways to do just that.

1. Use Downloadable Content

It is highly effective to use downloadable content to produce a quality email marketing list. You could provide a free download (like an ebook or whitepaper) in exchange for an email, which works particularly well as you can then determine what the prospect wants to know about (the subject of the downloadable content) and you can tailor your campaigns accordingly.

This strategy does take considerable effort. You need to create the downloadable content, the landing page (and sales text) and then market it.

2. Ask For More Information

By collecting more information, you can better segment your list or see if a subscriber is unsuitable for your products (and thus needs removing).

However, if the information they input is incorrect, the prospect could be sent the wrong content, or they could be rejected when they are a perfect candidate.

3. PPC Keywords

If you want to target a particular group, then by thinking of their search behaviours you can target them on search engines. Using paid ads, you can target certain key terms that you know they will search for and direct them to an email sign up page.

This can be a very expensive way to attract subscribers to your email list, but it does mean that you have a list made from prospects that you’ve qualified based on their interests.

4. Run / Attend An Event

Running or attending an event can be a good way to collect email addresses. You can collect the email addresses on a simple signup sheet or give small gifts out to those who provide you with their email address, an excellent tactic, as you can qualify prospects instantly by asking them a series of questions before passing them the signup sheet.

However, you may find that some of those who sign up to your email list forget about you by the time it takes you to send out your first email.

5. Run A Competition

Gamification can be a very powerful tool when it comes to generating interest in your brand. By running a competition, you can attract numerous signatories to your email list. Your competition could be anything from a sweepstake to a trivia quiz. What is important is that their entry must include an email address.

It is important to think about what you offer as a prize, if it is not related to your business activities, then you will attract people who aren’t suitable for your business.

6. Ask For Referrals

Another possible strategy is to ask current customers to recommend you to a friend through a referral system. This works by having your customer enter their friends’ details into a box, and you send them an email saying that a friend has passed on their contact details. In that email, you give them a chance to sign up for your email marketing list.

It can work wonders because friends of your customers are likely to be a good fit for your business. However, there is no guarantee that you will receive permission to contact the person again.

7. Discount Codes

Another staple of the email marketing world are discount codes provided when a customer signs up to your mailing list. Either you send them the code after they have signed up, or using a pop-up application on your website, you provide the code once they’ve entered their details.

The trouble with this strategy is that they might just sign up, with a fake email address, to get the discount code and it doesn’t encourage any long term stickiness with the customer.

Conclusion

There are many ways to grow your email marketing list. What you’ve got to ensure is that the names being added are good quality prospects. Therefore, you need to qualify them as they sign up so you can decide who should and shouldn’t be on your list.

How do you build an email marketing list? Are you confident they are all relevant subscribers?

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Tips To Stop Your Emails Being Deleted In The Preview Pane

Get your email stuck up on a board and not deleted before being read.

Get your email stuck up on a board and not deleted before being read.

Emails are a very effective way to get your brand message across to your prospects. Customers like to receive promotional content via their email address as it is a relatively un-intrusive form of communication. However, the scary thing is that unless you are great at designing emails, 80% of your messages will be viewed and actioned in a preview pane.

As the trend of opening emails on phones becomes more mainstream, the challenges of getting people to see the whole of your message will increase.

It is All About The Details

Research by Lyris found some useful information on how prospects read and action emails. According to their survey results:

  • 60% believe that the sender’s name and email address is the key information.
  • The subject line is the second most essential piece of information for 54.3%.
  • The main headline is the next piece of vital information (53%).
  • Teaser copy is not very important. Only 30.3% of respondents stated they examined the email in the preview pane before taking action.

This information can be very useful in deciding how to design and send your emails. So what tips can we provide to optimise your email campaign designs to get more opens?

1. The ‘From’ Field

Spam is the biggest challenge for email users. Our addresses are bought and sold to companies without our consent and sometimes we can receive dozens or hundreds of unwanted messages a day from companies offering us products we don’t want.

Therefore, being seen as not spam can be very challenging. One way to do this is to ensure your ‘from’ field is not that of an organisation but a recognisable individual to help beat spam filters and make your message look genuine to the subscriber.

2. The Subject Line

The subject line should be working hard on the message you want to provide. Forget the boring and generic subject lines like “RE: Your winter wardrobe needs” or “March Newsletter”. Instead, look for something that provides a benefit to the reader of your email. It could include the action you want them to take after reading your email.

Key action-inducing messages will increase the open and action rates of your emails, giving you a greater ROI.

