Email Marketing is a form of digital marketing that uses email to promote a business’s products and services by delivering a message directly to the audience’s inbox. This marketing product has come a long way since its humble beginning. Once often labeled as “spam,” it can now be much more personalized and targeted, making it an excellent tactic for reaching both potential and existing customers.
It’s important to note that email campaigns are most effective when sent to individuals that have “opted in”, meaning the message will only be seen by thosewho have chosen to receive these types of communications
The History of Email
2021 marks the 50th anniversary of the first email message ever sent computer to computer using the @ symbol to identify an address.
In 1978, Digital Equipment Corp. sent the first email blast to 400 email addresses promoting computers, resulting in $13 million in sales!
In the beginning, it was mostly used by government and university employees. Email was not widely used by the general public until 1996 when Hotmail launched the first free, web-based email service. Today, 99% of email users check their email daily (often multiple times per day).
Reaching Potential Customers
An audience-targeted email marketing campaign allows businesses to reach potential customers who are most likely to be interested in their offerings. These direct-to-inbox emails can target users based on data like their purchase behavior, hobbies, lifestyle, interests, gender, age, and income. These messages will help build your brand, product, and event awareness to a highly motivated audience with the goal of generating new business.
Staying connected with Existing Customers
Emailing current customers from a well-built email list will help increase retention, repeat business and build relationships with an existing foundation. This type of email marketing can be highly personalized based on information gained about the customer throughout their buying journey.
Welcome Emails – These emails are like giving a new subscriber a virtual handshake and a smile. When someone shares their email information they are confirming their initial or continued interest. This is a pivotal moment for a business to set expectations and start a new brand relationship off on the right foot.
Scheduled Newsletters – This type of email keeps subscribers in the loop about the latest things happening within your business such as brand updates, industry insights, product news, or even highlighting recent customer reviews.
Education – You can establish trust with your customer base by demonstrating that you are the go-to source for industry knowledge and helpful tips.
Special Occasions – Connecting with customers on their birthday, anniversary, or holiday is one way to bring a personal touch to this communication channel.
Exclusive Offers and Discounts – Past customers can be enticed to become loyal, repeat customers with deals offered to them based on their history with your business.
Lead Nurturing – With an ongoing email campaign, businesses can nurture leads by providing valuable information at every stage of the customer’s journey.
No matter the message, it is always important for businesses to add value to the customer experience while staying consistent with their brand.
Our team at Wisconn Valley Media Group is ready to help you decide if email marketing or another digital tactic is a good choice to achieve your marketing goals. If you are interested in learning more about this tactic, contact Craig Grove at email@example.com or 262-656-6248.