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If you do use your own email provider, you will create your message and input the email addresses just as you do for your everyday email. This is the only way to send email for free forever, but it's also the least effective and can cause problems associated with spam email (see Resources). Take a look at the email broadcast software available as well. Email distribution software can be just as effective as a mass email program.
Now open a new browser tab and log into your Gmail account. Click Compose to open a new message. Type a title in the subject field and compose the body of your message. Then type $%headername% anywhere you want to insert column data from your spreadsheet. For example, type Dear $%First Name% if you want each email to use the recipient’s first name in the greeting. Once you’re done, click X to close the message, and it will automatically save to your Drafts folder.
If you design emails on your own email platform, you’ll need to be proficient in coding and willing to spend a lot of time making sure that you’ve got it exactly right on every email. But with an email marketing services provider, you can rely on the templates to keep everything lined up and coded correctly. Don’t forget that about half of all emails today are opened on mobile devices. Email marketing services help make sure that your email will render correctly on every device.
If your website has a portal for visitors to log into, make sure that when your subscribers request a password change, they receive timely, personalized, and clear instructions regarding the password reset procedure. Moreover, with the prevalence of phishing activities, adding a link or email where they can report unauthorized password requests strengthens your credibility. This email from Treehouse has clear instructions on how to perform a password reset, an alternate link, and a contact email for any issues that come up.
Lead generation email campaigns are a series of emails based on varying first points of contact. Whether a new user has visited a company’s site or requested more information, a well-crafted automated drip campaign can turn those leads into sales. Use of an email marketing platform can help lead a prospect through a company’s sales process and drive them back to the products or services they viewed while using the company’s website initially.
To generate brand loyalty and develop a brand persona, companies can write newsletters to connect with their audience. Newsletters should be reflective of brand language and tone while reaching out to subscribers on a personal level. Companies often discuss business enhancements, highlight employee additions or successes, link to new website content, share pictures of office outings, and even ask trivia questions – anything to engage with their audience outside of a sales-driven strategy. It is best to plan these campaigns on a monthly or quarterly basis for consistency to remind subscribers of the human quality of the business. Build trust through interesting communication that is not directly intended to drive specific sales.
As their name suggests, these emails are used to nurture leads through the marketing funnel into a position of sales readiness. For example, let's say you sent your list a marketing offer email. You might then set up a lead nurturing workflow that triggers another email about a complementary offer or piece of content to everyone who converted on that initial offer. The logic is simple: By identifying a particular group of contacts that you already know are interested in a specific topic, you and can follow up with more relevant and targeted content that makes them more likely to continue their relationship with you.
Email marketing is an important marketing tool for any small business. Let’s get that on the table up front. Although it may not be as glamorous as social media marketing platforms like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Instagram, it has proven to be more effective for delivering conversions and higher ROI. When small businesses are looking for a cost effective, shareable, measurable form of marketing, the benefits of email marketing place it right at the top of the list.