Don’t be afraid to personalise your emails. Have their name within the subject line and perhaps in the copy of the email, which will make it appear as though the email was created just for them and therefore, more worthwhile for the subscriber to read.

3. Take advantage Of Your Space

Don’t waste the top of your email with text that is only stating the obvious. There is no value in ‘view this email in a browser’, place this at the bottom of the email instead. The top space should be for highly engaging and informative teaser text. Let the reader know what your email is about and what it will give them but keep some information back so they are intrigued about the rest of the content.

Alternatively, you could use this space to offer reassurance that the email is not spam and worth a good read.

4. Don’t Be Obsessed With Images

If you are selling business services, forget the images. Many business email users have firewalls and email client settings that restrict the download of pictures. Therefore, when they see your email in the preview screen, it can look messy and unattractive. If they don’t like the look of your email in the preview screen, they aren’t going to download those images.

Conclusion

Your emails are the key to selling online. They have the greatest ROI of any online marketing channel and can support your business’ revenue continuously. Just ensure you have the right design so that when people preview your emails, they want to open them up and read more.

What are your open rates like? What is your click through rate?

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7 Email Marketing Myths Debunked

Is it an email marketing myth, legend or truth?

Is it an email marketing myth, legend or truth?

When it comes to email marketing, there are several myths out there that can really restrict or obstruct you from using the communication channel for marketing. We thought we would debunk those myths straight away and give you the real lowdown on what you need to know.

So here are the top seven myths and the truth behind them.

1. Consumers Are Overloaded With Emails From Trusted Brands

In reality this is far from the truth. Once you’ve removed the spam emails and messages from friends, families and co-workers, most people receive very few emails. Research has shown that 60% of consumers receive 6 or less emails per day from trusted brands, while 40% receive 3 or less per day. Bearing in mind that 78% of consumers prefer to receive news of offers via email, this isn’t such a high number.

Therefore, you shouldn’t be worried about starting email marketing. If your audiences trust you then they will want to receive your messages.

2. Purchases Happen Immediately

This is again completely wrong. Email marketing has a very high ROI and is the best for digital marketing. However, not all sales are immediate. While 85% of all emails are opened within 48 hours of the email being sent, only 21% of the purchases are made within this time. Instead, 32% of consumers make a purchase two weeks after the email was sent.

This does mean that you have to be patient to see the results of email marketing campaigns. Don’t instantly think it is going to be a flop just because no-one has bitten yet. Instead wait two or three weeks to assess the true impact.

3. Shorter Subject Lines Work Better

There are many who believe that the shorter the subject line, the better the response will be. This isn’t always true. While there is evidence to suggest that shorter subject lines, those with less than 60 characters increase open rates, there is also evidence to demonstrate that subject lines over 70 characters increase the click through rate.

So consider what is more important to each campaign. Is it that people read it or that they click through to make a purchase? Then use that goal to determine how long the subject line should be.

4. Personalisation Has No Effect

There is a lot of information out there to support that personalisation has a massive impact on the reaction of the audience. Just by mail merging the name into the subject line and within the content you make the reader think the message is personal to them.

At the same time, you can segregate your email marketing campaigns so that only the most relevant people receive the content. This can prevent subscribers from leaving your list because you’ve sent them something they don’t need.

5. List Maintenance Is Just About Clearing Bad Data

There are people who become inactive on your list. But not everyone who is inactive is going to be uninterested in your services for a long time. Approximately 20% of your openers may not have opened another message in the past six months. Also, some software doesn’t pick up a read if the recipient doesn’t download any images in your email. Therefore, list maintenance needs to include re-engagement campaigns as well as removing the ‘dead wood’.

6. There Is A Solid Best Time For Email Marketing

This is complete rubbish. There are times that are best for sending out content to your list, but it is clearly dependent on your list and the audience. In fact, there might be two best times to send emails to your list if you have two very specific demographics that you market to. An example of this would be job boards who have to market to employers and job searchers. Both groups are likely to have different prime times for sending emails.

Determine when the best time is for your business through solid A/B testing.

7. The More Emails You Send, The Higher The Subscriber Rate

There is no evidence to suggest that the more emails you send, the higher the unsubscribe rate will be. In fact, the opposite has been found. When you send more than four emails a month you can expect that there will be double the number of opens. Therefore, you have been given double the chance to sell your products and create more revenue.

