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8 Tips To Make Your Email Marketing Campaign Management Effective

8 Tips To Make Your Email Marketing Campaign Management Effective

Email marketing campaigns are still the most effective way of directly communicating with your potential customers. They are the single most reliable way to increase your income when you are planning and implementing effective, integrated marketing campaigns.

What is email marketing?

Email marketing is using the speed and ease of email to communicate directly with your potential customers. Important messages, tips, updates and promotions can be delivered to people who have opted in to your mailing list.

Is it working for you now?

The questions to ask yourself to determine if your current email marketing is working or not are as follows:

  • Are my campaigns being talked about?
  • Are my campaigns driving traffic to my website?
  • Are my campaigns making money?

If you answer no to one or more of these, then you will need to look at optimizing further.

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What do you need to implement an effective email marketing campaign?

1. Know your target audience

Before you even think about starting a new campaign, you need to have an ultra-clear understanding of who your ideal audience is. Take as much time as you need to ensure that have done this; without it you are greatly decreasing the level of success before you even get started.

Do you know your audience demographics and characteristics? Areas to look at include:

  • age
  • gender
  • education
  • income
  • marital status
  • family life cycle
  • lifestyle
  • activities and interests
  • attitudes and beliefs

Do your research and you will smooth your path to a successful campaign.

2. Follow the rules

It is your responsibility to know and understand the “spam” laws for your country. In the US, it is the “Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act of 2003,” or CAN-Spam. In Canada, it is Bill C-28: Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation, or CASL—this comes into effect on July 1, 2014. Check your country, and if you are planning to email to customers in the US and Canada, you will need to know these laws too.

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The basics:

  • Only send to addresses that have opted in.
  • Each email must link to an easy unsubscribe.
  • You must include your physical address.
  • If they have unsubscribed, never email them again (just purge your database of those addresses).
  • Do not buy or sell addresses.

This is definitely not legal advice—educate yourself! Selecting a reputable email service provider will make your work easier as they will not allow you to do anything that would impact their reputation and that of their other customers.

3. Clear objectives

Before you create your first campaign, decide why you are communicating with your customers. Some questions you should ask yourself before sending are:
  • Why are you sending? Is it to educate users? Announce an event? Promote a product?
  • What do you want your reader to do?
  • How will you know you are successful?

Defining clear objectives and how you are going to measure the success of a campaign will make your campaign more effective.

4. Viable, clean, specific data

If you have an email list already, you want to ensure that you have the most accurate list. Ensure that you are pruning your list to purge inaccurate information, re-engage inactivate emails and clean unsubscribes.

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5. Encourage opt-ins

If you are starting out with a fresh new list , you want to encourage people to self-select by signing up.

  • Have a sign-up form or feature box on your front page.
  • Have a sign-up form on all web pages or posts.
  • Offering a free giveaway book, audio or video can increase sign ups.
  • Personalized confirmations and thank you emails can increase engagement.

6. Create your campaign

Following your objectives, set up a campaign that encompasses standard and customized elements. Some things to note are:

  • Double opt-in is not only best practice, it is the simplest way to stay compliant.
  • Opt-out links should be clearly visible.
  • Customize your email templates to fit your website and business branding.
  • Turn on tracking with your campaign.
  • Take advantage of auto-responder scheduling.

7. Create your emails

Based on your objective, create your email or series of emails. Ensure that you’re focusing on great copy.

  • Priority #1 is your subject line, this is 80% of the email’s success. This needs to be strong, attention grabbing and benefit driven.
  • Have a balanced text-to-graphic ratio. People are attracted to graphics, but make sure they enhance the email not distract from it. Don’t forget to customize the alt text of the image for people who do not view the images by default.
  • Make sure that you have one clear call to action. If you have more, it will confuse the readers and they will not take any action.
  • Design should match your website and business branding.
  • Add you logo, address and unsubscribe link.

8. Tracking and testing

Setting up the tracking before you launch the campaign will keep you focused on your objectives and allow you confirm you are making progress.

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Metrics that you would want to track include:

  • Deliverability. Did they receive the email?
  • Open rate. Did they open the email?
  • Click through. Did they click on the call to action?
  • Conversion rate. Did they become a customer?

Once you have had some time to collect some data you can tweak and retest. I would recommend eight weeks or 150–200 email addresses.

