How to Write Impactful Email Marketing Campaigns

Posted by on Jan 21, 2020 in E-mail Marketing |

Want to learn how to write a high-impact promotional email and improve your email marketing strategy? We’ve put together a guide that will not only help you formulate your message more clearly, but that will also convert subscribers into loyal, paying customers. Tips to Improve Your Email Marketing: Grab Their Attention from the Start Your subject line and preview copy need to stand out and make your reader want to open the email and see what you’ve got in store. Keep in mind that you are competing for attention in a mailbox crammed full of promo emails. So, take your time to carefully formulate these two sections. In need of inspiration?  Look around for catchy email subject lines and create your own content from those examples.  Know Your Audience If you want to have your reader’s eyes glued to your email, you’ll need to know what makes them tick and how you can solve their problems for them. Research your audience and pinpoint what the struggle with, then offer them the solution from the get-go. Adding value is a certain way of getting casual readers converted into paying customers. The other side of knowing your audience is to understand what will make them click the trash button on your email. By avoiding spammy behaviour, copy that sounds unnatural as well as ‘salesy’ and other triggers, you’ll see a higher conversion rate from your email marketing efforts.  Paint a Picture Colours, literary devices, buttons and designs can help you communicate your message clearly and concisely. Email content should be limited to only a few paragraphs, so make good use of the space you have by introducing visual aspects combined with the right copy to pack a powerful punch in your email. Don’t go overboard with visual aspects though! The idea is to be memorable, not overstimulating. Emotive words, good design elements and a strong call to action will help you to communicate your message in an impactful but tasteful way. Set a Goal and Be Laser Focused Each email you send out needs to have a specific goal in mind. In addition, it must be finely tuned to reach the target audience. There’s a world of difference between an email you’ll send to a new customer and the one you’ll send to a repeat customer, so don’t get those wires crossed. If you are not clear on your goal, your copy will be all over the place, and you’ll confuse your reader who will merrily run over to your competitors with clearly formulated messaging. Get a Little Personal It is becoming more and more important to show a little personality when trying to stand out from the myriad of competitors...

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Email Marketing: Avoid the Spam Folder, Boost Conversions

Posted by on Jan 18, 2020 in E-mail Marketing |

Email marketing has consistently outperformed every new marketing channel that’s come out. And every marketer knows how reliable email is as a marketing tool – if you can avoid landing in the dreaded spam folder. Below we share tips on how to avoid the spam folder, boost engagement and reduce your bounce rates. Use Double Opt-Ins to Ensure the People Subscribing to Your Mailing List Wants to Be There The worst thing you can do is send emails to people who don’t want to hear from you. The best way to avoid this is to get a double opt-in. This is how to go about it: Firstly, only send emails to people who have signed up for it on the form on your website.  Then, once you have sent your first email, send a follow-up or include a link in your email asking recipients to confirm that they do indeed want to hear from you.  This will not only keep you off the blacklists, but will also ensure that you’re reaching a receptive audience. Update Spam Filters Regularly While Avoiding Spammy Language in Your Messaging Spam filters are there to root out emails that look like spam. This means you need to make sure that your mails are free of all the red flags that will trigger the filters. You can’t simply trust that this is an intuitive process; nor is it a set of one-time-only checks. Spam tactics change all the time, so spam filters need to be constantly updated accordingly. You can use tools such as mail-tester.com to test your emails and ensure that they are cleared for the Inbox. Shun the Practice of Buying Mailing Lists We would hope that no-one does this any more! But, there are still those who do. It’s a waste of time to buy email lists or acquire them in any other way. You may think you’re gaining access to a massive market. However, this is not how it works out in reality. Sending to any recipients that didn’t ask you to is a sure way to land in the spam folder, get bounced and blacklisted. Emails Thin on Text Content Normally Get Filtered As Spam. Avoid Them! Spam filters hate emails that are image-heavy, especially if there is a corresponding lack of text. Focus on your copy and keep the images to a minimum, choosing one or two strong ones that support the text. For the brands that use it responsibly, email is a marketing channel that keeps on giving. Contact WSI OMS today to learn how we can help you design high-converting email marketing campaigns. Please follow and like...

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Triggered Emails: What They Are and Why You Need Them

Posted by on Jan 10, 2020 in E-mail Marketing |

Email has been around for a long time. And, despite the rise of instant messaging apps, social media platforms and enterprise collaboration tools like Slack (which incidentally positions itself as ‘the alternative to email’), email is not going away any time soon. Part of the reason is that it is such an effective marketing tool. If you are looking to up your email marketing game, triggered emails are the way to go. Triggered emails deliver content and messaging that’s relevant to the stage a customer is in their journey with your brand. They target leads at specific points in the sales funnel to nurture and gently guide them towards conversion. Types of Triggered Emails  Triggered emails may include welcome emails that are sent when someone new signs up to your mailing list, as well as cart abandonment emails, to remind potential customers that they have yet to complete an order. You will need to create these emails and organise them by pre-set triggers. This email marketing automation takes the pressure off you, all the while ensuring that your customers remain engaged and interested in your business and its offerings.  Why Triggered Emails Must Anchor Your Email Marketing Campaigns  Triggered emails work to your advantage because they are designed to push a potential customer ever closer to making a purchase. They are considered to be an important part of both email marketing and content marketing, and have been proven to boost sales. According to statistics released by Bouncex, marketing software manufacturer, batch-and-blast emails generate only about $0,04 in revenue per send for the average e-commerce retailer, whereas behaviourally triggered emails generate $0,95 in revenue per send. That is quite a substantial difference. It signifies just how essential triggered emails can be to any company marketing strategy.  Here at WSI OMS, we are determined to help brands realise the untapped power of triggered emails. Powered with marketing automation, triggered emails do the heavy lifting in the backend, leaving you time to work on the other areas of your business. Contact us today to get more information on how to maximise the benefits of triggered emails. Please follow and like...

