What to Look for in an Email Marketer

download (3)Email is NOT dead! We repeat: Email is not dead! Email may seem like an archaic method of connecting with customers with new, engaging technologies disrupting markets, but it’s far from being pushed out of the digital space. With more people adapting to mobile – 70% of adults have smartphones; this stat is 85% for young adults (PewResearchCenter) – email is being viewed more, just opened in a different place. According to Experian’s “Quarterly email benchmark report” (Q4 2015), “65% of total email opens occurred on a mobile phone or tablet in Q4 2015, compared to 54% in Q3 2015.” We’ve made our point – email is here to stay.

When working on incorporating email into your digital marketing strategy, look for these skills in an email marketing consultant:

UNDERSTAND YOUR MARKET

Not every email is for every market. Make sure the email marketer you’re working with understands the different audiences you are targeting and how to market to them appropriately. If you’re a talent management agency, for example, and your main markets are manufacturing and industrial lighting, two different emails of content are required to be relevant to both types of groups.

A/B TESTS ARE YOUR FRIEND!

A/B tests are key for testing new methods of engagement with your subscribers. LinkedIn Pulse recently featured a great article by QASymphony that provided a use case of an A/B test. The company created two different emails to drive sign ups, one with a multi-step process, and one with a single-step process:

The company noted that the content was exactly the same aside of the CTA (call-to-action). The results showed that Version B (showed as Variation #1 below) had a 22% higher conversation rate than the two-step process email:

While the simpler, lesser-step process may seem like an obvious result for higher conversion, it’s key to understand how the data affects the sales funnel, per QASymphony’s article. Higher conversions equals higher revenue, and this specific example doesn’t require an increase in marketing spend, simply a shift in strategies.

HOW TO GET – AND KEEP – NEW SUBSCRIBERS.

Are you missing opportunities to capture new subscribers? Free tools like SumoMe provide pop-ups for websites to capture email addresses. If you’re tweeting about a blog post, press release, or the like, have a pop-up appear to prompt users to opt-in to your newsletter. SumoMe offers features that allow you to customize how and when the pop-up appears: in the middle of the screen, bottom right, every fifth time a visitors clicks to your site, etc.

Your email marketing tool, like MailChimp, can break down which subscribers are opening and clicking on content within your emails so you can see what content is driving the most engagement. Make sure to curate content that’s resonating with subscribers, showing them that you’re paying attention to what they want to read.