How to Ensure Your Email Marketing Campaign is a Success

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It’s hard to deny the benefits of email marketing. With just about everybody having access to their own email address these days, landing your marketing material in their inbox is unsurprisingly an effective way of making a sale.

That being said, just because your email marketing campaign has recipients, that doesn’t mean it’s guaranteed to be a success. If you want to turn those recipients into paying customers, you’re going to have to pay extra attention when fine tuning your marketing campaign. But how exactly do you do it?

For a start, the last thing you want is for your marketing material to fall on deaf ears, and that can quite easily happen because of how many email accounts sit inactive, often for a number of years. With that in mind, an important first step is to organise your email marketing list by setting aside those inactive email addresses. This process is known as segmenting and involves analysing how often a subscriber interacts with your campaigns to evaluate if it’s worth continuing.

Along with inactive email accounts, there’s a good chance that many of your marketing campaign releases are ending up absolutely nowhere. Email subscriber lists are often plagued by addresses that are invalid, whether they’ve been wrongly entered, misspelt, or simply just made up. That’s where the verification of email process comes in to ensure your marketing campaign doesn’t just bounce back.

Once you have a list of active recipients, who are actually going to read your email marketing piece, you’ll want to eliminate the risk of it ending up in their spam folder.

More and more people are now using aggressive spam filters to ensure that any old junk doesn’t end up in their inbox. But as spam filters become more aggressive, the risk of legitimate marketing material ending up in the junk folder does too. It goes without saying that you don’t want your marketing campaign to meet that fate. Thankfully, it isn’t all too difficult to ensure your email doesn’t hit the spam box.

By creating a HTML rich campaign, that’s packed with both a combination of text and imagery, it’s possible for your campaign to slide right through any spam filter. That’s because such filters typically look to exclude emails that consist of large chunks of text without any real formatting. Of course, it’s always also a good idea to remind your subscribers to add your address to their safe sender list.

Finally, when it comes to rolling out your marketing campaign to your subscribers, you’ll want to do your best to ensure that your activity isn’t detected as suspicious your internet provider, or email service providers. This is known as IP banning, and the best way to prevent it is by rolling out your campaign slowly, perhaps over the course of a number of hours, or even days if you want to be on the safe side.

With these simple tips in mind, you’re next email marketing campaign is guaranteed to be a success, all whilst converting your subscribers to paying customers.

Melissa Thompson writes about a wide range of topics, revealing interesting things we didn’t know before. She is a freelance USA Today producer, and a Technorati contributor.