Avoid These Email Marketing Mistakes

Discussion in 'Email Marketing' started by crazymaus, Dec 29, 2008.

  1. crazymaus

    crazymaus New Member

    Email marketing is a tricky area though and it is easy to make common email marketing mistakes if you don’t know the right methods to use. This can be frustrating for you as it will cost you money yet not generate any additional sales. Here are some common email marketing mistakes and pitfalls you need to be aware of. It will make your marketing strategies more effective.

    Consumers want to feel like they are a person to your business, not just a statistic. Take the time to address each email personally. It is more expensive, but it is more effective. You will get a much better response then something addressed to ‘Dear Customer”. Don’t use dollar signs in your email marketing campaign. It is turn off to consumers who view it as you only want their money. Don’t use email marketing during the holidays. Customers are flooded with them and yours won’t stand out. People are too busy and stressed to relax and read email that is not personal or important at this time of year. If you want to market for the holidays then you need to do it at least before Thanksgiving.

    Consumers don’t have a lot of patience! Your email message needs to jump out at them the moment they open it. Put the most enticing information first with the other details further down. They are more likely to read the entire email message if you get their attention from the start. As each consumer is different, so is their computer set up and the type of program they use. Don’t assume the email will open up the same in every type of email service. You will need to test it out for each popular email service. Always give the consumer the option of opening the email in either html or plain text.

    Confidentiality is very important to consumers. Make sure your email sign up clearly states that you will not sell their information and that it will be kept confidential and secure. You will be surprised how many people won’t sign up for your email promotions if you don’t offer this bit of information. There are rules and regulations out there regarding what you can and can’t do when it comes to email marketing. Make sure you are familiar with those laws. They vary by country so if you do global marketing make sure you check the regulations for each area you will be sending them to. Failure to do so can lead to huge fines for your business.

    Don’t make the mistake of thinking you know what your consumers want. If you really want to know what they are after then take the time to ask. Be open to their comments, questions, suggestions, and concerns. Letting them know you are available for such customer service is a great way to earn their loyalty. It is easy to sell something to a consumer but much harder to please them so they will come back again and again.

    If you are new to email marketing, consult with a professional. This will make the entire process flow easier for you as well as yield better results. Take the time to research the consultant before using them. As for references and talk about what your goals are. If the consultant is not willing to make your goals priorities then don’t work with them. Are you afraid to spend a large amount of your revenue on marketing? Consider working with a broker consultant. This means you only pay them for the actual positive results the marketing brings you. They will be paid based on the traffic they generate for your site or the amount of new sales resulting from the email marketing. Make sure what ever method you choose is clear to both parties and in writing. Make sure the time frame that they will receive benefits for is clear as well.

    You don’t want unhappy subscribers to your email marketing campaigns. The laws require you to offer a link where customers can unsubscribe. While you want to do all you can to keep them reading your emails, it is important to respect their wishes and remove them from the mailing list immediately. They will become very frustrated if they continue to receive them once they have asked to be removed. It can cost you their future business. Email marketing can be effective for your business if you keep these common mistakes from becoming part of your marketing plan.

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  2. GianaSedeng

    GianaSedeng New Member

    Great Post
  3. link8r

    link8r New Member

    Does newsletter/e-mail marketing still work ? I can't remember the last time I used one or even opened one. Anyone have any click-through/conversion experiences to share?

    I think Newsletters are kind of old-school - they are spamtastic. They had low conversion ratio's (5% or below) at the best of times. That's because they are sent at the time that suits the needs of the sender and not that which suits the user/customer - like End-of-Quarter sales etc.

    SEM (search engine marketing, i.e. SEO/PPC) and account management is far superior - letting people come to you when they are ready. I file all newsletters under spam now, even if I agreed to signup. When I want to buy a laptop, fridge, car insurance, I'll buy it when I'm ready... :p lol
  4. Donagh

    Donagh New Member

    I think we all need to be wary of our tactics theses days. Nice share.

    have to agree with newsletters becoming obsolete. I just click delete everytime i see one :D
  5. Shaneod21

    Shaneod21 New Member

    Email marketing still works exceptionally well providing you are getting targeted emails. ie buyers.

