Last weekend over Mother's Day I had a chance to see some causins I hadn't seen in years. Naturally, the topic of "what do you do" for a living came up. When I was in the spotlight, I explained I helped realtors, travel companies, yacht brokers, car dealers, restaurants and other small businesses with their email newsletter marketing needs.
I received a blank stare in response. In this day and age, I figured everyone on the planet understood this communication tool. He asked, "Why would anybody need that? Especially if they already have a website, or a blog?"
Good question, I admitted. Because I'm engaged in email marketing 10 hours a day, it hadn't occurred to me in a long time the "why's" of email marketing. I pondered a moment, then said: "Not everybody needs it. It's simply another marketing tool -- however, far more cost-effective than any other available."
We moved on to far more interesting topics, but I thought about this the next few days and wanted to share it with the Active Rain community.
10 Reasons Why Email Newsletter Marketing May Be Right for Your Business
1.) You realize you have to put in an effort to keep in touch with past customers -- Most agents realize this after learning a past client of theirs used another agent during a recent transaction. Many professionals think just because the transaction went well, the client will use them in the future. Not true. You need to stay in touch and let them know you care and want their business. Email newsletters accomplish this.
2.) You learned a long time ago that people don't get up in the morning, get their coffee, then sit down at the computer and login to www.JoeRealtor.com to see what you've been up to. People use home pages like MSN, google, yahoo, AR, etc. Chances are very high you are not on the list -- not even their favorites page. A website, like a blog, is a "pull" technology (meaning they have to find you, if they can). Email newsletters, on the other hand, are a "push" technology (meaning it is delivered to their inbox). More than 72% of email newsletter subscribers read it within 5 days. Pull advertising can be expensive (banner ads, Pay-Per-Click, SEO). Push advertising can cost as little as $20.
3.) You have a lot going on in your company -- It may be new staff, new products, new listings. Email newsletters are a cost-effective to share this information.
4.) You've been using print newsletters, but copying, folding, and postage prices are going through the roof.
5.) You realize email isn't the future -- it's now! People are comfortable using email and email newsletter readership is up.
6.) You understand people are people first -- you need to do more than just push listings in their face. If you just bought a home, do you really think somebody wants to see your "homes for sale" for the next 5 years? You need to educate, inform and entertain them. People want good tips, advice, fun. We all want more fun.
7.) It's become obvious that spending more and more on print advertising doesn't increase response. I know some agents who spend $10k a month on display ads but admit most of their leads and customers come from their website (which cost $50/mo.). Umm? Go figure. He now uses an email newsletter to drive prospects and past customers to his site, and his referral business has skyrocketed.
8.) Email newsletters allow your readers to engage with you. The can click a link to view your virtual tour, email you, take a poll, forward to a friend, submit a referral, link to your blog or website.
9.) Space is unlimited! Unlike print, you can have as much content as you want.
10. Email newsletters can have flavor -- they can have your brand. They're very visual, and one that has the right mix of content and visuals will be well-read.
Think of what newsletters you have subscribed to? Would you have been back to visit their site or blog if there wasn't a friendly reminder in your inbox? My causin said he received monthly coupons from his favorite restaurant and brewery. In addition, he received updates on the Red Sox, and was updated on his fraternity. And his book club, and car dealership.
What do you think?
Happy Sailing ... _/) Paul -- www.eNewsletterSolutions.com
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