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In the ever-evolving landscape of digital marketing, email remains a powerful tool.
It's employed by over 87% of marketers to disseminate content and boost sales. While its potential for increasing brand awareness and driving sales is undeniable, successful email marketing requires careful planning and ongoing maintenance.
Before starting your email marketing journey, consider these five pivotal questions to optimize your newsletters and campaigns.
Consideration #1: Are You Committed to the Long Haul?
Consistency is the bedrock of effective email marketing. It's not a sprint. It's a marathon that demands endurance. Unfortunately, many businesses initiate email campaigns only to abandon them prematurely. To avoid becoming part of this statistic, decide whether you have the resources and commitment to sustain your efforts. Success in email marketing, like many aspects of life and business, is contingent on a steadfast and regular approach. While a six-month content strategy isn't obligatory, a steadfast belief in your ability to consistently deliver engaging content is.
Consideration #2: Is Your Email List Trustworthy?
The quality of your email list is paramount. Regardless of its size, a well-maintained list is crucial for meaningful communication. Bounce-backs and contacting individuals who might label you as spam can jeopardize your email marketing efforts. Ensure your list is accurate and up-to-date by utilizing a reputable email checker, eliminating outdated contacts, and boosting deliverability. Regularly review and purge your list every few months, unsubscribing inactive subscribers to maintain your sending reputation and secure a place in recipients' inboxes.
Consideration #3: Have You Chosen the Right Email Service Provider (ESP)?
Selecting an ESP aligning with your company's needs is pivotal. Commit to a long-term email marketing strategy and ensure the ESP's client base mirrors your business or aspirations. Evaluate case studies and clients within the ESP, verifying they resonate with your industry. ESP functionalities can vary, with some prioritizing marketing and automation, while others focus on deliverability and growth. Leverage social proof and explore free trials before committing to a service.
"Consistency is the bedrock of effective email marketing. It's not a sprint — it's a marathon and it demands endurance."
Consideration #4: Are You Meeting Audience Expectations?
Stay on topic and deliver the content your audience anticipates. Subscribers expect content aligned with what was promised during the subscription process. Deviating from this expectation risks unsubscribes, potentially leading to your emails being marked as spam and damaging your sender reputation.
Keeping your content relevant to subscriber expectations is paramount for maintaining a healthy and engaged email list.
Consideration #5: Are You Following Best Practices?
To navigate the nuanced landscape of email marketing, adhere to best practices:
So, before diving into the realm of email marketing, addressing these questions and aligning your strategies with best practices and regulations will set the stage for a successful and impactful email marketing campaign.
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Are you looking to pump up your next email campaign, let us know, J&C has over 40 years of experience creating emotionally charged campaigns that connect with readers on a deep and meaningful level. A level that drives response. We would be happy to learn more about your company and your goals. Contact J&C today. That way, we can give you an honest assessment of how we can work with you to achieve better results.