E-mail Marketing: Best Practices for Effective E-mail Marketing
“Most [consumers] who are going to use e-mail have already started, the trick is to find them and keep them,” said Chris Baggott, co-founder and chief marketing officer of e-mail marketing firm ExactTarget at the session”How to Multiply Your E-mail Marketing Returns with Proven Practices and Methods” at the Annual Catalog Conference held last month in Orlando, Fla. Additionally, each person who uses e-mail opts-in to only about six e-mail newsletters, and within that, most don’t opt-in for more than one of the same type, noted Baggott.
So how do you get customers to sign up for and respond to your message instead of your competitors? Baggott offered the following best practices for catalogers looking to expand their e-mail marketing universes.
* Don’t ask for too much. People are often reluctant to hand over too much information about themselves too quickly. “All you really need is a name, an e-mail address and a ZIP code,” said Baggott. “You can find the rest through a data-appending service.”
* Personalize your e-mails. E-mails containing content relevant to the customer can increase dramatically response to your campaigns, noted Baggott. “According to a study by DoubleClick, seven personalized substitutions in an e-mail can double its effectiveness,” he said. To make things easier, he said, dynamically generate your e-mails based on everything you know about your customers: what they’ve purchased before, what they’ve viewed on your site, or even where they’re located geographically.