Written by Talana Morris on Wednesday, April 26th, 2017
We are often approached by clients who are interested in reaching their customers and targets through email marketing, but they aren’t sure how to get started. The very first thing you must do to engage in email marketing is build your target list.
It’s best to build your list organically to ensure you’re sending email only to those who asked for it. In the long run, this can improve your open and engagement rates because you aren’t sending to a large list of people who aren’t interested in what you have to say. Plus, email marketing service providers are sticklers for CAN-SPAM compliance and want to be sure their customers are only sending to contacts that have opted in.
Keep in mind that methods for building lists can vary depending on what your product/service offering is and whether or not you are targeting businesses or consumers. Here are some suggestions to get you started.
Growing your list organically is great! But, be sure you aren’t losing subscribers along the way. You want to watch your unsubscribe and spam rates. Most of the email provider services will have guidelines for the typical rates by industry so you can have a benchmark.
Avoid this loss challenge by ensuring your emails are effective. Don’t pack too much in, and keep the subject matter relevant to your audience. And, make sure that the mobile version is easy to read.
Give careful consideration to frequency as well. Don’t send a weekly email just to be sending something out. You should have something worthwhile to share. Keep focused on quality, not quantity, and you should be able to maintain and grow your list.
Our client, The Maddox Shop, engaged us to assist with marketing their intimate apparel store that has been in business for more than 80 years. While they provide very personalized service in store and keep records on all of their customers, including purchases, sizes, etc., they had never collected email addresses. We recommended implementing methods for gathering customer email addresses so we could begin emailing them about upcoming sales and other topics.
We started from ground zero in July 2014. Through implementing a customer rewards program, as well as adding website and Facebook sign up forms, we’ve grown the list entirely organically to more than 7,000 people in just under three years. Email is now a vital part of their overall marketing strategy and has led to an increase in sales since it began.
If your business is ready to engage in email marketing, but you need some help building your list or coming up with an overall strategy, give us a call. We’d love to help you.