    I have a list of 5k+ and build about 20-30 daily from squeeze pages I have set up. I constantly get emails from my list. I first began utilising this through ebay and when I sent out a newsletter with an update of products money flew into my paypal account.

    Then I began a course on how to sell on ebay even in a recession and constantly receive feedback. I give quality aswell as many free products so when I release my own products people are willing to buy.

    I have many other products like using twitter for your business and when I send this out to my list there is sometimes a 2-3% purchase rate. That results in a serious amount of money.

    Also I promote clickbank products which I have purchased myself and which might benefit my list and make money from that.

    CTR's are sometimes as high as 68%. Thats really positive for me as you know your list like reading your emails.

    So the point I am making is that for me email marketing has been very effective and I have to agree with everything said in the 1st post!
  6. paddy12

    paddy12 New Member

    Worth reading crazymaus!thanks!
  7. rockfieldllc

    rockfieldllc New Member

    Thanks well written
  8. laustin083

    laustin083 New Member

    Email marketing is one of the most cost effective mediums available today, and if you're not using it, you're missing out on a lot of opportunities to reach your prospects when their about to make a buying decision. You can leverage email to:

    • Send automated messages to promote particular products or services when your visitors take a particular action, such as joining your newsletter, purchasing something online from you or requesting information.

    • Send time-sensitive promotions

    • Send relevant and useful information
    Email Marketing is the best way to get the targeted customers. If it is done properly we can reach the targeted audience. So an effective way of doing email marketing is always good.
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  9. Firefly Web

    Firefly Web New Member

    That's a good post, it really has to be done well, some people run into the mistake of sending the newsletters way to frequently, e.g. once a day!, and when that happens, it completely dilutes the message and annoys even the people that would have been happy to read the occasional one.
  10. rosstaylor345

    rosstaylor345 New Member

    Email marketing is one of the most cost good mediums available today, and if you're not applying it, you're missing out on a lot of chances to reach your prospects when their about to create a buying decision.
  11. maniako

    maniako New Member

    thank you very much! are excellent tips...
  12. HubberZero

    HubberZero New Member

    Great Information, some real Golden' nuggets!
  13. mindlesswizard

    mindlesswizard New Member

    I agree Email marketing is one of the potential market technique as well. Thanks for the contribution :)
  14. ThatMichaelKid

    ThatMichaelKid New Member

    Incredible post, definitely well written. Thanks for sharing.
  15. ryansilva

    ryansilva New Member

    Gave good results!

    Email marketing has proven quite beneficial for the marketing. Some of the researches show this:A 2011 MerchantCircle survey of over 8,000 local business owners in the US found email marketing cited by 35.8% as a Top 3 most effective marketing or advertising method. Only social network profiles and search engine marketing scored higher . Also, A 2011 business survey by Ireland's Marketing Institute saw 84% claiming email marketing was important or very important to their marketing strategy .
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  16. FergusM

    FergusM New Member

    I have done a few email marketing campaigns and have found them great. Was the 5% success rate above the open rate or conversion? It is extremely cost effective. Of course as you through your own experiences your attitudes to incoming mails change, but remember there is always newer users coming along.
  17. patrickbyrne2005

    patrickbyrne2005 New Member

    I have just started a small first aid business and I have a small database. One course I am keen to promote is our safe pass courses in dublin which service should I use. Campaign monitor or constant contact?
  18. Christy Anne Luke

    Christy Anne Luke New Member

    Email marketing is all about relationship building. The best emails are a two way conversation, inviting response from the person reading it. If you do it right, you will have a loyal following who will click any link, buy any product or affiliate with anything you suggest. But, it all begins by building subscriber trust.

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