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  • 4 Email Marketing Tips for Small Businesses

    Anyone else have a serious case of “launch anxiety?” You know, that overwhelming cloud of doubt right before you click “send” on a marketing email?

    In this state of panic, I find myself sending tests to everyone who will open them …

    “Hey you, stranger, will you click through this email and make sure nothingʼs wonky?”

    Yes, itʼs important to ensure each and every email you send has all of its Iʼs dotted and Tʼs crossed. Even more than that, though, itʼs important that every email is optimized to reach your goals and to engage your audience.

    Here are four tips for setting up your emails for success:

    1. Focus on ONE Call-to-Action

    When youʼre trying not to spam your contact list, itʼs easy to fall into the trap of combining multiple messages and calls-to-action in one email. But while options might make you feel better, theyʼre distracting.

    Remember, when you send an email to your list, the purpose is to prompt recipients to take a specific action. You canʼt afford distractions! Instead, boost your conversion rates by choosing just one call-to-action for each email.

    2. Personalize Your Email Marketing Messages

    By collecting as much information about your email audience as possible through forms and other data collection tactics, you can personalize email messages. Why go through this process? Personalized email messages allow you to speak directly to individual recipients. And that means you meet their individual needs and make them feel special, thereby making it easier for you to build a meaningful relationship with them. The warm fuzzies they get from your personalized emails lead to real business results.

    Research from Econsultancy shows that 68 percent of marketers say personalization based on behavioral data has a high impact on ROI, and 74 percent say it has a high impact on engagement. But only 19 percent do it.

    Can someone say “opportunity?”

    Opportunity. Yep, I said it.

    3. Set Expectations for Valuable Content

    Itʼs safe to say that most people have email exhaustion. Theyʼve been spammed enough by outbound marketers to warrant it. To set yourself apart from the noise, itʼs important to set expectations for the content you’ll send—valuable content that meets real people’s needs and improves their lives. The kind of emails your audience WANTS to receive.

    You can set these expectations simply—just state them up front, in the first email you send.

    Then, keep sending consistently valuable content (theyʼll connect the dots on their own).

    When you set these expectations and then follow through, you become an email hero. I donʼt think I need to explain what “hero” status does for your relationship with your prospective customers!

    4. Add a P.S.

    Get the last word in your email marketing messages by adding a carefully crafted P.S. Use this opportunity to create urgency, make your final plea, or include a short testimonial.

    Email marketing is an extremely effective tool for nurturing your sales leads and converting them to customers—especially when done right. Make sure youʼre getting the most out of the time and effort youʼre putting into your email marketing campaigns!

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    Plume & Post is an agency founded by three friends who believe that small businesses blaze trails that can change the world. Marketing strategists at heart, we’ve built blogs, created editorial calendars, designed infographics and written whitepapers to achieve big-picture results for small businesses (those measured in dollars). We enjoy every opportunity to collaborate with small businesses to create valuable content for their audiences.

    2 thoughts on “4 Email Marketing Tips for Small Businesses

    1. I’m trying to create my own list but I don’t know how. I just had some subscribers and then they leaf me. These are really good tips for me. Thank you again. Maybe sometime I spammed my list and that was annoying them. I have to change.

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