Remember when you got your first email address? Maybe it was at work; maybe it was through Compuserve, Prodigy, or AOL. You dialed a local number from home, sometimes several times to get a free line, then waited while the email crawled in. “You’ve got Mail” was a happy time back then. A lot has changed over the last few years, and the term “email” has become a noun, a verb, and sometimes a curse word. With all the filters, privacy tricks, and even laws to protect us, email has certainly taken on a life of its own, and there are a lot of folks around the world always trying to get around these various barriers causing the rest of us to be on the continual defensive.
Email Marketing Campaigns
Some people try to use social media to attract recipients to their email marketing campaigns. They even use websites like YoutubeStorm to grow a larger audience on social media and allow for a larger and more effective email marketing campaign.
I bet you occasionally get a good or at least necessary email, though, even today. Like a hole in one on the golf course (I’ve never gotten of those), it’s enough to keep you going back and slugging through the rest for that relatively rare gem.
While I am not in a position to solve all of our issues with email today, I can report to you that on a dollars earned to dollars spent basis, email marketing for business is more than twice as profitable ($45.65 for each dollar spent) as the next most profitable direct marketing you can do which is internet advertising ($20.19 / $1) according to a study done in 2007 by the Direct Marketing Association. The numbers continued to decrease for newspapers, direct mail, telemarketing, and so on. Yep, in spite of what you may have heard about open rates (always lower than we’d like) and automatic filters (they can tend to keep out honest messages as much as malicious ones), email marketing is extremely cost-effective.
Tips On Using Email Marketing Effectively
If you want to have a successful marketing campaign through email, follow these tips:
1. Do NOT buy lists.
There are plenty of better ways to get the email addresses of people that are actually interested in what you have. Start by asking your existing customers. Make a habit of collecting email addresses along with any other data you collect. Offer to give something in return. Clearly and openly divulge your intended use of the addresses as you get them.
2. Do NOT send emails too frequently.
The correct frequency will be related to the value you are offering. Don’t send them just to send them, but have a purpose, and one that has perceived value in the mind of the recipient.
3. Do NOT abuse your list.
Those who give up their email address to you do so with a level of trust. If you violate that trust, you will lose them and probably sooner rather than later.
Using technology can be frustrating at times, but it is not going away, so we can either try and run the other way and get crushed, or we can learn to use it effectively and prosper with the best going into the future. There is no better time to get a handle on this not-so-new but continually evolving technology.