8 Tips for Better Email Marketing

Email marketing is a valuable strategy that can increase your customer base and provide customer interaction, as well. There are so many different ways to use email marketing that it can be overwhelming. Here are some of the many benefits email marketing can bring to your business.

  1. Provide exclusive content in your marketing emails. By providing those on your mailing list with information not available on your site, your customers are more likely to read each message, and begin looking forward to them. Your customers will feel special and appreciated when they receive relevant information in your emails.
  2. To make sure your emails don’t turn people off, always seek permission before sending them out. Include a subscription button on your site, and encourage regular customers to have their friends sign up as well. If you’d like to give people some extra encouragement to subscribe, you could feature subscriber only deals.
  3. Ensure that you only email people who have opted in to your list. If you mail unknown recipients, your email may be perceived as spam. They will wonder if they know you and whether or not they care about what you’re offering. Oftentimes, these suspicious emails go straight to the trash and you see no benefit from them.
  4. Even though it should be obvious, it is important enough to state over and over: Never send unsolicited emails. You should have explicit permission from everyone you send marketing emails to. This is about more than trying not to upset them; a recipient who considers your email spam can cause trouble for you with your service provider.
  5. Provide your customers with useful tips or information in each marketing newsletter. Think of the newsletter as an opportunity to demonstrate your expertise in your field. Your customers will trust you more when they see how much you know and will be more likely to buy products or services from you.
  6. Make sure that your email subscribers know exactly what to expect from you. An excellent way to do this is to make your first email to every new subscriber a default informational message. You should lay out what sort of content you intend to send them, and also indicate the frequency of messages they can expect from you.
  7. Consider using text emails instead of graphically intense HTML emails for your campaign. You may be thinking that the graphics will engage your reader more, but it’s usually not the case. Many people today have trained themselves to delete emails with lots of imagery, assuming they are spam. As well, those images often trigger spam filters, meaning your message is never received by some people on your email list!
  8. You should try and build an email list the best that you can from networking in person as well as on the Internet. You should not buy or rent lists of names that you will email to drum up business. There is no guarantee that any of the people you contact will be interested and you may even end up getting reported to your email service provider.

As mentioned above, email marketing campaigns are a great way to reach out to your customers and expand your customer base. Hopefully these tips help you up your email game, and start increasing the value of your list.

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