Archive for November, 2016

7 Steps to an Effective Email Campaign

November 8th, 2016

Every email your business sends has the potential to build relationships and boost sales. Emanager has created a guide that breaks down seven components of an email. With this handy information, you’ll be on your way to creating successful email campaigns in no time with Emanager.

1. From label

We start with the “from” label. Everyone pays attention to where an email comes from, it’s the first thing a person sees when they scan their inbox. Since this is such an important piece of inbox real estate, you want to make sure that the from label matches your company name, or whoever your recipient signed up to hear from when they subscribed to your list. This helps easily identify an email’s source.

2. Subject line

When an email lands in your inbox, you decide whether or not you’re going to open it in a matter of seconds, right? One of the things you base your decision on is the subject line. Your subscribers do the same. This is why subject lines are so important. You could offer your customers the best deal or information in the world, but if you have a poorly written subject line, your customers won’t get far enough to take advantage of that great deal.

Tips to creating subject lines:

Keep it short. Stick to 40-50 characters. Don’t overuse punctuation (i.e. !!!) or symbols. Don’t use all caps. Don’t repeat the from label. Do make it interesting.

3. Pre-header

The pre-header is like a subject line’s sidekick. It’s the first line of text in your email. Some email programs, like Gmail or mobile phones, include the pre-header after the subject line so the reader can get a little more information before opening the email. See the grey text after the subject line? That’s the pre-header it’s another way to grab attention. Whether it’s displayed next to the subject line or not, that first sentence in your email is vital. You want customers to keep reading. Try to write something that builds on the subject line and tells readers exactly what the email is about.

4. Content

Now it’s time to get to the meat of your email marketing: content. The message that you create should provide value to your customer. Teach them about your business, offer a promotional deal, or keep them informed about new products or services. Whatever your goal is, make sure the content is succinct and informative. To set your emails apart from the rest, make a commitment to quality. Create content your customers want to read and then keep it coming. You want your customers to look forward to your emails. Importantly, every email should be error-free. You don’t want to sink your credibility with an email that’s riddled with misspellings and grammatical errors. You’ll also want to vary the kind of content you send. You can’t fill your customers’ inbox with dozens of promotional emails. If you try to sell too hard, you’ll push customers away. Offer an array of content. It helps the company build a relationship with customers. From product tips to a company newsletter, the name of the content game is diversity.

5. Call to action

The point of every email is to get subscribers to take some kind of action. Whether you want them to make a purchase or take an online survey, a clear call to action makes it easy for the recipient to follow through. When you’re creating an email, ask yourself, “What do I want the recipient to do?” If the answer is to make a purchase, you could include a “Shop Now” button in the email. If you want customers to take a survey, you would include a link that takes the recipient directly to the questionnaire. The main thing to remember when creating the call to action is that it should be clear. We’re talking blatantly obvious. Take a look at this email. The call to action is easy to identify. Recipients click on the “Shop now” button, which takes them directly to the online retail mecca in seconds. One of the best ways to create a clear call to action is to use a clickable button.

Tips to creating a strong call to action:

Keep it short: A call to action should be no more than five words; most are only two words. You want something that’s simple and effective. Use active language: You want customers to act now, not two days from now. Use active words to get your customers moving. Phrases like “Purchase now” or “Try our new service today” are good examples. Create a sense of urgency: Give customers a reason to act now. For instance, put a limited time frame on deals so customers won’t wait.

6. Images

There’s an old saying that a picture is worth a thousand words, and it especially holds true in email marketing. Using an image in an email is a great way to appeal to your customer’s visual nature. One of the easiest ways to incorporate images is to highlight your product or service. This email wouldn’t be nearly as effective without the pictures of the product. The images give customers an idea of what the new product looks like. It’s invaluable information for customers and gives them a reason to shop. If you’re trying to market something that isn’t product-related, such as a service, you have to think outside the box. For instance, think about whom your product or service helps and try to use an image that relates. The image complements the text. That should be your goal.

7. Social media buttons

Don’t forget to include social media buttons in your email. You want your customers to engage with your brand as much as possible, so make it easy for them to check out your feeds. Place the Facebook, Twitter and YouTube options near the bottom of your email.

 

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Our online marketing practices will get your website found, noticed, and convert visitors into customers. Our SEO and SEM experts on staff spend hours making sure your website is found by potential customers. Build a successful online presence using social media platforms that include Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and You Tube that communicate your message to your target audience in real time. Contact us to attend one of our workshops and stay ahead of the curve using social media platforms and other online marketing strategies that grow your business. Providing you with the best practices that improve online business all around, you’ll be well on your way to improving your bottom line.

 

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