An eCommerce business without a robust email marketing strategy is like a defanged python. You simply cannot compete with your competitors if you don’t make email a priority.
Email marketing can seem overwhelming, especially when every marketer is also thinking about social media, SEO, and content marketing. I’m not suggesting you drop those things, but I am suggesting that you take a closer look at how email could explode your business. After all, 91% of consumers check their email every single day.
Let’s take a look at a few ways email marketing can help any eCommerce business grow.
1. Email can build hype for a new product
If you are launching a new business, product, or service, a squeeze page is a great way to generate interest. For example, you can offer users early access in exchange for an email address. As the business, product or service nears completion, you can build excitement by teasing it with these folks.
2. Email can make customers buy more often
There are different kinds of eCommerce businesses. Some thrive on subscription models while others are constantly looking for new, first-time buyers. Either way, email can keep those customers coming back for more.
If, for example, I purchase a book on Amazon, they send me follow-up offers for other books I might like based on how similar customers have behaved. How would I know about those other offers if they didn’t let me know via email?
On the other hand, if your business is built on a subscription model, emails can remind users to sign up for another month or year of your service. See how domain management company Hover does it:
3. Email can re-engage past customers
Let’s say you had a product that went viral and you emptied your inventory. Those customers are happy with their product but haven’t come back for a second purchase. Well, it’s time to get them warmed up!
A cold list can be a powerful tool when used correctly. It’s very important not to spam these folks as they may not remember your company or the great value they received when they bought your product. You can further use Facebook ads, retargeting, and LinkedIn to remind old customers about your business.
Even if they don’t click, the image of your face or logo will prep them for the arrival of your email. Read Murphy’s full post for more details on how to do this.
4. Transactional email can be your best friend
Did you know that transactional emails like receipts, order confirmations, notifications, and reminders are opened at a much higher rate than promotional emails? A study from Experian found that some transactional emails were opened at 8x the rate of promotional emails.
When marketers send promotional emails, they are essentially begging for the recipient’s attention. But transactional garner tons of opens and clicks and usually have no marketing value. It’s a huge missed opportunity.
We’ve blogged about this a few times in the past, and are still amazed how many marketers don’t optimize for this.
5. Behavioral email can be the future of your business
What, exactly, is the future of email marketing? The answer is simple: data.
As businesses collect more data about their customers, they can send better, more accurate emails. Data allows marketers to segment their lists, send revealing A/B tests and explode the success of their email marketing.
One of the most exciting ways to use data is to track the activity of users on your site and send targeted emails based on what they do. For example, if a returning customer views a product page three times, a triggered email could send them more information about it. Or, if a customer is exploring your product, you can automatically send a tutorial about a specific feature. It’s incredibly powerful and it’s the future of email marketing.
Hopefully, by now you realize how big this opportunity is for your business. Here’s what you should do next:
- Identify any and every way customers receive communication from you
- Get data on opens and click-thru rates
- Start by optimizing colors, logos and copy to be consistent with your brand
- Find an email provider that will allow you take control of these emails
- Ensure they are mobile-responsive, functional and beautiful
- A/B test your transactional emails and make changes based on the results