A look at where to focus change in your e-mail strategies for 2010.
As we near the end of 2009 and people begin setting down specific strategies for 2010, it's time to review what's worked in e-mail for you, and where you want to focus change for the upcoming year. When answering the frequently asked question of "what should I focus on for e-mail in 2010?" my answer is this:
It doesn't matter what type of e-mail marketer you are -- from novice to expert, B2B (define) or B2C (define) -- 2010 is introducing a reading revolution. The Internet as we know it will give way to an entirely new way of reading and navigating information. The day of Web 3.0 is finally here. Apps are the new Internet.
As people become more digitally driven, they're buying more enabling devices -- ones that are connected to the Internet 24/7. These are things we all already have in our possession: iPhones, Android phones, netbooks, TVs, gaming systems, electronic readers, and more.
This means that the art and science of e-mail marketing will need to evolve to be conducive to a mobile accessible phenomenon drastically changing the way in which we interact with our messages.
For instance, people connected 24/7 on mobile devices (mobile meaning they have them while they're walking) can now see an ad in an e-mail and may be driven to a store to purchase faster, in some cases, than they can shop online. Why? Because they're standing in the store when the e-mail arrives.
And for you B2Bers out there, this means that an e-mail received at a trade show can also easily be tweeted to drive traffic to a booth, or a conversation happening in a large hall.
It also means that e-mails will face a critical challenge to remain actionable for "a later date." When you read most of your e-mails on your PC or laptop, the messages are staring at you, reminding you to read them, file them, or delete them. When you read your e-mails in a mobile setting, you remove the bold black "new message" film and, hours later when you look in your inbox, you run the risk of losing the message to the sea of other messages received while you were gone.
So when you sit down to consider your plans for 2010, remember this:
The next 18 months will introduce significant changes into our lives. And e-mail is about to get better. Get excited, get ready to test, and get ready to explore messaging that resonates with your customers like never before.
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Jeanniey Mullen is the vice president of marketing at NOOK by Barnes and Noble, focused on business growth and customer acquisition.
Prior to her role at NOOKTM Jeanniey launched a wearables fashion technology company called Ringblingz. Before getting into the wearables business, Jeanniey was the chief marketing officer (CMO) of Zinio, where she grew the business by more than 427 percent, into one of the largest global digital newsstands. Other notable roles in her career include her involvement as the executive director and senior partner at OgilvyOne, where she led the digital Dialogue business and worked with Fortune 50 brands including IBM, Unilever, and American Express, and being a general manager at Grey Direct. At Grey Direct Jeanniey launched the first email marketing division of a global advertising agency. Prior to her time in advertising, Jeanniey spent seven years in retail leading a variety of groups from Consumer Relations and Operations, to Collections and Digital at JCPenney.
One of Jeanniey's favorite times in her career was when she founded the Email Experience Council (which was acquired by the Direct Marketing Association). Jeanniey is a recognized "Women in Business," a frequent keynote speaker, and has authored three books and launched a number of companies ranging from entertainment to technology and fashion.
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