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Email Trends

Email keeps evolving despite naysayers’ warnings that it is going away. Every year email continues to be ranked as an important tool marketers turn to for communicating with prospects and customers. Email marketing progresses as more data points, technology and insights provide a deeper understanding that marketers can channel into their strategies. With over 2.8 billion people worldwide using email as a digital communications tool, it’s worth marketers’ time to stay on top of the latest trends. Both small and large businesses report positive ROI with each of their email dollars bringing in an average return of $44. This is why email beats out every other platform in turns of performance over the past years. Clearly, there is a tremendous ...

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Email Marketing

Email marketing remains one of the few media where you can engage with customers who signed up to communicate with you and are truly interested in your company. Reaching an audience who has agreed to receive your messages is becoming more and more rare these days. While social media is a necessary marketing channel, you’re not necessarily reaching people who are always interested in you. This makes email marketing an important tool. A recent State of Email Marketing in 2018 survey report by Clutch looks at how and why companies utilize email communication. Taking a look at the results might help other companies consider objectives that fit their organization as well. Almost three-quarters of businesses across most industries utilize email ...

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If you’ve found direct mail working well for your company, you may be ready to expand your reach and attain more prospects through a rented mailing list. The two overall categories of rented lists are complied lists and response lists. For most businesses response-bases lists will be the way to go. So let’s focus our efforts on what you need to know about this type of list. A rented list is complied of individuals who have responded, inquired, or purchased in the past from a company with similar products and services as yours. There are five overall subcategories for rented lists: Inquiry – these people have responded to an offer maybe viewed on TV, from a display ad, radio announcement ...

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Inbound Marketing Primer

The term “inbound marketing” originated on Hubspot years ago, but it’s still critical for marketers today. You earn the customer or consumer’s interest, often in a more targeted way, rather than blasting it to the masses via traditional marketing. 4 Phases in the Buying Process There are 4 phases in the a typical buying process: (1) attract, (2) convert, (3) close, (4) delight. The first step involves attracting strangers to your website, turning them into visitors. Then, in turn, interested visitors are turned into leads. You then attempt to close those leads, turning them into customers. Keep customers happy, and they’ll promote for you. Image Source: https://www.hubspot.com/inbound-marketing Step 1: Attract The best ways to attract new visitors include: blogging, SEO, ...

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Email Marketing Strategy in 2018: 3 Other Important Things to Consider (Part 2) image

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Okay, so hopefully by now you understand that data is crucial above all else. What else do we have in store for you? Crafting your brand story, implementing AI, and settling the debate on whether or not you should emojis and gifs in your emails. Tell a Story Discounts and promotions may encourage one-time sales, but creating a personal relationship with your customers is what will keep them loyal and with you for the long haul. Use your email as a storytelling technique. Give them a behind-the-scenes look at your business, talk about its roots and day-to-day, highlight its employees and customers, talk about company values, and describe any of your community-related activities. Humanizing your business breaks down the wall ...

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Email is still going strong in 2018, so how can you best utilize it? In Part 1, we’ll explore how to best use data – a cornerstone for all of your email marketing (and beyond). Then we’ll break down 3 other important lessons in Part 2. Data’s (Still) Your Best Friend Data is so easy to gather and its benefits can’t be denied. You’re better able to determine which emails work, which don’t, and why. You can easily segment your marketing and create a strategy more tailored to your customers individually. Here’s some of the best ways you can gather and use data. Define and Segment Your Audience You’ll likely gather three types of important audience information: demographic, geographic, and ...

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Email Marketing

Email marketing. Some may consider this to be old-school already. But we’re here to tell you, it’s alive and well and you should be doing it too. While it may not be the shiny new toy on the shelf, email marketing has a proven track record of consistently working. It is an affordable tool that more times than not provides a better ROI than Google AdWords and Facebook ads. For small businesses and start-ups in particular, it’s become a lifeline to growing their business. According to Forrester data, small businesses allocate about 10 percent of their marketing budgets on email marketing, which totaled approximately $2.8 billion in 2017. That’s a good thing because Forrester also reports that consumer email attitudes ...

