Think about the information that pertains to your customers’ interests, desires, and needs. That could be colorful, opinionated commentary on your industry, original content, sharing resources like software and books or simply things you think are cool. Whatever it is, though, make sure it’s tailored to your brand and the unique offerings and benefits of working with you, as well as the issues you deal with, and the problems you solve in your industry.
Build your email list. The three most important groups to market to via email are your current customers, past customers, and prospective customers. Use a spreadsheet to create a database of their names and email addresses. If you don’t already have the email addresses, you’ll need to start collecting them. To build your list, use your website, storefront, front desk, and every phone call to request your visitor's email address.
Get into the mind of your customers and ask yourself: What do they want to receive in their inbox? What will they get in return for giving you their email address? What is your call to action? Make sure you communicate “what’s in it for them;” be as specific as possible, so your customers know what they are signing up for. You do not want them to be disappointed once the emails start coming in. In other words, consider the value you are providing. For example:
To avoid having your customers lose interest, we do recommend sending a newsletter more than once per month. According to the Direct Marketing Association, most companies send promotional email campaigns 2-3 times per month. To fully take advantage of email marketing, however, you should still be conservative with how frequently you send your campaigns. If you create campaigns where emails are sent every day, for example, this might cause your unsubscribe rate to increase.
Why should your email campaign recipients be interested in opening your emails? They’ll be interested if you offer something that they value. Perhaps you can offer a discount on a product or service. Or maybe you want to offer informative content to encourage website visits. Whatever you offer, it needs to be relevant and valuable to your target audience
Beyond that, avoid using all caps, too many exclamation marks, and hyperbolic phrases ("ACT NOW BEFORE TIME RUNS OUT!!!!"). Poorly formatted HTML in your emails can also hurt how they’re handled. Every spam filter is different, so an email might pass through one filter but get flagged by another. For more comprehensive info on how spam filters work and how to avoid them, check out this guide by MailChimp.
The content you create and share should engage people in ways that make them clients in the future. Start by asking, “Whose attention am I trying to keep and what would they be interested in seeing from me?” If it’s on brand for you, it’s also valuable to them. Do this, and people will love you for sharing your expertise with them and will ask for more (or, at least, stay subscribed long enough to get to know you and your business better until the the time is right for them to buy).
When I look back at my first batch of emails, I cringe; they were terrible. Accept that yours will be, too. A link will be broken, you’ll have a typo or typos (and everybody will email to point out your idiotic spelling mistake) or you will reread what you’ve written later and feel differently. The list of growing pain blunders goes on. It’s best to experience and move through some of those stresses and mistakes at the beginning when you don't have a huge audience yet. At first, you’ll be mortified. But it’s also not as bad as you think because the stakes are still low.
If you are feeling yucky about the prospect of sending emails or writing a “sigh... newsletter,” chances are you’re either unable to articulate any real value through email, or you’re forgetting there are people out there who would value your insights. You just have to find them! It’s entirely on you to write something people will be delighted by—in your unique way.
For instance, you can rely on Facebook in order to reach your customers and fans but we all know how this popular social media platform delivers your messages. Your posts and messages will be visible to just a small percentage of your customers. The numbers increase only if you’re paying for boosts but at the same time if you want to deliver daily news it will cost a lot. At least, it will cost more than an e-mail marketing campaign.
This truly intuitive dashboard doesn’t just tell you about open rates, click rates and other basics. GetResponse has created a customizable experience where you decide what you need to see. You can compare the effectiveness of one email against another, watch a map that shows your subscribers receiving and opening your emails in real-time or check for weak points in your autoresponders.
This is the #1 mistake affiliates make with email marketing. While it’s great to have a list to sell to, you don’t want to be selling all the time. Break up the stream of email sales offers with some content. Aim for about an 80/20 split. That would be four straight emails that give great content to your reader and then one email of take, which is the selling part.
Know your spam rules. A lot of innocent people send spam because they didn't know any better. Read up on the CAN-SPAM act to avoid any trouble. Put simply, you're allowed to send bulk email only to people who specifically asked to be on your mailing list. If you collected email addresses for a lunch giveaway or an event invitation, then you don't have permission to send marketing emails unless you made that clear at signup. Include an obvious unsubscribe link in every email, and don't forget to remind subscribers how they got on your list in the first place.