Three reasons e-mail marketing budgets should be increased in 2008.
E-mail campaigns' ROI (define) has always been phenomenal.
In the early days, 80 percent open rates and 20 percent conversion rates were expected. Today, open and conversion rates are often much smaller, but e-mail campaigns still win every time over other channels. And that's fantastic news for marketers who can consider e-mail a safe choice. It's not great news, however, for providers of e-mail marketing technology and strategies because improved services and innovations are expected at low and even commoditized rates.
Because of this misalignment, e-mail marketing ROI has consistently performed at amazing rates.
"E-Mail Usage High, Marketing Spend Low," eMarketer explored this issue. And groups like the Email Experience Council (EEC) have created roundtables to define and determine an e-mail address's value to make a case to increase e-mail budgets.
All of this discussion about e-mail and ROI made me think: is there really a way to maintain e-mail's ROI while de-commoditizing the market?
A year ago, I would have said "probably not." In today's digitally driven world, there's a strong chance e-mail will remain queen of ROI, no matter the investment's size. Here are three reasons:
What does this all mean? We should increase the e-mail marketing budget for 2008. Think about how you can enhance your program to increase impact. Do this without worrying about the potential negative impact on ROI.
The world of e-mail has changed. Now your ROI can be even higher without sacrificing anything. And each additional investment you make will further increase your ROI.
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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.
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