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Simple But Powerful E-Mail Tips You Might Have Forgotten

  |  November 17, 2009   |  Comments

Twelve tips to increase your success with e-mail marketing.

It happens to all of us. We get so wrapped up in our day-to-day efforts that we forget to apply the simple tricks that increase our success. Today, we'll look at the top 12 simple things we e-mail marketers can do that we may have forgotten to continually include in our plans. Maybe one or two of these can help you.

If your program cost isn't strong enough to outweigh the results, you might consider:

  • Reducing the number of people you send your e-mails to significantly while you determine ways to make the campaign stronger. Try mailing only to those who have opened or responded to an e-mail from you in the last eight weeks.

  • Changing your copy from hard hitting or offer based, to a focus on a soft sell or even a thank you. A statement that's no longer generating the results you expected, like "Buy Today and Save 40% off," can be revived by changing it to "A special 40% off discount only for our best customers, like you."

  • Taking your e-mail message social. Shorten the "view this as a Web page" link in your e-mail with idek.net, and post that URL on Twitter and Facebook. Then watch the results, as idek tracks access and clicks on your link.

If you have a large percentage of people who have stopped responding to your e-mails, you might consider:

  • Sending a simple text e-mail asking for feedback on what you can do to get them back. Text makes it look sincere and generates higher replies. Letting subscribers know that the top ideas will be shared is an even more powerful incentive.

  • Putting a compelling poll on your Web site or in your e-mail, clearly stating that results will be shared in the next e-mail.

  • Working with your online company to install some retargeting campaigns around Yahoo inboxes. Sometimes the banner about your company on top of the e-mail box helps drive higher response to your e-mail.

If you have low levels of shopping carts items, or values, you might consider:

  • Asking your customer service teams to add a link to a special e-mail offer or an e-mail opt-in at the bottom of their customer service responses.

  • Adding an opt-in link or special e-mail savings code to your confirmation e-mails.

  • Sending a short service survey a week after purchase to get people to keep your brand top of mind and return.

If you can't grow your e-mail list cost-effectively or fast enough, you might want to consider:

  • Adding an opt-in call to action on your print campaigns.

  • Partnering with a company that can offer a giveaway or value add. For example, my company offers free digital subscriptions to partner companies that want to share an unanticipated reward with their potential members.

  • Telling your highest-responding list members what your goal is and asking them to help. People are usually very happy and willing to help when asked.

These simple tips are low cost, require minimal work, and could significantly improve results. If you have a tip or trick you have found to be basic, but very helpful, send it along and I'll share it in the next column.

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Jeanniey Mullen

Jeanniey Mullen, a recognized women-in-business and tech, is known for her entrepreneurial style and her ability to build, shape, and grow brands into well-known dominant, successful entities. Jeanniey is a pioneer in email, mobile, and digital marketing; publishing; and brand-building. She now leads her own agency, YellowBean LLC, focused on assisting companies of all sizes with driving innovation and growth. Most recently, Jeanniey was the Global EVP, CMO, and subsequently Chief Growth Officer for Zinio, where she worked to define and implement strategies creating explosive growth through strategic partnerships with publishers, technology companies, brands, and consumers during her five-year tenure. Jeanniey has authored and contributed to multiple books, blogs, and magazine articles. She is a regular columnist for ClickZ, a blogger for Huffington Post, and a frequent keynote speaker. A serial networker, in 2005 Jeanniey founded the Email Experience Council, which was sold to the Direct Marketing Association in 2008. She sits on the Advisory Board for IndieFlix, and on the International Executive Council of the Internet Marketing Association. Jeanniey is recognized as both a Top CMO and Top Author on Twitter, and was most recently featured as Mover and Shaker by the Professional Woman's Magazine, and a featured Woman in Technology by The Legacy Series Magazine.

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