As we recently passed midyear 2009, my team thought it would be a great idea to share the links to NewsLever’s “FulcrumTech Top Reads” that you, our subscribers, clicked on most since January. Interestingly, these articles remind us of some of the most important lessons for developing and implementing effective email marketing programs. So here we summarize what you may have missed along the way.
Your email service provider (ESP) can make a huge impact on the success of your email campaigns (for email newsletters or promotional email). Over the years, I have spoken with many prospects and clients who just didn’t know how much better they could do with the right toolset. As you evaluate your current email service provider (ESP) – and possibly search for a new one – here are some important questions you should be asking…
When it comes to achieving a high return-on-investment (ROI) from email campaigns, it’s often a lot more challenging for business-to-business (B2B) versus business-to-consumer (B2C). Why? For B2B, the lists are generally smaller and their products and/or services are typically not sold directly online. Instead, B2B is more about getting referrals and bringing prospects down the “sales funnel.” In this article, we focus on 4 ways you can use email to help drive B2B referrals.
When it comes to email, people typically spend from 0 to a few seconds deciding if they’ll read it. That’s why it’s important to focus on one, primary purpose for each promotional email you send. In other words, decide on the call-to-action you want, and make sure everything works to support that single call-to-action.
Keyword research is fundamental to search engine optimization (SEO). In other words, if you want to help ensure customers will find your site on Web searches, it’s important to incorprate the right keywords in all of your e-marketing content, including email newsletters.
When you have an email list of thousands, you’ll experience a growing number of inactive users over time. That means, you have a growing number of subscribers who no longer open your emails. It may have been marked as junk or connected to an inbox rule that drops your email into some folder no longer reviewed. In fact, it’s not uncommon to see 25% of your list go inactive each year. This is one of the primary reasons why we need to continually add new subscribers to our email lists.