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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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5 Learning Management Systems (LMS) for Effective Learning

5 Learning Management Systems (LMS) for Effective Learning

Businesses rely on talent to generate and sell value. Without skilled people to create its products, manage its operations and execute its strategies, a business would inevitably fizzle out of the game and leave better-staffed competitors to take the field.

This is the reason why ambitious companies go great lengths to attract top talent,[1] shelling out millions of dollars in the process and bending traditional work policies just to bring highly skilled but demanding candidates into the fold.

Clearly, the contours of business are changing. But so are the demographics of work.

Millennials have become the dominant generation in the job market in terms of population, and some have already transitioned into leadership roles. Most millennials consider opportunity to learn and grow more important than overall compensation.[2]

Companies also today expect employees to come equipped with razor sharp business acumen.[3] Unfortunately, there is an alarming discrepancy between the actual skills businesses need and those currently possessed by job candidates.

To stay in the game, employers need to continually upgrade their training and skills development strategies to cover the entire employee lifecycle.

What are Learning Management Systems (LMS)?

Learning management systems are software-based solutions for authoring, presenting, consuming, storing, and tracking educational content and training materials. These systems aim to centralize all instructional content (e.g., lessons, training modules, instructional videos, presentation slides, worksheets, online quizzes, ebooks, takeaway notes, etc.) in one place.

LMS enable instructors to design and deliver learning experiences to students, with the added capability of evaluating the effectiveness of the instructional materials and grading the learning progress of students.

On the other side of the equation, learners use LMS to develop skills and acquire new knowledge virtually anytime and anywhere via the different channels and content formats made possible by digital technology.

Over the years, a wide range of features and technologies have been integrated into learning management systems to help enhance the experience of training designers, instructors, and learners. These include cloud and mobile technology, artificial intelligence, responsive design, scheduling, gamification, data analytics, and interoperability with other applications.

5 Best All-Purpose Learning Management Systems

There are dozens of LMS vendors catering to the general market or to specific segments such as K-12 learning, higher education, and corporate training.

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With so many options available, selecting the right LMS solution for your needs can be complicated and costly, especially when you end up adopting a platform that doesn’t exactly match your goals or requirements.

Short of conducting a comprehensive audit of your needs and finalizing a learning roadmap, the safest bet would be to adopt full-featured but affordable LMS solutions.

Based on user reviews, here are the 5 best LMS to help people gain knowledge, build skills, and achieve mastery:

1. Canvas Network

Launched by Instructure as an open source software in 2011, Canvas is an end-to-end cloud-based service originally engineered for the education sector.

Widely adopted for K-12 and Higher Ed learning, Canvas can be repurposed for anything that involves an instructor, a subject matter, and a student.

Used around the world by people of all ages and organizations of all types, Canvas arguably has the largest learning and support community in its class. It works on desktop computers, tablets and mobile phones.

To get a glimpse of the platform’s fresh interfaces, you can visit the Canvas Network, a learning community that provides educational and instructional materials created by colleges, universities, corporate businesses, independent course developers, and other knowledge-sharing entities around the world.

Hosting hundreds of interesting topics from data science to horticulture, the learning network also serves as evidence to the scope, capabilities, and popularity of the Canvas LMS platform.

Canvas is hosted on Amazon Web Services (AWS) infrastructure, which enhances the platform’s reliability, speed, scalability, and overall online performance.

Additionally, platform adopters enjoy a low-risk environment since cloud-based solutions require no hard stops for version updates, upgrades, or system migrations.

The Canvas website does not show a price matrix but says the service adopts a simple formula for computing fees: a one-time implementation fee and an annual subscription fee based on total number of users. It also promises free basic services for teachers who want to use the platform.

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In addition to Canvas, Instructure also offers Bridge (an LMS designed for corporate environments), Arc (a video platform for online learning), and Gauge (an assessment management system).

Check out this video if you want to learn more about Canvas Network:

2. Google Classroom

This free service from Google aims to improve the teaching and learning process using cloud technology, web apps, workflow simplification, and seamless communication between students and instructors.

Using Classroom, educators can easily create and schedule classes, distribute assignments, send feedback, and grade quizzes all in one place. By streamlining processes, Classroom helps teachers save time and organize classes more effectively. Both students and teachers can also work using any device anytime and anywhere.

Classroom works perfectly with other Google tools, having been launched initially as part of Google’s G Suite for Education. This LMS solution taps Google Drive for content storage and distribution, as well as Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides for the creation and sharing of instructional materials. Meanwhile it integrates Google Calendar for scheduling and Gmail for communication.

With G Suite, other communication channels such as chat messaging, video conferencing, and a dedicated website are enabled.

Easy to set up and manage, Google Classroom is free to use. One of my very first courses was actually hosted on Google Classroom.

