Over the past few decades, technology has providentially leveled the playing field for business owners with small budgets and narrow profit margins and who are in search of affordable marketing options to spread their brand's message. The far-reaching — and inexpensive — arm of e-mail is a perfect example. To date, it's one of the simplest and most effective marketing tools available to anyone with a computer. If implemented correctly, a sharp and well-executed e-mail marketing campaign could be one of the keys to driving lead conversions for your business.
If you're thinking about launching an e-mail marketing campaign for your business, take a look at the following tips for building a successful program before you actually pull the trigger.
1. Cultivating Your Subscriber List
When crafting your subscriber list, best place to start is with your current customers/web visitors. Encourage them to provide you with their e-mail address if they haven't already. Depending on the type of business you have, you may come into contact with your customers face-to-face as they visit your brick and mortar storefront, or, via web traffic as they visit your website. If coming into contact with them in-person, you'll want to set up a display area where they can fill out a card and leave their address. Many business owners like to set this area up right near the cash register, exit/entrance way or bar. And remember, make this setup attractive!
On the other hand, if your customers are coming into contact with you on the web and you're trying to convert those visitors into e-mail subscribers, you'll want to design an eye-catching, noticeable sign-up form and place it prominently on your website somewhere above the fold. (Here's more information on web usability best practices). Knowing where to capture their attention, though, is only half the battle. Be sure to tell them why they should subscribe for your e-mail updates. Understandably, most people are cautious about whom they give their e-mail address out to—nobody wants more junk mail. So explaining to prospective subscribers the value of subscribing will be paramount. What's in it for them?