Email marketing strategies are one of the most vital aspects of driving sales.
In fact, when done right email marketing strategies yield a 3800% return on investment!
Not only that, but the value of orders customers place are usually 3x higher with properly email nurtured customers.
This can be one of the most profitable, valuable investments to promote your content.
Yet, many people struggle to get that kind of ROI and success in their marketing strategies.
So where do they go wrong?
Let’s dive into the 8 most common and most costly email marketing mistakes that people make and tell you how to fix them!
One of my first jobs was as a waiter, and for the first few months, I was absolutely horrible.
I never knew why my tips were so low until 3 months in.
A couple I was serving told me, “Listen, you’re nice, but we didn’t come here to talk to you. We came here to eat and enjoy each other’s company.”
I remember being taken aback...almost offended!
I mean sure, I came by every other bite to make sure they were enjoying their meal, and I exercised the best “lingering” you’ve ever seen.
But then I picked out those valuable words, “We didn’t come here to talk to you.”
And it clicked in my brain. I understood how my constant contact attempts just annoyed them.
They weren’t there for me. They were there for what I gave them.
Have you ever subscribed to something you liked, but found yourself buried in emails a week later that you never wanted in the first place?
It happens all the time.
You find a great article or offer, opt-in to it, and find yourself up to your ears in excess content that wasn’t what you were looking for in the first place.
That’s textbook “how to get people to unsubscribe”.
This is the first point. Don’t email blast...ever!
One of the easiest traps to fall into is the “They subscribed so I’ll just send them everything we do!”, and this tactic rarely ever works.
Sometimes it’s…”necessary” and I say that hesitantly.
Pro Tip: If you have someone really engaged with your product or already a great promoter of it, it might be wise to send them more educating, valuable emails than not. But that’s your discretion. Are they going to benefit or just be annoyed by it?
You don’t want people hopping out of the buyer’s journey because you were that annoying waiter that just wants to talk to them every 2 minutes.
So, how do you fix this and get leads engaged with your site, product, or services?
One of the best ways to establish expectations with your prospects is by being upfront with how often they will receive your content.
For instance, Linked In does a great job by providing an expectation of how often you’ll receive the bigger news stories with their Daily Rundown.
Even though this is on social media, the concept is the same.
It’s just one notification that you have to go through.
Not one notification every time a news story surfaces.
Here’s another great example from HubSpot about how to communicate how often you’ll receive their emails.
When you subscribe to their blog, they notify you that you’ll receive daily emails of their marketing blogs.
They even put it in the title sentence, so you know what to expect.
These are great ways to communicate just how often you’ll be sending emails to your subscribers so they don’t feel overwhelmed.
So you’re getting people to subscribe to your emails with great offers!
But you’re not really driving sales with your big email list.
What’s going on?
Odds are, you're not getting those emails opened or interacted with.
It’s tough to keep people interested in your product or service, and this is a great way to tell if they are or not.
How do you help assure your emails get the attention of your audience?
What are you going to do to make sure recipients actually open, read, and engage with your emails?
You need to track the percentage of recipients that open and interact with your emails.
Woah woah. I know many people read that and thought, “That sounds like a ton to do.” or “That sounds complex.”
Breathe easy. It’s not, we promise.
Even if you’re a solo show or a small business owner, you can do it yourself quite easily.
To track what days and times work best, you have to run what’s called an A/B test.
They’re crazy easy.
They basically compare two numbers against each other. That’s it.
Here’s what you need to track:
Here’s how you do it...you track open rate and CTR on each day and time you send emails to your email list.
Then, based on the numbers you get, you start sending emails on those days at those times.
Simple as that.
Now, best times and days tend to differ slightly from industry to industry, generally speaking, but they’re fairly similar across the board.
The general consensus from the hundreds of thousands (yes literally) of studies done for countless industries on email open times report this information.
Best days to send emails: Tuesday, Thursday, and Wednesday.
Best times to send emails: 10 a.m., 2 p.m., and 6 a.m.
People like to open and interact with their emails about midweek around midday (but not lunch).
An offer is what makes your email amazing.
These "calls to action" are what drive your conversion rates!
This offer can be in the form of a piece of content, a checklist, a consultation call, a coupon, or literally anything else you could seek to offer to your subscribers.
You may have a lead, but how do you get them to buy from you and experience your great product or service?
You funnel them towards a purchase and get them there by offering stellar content.
Let’s say you’re a plumbing service in a large metropolitan area.
The people you want to attract are higher-end residential home builders or contractors.
So your offers should be stuff they’re interested in!
Your focus may be attracting them by pushing content based on extravagant home builds and cool home design concepts.
You can entice them to subscribe to see cool design concepts, home build tips & tricks, and then entice them with an expansive ebook of designs to include in their next build.
You know they’re subscribing based on great builds, so build on that (pun intended)!
Make a checklist for kitchen build "must-haves".
Make a blueprint catalogue for those great builds you've already sent them.
Then funnel them to a consultative call by placing a call-to-action button with your plumbing build specialist.
They call after receiving about the 5th email offering a consultation with a high-end plumbing expert.
You properly critique them on their existing plans for their build’s plumbing and discuss handling the project since it’s what they are looking for.
This is the biggest step.
