Updated: Sep 30, 2020
How did Email Marketing begin?
According to Smart Insights - Ray Tomlinson was the first person to send an email over 42 years ago. This was progressed further by Gary Thuerk, Marketing Manager at Digital Equipment Corp when he kicked off a commercial email, sending the first mass emailing to a few hundred people and become known as the ‘Father of Spam’!
What is Email Marketing?
Email marketing is a form of communication that connects you with your target audience to promote and upsell your business brand, services or products. As well as generating leads and sales, you can also use emails to update your audience about products/services, tell them about good news stories and information such as organisational changes.
Mailchimp is a great way to build your first email marketing campaign. It’s easy to use and has a selection of email templates, with styles for different types of communications—whether your informing your audience about upcoming events, welcoming new subscribers or confirming with a customer about their recent purchase.
How effective is email marketing?
Email Monks emphasises the need to define what the objective of your emails are and points out that excellent engaging email content is vital, to ensure that your business is telling a story. Use short paragraphs to deliver key messages, presenting information to read in a structured flow. You can take your email marketing further with personalisation. This is a nice touch to the end user when they open the email and see their first name, as it will draw them into reading your content. It is also essential to have a good subject line to attract the attention of your audience in order to get the user to open the email up.
How to produce an Engaging Email Copy that converts?
The top hidden secrets to convert your email readers is to understand that everything begins with a subject line! Coupled with this, the preheader text is also important but often overlooked, followed by a good preheader that will makes people want to read your whole email. Campaign Monitor also comments that timing is crucial, you must send your emails at the right time with the right message. Customer journeys exist for that reason. Finally, never forget to flag up your call to action (CTA) at the end of the email, directing your customer to the correct landing page to get that sales conversion.
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