How to Run an Email Marketing Campaign Properly

Email marketing is a tool for reaching your existing and your potential customers.

When it’s used effectively, it can deliver the most bang for your buck than almost any other form of internet marketing.

It must contain a call for the recipient to do something, like click on a link. This call should be made as easy and as non-threatening as possible, but still motivate the reader to take action, like signing up for a free newsletter or report.

Email marketing is just another form of direct marketing which uses an electronic means of distribution, as compared to the letter box drop and junk mail techniques. Obviously these printed campaigns work very well, otherwise you would not keep getting the flyers delivered to you.

With flyer campaigns, the control over its use is that if you do not specifically put “No junk mail” on your mailbox, you are deemed to be receptive to its receipt. Email campaigns are the direct opposite, in that the recipient must specifically request that he get your email, and under the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 no sales emails can be sent without that request.

Despite this, email campaigns have certain advantages over the printed flyer.

o An extremely low cost per customer, in fact almost nothing.

o Your message is highly targeted it only goes to customers who are interested in your product and have so indicated by by using a double opt-in process of confirming their initial interest by means of a follow-up email in which they are again asked for their permission to be sent information.

o Emails can be customised, and made personal, using the recipient’s first name.

o It is completely measurable – match the number of emails sent against the number of responses.

o It uses a person’s main connection with the internet – their inbox.
Every email you send out should be considered an opportunity for email marketing, by including your site address as part of your signature.

You can use newsletters to keep your customers informed, or just to keep in touch. They don’t have to be necessarily long, just a few points. I rewrite the ones I receive, just using the main points, and it would only take me about ten minutes.

Newsletters tend to be more useful for long term goals rather than an immediate sale, and should always provide an opportunity to visit your website, where you can promote your products. They should be used to create a long term relationship with your customer.

If you are sending out a direct sales letter, always put the sign-up form where it can be easily seen – above the fold and throughout the email.

Always provide an opportunity for the customer to cancel their permission to receive emails from you, so that you cannot be accused of spamming.

One good technique is to try and include a small gift in your emails. It could be a music track, or an eBook – all of us have our hard drives cluttered up with information, you should have plenty of stuff you can give away. The aim is to get your customer to look forward to your emails and not just delete them when they see who it’s from, an offence I am probably guilty of!