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Effective Email Marketing Strategies

Feb 29, 2008
Although most online entrepreneurs are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of email marketing, many do not know how to conduct an effective email marketing campaign. Unfortunately, these people will be very disadvantaged over competitors who are well versed in using subscriber lists to market to prospects.

The purpose of this article is to bridge this knowledge gap and offer some useful tips for online business owners who would like to implement an email marketing campaign to increase website traffic and of course, sales.

If you can afford to do it, hiring a professional to design and implement an effective email marketing campaign, is the quickest way to get up and running. The reason for this is obvious. Not only are such experts well experienced in email marketing, effective email marketing strategies are constantly being developed and adjusted.

Using the services of someone who can dedicate their working life to implementing successful email marketing campaigns means that you don't have to experience the long and often expensive learning curve in order to achieve the same outcomes.

By being free to focus on your core business instead of having to spend most of your time learning and implementing new internet and email marketing strategies you will be better placed to achieve your business goals. So a professional who can design a complete email marketing campaign for you can provide an enormous boost to your business on more than one level.

However, once the decision is made to use a professional service, the difficulty is actually finding one that is of high professional quality and can deliver the best outcomes. Do not simply respond to a good piece of advertising or a professional looking website. You need to choose a professional who can demonstrate significant, long term experience, show a track record of successful campaigns, pay attention to your concerns, is able to detail and explain the strategies and can agree to a reasonable deadline for your project completion.

One of the most popular ways to use email marketing is to offer an e-course on a topic related to your niche. Ideally, such a course will comprise short, easy to digest sections, be genuinely informative and of interest to your target audience. You can also write the course in such a way that the information can be used to support selling points for various products and services. However, it is very important that you do not use your e-course to directly sell because this could be deemed to be spam. Simply offer information and links they can follow to your website where you can more directly promote your products or services.

Another very effective email marketing strategy is the publication and distribution of e- newsletters. An e-newsletter is simply an email equivalent of a more traditional print newsletter which is distributed conventionally. The cost of distributing an e-newsletter is next to nothing so it is an ideal method of disseminating information and directing readers back to your website. Most of your e-newsletter should be good quality content including feature articles, briefer articles offering helpful tips, and possibly product reviews.

You can also include graphics if you wish, however you need to be aware that people with slower running computers or on slower internet service plans may become frustrated and close the newsletter. Include links to your website pages or to affiliate sales pages and use some soft sell sales pitches to encourage your readers to click through. Although you can certainly encourage people to buy a product in an e-newsletter, you can be more convincing on your own sales pages.

No matter which email marketing strategy you decide on, you will need to monitor your results regularly. While some aspects of your email marketing strategy may be working, others may not be and will need to be replaced or adjusted. You also need to know what aspects of your email marketing campaign are most successful so that you can use them more often or more comprehensively.

For example, you may notice a spike in website traffic whenever a new newsletter is sent out. If this is the case, it might be a good idea to send your e-newsletter out more often. Just by paying attention to what is working and what is not, you can maximize your email marketing success.
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