by Alex Petrovic
One of the most critical aspects of taking a long term view of online business is email marketing. As the successor to direct mailing, email marketing is a terrific way to establish trust and rapport, as well as have subscribers be exposed to advertisement. One of those sayings that everyone in the internet marketing world knows is "The money is in the list."
While there is no doubt that an email marketing list is a powerful tool that can attract a potentially great return, too many marketers lose track of the fact that email marketing is marketing. In other words, the things that make a sales page successful are the same things that make a mail campaign successful. Of these things, good copy is the single most crucial aspect of the formula.
We've all subscribed to lists where someone simply includes a blind link with no copy whatsoever. This is the absolute worst example of the problem, but any email that says nothing but "BUY THIS!!" fits into this category of poor marketing.
One step up, but still very bad, is the marketer who bombards his or her list with copy that is completely bland and lifeless. An email that says nothing but "Hi, this is Bob again. Buy this, it is great!" is a great tool to lose subscribers - to make money, not so much.
To have a successful email marketing campaign, remember who your subscribers are, keep them interested, and make offers sound interesting.
Who Your Subscribers Are
Chances are, they are not people who signed up to a registration form that said, "Put your email here and I will bombard you with incessant advertisements." It is more likely, they were told they would get tips, news, information, anything but advertising. Every niche has different tolerances for how much free stuff versus how much advertising they will put up with, but no niche will accept nothing but advertisements. Whatever you offer for people to sign up - deliver!
Keep Them Interested
The simple truth is that we all want nothing pointless entering our inboxes. Your subscribers are no different. Each time a subscriber opens one of your messages and finds boring and pointless content, there is a chance he or she will unsubscribe. Even openly insulting your subscribers is better than boring them, at least that way they might remain subscribed to see what outrageous thing you say in the next message.
Make Offers Sound Interesting
This is where good copy comes in. When you do make an offer, use the same verbal techniques you employ in a great sales page. Each time someone encounters an interesting, compelling twist on an offer, the effect is cumulative with previous interesting, compelling exposures. Maintaining high quality copy hooks would be clients and keeps them hooked.
Alex Petrovic, Advanced SEO strategist - Dejan SEO company.
Main activity – Link building team leader.
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