Your About Us page. As marketer Bob Frady writes, “Customers don’t sign up for email, they sign up for your brand.” Email is merely a mechanism—your brand and offers are the backbone of your value proposition and a subscriber’s incentive to give you their email. If your About Us page is doing its job selling your company’s vision, it’s a great place to encourage customers to subscribe.
If you’re looking to take your visual experience a step further, try using interactive video in your emails. Interactive videos allow email recipients to control what happens on the screen. The technology uses “interactive hot spots” that enable viewers to click on links in the video, mouse over objects to reveal more information or choose the path they want the video storyline to take.
Sponsorship email campaigns are one component to a paid media strategy, which could also include pay-per-click (PPC), display advertising, mobile advertising, affiliate advertising, etc. In this paid media universe you have the benefit of being specific when describing the target audience you want to reach. For instance, you might want to focus only on Asian American females in the 30 to 40 years-old range.
Look for a point of diminishing returns. Where are your campaign investments providing value? At Marketo, inbound strategies like content marketing are the strongest channels, and should be maximized to a point; but beyond that, inbound tactics need to be supplemented with outbound, paid channels in order to create sustainable demand and generate new leads from your website.
Reengagement Emails — At FulcrumTech, we recommend running regular reengagement campaigns to help maintain a “clean” email list by identifying and keeping only those subscribers who are truly interested in hearing from your organization. Reengagement emails are sent to inactive subscribers—those who haven’t opened or clicked on an email in 6 months or more. For more information about how to use email to reengage inactive users, check out this previous FulcrumTech feature. These emails not only reduce your level of inactives, but also encourage clients to come back and buy.
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.
Automation is the hot topic of 2018. Most ESPs enable some level of email automation such as autoresponders. Autoresponders can be set to send a customized, tailored email to individual contacts when they carry out a specific action. For example, you can set autoresponders to send an email when your contact celebrates a birthday, or when someone subscribes for the first time, or even when someone buys an item from your website. Autoresponders save you time while delivering a personalized email service at scale.
Press releases are a marketing tool underutilized by most small businesses. A press release is typically associated with print publication, such as newspapers and trade magazines, but can be used by small businesses to communicate with customers, informing them of a particular new inventory item or promotion. Unlike a newsletter or catalog, press releases focus on one message and are designed to inform readers and entice them to visit the business online or in person.
Dedicated Resources: Sponsorship emails and management of the vendor relationship require a big marketing effort and tight control. “For this style of sponsorship to be successful there needs to be a dedicated team behind it that understands data, brand synergies, and the ability to unearth unseen co-branding opportunities,” writes Jackie Fast, Managing Director at Slingshot Sponsorship. If you have a small marketing team, it might be tough to take full advantage of sponsorship emails.
In addition to behavior on your site, you have another behavior that you’re tracking all the time: email behavior. You have a massive repository of information showing you email engagement statistics for your entire list (or at least you should, if you have the right email service provider). With all this information, you could set up a variety of emails to re-engage customers that have opened but haven’t clicked through, haven’t opened in a while, or are constantly clicking through but haven’t purchased.
The lifeblood of a small business comes from good customer service, and thank-you marketing emails are compelling and rewarding to patrons. Customers feel real value when a business takes the time to respond to their experience and ensure that all expectations were met. Thank-you emails should be customized to the consumer and include current and future offers, along with a small token of gratitude, such as a discount on the next purchase.
Welcome Emails — These are the automated responses an organization sends when a new subscriber joins an email list. Welcome emails have among the highest open rates of all types of emails, so be sure your welcome emails make a great first impression of your organization’s email-marketing program. These emails are a huge opportunity to upsell, build credibility and trust, and enhance your brand. According to a 2012 study by Silverpop, one-third of U.S. online retailers fail to send a welcome email. This is your chance to have the recipient white-list your email as well as to improve your deliverability and stand out from your competition!
Another thing you could do is partner with another company to create an asset and share the leads with each other. Klientboost, a PPC agency, did this when they were trying to grow their sales leads. They partnered with the company Invoca, a call-tracking company, as a way to get in front of their target audience. This was one of the main ways that Klientboost grew their revenue from $0-1M in a year.
Transactional emails are usually triggered based on a customer’s action with a company. To be qualified as transactional or relationship messages, these communications' primary purpose must be "to facilitate, complete, or confirm a commercial transaction that the recipient has previously agreed to enter into with the sender", along with a few other narrow definitions of transactional messaging. Triggered transactional messages include dropped basket messages, password reset emails, purchase or order confirmation emails, order status emails, reorder emails and email receipts. The primary purpose of a transactional email is to convey information regarding the action that triggered it. But, due to its high open rates (51.3% compared to 36.6% for email newsletters), transactional emails are an opportunity to engage customers: to introduce or extend the email relationship with customers or subscribers, to anticipate and answer questions or to cross-sell or up-sell products or services.
Choose whether emails are sent as new messages to each recipient or as replies to your last conversation with each recipient. If you have no prior conversation with a recipient, the email will be sent as a new message. If you do have a prior conversation with the recipient, the email will be sent as a reply, and the Subject of your email campaign will be ignored, since the Subject of the last conversation will be used.