Using your online presence to grow your business was just a hope even a decade ago, now it is a central core to most business plans, and rightly so. However, whilst most businesses understand this, having the knowledge and expertise to fully exploit the opportunities online is not so common. Online marketing is a slightly different proposition to other marketing platforms, and needs to be approached carefully for it to be fully effective.
Whilst the most obvious form of internet marketing is the website itself, be it a catalogue, information or ecommerce site, this is in reality should be the focal point of your campaign, rather than the driver. In terms of gaining attention and engaging both current and new customers, and most importantly, building a relationship with those people, email marketing is the key that unlocks the real power of the internet for any business.
Email marketing has many benefits to both business and customer, it is inexpensive and easy to manage for the business, and both unobtrusive and convenient for the recipients. The basic premise of email marketing is to keep current customers updated on offers, news and so forth, and persuade new customers to look further into the business and make purchases, and to maintain an ongoing relationship with all current contacts, this keeps the brand alive in the customers minds. Email marketing has proven to be very effective at both conversion and retention for businesses of all kinds.
Obtaining email addresses for the purpose of email marketing is the most challenging aspect of the process, and there are numerous options here, some more effective than others. A simple newsletter signup on a business homepage can be effective, however offering free information such as an eBook brochure or similar in exchange for the email address has been shown to be even more effective by email marketing. The most effective way of obtaining email addresses for the purpose of email marketing however, has consistently been shown to be at the point of sale. For the best start in email marketing it is therefore best advice to offer at least two of these, a newsletter signup or free eBook brochure along with an email signup integrated into the sales funnel where possible, the checkout process of an ecommerce site is an ideal place for email acquisition.
Once email addresses have been obtained the core function of email marketing is to maintain communication with those current and potential customers. Because this kind of marketing is an opt-in system, recipients have already displayed receptiveness to the brand and message a business is offering. Because of this, promotional material can focus on informing rather than overt sales messages, and can see higher conversion ratios on offers than from other marketing platforms.
The advantages of email marketing are obvious for any business looking to grow their customer base, and for businesses looking for email marketing in Sydney or across Australia, the fully managed and economical services provided by BlueSoap are the perfect way to take full advantage of this supremely effective marketing platform.