Email newsletter has become a main means of communication between an online marketer and subscribers. After you setup a blog or website where you will regularly post new articles and stories, the next thing to think about is the creation of a good email newsletter. Why send email newsletters? For a couple of reasons:
Did you know the IP address you send emails from is important? That’s really true. One of the factors that determine the success of an email marketing campaign is the sender reputation. Many ISP look at the reputation of the domain you send the emails from and at the reputation of the IP address used for sending the emails.
Email marketers are used to believe that a dedicated IP address is the best solution but yet in some cases you can benefit from using a shared IP address. Let’s look closely at the advantages and downsides of each one in order you could make the right decision for your company.
If someone doesn’t want to receive emails from you anymore, they click on your unsubscribe link and must be removed from your list immediately. There is nothing easier. But to our regret, not all who wish to be removed acts this way. Some people still hits “Report Spam” button on your email. Probably they do this because:
As a good email marketer you take care about creating your own mailing list by collecting subscribers on your website or blog. You make sure that your signup form is clearly visible to the readers and that your whole opt-in process works like a charm.
Your primary objective is to collect the email addresses of people who are interested in receiving your emails. You will be then sending your e-newsletters, promotional emails, news, offers, etc. to your subscribers.
But did you think about generating some profits and even sales from the signup process itself? This is what many email marketers overlook when setting up their opt-in program.
Here are a few tips you can take advantage of when building your email list:
As the Subject line is one of the factors that make the reader either open or delete the message, we’re always wondering about the best way to write the Subject line. In one of my latest articles I shared several tips on how to write the Subject line to increase the email open rate.
However, I don’t think we’ll ever find a definite answer what is good and what is bad with regards to the Subject line. This is because one thing may work well for one sender and it may not work for another sender in a different kind of email message. This applies to the personalization of the Subject lines too.
Using an SMTP server to send emails is faster and more reliable because the emails sent through the SMTP server have more chances to be delivered into the Inbox. If your ISP SMTP server is able to handle many messages at a time and does not impose strict email sending restrictions, you can use your ISP SMTP settings in EasyMail7.
Email marketers understand that the unsubscribe process is as much important as the opt-in process. The unsubscribe link included into each email is a must have for reputable email senders.
However, some people still prefer clicking on “Spam” button if they don’t want to receive emails from you anymore. Maybe they don’t trust the sender’s unsubscribe process and see a spam complaint as a more trustworthy way to opt-out, or maybe they are just too lazy to search for the unsubscribe link in your email, or maybe for any other reason but you are likely to receive a number of spam complaints after each email campaign. And that’s normal. You should be worried only if the number of spam complaints exceeds the allowable threshold set by the ISP. That’s why a great idea is to sign up for ISP feedback loops if you are not signed up yet and monitor your spam complaints at a regular basis.
List hygiene plays a role in the delivery race. It is important to maintain a clean mailing list and remove bounced/undeliverable emails because a lot of ISP mail servers have been known to block a sender’s email domain for repeated sending messages to email addresses from a non-existing domain.
Most spammers don’t have actual email addresses. Spammers are known to use a software that takes random email addresses and they do not care about bounced or undelivered emails. Hence, ISP assumes that the sender is trying to spam and may block or blacklist his email domain. It will be quite problematic to resolve the matter (block/blacklist) and the only thing to do is to register a new email domain or use another email domain to send emails out.
But we all are in different environments; we have different online businesses and different subscribers’ databases. What works for us may not work for you and vice versa. Thus, the best tip you should follow is test your email marketing campaigns to find out what works best for your own subscribers and what doesn’t work at all.
Today I’d like to share with you 4 weird email marketing concepts which oppose common practices but may work for you under certain circumstances:
The Internet teems with practical advices, tips and tricks on email marketing: how to create an email newsletter, build an email list, get better response rate and so on. Such information is absolutely important and should be studied by email marketers, in particular, by those one who are just starting their online business. By the way, you can find much useful information on email marketing in the articles on my blog. Do you want to know how to make your emails easier and friendlier to your subscribers? Go on and read my 5 Real Steps to Easier Email
But in this article I won’t tell about any 1, 2, 3 … best email marketing practices and strategies. What I am going to focus on is a psychological aspect of the Internet marketing.