Conclusion

There are many email marketing myths. Don’t believe them all. Instead do your research and find the true statistics, see the benefits of email marketing and find what works with your audience. Then you can see the true power of email marketing and what it can do for your business.

What other email marketing myths have you heard? Do you believe them?

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5 Key Points For Writing Compelling Marketing Emails

notes-514998_1920Email marketing is one of the most important activities that your business, whether big or small, should be doing this year. It consistently has the highest return of any digital marketing channel and can be a real force to re-engage old prospects and customers to make consistent purchases with your business.

They are also easy to implement and monitor, meaning you can concentrate more on what matters to your business, the production.

Your email marketing campaigns will rely on several elements. However, one of them that will matter above all else is the writing of your email. If you don’t have good email copy, no one will pay attention to the offer you are presenting and your email remains just another message in a junk folder.

So how do you write compelling marketing emails? Here are our top five tips:

1. Actionable Copy

This is important within the copy of the email as well as the subject line. You want to give instructions to your email list to tell them what you want them to do after reading the email. For instance, words like ‘download’, ‘take’, ‘reserve’, ‘buy’, etc. are pretty good actionable words.

There are ways that you can tell the audience what to do without relying on verbs, which can provide you with extra room and seem less pushy. For instance, TicketMaster will send emails like “Don’t Miss Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band”. This doesn’t use a verb, but it indicates what actions you need (i.e. book tickets).

2. Write Content That Can Be Skimmed

Most people don’t really read their emails, just like blog posts. They skim read them looking for the really important pieces of information. You probably only have about five seconds to impress your reader and get them to understand what you want. Therefore, you need to write short and simple emails.

All your key points need to be bolded and bulleted so your audience can immediately see what is important. Next, you need to add a couple of call-to-actions so even if they miss the first, the second or third will attract their attention.

3. Talk About Benefits Rather Than Features

Small business owners and inexperienced sellers are often adept at talking about features and what’s included in a deal but these aren’t very convincing to prospects. Your audience doesn’t care that your product has the most powerful technology in the industry or can process commands in 1/600th of a second. For many that will have no meaning to them.

Instead you need to advertise the benefits to the customer of your product. Talk about how it can save them time, money or improve their life, social standing, etc. This is far more convincing.

4. Provide Proof

Email readers are often cynical of most emails they receive. Many of them will immediately assume that your email is spam or just selling them something, and this isn’t what they want in their inbox, despite email being the consumer’s most preferred marketing channel.

To avoid this cynicism you need to establish credibility and this can be done via proof. Show that you understand the consumer by using their language and buzzwords. To add to this, back up any claims with facts and numbers.

5. Personalise

There is nothing better in marketing than to provide a personal experience. People who see generic messages will often assume that the message has been sent to thousands of people with little relevance to them. However, by personalising the message, your reader will feel special; like they are the one who was chosen for your specific message.

There are many different ways to create personalised messages:

  • Include personalised information (name, business name, website information, etc.) within the subject line and content.
  • Segment your list for readers.
  • Send content at the right time for their location.

Conclusion

Email marketing is a great channel to sell your products and services. You can enhance your emails and get better returns if you write great copy. Consider the tips above to ensure that your emails are more engaging and convert more readers.

What are your writing tips? How do you convert readers into customers?

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How To Combine Blogging With Email Marketing For Best-Selling Results

Why email marketing and blogging should be combined!

Why email marketing and blogging should be combined!

Email marketing isn’t the only digital marketing channel that you should pursue. There are numerous different channels that can help sell your products and services and the effectiveness of these channels can be increased if they are combined.

One of the most effective marketing channels to combine with your email marketing campaigns is blogging. This marketing platform has a reputation to generate a lot of interest in your brand. Some of the most important statistics for blogging include:

  • Brands that prioritise blogging as a marketing channel are 13 times more likely to see a positive return on their investment.
  • Brands that blog generate 67% more quality leads.
  • The cost of blogging is limited to your time.
  • Companies who blog receive nearly double the amount of links back to their website.
  • Blogs are the fifth most trusted source of information online. (Source Hubspot)

With email marketing being one of the best ways to sell, combining the two can be a way to generate leads, instil trust between you and audiences and eventually sell to them.

How To Combine Your Blog To Your Email

One of the most effective ways to combine the two marketing channels is to use the blog to attract your customers with your blog posts (via search engines or social media) and then use a strong call to action in order to sign them up to your email list.

This is one of the most effective ways to grow your email marketing list – once they are on your list there is very little for your blog to do unless you reverse the process as well.