You can change various elements of both the sign up and the emails themselves, such as:

  • copy on the sign up
  • subject lines
  • style
  • font
  • calls to action

Once you have completed a successful campaign or two, you will have the process streamlined for what is successful for you and your website or business. Over time you will definitely see an increase in your customer engagement and investment.

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Last Updated on September 11, 2019

Why To-Do Lists Don’t Work (And How to Change That)

Why To-Do Lists Don’t Work (And How to Change That)

How often do you feel overwhelmed and disorganized in life, whether at work or home? We all seem to struggle with time management in some area of our life; one of the most common phrases besides “I love you” is “I don’t have time”. Everyone suggests working from a to-do list to start getting your life more organized, but why do these lists also have a negative connotation to them?

Let’s say you have a strong desire to turn this situation around with all your good intentions—you may then take out a piece of paper and pen to start tackling this intangible mess with a to-do list. What usually happens, is that you either get so overwhelmed seeing everything on your list, which leaves you feeling worse than you did before, or you make the list but are completely stuck on how to execute it effectively.

To-do lists can work for you, but if you are not using them effectively, they can actually leave you feeling more disillusioned and stressed than you did before. Think of a filing system: the concept is good, but if you merely file papers away with no structure or system, the filing system will have an adverse effect. It’s the same with to-do lists—you can put one together, but if you don’t do it right, it is a fruitless exercise.

Why Some People Find That General To-Do Lists Don’t Work?

Most people find that general to-do lists don’t work because:

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  • They get so overwhelmed just by looking at all the things they need to do.
  • They don’t know how to prioritize the items on list.
  • They feel that they are continuously adding to their list but not reducing it.
  • There’s a sense of confusion seeing home tasks mixed with work tasks.

Benefits of Using a To-Do List

However, there are many advantages working from a to-do list:

  • You have clarity on what you need to get done.
  • You will feel less stressed because all your ‘to do’s are on paper and out of your mind.
  • It helps you to prioritize your actions.
  • You don’t overlook so many tasks and forget anything.
  • You feel more organized.
  • It helps you with planning.

4 Golden Rules to Make a To-Do List Work

Here are my golden rules for making a “to-do” list work:

1. Categorize

Studies have shown that your brain gets overwhelmed when it sees a list of 7 or 8 options; it wants to shut down.[1] For this reason, you need to work from different lists. Separate them into different categories and don’t have more than 7 or 8 tasks on each one.

It might work well for you to have a “project” list, a “follow-up” list, and a “don’t forget” list; you will know what will work best for you, as these titles will be different for everybody.

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2. Add Estimations

You don’t merely need to know what has to be done, but how long it will take as well in order to plan effectively.

Imagine on your list you have one task that will take 30 minutes, another that could take 1 hour, and another that could take 4 hours. You need to know the moment you look at the task, otherwise you undermine your planning, so add an extra column to your list and include your estimation of how long you think the task will take, and be realistic!

Tip: If you find it a challenge to estimate accurately, then start by building this skill on a daily basis. Estimate how long it will take to get ready, cook dinner, go for a walk, etc., and then compare this to the actual time it took you. You will start to get more accurate in your estimations.

3. Prioritize

To effectively select what you should work on, you need to take into consideration: priority, sequence and estimated time. Add another column to your list for priority. Divide your tasks into four categories:

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  • Important and urgent
  • Not urgent but important
  • Not important but urgent
  • Not important or urgent

You want to work on tasks that are urgent and important of course, but also, select some tasks that are important and not urgent. Why? Because these tasks are normally related to long-term goals, and when you only work on tasks that are urgent and important, you’ll feel like your day is spent putting out fires. You’ll end up neglecting other important areas which most often end up having negative consequences.

Most of your time should be spent on the first two categories.

4.  Review

To make this list work effectively for you, it needs to become a daily tool that you use to manage your time and you review it regularly. There is no point in only having the list to record everything that you need to do, but you don’t utilize it as part of your bigger time management plan.

For example: At the end of every week, review the list and use it to plan the week ahead. Select what you want to work on taking into consideration priority, time and sequence and then schedule these items into your calendar. Golden rule in planning: don’t schedule more than 75% of your time.

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Bottom Line

So grab a pen and paper and give yourself the gift of a calm and clear mind by unloading everything in there and onto a list as now, you have all the tools you need for it to work. Knowledge is useless unless it is applied—how badly do you want more time?

To your success!

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