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Our last blog discussed forming email strategy goals and a target audience. Here, we’ll re-visit 5 of our best practices from 2014, because the same ideas ring true today: (1) strategic subject lines, (2) avoiding spam filters, (3) calls-to-action, (4) mobile-optimizing, and (5) personalization. We’ve ramped it up with some current stats and facts. Use Strategic Subject Line Keywords To start, subject lines are the first thing customers see, so if you want a customer to open your email, it’s important to carefully craft a good subject. Focusing on subject line keywords, we take a look at how 6 common keywords perform: “You” – opened 5% less than those without “Free” – opened 10% more than those without “Quick” – ...

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Email Marketing Strategy

Don’t be so quick to blame email marketing for your woes. It may not be email itself, but rather, how you send email. Email open-rates may be underwhelming, but email has a ROI of 3800%, higher than any other digital form of marketing. So clearly, email can be very successful. What’s important is what you do with it. Your first step is to identify who your audience is. Identify Your Target Audience In order for your campaigns to be successful, they need to be clearly targeted. Use these questions to identify who you are sending to: What is your ideal subscriber like? Think demographics. Are they male or female? How old are they? Are they married or single? Do they ...

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Email marketing may not be the flashiest or newest form of digital marketing, but it’s tried and true and still extremely effective. One potential challenge, however, is making your email stand out. Consumers filter through their emails every day, clicking only what interests them, and ignoring or deleting the rest. How can you avoid being filtered out? Check out these 5 great examples of email marketing. 1. Personalize like Poncho. Poncho provides customizable emails that are both cute and clever. it offers updates on your commute and weather, complete with short bits of text and gifs. They’ll even tell you how it will affect your hair that day. Overall, a great way to provide personalized emails to subscribers. 2. Do ...

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One of the most important changes in marketing is coming to an inbox near you.  No, it’s not Content Marketing World in September, or one of the thousands of emails from your LinkedIn Groups.  No, this upcoming change could cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars if improperly planned.  This act, the Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL), was created with users in mind, and hopes to reduce the amount of unsolicited Email in Canadian inboxes from British Columbia to Newfoundland.  How can you prevent fines and penalties as a result of CASL? What is the Canadian Anti-Spam Law (CASL)? The Canadian Anti-Spam Law is Canada’s law prohibiting the distribution of unsolicited and unrelated email, passed in December 2010 and, following a Governor ...

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Email marketing, proves time and time again to be one of the most effective avenues in digital marketing. We gathered information from industry experts in email marketing to bring you the following 2014 Email Marketing Facts, Figures, Statistics, and Best Practices. A special thanks to FlightMedia, who brought together the “Ultimate Guide to Mastering Email Marketing in 2014,” we would like to share the best practices in email marketing for this year. We took the facts and statistics from this post and developed them into a simple B2B Friendly blog that will hopefully change the way you look at email marketing. The most recent averages from all 2013 Email Benchmark Reports (with an analysis of over 2.5 Billion emails) reports ...

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As referenced in our last blog, Email Marketing Basics, email marketing is still growing in use, and can be effective in reaching otherwise elusive prospects, and extremely measurable. But like all marketing tactics, there are email best practice techniques to realize the best return on your marketing investment (MROI). To support your success with email, the Modern Marketing University shares 6 Email Essentials for Successful Campaigns including email list development, email design, email software and email service providers, email timing and frequency, email testing and campaign measurement. 1) The Email List The foundation of any email (even direct mail) campaign or program is the list. Obviously, home-grown customer lists have the highest potential for opening, followed by opt-in email lists from a variety of ...

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Rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated! Email is not dead. On the contrary, email marketing is growing! According to a 2011 survey by BtoB magazine, 63% of respondents were likely to increase spending on email in 2011 (second only to websites) with 29% keeping spend constant. Also, The Email Marketing Institute recently released Q1 2012 email results stating, “North America Email Trends and Benchmarks Results showed a 21.4% increase in average volume per client from Q1 2011 to 2012.” This blog will cover some background on email marketing, why you should consider email, and provide a Glossary of Email Terms. Our next blogpost, 6 Essentials for Successful Email Campaigns, shares details on email list development,  email design, email ...

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