Going beyond the classroom environment, Google offers G Suite Enterprise for Education for large institutions. This suite provides enhanced search and analytics capabilities as well as advanced tools for enterprise communications.

3. Moodle (Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment)

If budget and capability equally top your list of LMS adoption criteria, then Moodle might just fit the bill. Which is to say there’s none (i.e., bill).

Moodle is a free and open-source learning solution for distance education, workplace training, flipped classrooms, and other pedagogical environments.

It is also a full-featured LMS supported by a robust community and a thriving developer ecosystem. Not surprisingly, Moodle is used in more than 15 million courses by more than 130 million users in 230+ countries.

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Among other things, Moodle enables administrators and educators to create a dynamic and dedicated website to host organic, easily accessible, and highly customizable courses that can be experienced on desktops and mobile devices anytime and anywhere.

Moodle provides a personalized and intuitive dashboard as well as a host of collaboration tools for content designers, teachers, and learners. A universal calendar, an efficient file management system, an automatic notification system, multimedia integration, and a progress tracking tool all come with the package.

Check out this video if you want to learn more about Moodle:

4. Absorb

This platform recently bagged PC Magazine’s Editors’ Choice Award for Best LMS.

Co-designed and built by former course authors, Absorb takes learning experience to the next level. This turnkey LMS solution is responsive, full-featured, and highly customizable for maximum impact.

Course developers can orchestrate a wide range of experiences depending on audience or learning situation. In addition to surveys, polls, and e-commerce integration, Absorb supports formal online learning and certifications standards such as AICC, SCORM, and Tin Can.

The user interface can also be modified to match the learner’s location, group, or department, allowing for a different look and feel for customers, channel partners, management trainees, and newly hired employees.

Absorb supports all personal computing devices from desktops to mobile phones. There are also native or hybrid apps for iOS and Android.

The only possible drawback to the platform’s powerful feature set is its pricing. The service reportedly implements a flat, one-time setup fee depending on your business and training requirements. According to the site, any plan comes with a dedicated success team for your account.

Although small companies are welcome to try, midsize to enterprise-scale organizations are probably the best segment to readily adopt this LMS solution.

Take a look at some examples of Absorb in this video:

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5. Watershed Collaborative

Created by a group of educators, this nonprofit rethinks the priorities of an LMS, asserting that too many systems miss the most essential elements of what makes learning stick. They promise a better user experience – emphasizing Learning before Management and System.

Watershed aims to support an inquiry-based learning experience through an integrated mix of online and in-person learning strategies and interactions designed expressly for teams – including collaboration, reflection, and dialogue.

While Watershed was founded initially to serve the K-12 education market, the company has since expanded its scope to cater to all types of teachers and learners with its video-rich, state-of-the-art platform.

If you’re a mission-driven educator, content creator, institution, or business, this LMS may be the one for you.

Watershed specializes in assisting you with the instructional design of courses and provides content production services to ensure top-quality video assets with lasting value. Their LMS makes it easy for course creators to continuously update and tailor content to support small and large groups, while ensuring the technology and instructional strategy supports communities of learners.

Pricing varies based on products and services, but revenues support the nonprofit’s ability to make its platform and courses available at little or no cost for high-need educators and educational settings.

Honorable Mentions

There are dozens of LMS vendors in this growing market and the brands included in foregoing list are by no means the only viable options for companies or learning institutions looking to upgrade their learning infrastructure.

Many other excellent services are worth checking out. These include:

  1. Docebo is an LMS designed for hyper-engaging students, employees, customers, and other learners. The system helps organizations identify and resolve competency gaps with strategic learning interventions.
  2. Cornerstone OnDemand is a talent, training, and performance management solution offered as an SaaS (Software-as-a-Service). This service enables learners to create personalized playlists of instructional content.
  3. Lessonly is an LMS solution that makes it easier to recall and reinforce whatever skills or knowledge you have learned through quizzes, coaching, and constant practice.
  4. Skillsoft is an online training and corporate learning platform developed by a two-decade old and billion-dollar company with the same name.
  5. D2L BrightSpace is a learning management system that has all the basics for delivering excellent, rich-media experiences for classroom or workplace training.

Conclusion

There are many ways to learn but some are more effective and meaningful than others. Whether you are a teacher looking to enhance classroom learning or an HR manager creating a long-term talent development plan for employees, the key to impactful learning is to understand and bridge the needs of learners, the goals of your institution, and the actual capabilities of the learning tools you are considering.

Note that using multiple LMS platforms is possible although not recommended. On the other hand, adopting other learning solutions beyond LMS (such as podcasts, mentoring, and onsite in-person workshops) may significantly improve learning outcomes. Always go for products and plugins that seamlessly integrate into your core LMS tool.

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