Of course, email marketing isn't new; we've been doing it for over 10 years now. But according to some of the latest research into email marketing, over 70 percent of email marketers say the impact of it is increasing, not decreasing.
Anyone who uses email marketing techniques can tell you, getting through spam filters is part of the battle. While text-only emails received the poorest return-on-investment numbers, some ISPs are now blocking HTML emails and only allowing text emails to get through (notably BellSouth).
It's a quandary: produce newsletters that will get through filters, or produce newsletters that get results? I wish I could tell you otherwise, but truly, there are no easy answers to this question. However, here are some tips that might help you to think differently about your campaigns:
- Instead of a full newsletter or a long email, consider the "postcard" format for an email; email postcards received 75% higher click rates.
- Higher ROI tweaks include testing your email campaign with an A/B split, altering your subject line, having a specific landing page for your campaign (instead of merely sending them to your normal home page); and re-sending the same email message two weeks after sending the first one (especially if your email software can send it to only those people who did not open the first email)
- Consider putting your call to action in your subject line (register for the class, sign up for the discount coupon, call for a free quote)
- While 65 percent of emails now come with suppressed images, a large majority of users will manually turn those images on. This means that you should include images in your email campaigns.
- According to MarketingSherpa.com survey results, once-a-month mailings actually have less impact than shorter, weekly mailings.
- Consider segmenting your email mailing campaigns between customers and prospects, tailoring the message to them based on whether they've purchased from you before or not.