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Email Marketing With E Newsletters

Email Marketing With E Newsletters



Email marketing is not just all about unsolicited emails with advertisements making outrageous claims. Unfortunately the abundance of spam which inundates Internet users each day has caused many to formulate a negative opinion about email marketing but savvy Internet marketers who understand how to market successful enjoy an advantage over the competition by turning to e-newsletters to reach more potential customers. This article will discuss e-newsletters and how they can be used effectively as part of an email marketing campaign.



An e-newsletter is very similar to newsletters which are printed and distributed via mail or other avenues. The most significant distance is the method of distribution. While traditional newsletters are typically mailed to the recipients or distributed in person, e-newsletters are distributed exclusively online. These e-newsletters may be either emailed in the body of an email message or may be included as a link in an email which directs the recipient to the website for the e-newsletter. In either case the recipient can read the e-newsletter while online and print it out or save it to their hard drive for future use.



The contents of an e-newsletter may vary somewhat drastically depending on the business the e-newsletter is promoting, the purpose of the e-newsletter and even the personal preferences of the business owner and the employees producing the e-newsletter. However, the general format for an e-newsletter is to include useful information in the form of full length feature articles or shorter pieces offering useful tips. The e-newsletter should also contain at least some subtle advertising for the products and services offered by the producer of the e-newsletter. These pieces of advertising should not be blatant and should allow readers of the e-newsletter to formulate their own opinions regarding the products or services.



The content of an e-newsletter should make up the bulk of the document. This may include full length feature articles which provide information for the readers. It may also include shorter pieces which may offer tips, review products or offer advice to the reader. The key to providing high quality content in these e-newsletters is to have them written by a capable writer who is knowledgeable about the subject matter. The writer may have an understanding of the subject matter or may simply be able to research the subject and learn enough to write accurate and informative articles on the topic. In either case the distributor of the e-newsletter should carefully review the content for both quality and accuracy before publishing the e-newsletter.



Distributors of e-newsletters should also consider including graphical elements into their e-newsletters. This may include product pictures or any other relevant graphics which provide meaning to the text of the e-newsletter. A graphic designer can assist you with this endeavor by helping you to create graphics, crop them appropriately and place them in a prime location on the layout of the e-newsletter.



Finally, distributors of e-newsletters should carefully consider their audience before using email for marketing purposes. The primary consideration should be whether or not the target audience is likely to be receptive to marketing in the form of emails or an e-newsletter. If they are likely to respond to this type of marketing it is worthwhile to pursue an email marketing campaign. However, care should be taken to ensure the emails sent to the target audience are designed specifically to appeal to these potential customers. This type of specialization should include the type of language used in the copy, the layout of the email or e-newsletter and the graphics used in the email or e-newsletter. Additionally, the copy should be filed with information which will be useful to the recipients. Another factor to consider is to whom to send the emails. Sending these emails to a large group of recipients who have not requested information from you and have no interest in your products and services is a waste of time. It is a better idea to ask customers and potential customers if they are interested in receiving more information and having them join an email distribution list if they wish to receive more information. Sending your emails to this distribution list ensures the majority of recipients will have an interest in your products or services and are not likely to automatically delete your emails as spam.



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Email Marketing Basics and Tips

The first point you must remember is that email marketing is just a tool – not a new concept of doing business like Web 2.0 but a time-tested, hardened method for generating profits. In other words, email marketing is just like any other online business tool – affiliate programs, pay-per-click advertising, sales letters, minisites – one of many assets at your disposal. What makes email marketing so interesting (and important) is its focus on building a positive relationship with your customers. From a marketing perspective, email marketing is simply an online extension of the traditional marketing principle of acquiring “prospects” by taking their contact information and then sending them promotional information via email.

Think product catalogs, magazine subscriptions (advertising within a magazine is the “promotional material”) and newspapers (classifieds) – all of these involve the same two steps:
* Acquiring the prospect’s contact information (either by offering a freebie or a discount, or just by asking).
* Send regular promotional offers to the “list” – a collection of prospects whose contact information you have.

This is ridiculously simple. There are many more levels and much more depth to the subject (and we will be covering all of it today and in the next two lessons), but this is the essence of it. The issue that immediately comes out of this is: What motivation does the prospect have, first for providing their contact details, and second, for buying any products that are pitched to her? None at all.

Consider a social parallel – if you go up to a complete stranger and ask them to give you their name and email address (or worse, their home address as well) so that you can send them emails about what to buy, your chances of success are going to be very, very slim. Instead, you have to give the prospect a reason to hand over her email address. More so to tell you her name. And an even better reason for the permission to send her any sort of product or service promotions. In other words, you have to use the principles of “Permission Marketing” (a term popularized by Seth Godin) – provide the prospect with a valuable enough proposition for her to consider giving you the permission to “market” to her i.e. sell to her. All of this leads to the first principle of email marketing: Before anything else, give the subscriber something that she respects and values.

Creating Value.
Everyone has problems. Everyone is looking for answers to these problems. Marketing – effective marketing – is positioning your product as THE solution to a particular problem. Combine this with the first principle of email marketing, and you have situation where your first task is to create value for the prospect. In some cases, the “promise” and “proof” of a solution can be enough (like a sales letter). In other cases, you might want to try providing a rudimentary solution in the form of providing some information, and build that value over time by continuously giving more and more to your prospects (like an email newsletter).