There are two options for this strategy. The first is to create content via your email marketing campaigns that you can then direct to content via your blog. For instance, creating a message about the top five tips that your readers can do to save money at home and then linking it to a longer version on your blog.

This option has the added benefit of you then being able to see what content is interesting your email marketing list. Then you can segregate your list better, sending them more relevant information and moving them faster down your sales funnel.

The second strategy is to create content on your blog as usual and just inform your email audience that you have created new blog content at the end of email marketing messages. This can be effective if you have a good writer and a strong blog message. You can also benefit from knowing what information your email marketing audience is interested in by what stories they are clicking through to.

The problem with this is that because the email marketing message is not optimised to your content, you could see a lower number of people click through. It can also detract from your general email marketing message and campaign. Therefore, your results are likely to be poorer.

What Is The Best Strategy For Combination?

As with all marketing, the best strategy for email and blogging combination is to plan ahead. Be sure that you are at least one week, if not longer ahead of your publishing schedule and you will always be able to create a powerful online marketing campaign that uses both blogging and email marketing.

In addition, by planning ahead you can create anticipation and excitement with your audiences, especially around new products and services.

Conclusion

Blogging and email marketing are two elements of the digital marketing sales process that can and should be combined for more powerful marketing campaigns. Whether you have it that blogging generates leads for your email system, you use blogs to discover what is interesting your email readers at present or you use a combination of both – there are numerous benefits of combining the two channels to make your business a greater success.

Do you combine email and blogging? What is your strategy?

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Take Action:

  • Write and publish a blog post.
  • Create an email marketing campaign to promote that blog post.
  • Segment your list based on those results.

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5 Tips for Writing Emails that Get Opened, Read, and Clicked

www-637005_1920Email marketing success is all about getting your emails opened, read and clicked. For a truly successful email campaign, all three of these things need to be done by the audience as different parts of your email contribute to the success of your email marketing campaigns and how your audience interacts with your emails.

Changing the design and the parameters of your email marketing campaigns can help you achieve better results. Knowing what to change can be difficult, especially if you don’t A/B test your email marketing campaigns.

Here are five of the best tips for writing emails that will get opened, read and clicked.

1. Personalisation

Personalisation comes in two forms: personalisation of the message and of the sender. By including the receivers name within the copy and subject line you are making the email more personal to the subscriber. Many reports have shown that doing this can increase the open rate of email marketing campaigns and by-pass spam filters.

At the same time, by having the sender of your email messages as you, instead of your company or you at your company, can also increase open rates. Likewise it helps to bypass spam filters.

2. Position Of The Call To Action

The common assertion is that the best location for the call to action is at the bottom of your email. However, very few people actually read the entire email – especially if you send long emails. Yet by having the call to action close to the top; either underneath the title or on the side of the email near the top, you will see more click throughs.

This is probably because people expect there to be more relevant information on your website and want to get there quickly. If they can’t see the call to action immediately, they are simply going to abandon the email.

3. Send Emails At Appropriate Times

There is a lot of research suggesting the best times for email marketing. However, this figure is really variable for different industries. Therefore, experiment with the timing of your marketing emails with A/B testing.

Remember it isn’t always about one element of the reader process (i.e. the click through rate) – consider the customer purchasing value and lifetime value in addition to the number of click throughs you get. You don’t want your emails to just be the excuse people use to skip some work.

Another good tip is to make sure that you are sending your emails at the right time for your audience. If you have an international audience, delay the sending of your emails until they are at the right time for the receiver’s location.

4. Less Words And Images

Even though you think that branding might look cool, sometimes the best emails are those that don’t use many images and are limited on the content. The idea is to get them to your website and sell from there. By using less wording on your page and having less for them to look at on your email, you are giving them less reason to abandon your email.

5. Send Relevant Information

If you have a wide range of services or products, it is unlikely that your subscribers are going to be interested in everything. Sending content and offers they’ve got no interest in is going to do you no good. Therefore, limit the emails you send to subscribers so that they are completely relevant to the receiver. Consider monitoring their behaviour on previous campaigns, website journeys and interactions with your sales teams and social media accounts. By focusing on understanding the audience better, you can send more targeted emails.

Conclusion

Your email campaigns rely on the interactions the emails have with your audience. By adjusting your email design to better suit the needs of your email’s recipients you can ensure that more of them will interact with emails by opening and reading them before clicking through to your website.

How do you improve open, read and click through rates? How are you going to improve these statistics in the future?

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