Everybody knows the importance of building an email list. Without an email list, you don’t have a business.
If you build your audience on any social media platform, you are at their mercy. They can change the rules any time, put new restrictions in place, or even ban you from accessing your own data. With email though, you are in control. You get to contact your people any time you want, as many times as you want. You own your list. Nobody can make you do anything you don’t want or take it away from you. Read more
A/B testing is a simple enough concept but one that doesn’t quite get the traction that it deserves. Knowledgeable marketers and designers will utilize this practice as it provides valuable insights into visitor behavior and it can lead to an increase in conversion rates. Read more
Want to develop an email strategy, but don’t know how to break free from purely Ad-Hoc email blasts? Planning your emails is a great first step in bringing more structure (and a bit of breathing room) to your email marketing. Last time I wrote about the email marketing calendar, I got some questions. Read more
The advantage of email marketing is that it’s fast. Very fast. You can quickly deploy thousands or millions of emails with the touch of a button. Voilà! They’re in the inbox of your subscriber (provided you have good email deliverability). There’s no printing, no media to be bought and no long production lines. Read more
Designing your email newsletter has always been an art. Well maybe we also need to add a bit of science and a lot of common sense. But it is still an art; there are so many choices you can make in content, timing, personalization. Also the way the final email will look can have many variations. We all know the presentation of your mail can have big impact on your results and conversions, but the effectiveness of your email newsletter begins one step before that: by planning your email layout. Read more
‘Til Unsub Do We Part. The relationship between email marketers and their subscribers is a lot like marriage. You go through a courting phase (signup)… a honeymoon phase (welcome program)… a rut phase (when interest is lost)… but hopefully not a divorce (unsubscribe) phase. Read more
Persuasive copy and attention-grabbing pictures aren’t enough anymore. Lately, standard sales pitches and product presentations fall flat. That’s why more and more email marketers are reaching out for non-standard strategies and a broader approach. Of them all, video in email turns out to be exceptionally effective. Today’s infographic presents some ideas on how to do it right. Read more
Think for a second about all the non-work related and personal emails you received in your inbox this morning. I am talking about all the newsletters you are subscribed to, the blogs you follow and the businesses whose lists you are on. Which ones of those emails did you click right open? Which ones did you delete straightaway? Read more
On July 1st, 2014 we’re going to see a dramatic change when it comes to sending out emails to Canadian IP’s. That’s right, it is the inevitable coming of CASL (Canada’s Anti-Spam Act). Most businesses that advertise, sell, or get customers through emails are at the edge of their seats screaming bloody Mary. However, if you know your facts, you can prepare and calmly await the day that changes all.
Email marketing is different from other marketing channels because you can almost immediately track responses and trends. However, in terms of planning, email marketing is really quite similar to other channels. It requires a great deal of strategy and forethought. Read more