Are you really going to pretend that email marketing isn't one of the most important parts of your business? Are you kidding me? Okay.
For everyone else though, the data tells us that there are 4.3 billion, with a B, email users worldwide. With certainly more than half of the planet using email, your business can't afford to not have an email marketing strategy.
And unlike those social media platforms with their confusing features and constantly changing algorithm and no one liking your posts for whatever reason, email marketing is relatively straightforward. What's up?
In this blog, I'm going to teach you the basics of email marketing, setting you up with a foundation for success that can last for years. If you find this useful, be sure to like this blog and subscribe to my blogs.
So, how do you become a master email marketer? Put simply, it's divided into three steps. One, build your list. Two, maintain the health of that list. And three, email that list with valuable content every time. Let's start by building your list.
When building your email list, there's really one rule and one rule only. And that's, never buy or rent a list. And actually there are more rules, but let's just focus on that one for now.
Buying or renting an email list can lead to low open-rates, bad brand appearance, and even hefty fines from privacy protection agencies. So what should you do to build up a quality email list?
Well, here at blog, we built our email list by producing free ebooks that users discovered when searching for topics like introduction to data visualization or how to become an influencer.
Maybe you can offer free trial of your service or an online seminar or other experience. Whatever you offer, it needs to be something valuable enough to convince users to part with their personal email information.
In addition to the landing page, most websites will let you place a pop-up to collect email. Set one to appear after the user has spent some time on your site which indicates that they're receiving value and might be open to more information.
And if your business involves online ordering, make sure customers are prompted to opt into your email list when making a purchase. Why is it important that users opt in?
Well, having users opt in means they want to hear from you. It also keeps you compliant with the ever-stricter antispam policies being implemented by governments as well as email services themselves.
A double opt in is even more effective since it requires the user to open and click an automated email they receive when signing up. This not only prevents users from giving fake emails, but it also trains their email app to recognize quality messages from you.
And with that, we just got to the spam folder. Way to go. How you go about building your email lists, will set the stage for future success. But just as important is how you maintain your list.
This means periodically scrubbing your email list to remove emails that bounce or addresses that never open your emails. A good rule of thumb is to scrub your list every six to 12 months.
You might be wondering, what's the harm in emailing people who don't open them? Right? Why can't I just-- I should be able to do that, right? Well, another metric that email algorithms use to determine if something is spam, is the engagement ratio.
The more you send emails that never get opened, the more likely the email services will eventually categorize your emails as spam. Makes sense? The good news is that despite these increasing obstacles to email deliverability, the overall value of email marketing is actually on the rise.
In 2010, Digital Marketing Association put the return on email marketing at $40 for every dollar spent. By 2019, that return increased to $42 for every dollar spent. Why has the ROI gone up? Because I'm opening everyone's emails for them.
No. But actually though, a major reason is an increased use of segmentation in email marketing. Segmentation means dividing your email list into smaller groups so you can send each segment content specific to their interests.
You can segment your list by demographic data, like location, company size, or anything else that's important for your business. But the real email managers use what's called behavioral segmentation which is grouping based on how the user previously interacted with your brand. Things like previous purchases, lifecycle stages,
and customer loyalty. Creating triggered email flows for specific behaviors allow you to be responsive to your user's needs. So it's no wonder that 77% of email marketing ROI comes from these sorts of segmented, targeted trigger campaigns.
It's the best tool for getting your audience the valuable content they'll want to open because they know it's tailored to their interests. And that-- that's inbound, baby. Which brings us to our final step in mastering email marketing.
Send valuable emails. The average office worker receives around 120 emails per day. That is many. Out of that 120, 40 are important business emails that require a response. That leaves 80 other emails vying for attention. The only way to stand out is by having a super click bait title for the subject line.
That's a real tip. You should do that. No. The only actual ways to stand out by offering something your subscribers want to click on because it somehow improves their lives.
Think about a company like OpenTable who uses subscriber's past behavior to offer useful discounts or recommend new restaurants. Or Spotify who send regular emails notifying users of new music by artists they follow.
These are great examples of valuable emails that subscribers want to receive and are happy to open. One more useful tip. Whenever you're recommending something to your subscriber, be sure to remind them of the activity that triggered the recommendation.
That way they associate the good feeling of the previous experience with the new one you're offering. Now, when it comes to emails, conveying value starts with the subject line.
This can mean literally telling the recipient what they'll get from opening the email. And try to do it in 50 characters or less. Use those 50 characters to peak the customer's interest. Don't give everything away up front. Like me with Bobby Jenkins in the fourth grade. I gave him my Goku action figure.
And then he just-- he didn't talk to me anymore after that. Leave a bit of mystery so they'll feel compelled to open the email to no more. Just be sure that whatever you tease in the subject line is actually delivered in the body of the email. No one likes deceptive click-baity subject lines.
I was kidding before. And 69% of spam reports come from subject lines alone. So watch out. Now, you can also use the preheader. That is the first few words in the body of your email that get previewed in your inbox to support the subject line.
Most email marketing systems will allow you to set the preheader when you enter the subject line, so you don't have to worry about altering the actual body copy of your email.
And always A/B test your subject line so that each email you send, teaches you something for the next one. So all the messages from your email list have been delivered.
And thanks to your brilliant subject line and preheader, good job. Folks are itching to read what you sent them. So what are you going to say? Crafting killer email copy could be its own blog. Until that time, here's some tips. Tip number one.
Keep text neat and simple with the main point upfront. Use short sentences with lots of paragraph breaks. Save those verbose-think pieces for your blog. This is an email.
Tip number two. Write for your audience. Remember those list segments we made? This is why they're so important. And tip number three. Write in a friendly one-to-one style.
This isn't just a good way to treat your customers, it also helps for your email from getting tagged as spam. And speaking of spam, muniblogs keeps an extensive list of spam trigger words that you should avoid when writing email copy.
There will be a link in the blog description below. And if you don't click on it, I'll be sent to the spam folder. You should also run your email through a spam test before sending it, to make sure your formatting punctuation and fonts all pass through the filters.
There are plenty of free spam checkers online you can use. You'd be amazed how a few tiny tweaks can make a huge difference. So, when it comes to email marketing, sending valuable content in a compliant format to users who you know want to receive it, will allow you to execute successful campaigns for years to come.