Unlocking the Potential of Effective Email Marketing

Email connects you to people. Whether you’re sending an email newsletter, a special offer or an invitation, email marketing deliver your message and help get your business humming! It communicates and build relationships with prospects, gather important data, and help boost marketing ROI.

To build, execute, and maintain effective email marketing, you must pay close attention to your audience, the message, and avoid the common trap of simply sending out self-promotional messages.

Email marketing succeeds massively in its business to business (B2B) and business to consumer (B2C) strategies, however approaching the two strategies are vastly different. How B2B is different from B2C email marketing, is a question discussed in most seminars, white papers and blogs.

Nobody ever signed a business deal or bought a car after reading one email. In simple terms, email is a way to promote all the benefits of your product or service so that buyers are well informed and comfortable with everything you have to offer.

B2B email marketing primarily informs, and builds interest, not sells directly. The key use of B2B email marketing is to generate suspects into prospects into sales. While, B2C email marketing need to deliver a message that encourages the customer to be quick to click. B2C email marketing are much shorter in duration and need to capture the customer’s interests very quickly.

In B2B emails, provide content that the recipient can use to influence group decisions. What’s the solution to their problem? Is your product, service, solution or offering right for them? Provide readiness and suitability assessments, bench strength demonstration, customer testimonials, some case studies, and relevant trends. Unlike B2B, B2C emails are more direct and focused. Although the relationship building aspect is just as important, the mindset is more immediate. Your audience already knows you’re out for a sell, so it’s up to you to not blow it. Employ strategies and tactics such as targeted offers and coupons, limited time deals, discounts, and/or vouchers to mobilize your target audience to buy, both online and offline (in store). They can however also be informative, especially to build the brand and enhance customer loyalty. Combine merchandising and education to keep customers coming back, by recognizing the importance of customer loyalty.

In a nutshell, the B2B buyer will make a decision based on how the product or service can increase profits and enhance productivity. Your marketing should involve activities that will help them realize the value of your products and services and how they will benefit their company.

A B2C buyer will make a decision based more on emotion, status, quality and comfort. Your marketing should focus on pricing, providing a fast, comfortable purchasing experience and building awareness about your products and services via repetition and consistency.

In both cases, knowing your audience is the ultimate key. Whether targeting a single prospect or a whole industry, working knowledge of their marketing preferences is essential, and comes with the added benefits of a focused message, fewer complaints and better overall results.

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(Contributed by: Ambili K Pillai, Group Manager – Client Success, Managed Services, Kenscio Digital)

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