Email marketing campaigns fail for many different reasons, but the most common mistake
online marketers make is not designing the campaign in a manner to produce results. Over
the past couple of years Ive developed this list of key elements to ensure my email
marketing campaigns are both profitable and successful. Now Im going to share them
with you so youre email marketing campaigns will do the same for you.
Element # 1: Choose Your Mailing List Very Carefully
Any email marketing campaign is only as good as the mailing list used. Theres
many different choices when determining the source of your mailing list so you want to be
very careful when making this decision. Too many times email marketers believe the best
way to produce results is by using shotgun marketing techniques with harvested email
lists. The premise is based on large numbers and the law of averages, in that youll
produce results simply by sending your ad out to as large a number of recipients as
possible. This is a very ineffective way to produce results.
The key of choosing your list is based on your target market. Youre ad may be
great but if your mailing list doesnt consist of your target market, you just as
well not send it out. You can use a very small targeted list and produce incredible
response rates, depending on your ad, but you can get in the 15% to 35% response range.
Before you purchase a mailing list, make sure the list owner can tell what market is
represented on the list.
Element # 2: You Want To Produce Responses Not Sales
When you advertise, your goal is to get the prospect to respond by requesting more
information about what youre offering for sale. Too many times online marketers try
to make the sale in their ad and all too often they fail. Your ad must focus on the most
powerful benefits your prospect will gain from the purchase of your product and how they
can get more detailed information. You want your ad to sound as if youre talking
with each prospect personally to get the best response rates.
Element # 3: Make Your Ad Brief And To The Point
In todays fast paced society, people are busy and your email marketing needs to
take this into consideration. Look to your own experience to help you out here. When
youre searching for initial information you dont want to wade through a
mountain of information, you want information thats brief and to the point.
Youll have more time to go over the more detailed information in the sales material
once youve made the initial inquiry.
If your ad rambles on and doesnt get to the point quickly, your prospect will
simply skip over your ad and move on to the next. Pick the most important benefits of your
product and let your prospect know what they are and how theyll solve their
problems. Make sure your ad gets directly to the point about your offer. Dont make
your prospect guess about what youre offering. How do you expect them to request
more information if they dont understand what youre offering them? After
reading thousands of ads, the most common mistakes are made in both the length of the ad
and that it doesnt get to the point.
Element # 4: Give Your Prospect An Incentive To Respond
The most powerful word in advertising is "Free!" When you make an offer of a
free sample or report, your chances of getting a better response is dramatically
increased. Discounts and limited time offers can also be used in your ads, but
theyre best used in the sales letter when trying to produce an order. For the best
responses, make your incentives immediate and short term. You want to create a sense of
urgency when using incentives. If you can generate more ad responses using incentives,
youre increasing your chances for making more sales.
Element # 5: Include A Strong "Call To Action"
Have you ever read an ad that when you finished you couldn't figure out what to do
next? This is a fatal mistake thats made in many ads. Dont be timid here, make
sure your prospect knows exactly what to do if they want more details. You can have them
send an email, visit your web page, call a phone number or any other method of delivery
youve chosen, just make sure you give your prospect some options and make the call
to action strong. This is an excellent place to combine an incentive.
Element # 6: Track And Record Your Responses
Developing a successful email marketing campaign isnt just having a great ad, its
having a great ad and knowing what kind of responses itll produce in a specific
target market! Your ad might be very successful in one target market and less successful
in another. But you won't know this if you don't "Track and Record Your
Responses!" You can use special codes as department numbers or form numbers, but the
best strategy I've used is in linking a specific ad to an autoresponder or web page. Make
sure you always record the responses on a tracking form for evaluation and reference.
Element # 7: Follow Up With Every Response
It completely baffles me why an online marketer would spend their time, effort and
money to advertise and then make no attempt to follow up with the prospects. You've
created an interested prospect because they've asked to get more details, don't stake the
success of your business on the fact that after they've read your sales letter, they'll
place an order without you asking them for the sale again. If you don't follow up and ask
for the sale again, you're passing up the opportunity of a 20% to 30% increase in your
sales. I don't know of any business owner who wouldn't jump at the opportunity to increase
their sales by 20% to 30% percent and you can accomplish this by just following up with
Element # 8: Test Your Entire Email Marketing Process
The key to producing a successful email marketing campaign is: "To Test Your
Entire Process!" Test, test, test, test! Think about this: Is your ad pulling the
most responses it can or can it get a much larger response rate? You'll never know unless
you test. Here's where you can take a small profit and create a fortune for your business.
You want to take a systematic approach that'll give you quantifiable results for comparing
specific ads, sales letters, markets and advertising mediums. But be very careful. Don't
make wholesale changes, test each component in your process separately. Test, test and
test some more! Be patient and be persistent!
Element # 9: Expect Questions From Your Prospects
No matter how well your ads and sales letters are written, youll still get
questions. Online prospects are more educated and want more information before they make
their buying decision. In fact, before I make a purchase online, I send an email to the
advertiser asking anything, just to see what and how quickly they respond. You'd be amazed
at how many times I never receive a reply. When you do respond, do it honestly and
quickly. They're hot prospects when they ask a question, so get them the information they
want and as quickly as possible, before they cool off. If you dont want the sale
just do nothing.
Element # 10: Set Reasonable And Achievable Goals
In most email marketing campaigns, a 1% to 3% response rate is considered very good.
You can and will see better and worse response rates by carefully selecting a targeted
email list. But you need to set reasonable and achievable goals for your campaign. If your
goals are set too high and cant be reached youll become disillusioned and stop
marketing. You want to be able to reach some of your goals so set them up in steps to keep
Once you begin your email marketing campaign youll begin to see for yourself which
of these elements youve mastered and which ones you still need to work on. In to
give your campaign the best possible chance for success, make sure you've considered and
applied these 10 Key Elements. Make your selections carefully and with a specific goal in
mind and soon youll find that youre easily obtaining your email marketing
goals and producing incredible profits from your online marketing campaign.
Good luck and happy marketing!
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