5 Email Design Trends for Your 2020 Marketing Strategy

Posted by on Apr 9, 2020 in E-mail Marketing |

The benefits of using email marketing in your 2020 marketing strategy are that this type of marketing can be highly targeted, customised to reach your intended audience and the performance is fully measurable.  Refresh your 2020 marketing strategy with these 5 email design trends:  1. Adopt AMP AMP in an email allows the recipient to respond to a survey or complete the purchasing checkout process from the email itself, without being redirected to the landing page of a separate website. Users can even fill out forms and subscribe to a service from the email itself.  2. APNG Animations GIFs will always be popular, but in the coming year, animations will go a step further with high-resolution APNG images. APNG animations fill the whole screen with a visual image, allowing no space for distraction. 3. Gamification The use of gamification in emails prompts the recipient to play a game within the email, without leaving the inbox at all. The reward for completing the game would then be incentives such as discounts or something for free.  4. Minify Email Design The trend to minify email design has the value of highlighting the purpose of the email, instead of overwhelming the reader with unnecessary clutter. Minifying consists of ample white space with illustrations that present a monochromatic effect.  5. Typography Nothing makes a reader exit an email faster than the first perception of ‘another boring email’. Industry development means more readers can now view web fonts in their email, giving scope for the use of different fonts. One can even send emails with no imagery and only bold typography.   Email marketing is one of the lower-cost marketing solutions. WSI OMS in South Africa can help you build interactive relationships with existing and prospective customers. Contact us to find out how email marketing can maximise your customer retention rate.  Please follow and like...

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7 KPIs to Track on Your Email Marketing Campaign

Posted by on Mar 20, 2020 in E-mail Marketing |

If you have an email marketing strategy, then you’re already ahead of many businesses. However, if you don’t use KPIs, it’s nearly impossible to sustainably create successful email marketing campaigns. The best KPIs to include in your email marketing strategy 1. Emails delivered You could have 10,000 email addresses on your email list, but if only 1,000 emails get delivered, your strategy isn’t very effective. Alternatively, keeping an eye on your email delivery rate can tell you whether a certain server- such as gmail- develops a problem with your email address. 2. Emails opened If your emails aren’t being opened, then no one is reading your content and- more importantly- no one is responding to your brand. 3. Click-to-open rate This metric compares how many people opened your email to how many people clicked on a link in said email. The CTO rate can tell you if both your subject link and your link were effective. 4. Unsubscribe rate If you notice significant changes to your unsubscribe rate, it means that some change you made to your email marketing strategy didn’t go over well with your audience. 5. Conversion rate This metric is often hailed as the most valuable KPI. It measures how many people open your email, click on a link and take a specific action. The action is typically related to your CTA, such as downloading a resource, “liking” your social media page or making a purchase. 6. List growth rate When your email list is growing at a healthy rate, you know that part of your email marketing campaign is working. 7. Sharing rate When email recipients hit “share,” it means you’re producing quality content. Having an effective email marketing strategy is crucial to the success of your inbound marketing efforts. If you don’t know how to create a successful strategy and track key KPIs, don’t worry. That’s what digital marketing agencies are here for! Contact us today to learn how we can help. Please follow and like...

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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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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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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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