Email marketing is all about providing useful information to your subscribers. First, you encourage them to give you their email addresses by promising a solution to their problems (for example, a short report on the real estate market if you are targeting investors). In turn, this translates into permission given by the subscriber to allow you to send them further information via email. The central core of this whole process is valuable, relevant information. Information that the subscriber is interested in. Information that the subscriber needs. Now many marketers make a hash out of providing valuable information and instead concentrate on “selling” to the list. Do NOT make that mistake. You first priority is to develop a bond of trust with your subscribers – this will only happen if you learn to give first and foremost.

Building Trust.
Once you’ve learned how to give, you’re ready to build your “list” by using any one or more of a number of lead generation techniques, all of which involve driving traffic to a special “landing page” where you make your “information pitch” (as opposed to a sales pitch) and request the prospect’s name and email address. But building your list isn’t the only thing you must do. Almost simultaneously, from the moment you have convinced someone to hand over their email address, you are on the road of building a positive relationship with your list. A relationship that is based on trust, where trust can include the following:
* Your subscribers consider you an expert in your field (and therefore someone they are inclined to believe and listen to).
* Your subscribers implicitly trust you to treat them fairly – this results from a commitment to give first, and sell later. In other words, invest time and effort in your list, and make it show.
* Your subscribers expect quality from you, and by extension, they consider any products or services you promote as valuable.

This trust is paramount in email marketing. If you can gain the trust of your subscribers, they will respond to your product offers (provided that you are selling something valuable and not just trash) and, eventually, make you rich. The money really is in the list. In the third lesson of this series where I discuss advanced email marketing strategies, I’ll cover in detail how you can follow simple steps to ensure that your subscribers trust you, and also a checklist of things that can break that trust (i.e. a NOT to do checklist).

Repeat Customers.
The greatest value in email marketing is that of repeat customers. In other words, through email marketing you can basically send product promotions to your list regularly and continue making money out of the same core list of subscribers. Of course, it’s a bit more complicated in that, but this principle of acquiring repeat customers is enlightening because it showcases an important fact about business: You can market different products to the same group of people. If you position it right over a period of time, you will have a situation where a certain group of people are buying new products from you every few months. Now this works, but only if you are able to identify your “target market” and are creating products and services that are the answers to the types of problems your subscribers need solutions to. Failing to do that will result in unhappy subscribers and a cold list – a list full of subscribers that are not interested in your emails, don’t want to buy what you are selling and are generally ignoring your emails.

Building a list you can contact again and again for continuing profits needs a lot of effort to build and maintain. A large part of creating repeat customers in email marketing is to maintain a long-term relationship with your list – this involves regularly providing information that is useful to your subscribers. When following email marketing, do not forget that other rules of marketing still apply – if you don’t give your customer what they want, they won’t hang around your website (or in this case, on your list) anymore.

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Direct Email Marketing – How to Build a Larger Opt-in List

When it comes to running a flourishing direct email marketing campaign, one of the biggest challenges is to create an opt-in list. The opt-in list is the list of the email addresses of the people who want to get newsletters and other updates from you. It is as if they have given you the permission to send them emails that will notify about the products or services that you are offering. This list is the most important advantage for you regarding your campaign. A bigger list only means a wider experience of your business to the prospects. Therefore, it is very essential for you to understand the techniques on collecting the email addresses of the prospects. Following are some of the tried and tested ways to include more and more opt-in subscribers to the list.

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Email Marketing – Build a Huge List Today

Email marketing is one of the best ways to build a huge business online. How exactly do you do this?

One of the first things you should do to build a huge email marketing list is create a 7 day ecourse. This ecourse will be given away for FREE just for customers coming to your website and signing up using their email. This 7 day ecourse is key because people love free stuff and they will have no problem providing their name and email address for this course. This is one of the best selling tools possible and you will be using their information for future sales.

Let me give you a small example of what email marketing can do for you. Let's take a look at a list of 2000 subscribers. When you develop a new product or sell someone else's product through affiliate marketing, you want to sell your product to your email list. Let's say your product is $30.00 and ONLY 10% of your email list buys your product. That is $6,000.00 per product launch with only 10% of your email list buying your product! The numbers are phenomenal and having an email marketing list is key to being successful in any type of business. Many people ask the question, "How can I drive customers to my site to sign up for my email list"?

One of the best ways to drive customer's to your website the inexpensive way is through article marketing. Article marketing is one of the best methods of marketing your website and drive customers to opt-in to your email list. Article marketing will cost you ZERO dollars to write and zero dollars to publish. It is FREE advertising and one of the BEST ways to drive customers to your website.

Another great way to drive customers to your website is to post on forums relevant to the product you are selling. Contributing to forums with the link to your website in your signature is another great way to drive FREE traffic to your website. Most people shell out thousands and thousands of dollars a year driving traffic to their website and fail to use these 2 absolutely free methods. Some people choose to go the Google AdWords route when driving traffic to your website. The only problem is that this method can be costly if you are not careful. If you are on a thin budget the 2 methods I recommend are article marketing and forum postings.

As you can see now, having an email list full of hungry customers wanting your products is key to your success in the internet marketing world. It is extremely hard to be successful without email marketing and it is a vital piece of internet marketing that sometimes goes unnoticed by the majority of email marketers. I wish you the best of luck in developing your email marketing list. My advice to you is to never give up! Your success in this industry takes time and practice without a lot of trial and errors. Sometimes it takes a few failures to be successful in this industry!

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