New Year email marketing resolutions
With the New Year fast approaching, there has never been a better time to reflect on the effectiveness of your email marketing campaigns and set some resolutions for 2011. Here at little green plane, we have devised a few resolutions that you may wish to consider:
Be regular: Keeping in regular contact with your clients is a must. Be honest with yourself; in the last year did you set a target to send a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly email to your clients? How did you do?
Be strategic: Create a plan to start from January and hit the ground running. Define the purpose of your planned campaigns; subjects, tone, look and decide which groups of customers will be targeted. If you need to, give your email design a refresh; why not use our subtly different coloured templates or a design tweak for the time of year?
Be consistent: If you know you are going to be busy, plan ahead. You can schedule your campaigns for a full year in advance. Be consistent in tone and content and decide how your series of campaigns will sound to your clients and stick to them. Ensure your text is proof read, your contact list up-to-date and pictures re-sized for web.
Be relevant: Avoiding the dreaded list fatigue is best achieved by remaining relevant to your subscribers. Some of the best examples we see of this involves offering an easy option to feedback about emails in a 'what would you like to see?' manner.
Be inventive: Experiment with timings, tone and subject lines. Don’t be afraid to be too quirky. Review your content and find a new inventive way to get your message across. Explore other related marketing channels and try to run integrated campaigns linking to your other marketing resources such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
Plan ahead: Don’t leave it until the last minute. Have a plan and, like a boy scout, always be prepared.