You have a wealth of tools to choose from when developing an online marketing strategy, and there’s no doubt that certain tactics are more effective than others depending on the channel. However, there aren’t many content marketing formats that are successful across multiple channels and numerous campaigns. Email marketing is the exception to that principle, as it’s one of the best tools you can count on for purposes of ROI. Here’s why email is so useful and some tips on what you can do to harness that power.
Your Sender Score, a ReturnPath metric to gauge your reputation as an email sender, is pretty important. It determines whether or not the door to recipient inboxes is open to your email communications and whether or not you’re even a welcome visitor. Heck, it determines whether or not you can even knock on that door as email marketers with poor Sender Scores are often not permitted anywhere near the premises! They either have their emails shunted to a spam folder automatically or recipient ISPs outright refuse the delivery of their messages entirely. Your Sender Score is pretty serious business.
The job of cultivating donors, engaging target audiences, and building personal relationships are all crucial to achieving fundraising success. With each step in the process, it’s easy to lose sight of the single-most important part of increasing fundraising and volunteerism: conveying gratitude. Below are 7 practices to help you focus on the donor experience, as well as develop and strengthen donor relationships by cultivating an attitude of gratitude:
A properly implemented email marketing campaign works much like a well-oiled machine. It’s effective, only requires a moderate amount of supervision and it produces results. And with little actual effort from its operators beyond its initial setup, no less. When you send out an individual mailing, it’s not this long, drawn out experience. You set things up the one time and it just hits the ground running, pretty much on its own.
Make email truly work for you through the power of automation. With it, you can set up and deploy a multitude of microcampaigns comprised of one-off messages sent in response to predetermined triggers like purchases being made, anniversary dates being reached, or sign ups getting generated. No more hovering over the SEND button and waiting for such events to turn up. Nope. The campaigns just run themselves and they hit SEND for you.
Increase engagement through relevant targeted marketing communications driven directly by user behavior, profile or demographics — in real-time. Automating your emails is a great way to increase the success of your email marketing program, improve customer service and strengthen relationships. As compared to other email campaigns, automated event-triggered messages are the most effective at driving revenues because they are immediate.
The problem that many businesses today face when it comes to email marketing is talking to the right people at the right time. It can be difficult for a company to understand exactly what type of message their prospects need to hear: after all, someone learning about the products or services that your company offers has different needs than someone who is comparing you to a competitor that they already know about.
Not too long ago, one of our clients was asking about the best way to roll out a lifecycle marketing campaign (LCM or drip). For those of you who are not aware of what an LCM campaign is – it is an email marketing technique for sending multiple messages to a group of subscribers in an automated fashion. This client’s goal was to increase qualified leads in order to boost sales.
Email marketing is still one of the most effective channels to nurture prospects due to its low cost, and the willingness of buyers to receive email from companies with whom they already have some kind of relationship. According to DemandGen Report, nurtured leads produce, on average, a 20% increase in sales opportunities versus non-nurtured leads. The following lead nurturing best practices will help you build relationships with your prospects:
- Get their permission. Before sending marketing messages to your prospects, be sure to ask for their explicit permission, preferably via double opt-in, so they do not see it as unsolicited email or spam. This shows respect by giving your prospects a choice, which will set the tone for relationship building and partnership. The success of your email marketing campaign depends on this more than anything else.
- Automate your lead nurture strategy. Implement automatically triggered campaigns (a series of automated emails called a “drip” campaign) that deliver consistent brand messages at specified time intervals and when leads reach certain milestones. Drip marketing is a strategy that will help you keep your company fresh in your recipients’ minds until they’re ready to buy. Over time, as prospects respond, you’ll learn more about their needs and interests.
The managing of customers in your database is of equal if not greater importance than the management of the products and services you generate. Careful monitoring and review of the relationship fostered between you and your customers plays a critical role in retaining their business. Consider how wants and needs might differ among them, and how those differences might influence their purchasing patterns and behaviors. Over time, it becomes apparent that some customers are more valuable than others and purchase more often and make larger purchases (and by that same logic, it may be revealed that other customers may not be worth quite as much as the attention they have been receiving thus far). So it’s important for companies to understand the needs of customers within different profitability tiers and adjust their service levels accordingly.