Out With The Old, In With The Tried and True
by Angie Ash, Executive Vice President
It’s a new year, and with it comes new technology on the horizon. What will be the shiny penny everyone talks about this year? The buzzword that will soon be overused? With all the sexy marketing techniques catching eyes and turning heads, flashing everyone with a glimpse of something provocative and intriguing, it’s easy to forget about the tried and true way to connect to your customers; email.
The thing with email is that it’s been around for a LONG time, but like a great relationship, it’s on you to keep it fresh and interesting. The problem with a lot of retailers is they tend to take it for granted and their efforts are diverted by that shiny penny that promises a lot of eyeballs exposed to your message.
But here’s the thing. Email works amazingly well, especially in today’s distraction-prone reality. So well, I consider it to be every retailer’s must-do. I mean, let’s look at it on a basic level. Schools send it out. Employers send it out. And just about any online retailer, subscription-based service and social channel require you to provide an email address to sign up.
Email is reliable at its core. As long as the address provided is legit, if you send it, they will receive it. Moreover, we know email works. In a 2017 Email Marketing Industry report by email platform, Emma, 47% of marketers state that email generated more ROI than any other digital channel, and 58% plan to increase spending on email over the next year. Salesforce’s State of Marketing report also shows a 106% growth in the B2C email channel in just two years.
How to make your emails more effective? After all, you want them to open it and click it. Offer value. It’s not always about the sale, but offering help. If you sell something, you may make a customer today, but if you help someone, that’s relationship building. We tried this with our clients at Fruchtman by mixing a content-based, tips related email into their monthly blasts to great effect – huge open percentages and amazing click-through rates to the landing pages.
Okay, and how to bring sexy back to email? Ahem. First of all, don’t take this digital medium for granted. Test subject lines and different times of day to see what works best. Incorporate a great review, a Facebook post, or an Instagram photo that got a lot of engagement into an email. Keep thinking out of the box and get out of autopilot mode. By keeping these tactics in mind and in play, your email strategy has a great chance of being the shining star it should be and needs to be in 2018. You’ll find email still has it going on.
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