Make a good impression!
Email marketing may include sending email advertisements to a large distribution list, publishing and distributing a digital newsletter and sending informative emails with a soft sell approach to encourage recipients to make a purchase or visit a particular website. Whether you, as a business owner or marketer, opt to utilize one or all of these email marketing techniques, you will be faced with one specific dilemma; and that is writing the content which will appear in these emails. This particular phase is critical because these emails may be the first impression potential customers are receiving about your products and services.
Superior content will give potential customers a good first impression which may make them more likely to purchase your products or services; but the reverse is also true. Bad or poorly-written content might give them a not-so-good first impression and turn them off completely, thereby resulting in loss of business. That having been said, the goal of this article is to provide a few proven techniques which we hope will help you reap maximum benefit from the content you use in your email marketing campaign
Hiring a professional
Let’s start with hiring a professional writer, the importance of which cannot be stressed enough, to assist in composing content for your email marketing campaign. It is one of the most critical elements to the success of your campaign, and although you may be a decent writer or you may have a staff member who you think can do a good job creating content for your email marketing, unless you or your staff member is a professional writer by trade, the quality of work will likely not be of the same caliber as that of a professional. This can be very damaging especially if your competitors are hiring writers to create their content. Your emails will likely not be viewed as favorably as the emails written by professionals.
The content you decide to include in your email marketing efforts is largely a matter of personal preference, but there are some methods which have traditionally been more successful than others. The type of content which may be effective often includes informative articles, short useful tips, links to relevant websites, advertising for complementary products and even some subtle forms of advertising which are meant to persuade recipients of the email to either make a purchase or visit your website.
Product reviews & articles
Full length insightful articles which are likely to be of interest to the members of your email subscription list are an excellent idea for your email marketing campaign, because they will likely contain information which the recipients of your emails will appreciate. Additionally, these articles give you the opportunity to include information about your products or services in the copy of the email. This can be a subtle form of advertising when it encourages your list recipients to purchase a product/service and/or visit the website without actually asking recipients to do so.
Short product reviews can also be very useful and helpful when you include them in your email marketing campaign. These reviews can help to attract a great deal of attention, especially when the reviews focus on the products you offer and provide favorable reviews for these products. This type of information can either be subjective in nature or can remain objective by simply specifying certain features of the products and offering other concrete pieces of information as opposed to opinions of those products.
Ads – direct or subtle?
Advertising is often a very important part of an email marketing campaign and may either be direct or indirect in nature. Direct advertising might include banner ads or other graphical advertisements which encourage website visitors to click through the link to reach either your website or a sponsor’s website. Indirect advertising may apply to content in the copy of featured articles which subtly encourage visitors to make a purchase or visit your website. The indirect marketing in an email marketing campaign is usually supportive of the products or services you offer while direct marketing will likely promote products and services offered by sponsors who paid to receive advertising space on the email. Email recipients are usually well aware that these graphics are part of an advertisement and will choose to click on such links when they have an interest in the products or services being offered.