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Our Best Email Marketing Tips to Grow Your Small Business

Posted by on Nov 11, 2019 in E-mail Marketing |

For small businesses with limited budgets, email marketing can be a cost-effective way to target clients with a customised message and get measured feedback on its performance. We’ve gathered our favourite tips to incorporate email marketing in growing your small business. Get Your Business Growing with Email Marketing Successful email marketing focuses on a simple message, which is communicated clearly and highlights the value of the message to the client. Here’s how to succeed with your email marketing strategy: Give a Little, Get a Lot Start with an incentive to get your clients to sign up. This can be in the form of exclusive benefits like checklists, free templates and handy guides aimed at solving a problem your client might be facing. By providing value, you’re building loyalty and positioning yourself as a respected resource. Loyal clients will pay attention, engage with you and refer your business to others. Don’t Spam Want to know why clients unsubscribe? Spammy messaging and communication overload. If your message only sells and offers no real value or these communications clutter their inbox multiple times a week, you’re going in the trash. People don’t normally hang around to watch infomercials, so don’t mimic those tactics in your email marketing.  Customise Your Message Research your audience and find out what kind of voice they will respond to; then adopt that voice when communicating with them. Just remember that the voice isn’t limited to wording only, it includes visuals too. Aim for a message that is consistent and customised to fit your audience for maximum impact. The key to success in email marketing is to establish trust. So, always meet your clients’ expectations, offer real value and be consistent. If you implement these tips, you’ll see real results that you can keep reaping the benefit from. Need help with your email marketing? Contact WSI OMS today.  Please follow and like...

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6 Ways to Keep Your Marketing Emails out of the Spam Folder

Posted by on Oct 7, 2019 in E-mail Marketing |

Emails can be a very effective form of targeted marketing. They have acquired a terrible reputation, however, as many marketers have misused them. Here are 6 tips to avoid the most common pitfalls of email marketing.   1. Get Permission, Get Whitelisted It’s tempting to try to cast your net wide and expand your mailing list with addresses harvested off the web or bought from brokers. In reality, though, this is a terrible idea. Sending mails to random addresses will only get you consigned to the spam folder and blacklisted. Get permission from all potential recipients. With your permission button, include a request for them to whitelist you, ensuring that you always make it into their Inbox.   2. Make Sure Your Content Is Relevant Never send any content just for the sake of it. Rather, prioritise quality over quantity, send fewer emails and make sure they include quality content that your recipients will want to read. If you don’t, then they will flag you as a spammer without much hesitation.   3. Deliver on What You Promise When people click your ‘Subscribe’ button, they do so because you are offering them something from which they expect to receive some kind of value. If they then don’t receive that or you end up giving them something different, they will label you as spam. Always give recipients what you have promised them.   4.Control the Number of Emails You Send Throwing several emails a day at your mailing list is not a good marketing strategy. You will just annoy recipients to the point that they either unsubscribe, send you to spam or ignore you completely. These are wasted emails. Rather, limit the amount of mail you send, and rather, focus on creating strong content.   5. Keep a Good Text-to-Image Ratio Try not to send image-heavy emails. Use images sparingly and make sure that each is accompanied by at least a couple of lines of text. Mailchimp’s guideline is to maintain a ratio of 20% image, 80% text.   6. Check Your Authentication Set-Up ISPs will direct emails according to your authentication records. Make sure that your email server supports the necessary protocols (DKIM, SPF, Sender ID), and run a test to see if they’re all set up properly so that your email goes to the right places.   WSI offers effective email marketing services. Contact us to discuss your marketing strategy and methods. Please follow and like...

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How to Build a High-Converting Email Funnel

Posted by on Aug 17, 2019 in E-mail Marketing |

 Email funnels are essential to your digital marketing strategy. And, they can be among the most effective tools for converting your branding efforts into new sales and retaining clients.   What Is an Email Funnel and How Do You Build One? Put very simply, an email funnel is a chain of automated email messages designed to help you convert leads into clients, and clients into loyal supporters. There are plenty of email marketing platforms available, such as MailChimp or ConvertKit, and each will guide you through the set-up process – so we won’t discuss the technical side here. Instead, let’s focus on the content and sequencing of your mailers. As a guideline, consider the following five levels in your email funnel, through which your audience filters from the first contact to the brand advocate.  High-Level Branding The first stage is the initial communication with the client. You want to provide general brand awareness without pushing for a sale. Offer information about who you are, what you do and the value of your product. Keep it brief and general and, most importantly, do not push for a sale. Personalisation and Targeting The readers that make it through to this level want to know more about what your product can do for them, but still, aren’t quite ready to make a purchase. Accordingly, your communications at this point should provide specific information tailored to their interests. However, you still should not push for the sale. Closing If the prospect has come this far, he or she is more than likely ready to buy. Now you can take their interest and convert it into a sale. Try to pre-empt any questions they may have and insert call-to-action buttons in the mail that will take them to your site and help them complete the purchase. Retention So now you’ve made the sale but you want your clients to come back and buy more. You need content that nurtures your relationship with them, reminds them of the value of your products and fosters a sense of loyalty. Secondary Marketing You can turn your customers into secondary brand marketers by delivering consistent value, offering recommendations, specials, discounts and incentives, and inviting them to write reviews. This deepens your customers’ relationship with you and gives them the platform and the motivation to get the word out, starting the cycle anew. Need help with your email marketing? Then contact WSI OMS today. Please follow and like...

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