For a long while, it seems as though email marketers have followed the idea of nothing ventured, nothing lost when it comes to email marketing. There was simply no reason to get better at email marketing because it didn’t cost all that much more to send out 1000 more emails. So what did it matter if the clickthrough rate could be optimized? It was easier just to buy 1000 more names and blast them all. Extra names = increase. Right? Well, now that every retailer out there is sending more emails, it’s making the forest that much thicker - and the path to your product that much more difficult to navigate. Couple that with the fact that a poor economy is just about the time that acquisition seems too pricey and we have a perfect climate for belt-tightening via smarter use of technology. Behold, the age of product recommendations has come to email.
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Last week, I presented some recent survey results compiled by InternetRetailer.com and eMarketer (Better than average?) that may help online retailers gauge how they compare to the “typical” online retailer. As part of my blog entry, I talked about increased competition in email marketing and the challenge of staying in front of customers as the inbox gets more crowded. InternetRetailer.com just followed up on their survey with an article detailing the steps email marketers should take to better reach their customers. I think they make some really good points, so wanted to share the article (Survey: Too much and not enough) and talk about their findings.
The idea of personalizing your email marketing for each customer segment can be enough to make you close your eyes and hope that the trend goes away. After all, doing creative for one email blast is hard enough, how can you do 10 and stay sane? Here’s my suggestion: don’t.