Email marketing can be overwhelming when you first start out because there are so many types of emails you could be sending. Promotional? Transactional? Curated newsletters?
In fact, we compiled a list of the most common types of emails that often form the cornerstone of small businesses’ email marketing strategy:
|Welcome email||Message from the founder||Year in review||VIP or loyalty|
|Testimonial email||Product announcement||Email newsletter||Re-engagement or win-back|
|Survey email||Renewal email||Promotional email||Tips and training|
|Birthday email||Reminder email||Transactional emails||Product recommendation|
And these are just the main types of emails. There are plenty of other emails out there and all of them have a place within a digital marketing strategy.
So how do you decide which ones are right for your goals and your brand?
First, a warning: Trying to do too much at one time is a mistake. You’ll spend way too much time and money trying to craft, send, and maintain this many emails, only to see a weak ROI.
Instead, focus on one or two in the beginning, and allow yourself time to perfect the design and strategy that resonates with your audience. Then expand your email repertoire when you understand what drives the results you want to see.
A strong welcome email—or better yet, a series of welcome emails—helps onboard your subscribers, familiarizing them with your branding, your mission, and what they can expect from your small business as well as your products or services. If you want to retain customers and create a loyal following, a strong welcome series will help new subscribers fall in love with your brand.
Notice how the welcome email below embraces the brand’s specific style and provides an easy way to begin shopping.
On the other hand, if you want to increase your sales and the average order size of customers’ purchases, promotional emails and VIP or loyalty emails will deliver the results you want to see. Include customer reviews and testimonials to encourage potential customers to convert. It’s important to remember to keep promotional emails away from the hard sell and instead focus on the value you bring to your subscribers’ lives.
There are few emails that can multitask the way a successful email newsletter can. An email newsletter can:
Whether you curate your newsletter—gather information, articles, and/or resources from across the web into one place—or you write your own articles and resources, your newsletter establishes you as a trusted source.
Subscribers trust you because you’re taking the time to deliver value to your contacts even when it doesn’t immediately benefit you. Instead you’re putting their needs and desires above your small business’ desire to turn a profit.
Tell us—and other small businesses—which emails you love to receive and what motivates you to open, read, and finally click through.
Share your thoughts with us on Twitter using #SmallBusinessBigResults and we’ll share some of our favorite responses!
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