Over the last year or so, there have been countless articles describing social media and email marketing as an either/or proposition. It seems that marketers sometimes forget that the goal is not to be an excellent social media marketer or email marketer, but to be a results-driven source of conversion whether your business objective is a click, a call, a sale, or a “like.” Ultimately, our customers and clients expect us to meet them where they prefer to engage. Often that means using multiple channels with various messages – the classic “marketing mix” we learned in school, but with new tools and messaging strategies.
A client recently asked us about some challenges he was having with Yahoo email deliverability (i.e., getting through Yahoo mail). I decided to interview a deliverability specialist within one of the major email service providers about the issue. Things change, and I wanted to get the latest scoop.
I just got back from the Internet Retailers Conference 2011, where Loren McDonald – Vice President of Industry Relations at Silverpop – did a great job of presenting some of the major results of his company’s recently released report: “2011 Top Retailers Study: Benchmarks, Trends and Tactics for Better Marketing.” One of the most important points centered around a key class of email marketing called cart-abandonment recovery. To be clear, this is one of the most vital types of emails, right behind welcome email series. I’ve highlighted a few main points below that you don’t want to miss. The bottom line is that if you have a shopping cart and aren’t doing cart recovery, you’re leaving real money on the table – likely a lot of money!
The success of an email-marketing program is highly dependent on email deliverability. After all, people can’t respond to your campaigns if they never receive your emails. How can you help ensure that the emails you send actually get to the people who signed up for them? That’s what we discuss in this month’s feature.
Marketers today are looking for every way possible to squeeze the most value from their promotional budgets. With the trade show and conference season now revving into full gear, we provide tips for using both email and social networking to help maximize your return on investment (ROI) from trade shows. Note that while email is fantastic for developing a relationship after you have the permission, a trade show is a wonderful tool to acquire the names. Doing things right before and after a show will help you build an even higher quality, more powerful list.
Facebook Like Pages can be an outstanding source of new subscribers for your email list. There are thousands of Facebook applications that can help you generate buzz, attract people to your organization’s page, and engage them. Here are eight great Facebook applications to get you started…