The objective of marketing is to spark interest, provoke curiosity for the products and services and generate sales of the goods. Email marketing is just what you think – sending messages to existing or potential customers via email. Email marketing is an extremely powerful and effective marketing technique; it is also one of the most cost effective ways to tell the world about the products and services you offer. It’s much cheaper than a traditional advertising and may have a larger impact on immediate sales and long-term relationship strength.
Email marketing makes it possible for a seller and a buyer to communicate quickly and easily with one another creating a trust relationship. It’s “good” email marketing. But we must admit that there is a reverse side of email marketing. Yes, I mean Spam. Not all email marketers are warm and fuzzy. There are many among them who send unsolicited email promotions. Sending spam ruins a good reputation of any legitimate company or organization and can turn your happy customers into your worst enemies.
So, if you value your fair name and want to build a long-term relationship with your clients remember the rule number one of email marketing – not send unsolicited email.
Send permission-based email messages. The core of permission-based email marketing is that effective, targeted email messages are sent to a carefully controlled list of recipients who gave you the permission to contact them. It means that people on your list requested that you send them emails. And you would be wiser if you ask them to confirm their wish to be added to your list just to ensure that they didn’t subscribe by mistake, or that someone else didn’t subscribe them to your list. All this will serve you as a proof that you are not spamming. Permission-based email marketing allows you focusing on the prospects and customers who are really interested in what you are offering and are more than willing to become repeat customers.
Permission-based email campaign outlines Where to start from? How to collect people for a permission-based email campaign? How to manage a list of collected recipients? Every intelligent email marketer asks himself these obvious questions. We’ll review the process of putting a successful permission-based email campaign into effect below:
1) Get a system to manage your email marketing subscribers and mailings. You’ll need bulk email management software that will allow you create newsletters, manage subscribes, unsubscribes, bounces, and view reporting statistics like opens and clickthroughs. You can buy a program and run your email campaign yourself, or you can pay someone else to run it for you.
2) Create a sign-up form on your web site so you can start collecting subscribers. If you already have any lists of subscribers that have requested your communications, import those lists into you email management software.
3) Design a good email template for your newsletters. If you are not a HTML email designer, you can choose a template provided with email software, or hire someone else to create a template for you. G-Lock EasyMail provides you with several email templates within the software that can be used free of charge. A rich library of email templates is here: http://www.hotemailtemplates.com/
4) Compose the content for your newsletter. Your newsletter must contain your logo, information on your products and services, and links to your web sites. Send only a quality relevant content. Do not send meaningless emails. Check the spelling of your message carefully. Have someone else read it too.
5) Test your email newsletter. It would be smart to test your email message before sending it out to the world. Send it to yourself or to your associates to ensure that it looks like you expected.
6) Send your newsletter to your list. Think about the frequency of the email newsletter you will be sending. We recommend that you send a newsletter once a month at least. You can certainly send multiple newsletters if you sell different types of products, or have multiple email lists with relevant customers. You can also send promotional messages from time to time offering a discount coupon for a product or service, or providing your customers with the information they may be interested in. Sending your newsletters with a consistent frequency will let your subscribers know that you are in business and care about them. As your list grows, you will notice increased traffic (and increased sales) on the day of and the days following an email send.
7) Manage your bounces and unsubscribes. It’s nice if your email management software does this automatically. Do not send the messages to bounced email addresses, or to people who unsubscribed.
Wisely and correctly done email marketing can give you a great return for less investment of time and money.