You’re nurturing them to a sale, so educate and engage them through every aspect so that they want to work with you.
Once they’re ready to buy...they will.
That’s how you close a sale by aligning your content offers and email marketing efforts at the beginning with your product or service at the end.
2 major factors influencing your open rates and CTRs are bad subject lines and email copy.
Companies make the mistake of being too vague or too “salesy” in their email subject lines and they suffer from low open rate and CTR.
Fix this by optimizing these areas:
You should communicate subject and value without revealing everything.
You want to entertain them, make them want to dive in, but don't show everything.
If a marketing company sent you an email saying “You need to know this information!” they might as well delete it for you.
But if they said “8 Mistakes Your Emails Probably Have & How To Fix Them” you might want to read that more.
You know what it’s about. It states “8 mistakes in emails” right off the bat.
Its value is obvious because it says “how to fix them”. It specifically says it has the answers to your emails issues.
Lastly, it doesn’t tell you what the content of the blog will actually be.
It doesn’t say “X, Y, and Z will fix your emails.” There’s no desire to read more. You can dismiss it easily.
Focus on those three areas to best entice readers with your subject line.
The description is what you continue to read after the subject line.
It’s what introduces your email.
Two characteristics will benefit this: slight informality and a direct approach.
Check out this email preview in Gmail to see a great sense of slight informality.
See how slightly informal it is?
“Hi, Chase, blah blah blah”.
While I don’t know this person on a first name basis, I feel like I can approach her and just ask her more about the service she’s talking about.
It can be inferred that I’d probably open her email then.
Informality is powerful.
Obviously, there’s a line between informal and unprofessional. Be careful but be approachable.
Let’s look at another email description to see a great example of a direct approach.
Boy, oh boy! Do I love a great overdriven, fuzzy-toned up blues guitar!
While that may not be something you hear every day, and you are more concerned with the weirdness of that statement, I (the recipient) am already giddy about the lessons they are offering.
See what I’m saying?
You don’t have to wonder what the topic of this email is.
They get right to the point. This helps me know they’re not pandering but getting to the point.
Our subconscious minds love that.
Fix your descriptors by optimizing those areas.
HubSpot is a marketing empire service, and they’re who we work with.
Naturally, they fill up our inboxes with great emails. Here’s one that encompasses everything you need out of the copy, visuals, and offer.
The visual at the top is just to add a bit of imagery.
It all adds together to make a great email viewing experience. Now, brb I’m going to go check out that email!
Here are a few tips and pointers to keep in mind when writing the actual copy down:
Email segmentation is crucial as well because it helps you drive open rates, click-through rates (CTRs), conversion rates, and minimize unsubscribers.
Segmentation means dividing your subscribers into smaller groups based on specific criteria and then sending them emails that only pertain to their specific buyer’s journey stage.
You can send specific emails out to people tailored to their situation, and it pays off in dividends.
The reason for this is that you’re sending targeted content to ideal buyers and feeding the needs they’ll have.
This is quite possibly the most costly mistake businesses make.
They don’t automate emails to contact everyone for them.
Imagine if you wrote one email, and copied it and sent it to everyone that did a specific thing on your website...
How useful and time-saving does that sound?
That’s literally what this is, and it’s amazing at saving you time, ensuring your engagement efforts, and nurturing leads.
I can’t emphasize this enough; automated emails and segmentation are the most important things to driving bottom line sales from your email marketing efforts.
Heck, probably even your overall marketing efforts, too!
It’s that big.
Automated emails are emails that are pre-written that are sent out automatically when someone takes a certain action.
Let’s say someone subscribes to your blog.
A thank you email would automatically trigger thanking them for subscribing and it offers them more relevant content to help them!
That person reads the extra content in that email and clicks the button on the bottom of the blog.
This is a simple mistake that is easy to correct.
The mistake? Some people buy an email list.
The solution? Don’t.
Most companies that buy an email list are synonymous with “spammers”.
It’s is a shortcut that takes you somewhere you don’t want to be.
In the recipients trash, unsubscribed, or spammed list.
In fact, most email services don’t even allow you to import purchased email lists.
They only permit you to import email lists that you’ve built yourself over time.
HubSpot has this company motto that says “Earn my attention. Don’t steal it.” and it’s a fantastic concept.
To get all eyes on you...you have to work for it.
When you email someone without their permission it’s like running up to someone on the street and grabbing their face and telling them about your business’ great product.
They don’t care! And even if they did they won’t after you try and hijack their time.
You want them to opt-in and subscribe to your list rather than stealing them.
This is how you gain loyal customers that are advocates of your brand.
One of the easiest email marketing mistakes people make is ignoring the power of the mobile device.
Almost 60% of all emails opened occurred on a phone! Only 15% on a desktop.
This means you need to have a responsive email design so that your emails don’t look jumbled on a phone.
Odds are, your recipients are looking at it on a mobile device, so make this a primary focus of your email marketing campaign!
Self explainatory, I know. And we have covered this in past blogs, but it really is that important.
Imagine buying a house that looked like this.
Great space. Lot’s of square footage, but something is off.
That’s what it’s like sending great content out on an unresponsive email design.
Their drag and drop editors have this service built in automatically, but it’s wise to preview it just before sending out.
Some final tips to maximize your email marketing effectiveness:
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